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How To Build A Better IT Strategy, Part Three: Run

Whether your company outsources IT support, staffs an in-house department or operates on a hybrid approach, your technology team needs to budget, plan and position your company for growth. If this doesn’t sound like your situation, you need to rethink your IT strategy.

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The Tools You Need to Prevent Downtime

You’re working on a time-sensitive project, and you’re unable to access important files on the company server. Or, you’re in the middle of an important Skype meeting, and your Internet connection severs. Sometimes downtime is unpredictable – like in the case of natural disasters and weather emergencies – but the result is always the same: decreased productivity and profits.

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Is Transitioning From One IT Provider To Another Less Painful Than You Think?

If technology is at the forefront of your business, a so-so IT provider weakens your competitive edge.

Making the switch to another provider may seem scary at first, but gathering the right information up front lessens the burden. Doing so also positions you to solve current user issues and build a better roadmap for the future of your company.

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How To Get The IT Talent You Need When The Demand For IT Skills and Salary Costs Increases

Growing companies are wising up to the importance of having strong technology leaders. 

But succeeding at hiring IT employees today is an uphill climb, especially in a technology landscape where winning talent is quickly scooped up by other companies, or the cost of keeping them is too great.

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Breaking Through The Business Technology Mentality Of “Us” And “Them”

Business technology is the backbone of most North American companies today, small and large. In 45% of these companies, CIOs or information technology directors report to CFOs or finance directors, a fact that emphasizes the importance of effective communication and a true understanding of departmental needs to manage the relationship between information technology and finance.

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3 Popular IT Myths that are Distorting Your IT Strategy

Information technology is a complex component of the business world. Unless you come from an IT background, you probably don't have exhaustive knowledge in the field. And even with experience, you're up against an IT landscape that changes at a rapid pace. 

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Overcoming Your IT Challenges: Managing Your Business In A Technology-Driven World

A business owner or CEO has varying responsibilities, but most management activities boil down to the same key functions: remove potential roadblocks to company success and ensure that your team has all of the appropriate resources to be effective. Even though your managers are responsible for most day-to-day operations, sometimes you realize: They are not equipped to handle everything.

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What the End of Windows XP Support Means for Your Business

As of tomorrow, April 8, Microsoft is no longer supporting Windows XP, Office 2003 and Exchange Server 2003.

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Outsourced IT vs. In-House IT

Businesses no longer simply rely on information technology (IT), using it as a convenient crutch to conduct daily operations with automated ease. Today's businesses leverage innovative technology solutions for powerful and sustainable business growth.  This is why outsourced IT support is such a hot topic. You may have a perfectly good in-house IT department whom you rely on for all those IT hiccups and hurdles, but are you truly leveraging technology in a way that improves and grows your business?

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How One Company Leveraged IT Consultants To Increase Business Growth

For years, an international industrial supplier only had basic IT support. It was all they thought they needed. They soon began to grow frustrated with their provider and the break-fix cycle of IT repairs. When systems went down, their distribution warehouses were paralyzed. Their IT infrastructure was more critical than they thought.

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