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Do You Need a Copier Maintenance Contract?

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Copier maintenance is pretty important, so it makes sense that a contract guaranteeing it would be important too. Here's what you need to know about maintenance contracts--and why you definitely want one.

Taking Care of Your Copiers

When it comes to protecting and maintaining your multifunction devices, it's not just about making sure that you save money or keep your copier functioning properly--it's about protecting your business. Contracts mean that you don't have to face the uncertainty of extended downtime or expensive repairs, and they state clearly who is expected to pay for what. At the end of the day, you want a copier maintenance contract because it takes care of your company as well as your copier, and that's a worthwhile guarantee to have. So, what are the benefits of a maintenance contract? Here's a quick look.

3 Technology Resolutions for 2018

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As you know, a lot can change in a year, and it’s no different with technology. But is your tech ready to power you through another year? Are you falling behind your competition thanks to out of date technology? Do you feel prepared to take on the uncertainty 2018 could bring? It’s a lot to think about, but before you start stressing, here are a few tips on how you can ring in the New Year with confidence: Reach Out for New Opportunities Cloud computing is more than just a trendy buzzword, it’s the new normal for creating new opportunities such as:

Scream for Section 179 Tax Deduction

While Halloween has actually passed, the scariest season for businesses has started to send shivers down their spines-- tax season. But, don't let the doom and gloom of tax season get you down, Section 179 might just be the trick that raises you up.

Exactly what is the Section 179 Tax Deduction?
Instead of slowly depreciating hardware and software over numerous years, Section 179 allows you to subtract the complete price of any allowed hardware or applications acquired or rented throughout the year. It's designed to encourage businesses to remain competitive and move forward by buying the technology they need while also benefiting their bottom line.

What is allowed?
Bought, financed or rented equipment
Workstations, laptops, tablets, smartphones
Servers, printers, routers, network switches, network security devices
Off-the-shelf applications (productivity, administrative, operating systems, etc.)

Three Benefits of a Virtual CIO

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The only way to ensure growth and longevity is to protect one of your business’ most valuable assets: information. You need a strategic plan to manage information and ensure it consistently aligns with your goals. This is easier said than done for many small businesses that have an IT team of only one or two people.

  To remain competitive, you have to prioritize strategic IT initiatives—they can’t be a bottom-of-the-bucket task that gets your team’s leftover attention. You need a chief information officer (CIO) who can provide expert risk management advice and devise a strategy to leverage the latest technology and help you gain a competitive edge in your industry.   For small businesses who can’t afford the hefty salary of an experienced CIO, a virtual CIO (vCIO) is a cost-effective way to fill the expertise gaps within your organization. Here’s a look at three major benefits.  

Clearing Up Your Questions About the Cloud

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Cloud continues to be a common buzzword. But, for many cloud is still a mystery. So, we’d like to help clear things up and answer your biggest cloud questions.

What is cloud? Computing based on the Internet instead of running apps from software downloaded on a physical computer or server in your building. How easy is it to use? It’s simple—with a cloud app, simply open a browser, log in and start working. How can I benefit from cloud computing?

3 Things to Keep in Mind When Choosing an MSP Partner

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Small to medium-sized businesses in every market are turning to Managed Service Providers (MSPs) for reliable technology services. From professional service organizations like accounting and law firms to hospitality and construction organizations, MSPs provide a broad range of business IT services. They help smaller enterprises regain control of their technology and finances by rolling services like security, data management and system monitoring into a flat-rate, monthly service plan. The right MSP partner can improve your productivity and profitability—but selecting the best one for your organization can be a challenge, especially with the growing number of IT managed service providers. Here are three tips to keep in mind during your search for the perfect technology experts.

The Advantages of Managed Services vs. Break-Fix

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Technology is the leading force that helps companies streamline their process, improve productivity and keep a competitive edge. But, what happens when you have hiccups or, even worse, a major outage? Your two main options are the break-fix approach and managed services. Understanding what happens when an issue occurs under each scenario will help you determine what is best for you, your team and your customers.

Break-Fix: A Reactive Approach

The Why Behind Managed Services

Organizations of all sizes rely on technology to operate efficiently and effectively, and as the reliance on IT grows, so does the need for extra support. But, your time and energy should be focused on growth and innovation, not worrying about whether your IT systems are working like they should. It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the day-to-day responsibilities of managing your IT infrastructure, that’s why many businesses are choosing to work with a managed service provider.

What are managed services?

Managed services let you offload specific IT operations to a managed service provider (MSP), who assumes responsibility for making sure your technology runs like clockwork by delivering 24/7 monitoring, ongoing management and fast problem resolution . MSPs offer services such as alerts, security, data backup and recovery, storage systems, network solutions and more.

What drives SMBs towards managed services?

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