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6 Reasons Why Offsite Backup in the Cloud is 100% Critical to Save Your Business

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Many times, businesses suffer not only the financial devastations caused by data loss, but they suffer the loss of client confidence. Both are equally devastating and determine whether a business can survive.
The industries that typically suffer the most frequent and expensive breaches are healthcare, financial, pharmaceuticals, transportation and communications. More than one-third of attacks are on businesses with fewer than 250 employees.
There’s a lot at risk when a business fails to implement a successful and thorough offsite data backup plan. Some companies never recover from the blow.
After a major data loss, only 6% of those businesses will survive, studies show. A whopping 51% go out of business within two years, while a sober 43% are gone immediately.

Email Security & Archiving: Achieving Peace of Mind

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Nearly 150 billion emails are sent daily. Close to 50% of business email users believe email reduces the day-to-day need for file storage. Now, you may account for only a small portion of that massive number. But, that said … is your data safe? Is downtime in your future? Undoubtedly, many of those emails have attachments and sensitive information. Many are vulnerable to security breaches. Indeed, this is highly relevant to you. Especially if you share sensitive information. Consider: • 88% of companies experience data loss; email’s the primary culprit • 78% of employees access personal email from business computers; that’s double what’s authorized • 68% of organizations currently don’t use a secure email service or email archiving solution Nowadays, when it comes to stopping spam, securing email systems, combating rapidly evolving email threats, and keeping computers working at a fast pace, small and medium businesses (SMBs) just don't have the resources for email protection.

MSPs Lead Businesses through the SaaS Maze

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Countless businesses trust Managed Service Providers (MSPs) to deploy, manage and support infrastructure solutions both in the cloud and on-premise. The reason is simple. They are the best at eliminating downtime and providing superb user support. Savvy businesses also recognize the value engaging their MSP in the search and support for the right applications and Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions for their business. Forrester Research says that IT partners aren’t just critical for the successful deployment of SaaS products, but the management aspect is a real value-add. SaaS is software running on remote hardware that is owned, managed and delivered via the Internet on a pay-for-use or subscription basis. Without purchasing hardware or software, businesses just connect to the cloud. Deployment takes as little as a day. Fixes and new features are regularly implemented. It does away with obsolescence. There’s also Service Level Agreements (SLAs) that guarantee availability.

Streamline Your Business Processes with Document Management

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Any business that uses paper or electronic filing systems can benefit from document management. A quick tour of your offices will reveal how replacing bulky and overflowing paper filing systems with click-of-the-mouse document retrieval could revolutionize your day-to-day operations. Let's have a look at some of the advantages.
What Can Document Management Do For Your Organization? Implementing new office technology can keep even the bravest among us up all night. Not to worry. Document management with The OTG will make life easier, streamlining your paper chase into an easy-to-use retrieval system your team will appreciate. Here's how:

Questions to Ask About Cloud Security Before Making the Move

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The cloud. A wondrous advancement in document sharing and management. However, with all of the press on large corporation having catastrophic data breaches, small and medium size businesses have to stop and ponder the risks associated with moving their data to the cloud.
Is the Cloud Safe? The cloud is no more or less safe than an on-site server. Last year(February 2014) there was a media frenzy concerning the National Security Agency's statement that they can get into any network, be it a cloud or physical server.
Cloud Storage is just as safe as on-site servers. Implementing certain security precautions are still essential for ensuring your data is safe from everyday hackers.

Mishicot School District Implements a Managed I.T. Services Strategy

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Supporting the technology needs of over 850 students and their teachers can be a challenge. Nobody knows this better than Eric Nelson of the Mishicot School District (www.mishicot.k12.wi.us). Eric functions as both the elementary principal and the technology coordinator for the rural school district. Technology support issues began to consume more of his time, taking the focus away from developing a technology strategy for the district. Challenges
I.T. Staff Continuity Each year the school would hire a technology intern to manage the daily technology support in the district.

The Printer Showdown: Ink Jet vs. Laser

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Your business needs a printer. Coming to that decision was the easy part. Now comes the part where you have to decide what options you need and don't need. You certainly don't want to pay a lot for extra options that simply are not needed. Before going out on the world wide web to search for that one perfect printer that will work for everyone in the office, make a list of all the options you need.
Ink Jet Printers Ink jets are by far the most popular printer for both home and business use. They are versatile and have a very low up-front cost. There are also a wide range of mediums available to print on such as photo paper, canvas and even t-shirts.
That being said, ink jet printers are known for being painfully slow and although the actual printer its self is fairly inexpensive, the volume of cartridges will rack up your monthly budget quickly.

EMTEQ Cuts Costs by $2,500 a Month and Frees Up I.T. Staff Time

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As the director of I.T. for a global company, Josh Moore understands the challenges and frustrations of managing printers. This is especially true in the document-intensive aviation industry. With locations in the United States, Canada, Switzerland and Brazil, EMTEQ produces and supplies innovative products for the document-intensive aviation industry. When he came on board with EMTEQ in 2011, Moore recognized that there were opportunities to improve end-user experience while significantly reducing costs. “I look at print as a non-value add to our I.T. department,” commented Moore. “I want my internal I.T. team focused on strategic projects, workflow improvement and overall business improvement, not printers.” Challenges EMTEQ had two different partners supporting our printers and multifunction systems. “One of them was not giving us a lot of response,” remembers Moore. This began to distract Moore’s I.T. team.

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