5 Ways A Managed Services Provider Promotes Revenue Growth in 2020

To gain and maintain a competitive edge, small to mid-size businesses (SMBs) require the same technologies as larger corporations. With enterprise needs and small business budgets, more and more SMBs are turning to a managed services provider (MSP) to move them ahead of the curve. While some businesses view IT consultants simply as a means to keep computers up and running, others see the possibilities for powerful, strategic partnerships. Choosing the right MSP not only helps your organization work smarter; it can also help you grow your business and improve your bottom line. Consider these five ways a quality managed…

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Update Retail Privacy Practices with New York SHIELD Act

According to a 2019 retail privacy study by Deloitte, the majority of customers worry about the security of their personal data. Yet, only 22 percent of retailers build privacy into their strategic planning. With the New York SHIELD Act taking effect in 2020, retailers have the opportunity to revamp privacy practices to establish trust and strengthen customer relationships. Back in 2016, the adoption of the GDPR in Europe sparked an increased concern about privacy in the United States. Since 2016, at least half of the individual states have passed privacy laws modeled more or less on GDPR, including SHIELD. Many…

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How can Green Computing Energize Your Business in 2020?

From recycling to water conservation and solar panels, the Green Movement touches many aspects of our lives. For small to medium businesses (SMB), going green often begins in the computer room. Not only is it environmentally responsible, but green computing makes good business sense. What does Green computing means? In basic terms, green computing involves reducing the environmental impact of technology. That means using less energy, reducing waste, and promoting sustainability. Green computing reduces the carbon footprint of a business and provides a reputation boost. From a budget perspective, eco-friendly computing can reduce energy and operational costs more than 30%….

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9 Tips for Safe Online Shopping to Keep the Season Merry

This year, according to Adobe Analytics, shoppers spent a record $4 billion shopping online on Thanksgiving Day. And by the time the ball drops on New Year’s Eve, holiday shoppers will have spent more than $143 billion online. Not surprisingly, cyber criminals love this time of year. But with a little education and some basic safety tips, you can enjoy safe online shopping this season. 1. Beware of “Too Good to Be True” Deals You know never to trust a street seller offering Prada handbags or Rolex watches for $50. The same logic holds true for online sellers. The security…

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Section 179 Deductions Power Technology Investments for Small Businesses

When December air turns frosty, children of all ages envision sleigh bells and a cornucopia of gifts. Business owners make their own wish lists. But instead of letters to Santa, they dream of year-end tax deductions. With Section 179 of the tax code offering more tax relief than ever, small businesses can make those dreams a reality with upgraded technology. Recent Changes Bring Business Benefits The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which took effect last year, introduced some key adjustments to Section 179 and bonus depreciation that put even more money back into the business budget. These changes include the…

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7 Cyber Security Best Practices Every Business Should Implement

During 2019, cyber criminals attacked thousands of businesses. Half of those attacks targeted small businesses, many of which rely on outdated systems and insufficient security. Those businesses lost millions of dollars, as well as the confidence of their customers. While cyber attacks pose an increasingly serious threat, cybersecurity best practices mitigate the danger. Businesses that invest in cybersecurity initiatives realize the benefits of protecting vital assets and maintaining a critical business reputation. With the help of an experienced technology partner, use these seven steps to begin building the fortress you need to defend against cyber crime. 1. Create an Acceptable…

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How to Fight Formjacking and Win Back the Holiday Shopping Season

The 2018 holiday season brought a new kind of Grinch. Late in the year, Symantec revealed that hackers had begun to employ a nearly invisible new tactic called formjacking. According to the Internet Security Threat Report, Symantec blocked nearly four million formjacking attacks in 2018. One third of those attacks occurred during November and December. Remember ATM skimmers that steal credit card information when you swipe your card? Think of formjacking as the online version of skimming. Hackers infect an online order form with malicious JavaScript. Then, when you enter your card information to make a purchase, the code transfers…

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How to hire a DBA

Database Administrators – especially competent ones – can be difficult to find, validate technically, and hire, as they are rare and in high demand. This article discusses finding, scoping, and acquiring your new DBA, SQL Server DBA. Finding a DBA Where do DBAs hang out? Larger companies may hire a staffing firm. This may be expensive (staffing firms will charge a significant percentage of the DBA’s income), but you’ll likely get a warranty of a sort (let the new hire go within 3 months and we’ll find you another for free, for example). The staffing firm may or may to…

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How to burn out your DBA team

How to burn out your DBA as quickly as possible Are you trying to get rid of your DBA – or DBA team? Want to make a reputation for your IT shop that will make recruitment borderline impossible? Simply want to make somebody’s life miserable? Then this article is for you! (Note If you want a happy DBA that stays with you, do the opposite.) Put your DBA on call 24×7 Nobody wants solo responsibility for a system. People like to go to dinner… a movie… a vacation… sleep… and should be allowed to. No backup DBA team This is…

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Why you need a DBA support

DBA Support There seem to be patterns and cycles in everything. Application development is no exception. For a variety of reasons, organizations of all sizes frequently end up without a DBA support. What is a DBA support and why do you need it? Database administrators performs or directs activities relating to maintaining a successful environment this can include: establishing policies and procedures, security maintenance, use and training in database management systems, and designing and implementation. Lack of a DBA will put organizations at risk in a variety of ways: Performance issues, slowly snowballing (or suddenly escalating) until they are intolerable…

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