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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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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Deciding when and how to pull the plug on your old technology equipment is challenging for many business owners. New equipment is costly, but so is replacement. Most businesses need to squeeze as much life out of their technology investments as possible. This focus on "making it last" means that many don’t plan when and how to take old technology equipment out of operation.
In our last post we discussed a few of the things that modern phone systems should be able to do. In this post, we’ll talk about some of the options that are currently available. We'll also give you some questions to ask as you’re making your decision.
Domains, or domain names, are an integral part of business branding, but many people don't understand why they matter. Many business owners don't even know who owns their domain. In this post we’ll explain why domain names matter, why it matters who owns your domain, and what to do if you don’t own yours.
Niantic’s Pokemon Go is one of the most popular smartphone games ever released. More than 10% of daily Android users play the game just a few weeks from launch. But with a trail of traffic accidents, falls from cliffs and a denial of service attacks in its wake, many people ask, “What are the risks of associated with Pokemon Go?”
Is sitting the new smoking? Poor workplace ergonomics and too much time spent sitting could be taking just as big a toll on many American's health.
Recently, we interviewed Dr. Nick Anthony, D.C. of Anthony Chiropractic in Abilene to get some ideas to help our clients and readers understand ergonomics and take steps to improve their health. In last week’s interview, Dr. Anthony explained why good posture and ergonomics are important, problems that lack of attention to ergonomics can cause, and gave us a few ideas to help people overcome the effects of too much time spent sitting.
Ergonomics is something that comes up frequently at Tolar Systems in our conversations and work for clients. When we set up workstations, we always need to consider the impacts on comfort and health that an improperly set up work area can have and we strive to help our clients avoid these kinds of issues.
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.”