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August 7th, 2014

For most of the manufacturing firms the success depends on the quality of the product being produced by them.

The process of manufacturing that product involves a number of partners right from the suppliers and vendors that supply raw materials to the distributors in the supply chain who make the final product available to the wholesalers and the retailers.

The efficiency of the entire supply chain depends on the timely communication between all the partners involved. Any delay in this communication can affect the entire production process negatively and lead to delays that might cost the firm heavy losses.

IT plays a major role by ensuring that this communication between the partners is always maintained and by tracking the movement of the materials across the entire supply chain.

Manufacturing Firms Benefit From Managed IT Services in Santa Clara

Manufacturing Firms Benefit From Managed IT Services in Santa Clara

However, for smaller manufacturing firms, it might not be financially viable to set up an entire IT department in-house for maintaining this network. A better solution is to hire a managed service provider in Santa Clara that will offer IT services on a fixed monthly rate.

By hiring a managed service provider in Santa Clara, manufacturing firms avoid the upfront costs of setting up entire IT infrastructure. Outsourcing IT needs also means avoiding hiring of IT professionals that reduces their operational costs further.

By partnering with the right managed IT service provider, manufacturing firms can ensure that they have hired professionals to manage and monitor their networks on a daily basis and avoid any unforeseen business losses due to a downtime in their networks.

Myers Network Solutions offers computer network managed IT services in San Jose. Contact us today for more information on our VoIP Phone Solutions and VoIP Service

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August 7th, 2014

Manufacturing businesses in and around Santa Clara are facing increasing competition in the market. The only way to maintain a competitive edge is to resort to innovative technologies to ensure that they improve their product quality, reduce the delivery times and are able to ensure continuous delivery of their products.

To do that, manufacturers need to make sure that their machines are up & running around the clock and their servers are working with no downtime.

Managed IT Service Providers in Santa Clara

Managed IT Service Providers in Santa Clara

One of the best ways to ensure that is to hire a managed IT service provider in Santa Clara that offers cloud-based network infrastructure and 24/7 IT support services.

There are many benefits of hiring a managed IT service provider for managing the IT needs on a daily basis.

1. An MSP offers round the clock support services for handling any technology related questions of the staff. They also make sure that any complaint about the networks are handled in a timely fashion so that business is not affected in any way.
2. By hiring an MSP, businesses also avoid the hassles of maintaining the networks on a daily basis and monitoring the threats from virus attacks or malware entering the system.
3. Hiring a managed service provider on a monthly subscription means that businesses are able to avoid any unplanned expenses related to the IT infrastructure, hardware upgrades or expired software licenses.

Myers Network Solutions offers computer network managed IT services in Santa Clara. Contact us today for more information on our VoIP Phone Solutions and VoIP Service

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August 5th, 2014

Cloud computing solutions have become extremely popular with small and medium sized businesses. The reasons are many – low costs, no upfront investments in hardware, improved reliability and performance and scaled resources and expert personnel dedicated solely to ensure that their network is up and running, secure and backed up at all times.

For small or medium sized law firms in Bay Area however, cloud computing also means that they are storing confidential client information outside of their physical location which leads to added security concerns.

Cloud Computing Solutions in Bay Area

Cloud Computing Solutions in Bay Area

Since attorneys are required to keep their client’s information confidential at all times, it is their duty to ensure that the third party cloud computing service provider in Bay Area is also maintaining that confidentiality.

Here are three things that lawyers need to consider while hiring any cloud computing service providers in Bay Area

1. Ensure that the contract signed with the provider has an enforceable obligation to protect the confidentiality of the data stored.
2. Make sure that the service provider has the latest technology in place to protect the data against virus, malware attacks as well as physical removal of data from their facility.
3. Law firms need to find out and make sure that privacy policies, data backup and data recovery methods used by the service provider are in accordance with the compliance regulation mandated by the industry standards.

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August 5th, 2014
Managed IT Services for Legal Firms in Bay Area

Managed IT Services for Legal Firms in Bay Area

Cloud computing solutions have made life easier for a lot of businesses. But for small and medium sized law firms, a move to the cloud has been one of the best business decisions.

Law firms need state-of-the art IT infrastructure that also includes data backup solutions, data security, document management, and other critical business applications to impress their clients with. To do that, they need to have a fully functionally IT department with access to latest technology to, even though IT is not central to legal services.

Moreover, ever changing technology also means that most of the hardware and software used by such law firms gets obsolete fairly quickly, necessitating costly upgrades and switch to better technology.

So how does an average law firm keeps pace with this changing technology and manage the intricacies of a highly complex environment that is not even their area of expertise?

The answer lies in hiring managed IT services in Bay Area.

By outsourcing a part or all of their IT needs to a managed IT service provider in Bay Area, law firms can ensure that

  • their IT network is up and running all the time,

  • they are free from the hassles of day-to-day monitoring and troubleshooting of the network problems

  • they avoid the costs of hardware or software upgrades

  • software are updated and patches installed in time

  • expert IT services are available without having them on direct payrolls

  • 24/7 support services are also available to handle issues and resolve them in timely manner

Myers Network Solutions offers computer network managed IT solutions in Bay Area for small and medium sized businesses. Contact us today for more information.

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August 4th, 2014

On April 8, 2014, Microsoft ended support for Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 forcing law firms to migrate to modern desktops.

Law Firms Avoid Expensive Software Upgrades with Cloud Computing Services in San Jose

Law Firms Avoid Expensive Software Upgrades with Cloud Computing Services in San Jose

For smaller law firms this meant an expensive migration, a costly upgrade to modern equipment as well as software licenses causing a severe increase in their IT expenses.

For law firms, IT is not a core expertise and hence spending so much on upgrades and licenses might not be financially viable for some.

Moreover, frequent changes in the technology means that law firms have to upgrade their hardware and software frequently which means frequent changes to the infrastructure and IT hardware. This is not a cost effective solution and many of the businesses can do without the hassles of maintaining and upgrading an ever aging IT department.

For such businesses, the viable solution is to hire cloud computing services in San Jose.

Cloud computing solutions are easy to implement and are viable economically in long term. Hiring a cloud computing solution provider in San Jose means that law firms can effectively outsource their IT requirements to a third party service provider.

Moreover, with cloud solutions, law firms will not have to invest a lot of capital upfront for purchasing licensing, renewing them and buying patches for their software.

All of these services can be available with a simple monthly payment plan from a cloud computing solution provider.

Myers Network Solutions offers disaster recovery and computer network data backup services in San Jose. Contact us today for more information on our flat-rate IT and 24/7 support services

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August 4th, 2014

The biggest challenge in front of any business is not just to provide products and services to its customers. Rather it is to manage multiple support tasks, often not related directly to the business on a daily basis. What makes this task challenging is the fact that its not a core expertise and businesses have to hire specialized personnel to manage such tasks.

For example, handling accounts, real estate and IT functions are not the core areas of expertise for a law firm. But they do need these services on almost daily basis and hence need to hire special personnel to assist in day to day functioning of these tasks.

Cloud Computing Solutions for Small Law Firms in San Jose

Cloud Computing Solutions for Small Law Firms in San Jose

In such cases, establishing a fully functional IT department might not be an economically viable option for legal firms. However, since they need IT support and functions regularly, they cannot do without a fully staffed IT department either.

In order to cut costs on IT expenses, the best way is for law firms to hire cloud computing services in San Jose.

By hiring a third party service provider for cloud computing solutions, small and medium sized law firms can effectively migrate all their IT needs to the cloud. This move also means, they do not have to host expensive on-premise servers to backup their data and business applications.

Simple monthly subscription plans for cloud computing solutions in San Jose also make it easier for businesses to hire experts without having them on their direct payrolls.

Find out how Cloud Computing from Myers Network Solutions
can take your business to the next level by signing up for our

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July 31st, 2014

LaptopSchool is almost back in session. If you’re in the market for purchasing a new laptop for one of your children (it seems like anyone from elementary schoolchildren to college graduates need a laptop these days, right?), here are 7 tips to get the most out of your laptop purchase.

Tip #1: Bigger is NOT necessarily better when it comes to laptops. If your student is on the go, smaller laptops are going to be your best bet. Go for less than 4 lbs. and either 11” or 13” screen size. The SurfacePro, UltraBook or MacBook Airs are all solid options for most students.

Tip #2: Pay for a good design. A student will be using their laptop day in and day out. Choose sleek over clunky. Also opt for a design that is made to protect the display and resist wear and tear over the next few years of use.

Tip #3: Buy for the long haul. Think about how long you want your student’s computer to last. Make the mistake of saving a few bucks now for a cheaper processor, lower memory or smaller hard drive and you’ll be regretting that decision when you’re buying another laptop in 2 years instead of 3 or 4.

Tip #4: Go for long battery life… your student will use it! Six hours of battery life is the MINIMUM spec you should purchase. If you can get 10+ hours of battery life in your budget, go for it.

Tip #5: Consider touch screen hybrids. Many Windows 8 devices such as the SurfacePro allow you to use the device as sort of a tablet/laptop hybrid. For kids that grew up on tablets and smartphones, these hybrids make them feel right at home with their new computer and actually make them more efficient.

Tip #6: Mac versus PC. This decision is really up to you and your preferences. Software choices these days allow your student to do just fine with either choice. Choose whichever operating system your student is used to using and they’ll do just fine.

Still unsure what to buy? Don’t hesitate to give us a call and we’ll be happy to guide you in the right direction. We’re here to help.

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July 31st, 2014

CuePrompter August 2014 GadgetCuePrompter is a free teleprompter/autocue service. Your browser works like a teleprompter—no extra software needed! You can use it for free in both commercial and non-commercial settings!

Videos are a great way to get clients to hear what you have to say, whether you post your video on Facebook, LinkedIn or Google+, or whether you e-mail it out to your clients. CuePrompter makes creating those videos so much easier – now you don’t have to look down at your notes or memorize your three-minute speech, and the best part of this neat website? It’s totally free.

CuePrompter works well with most operating systems and browsers and allows you to make the text as big as you need it to be. It’s easy to control the speed settings as well as reverse and fast-forward as needed.

This handy gadget can be found for FREE at www.CuePrompter.com. Just type in what you want to say, and you’re in business. Now go out and make a video!

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July 31st, 2014

There’s much to remember to be a successful leader. Sometimes leaders get so busy and engrossed with day-to-day operations that they forget some critical activities. Here are 6 items that need to be on your leadership agenda:

1. Grow a replacement. Your employer can’t promote you until they have someone to replace you. You can’t move up in the organization if you’re the only one who can do that job where you’re at right now. And if you’re the top boss, you can’t let succession planning languish or the fate of your entire organization hangs in the balance.

2. Anticipate problems. Most problems simmer on the back burner before they start to boil over. Like a professional pilot, you’ve got to be scanning all your instruments and the horizon to make sure you don’t get slammed by a potential problem (or at least be completely ready for the problems you can’t avoid).

3. Exploit opportunities. Most leaders know what (and who) is wrong, but they become oblivious to opportunities. Who are the star performers who need recognition and development? What are the great opportunities just waiting to be seized? It isn’t simply positive/negative thinking: it is about being as focused on the good and opportunistic as you are on the bad and problematic.

4. Change before it is necessary. We all know about the power of disruption and its potential to ruin us. Why do we wait until the last moment to change? Why not preempt? Staying successful isn’t based on your ability to change: it is based on your ability to change faster than your competitors, the needs of your customers and the demands of the marketplace. If you have to change just to keep up, you’ve lost whatever competitive advantage you could have enjoyed by changing sooner.

5. Stay relevant. What does it even mean to be relevant? Relevancy is about being closely connected: your colleagues, your customers and vendors, and your marketplace. You are deemed relevant when others believe you affect them and their success, and therefore you and your work matter. In business, customers make the evaluation as to a firm’s relevance. What are you doing to stay up-to-date and salient about what matters most to those you lead and serve?

6. Take care of themselves. “Taking care of yourself” seems selfish, doesn’t it? Maybe that’s why so many leaders neglect to do so. Consider: if you’re going to model the energy you expect from others, give support and lead the way, you need to be at the top of your game, mentally, emotionally and physically. Burned-out leaders burn out followers. The right diet, exercise and rest aren’t luxuries but very real necessities for successful leadership.

With so much to do, you need to keep a clear and up-to-date agenda of the truly important things you consistently need to do. To work without an agenda—and to forget to do the 6 things above—puts you at risk as a leader.

Guest article provided by:
Mark SanbornMark Sanborn, CSP, CPAE, is president of Sanborn & Associates, Inc., an idea studio dedicated to developing leaders in business and in life. Mark is an international best-selling author and noted authority on leadership, team-building, customer service and change. Mark is the author of 8 books, including the best seller The Fred Factor: How Passion in Your Work and Life Can Turn the Ordinary into the Extraordinary, which has sold more than 1.6 million copies internationally. Learn more about Mark at www.marksanborn.com.

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July 31st, 2014

wordpress logoHackers are crazy busy right now, and WordPress websites are their favorite target! So far this year, hackers have broken every record to date. In 2012, there were roughly 192,000 WordPress sites worldwide. In March 2014 alone, a single hacker used 162,000 hacked WordPress websites in just one single attack.

A recent study by EnableSecurity concluded 73% of the 40,000 most popular websites using WordPress software are vulnerable to attack. WordPress is the most popular blogging and content management system in the world and powers 1 out of every 5 websites.

The main culprit in these vulnerabilities is violating the first rule of WordPress security – not running the most up to date version of WordPress. In fact, if you’re not running the very latest version of WordPress, then chances are your site is vulnerable to any hackers using simple, free automated tools.

Here are 5 quick tips on keeping your WordPress website secure:

  1. Always run the very latest version of WordPress.
  2. Be conservative in your selection of plugins and themes (and run the latest versions of these).
  3. Make sure every user has their own strong password.
  4. Put a Web Application Firewall (WAF) in front of your website.
  5. Force logins and admin access to use HTTPS.
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