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    A Guide to the IT Lifecycle: What it is & What You Need to Know

    By: Clay Ostlund
    August 27, 2019

    Everything has a usable lifespan, even computers and network hardware. Let me rephrase that ... especially computers and network hardware. In terms of business technology, knowing when something no longer serves its intended purpose is akin to knowing when its life cycle has run out. In this blog, I will be covering a few important things to know about the IT life cycle.

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    6 Benefits of Marco's Business IT Services

    By: Trevor Akervik
    October 30, 2018

    In an ever-evolving world of business technology, you need a business IT services partner who can evaluate the needs of your business, understand the current trends and deliver the solutions you need. In order to get the most out of your investment, choose a partner with an unrivaled commitment to convenience and service

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    Introducing Our New Service: Lifecycle Asset Discovery

    By: Jennifer Bohnsack
    July 27, 2018

    Every single IT asset within a business has a lifecycle, and its lifecycle helps determine the appropriate timeline for things like renewals, upgrades, maintenance and/or replacement. Now, depending on the number of assets your business owns, keeping track of them and their lifecycles can be a headache. To say the least.

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    Managed IT Statistics Today's Businesses Will Want to See

    By: Clay Ostlund
    July 19, 2018

    Some businesses realize the value of Managed IT through personal accounts and customer case studies, and others realize it when they learn about the customer care, support and features that come with it. But that's not all. For some business, it's the facts and figures that truly help them understand how Managed IT Services can help their organization. 

    So, why do organizations need Managed IT? Let's take a look.

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    7 Types of Business IT that can Improve Your Business

    By: Mike Welling
    July 9, 2018

    It has almost become a cliché in business to talk about how important IT is to every organization. We talk a lot about how it has grown in importance. Ever wonder why?

    In the past, IT departments only had a responsibility to take care of computers. That was, of course, in itself an expanding universe of changing hardware and software. Then we plugged everything into a network, followed by plugging the network into the Internet (i.e. the world).

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    How to Convince Your Boss Managed IT is Right for Your Business

    By: Dustin Bonn
    April 16, 2018

    For most of us, it is impossible to imagine getting our jobs done without the Internet. While it's easy to take the complexity of today's business technology for granted, well-supported IT infrastructure makes it possible for today's businesses to function. And as long as it's working and providing Internet access, we don’t really think about it... That is, unless you're in IT. 

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    Consider the Cost of Downtime and Protect Your Business 

    By: Dan Larkin
    January 12, 2018

    There are two ways your business can operate in today’s technological climate: proactively and reactively. Most companies don’t need convincing that technological advancements are worth investing in, but there are programs and services that companies often ignore due to a lack of understanding and/or perceived costs.

    Thousands of companies are proactive when it comes to adopting cloud computing services such as SaaS and IaaS, but how many of them are proactive when it comes to system uptime management?

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    3 Things to Know about the IT software lifecycle

    By: Clay Ostlund
    January 8, 2018

    People like to hang onto old software. They are comfortable with their software, they know how it works, they know the shortcuts and they don’t really want to change simply because “it’s new.”

    Who can blame them? They have work to do, and learning new software may seem like extra work. 

    On one hand:

    1. Employees feel their software works well enough to get the job done.
    2. Management doesn't want to invest money in unneeded, new software.
    3. Employees resist changing current processes.

    On the other hand:

    1. New software is generally more reliable.
    2. New software is more resistant to security breaches.
    3. New software has new features that could improve employee productivity.
    But the IT lifecycle doesn't have to be scary - or cause extra work or a headache for your team. 
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    How's Your User Experience?

    By: Steve Knutson
    December 7, 2017

    Think about the last time you called IT support. How did it go? How did it make you feel? In many cases, one of two emotions come to mind – frustration or gratitude.

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    Sourcewell Contracts Help Mitel Dealers Help Government Entities

    By: Jason Boutwell
    December 6, 2017

    Sourcewell makes it possible for organizations to acquire the technology and services needed to remain competitive and effective. The typical process of procuring new technology requires certain organizations to go through a complicated process. Instead of submitting requests to various dealers, who in turn provide competitive solicitations for products and services, qualifying entities can access the products and services they need from pre-approved vendors at pre-negotiated prices.

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