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SaaS, PaaS, or IaaS: Which Cloud Computing Model Is Best?

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Cloud solutions are something that most of us are familiar with. For businesses, cloud solutions protect against potential data loss and theft, as well as streamlining the way that many businesses work.

Despite the prevalence of cloud in tech articles and more, adoption of cloud solutions has been slow for many businesses. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for many businesses to quickly adopt a home working model, things are beginning to accelerate, with almost 50% of organizations now making cloud transformations as a result of the pandemic.

If your business is looking to move to the cloud, you’ll need to make a choice between SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS – three different cloud computing models that provide different services to business. 

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Why Your Business Data Might Be on the Dark Web

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There are a number of ways that someone can hack into your business online and put in on the dark web for illicit sale. If this happens, then you could be in a tough situation financially and legally, which is why you want to avoid this at all costs.

The dark web is becoming a bigger issue than ever before. There are more people using it and hiding themselves using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) so that their communications are untraceable. 

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5 Tips for a Smooth Cloud Migration

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So you’re making the big move to the cloud! You can look forward to the benefits of the cloud for hosting data or workflow. Now it’s time to focus on the process of cloud migration.

Cloud migration isn’t a simple task, even for a small business. No matter the size, most companies have a lot more data and critical applications than they realize. If your goal is a cloud migration with limited downtime, here are a few tips to help the process go more smoothly.

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Don’t Snooze Your Updates: The Risks of Out-of-Date Software

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Software is a big part of any business’s operations. On your computer, you likely have many software applications that help you manage your workflow and complete a variety of work responsibilities.

Every now and then, you get notifications that you’re due for an update. It’s common for many people to ignore or snooze these updates repeatedly, or cancel them entirely. It might seem as though the software is working fine as is, and so spending time on an update is unnecessary.

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Florida Water Hack Proves Importance of Cybersecurity

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A recent hack on the water systems in Florida is reinforcing the need for all businesses to have a robust cybersecurity plan.

In February, a hacker got into the systems of the Oldsmar Water Treatment Plant. An employee noticed his mouse cursor was moving strangely on his screen, without his control. Later that afternoon, the cursor started clicking through the water treatment plant’s controls. Within seconds, the hacker was trying to change the water supply’s sodium hydroxide levels. High levels of sodium hydroxide, or lye, can cause severe damage to any human tissue it comes into contact with.

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Intro to Disaster Recovery Planning

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Every organization always has been and will always be threatened by system outages that can tank the entire business operations flow. When you take into account the fact that downtime costs companies between $10K to $5M per hour, it’s easy to see how even a system outage lasting a few hours can be financially devastating.

The good news is, there is something you can do to minimize that risk; it’s called business disaster recovery planning.

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What to Know When Transferring Your Business to Florida

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With lower taxes being the main driving force, tons of businesses have found themselves moving to “tax-friendly” states, like Florida, and the fantastic beach-front housing opportunities and warm year-round weather makes that move even better! 

Florida, in particular, because of its SALT tax method (which allows taxpayers to itemize more deductions, such as property taxes, for greater tax breaks) is a veritable safe-haven for those who are looking to ease their tax burden. Due to Coronavirus, many are being urged to relocate to Florida in numbers as high as 1,000 per day, often bringing their work with them. 

Those who are looking ahead at a business transfer to Florida can make their relocation smooth by using the following tips:

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Hybrid Work: What It Is and How It Can Benefit Your Business

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Since the onset of COVID-19, hybrid working has emerged as a handy strategy for businesses. The hybrid model combines both office time and work-from-home. It’s a more flexible approach meant to increase flexibility and efficiency in the workplace.

According to a Gartner study, 82% of company leaders intend to allow employees to alternate between the office and remote work. Since full remote working can be challenging in some businesses, many companies are willing to adopt hybrid work. This model has proven more favorable than only working from home due to its flexibility.

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How to Plan Your IT Budget for 2021

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Many companies faced financial difficulties in 2020 which shook up their budget plans for the year. In 2021, businesses are working to plan an effective IT budget that meets their projected needs while remaining flexible. 

With vaccines rolling out across the country and a hope for a better business market, organizations are preparing for many outcomes. There are uncertainties about how successful businesses will be this year and the timing of changes that can make budget planning hard. 

Technology is a critical part of business efficiency, and an IT budget is essential to get the most out of your technology.

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What IT Services Are Best for CPA Firms?

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At a CPA firm, you have deadlines to meet and can’t afford to let technology problems get in the way of your productivity. You have a responsibility to keep your clients’ data secure and offer them the best services with efficient business processes. 

Technology is key to your daily work and you need to be able to rely on it. The accounting industry is competitive and the right technology is essential to come out on top. 

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