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September 30th, 2014

Operating a healthy business but can’t afford to hire a full time IT staff? That’s a dilemma many business owners face today; however, there is a solution—managed IT. Today, organizations depend on Managed Service Providers or (MSPs) to assist in handling their IT challenges and it’s a move that is paying off. Basically, an MSP is outsourced IT that manages day-to-day responsibilities within a small to midsized business. Get faster solutions, greater reliability and a valuable partner with an MSP like Myers Network Solutions. Here are a few more advantages of working with managed IT.Cloud Computing May 2014

Staff availability: Is your current IT guy actually the warehouse supervisor? When employees have to wear two hats, their effectiveness is diminished. Give your business the designated IT person that it needs with a dedicated “staff” of experts.

Get 24/7 maintenance: Most small businesses can’t afford to have 24/7 network monitoring. That’s an expensive but sometimes necessary solution if you want to diminish downtime. With a managed IT department, not only will you catch outages and problems in real time but you will get a heads up before most issues occur. Proactive maintenance is a specialty of Myers Network Solutions.

These are just two of the many advantages you can enjoy when you work with a managed IT group. Give your business the competitive edge it deserves with this smart and affordable IT solution!
Myers Network Solutions offers disaster recovery and computer network data backup solutions in Santa Clara for small and medium sized business. Contact us today for more information.

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September 29th, 2014

Managing the IT side of business requires good resource management. You can’t argue that IT presents one of the biggest burdens, but you simply can’t skimp on it. The technology management department offers support and maintenance for hardware and software. One way to lower the cost of IT management is to utilize cloud computing. Let’s look at these cloud computing benefits a little closer.

Cloud Computing Solutions in Bay Area

Cloud Computing Solutions in Bay Area

Save money. With on site hosting, businesses pay high prices for applications and software updates but in the cloud, these costs can be significantly lower.

Get remote access. Have employees that work off site or need remote access to systems and applications? Cloud computing allows off-site employees to use software applications thru the internet.

Use a variety of applications. Cloud computing solutions give the small business the choice of which applications they will use.

Go green. Accessing computers takes a certain amount of energy but when you work from the cloud, you save money—and energy! Computational activity requires energy but having all of your computing resources off site in the cloud offers a more efficient use of those resources.

Myers Network Solutions has the know-how necessary to get any size business linked up to the cloud. Get faster access, save money and tap into upgrades whenever you need them right from the cloud.

Myers Network Solutions offers disaster recovery and cloud computing solutions in Bay Area for small and medium sized business. Contact us today for more information.

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September 29th, 2014

tombstoneChris Cross, a tourist in Vienna, is going past Vienna’s Zentralfriedhof churchyard on October 31st.Suddenly he hears some music. No one is around, so he starts searching for the source. Chris finally locates the origin and finds it is coming from a grave with a headstone that reads: Ludwig van Beethoven, 1770-1827. Then he realizes that the music is the Ninth Symphony and it is being played backward! Puzzled, he leaves the graveyard and persuades Tim Burr, a friend, to return with him.

By the time they arrive back at the grave, the music has changed. This time it is the Seventh Symphony, but like the previous piece, it is being played backward. Curious, the men agree to consult a music scholar. When they return with the expert, the Fifth Symphony is playing, again backward. The expert notices that the symphonies are being played in the reverse order in which they were composed, the 9th, then the 7th, then the 5th. By the next day, the word has spread and a throng has gathered around the grave. They are all listening toe the Second Symphony being played backward.

Just then the graveyard’s caretaker ambles up to the group. Someone in the crowd asks him if he has an explanation for the music.

“Oh, it’s nothing to worry about,” says the caretaker. “He’s just decomposing!”

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September 29th, 2014

12 April happy email girlIn 2013, over 100 billion business e-mails were sent everyday. According to the Radicati Group, that number is expected to exceed 132 billion e-mails per day by 2017.

That means approximately 100 e-mails hit your inbox per day. No wonder it’s so hard to keep your inbox relatively clean. Here are some tools that can help.

Mailbox – Mailbox makes it easy to organize your inbox from your smartphone. You can quickly archive, delete, or save messages for later. You can even add e-mails to your to-do list so you never forget about a message you don’t have time to address when it first arrives.

The Email Game – The Email Game turns responding to and archiving e-mails into – you guessed it – a game. Skip an e-mail and you lose 25 points; respond to one and you gain 175 points. You can also challenge yourself to sort through your e-mail in a set time period.

Unroll.me – Sorting through all the e-mail you’ve subscribed to (or been subscribed to) can be tough. This service takes all your subscription-based e-mails and transforms them into a daily digest.

SaneBox – SaneBox moves unimportant e-mails out of sight so you can focus on your most important tasks. SaneBox uses an algorithm to filter through your e-mails and put nonessentials into a folder for you to look at later; that way you can focus on the important stuff.

ActiveInbox – If you use Gmail, ActiveInbox turns e-mail into a task management system. You can categorize tasks as “action,” “waiting on,” or “overdue.” If you need something done on a certain day, you can schedule it on your calendar and receive a reminder.

 

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September 29th, 2014

Entrepreneurs are natural innovators, but even the most forward-thinking people sometimes need a little nudge to help open their minds to new possibilities for growth.

One of the best ways to think outside of the box is to start asking “what if” questions. Here’s a “what if” question I’ve been kicking around lately: What if we took 2 disparate businesses and blended them to make something new? I’m not talking about merging or partnering with another company; I’m talking about blending business methodologies from 2 (or more) industries to create a new business, or dramatically improve an existing business.

A classic example of this is Commerce Bank. Founded by Vernon Hill in 1973, Commerce Bank blended two industries: fast-food restaurants and banking. The owner of a fast-food restaurant franchise, Vernon Hill’s bright idea was to bring convenience and perks of fast-food to banking.

For example, fast-food restaurants are open everyday, and they start early and close late; Hill implemented extended hours at Commerce Bank and kept doors open 7 days a week. No other bank had done this before.

Hill blended other systems from his fast-food franchise when he launched his blended business. He installed a “Penny Arcade” coin-counting machine in his lobby, which had the same effect as video games in family restaurants. Kids could count money and win a prize, and the adults loved it too.

One of my favorite examples of Hill’s blending genius is when you use the drive-thru window at Commerce Bank and get a treat for your dog, just like the toy in a kid’s meal. Is it any wonder people call it “McBank”? By blending two industries, Hill created the fastest growing bank ever.

Commerce Bank grew from one location to more than 400, and the franchise sold for $83.5 billion in 2007. See what a little game of “what if” can spark?

What if you blended your business with hallmarks from another industry? Start thinking WAY outside of the box, looking at winning concepts from industries that may seem to have nothing to do with your business. (Of course, you do have something in common with businesses in ALL industries: customers.) You never know – you just might make billions.

Consider yourself nudged.

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Mike MichalowiczMike Michalowicz (pronounced mi-KAL-o-wits) started his first business at the age of 24, moving his young family to the only safe place he could afford – a retirement building. With no experience, no contacts and no savings, he systematically bootstrapped a multimillion-dollar business. Then he did it again. And again. Now he is doing it for other entrepreneurs. Mike is the CEO of Provendus Group, a consulting firm that ignites explosive growth in companies that have plateaued; a former small-business columnist for The Wall Street Journal; MSNBC’s business makeover expert; a keynote speaker on entrepreneurship; and the author of the cult classic book The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur. His newest book, The Pumpkin Plan, has already been called “the next E-Myth!” For more information, visit http://www.mikemichalowicz.com/

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September 29th, 2014

neo grabIt’s amazing how quickly our technology evolves. When the GPS devices for cars first came out, could we imagine our phones would quickly take over that job? More and more, we see people using their phones to navigate in the car, but holding on to the phone while driving can be dangerous. The result has been a series of phone-holding apparatuses that cling to the car in the same manner our GPS’s did.

Finally there is one that is not only functional, but also beautiful, and it battles one of the biggest problems with car phone holders. The NEO GRAB allows you to mount and remove your phone one-handed, and it works for you in ways unimaginable, not only in the car, but also in the kitchen, office, bathroom, bedroom, garage, at work, etc. With its extreme suction cup, the NEO GRAB is easy to attach to any smooth surface, like glass, drywall, plastic, wood, and metal.

The NEO GRAB fits devices with LCD screens up to 6-inches and can be used for smartphones, mini-tablets, and even your GPS device. Needless to say, this is the ideal accessory for any smartphone user.

It comes in 5 colors and can be purchased for around $30.

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September 29th, 2014

checkmarkMoving is always a pain in the rear, but it doesn’t have to be a horrific, expensive experience. The #1 lament from someone who’s experienced a “bad” move is, “I didn’t know I needed to…” followed closely by, “I completely forgot that…” In other words, it’s what you don’t do that makes the move a disaster. To make your move easy and effortless, here are the 3 most common mistakes you want to avoid.

Mistake #1 – Trying To Save Money By Using Your Employees To Move Your Computer Network

Don’t ask your staff to disconnect, move, and reconnect computers, phones, and other devices just to save a few bucks. You’ll frustrate them and end up with phones ringing at the wrong extension, lost cables, and PCs that get dropped. You don’t want to let your movers do this job either; they may be great at moving furniture, but a network is a lot more sophisticated and sensitive. Be smart and hire an IT pro to pack and move your network.

Mistake #2 – Not Hiring The RIGHT IT Firm To Move Your Network

While we’re on the topic, make sure you know what to look for when outsourcing the move.  A few things to look for would include references from other clients, proof of insurance (get them to fax you a copy), a service-level guarantee limiting the amount of time you are down, and a professional, organized approach to quoting the move. A real pro will insist on visiting your current location as well as your new location to conduct a detailed site survey. NEVER hire anyone who wants to quote moving your network over the phone.

Mistake #3 – Not Giving Your Phone, Internet, And Cable Vendors Enough Advance Notice

80% of unexpected communications blackouts and cost overruns on network moves are caused by failure to properly plan voice, data, and electrical installation in advance. Just because the prior tenant had computers and telephones is no guarantee that the cabling is suitable for your phones and your computer network. Allow at least 6 weeks for Internet and telephone connections to be installed. Advance planning will help you avoid emergency rush fees or Band-Aid fixes to make things work.

Call us before your next office move and get an Office Move Checklist for FREE.

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September 29th, 2014

eyeballMany business owners and managers we work with wait FAR too long to have us check and update their computer network’s health and security. Unless we are actively performing regular daily/weekly/monthly maintenance, a nasty virus, malicious hacker, unexpected software corruption, hardware failure or dozens of other problems could catch you off guard and result in extensive downtime, data loss, and expensive data recovery efforts.

That’s because many businesses do not perform regular maintenance on their network and therefore are overlooking many serious threats that are increasing all the time. At some point, disaster strikes and they find themselves in a real mess, with a network down and employees sitting idle, waiting to get back to work.

By then the damage is done, and it can cost thousands of dollars to get the network back to normal, if that’s even possible. What saddens us even more is the fact that almost every one of these costly disasters could have easily been prevented if someone had checked their network’s security and health to remove these threats on a regular basis.

No More Excuses! Our Free Network Checkup Will “Exorcise” The Demons Hiding In Your Computer Network

From now until Halloween (Oct. 31st), we’re offering all clients and newsletter subscribers a FREE Network Checkup ($997 value) so that you can have no excuse for not making sure your computer network is safe and sound.

Schedule your FREE Network Checkup to “see” if you are truly safe from spyware, viruses, hackers, and other SPOOKY disasters by calling our office at 408.483.1881 or by clicking HERE.

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September 28th, 2014

Are you thinking about harnessing the power of the cloud? Many entrepreneurs, small businesses–and large ones use cloud computing and their reasons for doing so may vary but you can’t deny it is faster. Businesses who rely upon regular software updates can find the process tedious, unless the company has made the move to cloud computing. Disaster Recovery
Imagine that the accounting software you use sends you a notice that a major update is available, one that is essential to protect client information. If you have more than one or two computers to update, the IT department may have to invest a significant chunk of time in upgrades. You can’t risk missing an update, but who can afford the extra time or personnel needed to stay on top of updates?
With cloud computing, the process is automated with no interruption on the user side, and best of all, there’s no down time. When every minute online counts, don’t waste time on upgrades. Besides that, you can save storage capacity for other important tasks. Cloud computing also increases computer power.
Myers Network Solutions can help! The IT experts at Myers know how to access the power of the cloud and put it to work for you and your company.

Myers Network Solutions offers disaster recovery and cloud computing solutions in Bay Area for small and medium sized business. Contact us today for more information.

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September 27th, 2014

Been watching the news lately? If you have, you may have seen a great example of what does not belong in the cloud. (Risque photos don’t belong on a hard drive—or a cloud backed smartphone.) However, these aren’t the only pieces of data that shouldn’t go be stored in the nebulous known as the company or public cloud. Learn more about cloud computing and prevent this potentially embarrassing situations. SocialMedia_Dec17_C
Business critical applications might need to stay grounded. Don’t haphazardly store financial apps in the cloud. If moving the software to the cloud will put the business at risk financially don’t do it yourself. Call in the cloud computing experts, like Myers Network Solutions.
Another thing to consider, there are some real situations when a company may need internal data storage. Especially if transaction speed is important. If you aren’t sure if cloud computing is right for you and your business, contact the team at Myers Network Solutions. They can provide you with real answers about whether a move to the cloud is right for you.
In the meantime, keep those photos out of the cloud until you know how to manage this type of data and save yourself some embarrassment later.

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