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The Windows operating system has long been the OS of choice for medical practitioners and other service providers throughout the industry. Windows 7 is one of the longest continually used versions from Microsoft as it initially came out in 2009 and then went global in a wider basis the following year. However, after a decade of use, Microsoft is looking to devote more of its time and resources on more recent releases of the operating system, which is why January 2020 marks the end of support for Windows 7. This means Windows 7 HIPAA compliant users will need to upgrade their systems to Windows 10 to remain not only HIPAA compliant, but to continue receive support and updates from Microsoft.

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secure smart devices

You may not think about it, but smart devices are everywhere. The tablet you run your point-of-sale on. The smartphone you check your work email on. These devices are tied into the most critical elements of your business and its security. If you don’t secure smart devices, you run the risk of running into costly security issues down the line.

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why choose managed IT services

Technology can help streamline processes, build customer relationships, and gain data-driven insights. Despite these and other key advantages, technology can present several challenges. First, it can be difficult for small or underfunded organizations to find and retain qualified staff due to lower pay and demanding workloads. Second, procuring and managing IT resources in-house can be expensive. Although these challenges can be formidable, especially to small businesses, forgoing the implementation of technology in the digital age is more than unrealistic. The inability or refusal to stay on top of the latest technology solutions can often mean that an organization will not be able to sustain itself long-term.

To keep up with the demand for technical solutions and infrastructure, managed IT solutions has emerged as a practice dominated by vendors that specialize in technology. Some business owners ask “why use managed IT services” if there is the option of performing these functions in-house. While there are multiple answers to the question “why choose managed IT services,” the top reasons have to do with optimizing an organization’s cost efficiency, reducing its risk, managing environmental and market changes, ensuring the organization is in compliance with security measures and legal-related requirements, and is poised to remain competitive in the marketplace.

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how to reduce IT costs

Having a fully functioning and operational IT department for your business is an especially valuable investment. From protecting your company from external hackers and digital threats to backing up data files, transferring information to the cloud, monitoring the “Internet of Things” accessibility, there’s no limit to what an IT department can do for your business. The last thing you want is for your network to crash or for files to be misplaced without IT professionals on your side and on call. Attempting to correct the problem on your own can result in the loss of work days, clients, and client data. However, despite the importance of an IT department, you are a business on a budget, which means you can’t just blindly throw money at your information technology department. Thankfully, there are IT cost cutting ideas you can follow to help reduce expenses without losing the valuable resources and services of an in-house IT professional. Read below about how to reduce IT costs. (more…)

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Google versus Microsoft

Taking your business applications to the cloud comes with a number of desirable benefits. From giving you access to essential files anywhere there’s an Internet connection to easy system backups and upgrades, there’s no shortage of benefits in moving your business system off of a locally stored drive and up to the cloud.

However, you need to decide which cloud service is right for you. Both Google and Microsoft cloud office applications offer a number of desirable benefits, yet one will better fit your company needs than the other. Here are some of the pros and cons of Google versus Microsoft coming from an IT perspective. (more…)

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