Business & Technology Blog

5 Guaranteed Ways to Cut Your IT Costs

Posted by VNS Staff

March 25, 2015 at 8:00 AM

cut IT costsInformation technology has long been touted as a way for businesses to cut costs, improve access to information, and streamline processes. In truth, IT can do all of these things and more. However, IT can also drain your budget and become a management headache if it isn't implemented properly. There are right ways to cut IT costs and budget for your needs and wrong ways to cut IT costs. Below are several ways that any company, small or large, can optimize IT infrastructure to provide value. In fact, implementing these techniques could lower IT expenses by as much as 25%.

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Topics: Tech Tips

3 Apple Watch Features That Improve Your Work Day

Posted by VNS Staff

March 18, 2015 at 8:30 AM

apple watch for workIt isn't often that Apple misses the mark. It's happened a time or two in the past and only seems to occur when Steve Jobs isn't at the helm. Many people are saying that the Apple Watch is a miss, that Tim Cook can't lead the company, and that this is the beginning of the end for Apple. The truth is that Tim Cook oversaw the release of the iPhone 6 in its larger format, a release that resulted in some of the largest sales Apple has ever seen. He was also hand-picked by Jobs to run the company. Simply put, if Steve Jobs had faith in Tim Cook, shouldn't we?

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Topics: Hardware

The 5 Best Blogs for Business Technology Insight

Posted by VNS Staff

March 13, 2015 at 9:09 AM

business technology blogsThe world of blogging is so cram-packed with content that finding a great blog to meet your information requirements can be daunting.

You may spend weeks or even months searching for a blog that offers the kind of business technology insight that you are looking for and, in some cases, you may still miss out on the really great blogs simply because your search terms didn't cover them or serendipity conspired against you.

To help you get started on your search for the perfect blog, here are 5 of the best business technology insight blogs on the web.

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Topics: Tech Tips

How to Find IT Support that Grows with Your Company

Posted by VNS Staff

March 12, 2015 at 8:00 AM

it support for business growthYou’ve put blood, sweat and a hell of a lot of caffeine into making your company what it is. So the last thing you want is IT support that’s going to let you down, right?

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Topics: IT Support

60 Mostly-Tweetable Quotes about Computer & Technology Problems

Posted by VNS Staff

March 9, 2015 at 8:00 AM

quotes computer technology problemsWe all experience problems with our computers and technology, some more frequently than others. And while we've built our Los Angeles IT company upon on solving these problems, we know that sometimes you just want to express your frustrations with the world. (That's what Twitter is for, right?)

Below are over 60 quotes on a range of technology problems from people such as Steve Jobs, Isaac Asimov, Bill Gates, Leo Tolstoy and more - all listed in alphabetical order.

Many of them are tweetable, but some of them are longer than 140 characters...which is a no-go in Twitterland. None-the-less, they're entertaining and that's what you came here for anyway, right?

Enjoy!

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Topics: IT Support, Tech Tips, Software, Hardware

7 Huge Benefits of Cloud-Based Solutions for Los Angeles Businesses

Posted by VNS Staff

March 5, 2015 at 8:00 AM

cloud solutions los angelesFor several decades, the typical use of computers in smaller Los Angeles businesses was through a network based in the company's physical office.

It worked a bit like this...

A business purchased computers for each employee, plus software or license "seats" for each computer, as well as servers and data storage and all the office space and wiring to maintain and connect each work station. Moreover, businesses had to have IT employees on-site to help maintain the systems, and upgrades could be a lengthy and expensive process.

With many of today’s popular cloud-based solutions, the infrastructure and IT support for your employees' computers is handled off-site (though some still prefer to keep them local).

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Topics: Cloud Computing

The Challenges L.A. Businesses Face with BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)

Posted by VNS Staff

March 3, 2015 at 8:00 AM

BYOD los angeles businessEmployees using their own smartphones, laptops, and tablet computers at work are changing the working landscape, yet not everyone is happy. Los Angeles business owners, heads of IT departments, and many employees have mixed feelings about those schemes known as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device).

For many people, to steal (and slightly alter) a line from Charles Dickens, "it is the best of times, it is the worst of times."

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Topics: Cloud Computing, Network Security

6 Steps to a Secure Email Account

Posted by VNS Staff

March 2, 2015 at 8:00 AM

secure email accountWhether you use your computer for work or strictly at home, your email address is a critical part of your online security. If your email account is compromised, hackers can use it to change your passwords at other sites, including the one at your bank, or access your sensitive company data. Many instances of identity theft start with a simple email account attack, and it is important to protect yourself.

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Topics: Network Security

10 Ways to Protect Your Small Business Network from Hackers

Posted by VNS Staff

February 23, 2015 at 11:33 AM

small business network securityIt seems that hardly a week goes by without another big data breach making the news.

First it was Target, whose stores were hit with software that compromised their point-of-sale systems and revealed millions of customer credit card numbers. Then it was Home Depot, whose sale systems were compromised in much the same way.

Now it is Anthem Blue Cross, the second largest health insurer in the nation. That data breach did not reveal customer data, but it did give the hackers millions of birth dates, Social Security numbers and other sensitive data.

If you own your own small business, you need to make sure you do not become the next news headline. You may think that you are too small to be a target, but these days every business is a suitable target for identity thieves, hackers and other bad guys.

Here are 10 things you can do right now to keep your own small business network safe.

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Topics: Tech Tips, Network Security

Firewalls: What They Are and Why They're Awesome

Posted by VNS Staff

February 16, 2015 at 10:53 AM

firewallYou’ve probably vaguely heard of firewalls by now but do you have any clue what they’re about?

Or whether they actually do you any good?

In short, they’re pretty fantastic little pieces of technology and there are a bunch of reasons why you should make sure you’ve got one.

Read on...

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Topics: Network Security, Managed IT Services