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What Is Digital Transformation?

When executives think about digital transformation, they typically imagine that it means “going paperless” or building some sort of dashboard to monitor existing operations.

But that more basic idea is actually only digitization, which involves shifting from analog to digital. Digital transformation, on the other hand, goes well beyond this idea. It involves leveraging the existing technology and building operations on top of it, instead of squeezing innovations into the current business model. 

Digital transformation affects every part of the customer’s experience. Transforming your company means that interacting with your enterprise should feel fundamentally different. 

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Why Your Small Business Needs High-Quality IT Services

If you’re a small business owner, you already have a lot on your plate. Between wearing the many hats of management, design, and finding and reaching your target audience, you already have a hand in every area of the business. The last thing you need is IT service problems causing you headaches. 

To prevent this problem, many small businesses partner with a managed service provider (MSP), a subscription based IT service that handles day-to-day network management so you can focus on your other priorities. 

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Why Businesses Are Switching to Microsoft’s Modern Desktop

In the age of remote work, people are looking to simplify their IT. In line with this desire to simplify, Microsoft rebranded Office 365 to be called Microsoft 365 in April of this year. Microsoft’s Modern Desktop is essentially what runs these apps and other Microsoft tools from Windows 10. Modern Desktop keeps systems more secure and more easily manageable.

Running your business using the Windows 10 operating system Microsoft 365 on the cloud can improve cost, productivity, and security, in addition to the many other benefits businesses gain from using Microsoft’s productivity tools and systems.

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How Does Microsoft Teams Work?

As remote work continues as the current business norm, Microsoft Teams has become one of the most-used business tools in recent months. It had over 75 million daily users in April 2020, and it has likely gained even more in the months since.

Microsoft Teams is a collaboration app that helps professional teams stay organized and communicate remotely. It includes channels that can be used for on-the-spot meetings, to share files, and numerous other processes. If you haven’t started using it yet, here are some basics to know.

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To Zoom or not to Zoom?

With COVID-19, videoconferencing has become a daily routine for most businesses. Anyone who has had to work from home lately understands and appreciates the importance of  communication through videoconferencing with their clients or teams, some companies even take it a step further to host social gatherings. After this pandemic, video conferencing has become a way of life for most businesses. Zoom is easy to set up, easy to operate, and provides free access to up to 100 users at a time. But there are several downsides regarding its security. The ease of use of Zoom makes “bomb” an opening in Zoom conferences, easy for troublemakers. Information-security experts say that the protection of Zoom has had several security holes.

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Improve Your Business With Office 365 Forms

Forms are a very common business practice for many organization, both SMBs and Enterprises. Forms can facilitate collecting data, save time, reduce mistakes and helps in creating a systematic recording of information. The problem is that they are not easy to create and once the data is collected, it is not easy to analyze.

Office 365 Forms is an easy-to-use tool that helps businesses create surveys, quizzes and polls and see results as they become available.

You can create forms in minutes, send and collect data and use their built-in analytics to evaluate responses. Forms can be private (only internal users with an Office 365 account) or public. Once the form is crated, it can be embedded in your website or simply sent in an email with a link; it even gives you the option to generate a QR code. Forms are also mobile friendly, so they can be filled out from mobile devices as well.

Office 365 Forms also gives you the option to collaborate and share this form with colleagues so that they can also make changes to the forms or use them as templates.

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Why Hybrid Clouds are More Than Just Another Trend

Why Hybrid Clouds are More Than Just Another Trend

It should come as no surprise that many small to midsize business owners take pride in overseeing every aspect of their startup business. Naturally, many are apprehensive when it comes to surrendering control of their servers, their data, and their applications.

The downside of this need for control is that operating and maintaining everything onsite can be time consuming, super expensive, and it can make your business more vulnerable to failure related downtime and cyber threats.

Although everything can be stored in the cloud at a fraction of the cost, many aren’t responsive to the idea of sharing the infrastructure their technology runs on.

The great thing about the cloud is it’s not an all or nothing thing. This is exactly why so many small to midsize businesses have turned to hybrid cloud solutions. Just as they name implies, hybrid cloud solutions are both on and off premises. It’s the best of both worlds. An entrepreneur can still control certain aspects of the business on-site, but simultaneously exploit the cloud’s cost effectiveness and overall scalability.

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The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly of Mobility and BYOD

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly of Mobility and BYOD

There are a lot of advantages to mobility in today’s workforce, but the Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) movement has also brought its share of headaches as well.

We live in a society where everyone must have the newest technology. We are inundated with ads reminding us that the smartphone or tablet we just bought a year ago is laughably outdated and inferior to the upgrade that just hit the market.

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3 Things to Consider Before Jumping Into BYOD

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3 Things to Consider Before Jumping Into BYOD

You’ve read it time and time again. “Bring Your Own Device” isn’t a trend, it’s the future. Workplaces where companies let workers use their own devices for work purposes are the new normal. BYOD attracts new hires and lifts employee morale and productivity. But this doesn’t mean a small business owner should recklessly jump right into BYOD just because everyone else is doing it.  Data and network security concerns have to be thought out, defined, and addressed in a comprehensive BYOD policy. Here are three things to consider.

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A Smarter Approach to Mobile Device Management

More people today use personal mobile devices like smartphones and tablets for business purposes. Such devices, coupled with greater Wi-Fi accessibility and cloud services, have empowered us with the ability to access data and do business from practically anywhere at anytime.

Needless to say, many small-to-medium sized business owners have embraced the BYOD (Bring-Your-Own-Device) revolution. The benefits are obvious; increased employee productivity, enhanced services to customers/clients, and better overall customer and employee satisfaction.

But what about the potential consequences associated with this mobility revolution? Are small business owners doing enough preemptive planning to address potential risks that could arise with the use of BYOD devices?

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