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Part I: Before the RFP, ask yourself, “What do we want?”

Part I: Before the RFP, ask yourself, “What do we want?”

There’s an old adage that says, “If you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know when you get there?”

You may have come to the general conclusion that you want to begin to work with a Managed IT Services Provider, but, before you fire off that Request for Proposal (RFP) to the first six companies that come back in your Google search, you should take the time to establish exactly why you’ve come to that conclusion, and exactly what you want to get out the relationship once it’s begun.

Part II: What to Include in your Request for Proposal for Managed IT Services

Part II: What to Include in your Request for Proposal for Managed IT Services

As a Toronto-based business owner, you need to remain focused on your core value proposition. For many entrepreneurs and managers, the effort of choosing, implementing, and maintaining technology can become a distraction from their mission. One of the best ways to overcome this is to let a managed IT services provider (MSP) plan, develop and maintain your technology infrastructure and information systems.

Protecting your Android mobile devices

Protecting your Android mobile devices

When personal and professional information live on one mobile device, a small breach can have huge impacts. As the adoption of bring your own device (BYOD) policies increase, employee awareness of cyberthreats becomes critical. Here are five tips for avoiding common Android-based security risks.

Outdated firmware: An overlooked threat

Outdated firmware: An overlooked threat

If most of your company’s computers are obsolete, they double or even triple your chances of experiencing a data breach. This emphasizes how dangerous it is to have outdated applications, operating systems, and even web browsers. Failing to update your firmware could expose your business to major security threats.

Business Continuity vs Disaster Recovery

Business Continuity vs Disaster Recovery

If your business found itself right in the middle of the latest monster flood, perhaps debating “Business Continuity” vs “Disaster Recovery” might not be Priority #1 on your to-do list. After all, both sound like something you’d want.

And you would be right.

How to protect your Office 365 data

How to protect your Office 365 data

Office 365 is a complete cloud solution that allows you to store thousands of files and collaborate on them, too. In addition to its productivity features, the service comes with security and compliance solutions that will help businesses avoid the crushing financial and legal repercussions of data loss.

How to overcome the challenges of cloud migration

How to overcome the challenges of cloud migration

Long long ago, businesses had to buy bulky desktops and load them up with operating systems and productivity software. Even with discounts applied to large orders of software licenses, the upfront cost for building IT infrastructure was enormous.

This is why cloud computing is such a boon for Toronto’s small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) — they can simply subscribe to a service that grants them access to platforms and programs via the internet.

The right social media platform for your SMB

The right social media platform for your SMB

Facebook leads all social media platforms in terms of daily active users, audience reach, and cultural impact, but is it the best fit for your business? Every business has a unique audience, so what works for one business may not work for another. With all the available social media platforms to choose from, small- and […]

Is Google’s newest smartphone right for you?

Is Google’s newest smartphone right for you?

Companies that want their employees to have the best mobile devices for work usually choose one of three devices, a Pixel, one of the Galaxy S phones, or an iPhone. The Pixel phone is Google’s flagship device, and although it’s price isn’t much different from the competition, it’s packed with business benefits.

4 handy Cortana commands for you

4 handy Cortana commands for you

You’ll find Cortana, Microsoft’s voice-activated personal assistant, extremely helpful for daily tasks, like rescheduling meetings, drafting an email, or dealing with several other time-consuming work. Learn how to use the following Cortana commands to make life so much easier for you.