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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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7 Technology Challenges SMBs Will Face in Late 2021

Chris Vilim
The world is reopening, and it has brought up several new technology challenges. Businesses are making intentional decisions about: Where and how they do their best work How to keep their systems secure How to keep them operational How to keep employees happy Here’s what I anticipate as the seven greatest challenges for SMBs throughout the rest of 2021.
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Topics: Owners & Managers, The Workplace, Trends, Technology Planning

What Can We Learn From the New Executive Order on Cyber Security?

Chris Vilim
SolarWinds, the Microsoft Exchange Server hack, and now the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack, among scores of other cyber security attacks and breaches, have led to President Joe Biden passing an executive order (EO) on cyber security.   This executive order, while not asking anything revolutionary, is a step in the right direction for our federal government, and many SMBs should take note of the items emphasized to better protect their own data and IT systems from the increasingly complex ...
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Topics: Security Threats, Data Breach, Network Security

How to Evaluate a Prospective IT Service Provider’s Quality of Service

Chris Vilim
Organizations have to be proactive in securing their data as well as customers’ data from online hazards. Problems such as bots, ransomware and identity theft plague the internet and endanger sensitive information as well as the reputation of businesses each day. IT services are key to running a secure business that your customers can trust.  However, searching for and evaluating quality IT service providers can be a massive task for businesses, small or large. Here, we provide information and ...
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Topics: Technology Planning, IT Support

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