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

Dataprise at 20: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Posted by David Eisner on 3/13/15 10:25 AM

In March of 1995, I embarked on a journey to create a new IT services company that would help businesses stay connected, work more efficiently and grow through the use of new technologies. At the time, Microsoft Windows 95 was set to hit the market and many of my friends and colleagues had the same question, "How can I leverage emerging technologies like the internet, email, document management and so much more to help my business grow?” The answer to me was simple: find the right technology professionals to partner with you to understand and leverage these technologies efficiently and affordably, and together, we would help businesses reach their potential to become unstoppable!

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Topics: Managed Services, Announcements, Innovation

SharePoint 101: More than Just an Intranet

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 3/10/15 8:44 AM

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Here’s a fun fact: Did you know that major distribution companies can achieve an 89 percent reduction in process time utilizing SharePoint process automation tools? According to Microsoft, 78 percent of Fortune 500 companies use SharePoint in some way.

So, what is SharePoint? Simply put, organizations use SharePoint to create websites. But it’s so much more. A robust business collaboration and document management platform, it helps teams collaborate and manage their own websites and content. Small to medium-sized businesses can leverage SharePoint to collaborate with their teams and become more efficient, reducing valuable staff time and increasing your ROI. And the best part? SharePoint comes free with Office 365!

We’ve highlighted a few of the many advantages SharePoint can provide you and your team to work better together:

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Topics: Cloud

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

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