Email is (and has been) a prime method of communication for businesses of all sizes. With email comes a whole slew of issues that are essentially synonymous with the technology; spam, information overload, phishing, and information privacy. Even Texas small businesses that only do business locally are at risk of these issues. Personal email accounts are equally at risk. Employing proper precautions and practices whenever communicating via email is very important to prevent the risk of security compromises, monetary loss, and even legality issues.
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An IT managed services provider delivers solutions to business owners who need high quality IT support but can’t or choose not to invest in dedicated IT staff and equipment to manage and maintain their technology. It’s a smart option that helps businesses stay competitive with their IT infrastructure without excessive investment.
If you’re a small business owner who spends a lot of time on the road, you’re probably never far from your mobile device. Increasingly, whether your travel is business or personal, staying connected to your office or business is a must. According to a recent Pew Internet Research survey, more than 92% of American adults own a cellphone; 90% of them carry it with them constantly.
As printers have gotten smaller and less expensive, most small business owners don’t think as carefully about what printer to buy as they once did. It used to be a big decision for a business to select a printer, particularly when all the printing done in an office might be done by a single high volume printer.
Whether the network you use is for personal or business needs, network security is something that should always be taken seriously. In 2016 alone, more than 2 billion records were stolen or breached due to problems with network security. The cost to recover from a network security breach can be astronomical for a small business – a recent survey indicates that it costs SMBs more than $50,000 to recover from a breach in their security.
Net Neutrality has long been a topic of heated controversy within the technology industry, but for people outside the industry it’s always been a bit of a question mark. In the world of small business, Net Neutrality is rarely even thought about, let alone understood.
If you’re selecting IT services for small business, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with the choices available. You can choose from services associated with a box store, a local company that serves your hometown, or a national firm that may have an office in your area. You could select a service firm that is associated with a particular software or hardware provider.
Recently some of our customers experienced email issues due to a policy change by ICANN that caused them to temporarily lose access to some of their email accounts for a short period. The incident reminded us that many people may be unaware of who ICANN is and why they matter to your business, so we thought we’d do a quick FAQ about ICANN here on the blog so that you can be educated and aware.
Many small business owners believe that choosing to only hire an IT technician when something breaks – what we in the industry call “Break/Fix” services – is more budget friendly than working with an IT managed services provider. In fact, a recent survey by CompTIA found that only 30% of businesses use any kind of managed services to maintain their IT.
As more and more businesses turn to the cloud to help them meet rapidly changing technical needs, many business owners and managers are asking whether cloud based solutions are really the best option for their business. This is a complex topic, so we thought we’d look at it from a few angles.
When it comes to strategies for growing your business, hiring an IT managed services firm might not be the first thing to come to mind. More typically, companies outsource their technology needs to an IT managed services firm because they lack the resources to manage the technology in house, or they are experiencing some technical difficulties that need to be resolved.
As a Managed Services Provider or MSP, we are frequently asked a lot of questions about managed services. Some of the questions we are most frequently asked include, “what are managed services,” “how does managed services work,” and “what are the benefits of managed services to my business?”
IT Services for Small Businesses
When it comes to IT services for small businesses, if you’re a small business owner, you already know that dealing with your IT can be a headache. Most small businesses rely heavily on their technology to do business, yet they do not know how to get the most out of the investments they’ve made.
At Tolar Systems, we love answering our clients' questions about technology. One of the questions we're asked most frequently is, “what is the Cloud?” So we thought we’d take some time to discuss the cloud in layman’s terms, and break it down in terms of what the Cloud means for your business.
At Tolar Systems, we are frequently asked about technology; one of the questions on many people's minds is, what is the Internet of Things (IOT), and why should you care?
In this post, we set out to answer these questions.
Looking for ways to jumpstart your growth and delegate some of those pesky tasks you don't have time for? Consider outsourcing firms.
There comes a point in the growth of many businesses when you may need to consider solutions to enable faster growth. This is because most small businesses share a similar growth pattern: when you first start your business, one person does it all. As you become more successful, you hire a few more people to help.
In the last two installments of this series on managing multisite organizations (click here for Part 1 and Part 2), we talked about challenges businesses face when operating in multiple locations, and some tools and systems that can help. In this installment we’re discussing the third part of the equation – the practices and processes that can help to make multisite organizations run more smoothly, whether you’re opening your first branch office, or your 101st.
In the previous installment of this series, we discussed some of the challenges multi-site businesses experience when trying to manage people across the miles. Those problems tend to center around issues of culture, communication and collaboration.
In this segment, we’ll talk about the systems and processes that can help to alleviate some of those challenges.
Managing multi-site organizations is a real challenge for the owner of a growing business. As you expand, determining when, whether and how to add new sites or people to your organization are some of the most important questions you'll face. Get these answers right and your business will thrive. Get them wrong and you'll have an administrative and technical headache on your hands.