Is it Smart to Invest in an in-House Technology Expert?

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Sometimes, the decision about whether or not to hire an in-house IT employee is an easy one. For instance, if you have a very small company, then you might not have room in your budget to bring on additional full or part-time personnel. Or, if you’re at the head of a massive enterprise, the day-to-day needs of your organization might … Read More

3 Bad Reasons to Buy New Computers or Devices

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Every January, small business owners, department managers, and IT executives go on the hunt for new computers and devices. Many of them are armed with fresh budgets, newly released funds, and a slew of discounts and rebates ahead of them. While these kinds of shopping sprees can be enjoyable, they aren’t always profitable in the long run. That’s because it’s … Read More

The Value of Technology Audits and Benchmarks

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Most of the business owners and executives we talk with are familiar with benchmarking but think of it in terms of building video game rigs or evaluating racing cars. What they don’t realize is that measuring benchmarks – that is, finding ways to stress test your technology – is an integral part of the IT process. There is great value … Read More

How Far Ahead Should Your IT Plan Extend?

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Business owners and executives learn very quickly that planning ahead is important. The farther and more accurately you can project into the future, the easier it is to determine things like budgets and strategies. That allows you to take advantage of opportunities and avoid being caught by surprise. When it comes to expanding and implementing technology, though, things change quickly. … Read More

Why Don’t Employees Pick Up New Technology Faster?

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Experienced business owners and executives can tell you that technology really moves at two speeds. The first involves the rate of change associated with new products, processes, and systems. In that sense, it can feel like there are breakthroughs happening so fast that they’re nearly impossible to keep up with. The second speed of technology has to do with the … Read More

Where Does Your Technology Live?

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For the average business owner or executive, installing a new piece of computer hardware amounts to plugging it in and connecting the right cables. A few tech-savvy entrepreneurs might think of updating firmware or connecting to a network, but most just want their devices to work the way they are supposed to. This is important because technicians like ours are … Read More

How Much of Your Own IT Work Should You be Doing?

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Successful business owners tend to be hands-on people. They know the value in having a working knowledge of all their systems and equipment, and also like to save money where they can. As a consequence, many are involved in the process of installing, maintaining, and upgrading their own business software. Sometimes, however, this DIY approach to technology can be counterproductive. … Read More

4 Reasons Your Business Might Not Have an IT Strategy

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If our observations are any guide, there are an amazing number of business owners and executives out there that aren’t pursuing any discernible IT strategy at all. These men and women buy new hardware or software when they’re convinced that they need it, and pay for IT support when they absolutely can’t find the answers to a problem, but there … Read More

Why Don’t More IT Firms Offer Financial Advice on Tech?

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At Fantastic IT, one of the things that makes us different from our colleagues and competitors is a commitment to consulting. We get to know the companies and decision-makers we work with so we can help them to set the right priorities and make good decisions about tech investments. We don’t give advice on mergers or investments, of course, but … Read More

Evaluating‌ ‌Employee‌ ‌Tech‌ ‌Requests‌ ‌

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Does this sound familiar: you’re getting ready to leave work on a Friday afternoon when an employee stops by, or perhaps sends you an email asking for a new piece of technology that you’ve never purchased before? Most business owners and executives have been through this experience. And, it can lead to positive or negative outcomes depending on how the … 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

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