Budgeting for IT, Easier Than You Think

Posted by Paul Riedl

Nov 29, 2017 4:42:30 PM

One of the biggest challenges organizations and businesses face is the dreaded process of budgeting.  For most, this time of year is when that process is front and center because most companies in the US follow the calendar year as their fiscal year.  The interdepartmental arm-wrestling for financial consideration is typically won when there is an accurate forecast year in and year out, where the frequency of an unexpected expense is nearly absent.  However, most small businesses and mid-sized businesses fail to budget for IT appropriately – most simply take their IT spending from this year’s ledger and use that for next year’s budget with little consideration given to what projects or areas within IT need attention.

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Topics: Budgeting, Network Maintenance, Projects, Roadmap

Signs it is time for a server upgrade

Posted by Paul Riedl

Nov 29, 2017 4:30:42 PM

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At time goes by and your company continues to grow, your server will start to show signs that it is coming to an end.  It is very important to take these signs seriously, and act, rather not do anything until they cause you expensive downtime.  If your system is experiencing any of the following 7 signs it is time to consider updating. 

It is slow- When your server starts to crawl, it is time for an upgrade.  When you are at 80% CPU usage or greater, then you need to start considering an upgrade.  As your server slows down, that means less productive employees, how much productivity can you afford to lose?

It is making noise- As a server gets older, a very obvious sign that an upgrade is needed is the amount of noise it is making.  Your fan drive and hard drive will become noisier as they age, this indicates that your server is getting closer to failure.  Computers are like cars, they only have so much mileage before they start to fall apart.

It is no longer under warranty-  Software and hardware support normally stops after three years, and when the manufactures stop supporting, it probably means it is time for an upgrade.  If something goes wrong from that point on, the cost of repairs for hardware and software will start coming out of your pocket. 

There is no more room- If your software requirements start to exceed the specifications for the server, you should consider an upgrade sooner rather than later.  Do not think of your space and memory needs in the short term, but plan for the long term, and how much your business may grow in the coming years.  Planning if very critical, you need to know if you will be adding more staff, or upgrading software in the future, if your server is struggling to handle the load now, will it be able to in the future?

It seizes up- If your server freezes up on a regular basis that is another sign that your server is reaching its limits.  You will want to upgrade your server before it is too late, for many timing this is difficult.  Having monitoring tools in place that report on the health of the network, will allow you to catch this sign earlier and proactively handle the situation. 

You are wasting too much time- If you are spending too much time fixing server issues, it is time for an upgrade.  Your server should run smoothly, and you should not have to spend time throughout your busy day dealing with issues constantly.  Think of how you could better spend that time during the day improving other areas. 

IT CRASHES- We hope it does not take to this point to upgrade your server because the downtime will be very expensive.  To avoid this expense you can implement a backup solution that gets you up and running quickly, have remote monitoring in place for more accurate warnings, as well as pay attention to the warnings above and upgrade

These are just some of the signs that it is time for a server upgrade, although they may not always be obvious.  If you think it is time to upgrade a server, or you would like to have a professional take a look please contact River Run Computers and we will be able to help. 

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Topics: Servers Milwaukee

Why Business Continuity Plans Fail

Posted by Paul Riedl

Nov 29, 2017 4:29:38 PM

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Topics: business continuity

Office 365 Compatibility Changes

Posted by Shaun Kamps

Sep 14, 2017 9:29:53 AM

What?

Outlook 2007 desktop email client application will not be able to connect to the Office 365 Exchange mailboxes.

 

When?

On October 31st, 2017 there will be a change to how authentication functions between the Office 365 Exchange Online and your local machine’s Outlook program.

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Topics: Email, Office 365, Outlook, Exchange Online

Why should I outsource IT?

Posted by Shaun Kamps

Sep 14, 2017 8:57:00 AM

  • Profitability:  An IT firm can be a key factor in improving your company’s net worth by reducing downtime and making sure your network is up and running.
  • Decreases a company’s overhead:  Outsourcing eliminates the cost of hiring a new employee. (training, health insurance, retirement plans, salary related taxes, etc.)
  • Allows a company to stay focused:  Hiring an IT firm allows you to focus on your expertise, while the IT firm can focus on theirs.
  • Access to high-class IT specialists:  Instead of just the knowledge of one person, you gain an entire team of professionals who have made a career out of technology through training, certifications and experience.
  • Free up internal resources:  Allows having someone in the office who is “pretty good” with computers, but hired for a different role to concentrate on their specialty. 
  • Advanced technologies:  access to innovative technologies allows your company to stay abreast of new industry developments.
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Topics: outsourcing IT

5 Common IT Mistakes that Businesses Make

Posted by Paul Riedl

Sep 14, 2017 8:50:00 AM

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Avoid these common IT mistakes by preparing and making well planned IT decisions that will affect daily operations, as well as long-term success. 

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Topics: IT mistakes, backup solutions, IT policy

How to properly set up network shares and NTFS permissions to keep your network secure

Posted by Paul Riedl

Jun 28, 2017 12:28:24 PM

Protected-Network.jpgIf your organization’s network and NTFS shares aren’t properly structured, you may be leaving open a gaping hole for cyberattacks. Share permissions allow you to access specific folders and files on your computer network. NTFS permissions control your ability to interact with those files (e.g., read, edit, move or delete them).

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Topics: Network, Network Permissions

How to Make the PaperLESS Office a Reality

Posted by Paul Riedl

Jun 27, 2017 12:47:51 PM

Paperless-Office.jpgAre you tired of searching for the right project folder or document? You’re not alone. According to technology analyst IDC, the typical knowledge worker spends an average of 8.8 hours per week searching for information. That’s roughly 10 weeks searching for information every year, per employee!

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Topics: Organizational Tips, Office

10 Cool Tips to Help Your Laptop Beat the Heat

Posted by Paul Riedl

Jun 27, 2017 12:41:42 PM

Melting-Laptop.jpgSummer. It’s prime time for baseball, beaches, picnics and vacations. But while fun in the sun is usually good for you, it’s not so good for your laptop. Heat is the enemy of today’s sophisticated electronics – it can drastically shorten component life and can cause irreparable damage to your laptop.
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Topics: Hardware Protection

Protecting your system from malware

Posted by Blog Tipster

Jun 20, 2017 8:58:57 AM

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Topics: Malware

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