Upgrading for Microsoft’s EOS? Here’s What the Tax Code’s Section 179 Can Do for You

Preparing for Microsoft’s end of support (EOS) deadline in January isn’t how you want to end the year, but it’s something to plan for — even if you’re dreading upgrade costs. What many businesses don’t know is that a tax deduction can offset some of their upgrade expenses. There are a few things you should consider before upgrading your infrastructure and turning to the tax code for assistance. Here’s what you need to know about [...]

By |2019-11-08T16:02:45-06:00November 8th, 2019|Newsletter Articles|Comments Off on Upgrading for Microsoft’s EOS? Here’s What the Tax Code’s Section 179 Can Do for You

Study: Enterprises Are Turning to MSPs to Close Skills Gap, Address Complex IT Issues

According to a new study, many enterprises are turning to managed services providers (MSPs) to assist with closing the IT skills gap, and to address increasingly complex IT issues in the cloud. Commissioned by Virtustream and conducted by 451 Research, a report, titled “Demystifying Cloud Transformation: Where Enterprises Should Start,” found that more than 66 percent of enterprise organizations using cloud computing technologies to assist with business operations are also leveraging numerous types of managed [...]

By |2019-10-18T16:19:39-06:00October 18th, 2019|Newsletter Articles|Comments Off on Study: Enterprises Are Turning to MSPs to Close Skills Gap, Address Complex IT Issues

What Microsoft Teams Can Do for Your Business

Microsoft Teams is back in the news. This time the chatter is around the tech giant actively working on a Teams client for Linux, the most-used open-source operating system in the market. For SMBs with users on Linux, this is big news. Now, if you’re unfamiliar with Teams, you’re not alone. Many SMBs are running their daily operations without collaboration software, but they’re not doing themselves any favors. Slack, Teams’ top competitor in the space, [...]

By |2019-10-04T12:26:34-06:00October 4th, 2019|Newsletter Articles|Comments Off on What Microsoft Teams Can Do for Your Business

Recap: What You Should Know About EOS, and Why It Matters

Throughout the year, we’ve been reminding you about Microsoft products reaching end of support (EOS) in January 2020. Some businesses have heeded warnings, while others are allocating the necessary funds to upgrade software or hardware before the quarter ends. Either way, EOS is fast approaching. Here’s a quick refresher about what to focus on before the year ends. What EOS means for you, your business, and your customers Each one of Microsoft's products goes through [...]

By |2019-09-23T13:13:38-06:00September 20th, 2019|Newsletter Articles|Comments Off on Recap: What You Should Know About EOS, and Why It Matters

IoT Grows Rapidly While Challenges Remain for SMBs

Even though the Internet of Things (IoT) is growing rapidly, many businesses are concerned about the increasing number of challenges with small device technologies, including security. While early adopters are worried about opening themselves up to vulnerabilities and exploits, they’re still confident in IoT’s potential to increase return on investment (ROI) and consider the computing concept to be critical to business success. The number of connected devices continues to increase. There will be 41.6 billion [...]

By |2019-09-13T08:52:56-06:00September 6th, 2019|Newsletter Articles|Comments Off on IoT Grows Rapidly While Challenges Remain for SMBs

Haven’t Upgraded to Windows 10? Here’s What Intel’s Chip Shortage Means to You

Many small business owners still running Windows 7 are considering when they should upgrade their systems to Windows 10. Time is running out — especially with the ongoing Computer Processing Unit (CPU) shortage. With one company dominating the CPU market, whenever there’s a miscalculation, the worldwide PC market is significantly impacted. If you’re unfamiliar with the chip shortage, there are a couple of things to know. There’s a shortage? What shortage? Here’s what happened. Late [...]

By |2019-09-09T14:04:06-06:00August 16th, 2019|Newsletter Articles, Windows EOS|Comments Off on Haven’t Upgraded to Windows 10? Here’s What Intel’s Chip Shortage Means to You

Survey Says: Data Loss Still High Among Businesses

Even though data loss is still high among businesses across all verticals, there’s been an increase in the adoption of cloud-based data protection.  Some organizations are stalling, however, to make a move. Cloud adoption, in general, has risen over the years, to the point where cloud computing technology is being used somewhere in most organizations. Ninety-six percent of businesses are using the cloud in one way or another, according to the RightScale 2018 State of the [...]

By |2019-09-09T14:04:36-06:00August 2nd, 2019|Newsletter Articles|Comments Off on Survey Says: Data Loss Still High Among Businesses

Why You Need an MSP in 2019

If you’re not sure why you need a managed services provider (MSP), you’re not the only one. Despite all the benefits to hiring an MSP, many businesses are still skeptical, but they don’t need to be — and neither do you. Before contracting an MSP to protect your business, do your research, ask the right questions and consider your options, but above everything else, understand why you need one. While there are many reasons to [...]

By |2019-07-19T12:52:25-06:00July 19th, 2019|Newsletter Articles|Comments Off on Why You Need an MSP in 2019

Why Enterprises Are Migrating to Windows 10? EOS, Security, Survey Says

Many enterprises still haven’t upgraded their operating system (OS) from Windows 7 to Windows 10, despite Microsoft’s attempts to remind them. There are myriad of potential security vulnerabilities resulting from not migrating by early next year. Businesses already making the switch, are concerned mostly with end of support (EOS) and security. Twenty-two percent of enterprises expect to still run Windows 7 past its EOS next January, according to a report published by Adaptiva, which pulled [...]

By |2019-09-09T14:30:33-06:00July 5th, 2019|Newsletter Articles, Windows EOS|Comments Off on Why Enterprises Are Migrating to Windows 10? EOS, Security, Survey Says

Stop What You’re Doing and Modernize Your SQL Server 2008 Products Now

There’s been a lot of discussion around how businesses can prepare for end of support (EOS) for Microsoft products. Much of what’s been covered has tackled products with EOS dates in 2020, but there are products with EOS dates in 2019 — and SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 are on the list. Usually, it’s best to create a detailed action plan before upgrading or migrating your software, but the clock is ticking, and with [...]

By |2019-09-09T14:30:43-06:00June 20th, 2019|Newsletter Articles, Windows EOS|Comments Off on Stop What You’re Doing and Modernize Your SQL Server 2008 Products Now