Mobile device management tools can protect small companies from cybercrime

Avoid the Cybercrime That Hits 28% of SMBs With These Mobile Device Management Tools

It’s amazing what small companies can accomplish today using mobile devices. But the more we connect to our business IT networks via smartphones, tablets, and laptops, the more cybercriminals will target us. Protect your firm with a mobile device management program. Read more

What are Managed IT Services?

11 Most Important Managed IT Services for Small Companies

“Managed IT services” can be an excellent solution for small companies that don’t have in-house IT expertise. But the term is vague, and IT vendors use it in different ways. In this post, I’ll explain the basic types of managed IT services that are most important for SMBs. Read more

What is a Managed IT services Provider?

What is a Managed IT Services Provider (and How to Choose the Right One)

If you’ve been researching how to outsource your small company’s IT, you’ve probably seen the term “managed services provider.” What does that mean, and is that model a good fit for your SMB? Answering that question correctly can help your business run better and grow faster. Read more

Microsoft is ending support for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 in January 2020

5 Common Mistakes for SMBs to Avoid as Windows 7 and Server 2008 Demise Looms

(UPDATED 11/12/19)
Microsoft has issued yet another reason for Windows 7 users to upgrade asap. The company will stop supporting Office 365 ProPlus that’s running on Windows 7 on January 14, 2020 — the date on which it stops supporting Windows 7 and Windows Server 8.
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IT network diagrams are critical for small businesses

Why Your Small Business Needs an IT Network Diagram Before Trouble Hits

The more your business’s IT system grows, the more you need an up-to-date network diagram. You or your IT services provider may need it in an urgent troubleshooting situation. And that’s only one of the five reasons to have a network diagram — especially if you’re not an IT expert. Read more

Selling a Minnesota small business requires preparing your IT infrastructure

Why a Minneapolis Business for Sale Needs to Consider its IT Infrastructure

It’s a seller’s market for Minnesota small businesses. But Andy Kocemba, who counsels small business sellers, says you can still leave big money on the table. Before putting your business on the market, answer four critical questions — one of which relates to your IT infrastructure. Read more