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The Latest on Microsoft Azure: Cloud Software that Simplifies Data Backup and Disaster Recovery

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You may have seen this software advertised one way or another on the Internet, but do you know what it is and what amazing things it can do for your business? Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing platform released in February 2010 that has taken the world by storm with its capabilities in flexible hardware platforms and data storage.

Microsoft Azure is meant for building, deploying, and managing applications on a global scale. It is supported by both Windows and Linux, and comes with a wide variety of tools and frameworks. Microsoft Azure has over 600 different services aiding in computing, mobile services, data storage services, data management services, messaging, media services, development, machine learning, and many more! Because of this, Microsoft Azure has proven itself to be among the best in cloud computing software.

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Top 4 Benefits of Outsourcing IT

Benefits of Outsourcing IT

Often when you're just getting your company off the ground, everyone wears multiple hats. While this means that you can hire fewer employees, it also means that certain jobs aren't being given the undivided attention they need, including IT needs. When you have a small team, you don't necessarily need to have a full IT department. However, you can get all the benefits of having an IT department through outsourcing to a local, trusted IT service provider.

Cost Advantages

One of the most significant roadblocks to setting up your own IT department is the cost involved. Hiring IT-related employees can be a very high fixed cost for your company. Outsourcing can save you money, and that money can then be fed back into other parts of your business.

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4 Technology Tools to Use this New Year

Technology Tools to Use

New year, new habits, right? Technology is a must-have in every business and for small businesses, this is no exception. Sure, a lack of money and resources makes staying up-to-date with well-known companies an uphill battle. But many technology tools for small businesses cost little-to-nothing to use. A lot of the time, all you need to do is sign up for an account.

As you’re beginning your new habits in 2017, here's a list of technology tools you should use in your small business.

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Why Small Businesses Should Invest in Technology

Why Small Businesses Should Invest in Technology

Because of size and available resources, it's often difficult for small businesses to stay updated on the latest business trends. But one trend that your small business should focus on is advancing technology. It's something everyone uses on a daily basis and will make your daily work life much smoother.

With 2017 budgeting likely in full-swing by now, here is exactly why your business should invest in technology.

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6 Reasons You Need Preventative Maintenance on Your Hardware

Preventative Maintenance for Your Hardware

When working with small businesses, we so often hear “Technology is great until it doesn’t work.” When it comes to your business, there is nothing worse than downtime because your technology isn’t working. Well how do you keep your technology working? After all, no one wants to be stuck in the stone age, right? The answer is maintenance.

There are two mindsets in the world when it comes to maintenance, reactive and preventative:

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4 Benefits of Switching to Cloud VoIP Phone Systems for Your Small Business

Benefits of Cloud VoIP Phone Systems for Your Small Business

If you're looking to cut unnecessary costs for your business, or even just make phone communication and conferencing easier, you might want to consider switching to a VoIP phone solution. VoIP is an acronym for Voice over Internet Protocol and is a change in the way companies communicate. While the name sounds complicated, the service is not. In this article, we'll give you 4 reasons why switching to VoIP may be the best phone solution for your business.

1. Easy Customization

First up, there's no geographical boundary. Instead of having an area or country code that is bound to where your business operates, you can purchase any area code you want. If you decide to move your business to Canada for a time, but maintain a U.S. phone number through your VoIP provider, it's possible to keep all your calls domestic. Likewise, you can purchase multiple area codes and associated numbers very easily and cheaply as you expand your business to new markets. Need to setup calling rules, out of office notifications, call recording, or an auto-attendant? These customizations are made through an intuitive online dashboard which can be managed remotely as needed. Check out more of the standard and advanced features of VoIP Phone Systems.

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Why You Should Invest in Paid Security Software vs. Free Security Software

Paid Security vs. Free Security Software

As the old saying goes, "the best things in life are free." While there's some truth to this, there are some great things that come with spending money. Especially when it comes to how your business runs. You have to spend money to make money. Security software is one area you should certainly be willing to invest in for your business, because the potential risk of not investing may be even more costly.

There are plenty of security software programs with free versions offered online like Avast, AVG and Malware-Bytes. They come with what appears to be plenty of features to get the job done. Many small businesses don’t even think of paying for their premium versions or consider paying for programs like Kaspersky or Intel Security for this reason. While this is arguably may be acceptable for personal use, when it comes to business, you should consider paying for better protection. Here are the benefits of paid security software vs. free software.

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FAQ: How Can My Small Business Benefit from the Cloud?

Small Business Benefit from Cloud

Many small business owners have heard of the mysterious technological term, "The Cloud." However, they have never really been told what "The Cloud" is, so they remain in the dark as to whether their business is in the cloud, out of the cloud or perhaps even between clouds!

What is the Cloud?

In its simplest form, the cloud is the concept of utilizing the internet for accessing and storing information and programs rather than only using the physical hard drive on your PC or your networked server resources for these functions. Most small businesses are likely already at least partly utilizing the cloud. Those that lag behind still have many processes tied to their PC or resources on their own network, which could be the cause of current or potential issues as their business grows.

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3 Reasons Custom-Built Computers Outperform and Outlast Off-the-Shelf Brand Machines

Benefits of Custom Built Computers
 

Many small business customers prefer custom-built computers over name brands, but why?

Here are 3 reasons you should seriously consider having a custom-built computer:

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4 New Features in Microsoft Office 2016 that Save Time

Office 2016 New Features
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As you may have heard, Microsoft released Office 2016, and, recently, it has become available for download with existing Office 365 customers. If you think Office 2016 looks very similar to Office 2013, you’re quite right. At first glance, the changes are not necessarily very obvious in a visual nature. However, some of the new features in Microsoft Office 2016 can be significant time savers for small businesses, and the improved sharing and the integration methods can help your business collaborate at big business levels. Below we’ve identified four new features in Office 2016 that we think small businesses will appreciate:

Tell Me

This new feature helps you discover how-to perform a task within the program even if you don't know the question to ask. In the area that says “Tell me what you want to do,” type what you are trying to accomplish in the command box, and you'll get back a dynamic selection of ways to do it.

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