Small Business IT Blog

How to Encourage Proactive Support in the IT Field 

Posted by Sean Kline on Fri, Jul 14, 2017 @ 08:00 AM

Proactive support is not a new concept, and yet, it has lacked in the IT field as most of those within the industry follow a break-fix model. Changing the way support has been may also mean changing the way business is done on a daily basis. Innovation can encourage a new way to meet consumer demands or improve current business practices that will ultimately make you and your business more successful.

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What Are You Getting From Your Current IT Solution?

Posted by Sean Kline on Tue, Jun 27, 2017 @ 05:45 PM

When you are examining your current IT solution, it can be difficult to figure out whether or not you are in an ideal situation or if maybe you could use some help. There are many different facets to consider when thinking about potential IT solutions, so to help you make the best decision for you, let's take a look at some of the questions you need to ask yourself.

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Tags: IT best practices

Do Managed Services Benefit Small Businesses?

Posted by Sean Kline on Fri, Jan 09, 2015 @ 02:09 PM

As in most thing, the answer to the question "do managed services benefit small businesses?"  is "it depends."  As unsatisfying as that response may be because of our seemingly inherent desire to drive things to black and white statements, some benefit and some do not.

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Tags: Utilizing Technology in Business, Managed IT Services, IT Strategy, IT Managed Services, Small Business IT Resources, IT best practices, small business it support, small business IT infrastructure, small business solutions

Why It Does Not Make Sense to Hire a Network Support Company

Posted by Sean Kline on Tue, Nov 04, 2014 @ 04:13 PM

Hiring a network support company makes sense doesn't it?  Most small businesses are not experts in networking.  So, one would think this is a logical thing to outsource.

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Tags: small business it support, IT infrastructure

Short Term Thinking + Small Business Computer Services = Profit Loss

Posted by Sean Kline on Mon, Nov 03, 2014 @ 02:24 PM

Unfortunately, when it comes to small business computer services, many owners, CEOs and presidents fall into the trap of short-term thinking.

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Tags: IT Strategy, small business IT infrastructure

Computer Services - Are They a Commodity?

Posted by Sean Kline on Tue, Oct 28, 2014 @ 08:39 AM

I meet with presidents, CEOs and owners of small businesses every week to discuss what computer services they are using (whether internal or external), what it costs them and the results they are seeing.

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Tags: IT Managed Services

Small Business Computer Services Pain Points - Research Results

Posted by Sean Kline on Thu, Oct 03, 2013 @ 02:28 PM

Over the last two years, we have conducted a study of small business computer services pain points.  We interviewed 110 companies ranging from 20 to 100 employees.  Representative interviewees included owners, CEOs, presidents, partners, general managers, CFOs, controllers and similar leadership positions.  The pain points represent those most affecting business outcomes as reported by the interviewee.  Verticals were wide ranging with everything from biotechnology to services organizations to manufacturing and technology.

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Tags: IT Managed Services, small business it support

How Do You Support Small Business IT Infrastructure Remotely?

Posted by Sean Kline on Wed, Jul 03, 2013 @ 10:19 AM

One of the common questions that I get from owners who need their small business IT infrastructure supported is how can an external company perform support remotely and effectively?

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Tags: small business it support, small business IT infrastructure

5 Key Small Business IT Support Initiatives to Improve Efficiency

Posted by Sean Kline on Thu, Apr 11, 2013 @ 04:09 PM

In today’s economically optimistic, but still cautious small business environment, efficiency in information technologies is more important than ever.  And the best way to capitalize on that efficiency is to make sure your small business IT support doesn’t just detect problems in your network, it prevents them.  Here are the five technology initiatives to best ensure maximum productivity.

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Tags: cloud services, small business it support, Virtualization, offsite backups, social media, security audits

Does Remote Network Monitoring Go Far Enough?

Posted by Sean Kline on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 @ 02:34 PM

A client shared with me something that happened to him while he was on vacation in the Mayan ruins of Mexico. He received a call from his remote network monitoring agency while he was in the middle of those ruins, because one of his servers was down. He looked at this from the point of view that this call was awesome, because now he could get it fixed and his network monitoring provider was able to reach him wherever he was. Or he could have taken a step back and thought to himself: “Why did I even have to get called in the first place?”

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Tags: small business it support, Remote Network Monitoring, proactive problem solving