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Tip of the Week: Excel-lent Keyboard Shortcuts

Tip of the Week: Excel-lent Keyboard Shortcuts

How well do you know Microsoft Excel, the premier spreadsheet building software? Depending on your proficiency with it, you may already be familiar with some of the various keyboard shortcuts associated with it. We’ll list off some of the most commonly used keyboard shortcuts, as well as what you can do to become a Microsoft Excel power user.

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Unpaid Invoices are a Major Problem For SMBs

Unpaid Invoices are a Major Problem For SMBs

While many different people open businesses, the primary reason that they all do so is to make money. A positive cash flow is essential if the business is to generate funds that support a cause or provide a decent living. However, to collect this cash flow, a business must have their invoices returned. As it happens, this doesn’t often occur in a timely manner.

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How Technology Allows Fake News to Spread

How Technology Allows Fake News to Spread

In today’s political, social, and economic environment, information is more valuable than ever. However, this increased importance, paired with the speed that data can be dispersed via the Internet, has enabled many to use false information to manipulate the general public into agreeing with their views and acting upon them.

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Getting Back to Basics with Data Backup

Getting Back to Basics with Data Backup

It’s no industry secret that one of the most important pieces of IT any business should have is a data backup solution. However, this is like saying that every business should have a plant: the type of plant, and (by extension) the type of data backup, matters. You want a data backup that is more like a peace lily or a cactus, hardy and resilient, and less like a basil plant or orchid, high-maintenance and requiring very specific conditions to prosper.

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What To Do With The Leftovers?

3 Smart Ways to Spend Your End of Year IT Budget

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We all have leftovers this holiday season, but what is the smart thing to do with end of year leftovers in your IT Budget?

If you spend it wisely, you can look at this end-of-year spree as investment, not just tossing a chunk of change out the window so you don't lose out next year.

Let’s look at the budget money that’s left and the smart IT investments to spend it on.

1) License Renewals

This is a never-ending battle that doesn't always land on year's end. And renewing a license that isn't quite about to expire might not make sense. But here's the thing: If you have the money left over, you can do something that would be a massive help in keeping track of those licenses; renewing them all at the end of the year. When you do that, you will always know when those licenses are set to expire. One glance at the calendar and you know it's time to renew.

2) Maintenance Contracts

The end of year is a great time to check up on your hardware maintenance contracts. You want your equipment to be protected. So, it’s important to have all your maintenance and NBD replacement services in place. Maybe you can even have some money left to grab a few spares. The end of the year is a sensible time to get this in order.

3) Phones

Phones are always a good choice for end of year budgets, especially if your company is planning on adding new people. Even if you aren’t expecting a lot of growth, getting some handsets for the future isn’t a bad idea. Or you could possibly upgrade some phones, and use the older ones as spares (or get money for them).

It seems more and more IT professionals are being asked to do more with less. That can make the end of the year leftovers an excellent opportunity to help you be more prepared to take on the challenge in 2018!

EXTRA: That panini though... What a genius (and yummy) way to use those holiday leftovers! Find the recipie HERE and let us know if you liked it!

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