Quiz: What is the right IT Solution for my Business?

Posted on September 13, 2017 by | 0 comments

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Is IT a pain point at your organization? Whether you have an in-house IT representative or a third party resource, your company’s technology needs to be working with your company, not against it! Take our short assessment below to determine the technology resources your business needs to grow and succeed.

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What Does My Business Need from a Managed IT Services Provider?

Posted on May 16, 2017 by | 0 comments

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Determine which solutions are a “must-have” when deciding on a managed IT package.

 

Are you interested in how a comprehensive IT solution could benefit your business? Click here to browse our Managed IT homepage!

Managing IT has become an overwhelming task for many organizations as innovations in technology become more advanced, and the risk of security threat seems more likely every day. If you’re similar to the majority of businesses who are considering hiring a third party to manage their IT, you’re probably feeling in over your head. And you may even be currently living out one of three common (and dangerous!) IT environments at your business:

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The Wake-up Call No Business Wants

Posted on December 15, 2016 by | 0 comments

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Is your business’ back up and disaster recovery plan up to speed?

Backup and Disaster Recovery

Your systems probably hold a few Terabytes’ worth of CRM and vendor data, billing and payroll history, legal and other documents. You generate vast amounts of new data daily. Yet, if you’re like 40% of small-to-medium sized companies, you don’t back up that gold at various points throughout the day. Or you assume it’s backing up…but you’re not sure.

If you’ve dodged a data disaster so far, consider yourself lucky. Roughly 40% of companies that cannot recover data within 24 hours of an outage shut their doors within 24 months (Gartner). What would happen to your business if essential data were wiped? How long could you continue operating? What would it cost to rebuild your systems and win back clients? How do you prevent a recurrence?

You may think your back up is doing its job, only to learn too late that your data wasn’t fully protected. Unless you can say with absolute certainty that your back up systems are right-sized and reliable, it’s time for a critical update. Here’s what you need to consider.

Download your free copy of our Disaster Recovery Checklist here to assess your company’s ability to recover if disaster strikes!

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Top 10 Benefits of Adopting Managed Print Services for Your Business

Posted on November 16, 2016 by | 0 comments

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Most organizations have a variety of contracts from several different service providers for their multifunctional devices, printers, software, and supplies. This fragmented approach to buying is inefficient and expensive, but there is a better way!

What is Managed Print Services?

Managed Print Services optimizes your print environment to offer visibility into your print spend, a fixed monthly budget, reduction of waste, and increased end user productivity.

Click here to find out how Advance can optimize your print fleet and offer your business up to 40% cost savings!

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Is Cloud Computing Right For Your Business?

Posted on June 16, 2016 by | 0 comments

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Here’s everything you should know before moving your business to the cloud.

Should I move my business to the cloud? Everything you should know before adopting cloud computing for your business.

Ah, the cloud. You’ve heard it touted as the biggest IT innovation since the app, streaming and virtual reality goggles combined. Yes, it’s full of potential. Yes, it has plenty of pitfalls. No, you are not late to the party.

Cloud technology is, in many respects, in its infancy. Small-to-medium-sized businesses like yours are just discovering how the cloud can boost efficiency and security. They’re also learning that local hardware still has value.

Would adopting cloud computing be right for your business? Let’s find out.

The Cloud 101

The cloud is an internet-based way of computing, sharing, storing and protecting data. Everything is done online, so the work hub no longer revolves around hard drives and in-house servers. Even if your IT infrastructure is 99% local, using Microsoft 365, One Drive, Google Docs or Dropbox means you’ve already partially moved your business to the cloud.

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Secure Your Company’s Data Anywhere with Mobile Device Management

Posted on April 12, 2016 by | 0 comments

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Mobile Device Management in Baltimore

Everyone likes a good story, so let’s start with a dream scenario: Every morning your company’s sales team hits the road armed with a mobile arsenal of phones, tablets, and laptops. No longer tethered to the office, they’re free to focus on cultivating leads and delivering exceptional service to existing clients. They quickly become your company’s most effective CRM tool. Instead of logging hundreds of time-sucking miles a day between the office and appointments, they efficiently use public hotspots and Wi-Fi to upload orders, send RFPs and share sales reports. Your CFO is beaming. “More face time and remote work are sending productivity and orders through the roof!” he tells you. “The supply chain is humming. Revenues are way up. Clients are 100% satisfied. We are unstoppable.”

Sweet dream, right? Now let’s wake up to the ugly downside of unplugging. Sharing data over public networks leaves your company more vulnerable than ever to hacks, thefts, and breaches. Just one compromised email can leak proprietary information or reveal clients to competitors. One device enrolled in MS Exchange can experience a total wipe of all personal and business data.

Receive an assessment of your IT environment or learn more about Advance’s Managed IT Service by clicking here.

If you’re not controlling what’s transmitted and to whom, you might as well send Evites to hackers. They know you’re vulnerable, and they will steal your data.

How can you fight back? With Mobile Device Management, programs that proactively control mobile devices and maintain data security outside the server room. It’s a dream solution that enables you to capitalize on mobile’s rewards while limiting the risk.

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4-Steps to Ensuring Proactive Maintenance & IT Support for Your Business

Posted on March 17, 2016 by | 0 comments

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IT Support for Business with Hosted IT

In our digitally dependent world, a blackout of any duration can damage profits and client confidence. Yet 70% of companies, both with internal IT departments and those using hosted IT vendors, take a patchwork approach to managing their infrastructure. These businesses receive lackluster IT support at best, waiting for problems to occur and then scrambling to deal with the fallout.

Without constant monitoring, your servers – and your company – are vulnerable to everything from business interruptions to data breaches. It’s ineffective and costly. Your faulty IT support system distracts you from your goals for growth.

Technology should be used to facilitate business growth and productivity, not inhibit it. Here’s what it takes to safeguard your company’s IT infrastructure in order to maintain your current environment and set you up for future growth.

Click this link to learn about how you can avoid downtime through a proactive approach to IT.

 

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A Fully Managed IT Services Provider Can Revolutionize Your Company’s IT

Posted on February 16, 2016 by | 0 comments

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Managed IT Services from Advance

In our younger days, we loved pretending to be firefighters.

Running a tech-dependent business can feel like the game never ended. We’re always rushing to put out the latest fire, only to see another one spring up somewhere else in the system. It’s exhausting, expensive, and inefficient.

A fully managed IT provider, like Advance, can take you out of firefighting mode so you can focus on growing your business.

Transitioning to our fully Managed IT Services frees you and your team from the time and responsibility required to run your company’s IT. We handle everything – from daily back-ups, to trouble-shooting and repairs, to strategic planning and upgrades. We continually monitor and capture utilization data, so you can make better-informed decisions earlier. We anticipate problems before they arise and address them before they threaten your business. And we can make sure that your infrastructure is right-sized now and poised to grow with you. Read more »

Protecting Yourself, Your Employees, & Your Business on Cyber Monday

Posted on November 25, 2015 by | 0 comments

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Cyber Monday is a wonderful thing – instead of fighting through the masses on Black Friday, those of us who value our sanity choose to purchase our holiday gifts at discounted prices from the privacy (and safety) of the Internet.

So, what is the issue, one may ask, with this apocryphal holiday? If you’re a business leader, the answer is right in the name: Cyber Monday. This is the one day a year that your employees choose to throw caution to the wind and purchase their kid some roller blades at half price- on your time and devices.

You know that this use of your company network is risky. But what exactly is it that you should be looking out for, and how can you protect yourself, your employees, and your business on this dangerous day?

Click this link to learn about how you can avoid downtime through a proactive approach to IT.

 

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Mobile First: The Risks & Rewards

Posted on May 21, 2015 by | 0 comments

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Mobile workplace

Over the past decade, we have seen mobile device usage continue to grow, both for personal and business use. In 2014 we rounded out the year with a massive 1.2 billion devices sold, up over 28% from 2013. With statistics like that, it has become clear that mobile is here to stay and the way of the future. Because of this, it’s time to start thinking about scalability and “mobile first” or “cloud first” before adopting new technology.

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