Tech Tips

A New Technology Mindset

How many times have you heard, "Well, just ask the young folks, they know how all this tech stuff works?"
I am often talking with people of various skill levels, backgrounds, and experiences about technology.  So what is it that makes some people "get" technology and not others?  Well, it's not what you think…

It's not age, experience, or maturity.

Virtualization questions to consider

We’ve seen first hand just how beneficial office virtualization can be for small and medium-sized businesses. Of course the process isn’t as simple as snapping your fingers, or saying presto, and having a smooth running, virtualized office appear. It is a long process and you will have to answer a lot of questions.

Tips to add value to your blog

When listing your company’s assets, your blog probably doesn’t make the cut. Many businesses tend to ignore blogging – which is a real mistake these days. By putting time and resources into your blog, your can transform it from just another webpage to one of the most valuable things to your company’s growth.

Is your IT provider’s business model holding you back?

Would you expect the Chevy dealer to tell you that the new model Ford would be a better fit for your family's needs?  Is your local retailer going to tell you that Amazon has a much better price?

Would you expect your project-based, hourly IT provider to recommend that you move to a solution that would require less time to manage and no project to setup?  The answer is no, and in just the past week I've seen this in practice twice!

The reality is that the vast majority of IT providers are (still) based solely on billing time, selling hardware, and making recommendations that generate projects.

Tips for smart BI planning

You have finally decided your small or medium-sized business is ready to utilize Business Intelligence (BI) software. This is a big step for your company and one that must be approached with diligence. If you are not careful the cost of BI software, not to mention training, could far outweigh the actual benefits you end […]

5 tips for buying a new computer

With the holidays approaching, computers are likely to be among the season’s best-selling gifts. But there are so many different types of computers out there, each with varying specifications and capabilities – how do you find the best one for your needs? Whether you’re purchasing a computer for yourself, for your loved one, or for […]

No More AD Servers

The server-less future is closer than you think.
I have been predicting that Microsoft would soon allow workstations to be joined directly to their Office 365 cloud-based domain (Azure AD for you techies) for some time, and that time has come.  What in the world does this mean to me, you ask?  Well, it means that one of the few remaining reasons to have a server onsite is fading away.

Office 2016 for Mac is now available

Office 2016 for Mac has arrived, and it brings with it several new features to Microsoft’s popular productivity suite and cloud-based services. Microsoft has fixed various bugs and functionality issues in its latest Office version, allowing users to fully make use of the software and integrate it seamlessly with their Mac platform.

Storm warning: prepare staff and clients

As it is only a matter of time before the first winter storms hit in many places, you might want to consider taking a look at your company’s business continuity plan. Each year heavy snowfall and other weather-related incidents interrupt services and cost businesses money. One way to prevent this from happening is by communicating […]