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We moved! + Three Reasons to Include Your IT Company Early in an Office Move

If you’ve been to our office recently, you know we outgrew our space a while ago. People were double and triple stacked in offices. Two people in our break room was a crowd. And our sales team was in a separate office down the hall.

So, when our lease ended, we packed up and moved out to a newer, bigger office. You can now find us at:

330A Pelham Rd.
Suite 200
Greenville, SC 29615
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Things to do in Office 365 BEFORE you get breached

Cloud-based services, including Office 365, Google for Work, DropBox, and many more, are a big target for cybercriminals. Since the services are not behind your firewall, anyone with access to the internet can try to target your account. And since so much of our information is available on the internet, it makes for a “easy pickings” for the bad guys.

But there are some easy—and free!—things you can do make your Office 365 environment more secure. Unfortunately, almost no one wants to do these things until after their account gets compromised.

 

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Five Things to Include in your 2019 Technology Budget

Q4 means budgeting time for many companies. With the rapid pace of change in technology, it can be hard to figure out what to include in your budget—especially when you throw new regulations in the mix.

In addition to your standard technology budget items, there are a few things you need to make sure you include in your 2019 budget:

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Best Programs for Managing Projects in Office 365

Using a project management application can provide significant benefits to companies looking to streamline processes in their businesses. It can greatly reduce time spent on planning as well as increase team productivity.

If you’re using Office 365, you already have access to multiple apps and platforms to help with project management. Each tool has its own strengths—it’s just a matter of what you’re trying to do.

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What You Need to Consider Before Implementing BYOD

 More and more businesses are switching to a bring your own device (BYOD) policy for employee computers. In theory, it sounds like a win-win. The company saves money and employees can work on machines they’re already familiar with.

In practice, it’s rarely as easy as that. If you are considering implementing BYOD, there are a few things you need to consider first. BYOD is often harder to manage from an IT standpoint and usually leads to unexpected costs.

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Five Things Every Office Manager Needs to Know About Cybersecurity

Office managers are a critical part of any business—their work literally keeps most offices running. What most people don’t realize (including many office managers themselves) is how vital they are to the cybersecurity efforts of their company.

Here are five things every office manager needs to know about cybersecurity:

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Don’t Make These Mistakes When Implementing New Technology

Wrackspurt Industries is instituting a new software for their employees to use to replace some existing systems. The leadership team at Wrackspurt is excited, since the new software promises to increase productivity and reduce friction between departments.

They’ve heard good things from other companies who use the software and the employees involved in the decision-making process said it would work well. Ernie, who championed the software, has done a trial and thought it has the potential to save the company a lot of money.

Fast forward some. The new software is in place—but not much has changed. Some people use the software a lot. Some people don’t use it at all. Some employees complain that the new software doesn’t do what they need it to do. There were some issues during rollout that meant some data was lost, and some people are still dealing with that. Ernie’s reputation has taken a hit for championing something isn’t going well—even though it’s worked great for other companies.

So, what happened? And how do you prevent it from happening in your business when you make a software or technology change?

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Watch Out for This Multi-Step Phishing Attack Costing Companies Thousands of Dollars [Video]

 

Don’t want to watch a video? Here’s a summary. Please note, this is not an exact transcript.

We’re talking about a multi-step attack targeting businesses in every industry. This attack can cost you thousands of dollars (we've seen companies lose $100,000+!). We’re a Microsoft partner and have specifically seen this with Office 365 users, but it’s happening with users for all kinds of Cloud accounts, including Office 365, Google for Work, DropBox, etc.

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When You SHOULDN’T Move Your Business to the Cloud

 You’ve probably heard the benefits of moving your business to the Cloud by now: promises of improved productivity and the ability to work anywhere, without sacrificing your security. And these benefits are real for most companies!

But the Cloud isn’t the perfect fit for every company. If you fit any of these scenarios, moving everything to the Cloud isn’t going to provide these benefits—in fact, it could hurt you.

 

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When should I upgrade my business from Office 365 to Microsoft 365?

 

If you are already using Office 365, moving to Microsoft 365 is typically a logical jump as your company matures. Microsoft 365 includes parts or all of Office 365, Enterprise Mobility + Security, and Windows 10 (exactly what you get varies by plan), managed in one portal.

The tricky part is knowing when to make the jump, especially if you want to move everyone in your company at once. There are a few times when it makes sense to move:

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