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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Topics: 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

It’s Not about IT Management but about Implementing Best Practices

Posted by Sean Kline on Fri, Aug 17, 2012 @ 11:21 AM

There are a number of IT services that offer to audit your business and identify your IT issues. You should be careful about jumping in to do an IT audit without understanding its purpose. The issues an audit identifies  – antivirus issues, spam issues, server issues, security risks – are symptoms of an IT infrastructure that is out of alignment. The natural reaction for any business owner will be to fix those issues. However, implementing an IT process that aligns IT to the business at the lowest overall cost solves not only the symptoms but the underlying cause: taking a reactive vs. proactive approach to IT management.

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Topics: Managed IT Services, IT best practices, small business it support, IT infrastructure investment

Bringing Efficient IT to Small Business through Managed IT Services

Posted by Sean Kline on Thu, Aug 09, 2012 @ 03:14 PM

Technology in the 21st Century changes more rapidly than ever, and if small-business owners aren’t careful, they can end up spending all of their time putting out fires, updating equipment and worrying about security threats. Small businesses may find it difficult to support the cost of a full IT department to handle their IT management.

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Topics: Managed IT Services, IT best practices, IT Management, IT infrastructure investment

The Benefits of IT Managed Services

Posted by Sean Kline on Fri, Jun 08, 2012 @ 12:44 PM

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Topics: Managed IT Services, IT Managed Services, IT best practices, small business it support

An IT Services Guide Can Help - It Can Get Murky in the Cloud

Posted by Sean Kline on Sat, Feb 18, 2012 @ 07:42 AM

I was talking to a business owner the other day who asked me “If I’m in the cloud, what do I need IT services for?” Inwardly, I groaned, because this is a question I’m hearing more often these days – and it represents a misunderstanding about the ‘magic’ of cloud services. The cloud is powerful, and has the ability to save companies thousands of dollars on things like the upkeep of a data center, but ultimately it’s just another deployment model. A deployment model with its own set of challenges, risks and questions that need answering.

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Topics: Managed IT Services, IT Strategy, IT Managed Services, IT best practices, virtual CIO, cloud services, IT services guide

Unable To Update Windows 7 - How To Prevent Attacks And Problems Now

Posted by Sean Kline on Mon, Aug 08, 2011 @ 04:51 PM

Being unable to update Windows 7 is a serious security risk for a small business and may also lead to other operational problems.  Windows Update is a great service, but is not flawless.  At times, users need to reset it for it to work properly.  Please note, that I do not recommend that you edit your registry yourself!  Following the links in this article may lead you to suggestions for registry edits.  If you edit your registry, do not have a backup and make a mistake, you may not be able to recover.

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Topics: Managed IT Services, Windows 7

Keep Data Safe from the Apes: The Data Backup System and You

Posted by Christian Kline on Thu, Jul 28, 2011 @ 11:35 AM

An outbreak of highly intelligent apes escape from a science facility and are ravaging your town or city, vandalizing everything in sight and your place of business might be next; what do you do? Haven’t seen the Rise of the Planet of the Apes trailer yet? That’s okay, because the apes are really just a metaphor for disaster. However, to answer the original question, you would not have to do anything if you invested some of your business’s resources in a data backup system.

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Topics: Managed IT Services, Online Backup, Remote Data Backup

Small Business IT Network Monitoring - 4 Reasons to Do it Remotely?

Posted by Sean Kline on Wed, Mar 23, 2011 @ 03:34 PM

Small Business IT network monitoring is a core activity needed to ensure uptime and productivity.  What follows is 4 reasons to do it remotely? 

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Topics: Managed IT Services

Managed Service Provider Solutions - Top 5 Benefits to Your IT Staff

Posted by Sean Kline on Mon, Mar 14, 2011 @ 10:23 AM

Small business owners and leaders often ask why their company needs managed service provider solutions if they already have an IT staff? 

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Topics: Managed IT Services

IT Services For Small Business - 7 Reasons To Have An Agreement

Posted by Sean Kline on Mon, Jan 31, 2011 @ 03:08 PM

Organizations may utilize IT services for small business in many ways, including break-fix, selective managed services and fully outsourced. 

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Topics: Managed IT Services

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