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What Star Wars can Teach About Mentorship

What Star Wars can Teach About Mentorship

The Star Wars saga has many recurring themes - the struggle between desire and destiny, good and evil, impulse and discipline. However, a theme that particularly stands out throughout the series is the examination of the relationship between student and teacher. This theme is similar to the relationship that an IT provider should strive to have with their clients.

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Unpaid Invoices Were a $825 Billion Problem Last Year

Unpaid Invoices Were a $825 Billion Problem Last Year

Businesses exist to make money. Regardless of what that money is intended for, be it to sustain someone’s lifestyle or to bankroll a cause, a business will cease to be without an incoming cash flow. Unfortunately, unpaid invoices can make that cash flow stutter and slow to a trickle, and many businesses experience this problem as billed money doesn’t come in.

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What it Looks Like When an IT Provider Goes Above and Beyond

b2ap3_thumbnail_care_for_your_business_400.jpgModern businesses have a lot more to worry about than organizations did over 100 years ago. Chances are that your organization has its hands full with operations, and the last thing that you want to worry about is securing data and hoping that your technology solutions work as intended. Thankfully, you can easily outsource the management of these systems to a managed IT services provider.

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How Consolidating Your Technology Vendors Will Save You a Ton of Time

b2ap3_thumbnail_vendor_management_services_400.jpgWho manages the relationships that your organization has with its various vendors? Do you have someone who specifically handles this role, or is it pushed onto your already-full schedule? If this is something that takes up a significant portion of your day, vendor management (though necessary) can become a detriment. Thankfully, there is a better way to handle your vendor relationships, and it doesn’t involve stretching yourself thin.

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Tip of the Week: Easy Ways to Train Your Staff About IT

b2ap3_thumbnail_business_it_training_400.jpgYou might wish that your employees know more about IT and its inner workings, and you’re not alone. SMBs often suffer from a lack of IT talent, and they might try to supplement this lack of proficiency by training employees on how to do basic computer tasks required to work effectively. Thankfully, you don’t have to rely on just your knowledge and that of your employees when it comes to maintaining your technology.

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Tip of the Week: 4 Ways to Attract and Retain Top Talent

b2ap3_thumbnail_attract_talent_400.jpgThe endgame for most businesses is to improve what they do and increase their profitability. While this might mean selling more products, getting more customers or clients, or a myriad of other metrics, the driving force behind your business’s operations--your employees--are crucial toward this goal.

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Tip of the Week: 2 Ways Your Business Can Reduce Its Environmental Footprint

b2ap3_thumbnail_new_green_technology_400.jpgTechnology has provided humanity with the ability to make stupendous advances in the way we live our lives. However, it has also given rise to a wasteful society that neglects old technology, tossing it to the side in favor of the latest and greatest gadgets. As you can imagine, considering the rate at which modern technology advances, this trend has proven especially difficult to break, and it’s having extremely negative effects on the environment.

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Tip of the Week: Achieve Maximum Productivity for Your Team with These 5 Technologies

b2ap3_thumbnail_maximum_productivity_400.jpgYou pay your employees to come to the office and perform their daily duties, but how much of that time is actually being spent working? Every wasted minute cuts into your daily profits, which can waste countless minutes. If you want to get the most out of your team, there are several technology strategies that the modern business can take advantage of to maximize productivity.

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3 Business Ventures Utilizing Vendor Management

b2ap3_thumbnail_subcontractors_and_vendors_400.jpgHave you ever wondered where some of the top talent in the world comes from? Not everyone knows how to find the best vendor for their needs, but with our IT service called vendor management, we find fixes to problems which lie outside our area of expertise. Despite what you might think, you may not be entirely unfamiliar with vendor management. In fact, you use it for several everyday services as it is.

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Zero Trust: Is this a Wise Data Security Policy?

b2ap3_thumbnail_no_trust_data_protection_400.jpgSometimes it seems like the Internet is plotting against you, and nothing is safe, ever. Even if you don't have any thugs waiting to steal your data, there are hackers - thieves - who will steal it anyway, waiting to take it when you least expect it. One of the most secure ways to protect your company's digital assets is to enact a "zero trust" policy for your network.

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Crowdfunding Done Right: Make Money (and Potato Salad) with Crowdfunding

b2ap3_thumbnail_kickstarter_potato_salad_400.jpgWhen trying to raise money for a big startup or product release, it can often be outside of your budget. One solution is crowdfunding, or taking your endeavors public in order to inspire others to donate money to your cause. Unfortunately (or fortunately - take your pick), not many of these campaigns succeed.

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Do Pets at Work Improve Productivity?

b2ap3_thumbnail_kitties_and_puppies_at_work_400.jpgDo you have pets at home? You might find it painful to leave them behind when you head to the office. You might find yourself wishing that you could bring them to your workplace with you. Well, why not? We're hearing about more companies that have implemented a pet policy that lets them bring their furry friends to the office with them.

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Start-Ups Can Avoid IT Hassles with Managed Services

b2ap3_thumbnail_startup_power_400.jpgEvery business has to start somewhere. Starting a new business can be the most exhilarating (and often terrifying) endeavor a person can undertake. Technology can play a extremely important role to get your business venture off the ground quickly.

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Everyone Saves Money Working from Home!

b2ap3_thumbnail_work_from_home_400.jpgIt's no secret that employees love working from home. In fact, in a recent survey, 25% of employees admitted that they would accept a reduction in salary for the opportunity to work from home. This statistic may sound odd, but it makes perfect sense when you understand how much money working from home saves both employees and employers alike.

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The Best Way to Take Advantage of New Business Technology

b2ap3_thumbnail_your_dedicated_it-consultant_400.jpgTechnology is showing up in unexpected places these days, like kitchen appliances being connected to smartphones and wearable tech enveloping people's bodies. These fun technology trends make life easier, and it is advantageous to get in early on these trends. Technology is also showing up in new and unexpected places in the business sector. Are you up on these tech trends?

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Google’s Influence in the Digital Age

b2ap3_thumbnail_google_is_winning_400.jpgIt's a rare occasion that a company grows to have as much prowess over multiple industries as Google has. Since their launch in 1998, their mission has been "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful." By launching products and services centered on this purpose, Google has grown to set the world's standard of information and how it's managed. What can your business learn from them?

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Don’t Skimp on These 7 Tech Must-Haves

b2ap3_thumbnail_gearhelp400.jpgAs a small business leader, your obvious "win" is making a large profit. With this goal in mind, small businesses commonly try to cut their costs by neglecting tech upgrades. Unfortunately, technology often ends up on the backburner of the budget in an effort to maximize profits. Here are seven tech must-haves that your business can't afford to skimp on.

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5 Ways to be a Better Business Leader

b2ap3_thumbnail_crane400.jpgHowever you got there, your leadership position is vital to the success of your business. As a leader, you are influencing your business in obvious ways. You set the standards, influence office culture, and model what an exemplary worker looks like to other employees. Here are five ways to be better at what you do.

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Never Miss Another Call with VoIP Presence

b2ap3_thumbnail_phoneman400.jpgWe get it. You are busy, and always on the run. While busyness can be a good thing in certain contexts, one downside of living on a tight schedule is that it makes you miss important phone calls. Now, with VoIP Presence, you'll never have to miss another important phone call again!

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3 Reasons Why Your Business Should Go Green

b2ap3_thumbnail_greeny400.jpgIn our environmentally-conscious culture, the business that can adapt, will flourish. Implementing green practices will ensure that your business is positively influencing your environment. Going green will not only contribute to the health of our planet, but will also contribute to the health of your business. Here are three reasons why your business should go green.

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