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

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

3 Myths About Viruses and Malware

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We spend a lot of time talking to new and prospective clients about computer viruses and malware. The business owners and executives we meet with are understandably worried about the damage hackers can do to their companies and want to know how we’ll protect them. As part of our consultation process, we try to inform businesspeople about the threats they … Read More

7 Surprising Environmental Factors That Can Affect Your Tech

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When technology isn’t working the way it’s supposed to, or lasting as long as it should, businesspeople tend to look for easy fixes. They assume a piece of hardware was defective, for example, or that they should have bought a different item. That can sometimes be the case, but it’s also true that there are a number of environmental factors … Read More

3 Technologies That Are Quietly Changing the Small Business World

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Everyone knows that artificial intelligence, mobile computing, and advanced robotics are poised to completely transform our world in the next few decades. What many business owners and executives don’t realize, though, is that there are some more subtle technologies that are already changing the way we live and work in significant ways. Here are three in particular that you should … Read More

How to Choose Tech for Your Employees

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Buying pieces of technology for your employees is a little bit different than purchasing them for your own business use. For one thing, you know exactly what you need and why it can help you work more efficiently. Your employees might not have that same level of insight, and they probably aren’t aware (or as dialed into) of your concerns … Read More