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IT Best Practices: Do you invest in technology or training?

In information technology, best practices beat best products. Information technology is a field people often view in terms of things—hardware, software, networks, data. Organizations frequently disconnect these programs and devices from the way in which they implement them. According to this mindset, the job of the IT department is to set everything up, not determine […]
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Does the Internet of Things Lead to Smart Manufacturing?

3 ways our ever-increasing network of connected devices is changing manufacturing. In the past decade, we’ve gone from smart phones, to smart watches, to smart… well, you name it. WiFi-enabled devices have become ubiquitous in so many industries, that it’s safe to assume that most technology these days comes equipped with some level of wireless […]
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4 Ways Managed IT Can Improve Manufacturing Efficiency

How you can streamline your business by staying on top of manufacturing technology Manufacturing businesses know how critical a smooth production process is to a healthy business. In a competitive industry, where marginal improvements can translate to major gains on a business’s bottom line, business leaders are looking for the best means to improve manufacturing […]
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When do you need to replace computer hardware and networking systems?

How Long Do You Expect Your Hardware to Last? Business owners invest in various computer hardware and networking systems and then forget about them until something goes wrong. Parts breaking down, disasters, and company changes are common reasons why businesses replace their hardware. To avoid major downtime and financial headaches, it’s important to know how […]
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Remote Work Management: Cloud Server vs VPN

What network best supports remote work management? More workers than ever are working remotely. This could be a personal choice, or because they work for a distributed company. Many businesses, especially SMBs (small-to-medium businesses) are increasing their dependence on remote workers for the first time. And this means they’re also facing new networking choices. One of the […]
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When is it Time to Update Your Network?

If you can’t remember the last time you did, you need to update your network. If you’re the usual small- to mid-sized business owner, you’ve probably grown your organization’s IT network gradually and organically over the past five to ten years since your last major overhaul (if you’ve ever had a major overhaul). Not only that, but […]
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Why New Buildings Have IT Problems, and How to Fix Them

Coordinating your contractors, leadership, and IT team during a construction project. If your company has ever built, renovated, or repurposed a building, then chances are you’ve experienced the frustrations we’re about to discuss. The fact of the matter is that buildings rarely open for business with a fully-functioning network. Surrounding this phenomenon is a series […]