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SMBs are Embracing Cloud-Hosted Technology

SMBs are Embracing Cloud-Hosted Technology

The cloud has helped many businesses push beyond their limits, but is your organization taking advantage of it? Depending on the needs of your specific business, the cloud can benefit your organization in ways you could never dream of just 20 years ago. We’ll go through some of the best ways the cloud can help your organization.

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How Should You Invest in the Cloud?

How Should You Invest in the Cloud?

Hosted solutions are used in modern business practices for a variety of reasons, but by far the most common reason is because the business doesn’t necessarily have the staff or resources to take care of the solution in-house. The process of implementation will vary by business, but we can walk you through the process nonetheless, including building the solution, renting the solution, and buying the hosting space.

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The Benefits of Centralizing Your Data and Infrastructure

The Benefits of Centralizing Your Data and Infrastructure

Technology helps businesses of all kinds keep their operations running soundly, but depending on the way that it’s managed, it could have detrimental effects on your company. For example, if you have all kinds of solutions hosted on specific servers or workstations, you’re keeping them from being accessed by devices that aren’t connected to that specific network. Wouldn’t it be better if everything was centralized so that all of it could be accessed at a glance?

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Critiquing In-House and Cloud Based On Cost and Control

Critiquing In-House and Cloud Based On Cost and Control

We won't deny that we push the benefits of cloud pretty hard, but we aren't afraid to consider the possibility that the cloud may not be the best fit for your needs. If this is truly the case, it may just be that an onsite approach will work best for your needs.

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What Does the Cloud Have to Offer for SMBs?

What Does the Cloud Have to Offer for SMBs?

The cloud has taken the computing world by storm. You’d be hard-pressed to find a technology that didn’t tie back to the cloud in some way. This is especially true when you consider the needs of the SMB, and how the cloud can provide for those needs.

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Tip of the Week: 3 Ways for Your Business to Take Full Advantage of the Cloud

Tip of the Week: 3 Ways for Your Business to Take Full Advantage of the Cloud

Connectivity to the cloud is a great opportunity your organization can leverage to its advantage, but only if it’s done well. No two businesses will have the same exact configuration when it comes to cloud, as the needs and responsibilities that are accomplished through that cloud solution will change. This week’s tip is dedicated to helping you discover which cloud solution is right for you.

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Follow These 3 Rules for a Smoother Cloud Migration

Follow These 3 Rules for a Smoother Cloud Migration

So, you’re convinced that cloud computing is the way to go for your agency. That’s great, and it’s an easy choice to make, seeing the cloud affords your business benefits such as increased productivity, improved collaboration, anytime/anywhere access, and much more. Now that you’ve decided to go with the cloud, what’s your next move to make it a reality?

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Adoption of Cloud Services Continues to Increase in 2016

Adoption of Cloud Services Continues to Increase in 2016

There’s no denying that your business’s productivity suite is one of its most valuable software solutions. Cloud services like Google Apps for Work and Microsoft Office 365 continue to be huge game-changers in the business environment, and it’s been found that their increasing popularity is thanks to the convenience of providing mobile access to important data and applications.

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Recent Study Shows How the Cloud Can Double the Profits of a Small Business

b2ap3_thumbnail_smb_cloud_benefits_400.jpgIt’s been proven that the cloud is ideal for improving the way that agencies just like yours are handling their day-to-day operations, bringing both an increase in profits, net growth, and staff productivity. So, naturally, small businesses are moving in the direction of taking advantage of the cloud for their computing needs.

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4 Great Ways Your Agency Can Use Cloud Computing in 2016

b2ap3_thumbnail_cloud_computing_400.jpgThe cloud might be a great new data storage resource for independent agencies to get more done during the workday, but it’s far more than that. Uses for the cloud are constantly evolving to adapt to a shifting online environment. It’s now an indispensable tool for the serious modern business. The cloud is changing the way businesses handle their data and information, but it can do so much more.

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3 Features Businesses Look For in Their Cloud Solution

b2ap3_thumbnail_cloud_computing_solutions_400.jpgCloud services are growing more common with small and medium-sized businesses, to the point where almost all businesses take advantage of the cloud in some way, shape, or form. However, an independent agency's specific cloud needs vary, and the same solution doesn’t work for everyone. Still, there are a few notable qualities that most businesses want for their cloud in 2016.

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3 Ways to Know if Your Company’s Better Off With a Private Cloud

b2ap3_thumbnail_your_private_cloud_solution_400.jpgMore businesses today are taking advantage of cloud computing than ever before, but one thing isn’t certain; what type of cloud solution a business needs to be using. While there are public, private, and even hybrid cloud solutions, the private cloud stands out as an ideal solution for organizations that want optimal control over their data. How can your business benefit from leveraging a private cloud solution?

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4 Benefits to Cloud Computing You Should Consider

b2ap3_thumbnail_cloud_for_your_business_400.jpgCloud computing is an important game changer for businesses, but some are dragging their heels when it comes to implementing this new concept into their strategy. One of the biggest reasons why businesses hold off moving to the cloud is because they are not  certain of what the cloud does.

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Your IT Needs to Be Involved with Your Cloud Solution

b2ap3_thumbnail_cloud_it_host_400.jpgOne of the greatest advances in technology solutions to have emerged in the past few years is cloud computing. In fact, it’s one of the most popular Software as a Service (SaaS) platforms out there for the modern business. Are you prepared to commit to a cloud solution that can potentially improve productivity on all levels of your business infrastructure?

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How the Cloud Can Be Customized for Your Business

b2ap3_thumbnail_hang_on_to_the_cloud_400.jpgBy now, most businesses have implemented a cloud solution or at the very least took a long, hard look at one. Some businesses might not even realize some of their data is in the cloud. For the small or medium-sized business the benefits are too numerous to ignore. Not only can the cloud cut your capital technology costs, but increasing mobility can provide anywhere access to crucial IT systems. It provides a ubiquitous data delivery system to improve organizational mobility. With its proverbial laundry list of benefits, including cost reduction, have you taken a close enough look at the cloud for your business?

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3 Ways that Application Virtualization Can Benefit Your Business

b2ap3_thumbnail_virtualize_400.jpgThe modern business world is constantly evolving, and one of the revolutions that have allowed for this is virtualization. You might have heard about server virtualization or even desktop virtualization. Did you know that you can virtualize your applications, too? In fact, it can be one of the most valuable uses for virtualization, especially considering the upcoming Windows Server 2003 end-of-support date.

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Moving to the Cloud Is Great if It Is Done Properly

b2ap3_thumbnail_cloud_eureka_400.jpgCloud computing is a revolution which is bringing about a change in the way small businesses view the consumption and analysis of data. More businesses than ever before have joined the cloud trend. However, some are finding that their cloud solution isn’t ideal, or they have presumptions about the cloud that simply aren’t true.

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3 Concepts to Think About Before Adding Thin Clients in Your Workplace

b2ap3_thumbnail_virtualized_server_400.jpgSome businesses are finding hardware virtualization to be an effective alternative to hosting their own servers in-house, and for good reason. They save money that would ordinarily be spent on electricity and operating costs associated with owning machinery. Similar to these virtual servers and workstations are what are known as “thin clients.”

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ITaaS: Transform Your IT Department Into a Service!

b2ap3_thumbnail_managed_services_provider_400.jpgWhat are managed IT services all about? You've heard about how businesses are saving on their IT costs by outsourcing their technology needs, but how does this service work? The money-saving answer comes from this radical new approach to treating IT as a Service!

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Enjoy the Party – Let the Hosts Do the Hard Work for You!

b2ap3_thumbnail_cloud_maintenance_400.jpgHosting the party isn't for everyone; it's a matter of space, cost, and responsibility. You could be the life of the party, but nobody would know because you're so busy making sure that everything is set and ready to rumble. Wouldn't it be easier if you could just hire someone to take care of all the little details for you, so you could enjoy the fruits of your labor?

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