Great Lakes Computer Corporation
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  • Moving offices can be a daunting, but energizing, undertaking. Planning is an integral part of success, as is hiring vendors that you trust to be there for you before, during, and after the move. During the transition, there are plenty of "wish we had done X earlier" moments that are realized too late. I recently came upon an article from a realty office in Colorado that outlined their own lessons...

Great Lakes Computer Corporation
Great Lakes Computer Corporation
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  • Is 2017 the year you admitted you may need a bigger office? It's easy to ignore how tight or ill-fitting your current space is when faced with the daunting task of office relocation. Moving can be full of unseen expenses and headaches. But, it can also be vital to the health of your profit to recognize your environment is limiting your potential. Once you've decided it's finally time to take th...

Great Lakes Computer Corporation
Great Lakes Computer Corporation
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  • While there is no crystal ball we can find that can accurately predict the future, we've learned enough in 2017 to know what we can expect in 2018. Here we review some trends and issues we expect to arise for businesses and their Managed IT Service Providers.

Great Lakes Computer Corporation
Great Lakes Computer Corporation
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  • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is jokingly referred to in some IT circles as “Bring Your Own Disaster”.  While it offers a great opportunity to reduce costs and make employees happy, it’s still crucial to protect your organization’s data.

Great Lakes Computer Corporation
Great Lakes Computer Corporation
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  • You got into business to do a specific thing, but there are so many other tasks that go along with operations, it's easy to get dragged off course - IT management is a big one. Answer these questions about the last year: - Did you experience downtime or data loss? - Did you spend time tinkering with hardware trying to resolve issues? - Did you miss goals because you ran out of time in the sh...

Great Lakes Computer Corporation
Great Lakes Computer Corporation
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  • Like so many small to medium sized businesses, you have certainly considered IT outsourcing from time to time. Gaining access to enterprise level IT support at SMB prices makes a lot of business sense. But, as with any vendor, you need to find the right Managed Services Provider for your particular needs. Here are some criteria to consider when reviewing potential MSPs. 

Great Lakes Computer Corporation
Great Lakes Computer Corporation
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  • Whether you're traveling for business or pleasure, it's likely you're logging in for work while on the move. Whether it's on your smartphone or laptop, you need to be extra cautious with your internet access during the holidays. Hackers know there are terminals full to the brim with potential targets. Don't be one of them by following these tips.

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Great Lakes Computer Corporation
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  • As a Managed Services Provider, we are clearly a little biased when it comes to IT outsourcing. We know we can help alleviate the stress and burden that IT management can create for business owners. But, in case you need a more convincing argument, we're sharing these five benefits from Tech Guru Daily. 

Great Lakes Computer Corporation
Great Lakes Computer Corporation
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  • Whether you’re dealing with slow speeds or WiFi dead zones, a new router can improve your internet experience. Reviews.com spoke with networking experts and WiFi geeks to get to the root of what matters.Their top picks come with the latest protocols and recommended frequencies, have been independently tested for speed and range, and boast a great track record with consumers.

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Great Lakes Computer Corporation
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  • We've talked a lot about cloud computing in the past couple of years. It continues to become more prevalent in our daily lives. But, there's a new term being added to the mix when it comes to the cloud, "fog computing". Here's a quick run down of just what that term means.

Great Lakes Computer Corporation
Great Lakes Computer Corporation
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  • As a business owner, you've certainly considered outsourcing some of your business functions because you simply don't have bandwidth to handle them all. This is a simple call for things like accounting and contracts. But, your IT management can always be a little intimidating to release control over. Here are seven reasons you should consider IT outsourcing and a few reasons not to.

Great Lakes Computer Corporation
Great Lakes Computer Corporation
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  • There are many benefits that come with operating in the cloud - increased uptime, automated backup, automatically updated software - to name a few. But, the most important one is the hardest to actually quantify. Cloud computing's biggest boon to your business is productivity. It's the streamlining of your communications and data flow. Here are 4 ways the cloud makes you more productiv...

Great Lakes Computer Corporation
Great Lakes Computer Corporation
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  • Smart SMB owners are learning a valuable lesson that is leading to increased productivity and cost savings. It is simply this - do what you have expertise doing, and allow others to do the same. You hire an accountant for your taxes. You hire an attorney for your contracts. Doesn't it make sense then to hire an expert to manage your IT function? As with any other outsourcing relationsh...

Great Lakes Computer Corporation
Great Lakes Computer Corporation
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  • We're almost to the halfway mark in the fourth quarter of our business year. This is a great time to assess your business operations and make plans for the upcoming year. Here are some tips on how you can become more efficient in the new year. 

Great Lakes Computer Corporation
Great Lakes Computer Corporation
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  • While reasons for office relocation can be exciting, the actual moving can be a major headache. But, there are plenty of ways you can make the whole process a little smoother. Here are five simple tips to help.

Great Lakes Computer Corporation
Great Lakes Computer Corporation
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  • You've identified that you are potentially pouring money down the drain when it comes to your printing, be it documents, labels, or any other ink to paper medium. You can't just tell everyone to reduce what they print. You need a plan. Here is step one.

Great Lakes Computer Corporation
Great Lakes Computer Corporation
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  • There have been plenty of blockbuster movies that have shown us what the future of retail shopping could look like. In the Minority Report, eye scanners identified customers walking through the door and projected holograms of sales catered to the shopper. In Wall-E, shoppers never have to leave their hover chairs as they simply request the service or product they want and a robot bring...

Great Lakes Computer Corporation
Great Lakes Computer Corporation
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  • If your business is reliant on printers, for documents, labels, blueprints, or anything else, you know how much time and money can be wasted on print. You can potentially benefit from Managed Print Services (MPS). These services include a wide range of activity and supply management that can save you money. Here we make the business case for outsourcing your printing needs and saving s...

Great Lakes Computer Corporation
Great Lakes Computer Corporation
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  • When you buy a car, you have a number in your head of the miles you expect to get out of it before the parts start to fail. You use that number to weigh the price of the vehicle. When investing in server equipment, you may be tempted to try a similar tact, replacing miles with years. However, there is a flaw in that line of thinking. Here's how to best determine your server lifespan.

Great Lakes Computer Corporation
Great Lakes Computer Corporation
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  • Even with the most robust security measures available, one uninformed employee can open the door to catastrophic data loss with the click of a mouse. In our current threat environment, you need more than strong software, you need smart practices and trained people. Creating a culture that values data security in all aspects of your business can be the best defensive action you can take...

Great Lakes Computer Corporation
Great Lakes Computer Corporation
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  • There are no shortage of options when it comes to Point-of-Sale systems, which is good because every business has its own needs. While there are many differences, there are some commonalities that any user should expect in today's market. We'll outline the features you should demand as well as share some top picks based on category of use. 

Great Lakes Computer Corporation
Great Lakes Computer Corporation
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  • Ransomware is a hot topic these days. We're seeing it in the headlines far more than we'd like. The trick about digital attacks like this, and most malware attacks in general, is the ever-changing nature of them. The ransomware attacks we saw a year ago aren't the same as they are today. Here's an update on some of the latest variations.

Great Lakes Computer Corporation
Great Lakes Computer Corporation
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  • Hooray! October is here and that means it's National Cyber Security Awareness Month. You may not be as excited as us, but you should still do your part and be aware of how you interact online. The more interconnected we become online, the more windows of opportunity created for cybercriminals. So let's do our part to stop them by following some simple security steps when working online...

Great Lakes Computer Corporation
Great Lakes Computer Corporation
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  • A new hack has been announced and it's affecting over 2 million users. The infected application is called CCleaner and it's one that even we have mentioned in the past because it's free and works well to run file clean up to remove clutter from your hard drive. But, as with so many other breaches, when you're dealing with free software, sometimes you get what you paid for.

Great Lakes Computer Corporation
Great Lakes Computer Corporation
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  • We are all guilty of losing track of the last time we cleaned our printer jets or dusted our PC fans. Preventative maintenance is one of those tasks that quickly gets lost in the shuffle. When we get a new piece of hardware, we vow this time will be different, but it never is. Preventative maintenance will help us get the most out of our capital investments. Let's make those dollars st...

Great Lakes Computer Corporation
Great Lakes Computer Corporation
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  • If you leave kids alone in a kitchen to make themselves dinner, there is likely to be some unexpected use of food and utensils and plenty of unnecessary waste. When it comes to printing, if left unsupervised, your staff will do the exact same. It's easy to be wasteful when it's not you footing the bill, which is why you need a Managed Print program. Managed Print Services (MPS) are int...

Great Lakes Computer Corporation
Great Lakes Computer Corporation
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  • Manufacturing operations rely on IT for just about everything. When you have machines doing your work, you rely on other machines to control them. IT is part of production, logisitics, supply chain, customer interaction, and more. If it's a large organization, as manufacturing companies tend to be, there will likely be multiple locations as well and the data needs to be available betwe...

Great Lakes Computer Corporation
Great Lakes Computer Corporation
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  • The Equifax breach is a big one. The company holds the credit reports of over 143 million US consumers, and those reports have all our most valuable information. They are suggesting that you should not wait to determine if your information was breached to take action to prevent identity fraud. You should start with the assumption that you are a victim. Now what?

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