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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.

Investigating the Value of Managed IT Services

Managed IT services can present a lot of benefits for small businesses. Small businesses often can't afford to hire in-house IT technicians, making managed IT services an attractive alternative for IT support and management to keep their business running efficiently. In this post, we'll cover the benefits a managed service provider can present a small business, and how an MSP delivers significant returns on your IT support investments.

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Ransomware Risk is Exploding– How to Protect Your Business (pt 1 of 3)

Ransomware. It's one of the fastest growing threats to your business, whether yours is a large organization or a small firm. Here at Tolar Systems we’ve recently seen an increase in the frequency and severity of these kinds of attacks. We’re working hard to help reduce our clients’ vulnerability, but we can’t do it alone. That is why we want to share information about ransomware risk and how to protect your business from this ever-growing threat.

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MSP 501 Newcomer Award Winner Tolar Systems Talks About Transformation

Tolar Systems' Vice President Phillip Poarch was recently interviewed by IT managed service industry publication, Channel Partners, about our recent selection as the MSP 501 Newcomer Award winner. The focus of the conversation was business transformation. Phillip's advice applies not only to other organizations in the IT industry, but really to any organization, large or small, that wants to grow and transform its business.

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Coopetition: What Is It? How Can It Help Your Business Grow?

Tolar Systems' Vice President Phillip Poarch was recently published in Channel Futures talking about coopetition, an often overlooked growth strategy. Learn more from Tolar Systems.

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Channel Futures Names Tolar Systems as a 2018 MSP 501 Special Award Winner

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(Abilene, Texas) Tolar Systems of Abilene, Texas was announced as one of several 2018 MSP 501 Special Award winners by Channel Futures on Wednesday. The awards are part of the media outlet’s annual MSP 501 ranking list and survey and were announced on the Channel Futures website and in the fall print edition of Channel Partners Online, its sister site.

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VoIP: Save Money, Work Anywhere

As a business owner, you are always looking at finding ways to manage your bottom line. The greater your profit, the faster your business can grow. One simple, yet cost effective budget item you should consider to enhance that profit is using a managed voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) system instead of a regular phone system.

VoIP leverages your Internet connection to provide phone service, and offers many other advantages. It also is a cost effective option that offers your business added flexibility and mobility. Learn more from Tolar Systems.

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Cost Effectiveness of Hiring an MSP vs. an IT Employee

As your business grows, your IT needs inevitably increase along with your business. So what do you do? There are two viable choices companies in this situation may consider: hire an IT employee to help, or engage a managed service provider (MSP). Of course, both choices require extra budget. So how do you determine which one is most cost effective for your business?

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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.

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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.

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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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