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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.

Refresh or Recycle? 5 Reasons to Ditch Old Technology 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.

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Phone Systems: The Backbone of your Business – Part 2

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.

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Phone Systems: Backbone of your Business – Part 1

With the advent of mobile phones and applications like Skype, many business owners are wondering if they still need landline phone systems? Or could they handle all their communication needs from their desktop or mobile device?

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Web Domains: Do You Own Yours?

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.

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Playing Pokemon Go? Know the Risks!

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?”

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Sitting is the New Smoking: Understanding Ergonomics with Dr. Nick Anthony, D.C. - Part 2

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.

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Sitting is the New Smoking: Understanding Ergonomics with Dr. Nick Anthony, D.C. - Part 1

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.

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Technology Investments Are Like People - Treat Them That Way

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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SaaS Applications: Business Challenges of Software as a Service

Companies considering a move to SaaS applications - also known as cloud-based or Software-as-a-Service applications -  hear a lot about the benefits. They may not always hear as much about the challenges that are inherent to the SaaS application model.

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5 Business Benefits of Software as a Service Applications

As the tech industry moves towards the Software as a Service (SaaS) or cloud model of computing, software vendors promise many benefits. These include never having to worry about whether your software applications are up to date. They also claim better ability to scale and more predictable monthly expenses.

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Your Eyes at Work: How to Prevent Computer Vision Syndrome

In the digital age, we spend more and more of our time each day working on a computer, whether it’s sending emails, working on documents, or even just networking on LinkedIn or Facebook. But unfortunately, while this means we can get a lot done, it also means spending a lot of time at our desks looking at screens, which our bodies were not designed to do. So it’s no wonder that some people are experiencing negative effects on their overall health.

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Five Ways Skype for Business Can Improve your Business Communication

Since being acquired by Microsoft and rolled into the Office365 productivity suite, Skype for Business has transformed. An application once known for free, Internet-based calling and messaging, is now an important collaboration and communications tool. Is it the the tool you need to support your business?

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Microsoft Hits the Bullseye With New Surface Pro Models

Microsoft recently released the Surface Pro 4, building on its successful Surface Pro 3 edition. The Surface Pro 3, marketed as the tablet that could replace your laptop, was already a great product. It had the brain of a PC processor in the body of a mobile tablet.

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Best Collaboration Tools For Small Law Firms

Collaboration Tools For Small Law Firm

Collaboration with case experts, opposing counsel, court officials, and colleagues in the legal profession can be a hassle. Until recently, it entailed numerous face to face meetings, mailing documents back and forth for review, and endless phone calls.

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Top 5 Data Security Tips for Attorneys

Data Security for Lawyers

Data security is a hot-button issue in the legal profession. A recent data breach at the Panamanian law firm of Mossack Fonseca recently gave rise to the widely publicized “Panama Papers.”  

Sensitive client data was divulged in the breach, leading the prime minister of Iceland to step down from his post. The breach also impacted many other high-ranking officials around the world.

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Infographic: Forrester Report on Benefits of Office 365 to Small Business

Tolar Systems has been a Microsoft partner since 2012.  We recommend Microsoft products, particularly Office 365, for many of our customers.

These products deliver benefits including collaboration, sharing and efficiency. However, it can be difficult for many small businesses to measure the results they are getting. That's why Microsoft recently commissioned Forrester Research to do exactly that.

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IT Support Options: Comparing Managed Services to In House IT Staff

Welcome back to our series on IT support options. Last week we compared managed services against the break/fix model of IT consulting services. This time, we’ll compare managed services to hiring your own in-house IT staff.

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IT Support Options: Comparing Break Fix to Managed Services

Welcome to the first installment in our blog series about IT support options for small to medium businesses.

When most business owners think about IT support, they think about calling for help when something breaks. After all, when you’re having problems, you just want to get things working again. You might not be thinking any further ahead than: “I just need my email to work! I have customers waiting!”

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

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

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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