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How cloud computing can help your staff succeed at working remotely

With COVID-19, a sudden transition The fast conversion to remote work due to the coronavirus pandemic has been a bumpy road for all. Some companies have weathered the transition better than others, often because they had already moved their data to the cloud. Others have been playing massive catch up, as they struggle to migrate legacy systems to the cloud.…

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10 Advantages of Cloud Computing in 2020

The Cloud is the Message The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened theneed for companies to adopt digital businessmodels—and only cloud platforms can provide theagility, scalability, and innovation required for thistransition.From The Recovery Will be Digital McKinsey and Company The fast pivot to remote work has motivated company leaders to rapidly embrace cloud computing. Cloud platforms and cloud data storage solutions deliver…

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Cloud Computing: Key to Business Resilience in Tough Times

With COVID-19, Fast Pivots are the Norm The coronavirus pandemic forced many businesses into an unanticipated pivot to remote work and telecommuting. Companies of all sizes now face massive pressures to be more adaptable, flexible, and innovative. Meanwhile, pinched by an economy thrown into massive recession, businesses have been forced to seek new markets or rapidly downsize. The rules of…

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Creating a Disaster Recovery Plan in the Age of COVID-19

While it may seem like working through a pandemic is your worst-case scenario, you should still take time to cover all the bases. With your location quiet and your team disbursed, you may be more vulnerable than ever to emergency situations. Take time to shore up your IT Disaster Recovery Plan to protect your business from other disasters such as…

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Business Location Security in the Age of COVID-19

Your team has gone remote and your location is either not in operation, or only partly so. However, your office space is still home to valuable equipment and data. While you’re away from the office, don’t neglect oversight of your business location security. Here are some of the areas you should consider when auditing your business location security in the…

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The 4 Mythic Characters of IT

The 4 Mythic Characters of IT Company owners often view IT through the lens of headache cure or damage control. And yes, when you’re dealing with the pain of unstable systems built on outdated equipment, all you want is relief. But when you only look to your IT team for palliative care, you may miss the opportunity to tap some…

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Crypto Ransomware Threats: A Growing Concern

Crypto Ransomware Threats: A Growing Concern We just wanted to warn our community about some virulent ransomware attacks that are currently circulating. At this point, none of our clients have been affected, but businesses in many industries (including banks, hospitals, and government institutions) have. The fallout has included loss of money, time, reputation, and public trust. "Locky," "Robin Hood," "Bart"....you…

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Who Should Hire an IT Consulting Firm?

For today's blog, we wanted to take a moment to discuss the question of whether or not you should hire an IT consulting firm. Working with an outside IT provider is not a good fit for everyone. We'll be describing the kinds of scenarios where this does or does not make sense. First, who should not hire an IT consulting…

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Honing Your Focus in an Age of Attention Deficits

Honing your focus in an age of constant contact (and constant interruption) is challenging business. Gloria Mark, a Professor in the Department of Informatics at UC Irvine has found that the average worker switches activities (due to external distractions or self-interruption) every three minutes. Even more concerning, she found that it takes an average of 23 minutes and 15 seconds for…

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What Do We Love?

As 2013 quickly draws to a close, it's a great moment for us to take stock of all we have to be grateful for. So, here's our list of bigs and littles...          Giving thanks for where we work and play. You know as well as we do that the San Francisco Bay Area is something extraordinary.…

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