The Hidden Costs of a Tech Upgrade

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In theory, replacing one piece of technology (like a computer workstation) for a newer or faster model should be simple. You buy the new item, plug it in, and enjoy the benefits… right? As any business owner or seasoned IT professional can tell you, it’s not always that simple. There are numerous hiccups that can arise when you’re switching devices, … 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

Why Switching Software is Trickier Than You Think

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There are a lot of reasons businesses might decide to move from one software product, suite, or package to another. In some cases the switch might have to do with pricing. In other instances the deciding factor might be a certain package of features, or even the aesthetics in terms of menus and colors. No matter what the reason, though, … Read More

12 Problems a Good IT Partner Can Help You Solve

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We often use the Fantastic IT blog to explore high-level technical topics, but that doesn’t mean we can’t deal with the day-to-day issues and annoyances that might be plaguing your business. To help illustrate that, and get you thinking about some of the ways we could help your company, today we want to highlight a dozen different issues a company … 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

Are You Following an Old Approach to Hardware Upgrades?

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In a lot of small and medium-sized businesses, hardware upgrades make up a significant portion of the IT budget. However, we often come across situations where businesses are overspending. We are going to show you why in this short post. However, first we want to make clear that by “hardware” we are referring to any physical piece of technology you … 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

Using Smart Data and Automation To Make Your Business More Efficient

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We have reached a strange point in the development of business technology. On the one hand, we have new and exciting tools that are revolutionizing every aspect of entrepreneurship and management. You can do things on a smart phone today that would have been impossible with a computer just a couple of decades ago. On the other hand, there are … Read More

5 Fantastic Side Benefits Of Having A Managed Services Agreement

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If you own or run a business, the chances are good that you are already aware of the big benefits associated with having a managed services agreement with a reputable outsourced IT team. You get regular proactive maintenance on your technology at a fixed low monthly rate (eliminating expensive unplanned repairs and upgrades in the process). That’s not all there … Read More

Is Your 2019 IT Budget Realistic?

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With the end of the year looming, we know a lot of business owners and executives will be setting budgets and priorities for 2019. And if this year is like every other in recent memory, a lot of you will be wondering how much you should set aside for technology. Most of the small and medium-sized companies we work with … Read More

Are You Ignoring a Key Part of Your Tech Setup?

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As we have noted in the past, the best technology care is proactive. It’s about managing conditions so that hardware lasts longer, software runs flawlessly, and everyone on your team can go about their work without dealing with crashes, error messages, or unexpected failures. One aspect of good proactive technology care, however, also tends to be something that business owners … Read More

How to Help Your IT Provider Help You

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Most of the time, a good outsourced IT provider is simply going to work behind the scenes and help you keep your business running smoothly while staying out of the way. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t things you can do to help make their job easier. Make no mistake: it’s in your best interests to have your technology care … Read More

How to Make Small Business IT Budgeting More Predictable

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As we have mentioned in the past, one of the top complaints business owners have about IT budgeting is that it can seem so unpredictable. It’s difficult to forecast future tech expenses when you don’t know what will be coming out, which of your existing devices might break or fail, and how your technology budget will be affected by future … Read More

5 Myths You Might Believe About Computer Hacking

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As IT professionals, we have mixed feelings about the way Hollywood tends to portray our industry. On the one hand, it’s fun that movies portray us as young, attractive people who only fit our technical work in between international travel and kung fu lessons. On the other hand, though, a lot of the business owners we meet with hold onto … Read More

It’s Time For Your IT Consulting Session

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With summer winding down and the busy part of the business calendar coming back into focus, you are likely thinking ahead to lots of new projects and initiatives. You might need to make new hires, open up a new location, or test out some fresh marketing initiatives. Or, you could be looking forward to cost-cutting measures and/or training for your … Read More

4 Problems That Come From Moving Your Own Business Technology

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In theory, taking the technology you have from an existing office and moving it to a new setting should be simple. All you have to do is unplug everything, send it to your new location, and reconnect the cords and cables, right? Unfortunately, it’s not usually so simple. In fact, deciding to move your own technology can end up costing … Read More

Why End of Summer is the Perfect Time to Get IT Help

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Have you been thinking about getting some help with your company’s IT strategy, or maybe engaging the services of a trained technology support partner? If so, this might be the perfect time to take action. Although a lot of business owners and executives don’t realize it, summer can be the ideal time to onboard an outsourced IT vendor or make … Read More

4 Times You Need a Written IT Plan

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As our clients know, there are several different layers of comprehensive IT care. In some cases, simply having 24/7 monitoring and trained technicians on-call isn’t enough. There are certain instances in which it makes sense to have a written plan to guide you through an intensive process. This is something business owners – and even careless IT vendors – can … Read More