Considering an IT Partner? 4 Questions You Need to Ask Before You Commit

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 8/25/15 11:50 AM

Considering an IT Partner? 4 Questions You Need to Ask Before You Commit

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If you have decided that your business needs an IT Partner, congratulations, you’ve made the first of the two decisions that lead to disruption-free IT, freeing up more time to focus on running your core business. The second, tougher decision is to actually select your IT partner.

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Topics: How-To

How to Create an IT Budget

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 8/5/14 8:00 AM

How to Create an IT Budget

How to Create an IT BudgetCreating and building out an IT budget can present a dilemma for many CEOs and CFOs: should you set a budget first and then work within it? Should you determine your needs and build a budget around that? What's a good estimate for how large an IT budget should be as a percentage of revenue? Having a CIO or Director of IT can help the process move along much more smoothly, but for companies who haven't filled those positions, the budgeting process can seem complicated and risky. In this article, we'll help you understand the intricacies of building out a technology budget, and the steps you should take to make sure that you and your employees have the tools to do your jobs well without breaking the bank.

 
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Topics: How-To, IT Spend

5 Tips for Managing a Move to the Cloud

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 5/28/14 4:58 PM

5 Tips for Managing a Move to the Cloud

Day after day, more growing businesses are feeling comfortable moving all or part of their IT operations to the cloud. Advances in security, usability, and added features are driving aMoving to the cloud strong migration towards outsourced services. However, moving to the cloud isn’t an easy feat for an organization to pull off. Doing so requires a high degree of detail management, coordination, and planning, and can easily go wrong if that attention isn't given. Still, the advantages of relocating some of your functions to the cloud far outweigh the difficulty making it happen. In fact, with good planning and management, the transition can be entirely painless and seamless. To help your business get started, here are five tips for managing your company’s cloud-bound move.


1. Decide What Services You Want to Move to the Cloud

Not everything your organization does needs to be moved to the cloud, nor does everything need to be moved at the same time. The best place to begin a cloud migration is to identify a small group of services that make the most sense to migrate, and start there. Usually, the more invisible a service or function is, the easier the migration will be. Using that logic, it makes sense to get your feet wet with behind-the-scenes services that can be moved without causing major disruption, like data backups or hosting.

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Topics: Cloud, Managed Services, Outsourced IT, How-To

2014 Resolution: Keep Your Network Security Up-to-Date

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 1/15/14 4:10 AM

2014 Resolution: Keep Your Network Security Up-to-Date

2013 brought reports of several massive security breaches including the hacking of 40 million Target customer’s credit card accounts and 2 million hijacked passwords from Gmail, Facebook and Twitter.

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Topics: Cloud, Managed Services, How-To, Security

Tips For Protecting your Systems in The Summer

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 8/8/12 9:26 AM

Tips For Protecting your Systems in The Summer

As the summer heat continues to rise, following simple steps can help keep your technology cool and operational - without having to pay excessive utility bills. IMG_3412

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Topics: Disaster Recovery, Managed Services, How-To

4 Ways to Work in a Virtual Team

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 6/19/12 4:16 AM

With today’s technology employees can easily access each other regardless of where they are. Business travel can be expensive, time-consuming, and unproductive, with the present cutting-edge technologies available there are alternatives to travel and face-to-face meetings. Virtual environments effectively support a balanced work/life lifestyle and can help reduce your company’s overall carbon footprint.

Tips for building a virtual team:

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Topics: How-To, Virtualization

Tips on Being IT Secure

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 6/30/11 4:44 AM

Tips on Being IT Secure

The computer network is probably the most important tool in any company. For that reason, the security of computers is crucial for its success. If information is stolen or lost, proprietary information about the company may be revealed. The more a business does to keep their computers secure, the safer the information will remain.

Here are 10 ways a business can best protect its computers, the data and its networks:

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Topics: How-To, Security

A Question for Many SMBs: What to do with Old/Unneeded PCs?

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 6/8/11 12:07 PM

A Question for Many SMBs: What to do with Old/Unneeded PCs?

Whether a small- to medium-sized business (SMB) has a few computers or hundreds of computers, at some point there will be the need to replace them. Businesses often ask - what do we do with the old PCs? There are several options, including selling, donating, upgrading, repurposing and recycling.

Here are a few of those options:

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Topics: How-To

Effective Computing Habits for Windows® Users

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 5/26/10 9:27 AM

Effective Computing Habits for Windows® Users

Working off a slow, disorganized computer can be frustrating. Unfortunately, the task of organizing it may be one of the lowest priorities on a necessary list of To-Dos. But by performing a little regular maintenance, computers will be effective and efficient for a long time.

Here are a few easy-to-follow suggestions to ensure your computer is on the right track to being a well-organized, high-performance device.

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Topics: How-To, Microsoft

Avoiding the Most Common Mistakes when Managing IT Projects (Part 2)

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 5/3/10 9:47 AM

Avoiding the Most Common Mistakes when Managing IT Projects (Part 2)

Here is Part II of my blog addressing the most common mistakes when managing IT projects and how to avoid them. Click here for Part I.

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Topics: How-To, Technical Project