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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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How a Cloud-Based Phone System Generates a Positive ROI

Chris Vilim
A cloud-based (hosted) business phone system can provide a number of benefits compared to traditional on-premise solutions. Not only does a cloud-hosted phone system offer numerous useful features, but it also comes with significant cost savings. While saving money might be what sparked your initial interest in this type of phone system for your business, let’s talk about what you get for the money you do put into your cloud-hosted system.
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Topics: Cloud, Phone Systems

Which IT Services Can Be Outsourced?

Chris Vilim
Do you find that your IT manager spends more time putting out fires than working on proactive tasks? It can be easy for IT managers to get overwhelmed when they try to handle all aspects of technology for a small business without the help of managed IT services. Many IT professionals are trying to stay up to date with the latest trends and security issues, all while managing the day-to-day IT operations of a small to midsize business. When they try to do it all, they often spend most of their ...
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Topics: Owners & Managers

Use These 4 Simple Solutions to Improve Password Security

Chris Vilim
Most business owners and managers understand the important role that secure passwords play in protecting business data and accounts from being compromised. When you consider that business technology users maintain an average of 191 passwords, it only makes sense that not every organization wants to take on the considerable feat of ensuring their staff create unique and complex passwords for every application and account they have access to. Nevermind regularly updating all those passwords every ...
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Topics: Staff Training, The Workplace, Network Security

4 Cloud Services That Will Change How You Do Business

Chris Vilim
The workforce is changing, and so is the way we do business. While some organizations still run traditionally, with employees in the office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., other businesses are providing more flexible work environments that allow them to accommodate both their customers and their employees. With these changes comes a need to update legacy technology systems that were only built to support the conventional way of doing business.
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Topics: Cloud, Trends

What Is a Business Continuity Plan and Why Is It Important?

Chris Vilim
A business continuity and disaster recovery plan — also called an IT service continuity plan — is a company document that outlines what should be done in the event of a “disaster”. This includes everything from natural disasters, like floods and fires, to server outages or security breaches and more. Every business’s continuity plan looks different, but most start with the following components:
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Topics: Data Breach, Owners & Managers, Network Security

10 Signs It’s Time to Hire a Managed Services Provider

Chris Vilim
Is your business experiencing growing pains? Growth within small to midsize businesses can rapidly change the way it operates. And this can start to put a lot of pressure on your internal IT team — whether that’s one person or a small group of staff helping out. It may be time to evaluate your technology needs and choose a path that will grow with your business on into the future. So, how do you know if your company is ready for this next step? Here are 10 signs it’s time to hire an IT managed ...
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Topics: Owners & Managers

Cloud Voice Could Completely Change How Mobile and Remote Teams Do Business

Chris Vilim
Whether they have a flexible work schedule or are frequently on the road, more and more of the U.S. workforce is working from somewhere other than their office. In fact, 3.9 million Americans are working from home at least half of the week. If you have a remote or mobile team, then you know how important it is for them to effectively communicate and collaborate when they are on the go or working outside the office.
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Topics: Cloud, Phone Systems

Am I Spending Too Much for IT Support?

Chris Vilim
Are you paying too much for IT support? The answer may surprise you. The average cost of IT support for small businesses depends on the size and unique technology needs of the company. Though there is no magic number that each business should pay for tech support, average IT support costs and opportunity costs of not hiring professional help can give you a rough idea of how much you should be paying for support.
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Topics: Owners & Managers

What’s the Best Phone System for My Business?

Chris Vilim
Are you trying to figure out what phone system is best for your business? It’s an important decision that typically comes down to a choice between on-premise or cloud-based solutions. On-premise systems are managed with infrastructure housed at your business’s physical location, hence the name. Cloud systems, on the other hand, are hosted by a third party platform in the cloud. Cloud-based phone systems are a strong option for small to midsize businesses. These systems feature top-of-the line ...
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Topics: Equipment Purchases, Phone Systems

Public vs. Private Cloud: What's the Difference?

Chris Vilim
If you’ve read about cloud computing for your business, you’re well aware of the strategic benefits it offers, from improving data security and disaster recovery to scaling resources for your business when they are needed. But as you dig deeper, you’ll come across mentions of the terms “public cloud,” “private cloud,” and “hybrid cloud” — it’s important to know the difference before you settle on an option for your organization. Here’s what you need to know about the difference between public ...
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Topics: Cloud