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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.

5 Tips For Selecting IT Services for Small Business

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If you’re selecting IT services for small business, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with the choices available. You can choose from services associated with a box store, a local company that serves your hometown, or a national firm that may have an office in your area. You could select a service firm that is associated with a particular software or hardware provider.

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What is the Internet of Things (IOT) and why should you care?

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At Tolar Systems, we are frequently asked about technology; one of the questions on many people's minds is, what is the Internet of Things (IOT), and why should you care?

In this post, we set out to answer these questions.

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What is Virtualization and Why Does it Matter to My Business?

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You’ve heard of the cloud, but have you heard about virtualization? Virtualization has been around for decades and is actually the technology that makes the cloud possible. It can also allow business owners to get high quality technology at a much lower cost than you may expect, and drive more value from technology you may already own.

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Best Secure File Sharing Tools for Your Business

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Secure file sharing is becoming a real productivity challenge for many business owners, as more and more employees work remotely or from distant field offices. The bigger the file size, the bigger an issue this is – a 100Kb Word file is easy to email, but a 5G Powerpoint presentation presents real problems. Your attachment might be rejected by the recipient’s server if it exceeds the allowable file size, and it can take a long time to upload and download the files. During that time, you won’t be able to do much other than wait for the file to load.

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Five signs it’s time to hire an I.T. consultant

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Research indicates that today’s small business spends an average of 6.9% of its revenue on I.T. This ca. equate to thousands of dollars spent per employee for hardware, software, infrastructure and repair. Yet, all too often, what may be missing are the kinds of strategic investments that really foster growth. That’s the strategic approach to technology that an I.T. consultant can provide.

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Public Sector Organizations' Top Technology Challenges for 2017

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Public sector organizations will face significant technology challenges in 2017. Once considered a staid and stable sector of the economy, advancing technology and demands by constituents to do more with less are forcing public sector organizations to adapt quickly.

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Five Signs Your I.T. Equipment is Out of Date

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Your I.T. equipment is an important asset that requires planning. Asset and life cycle management are “cradle to grave” planning for acquisition, maintenance and eventual decommissioning of the technology your business needs to succeed. And as we discussed in last week's post on "5 Reasons to ditch old equipment", asset and life cycle management are an important part of keeping your important business data more secure.

Here are five signs that you need to take a closer look at managing the lifecycle of your I.T. equipment.

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Technology Investments Are Like People - Treat Them That Way

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At Tolar Systems, we often talk to our clients about how organizations need to view their technology investments like an asset just as important as an employee. Just like an employee, technology investments require a certain amount of planning and upkeep to work properly. We’ve discussed this idea before in our post on “Care and Feeding of Your IT Systems.”

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How to Select a Value Added Reseller or VAR to Assist With IT Purchasing

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In last week’s blog, we discussed how a good Value Added Reseller or VAR can add value to your business. A VAR can provide services that make the products they resell to you work better. They might also offer technical support, integration of your applications with other solutions and products so that all your technology works together more efficiently. VARS can even simplify the acquisition and billing process around your technology investment.

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Five Advantages of Working with a Value Added Reseller to Purchase Your IT

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Welcome to the first installment of our series on Value Added Resellers. You may have heard the term Value Added Reseller, or VAR, used when talking about making a technology purchase. Perhaps you've wondered what the term means. In this blog, we’re going to talk about what a VAR is and how a VAR can help you get more value out of your technology investments.

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What is a vCIO?

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One of the biggest benefits of Tolar Systems’ Complete Care service is access to our vCIO service, but unless you’re involved in the IT industry, you might not know what a vCIO is. In today’s blog, we thought we’d answer some of the common questions we get about vCIOs: what is a vCIO, what do they do, and how does a vCIO benefit small and medium businesses?

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IT Managed Services: Managing Risk, Reaping Rewards

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We blogged previously about some of the advantages of outsourcing your information technology services: more manageable and predictable costs, less downtime and greater productivity, more secure systems with fewer distractions from your core business, better physical environment for your IT systems, and more.

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6 Reasons to Outsource Your IT Systems

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One of the questions we are often asked is “what are the advantages of IT Outsourcing for small business ? ” There are a number of advantages which are especially crucial for small and medium businesses.

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