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Why data backup is essential for your business

Alyssa Sisco

If you were to sell your company tomorrow, what exactly would you pass on to a buyer? More than just a company name on a building; You have records, contracts, contacts, financial data and more that go into making your business unique and valuable. It takes an incredible amount of time to acquire, develop and build that network of information. If disaster struck and your computer crashed, how long would it take you to get all that information back? Your data is one thing you should never gamble with.

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Topics: Data Breach, Owners & Managers, The Workplace, Network Security

Give meaning to meetings

Alyssa Sisco

As you race to meet a deadline, your calendar notification goes off. You have a meeting in five minutes! 

This is the absolute lowest priority on your totem pole, but attendance at all meetings is required. You then spend the next 30 minutes listening to someone ineffectively probe for anything to discuss, to make this meeting seem like it has a purpose. After a vast amount of time wasted in awkward silence, you are dismissed.

Finally free to be constructive, your motivation has been completely diminished. You're left frustrated after spending that half hour contemplating all the things you could have been accomplishing.

As you can imagine, this is not the best environment to inspire productivity. But all too often, this seems to be the outcome of our daily routines.

Our professional lives certainly don't have to follow this pattern. There is such a thing as an effective meeting. We just need to find what we're doing that's not working and transform it into something advantageous. Below, I have listed some essential factors in giving your meetings, meaning.

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Topics: Owners & Managers, The Workplace

Does your IT provider scare you?

Chris Vilim

When choosing an IT provider, you are probably looking for a reliable company who understands your business needs and is properly prepared and ready to assist. You may think you have found the perfect fit, but things can start to get spooky. So what are some things you should look out for to determine if an IT provider is not right for you?

1. Do they require long-term contracts?

Although you don’t want to change providers frequently, it is far worse to be stuck with someone who is not meeting your needs. Your IT provider should not hit you with a 3-year contract or any long-term contract for that matter. You wouldn’t enter into a 3-year agreement with a contract employee and how would this be any different? Be certain they continually earn your business with a 60-day out or similar contract. Technology is important for small and midsize businesses (SMBs), strategically and day-to-day, so be sure you are not latched into a contract that doesn’t satisfy your needs.

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Topics: Owners & Managers

Top 3 internet browsers for your business

Megan Thiemann

With so many choices how does one decide which browser is best for your business? Today’s popular browsers compete on a level playing field. Internet browsing has become an essential part of our day-to-day lives, and you need a safe and secure browser that will get the job done quickly. With so many choices are you getting overwhelmed? Don’t worry, here’s CoreTech’s top three browsers for your business.

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Topics: Owners & Managers

The Windows 10 upgrade process for your business

Chris Vilim

In my prior post I addressed the question, “Should I upgrade my business to Windows 10?” If you read through the checklist and walked away thinking, “Yes, I should potentially upgrade to Windows 10” then the next logical question is “How do I go about upgrading?”

The upgrade process to Windows 10 is one that requires some research and planning to avoid problems and headaches. Here are the basic steps:

  1. Hardware requirements check – You need to make sure you have enough hardware resources (processor, RAM, drive space) to run Windows 10. If your computer is less than three years old, you should be pretty safe.
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Topics: Microsoft Products, Owners & Managers

Working from home is easy (and productive)

Vee Figueroa

So here we are on the verge of spring (thank goodness), and I do have to say this winter gave us some perilous drives to work. In fact, one so icy that my boss declared it a “work at home” day. I was relieved as I live on a hill that is not forgiving and there were no snow plows in sight!

In years past, working from home would have not have been as productive as I had files and software that I need available to get my work done. Now, there are so many different avenues to tap to be productive away from the office that working from home was not an issue!

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Topics: Staff Training, Owners & Managers

Should I upgrade my business to Windows 10?

Chris Vilim

You are probably well aware that Windows 10 will remain a free download from Microsoft through July 29, 2016. It’s a great deal, right? New version of Windows at no cost – awesome! Yes, however what you need to know for your business, and Microsoft doesn’t tell you, is that you will need to engage your IT provider (CoreTech) to assist with the upgrade. That means your “free upgrade” isn’t so “free”.

Why? There’s a lot you need to keep in mind relative to your network, applications, peripherals, and a number of other factors before you upgrade. So, how do you determine if a Windows 10 upgrade is worth the cost?

We are providing some basic guidelines below to help you answer this question: 

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Topics: Microsoft Products, Owners & Managers

Out with the old, in with the new: Is outdated technology impacting your business?

Megan Thiemann

Perhaps “good enough” isn’t really good enough. Is holding off on updating your technology holding your business back? What factors do you need to consider when holding on to outdated technology? Read on…

Impact on Productivity
So, your aging server crashed, again! Your employees are sitting at their desks waiting…all the while losing precious work hours. System downtime directly correlates to time and money lost. Updated technology and support allow you to focus on your business – not the technology problems. An outdated network, PC or Laptop not only slow your workers’ productivity, but a reliance on older hardware and software will also hinder new technology you want to incorporate into your workplace. 

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Topics: Equipment Purchases, Owners & Managers

Why CoreTech?

Angela Wight

Yes, why CoreTech? Omaha small to midsize businesses have technology needs, goals and pains—that is a given. They need a partner to help them maintain and upgrade their systems—another given. And yet what makes CoreTech unique? Why choose CoreTech to support your business technology? We’ll give it to you in our words, but more importantly our clients’ words too!

  1. We talk business first—All technology support providers can talk the speeds and feeds with you, the specs and sparks, however not nearly as many know about running technology to meet your specific business drivers and needs--giving you that competitive edge! You know
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Topics: Owners & Managers

How to take charge of your business--with data, measurements & technology

Wynn Obermeyer

“If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.”  
                   -Peter Drucker, Management Consultant

Business owners and managers are confronted daily with reports from their accounting system, reports from their HR system, and reports from their CRM system—plus numerous other spreadsheets containing multiple data points that may be important! One could spend hours poring through reports and spreadsheets and still not come up with the key data to help measure performance of a company or department. Have you felt that pain?

So what’s the solution?
Dashboards provide business owners and managers with quick access to critical information needed to manage operations and make the important business decisions which help steer the company. If you currently have too much or too little data, or you are maintaining whiteboards or other manual processes to provide the data you need, keep reading. I think you will be thrilled to find a better way—a way that impacts your success.

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Topics: Owners & Managers