Should Form Factor and Aesthetics Matter for IT Purchases?

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So, you’ve seen the latest gadget or device advertised and think it looks really cool. Should that factor into your buying decision? This is a more complicated question than a lot of business owners and executives might realize. For one thing, technology companies base a great deal of their marketing on sleek images and quick video cuts that are designed … Read More

The One IT Question More Business Owners Should Ask

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When it comes to technology purchases, investments, and decisions, business owners have lots of questions. Why shouldn’t they? The majority of them are experts in profitability, or their industries, but not IT. It’s only natural that they’ll want to know about things like cost, compatibility, and upgrades. With all of that being said, though, there is an IT question we … Read More

Are You Ignoring a Big Factor in Tech Upgrades?

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Managing tech upgrades for your small or medium-sized business can be a daunting task. There are overlapping budgets and capabilities to consider, not to mention aesthetics and personal preferences. Put all of that together and it’s easy to overspend, get the wrong thing, or end up with the newest version of a device that isn’t all it was promised to … Read More

4 Ways to Make Your Employees More Productive With Tech

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Why does your company invest in new computers, devices, apps, or software packages? Although you may feel like those expenses are necessities, or just “costs of doing business,” the ultimate goal is probably to make your team more efficient and productive. In other words, you want to give them the tools they need to do more, stay competitive, and help … Read More

The Heart of a Strong Business IT Strategy

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When business people think about “IT strategy,” they tend to focus on hardware and technical details like gigabytes and core speeds. Or, their minds turn to the expenses associated with enterprise-level cloud solutions and backup schemes. These are all very reasonable associations, but they focus on the details rather than the bigger things that are more important. The heart of … Read More

Do Your IT Vendor’s Technical Certifications Matter?

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If you are in the process of looking for an outsourced IT team to help with your company’s technology you might have noticed that many businesses (Fantastic IT included) promote lots of different certifications. If you aren’t familiar with all of the different terms and hardware or software combinations you might be tempted to wonder whether these credentials matter at … Read More

7 IT Mistakes Your Employees Could Be Making Right Now

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Typically, when business owners tell us they are worried about their technology or data security, it’s usually because they are envisioning thieves and hackers who want to steal from them. However, the bigger risks sometimes come from inside a company’s walls. Your employees and managers might not mean your business harm, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t making common and … Read More

How the Right IT Partner Can Help You Get More Vacation Time

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In quiet moments during consultations and service calls, many of the business owners we work with admit that even though they love running their companies they wish they could enjoy more downtime. Specifically, most of them seem to dream of stepping away from the office for a couple of weeks now and again to get a vacation. While we don’t … Read More

5 Ways AI May Soon Improve Your Small Business

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Artificial intelligence has long fascinated scientists, writers, and business leaders alike. For decades, we’ve been hearing about the many possibilities that arise when machines can learn to handle routine tasks, or even to learn for themselves. As we move into 2018, we are finally starting to see some of those possibilities realized. And while AI might not be affecting your … Read More

How a Little Bit of IT Training Can Save Your Business Huge Amounts of Money

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Although many of our new clients don’t necessarily realize it, providing training to business owners and employees is an important part of what we do. Naturally, we don’t try to turn them into technical experts. However, by showing some simple tips and procedures, we can help them avoid huge problems and save tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars every … Read More

Stop! Read This Before Fixing Your Own Tech

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There are a lot of mistakes business owners and managers make when it comes to technology. It’s unfortunate that the most common also tends to be the one that’s easiest to avoid – deciding to “fix” their own hardware software instead of calling a professional. It’s easy to understand why people decide to undertake DIY IT projects. There are lots … Read More

What Does a Good Backup and Recovery Plan Include?

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In a recent post, we reminded business owners and executives that they should set up (or review) their backup and disaster recovery plans before heading out on summer vacation. Otherwise, they could find themselves facing sleepless nights while they worry about the hundreds of things that could happen while they’re away that might cost the company a small fortune. To … Read More

Are You Forgetting an Important IT Task?

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Summer is around the corner, and that means things will slow down at a lot of companies across Southern California. Owners and executives will be thinking about long vacations and (hopefully) sometime spent not worrying about their businesses. If you want to make your summer season as stress-free as possible, we hope you’ll take our advice and pay attention to … Read More

What Should You Do With Old Computers and Hardware?

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Today’s businesses are more reliant on technology than ever before. Whether you have a one-person company or an enterprise with thousands of employees you’re probably upgrading computers, phones, and tablets more frequently than ever before. But, while there is a lot of knowledge out there to help you decide what to get and when to invest in it, there isn’t … Read More

3 Ways to Smooth Out Your IT Cashflow

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For a lot of small and medium-sized businesses the hardest part about managing technology isn’t making computers, phones, and software work together – it’s devising a regular budget that makes sense. That’s because some IT expenses (like emergency repairs and equipment upgrades, for example) can seem to be unpredictable in their amounts and timing. IT budgeting doesn’t have to be … Read More