So Your IT Pro Left: What’s Next?

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 2/23/15 11:26 AM

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Picture this: Your long-standing IT pro decides it’s finally time to move on and live his dream life as a surfer somewhere off the grid. His dream has become your nightmare because he handled EVERYTHING. What do you do when you’re faced with this dilemma? Do you replace the person, find an IT management partner, or something in between?

Fear not. We’re here to help make this decision an easy one! How so? Read on…

Keeping your technology up-to-date, maintaining your data regularly and securely while providing your tech team with professional development opportunities and benefits is expensive. Relying on a few people to manage your complex business technology is a potential disaster waiting to happen. One data breach or server failure can significantly impact your business operation and cripple you for good.

Do you realize that there’s greater value in hiring an outsourced IT department than hiring just one in-house IT staff? Outsourcing an IT department is a reliable, cost-effective way to provide 24/7/365 service to monitor and maintain your IT infrastructure morning, noon, and night with a skilled team of professionals that offer certifications and disciplines no small, internal group could offer.

Below are some of the key things to consider when making a move from an in-house IT solution to outsourced IT:

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Topics: Cloud

6 Crucial Tech Security Measures for Your Business

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 2/11/15 11:34 AM

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What do Target, Sony Pictures and eBay have in common? All have endured security breaches in the last 18 months that have affected their image, business operations and maybe even most importantly – their bottom line. The lifeblood of modern business is accessibility to data in real time. If you find yourself in the middle of a data breach, you can kiss at least one of the three goodbye; at least in the short term. And not all businesses get off that lucky. 60% of all small to medium sized businesses (SMB) fail to return to business after such an event, according to the article by Business News Daily. 

In 2014, three out of four respondents to a US State of Cybercrime Survey said that they had to deal with at least one IT security incident. Over a third of respondents said that the number of security incidents they dealt with increased from years prior.

This underscores the importance of focusing on your security. To face these challenges, companies need to partner with knowledgeable IT service providers. After all, the safety of your company’s data depends on your Managed Service Provider’s expertise in this area.

Listening? Now that we have your attention, you should ensure your provider is using these six crucial security measures on your behalf: 

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Topics: Cloud

Dark Clouds or a Silver Lining: Dispersing the Myths Behind Cloud Computing

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 1/13/15 12:30 PM

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It’s been a few years since cloud computing hit the IT scene like rolling thunder, but many businesses still struggle with making the move to the cloud. At Dataprise we consider ourselves the “IT Weatherman”; here to help you navigate through the dark cloud of myths to show you the silver lining. Below are a few common misconceptions and the reality of what making the move can do for your business.

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Topics: Cloud

The 12 IT Threats of the Holidays

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 12/23/14 9:15 AM

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With advancements in mobile technology and telecommuting, it’s easier than ever for employees to stay connected. Although these technologies can bring many benefits, it also opens you up to more risk. Here are 12 potential threats to watch out for:

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Topics: Cloud

5 Benefits of Switching to a Hosted Email Solution

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 12/9/14 8:00 AM

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According to the Radiacti Group, email remains the most pervasive form of communication in the business world. It’s expected that the total number of worldwide email users, including business and consumer users, will increase from over 2.5 billion in 2014 to over 2.8 billion in 2018. With those statistics in mind, businesses can’t afford to have any unexpected email downtime. Employing a hosted email solution is the best route to combat those issues and more - here are five benefits of switching to a hosted email solution:

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Topics: Cloud

Don't Get Buffaloed: Prepare your Business for Winter Weather Disasters

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 11/24/14 11:17 AM

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According to the Institute for Business and Home Safety, an estimated 25 percent of businesses do not reopen following a major disaster. The unpredictability and destructive nature of winter weather, as seen in Buffalo last week, makes it vital to ensure your IT infrastructure is ready to face disaster head-on. Preparing your IT environment for winter weather will not only safeguard your network from these possible disasters – it will also improve your overall IT infrastructure. Here are the top 4 tips on preparing your IT infrastructure for winter weather:

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Topics: Disaster Recovery

5 Key Factors for Setting an IT Budget

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 11/18/14 8:00 AM

IT Budget According to a worldwide survey conducted by CEB, 33% of organization’s IT budget is going towards innovation and business opportunity. Not sure how your IT budget should be divvied up? You’re not alone in this dilemma. Understanding the following 5 factors can aide in creating your IT budget and allow for a smooth, efficient process:

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Topics: IT Spend

Mobile Device Management: Vital to Securing your Data

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 11/11/14 8:00 AM

Office 365 Mobile Device ManagementDue to the popularity of the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend and increase in remote workers, Gartner estimates that 70% of mobile professionals will conduct business on personal smart devices by 2018. While these trends offer a lot of benefits, including cost savings, they can open the door to security risks and breaches. To combat these challenges and protect mobile data, Microsoft introduced Intune, a mobile device management tool for Office 365 in late October. Here are the top 3 ways mobile device management (MDM) can benefit you:

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Topics: Security, Mobile

Still Have Windows Server 2003? Game Over.

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 11/4/14 8:00 AM

Microsoft End of LifeAccording to a recent study by Insight, 39% of all Microsoft servers run the Server 2003 OS and about 9.4 million of the 24 million servers running 2003 are in the U.S. The problem? The expiration date for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 support is July 15, 2014. Many are unaware of the dramatic impact Windows Server 2003 End of Life can have on their business. Here are the risks and solutions involving the impending End of Life deadline:

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Topics: Microsoft, Technical Project

Outsourcing the Help Desk: Choose Wisely

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 10/28/14 8:00 AM

Help Desk ServicesAccording to data from Research and Markets, the Help Desk Outsourcing market in North America is expected to grow steadily through 2016, in large part thanks to reduced operational costs. From cloud computing to improved network throughput, technology now supports real-time 24/7 support desks with tempting promises of improved ROI.

But not all help desks are created equal. Choose wisely and IT problems get solved more quickly and with less employee frustration; choose poorly and the help desk becomes a hindrance. Here are seven essential factors of the ideal help desk.

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Topics: Outsourced IT, Service Desk/Help Desk

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