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Technology Unwrapped

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

What Does Strategic Planning Look Like for My SMB? (+3 Results)

Angela Wight
A clear and well-defined strategy enables an organization to focus its resources and energy in the most impactful areas while playing to the organization's strengths. The strategy sets a course for how the company wants to get ahead, or stay ahead, of its competitors. A strategic plan ensures that all the elements of the company are working together as a coherent whole to achieve goals and objectives. Executing a strategic plan isn't something that can be done by the marketing department or the ...
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Topics: The Workplace, Technology Planning

Why Should My SMB Focus on Automation?

Angela Wight
New research shows automation is key to the survival of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), as they are under pressure like never before. In today’s global marketplace, SMBs must compete with large enterprises that have the scale and resources to invest in new technology initiatives – including artificial intelligence (AI) and robotic process automation (RPA). Luckily, AI, RPA, and automation technologies are now available and affordable for SMBs.
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Topics: The Workplace, Trends

Why Outsourcing IT Support Makes Sense for Small Businesses

Angela Wight
Years ago, your IT may have been managed in-house, with an internal IT support person or team of on-call technicians to handle user requests and hardware and software updates. However, today’s organizations rely on complicated systems: cloud computing, servers, voice and conferencing, mobile tools, and more. This complexity makes in-house IT management difficult, especially for organizations that rely on a single IT person. Tasking one employee to oversee user support, network maintenance, ...
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Topics: The Workplace, Trends

What is a VPN, and How Does it Work?

CoreTech Staff
Many companies have been working remotely for over a year now—some with no plan to return to the office. As others plan to return to normal, others still are getting the best of both worlds with a hybrid approach. No matter what work model your office adopts, security is still a crucial component of your company’s technology setup. As part of their security efforts, many companies use VPNs for their employees to connect to the office network.
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Topics: The Workplace, Network Security

7 Habits to Keep Your Business Cyber Safe

Camryn Mottl
According to the University of Maryland, an average of 2,244 cyber attacks occur daily. That’s one attack every 30 seconds. With the gradual sophistication of attacks, it is important to train your staff on what to watch out for. Firewalls, email spam filtering, multi-factor authentication (MFA), endpoint protection, and backups do their job, but, in the end, training employees is the best way to keep your business safe from a cyber attack.
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Topics: Security Threats, Data Breach, The Workplace

3 Simple Ways Technology Can Recapture Your Time

Al Howard
When I talk to clients, I often ask them if they spend about 20 minutes a day looking for something. After all, 20 minutes is not that much time, or is it? Often, I get a big laugh followed by a response with a much more concerning amount of time, ranging between one to two hours. Really? Why?
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Topics: Owners & Managers, The Workplace

How to Retain Staff and Drive Innovation With Technology

Angela Wight
When you have good employees, you want to show your team members you value their dedication and hard work. Increased compensation or a bonus is great, however, quality tools to do their job can also contribute to retaining high-quality staff long-term, while also contributing to their productivity. Technology has evolved from a tool to enhance your system’s efficiency to an integral business component. The impact of technology in the workplace is so pervasive that it is impossible to imagine ...
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Topics: The Workplace, IT Support

Power Cycling vs. Restarting: What is the Difference?

Ethan Weber
One of the most common responses from help desk support is: “Have you tried turning the device off and then on again?” While it may seem redundant, this solution is commonly recommended as a quick and easy fix for many problems involving your computer or printer. But how do you efficiently turn off and on devices when they vary so much in form and function, or when the power button can be a sleep button in disguise? Enter: Power cycling. Keep reading to learn more about the differences between ...
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Topics: The Workplace

Is Your Business Preparing for a Recession? 7 Technology Tips

Chris Vilim
According to the CNBC-SurveyMonkey Small Business Survey, more than 80% of small business owners expect a recession as interest rates rise to reduce inflation around the nation. Whether Omaha businesses experience a recession or not, we wanted to offer six valuable suggestions when you find yourself making decisions that impact your company and technology.
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Topics: Owners & Managers, The Workplace, Finance, Technology Planning, Outsourced IT, Disaster Recovery

Microsoft Rolls Out Web-Based Meeting Scheduler: Bookings in Outlook

Camryn Mottl
The days of a six-email chain to schedule a meeting will soon be in the rearview mirror for Outlook users. In May 2022, Microsoft announced an update to Outlook, which essentially integrates the web-based scheduling tool, Bookings with Outlook. Bookings in Outlook allows you and others to create custom meeting types for internal and external purposes according to your availability and preferences.
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Topics: Microsoft Products, Owners & Managers, The Workplace