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Technology Unwrapped

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

Does Your Business Need IT Consulting?

Chris Vilim
Many small business owners consider IT consulting simply as a “nice to have” service for those with extra money in their IT budgets. But the truth is that, while these services weren’t a necessity in the past, they have become more important for small and midsize businesses that want to remain secure and competitive in today’s tech-driven marketplace.
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Topics: Owners & Managers, The Workplace, Technology Planning

17 Essentials for an Efficient At-Home Office [+Free Infographic]

Bill Weber
Don’t underestimate what you need when you begin setting up your home office. Sometimes we don’t even realize all that we need or what will give us the most efficiency as we are in a rush to get home and get working.    If you’re struggling with setting up an efficient at-home office, you can use our checklist of 17 essential items. It is a well-rounded, yet streamlined list of what you’ll likely wind up needing at some point during your time as a remote worker during the coronavirus ...
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Topics: Equipment Purchases, The Workplace, Technology Planning

Is Your Omaha Organization Prepared to Work Remotely due to COVID-19?

Kaitlin Schneider
The novel coronavirus, otherwise known as COVID-19, continues to spread, and cases are continuing to sprout up in the Omaha and Lincoln area. Already, countless events—including major economic stimulators like the College World Series—and have been postponed or cancelled, and many of the city’s largest organizations are preparing to join others in this unprecedented adoption of remote working.
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Topics: The Workplace, Trends, Technology Planning

Getting the Most out of Managed IT Security Services

Chris Vilim
It takes more than just a firewall or antivirus software to protect your business from today’s more sophisticated cyber threats. If you want to reduce your risk of attack, you need to have a layered security solution that works to protect your networks, devices and data from every vantage point.
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Topics: Network Security, Technology Planning

What Your Small Business Needs to Know About the Future of Managed IT Services

Chris Vilim
Whether you are currently working with a managed service provider (MSP) or you plan to work with one in the future, it’s important to understand how MSPs are evolving to provide more secure, efficient and productive IT services for small business. Understanding the future of managed IT services will help your small business prepare for changes that may affect you. Here’s what small business owners need to know about the future of managed IT and IT service providers.
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Topics: Technology Planning

7 Ways to Get the Most Value from Your Managed IT Services Contract

Chris Vilim
Managed service providers (MSPs) can provide a lot of value for companies that need outsourced IT support. A managed IT services contract details the ongoing services the MSP will provide to the company. And, while these service contracts offer a range of benefits for organizations, not every business is getting the full value from their contract.  Below, we’ll detail how you can get the most value from your MSP contract, as well as discuss signs that your MSP is helping you get your money’s ...
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Topics: Technology Planning

Questions You Need to Ask When Interviewing an IT Security Consulting Firm

Chris Vilim
A layered approach to cyber security is more secure, but it is also more complex. If you do not have adequate resources or team members with IT security experience, the best way you can protect your business from security threats is by hiring a managed service provider (MSP) for IT security. A managed IT security provider has the knowledge, experience and resources to help keep your business protected from cyber security threats.
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Topics: Network Security, Technology Planning

The Top 3 Reasons Your Cables may be Failing

Rick Shepherd
Throughout my years of installing and troubleshooting cable, I have come across many reasons why a data cable may not function properly. No cable lasts forever, and they all start to wear down over time. However, without proper installation, you can face numerous issues, including slow connections, poor quality and, overall, inconsistent performance. Here are three possible cable issues you might be facing.
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Topics: Technology Planning

How to Choose an MSP for Your Financial Institution

Tom Montgomery
Credit unions, banks and other financial institutions rely on technology to efficiently and effectively serve their customers. Over the past decade, the shifting needs and growing expectations of the modern consumer have driven the development of a number of new technologies, software and applications that are changing the delivery of banking services. With these new technologies comes a need for increased security and a focus on meeting compliance requirements.
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Topics: Finance, Technology Planning

Managed Backups: Why Your Business Needs Them

Wynn Obermeyer
Your company’s data is important, and having adequate backups is a critical part of keeping that data protected. Whether it be a hardware failure or cyber attack, when disaster strikes, your business will come to a halt unless you have the proper plans and data backups in place. Managed backup solutions provided by a managed service provider (MSP) are one of the best ways to ensure that your organization has secure and reliable access to your data when the unexpected occurs. 
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Topics: Cloud, Technology Planning