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

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

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