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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

What you need to know about malvertising

Chris Vilim

Just last week Wired published an article on “malvertising,” which I think may be of interest to SMB business owners and managers.

One question that frequently comes up when our clients review their CoreCare reports focuses on malware infections and user habits. They see the report that shows how many malware objects were recently blocked and on which computers. They typically ask what the end user may have been doing to instigate this.

The answer is likely that the end user did nothing wrong. Many new malware infections are being distributed through “malvertising” which requires no involvement from the end user other than viewing a mainstream website on their computer.

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Topics: Owners & Managers

I thought going to the cloud was cheaper? Busting the myth...

Chris Vilim

Your business IT was under control…and then the clouds rolled in.

Before the clouds rolled in most of our small businesses had an onsite server hosting data, business applications, and Microsoft Exchange for email. We supported the server and the network, and the software companies supported the business applications. The applications and data were very centralized, and the network design was relatively straight forward.

Then the cloud entered the conversation. It presented a whole host of solutions and advantages for access, storage, mobility, and scalability; and many vendors promised a less expensive solution for businesses. Therein lies the myth.

Early on, many clients came to us to discuss cloud solutions because they were told the cloud would help to lower their IT costs. They quickly found out that was not always the case.

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Topics: Owners & Managers