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Tolar Systems has been serving the Abilene area since 2000, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Tips for Setting up a Virtual Office for Accountants

The virtual office is catching on in many industries, as technology makes it truly possible for busy professionals like CPAs, accountants, bookkeepers and others to work from anywhere. But, to be truly effective, virtual accounting offices must meet a few requirements. Learn more about them on today's blog.

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Voice Over IP or Landline – What’s Best for Your Business?

Thanks to advances in technology, choosing a phone system for your business is more complicated than it used to be.

Today, businesses need to consider multiple alternatives when deciding what sort of system they want to use: VOIP, “virtual phones,” PBX / landline, or software applications such as Skype or Skype for Business. How can you choose between VoIP or Landline? Learn more from Tolar Systems.

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How to Select the Right Core Software for Your Business

Whether it’s called digital transformation or software implementation, selecting the right core software for your business is an essential task for businesses that want to grow, compete and become more profitable. But how do you know when your business needs to select new software, and what should you look for? Learn more from Tolar Systems.

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The Benefits of SaaS - Advantages of Software as a Service

Many clients ask us, “what are the Benefits of SaaS (Software as a Service) applications?” It is a question being asked of many managed service providers as SaaS applications like Microsoft Office 365, Sharepoint and Skype are adopted by more small businesses.

One IT industry estimate says that by the end of 2017, 94% of small businesses will have launched at least one SaaS application.Yet, in spite of the fact that the vast majority of businesses are using them, SaaS applications are not well understood outside the tech industry.

Perhaps that is because Software as a Service goes by so many other names: SaaS, cloud software, internet-based applications, just to name a few.

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What to Look for in a Technology Partner – The Value of Long Term Relationships

Looking for a technology partner isn’t like finding other partners for your business. We establish long-term relationships with our clients, becoming an essential part of your business that ensures your technology works where, when and how you need it to work. Learn more from Tolar Systems.

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Need IT Services for Small Businesses? Why Managed Services is The Right Choice

If you’re looking for IT services for small businesses, it’s important to know your options. It’s becoming increasingly difficult for small businesses to be competitive in any industry without the tools and technology to support their business requirements – and the expectations of their clients. Managed service providers are the smart choice for businesses that need reliable, affordable IT support.

Learn more from Tolar Systems.

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What to Look For in a Managed Services Partner – Onboarding

When you’re trying to determine if choosing a managed services partner for your business, the onboarding process the partner uses should a key consideration. Why? Because the onboarding process sets the tone for the entire engagement. Learn more about why the onboarding process should be an important consideration when selecting a managed service provider on today’s blog.

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What to Look For in a Managed Service Provider – Ongoing Services

There’s a lot to consider when you’re choosing a managed service provider (MSP). What services and capabilities should you look for in an MSP to ensure that the ongoing services you will receive are a good fit for your business needs? Here are a few of the things you should be looking for, if you want your business relationship with your MSP to be a positive one over the long term. Learn more from Tolar Systems.

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Eight Signs Break/Fix IT is Right For Your Business

Could break/fix IT be right for your business? At Tolar Systems, we pride ourselves on providing professional, standards-based IT services to clients across Texas. We prevent problems with our clients’ IT, support their business growth and productivity and provide predictable, professional results at an affordable price. But, even though we think our service model is the best for most businesses, we know that managed services probably isn’t for everyone. For some, break/fix, hourly IT services may be a better fit.

How do you know if break/fix, hourly IT services is right for you? Learn more from Tolar Systems.

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Why IT Standards Matter to Your Business

One of the major advantages of working with an IT managed service provider like Tolar Systems is that we can help align your technology with industry standards. But what kind of standards? And how does being aligned with standards help our customers’ business?

We’re going to talk about IT standards and why they matter on today’s blog.

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Disaster Recovery: What Business Owners Need to Know

With natural disasters like fires in California, earthquakes in Mexico and Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in the news, not to mention man-made disasters like the data breach at Equifax, many people are wondering what to do if disaster strikes. But for a business owner, the challenge is even greater. If you want your business to survive and thrive, you need a plan to keep your business systems and data safe and your business up and running even when the worst happens.

Tolar System can help harden businesses against these threats with business continuity planning and disaster recovery planning.  Learn more about them from Tolar Systems.

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Microsoft Branding: OneDrive or OneDrive for Business?

As a leading Texas managed service provider and reseller of Microsoft cloud-based Office365 applications, we are often asked about the differences between Microsoft’s personal and business-branded products. One of the products that causes the most confusion is Microsoft OneDrive and Microsoft OneDrive for Business.

We’re going to compare and contrast these two very different products in today’s blog. Read more after the jump.

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Understanding Microsoft Solutions: Skype vs. Skype for Business

When selecting the Microsoft solutions that are right for your business, many small business owners are confused by the different brand names that Microsoft has for its solutions. We recently discussed the difference between Office365 and Office365 for Business; today we’re going to discuss the differences between Skype and Skype for Business. Learn more from Tolar Systems.

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Multifactor Authentication and Office365 – Why You Should Use It

In this article, our goal is to help you understand what multifactor authentication is, and why we believe every Office365 user should be using it. Learn more from Tolar Systems.

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Five Signs of Malicious Email Content and How to Protect Your Business

In 2009, the percent of email classified as spam or unsolicited peaked at more than 90 percent. Since then, spam rates have declined to 56.7 percent as of March 2017. But unfortunately, while spam email is declining overall, the number of emails that contain malicious content has increased. That means it’s more important than ever for users to know how to spot and protect themselves from malicious email content. Learn more from Tolar Systems.

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Five Ways to Protect Your Business Against Malware Threats

Malware, ransomware, viruses, worms…cybercriminals are constantly dreaming up new ways to attack businesses and individuals that use any form of technology. Learn how to protect yourself from Tolar Systems.

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What the Equifax Data Breach Means to Your Business

Yesterday, we discussed what consumers should do in the wake of the breach of data at Equifax. But what about its effects on your small business? Learn more from Tolar Systems.

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The Equifax Breach: What It Means To You

The biggest news in the last few weeks in the world of finance and the world of technology is actually the same story: it’s the Equifax breach. Personally identifying data from more than 143 million individuals were breached by one of the world’s largest credit reporting agencies, leaving millions of individuals and businesses data vulnerable.

What does this breach mean to you, and how can you protect yourself and your business? Read on. 

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Wrist Pain? Carpal Tunnel? Maybe Workspace Ergonomics Are to Blame

As office workers spend more time on computers, poor workspace ergonomics are causing a number of common health problems. Among the most painful and aggravating of these are carpal tunnel syndrome and wrist tendinitis caused by overuse and poor ergonomics of your keyboard or traditional mouse.

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Why Choosing the Right Microsoft Brands and Solutions Matters to Your Business

As the Texas Big Country's leading authorized reseller of Microsoft products like Office365, we get a lot of questions about which Microsoft brands and solutions best meets our customer’s needs. Why are there so many brands and solutions, and what do they all mean for the customer?hy does a solution that sounds pretty similar cost more for a business customer than for a home or student customer?

We’re going to break down some of these differences, focusing specifically on Office365, in today’s post.

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