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3 Tips for Choosing IT Services in Los Angeles


Choosing IT services in Los Angeles can be nerve-wracking no matter what size company you manage.

IT services are especially daunting since you're trying to decide what support systems you need while dealing with the ins and outs of integrating IT into your company, customer service, and company infrastructure.

Mastering IT Services Project Management for Your Business

Effective project management is one of the pinnacles of a successful IT department. Whether you employ an in-house team or an operations manager, keeping your IT service project management on schedule is imperative to achieving your business objectives. Is your team staying within budget? Are they meeting deadlines? Do they make informed decisions and work around an established timeline? These are just some of the factors that can upend your projects and leave you and your business struggling to regain your footing.

Project Management and IT Services: How to Finish IT Projects On Time

Trying to get IT projects done on time can become a major burden when you're relying on multiple companies to get things done. As an Opps manager, head of HR, or CFO, you already know the pain of trying to get any IT project done on time or managed consistently.  There is a very easily implemented solution to keep even the simplest IT projects on schedule at all times without it being a constant strain on your time and burdening your company's productivity.

How to Avoid Getting Nickeled & Dimed by Your Managed Service Provider

Most companies have already discovered that partnering with a managed service provider (MSP) can save them a lot of money, but those savings are not guaranteed. That’s because not all MSPs are the same -- the services they provide and the fees they charge for them can be vastly different.

The managed services methodology has been around for several years now, which has given many IT providers time to develop more sophisticated pricing...but some still abide by the old "nickel-and-dime" rule.

Here's how you can avoid hidden charges when engaging in a managed services agreement.

How Can IT Consulting Help Your Business?

At some point or another, every business has run into a situation where a little bit of consulting, or maybe a lot of consulting, could really help support a successful infrastructure, particularly in areas where the business might be weak or need improvement. IT consulting is definitely an important area to consider in this regard. With growing advancements in technology, more and more businesses are needing to rely on a strong IT infrastructure to keep their company stable and prepared for future advancements so they aren't left behind by not being ready. Having the right IT consulting company by your side for important decisions relating to the development and continuous security of your network can mean the difference between your business being successful or not.

In this article, we will address some of the areas that an IT consulting company can assist you with in regards to building your IT infrastructure and maintaining it correctly.

Top 5 Benefits of Computer Support Services

One of the greatest benefits offered by IT consulting companies today is computer support services. Computer support services are beneficial in allowing individuals managing IT environments to ensure that technical problems are resolved in the quickest way possible ensuring minimal downtime and loss of information. In a world where time is money, having your network up as much as possible and protecting your information is crucial to running a successful business that relies heavily on its IT infrastructure.

Some of the top benefits of computer & tech support services will be discussed in more detail.

How to Avoid IT Problems

Finding new ways to solve IT problems faster and with less loss in productivity is a challenge to many IT companies struggling to get an edge on the competition. Technology is always changing and it’s hard to keep up. However, there are certain basic steps you can take to ensure you are affected the least from IT problems and that your systems maintain functionality with minimal downtime.

5 Reasons to Use an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)

Uninterruptible power supplies (UPS’s) are used to prevent damage from power loss and common electric occurrences. UPS units are commonly used by companies that need to ensure minimal downtime to their resources as they ensure that during a brief power outage, a network device may continue to run. In short, business continuity tends to be the main focus...and for good reason.

In this article, some of the additional benefits in running your network with uninterruptible power supplies are discussed.

5 Reasons to Backup Your Data

Whether it’s a power failure or a hacker trying to compromise your data, there are situations that may arise that result in your systems going down temporarily. Often times, during the system crash data is lost that if not properly backed up, may be completely unrecoverable. Losing data can be detrimental to a business. There have been cases where so much data has been lost that a company has gone under from something as simple as a power failure.

Whatever the reason, it’s important to ensure that you backup your data to ensure that if such a situation arises, your personal or company information is safe and secure. Some of the most important reasons for backing up your data will be documented further in this article.

What Can Happen if Your Server is Compromised

A server crash can be detrimental on its own for a business. The situation is even worse if the server has been hacked or compromised. This means the server is no longer under the control of its rightful owners and is being exploited by a hacker.

There are several potential nightmares this can cause, but let’s start by discussing how a server compromise happens and which practices allow it to take place.

The Benefits of Fixed Fee IT Management

Navigating the world of technology can be frustrating (as well as expensive) if you do not make the right decision on which company to best manage your IT infrastructure. Of equal importance is the type of management method you adopt.

There are many benefits in choosing a company with a fixed fee price structures, and those reasons will be detailed further here.

[Infographic] IT Security Statistics

How big of an issue is IT and Network Security in today's technological environment?

Take a look at this interesting infographic to discover some interesting statistics!

Top 5 Ways to Secure Your Network

Network security, whether at home or at the office, is of utmost importance. Guaranteeing that your network is safe from unauthorized access is difficult in today’s technologically complicated environment, but it is far from impossible. There are several ways to ensure that your data is safe, secure, and readily available to you whenever you need it.

Let’s talk about some ways that you can improve your network security so that your information, whether related to your business, family, or simply yourself, is protected without you having to spend a ridiculous amount of money or losing easy access to your data.

How to Handle Server Crashes

A server crash at best can be a minor inconvenience, but at its worst, a server crash can be detrimental to a business. A server is a computer or computer program that manages access to a centralized resource or service in a network and can be responsible for anything from managing administrative accounts, to handling privacy settings for individual users. When a server goes down, it takes a lot with it, and the best thing you can do is work your best to handle the situation while your server is offline and work your best to get things back up and running.

What is VoIP and What Are Its Business Benefits?

The discovery of the internet has revolutionized the way we live. It has offered us countless benefits among which the most important one is that it has brought the people together. By turning the world into a literal global village, the internet has offered us a chance to communicate with our relatives living in different parts of the world with consummate ease. The Internet has offered us this opportunity through business VoIP technology. VoIP or Voice over Internet Protocol is a set of technologies which allows you to have voice communications and to send and receive multimedia files over an Internet Protocol (IP) network. The VoIP services are known by many other names which include Internet telephony, broadband phone services, IP telephony and broadband telephony.

The following are some of the benefits that you can gain by making use of VoIP services.

The History of Business & Information Technology

The use of technology in business has become a common phenomenon nowadays, but it wasn’t always the case. In old times, business transactions were not that fast. Since people had to do most of the work with their hands, the pace of the business process was incredibly slow. The absence of faster tools for doing business meant that it was impossible for people to even think about doing business instantly. However, with the passage of time, technological advancements made quicker business transactions possible. This made people realize the importance of technology in business and since then it has become a necessary component (along with IT services) for all types of businesses.

The following is a brief rundown of the history of business technology, which gives you an idea of how much technology has evolved and how it has impacted the way business is done.

Information Technology Trends for the Future

Information technology has had a great impact on all aspects of our lives since its discovery. Throughout the past few decades information technology has revolutionized the way business is done. The age of e-commerce and IT is now driving all business activities. From marketing to sales to consumer support, every aspect of business is now completed digitally or online. The great thing about technology is that it never remains stagnant. It is constantly changing and new innovations and IT services are developed each day. These new advancements or tends are currently shaping the future of business.

The following are some of the information technology services and trends, which are set to reshape the business landscape in the near future.

[Infographic] The Role of IT in Small Businesses

Information technology and IT services play a large role in many small businesses today. If you are wondering how your business fits in with the rapidly changing IT world, check out this infographic we created:

Best Explanation of an Ongoing IT Crisis

Business owners need to recognize that IT departments are now driving the business world, however they may be driving it with an unqualified pilot. There is an ongoing IT crisis that CEOs need to understand; what it is and why it is happening. The business functionality can be affected in negative ways or positive ways by an IT department and its quality or lack of quality.

Common business sense tells you that your IT department must be well trained, knowledgeable, and involved in constant educational workshops. Talent does indeed matter, especially when it comes to IT consulting and strategy. However, this thought process is causing an IT issue that must be addressed due to lack of focus on talent.

How to Use Microsoft Windows in the Office

There are many platforms you can utilize for your office computer system. Microsoft Windows offers a plethora of delivery options and should be considered a viable option for your office, along with Microsoft Office 365.

Ebay is Hacked - What to Do

As of 2 days ago, Ebay was apparently hacked. Their worldwide security databases containing private user data has been compromised and the data could be stolen, however, financial information was not compromised.

10 Huge IT Disasters from Recent History

Whether it is related to technology or human error, defective hardware and software has taken its toll on various organizations, reputation-wise and financially.

Here is a list of what we believe to be 10 absolutely huge IT disasters from recent history!

New IE Security Issue  - What To Do

This last weekend there has been a new security issue with Microsoft Internet Explorer browser and the severity of issues that it can cause.

How to Secure Your Wi-Fi Connection in 5 Steps

Wi-fi and broadband services are the fastest and easiest ways to access the Internet from any location. They are used today around the world in coffee shops like Starbucks, inside the home and in business offices around the world.

When you are using these services from home or your office it is important to have encryption and at least some form of network security in place so that the system is not accessed from outside sources. Here's how you can do that...

A Full Definition of "IT Infrastructure"

Information Technology (IT) Infrastructure is a pretty ambiguous term for most of us, even for some of the people working in the field of IT.

Digital information has become an important resource in today’s business environment, making IT infrastructure, which is used to store and transmit said information, increasingly important. We realized how vital it is for people and businesses to understand what the concept really means and what is the best way in which an IT infrastructure can be managed.

Is Your Firewall Configured Correctly?

Here is a little article about firewalls for your network. Cisco, juniper, Sonicwall, Fortinet, Dlink, Netgear, Linksys- to name a few- are all providers of firewalls for various situations.

For your business you should really review with your IT company, or internal staff, what firewall you are using to protect your assets. Unfortunately a  lot of IT providers will put in a off the shelf consumer (home user) firewall for their business network.

"Yeah but they don't do much on their network other then sometimes surf around".

That is a common excuse IT providers use in explaining to their customers. It's possible they are not versed in network security, prosumer firewall products or the differences.

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