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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.

IT Budgeting Guide and Best Practices

Technology is transforming how companies large and small do business. Technology directly impacts business success, making IT budgeting an important part of your business planning.

Unfortunately, for most business owners and executives who don’t specialize in IT, understanding how to create an effective IT budget is a bit of a challenge. Learn best practices and tools you can use to create an IT budget that will help your business thrive from Tolar Systems.

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Spotlight on Values – What the Golden Rule Means to Tolar Systems’ Clients

At Tolar Systems, our core values are the guiding principles that determine how we do business. More importantly, they guide our relationships with our customers, community, employees and partners. But what do those values really mean to customers? What can you expect when working with Tolar Systems?

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Best Practices for Managing Office Moves and Renovations

Moving into a larger office space, adding a new location or renovating your current location to accommodate your business needsall indicate that your business is growing. Yet, moves and renovations are tricky propositions for businesses, especially when it comes to determining how to keep your technology up and running. The success of your business depends on making sure that all of your technology infrastructure is correctly moved and properly set up again in your new location.

Learn more about how to rise to the challenge of moving or renovating an office.

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IT Strategy Consulting Helps Your Business Map Out the Future

Owners and executives of small and medium size businesses want their business to grow and flourish.  In today's business environment, that means leveraging technology to improve productivity—and encourage growth. However, it's not enough to load a few of the latest apps on your employees' devices. To get the most from your technology investments, businesses of all sizes must create and utilize a thoughtful IT strategy.

Learn more about IT strategy consulting from Tolar Systems.

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Chat-Based Support Streamlines Help Desk Support

There’s a “new kid on the block” when it comes to how organizations like Tolar Systems approach help desk support. It's called “chat-based support,” and it’s a ticketing option we expect to make available to all of our Complete Care managed service customers in the very near future.

Learn more about chat-based support from Tolar Systems.

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What is Digital Transformation and How Can MSPs Help You Achieve It?

Digital transformation is serious business. But thanks to trends like cloud computing and IT outsourcing, it’s easier to achieve than it has ever been before. Digital transformation can help your business evolve, better serve your customers, and provide them with outstanding service—keeping them coming back for more.

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Seven Technical Support Tips to Get the Best Service From Tolar System’s Help Desk

We recently surveyed our clients and were pleased to find that most Tolar Systems' customers are very satisfied with the technical support they receive from us. We also learned that some of our clients have questions about how best to communicate with our help desk to get fast and efficient support.

“How to get support more quickly” is actually one of the most common questions users have about working with a help desk for technical support – whether that’s in-house or outsourced technical support. That’s why we wanted to offer these tips for getting the best technical support from any help desk department.

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Tolar Systems Named Among World's 501 Most Innovative Managed Service Providers

Channel Futures - a leading IT industry publication - recently announced the winners of its MSP501 rankings, which recognizes the 501 most innovative managed services providers from around the globe. Tolar Systems was ranked among the MSP501 for the first time, based on growth, innovation, customer influence and other factors.

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How to Leverage Microsoft Teams in Your Business

In today’s fast-moving business world, communication and collaboration within teams of people is the key to your business' success. That's why Microsoft Teams is replacing Skype for Business as the primary communication and collaboration platform for Microsoft. This change will impact impacts how business users manage their work, including messaging, calling, sharing, etc.

So how can you leverage Teams for success in your business? Learn more from Tolar Systems.

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Cloud Disaster Recovery: Ideas to Keep Remote Workers' Data Safe

Working remotely allows businesses to access hard-to-find talent, even if that talent does not live right in their backyard. However, remote work also creates a few pitfalls. One of those potential issues is the challenge of backing up and recovering data on remote machines.

That is where cloud disaster recovery comes in. Learn more from Tolar Systems.

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Is Your Small Business GDPR Ready?

If you've been watching the news over the last month or so, you’ll likely have heard the acronym “GDPR”. What you might not have heard is that if you are a small business owner, GDPR could affect your business.

Learn more about GDPR and it's affect on small businesses on today's blog.

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Cryptoviruses and Ransomware: Defending Against a Hidden Enemy

If you're wondering whether your business is at risk of a cyberattack using cryptoviruses or ransomware, you're not alone and you're right to be concerned. Your company’s data and computer systems are one of your most important assets. What would you do if your company’s IT system was the victim of a cybercrime or cyberattack?

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Five Ways Technology is Changing Health Care

Technology is changing the way we do business: the health care industry is no exception. Over the past several decades, more and more technology has been incorporated into the practice of medicine: everything from robotics and lasers, to telecommunications and much more. In fact, for many health care organizations, it's not a question of whether to incorporate technology, but how to manage it all.

Learn more about how technology is changing healthcare from Tolar Systems.

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Core Values: What We Mean By Customers Come First

Tolar Systems has established six core values that we believe make a difference in our success and that of our clients. Among these is the value of putting customers first. But, what does “putting customers first” really mean? How does it play out in our business? And what advice would we give to other companies hoping to become more customer-centric?

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Assessing IT Staff: How Big Should Your Team Be?

For any business, having the right team makes all the difference—in your company’s success and margins. But how do you know if your staff is the right size, particularly when it comes to IT? 

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Technology Strategy: Planning for Small Business Success

Any successful small business involves planning—a business plan, a financial plan, a growth strategy. In our increasingly tech-dependent world, a technology strategy should also be part of that line up.

Many small businesses treat technology as an afterthought. Yet, small businesses depend more on technology and spend a higher percent of their annual revenue on IT than medium or large businesses. This means it’s imperative that every dollar is spent strategically—with thoughtfulness and long-term planning in mind.

Learn more about developing a technology strategy for a small to midsize business from Tolar Systems.

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Decisions, Decisions: Managed Service Provider or Cloud Computing Solutions?

When it comes to accessing the cloud, businesses have two choices: either a managed service provider or a cloud computing service provider. Which one is right for your organization? Read on to find out more about these two options.

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Ten Reasons We’re Glad Microsoft Teams is Replacing Skype for Business

Here at Tolar Systems, we think Microsoft's recent announcement that they’re integrating Microsoft Teams - the company's chat-based workspace application - with Skype for Business and phasing out Skype for Business by the end of this year is a good change. Why are we excited about Teams? Read on.

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Six Best Cloud Applications for Small Businesses

Every small business has a few baseline applications that are used to get the work done day in and day out. It used to be that these applications were accessed by downloading onto a desktop, or loading from a disc onto a local server.

No more. Today, for a reasonable fee, you can access your business’s data and applications on the cloud. Cloud based applications deliver anytime, anywhere acces from a desktop or your mobile device. They are a cost effective way for small businesses to access technologies that were previously out of their reach, so they can better compete, both with other small business and larger ones.

Learn more from Tolar Systems.

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Why a Managed IT Services Firm is the Most Cost-Effective Option for IT Support

Oh no! Your network is down…again. This is the second time this week, and it’s really slowing down your ability to get things done.

This is a common scenario in many small businesses, especially those without an IT team to help maintain and monitor their networks and infrastructure. If this situation sounds familiar, the answer is simple: it’s time to think about managed IT services for your IT support. But what’s the most cost-effective way to find the help you need?

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