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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.

Four Time and Attendance Challenges in Public Sector

Like all organizations, public sector organizations face significant challenges when it comes to tracking time and attendance. In public sector, these challenges are made even more pressing than in private organizations due to additional regulation and oversight, the need to operate transparently, outdated time and attendance tracking systems, and other issues that are unique to public sector.

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What Every Technology Consultant Should Know

In our last post on finding a great technical consultant, we talked about the four factors that combine to make a good technology consultant, great. Those four factors include:

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What Makes a Great Technical Consultant?

What makes a great technical consultant? When you’re looking to hire a company or an individual to help with your business’ technical need, it’s important to hire the right kind of person or team to get the job done.

So how do you identify what makes technical consultant great, just okay, or terrible?

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Four MORE Last Minute Tech Gifts

Last week we featured five of the best tech gifts for the 2016 holiday season. This week we’ve got five more last minute tech gifts for that special someone – or maybe even for yourself.

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Tolar’s Top Five Technology Gifts of 2016

It’s that time of year! Time to think about what to get your favorite gadget-lover – or yourself – for Christmas and the holidays. We’re sharing some of our favorite ideas for technology gifts – and there’s something here for everyone, no matter your budget.

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Top 5 Signs Your Business Needs Better Collaboration Tools

Collaboration tools have come a long way in the last few years. They’re streamlining many of the communication and organizational tasks that used to take up a significant chunk of the work day. Yet, many managers and workers in small businesses don’t use them.

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

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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What is Predictable Business Success? Phases and Stages of Growth

Have you ever wondered how to achieve predictable business success? Is there a way to predict which businesses will be successful, and which will not? Have you wondered how to tell if today’s growth will lead to tomorrow’s success, or if it is just a lucky break? Do you know where your business is on its growth trajectory, and the predictable business success steps you need to follow to make it to the next level ?

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What are managed services and why you should care?

As a managed services provider, one of the biggest questions we get asked is, “what are managed services?” The second most common question is, “I’m a small business owner and that sounds expensive. Why should I care about managed services?”

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Managed Services Case Study: Complete Care for Sipco

Sipco is a five-person family office in Abilene, Texas that provides financial management services to several entities. One of these is the Shelton Family Foundation, an Abilene-based non-profit organization that provides grants to eligible institutions. The foundation’s main aim is to provide assistance that improves the quality of life in Abilene and the surrounding areas. The Shelton Family Foundation's emphasis is on programs that meet basic human needs.

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How to Find a Computer Consultant in Abilene

Finding a computer consultant in Abilene isn't hard. In a sizeable community like Abilene, there are quite a few computer consultants you could choose. But how do you find the best one?

You can do a quick search on the web and several names will come up that you could call. The challenge is, the companies that have the best search engine ranking may not be the ones that have the skills to help you. So, how do you decide which computer consultant is the right one to fit your needs?

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Why your organization should use Office 365 for public sector

Office 365 for public sector offers organizations the ability to collaborate and communicate with constituents and other organizations more easily than ever before. Dozens of notable public sector organizations are using Office365, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture; the Federal Aviation Administration; the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; the State of Texas; the State of California; Dupage County; King County, Washington; the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority; the City and County of San Francisco, the City of Kansas City, Mo.; the City of Seattle; the City of Chicago, and many others.

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Public Sector Organizations' Top Technology Challenges for 2017

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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Six Common Public Sector Business Challenges

Public sector organizations have a reputation of being slow to adapt to change, but most public sector insiders know that this is no longer true, if it ever was.

In fact, the business challenges facing the public sector are not so different from those facing private companies. Technology has changed what constituents expect from their governments. Public sector organizations struggle to respond, just as private sector companies do. Yet, although technology has created new expectations, it can also help public sector organizations rise to the challenge.

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Seven Signs You’ve Outgrown Your Tech Support

Is your relationship with your tech support provider as dysfunctional as an episode of The Bachelor?  Maybe the relationship started out slow, or maybe you’ve been together forever. If you and your tech support provider sound more like an unhappily married couple than a professional business partners, it might be a sign that you've outgrown their services.

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Three Reasons Your Business Needs a Network Assessment

Think a firewall is enough to keep your business safe from hackers? Think again.

We recently wrote about a local Abilene business that fell victim to a spoofing attack. Hackers stole the identity of an IT worker and tricked restaurant workers into downloading a malicious program that resulted in a data breach that affected thousands of credit card customers.

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Abilene Tech News: Disaster Recovery and Spoofing Attack

We recently saw some news items here in Abilene that reminded us that no matter where you live and how great your community is, as a business owner you simply can’t afford to neglect your technology.

Disaster Recovery News

The first item has to do with disaster planning. Abilene TV station KTXS recently reported that state and local first responders are preparing for possible weather-related and other disasters by attending a four day training coordinated by the West Central Texas Council of Governments.

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Product Review: Time Clock Plus Time and Attendance Software

Tolar Systems recently became a certified re-seller of TimeClock Plus time and attendance software. TimeClock Plus is a solution that replaces the “old-school” time clocks that can still be found in many workplaces.

TimeClock Plus – A Texas Technology Company

As a Texas-based company, we’re always happy to support other Texas technology firms. That’s one reason we want to share TimeClock Plus here on the blog.

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5 Data Security (and Other) Lessons from the 2016 Election Cycle

From email leaks to social media etiquette, the 2016 election cycle is highly controversial It's also full of data security and other lessons for every business. Without picking sides, let's review some of the data security and other mistakes we’ve seen political candidates and campaigns make this year.

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

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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