IT Strategy

How to ensure business continuity

By Davis Merrey

For most organizations, downtime is inevitable. Servers and desktops crash at some point, tornados strike, and other acts of God happen. Most of that will impact your business in some way, which is why it’s vital to have a business continuity plan. Business continuity consists of having a “what if” plan when disaster strikes, which…

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Three questions to ask before switching to VoIP

By Davis Merrey

In today’s fast-paced business world, many companies are switching to VoIP (Voice over IP) phone systems to save money and save time on the upkeep of a traditional phone system. It’s an attractive option for many businesses, but like anything else, it’s important to evaluate if it’s really the right move for your business needs.…

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Is VoIP the right option for your company?

By Davis Merrey

More and more companies are switching to VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) for their office phone system, but is it right for your business? First, let’s explain the basics of VoIP. It takes the analog audio signals used in telecommunications and converts them to digital data that can be transmitted through the internet. As long…

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Security audits can save your business

By Davis Merrey

That might sound like a sensational headline, but it’s true. A security audit can, in fact, save your business.  According to a report from Verizon, 58% of malware attack victims are categorized as small businesses. And according to a 2017 report by Ponemon, cyber attacks cost small and medium-sized businesses an average of more than…

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Assessing your IT infrastructure

By Davis Merrey

Your IT infrastructure includes all of the information technology that keeps your business running—hardware, software, and security. That means the various computers used by your team, the different programs they have installed (or that they access online), and the firewalls, spam filters, malware protection, and other things in place to protect you and your company.…

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What’s at stake during an IT outage?

By Davis Merrey

Most of us have been there: a server crashes or the network goes down and productivity throughout the office slows to a snail’s pace. Or maybe it’s just you and your aging laptop that finally decided it wasn’t going to turn on today. It’s frustrating when that happens, but your patience isn’t the only thing…

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Why cybersecurity matters

By Davis Merrey

When talking about cybersecurity issues, many people jump straight to thinking about hackers and ransomware. But studies have shown that anywhere from 50% to 95% of security incidents are due to human error. That’s a pretty staggering number!  So what does that mean? It means every business, large or small, is potentially at risk. For…

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Tired of endlessly replacing hardware and software?

By Davis Merrey

As technology changes and a business grows, it can start to seem like you’re constantly replacing hardware or software to keep up. Is there an end to that cycle? Yes, there can be. More and more companies are moving toward an IT strategy that includes hardware as a service (HaaS) and software as a service…

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Is your IT foundation a firm one?

By Davis Merrey

A great house on a weak foundation will ultimately become a nightmare to live in. Poorly designed IT environments are the same. They will perform poorly and become very expensive to maintain and use.  How can you tell if your IT foundation is firm?  Let’s continue with the house analogy. If your floors are creaking,…

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What is business continuity and why do you need it?

By Davis Merrey

Fires, floods, accidents, server crashes, virus infections, stock market crashes, and the apocalypse can all impact a business. Zombies might not actually be a threat, but you get the picture—lots of things can happen that impact your business. Business continuity means having a plan in place to prepare for disasters. The plan should include IT…

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