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How Buying Bargain Technology Will Hurt Your Company in the Long Run

How Buying Bargain Technology Will Hurt Your Company in the Long Run

A responsible business owner looks at the repercussions of their actions, however, it’s not always easy to determine what the right action is. Something to keep in mind is that, if it benefits the long-term mission of your organization, chances are that it’s the right thing to do--especially with technology solutions.


For an example, let’s take a look at the procurement process for new technology acquisitions. Some laptops will run a price tag of $200, while more advanced models could extend up into the thousand-dollar mark. It’s important to remember that when buying new technology, a higher price tag generally means that you’ll be purchasing something that’s more reliable, more powerful, and more functional. However, those that are too focused on short-term decision making will wind up staring at that price tag and questioning their decisions. They might choose to go for the less expensive model in order to save some cash in the short-term, but this could be a big mistake.

Administrators and managers who go all-in on new hardware don’t just do so for bragging rights--they do so because it’s certainly worth the cost in the long run. Reliable technology is invaluable, especially if workers can’t do their jobs because their technology solutions don’t work properly, you’ll feel it in your budget. Investing in quality hardware can help you avoid this issue entirely.

You can apply this train of thought to how technology can affect employee productivity, along with their morale. If they are using inexpensive hardware in an attempt to save some money in the budget, chances are that they will know--especially when the hardware breaks down frequently and they have to deal with frustrating downtime.

A short-term thinker might not see this as a problem, as they believe their workers can suffer through it and appreciate what has been given to them to do the job they are paid to do. However, a long-term thinker will see this for what it really is: a problem. Only by equipping your organization with quality technology solutions can you expect them to get the most work done. InformationWeek explains: “better devices lead to higher productivity and morale. According to a UK survey, more than two-thirds of workers felt negatively about their workplace, in part due to outdated technology and practices, with the average worker being frustrated with office tech around three times per day.”

Now, think about how much more productive each of your employees will be if they use technology that actually works the way that it should. Their morale might even improve as well, and with it, the quality of their work. This keeps you from suffering due to the cost of employee turnover, which is more than enough reason to purchase quality technology.

These words of wisdom can also be applied to how you take care of your technology after you’ve acquired it. Viewing your organization’s technology as a short-term expense will inevitably lead to you spending more money than necessary on IT maintenance. If you take a proactive, long-term approach to it, however, you’ll wind up saving money in the long run by preventing issues from escalating into major problems in the first place. This saves you both time and money, which is hard to argue with.

If your business wants to take full advantage of its technology solutions and IT infrastructure, reach out to us at 800.394.2301.

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What’s Your Personal Information Worth on the Black Market? It’s All About Supply and Demand

What’s Your Personal Information Worth on the Black Market? It’s All About Supply and Demand

If your company’s sensitive data was to be put up for sale, how much do you think it would go for? Chances are, you may be guessing a little high, which makes things worse for businesses in such a situation. Assuming that your data will be sold for a premium price will likely lead you to believe that fewer criminals will access it than actually will.

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Study Finds Employees to Be Sloppy About Network Security

Study Finds Employees to Be Sloppy About Network Security

How confident are you that your employees act in the best interest of your company’s security with every decision they make? While it’s certainly the case that you, as the business owner, think along these lines, it’s also true that the average worker isn’t nearly as motivated about network security as you are. The challenge, then, for business owners is to get everyone in your organization on the same page when it comes to security best practices.

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Is Cloud Waste Eating Away at Your Company’s Bottom Line?

Is Cloud Waste Eating Away at Your Company’s Bottom Line?

Have you ever heard the phrase, “Too much of a good thing becomes a bad thing?” Well, there’s a hint of truth to this, especially in the business world. Just because your cloud solution allows your business to store a huge amount of data in the cloud, doesn’t mean that you are getting the best return-on-investment. In fact, you might just be unknowingly wasting resources that would be better used elsewhere.

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6 Data Backup Best Practices Your Business Continuity Plan Needs

6 Data Backup Best Practices Your Business Continuity Plan Needs

The future of any organization is only as good as its business continuity plan. This is a well thought out plan that instructs a company of what to do in the face of a disaster, so they can return to normal operations as quickly as possible. One key part of every business continuity plan that should never be overlooked: the backing up and recovery of your data.

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Managed IT Makes Your Business More Resilient and Efficient

Managed IT Makes Your Business More Resilient and Efficient

Technology is necessary for so many businesses, but some don’t know how best to approach managing it. This is particularly difficult for businesses that have limited budgets and workforces, which leads organizations to simply go without the support in favor of saving some cash. Of course, when something goes wrong, it’s more noticeable and could cause major troubles in the future. This break-fix IT is far from the best way to approach IT maintenance, but how can you make sure your budget doesn’t suffer from it?


The primary reason why break-fix IT is such an issue for SMBs is mostly because they don’t have the freedom that a larger enterprise might have in their budget. This means that they don’t necessarily have funds put away to onboard a team of technicians, and that employees often have to deal with their own IT maintenance in addition to their normal responsibilities. If they have support for their technology troubles, it’s generally done through a break-fix provider who only administers their technology assistance when it’s too late to prevent problems. Either way, your organization is in a tough position.

IT Support is Important for Your Entire Organization
Contrary to popular belief, poor IT administration isn’t just a localized effect on the employee who can’t access their email or navigate their network storage. When one employee can’t do these things, they fall behind. What happens if they are part of a critical project management crew that’s on a deadline? Even more trying is when an employee finds malicious messages in their inbox and the entire organization is threatened by a data breach. Issues like these aren’t difficult to prevent, but if you aren’t proactive about it, prepare for your budget to be punished.

Long story short, if one employee can’t do their job properly, everyone else who relies on them will also be held up. This chain reaction can create incredible downtime which can cripple your organization in both the short term and long term. Eventually, it could become so bad that it’s difficult to recover, making it ideal to simply prevent problems from happening in the first place.

How Managed IT Helps
Preventative measures can ensure your technology doesn’t experience issues in the first place, which can be a significant first step toward preserving your organization. Break-fix measures will only resolve the current problem, not take steps toward preventing them in the future. Managed IT--outsourced technical expertise offered by Infradapt--can allow your business to function as if it had an in-house IT department without adding new salaries to your budget. All you have to consider is a predictable monthly payment, which is something that break-fix IT can never provide.

Through the power of remote technology, we can monitor your infrastructure and address problems that need to be handled promptly, before they have any effect on your operations. This lets yourself and your employees focus on keeping your business running efficiently. For more information about how managed IT can help your business push beyond its limits, reach out to us at 800.394.2301.

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3 Ways Your Business Can Secure Its Hosted VoIP System

3 Ways Your Business Can Secure Its Hosted VoIP System

How much has your business invested in its communications technologies? If your business is like many others, it relies heavily on the functionality of its organization’s communications platforms. You might have a VoIP system filled with features, but are you taking full advantage of them? Here are three ways you can get the most out of your VoIP solution.

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Get to Know the 5 Most Common Cyber Threats

Get to Know the 5 Most Common Cyber Threats

As a technology-using business owner, it’s your responsibility to take the security of your organization’s data seriously. This entails knowing the finer details of the many security threats that are out and about on the Internet. Here is a list that includes many of the major threats that you’ll want to keep a lookout for in the business world, and what you can do to stop them.


Viruses
It’s not uncommon for a computer to get infected with a virus after some use. All it takes to get one is clicking on the wrong link or downloading an infected file. Viruses often cause both major and minor problems, with the least of your worries being a major slowdown. In many cases, viruses are the simplest of threats, and could be symptoms of much worse problems. If you suspect that your computer has been infected by a virus, make sure that you check for other problems as well.

Malware
Another major contender for most popular threat is malware, simply because of how incredibly varied the term is. “Malicious software,” is designed to perform a specific task, and as such, there are practically infinite types of malware out there. Some variants try to steal data, while others just want to destroy it. Regardless, you should do everything you can to keep malware out of your system. Antivirus and antimalware programs are great ways to eliminate threats that have made it into your infrastructure.

Trojans
Trojans, like their namesake (the Greek Trojan Horse), install backdoors on your device to allow for remote access. This is mainly so hackers can have a way into your device for a future hacking campaign or otherwise. In fact, trojans are often installed on a device during other, less serious hacking attacks, using a distraction that takes the focus away from the trojan being installed. If you want to ensure that you catch trojans on your network, you want only the most powerful antivirus solutions.

Ransomware
This is perhaps the most dreaded threat that there is in today’s business world. Ransomware is malware designed to encrypt your files using high-end encryption protocol, which then demands that you pay a fee for the decryption key. The only surefire way to get your data out of this situation safely is to restore a backup, but some organizations don’t even have this contingency available to them. Additionally, most ransomware moves around via spam, so it’s important that you make sure you have protection against it. This includes malicious links and attachments, as well as educating your team on what to look for.

Phishing and Spear Phishing
Phishing and advanced spear-phishing are designed to take advantage of the human aspect of your organization. Through technologies like email or phone calls, hackers will try to steal sensitive information or coax passwords or credentials out of unsuspecting users. Spam messages are often personalized to make them appear to be the real deal, even though they’re just messages designed to trick the user. Phishing messages often come in the form of threats from fake law enforcement or government agencies, which take advantage of the fear factor. These messages can be prevented with a spam filter that keeps them out of your inbox in the first place.

If you have concerns about the security of your organization’s infrastructure, reach out to us at 800.394.2301.

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