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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Out with the old, in with the new: Is outdated technology impacting your business?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 What factors do you need to consider when holding on to outdated technology?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 An outdated network, PC or Laptop not only slow your workers’ productivity, but a reliance on older hardware and software will also hinder new technology you want to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

You and your small business on LinkedIn

Megan Thiemann

Social media can be tough to keep up, and with so many different types how do you know what one is right for your business? LinkedIn is an essential personal branding tool used for small business’ to showcase their abilities in a professional way. Enclosed are tips for building a solid individual profile and how you can attract people to your business profile. By following these tips you ensure your profile is ready to build the connections.

THE BASICS OF PROFILE BUILDING
There are a few things that need to be included in every LinkedIn profile. No matter how active you will be on the site. Before you do anything on your profile you need to get a professional picture. People remember faces so it’s well worth the money to have a professional picture taken to help bring your story to life. However, don’t forget the whole reason for a LinkedIn profile - building your personal and company

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Topics: Owners & Managers

Boost your teamwork with Office 2016

Megan Thiemann

“Teamwork divides the task and multiplies the success.” – Unknown

Without the use of teamwork how effective can any business be? But the bigger question we often ask ourselves is, how can we increase workplace teamwork? With the release of Office 2016, collaboration is at the top of the list of importance. So, let’s see exactly how to boost your teamwork with the new collaboration tools available in Office 2016.

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Topics: Microsoft Products, Owners & Managers

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 will arrive later this month! Get in on the advance details here.

Vee Figueroa

Isn’t it fun when a new gadget hits the market—one you can really use?! I wouldn’t normally highlight a new product release, however I know many of you are interested in the skinny on new gadgets built for business, so here it is…

I sat in on a technology webinar conference today and they happened to have a Surface product release launch. I admit, I was impressed! Released with Windows 10 Pro installed, the Surface Pro 4 is slightly larger than the 3 at 12.3 inches, however thinner, lighter and faster. The Pro 4 also has a bit larger trackpad. The pen is now magnetic (as it was in the original Surface Pro) and does not need the band to hold it in place.

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Topics: Microsoft Products, Owners & Managers

10 things SMBs need to know about Windows 10

Chris Vilim

What is important for a SMB owner or manager to know about Windows 10? As you may have heard, the Windows 10 release brings changes to the product which impacts your business differently than some operating system implementations have in the past. Take a look at this article that succinctly outlines items you need to know.

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Topics: Microsoft Products, Owners & Managers