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Technology Unwrapped

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

Do you struggle to create a good work-life balance?

Esteban Hernanez
Having a job that promotes a healthy work-life balance positively correlates with employee well-being, satisfaction and organizational commitment. Personally, I have a lot to juggle between my work-life and home-life. Having a flexible job and employer that’s willing to work with my out-of-the-box, crazy lifestyle is the only way I am able to fully commit to both. How do I balance both my work and family and what can your business do to ensure a healthy work-life balance for your employees? ...
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Topics: Owners & Managers, The Workplace

How Much Should I Spend for IT Support?

Chris Vilim
Whether you spend most of your time working in your line of business applications, on your internal network or communication tools, in the cloud - the technology you use every day is critical to both your present success and your future growth. To support the effectiveness and efficiency of your technology, businesses need to create a dedicated budget for IT that takes into consideration both their size and specific needs — but how do you strike a balance with your IT budget to ensure that ...
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Topics: Owners & Managers, Trends

Is your voice and data cabling up to code?

Rick Shepherd
When it comes to installing voice and data cabling, there is more to take into consideration than just performance – you also need to consider safety codes and standards. No business wants to spend thousands of dollars on cabling just to find out they used the wrong type in the wrong area and have to shell out more money to redo the work properly. Cat5 and Cat6 cables most commonly come with two types of jackets: CMR and CMP. Their safety ratings are defined by the NEC (National Electrical ...
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Topics: Equipment Purchases, Owners & Managers

Aligning Cyber Security with your Business Strategy

Alyssa Sisco
Since digital transformation has taken the business world by storm, many business owners remain uncertain on how to integrate cyber security with their business strategy and daily workflows. First, it’s important for business owners to understand that security is not simply a process performed in the background, but when it's ingrained with business processes, it enables your business to thrive. So, how do you get cyber security and business strategy to align and work cohesively?
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Topics: Owners & Managers, Network Security

Why you should keep your MSP in the loop

Derek Warak
When it comes to managing your business, there are so many things to monitor and keep track of. Supplies need to be stocked, office space must be organized and used efficiently, employees need to be kept happy and morale needs to remain high. One additional thing that should be done - but is often overlooked - is making sure your MSP is kept up-to-date on employees leaving the company.
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Topics: Owners & Managers, The Workplace

Why your small business should care about malware

Alyssa Sisco
Talking about the dangers associated with a malware infection can feel abstract for those who have never experienced it firsthand. To some, it may seem like a vague concept, not something that really requires you to take action. Most small business owners feel that it’s not going to happen to them and they have more pressing matters to attend to. However, they don’t usually realize that 47% of small businesses experienced at least one cyber attack in 2018 and the damage malware can cause to an ...
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Topics: Security Threats, Owners & Managers

Own a business in Omaha and need IT help?

Alyssa Sisco
It’s hard to run a business when you’re constantly being interrupted by computer restarts, unreliable internet connections, or frequently dropped calls. Yet, many small businesses just live with these frustrations because they don’t have the time or resources to find and fix the issue. Or, they simply get stuck in a break/fix loop with old technology or temporary fixes. We get that most small to midsize businesses in Omaha can’t shell out the resources to employ their own team of IT ...
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Topics: Owners & Managers, The Workplace, Local Omaha News

Why a Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plan is a must

Alyssa Sisco
Most often, we deal with disasters like ransomware infections or down servers. But lately, Nebraska residents and businesses are combating severe flooding. Although natural disasters are statistically less likely to destroy your tech equipment than malware, we have recently seen firsthand just how devastating natural disasters can be when they do strike. In fact, this image was taken by CoreTech staff member, Mike, near his home this week. When catastrophes like flooding occur, we become ...
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Topics: Owners & Managers, Local Omaha News

Why you should use a single managed services provider

Derek Warak
One MSP for voice and data is almost necessary in today’s world. Now that everything is connected through integrations, if one application stops working, it can hold up your entire process. You need to be able to have issues identified and resolved as quickly as possible, to maintain the flow of business. Not only does downtime cut down on productivity, it also puts people in a grumpy mood. According to a survey from the National Small Business Association, 41% of companies said that their ...
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Topics: Owners & Managers, Trends

What we can learn about cybersecurity from the government shutdown

Alyssa Sisco
Amid the current government shutdown, over 80 government websites are either down or insecure. With no IT staff around to renew their TLS (Transport Layer Security) certificates, many government websites are being left open to vulnerabilities. Some of the sites are set up so that they become inaccessible to the public if their TLS certificates are not up-to-date. Yet, others simply warn users that the site is not secure, then allows you to bypass the warning and continue onto the site. Once on ...
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Topics: Owners & Managers, Network Security