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2020 Is Here. Are You Ready?

on January 22, 2020 No comments

All of the celebrations are behind us, it is time to get back to work. What are you planning to do this year to make your company more profitable?

We like to work together with our customers to help them plan ways to make their companies more productive, all the while keeping in mind that costs are just as important as increased productivity. Is your current configuration of servers, laptops, desktops, tablets and phone system up to snuff to handle an increase in production?

If your hardware is still good, then check your software. Using older, outdated software programs can cause production delays and frustrate staff and management alike. Make sure your old files are archived and there is plenty of room for the new files you will be building.

Are you still running Windows 7 or 8? We had a few posts about that here on the blog. It’s beyond time to commit to Windows 10 and all related server products. Yes, switching to a new operating system is frustrating, but once your people get used to the differences, it is worth having the protection of up to date software running on your systems.

Multibriefs.com, William D Pawlucy offered up 10 things to start and stop doing in 2020, here is one I found particularly relevant to the IT side of businesses:

Platforms: Start using technology platforms to advance the organization. From search engine optimization to digital assistants to digital automation to virtual reality, what platform will you be using in 2020 to increase member value and the relevance of your organization?

Other online writers are emphasizing the changing face of your workforce. From Millenials who grew up with technology, to boomers, who have learned so much from their experiences and everyone in between. Your workplace culture has to be able to provide an environment that is good for all of these groups.

We look forward to a busy and prosperous year, and we hope the same for you.

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End Of Year Planning

on November 21, 2019 No comments

About this time every year, we talk about preparing for the upcoming new year.  If your company is growing, if you are considering a move to a new location, if you are adding new data processing tools, then you would be wise to give us a call and let us help you put a plan together.

Time after time we get called in after things have been put in motion, and almost without exception, it would have been less expensive and much more efficient if we had been in on your plans from the beginning.

If we have never worked with your company before, it’s the time for us to come in and study your operation. If you are a current customer, then we have a pretty good idea of how things are currently running, what upgrades would be necessary to add more software and computers.

It’s also a great time to think about ditching your old phone system. At UTS, we can help you pick the best solutions for the phone traffic at your firm.

Some companies may need to use more of the features of their new VoIP system than others will. Still, there are also current customers who have a VoIP system installed and they aren’t taking full advantage of some of the great tools which come along with the newer VoIP Systems.

It’s also important to make sure you have the latest version of Antivirus software running on your system. We can run checks on your computers and clean up any junk, or malware that might be hiding on your system.

We can perform “Housekeeping tasks” to keep your systems uncluttered and running smoothly. In other words, clearing off old documents and moving them to an archival device. Cleaning out old usernames and passwords.

Be prepared for a fast start on the first few business days of 2020. Give us a call.

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Something New In Microsoft Office

on November 14, 2019 No comments

There are a number of companies that use Microsoft Word to type, format and store documents. They use Microsoft Excel to create financial reports and track inventory. They use Microsoft PowerPoint to share information at Seminars and corporate training.

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Telecommuting – Good or Bad?

on October 30, 2019 No comments

 

Telecommuting has been around as a work concept for a while now. Some companies allow it, others have begun to pull their employees back into an office environment.

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Creating and Designing a Computer Network for Business

on October 22, 2019 No comments

how to design and implement a network for business, computer network design and installationWhat is involved in creating and designing a computer network for your business? Well, you would be surprised to know there can be quite a bit of strategy and number crunching which goes into designing then building a strong, robust computer network for your business.

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Keep A Handle On Your Inbox

on August 13, 2019 No comments

We hear a lot of you are complaining about managing your inbox, so we wanted to share some very simple strategies to help you manage the onslaught in your inbox.  Whether you get 5 or 1000 emails a day, they add up and they add up fast. What’s more, is that email management seems to take on a life of its own. We spend hours every day “checking email”.  It’s a huge time sucking hole from which there is no escape at times. What happens with email is that everyone else’s demands, requests and even simple “hello’s” become equally important and take precedence over the things that you really want or need to do.

So how can you manage it? Here are 5 strategies for you to try. By the way, these are the same strategies that I use and that I recommend to my clients.

  1. I realize that I am taking a risk by giving you this strategy because I’d rather you don’t unsubscribe from our emails, however, if you are looking at an inbox full of newsletters and other “self help” information that you have subscribed to over the years but never read, pick your favorite few and unsubscribe from the rest. Keeping hundreds of self help emails in your inbox is not going to make you read them or follow the advice. By keeping them the only thing that you are helping yourself to do is get further overwhelmed.
  2. Unclick the box. Almost all online vendors pre-fill a little checkbox which gives them permission to send you emails and offers. Unclick the box! I realize that this may mean that you won’t get information about the upcoming 10% off sale but let’s face it; if you needed something and went online to find it you’re likely to find the 10% off sale anyway. Oh, if for some reason the box isn’t filled in already…do not click on it!
  3. You might be able to guess this one but just in case…as you get offers from vendors that you’ve done business with already, unsubscribe from their list. You already know that vendor and when you need something from them you will go online to find it.
  4. Keep separate email accounts. One account that you will stay current with for friends, family, work and those topics which are most important to you and another for bulk mail, online shopping needs, and those sign up sheets that you end up filling out.
  5. Use the delete key. You do not need to act on or respond to every single email you receive. Choose to respond to the ones that are most important to you and let go of the rest. You can even delete those “older ones” that you haven’t gotten around to answering yet because the sender probably doesn’t remember they sent it or else they just assume that it’s been lost in your inbox. If it’s that important they will contact you again.
  6. If you want to receive less email, send less email. As ridiculously simple as it sounds for such a pervasive problem, I’ve found this to be the golden rule of email management: Send less of it.  I stopped sending emails and instead use Skype for fast questions.

Email not only clutters up your inbox, depending upon the way your system is set up, but it can also be affecting the performance of the entire company. Or it can be eating up cloud storage unnecessarily. So, just like with your closet, perhaps the Mari method of inbox cleaning will work. Keep only those emails which spark joy, or cover yourself, you choose.

What strategies are you using to improve your productivity?  Let us know in the comments.

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Windows Support Ends for Windows 7 & 8

on June 3, 2019 No comments

Windows Support Ends for Windows 7 & 8, in fact, it actually ended a while ago.

What does that mean to you? If you simply can not bear to learn Windows 10, I am here to tell you, in the most gentle way possible, that it’s time to get over it.

Windows 10 can be made to look more like Windows 7 or 8, and if you are like most end users, the software is not a radical change from previous Windows versions.

What it has changed is the level of protection it offers from the slew of new viruses and malware that crop up out in the world. If you don’t update your software and your servers with the latest version of operating systems, you are asking for trouble, plain and simple. We understand that man of the features other than virus and malware protection, are not ones you might be using if you aren’t working on a tablet or a touch screen computer.  But all the same, you need to make the change.

If you think we are being alarmists, you have decided to take your chances and not upgrade to Windows 10, just  take a look at what the Microsoft support page has to say:

An unsupported version of Windows will no longer receive software updates from Windows Update. These updates include security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software which can steal your personal information. Windows Update also installs the latest software updates to improve the reliability of Windows—such as new drivers for your hardware.

Will I still be able to use Windows after support ends?

Yes. If you continue to use an unsupported version of Windows, your PC will still work, but it will become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Your PC will continue to start and run, but you will no longer receive software updates, including security updates, from Microsoft.

For full details about the support policy, see the Microsoft Support Lifecycle Policy FAQ.”

We are happy to help you upgrade your software with you. Call us at Unified Technology Solutions for an appointment.

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Let Unified Technology Solutions Help

on April 4, 2019 No comments

It’s your company. It has your name on the door and your reputation is on the line if things don’t go well. We understand that. But trying to do everything yourself just doesn’t always work. Let us help.

Here in America, we take pride in self reliance. It’s important that we be able to wear many hats and take care of things ourselves. But is that really the best way to do things? Is it the most effective way to run your business? Probably not.

You spend countless hours educating yourself and working with your staff on the things you need to know to be the best you can be in your area of business. How can you also devote the time and resources it would take to be an expert in Information Technology, software and hardware?

We at Unified Technology Solutions can take over that part of your business for you. It’ doesn’t mean that you should stop learning about new advances in technology, it just means that you can trust us to resolve your tech issues so that you can work on your business.

Servers, Cloud storage and back up, internet security, preventing malware attacks and recovering from hardware crashes, that’s what we do. We also have help desk services for when your people encounter a software or hardware problem. Some issues require us to be on site, but there are also issues we can solve by logging in remotely and diagnosing the problem right from our offices.

Give us a call at : 772.539.7667 to set up an appointment for us to come and learn more about your operation and you to learn more about our services.

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Tech Support For Companies

on January 25, 2019 No comments

You’re a business owner and you’ve been doing just fine without a huge staff or a dedicated IT guy. So far, so good. Like everything else these days, your business depends on technology: email, databases, documents and spreadsheets—maybe even software unique to your industry. What happens when things stop running smoothly?

Perhaps you and your staff are becoming frustrated with computers that aren’t working properly, and network that’s too slow and you’ve been troubleshooting computer/printer/router problems—your business needs IT support. In fact, we think it need us, UTS.

As you pile more and more work on an older system, it will slow down. At some point, it will heave a sigh and stop working all together. It’s important to perform preventative maintenance on the components of your network. It’s also important to ensure you are using the type of computer, servers and network equipment that is made to handle higher volumes of data.

Rather then waiting until something catastrophic happens, let us go through your current configuration and make recommendations. Adding new devices to your network may seem easy, and in some cases it might be, but it’s not always the case. It is a delicate process that needs to be done by professionals to ensure that it is set up right for the sake of your business.

As the new year begins, it is the very best time to re-evaluate your tech operations, and if your business doesn’t already have an IT strategy, you might need to consider finding  an IT partner as soon as possible. We hope that will be Unified Technology Solutions.

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How Important Is Cybersecurity?

on January 7, 2019 No comments

Who cares about my little business? No one would bother to hack my system. I don’t have anything important enough for them to bother.

These are some of the things I here from small business owners, and they are just plain wrong. Cyber thieves and stalkers don’t necessarily care about how valuable your data is. They love it when a site is easy to hack. The data itself might not even be what they are looking for. It could be they are looking to network systems from all over the world in order to give themselves free computing power.

Business News Daily cites cybersecurity as one of the hot buttons for small business in 2019

“Importance of cybersecurity

With several data breaches over the last few years, small businesses are still being targeted by cyberattacks. According to a poll from Insureon and Manta, only 16 percent of small business owners think they are susceptible to a cyberattack. Yet, 61 percent of attacks occur at smaller businesses.

2019 could see the beginning of a cybersecurity movement among SMBs. Jim Lippie, general manager of cloud computing for software company Kaseya, said small businesses will start viewing security through the lens of an enterprise business.

“They will finally take security measures to heart,” he said. “SMBs, like their large enterprise counterparts, will lock down on a comprehensive backup and disaster recovery solution to keep protected, and also form new standardized blocking and tackling game plans to keep the business even more safe.”

Many small businesses have been targeted in the past, so 2019 could be the first year where SMBs start fighting back.”

At UTS, we can make certain you are up to date on the software which can protect your data. Just give us a call and let us show you how we can help YOUR company fight back against cyber thieves.

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