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Technology Unwrapped

The most important technology concepts, strategies and actions uncovered for your business.

Set Your Business Up for Success With A Unified Communications System

Bob Tingwald
With many businesses working from home, it’s safe to say that the pandemic has brought forth a new normal. And for many of those organizations, it’s a way of working that likely won’t change—even long after the danger of COVID-19 has diminished. Businesses have discovered that it’s easier than ever to work from anywhere, including the home. Plus, with a unified communications (UC) system configuration, business owners can cut costs, boost connectivity, and experience greater functionality.
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Topics: Phone Systems

SolarWinds Breach Underscores Need for Vigilant SMB Cyber Security Practices

Kaitlin Schneider
Many cyber security frontrunners and government agencies are calling the SolarWinds breach one of the most sophisticated attacks they have ever witnessed. Its global reach, to organizations of all sizes, stresses the importance of an optimized, layered cyber security strategy.   In today’s post, I’m going to detail what happened in the SolarWinds breach, why it matters and how you can keep your SMB safe from cyber security attacks with the right solutions. 
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Topics: Security Threats, Data Breach, Network Security

How are Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, and Data Backups Different?

Kaitlin Schneider
Every business requires careful planning for success, especially when it comes to disasters and major events. But what do all of the terms, like business continuity, disaster recovery, and data backups, actually mean? What are the differences between them?   In order to form an adequate response plan for your business, it’s essential to understand the differences in these three closely related topics so you can best prepare your business for any scenario. 
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Topics: Owners & Managers, Technology Planning

Cyber Security Threats to Watch Out for in 2021

Kaitlin Schneider
2020 proved to be a difficult year for many businesses, particularly with regard to IT and cyber security. From managing remote working solutions to ensuring that IT systems were flexible to meet the ongoing uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, business owners have had to make many unforeseen changes. And as the fraught year of 2020 drew to a close, a sophisticated cyberattack on third-party software from Solarwinds, used by companies large and small across the U.S., resulted in numerous ...
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Topics: Security Threats, Network Security

How IT Downtime Impacts Your Business

Kaitlin Schneider
Not every disaster that wreaks havoc on a business has to be a major natural event like a fire, blizzard, flood or tornado. Even something as simple as accidental deletion or one wrong click on a phishing email could instigate a disastrous domino effect in your organization.   And it’s not just your company’s revenue that is impacted by downtime. There are other ways that unplanned IT downtime can impact your business, including:   Data loss  Lost productivity  A damaged reputation  Actual ...
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Topics: Owners & Managers, The Workplace, Technology Planning

Do I Need a Firewall When Employees Work Remotely?

Joel Havenridge
With more small businesses turning to a remote workforce, protecting business operations and data is crucial. As a business owner, you most likely will need multiple firewalls to provide the necessary security required by remote access. This includes both an on-premise appliance and software that runs on the remote computers your employees use at home.  Evaluating the use and risk of your IT solutions will go a long way in deciding which firewalls you need so you can get the most benefits of ...
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Topics: Equipment Purchases, Network Security

10 Questions to Ask a Potential IT Consultant

Bill Weber
Enlisting the services of a small business IT consultant can provide many benefits to your company. Securing your data, helping you understand how your network systems function and providing affordable services are just some of the benefits you should expect from a small business IT consulting firm.  When searching for an IT consultant to serve your company, it’s important to be thorough and get as much information as possible about the consultant to ensure that you find one that best fits your ...
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5 Reasons You Should Hire an IT Consultant to Deploy Microsoft Teams

Kaitlin Schneider
Microsoft Teams has reached 115 million daily active users, and those numbers aren’t going to decrease anytime soon. The convenience and functionality of this platform makes it a serious contender for business communication in any industry.   If your business isn’t already using Microsoft Teams, you’re missing out on an easy-to-navigate hub where you can get all of your team and project communications done in one place.  
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Topics: Microsoft Products, Trends, Technology Planning

5 Simple Ways To Customize Your Microsoft Teams Interface

Derek Warak
With the current pandemic forcing many to work from home, it means we have to rely on technology to keep everyone communicating and informed about what is going on with your organization. Microsoft Teams is a great way to accomplish this enormous task. While Teams offers numerous functions for communication and collaboration, you still may want to customize the application so it feels a little more personal. Listed below are five capabilities to personalize your workspace.
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Topics: Microsoft Products

Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery: 17 Key Questions to Ask

Kaitlin Schneider
As any business can attest (especially after the numerous events of 2020), maintaining a business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) plan is important to reducing your business risk and downtime. The plan will outline specific response strategies in the event of a disaster.  Disasters, big or small, can include things like:   Floods, fires, and blizzards  Accidental deletions or security breaches  Hardware failures or power outages  And more  No matter what types of events may attempt to ...
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Topics: Owners & Managers, Technology Planning