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Technology Unwrapped

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

Chris Vilim

Chris Vilim
President, Chris Vilim, and his team at CoreTech are celebrating 19 years in business. With 25+ years of experience, Chris’s background includes project management, business process analysis, technology systems engineering, cloud technology design & implementation, and business oversight.

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Is Your Omaha or Lincoln Company in Growth Mode? 5 Tips for Scaling IT

Chris Vilim
Omaha is home to over 45,000 businesses, and it’s not surprising, considering we enjoy a winning combination of moderate taxes, low cost of living and high quality of life. In fact, more than 20 Omaha businesses are among the 5,000 fastest growing businesses in the nation. Meanwhile, with Lincoln making “top 10 cities” lists for Business Climate and Best Cities for Young Professionals, and even #1 Happiest Cities, we are certainly primed for more economic growth in Nebraska. Your technology ...
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Topics: Owners & Managers, Technology Planning, IT Support

Pros and Cons of Microsoft Teams for Project Management

Chris Vilim
Although project management may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Microsoft Teams, the platform offers a lot of capabilities that can improve the project management process. These range from video conferencing to Office 365 integration to scheduling and hosting meetings.  However, while using Microsoft Teams for project management can offer many benefits, there are some limitations as well. As such, it’s important to know Microsoft Teams’ best practices for project ...
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Topics: Microsoft Products, The Workplace

Top 10 Questions to Ask During Your Microsoft Teams Setup

Chris Vilim
Microsoft Teams is garnering a lot of attention right now for its video conference and communication capabilities. However, this chat-based workspace within Office 365 offers much more than virtual meetings.  To leverage Microsoft Teams services for your organization, it’s important to learn the ins and outs of the platform first, so you can customize it to your needs.
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Topics: Microsoft Products, Technology Planning

How to Evaluate Cloud Hosted Solutions for Your Business

Chris Vilim
While many technology experts tout the varied benefits of cloud-hosted solutions, the cloud is not a one-size-fits all option for every business. Whether you’re looking at new cloud applications or are considering a move to hosted servers, it’s important to evaluate each solution’s capabilities to determine if it fits with your business needs. 
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Topics: Cloud

What to Look for in the Best Managed Backup Services

Chris Vilim
When disaster strikes your business — a security breach, failed server, or power outage — the fear of not being able to retrieve your data can be very real. That’s why having managed backup services should be an essential component of your IT solutions. With managed backups, you can access your network systems and get your business back up and running with minimal downtime. 
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Topics: Owners & Managers, Technology Planning

Why You Should Choose an IT Support Provider Focused on Relationship-Building

Chris Vilim
In today’s tech-savvy and tech-ready world, anyone can go out and purchase tools or enlist services to outsource business IT services. However, the real value comes from customizing all the services that wrap around those tools and making them applicable to your small business needs—instead of a one-size-fits-all approach that may only address a few of your needs. That’s where building a strong relationship with your business IT support company comes in.
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Topics: Technology Planning, Outsourced IT, IT Support

4 Network Threats That Can Be Prevented Using a Firewall

Chris Vilim
Cyber security remains a top priority, and an ongoing battle, for all businesses, and a key component in that fight is implementing and maintaining a strong firewall.  The initial concept behind a firewall was to keep the “bad guys” from getting into your network and data systems. And while that goal is still paramount, most firewalls have evolved into server-like platforms that can run different software that serve different purposes.  Through these expanded capabilities, a managed firewall ...
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Topics: Security Threats, Network Security

4 Tasks Your Managed IT Services Provider Can Take Off Your Plate

Chris Vilim
For most small business executives and managers, their primary business operations do not revolve around technology and cyber security. In fact, most executives prefer to focus on the day-to-day tasks of improving and growing their business rather than deal with technology problems. However, those technology problems often have a way of turning into stumbling blocks that reduce efficiency, increase downtime and leave the business vulnerable to a data breach. 
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Topics: Owners & Managers, Technology Planning, Outsourced IT

Pros and Cons of Outsourcing Your IT Vendor Management

Chris Vilim
Vendors provide a lot of vital services to small businesses, such as internet access, financial operations, copier services, telephone systems, software solutions and much more. However, coordinating your infrastructure, software, equipment and other components can be time consuming and confusing, especially if you don’t have technical experience in those categories. 
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Topics: Technology Planning, IT Support

Business Continuity Planning: What to Know

Chris Vilim
Although it may not be at the forefront of day-to-day business procedures, knowing how to respond in the event of natural disasters, security breaches or server failures remains a vital part of all business operations. Every organization must have a business continuity plan in place for backup and recovery in order to reduce downtime and customer interruptions. 
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Topics: Owners & Managers, Technology Planning