IT Mid-Year Must-Do's

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 7/27/15 3:07 PM

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Can you believe we’re already halfway through 2015? You might be more apt to think about assessing your technology needs at the beginning or end of each year, but the mid-year point marks an important time for your business. Just as you check batteries in your smoke detector twice a year, your IT plan needs regular maintenance, too. Businesses change quickly, especially in an advanced technological age. It’s vital to continually ensure your technology meets the current needs of your business. 

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Topics: Tech Tips

The Clock has Struck Zero: Microsoft Ends Support for Windows Server 2003

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 7/13/15 1:00 PM

We don't want to scare you, but if you’re still running Windows Server 2003 your business may be at serious risk.

As of today, July 14, Microsoft will no longer provide updates to Windows Server 2003. This does not mean, however, that the software will cease to exist. You will still be able to use it, but it’s important to understand the risks and possible migration solutions.

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Topics: Microsoft

Are You Paying Too Much for Telecom? How to Get the Services You Need at a More Affordable Price

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 6/29/15 4:47 PM

When was the last time you actually analyzed your business’ telecom invoice? Chances are you just pay off your bill every month without giving too much thought as to why it costs so much. You could be over-paying simply because you’re paying for services you don’t need. It’s vital to understand your telecom options so you can optimize your communication, reduce your business’ expenses, and ultimately help your business’ bottom line.

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Topics: telecom

Prepare Your Business for Summer Disasters: 3 Ways to Weather the Storm

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 6/15/15 8:36 AM

With the arrival of summer, we traditionally think barbeques, ice cream, and afternoons by the water, not power outages, hurricanes, and floods. However, from a business perspective, these are the realities for which you need to be prepared, as weather can seriously impact your bottom line.

While hurricanes and floods can damage business property, increased temperatures can lead to increased costs due to constant cooling and air conditioner servicing. Server rooms can overheat, the Internet can go down, and you could suffer from downtime. Is your business positioned with multiple recovery points and a plan for when you experience these disasters?

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Topics: Disaster Recovery

Are You Ready for Windows 10? A Checklist for Early Adopters

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 6/1/15 9:27 AM

Are you THAT person? The one who's standing in line at Best Buy in the freezing cold at 5:00 a.m. just so you can be the first to get your hands on the newest smartphone? We hear you; new technology is exciting and fun to interact with, however, there are some factors you should take into consideration before jumping on the early adoption bandwagon.

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Topics: Microsoft

An Investment in IT is an Investment in Your Business

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 5/19/15 8:14 AM

How much would it cost your business to be offline for a few hours? Or a few days?

IT is a core component to running and operating daily business functions, and most businesses cannot function when their IT infrastructure goes down. Investing wisely in your IT could help you save more in the long run.

Many IT costs are significantly less than they were even a few years ago, such as bandwidth and storage. Internet circuits have also significantly reduced in cost. Many times, people stick with the same plan they had signed up for years ago and are now unknowingly overpaying.

Here are three things to consider when investing in IT:

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Topics: Budget

IT is Driving Your Business, But Are You Wearing Your Seatbelt?

Five Ways to Attack Vulnerabilities Head On

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 5/4/15 10:14 AM

Cyber attacks can occur at any moment. Many businesses struggle to defend themselves against these attacks, leading to halted business production and an explosion of costs.  Whether it’s a small mistake of one of your employees, dangerous viruses, or malicious network intrusion (i.e., hacking), the impact can be considerable. Many businesses have tried to solve their IT issues internally, causing major distractions and the potential of inadequately fixing the issues.

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Topics: Security

Why You Should Care About Microsoft Azure Now

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 4/20/15 2:00 PM

As Microsoft ends support for Windows Server 2003 on July 14, there’s no better time to educate yourself on Microsoft Azure – especially if you are considering an infrastructure refresh in the near future and are thinking of moving to the cloud. 

Chances are you’ve heard of Azure – but what exactly is it and what are the benefits of using it? Simply put, Azure is a public cloud platform developed by Microsoft that offers a collection of services. There is a full cloud option, as well as a hybrid option, which uses both on-premise resources and the public cloud. Azure supports current Microsoft and Linux operating systems, languages, tools, and frameworks so you can build a scalable infrastructure to meets your needs.

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Topics: Cloud

The Desk Phone IS NOT DEAD: 5 Reasons You Need It

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 4/6/15 3:02 PM

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A global survey by Forrester indicates that 7 out of 10 workers still spend 4-5 days a week at an assigned desk, 88 percent of phone calls are still made from a desk, and more than half of work-related calls are actually made using a desk phone.

As people continue to migrate away from the desk and move to a more mobile lifestyle, it’s natural to assume the end of the office phone system is imminent. But, we believe this couldn’t be further from the truth. As we’ve evolved, so has the phone system into a tool that moves with us. Today’s device combines the traditional desk phone’s features with modern touches, such as distributed communications platform, intuitive user applications, and an easy-to-use management system that integrates with leading business information systems. What does all of this mean and why should you not toss out the desk phone in favor of a mobile-only environment? Read on…

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Topics: Cloud

3 Important IT Tips for Businesses on the Road

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 3/24/15 9:23 AM

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Let’s face it – we often take our business on the road with us. Whether it’s a quick email while sipping a Mai Tai on the beach or building a presentation for a sales pitch in the heart of Paris, we can all use a few quick travel hacks. But there are risks involved. Here’s a list of things to consider when using your work technology on the road.

Working on the road is the norm these days. According to the recent Global Business Travel Association report, U.S. businesspeople took over 452 million domestic and international trips for work in 2012.

“We say business travel drives business growth,” said GBTA executive director and CEO Mike McCormick.

While traveling can produce solid productivity results, it can also be pretty challenging. But, a savvy businessperson doesn’t have to be any less productive while out of the office. Here are a few tools to help today’s busy traveling professional:

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Topics: Cloud

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