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Every business will experience major computer or network problems at some point. When this happens, the time taken by your IT company to respond to the call can make or break your business. How can you know in advance if you’ve partnered with the right company?
An IT company with a slow response help desk can keep a business out of normal operations for days. Database corruption for instance could cause loss of data and prevent execution of orders and deliveries if not taken care of promptly. Viruses or hacking could lead to software crashes and hardware failure, making a business invest in new IT infrastructure. Furthermore, website downtime could seriously affect search engine rankings.
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If you have a contract with an IT company for computer support, it’s important to make sure you are getting the right features and pricing to avoid hidden fees and downtime. Be especially careful of per-hour charges. Houston IT company MCORE explains:
While in theory it might seem like a great way to save money, but if your IT company charges by the hour, you run the risk of not having any available technicians when you need them most. Moreover, less reputable companies can use this method of billing to bump up their rate at your expense. The environment created by charging based on hours spent fixing a problem is not conducive to fixing that problem quickly. And as a business owner, you want all sorts of issues resolved ASAP, and the idea of seeing a three hour job stretch to a three day job is the last thing you would ever want to happen.
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I am sure that most business professionals have heard the quote, “the definition of insanity is doing something over and over again and expecting a different result.” However, like me I am confident that if I asked you’d be surprised to learn that Albert Einstein was the one behind this insightful quote.
Find out why cloud computing makes spending money on hardware refreshes a business insanity!
Why What Seems Normal is Insanity?
Your trusted IT professional announces that your servers have run their course and it’s now time for a hardware refresh. It probably seems like yesterday when you pulled out that hard fought for capital and spent it on IT hardware, and now you’re going through the process all over again.
You know there is no way around this as you don’t want the business interruptions that the aging servers are going to cause; but there are times when you’ve had passing thoughts about spending that $30k on something for your business or even taking a distribution for a family vacation.
Is there a way around this huge business expense? Yes! This is where the cloud turns everything upside down and makes this expense TOTALLY INSANE!
Cloud Computing Changes Everything
One of the basic benefits of moving your business into the cloud environment is that you will no longer need to buy servers or the software license to run the servers ever again! Your servers will now reside virtually on a massive redundant servers in a secure data center that you can now access from anywhere and from any device.
Your system will basically remain the same except for having to log into to cloud desktop but all the rest of the functionality will remain the same. You will not have to spend so much on desktop refreshes either, as the ‘new’ cloud moves all the desktops into the secure, redundant data center as well so the major computing power will be done in the cloud instead of on the physical desktop.
About the Author
Paul M Torretti is the President and CEO of MCORE, an IT provider in Houston, TX. He has been in the information technology field for over 30 years. Paul has specialized in channel development, managed services and cloud computing. His focus for the last last 10 years has been developing and leading the MCORE team.
Looking to buy a used car dealership, or a Pizza Hut franchise? Thinking of selling your company? BizTrader.com, is ready to play matchmaker.
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It’s not the first company to take on the market, but it stands out with two distinctive advantages: a global focus and broad search-engine exposure. While online brokers traditionally keep their listings proprietary to their own site, BizTrader.com will (for an added fee) push its listings out to broader search services like Google and Craigslist.
We have compiled our Top 10 most common mistakes that businesses make when trying to establish their business credit or corporate credit.
1. Trying to cut costs by using your home address for
your business address.
2. Using a P.O. box or mail drop location for your business address.
3. Not having a separate business phone number from your home phone; also not having a fax number. Read the rest here »
At this point, it is likely you have heard about the recent Kitchen Nightmare episode in which Gordon Ramsay went to Amy’s Baking Company in Arizona. In response to the episode being aired, the owners hit social media in retaliation to reviewers and bloggers.
The incident has brought up a great time for business owners to review how they use social media. Read the rest here »
This is a great offer for small businesses since every office has a laser printer. HP is running a promotion for a $40 gift card with the purchase of three laser toner cartridges. This offer is good for cartridges purchased from April 1st through June 30, 2013.
For more details and a copy of the rebate form go to CheapInkCartridges.com >>>
April 15th is coming quickly. If you are not ready to submit your tax return the IRS does allow a six month extension. Here are four things you should know if you are planning on filing an extension.
1) File your tax return by April 15th even if you can not pay all of the taxes owed. If you need an extension because you can not pay all of your taxes then still file file. Do not request an extension. The IRS recommends for you to file your return on time and then pay as much as you can. This will reduce any penalty and interest charges for the amount you are able to pay. Read the rest here »
Many are predicting the end of money as we know it in the near future. With the Eurozone counties working to restrict cash payments, Canada discontinuing the penny, and several online payment start-up companies popping up, are we going to become a cashless world soon?
Predictions about future technology and changes in society rarely come true. Remember our promise of flying cars by the year 2000? Read the rest here »
Those looking to form an LLC in California can choose either to hire a professional who specializes in the formation of Limited Liability Companies and Corporations, or you might decide to save a little bit of money and form the LLC yourself. If you choose to do the work yourself we have listed here a few things steps to take.
Paying state taxes might seem a little tricky since each entity in California has different tax rates. Understanding the tax rates can also help you decide if you want to Incorporate, setup an LLC, or set up a Partnership. Currently the LLC is taxed with a $800 per year and a world-wide gross receipts tax based on a current tax table. The C Corporation has a 8.84% net profits tax and the S Corporation has a 1.5% net profits tax. Read the rest here »