If you have been bitten by the entrepreneurial bug recently and you decided to start your own business, you might be feeling overwhelmed. You have had to make tons of big decisions lately and if this is your first time starting a business, you are treading in unknown waters. Many of the decisions you must make will directly relate to technology. In today’s marketplace, you must operate your business as efficiently as possible and the best way to do that is by investing in the right technology from the very beginning.
When it comes to securing IT solutions for your business, you have two basic options: you can either hire an in-house IT staff or you can outsource your IT needs. If you already have an in-house staff and you’re starting to regret it, it may be time to choose the other option.
As a leader in technology solutions in the Texas Panhandle, we love to be at the forefront of new innovations that will make the lives and jobs of our clients simpler. In an effort to make your job more headache-free, we are implementing a brand new system here at catmandu, Inc. The system will be streamlined, effortless, and most importantly, it will allow us to do what we do best: providing exceptional IT support to both our business and residential clients.
Dentist offices require unique tech support in order to maintain business continuity. Technology issues and problems, no matter how small, can decrease productivity or halt it altogether. When dentists are unable to see their patients due to things that could have been prevented, patient trust is lost, revenue is decreased, and excess costs are incurred. There’s not a dentist in the world that wants that.
Microsoft recently announced that they will be ending support for Windows 7 & 8 in a push to get users to move on to Windows 10. The support will only end for new hardware. This means that computers based on the latest processors from Intel, AMD, or Qualcomm will need to be running Windows 10 or else they will not receive updates or security patches.
Tech support scams are nothing new. Under the guise of a legitimate company, scammers have been calling unsuspecting computer owners for years, telling them they must pay a huge fee to get rid of a non-existent virus or other issue with their system. And many people fall for it, especially the elderly.
Every year, the data security breaches that small, medium, and large businesses suffer from become larger and more extreme than the year before. The IT solutions that are put in place (or that are neglected) never seem to be enough to combat the increasingly cunning criminal hackers. The biggest, most publicized hacks affect huge corporations or government entities with millions of records. This can cause small businesses like those here in Amarillo, Texas to mistakenly believe that they are immune to hackers when in reality, the biggest data breaches of the year can teach small businesses some valuable lessons.
One of the most exciting business technology solutions that has emerged in the past decade is Software as a Service, or SaaS. SaaS is a branch of cloud computing in which customers pay a monthly subscription that allows them to use software and applications that are hosted elsewhere (in a service provider’s datacenter). Some examples of SaaS are Salesforce, Quickbooks, HootSuite, Carbonite, and Adobe Creative Cloud and its applications such as Photoshop and Illustrator. SaaS is sure to be one of the most important investments that you can make in your technology in the coming year.
After 12 years of providing IT solutions to businesses in the Texas Panhandle, we have seen almost everything and we have solved our fair share of problems. One of the problems that we see over and over again when managing business networks is data loss due to Windows Server Backup. We have come across many businesses that were under the false impression that their data was safe and backed up when, in reality, it was either not being backed up at all or it was corrupt.
When you own a business, you almost have to be an expert on everything, especially when it comes to your technology and IT solutions. It’s vital that you know the current state of your network and technology infrastructure. Luckily, there’s an easy, headache-free way to assess your network, see what’s running well, and see what needs to be updated. It’s called a Network Assessment and it can be completed by the professional technicians at catmandu at no cost to you.