How to be a Hyper Efficient Scalable Organization in 5 Easy Steps

»Posted by on Sep 12, 2012 in Blog | 1 comment

It is more important than ever for businesses to become lean and efficient in order to keep a competitive edge in today’s market. With profit margins getting thinner and costs growing, it behooves a business to engage in the technology that is available to increase efficiencies and reduce costs. Below are five simple steps that you can take to become leaner and more competitive Digitize: Go paperless; paper is costly, cumbersome to file and difficult to find once filed. Filing cabinets take up real estate as well. PDF is today’s paper. Send PDF instead of paper, and encourage everyone to do the same. PDF also has an easy search function that enables you to find any document quickly. There is a free PDF writer available called Cute PDF writer. This works very...

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Five Ways to Streamline Your Business

»Posted by on Sep 6, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

Your ideas and goals for your small business strive to be anything but small. Competition often drives you to build up your company to keep up. Too often, improvements and additions become unmanageable and worse, unprofitable. If you have realized that your business is in danger of collapsing under its own weight, you know there is only one solution. It’s time to streamline! To most people, streamlining a business means downsizing your workforce. Of all assets, people can be seen as the easiest to live without, or replace. While sometimes this can be a good thing — to banish redundancy for example, or to clean out freeloaders – downsizing could mean overloading the employees that are left. Again, the foundations of your company are shaking. So...

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Protect Your Equipment from Power Variances

»Posted by on Aug 24, 2012 in Blog | 1 comment

One of the biggest expenses that businesses incur today is the maintenance and replacement of their electronic network equipment. Most people take the power that comes from the wall for granted. It is not realized that this power can wreak havoc on your electronic equipment. “It’s there almost all the time”. “My equipment is designed to be plugged into the wall”. “Why do I need to invest in these expensive power conditioners; won’t an inexpensive UPS from Costco do?”   A few questions that you should be asking are:   “What are the costs of replacing my equipment and computers?  If my operating equipment and or electronics are disrupted, damaged, or destroyed, what will be at stake?  Will my clients understand?  What is my cost of my...

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Best Practices for Security

»Posted by on Mar 29, 2012 in Blog | 3 comments

From the Winnipeg Free Press, Nov. 07 2011: The personal tax information of hundreds of Canadians has gone missing — and the privacy commissioner wants to know why. Almost 2,700 confidential files were removed from agency offices in Toronto by an employee in early 2006, and then downloaded onto the laptop of a friend. The privacy breach triggered a wide-ranging internal probe into why the confidential material was poorly safeguarded — and whether it could be retrieved. The employee was sent a letter in early 2009, asking her to produce the friend’s laptop.”He (the friend) told her that he would not provide the laptop and was unco-operative,” says the investigation report. The Canada Revenue Agency is rewriting its security protocols...

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Keeping Your Mobile Work Force in Touch

»Posted by on Feb 28, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

Although it can be useful for employees to use mobile phones for work, it can also cause a lot of inconvenience and expense. Business cards need two numbers. Customers don’t know which number to call, so they tend to call the cell number because they can be assured that they will reach your employee where ever they may be; even if they are sitting at their desk. There are additional cell phone bills that can get out of control and grow to be your biggest monthly expenditure. Outbound calls from cellular number lines don’t display the corporate name. The cost of long distance from mobile phones is expensive. The user now has two mail boxes to check, and wants access to their e-mails while away from the office. If you allow your staff to use their own cell phone...

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The Office of the Future: Wireless

»Posted by on Feb 28, 2012 in Blog | 1 comment

A new WiFi (wireless) protocol will be ratified by the U.S. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The new generation of WiFi is called 802.11ac. This new technology should, within an interference-free room, transmit over 1 Gbits/s. This will bring three times more speed when compared to the current fastest WiFi standard of 802.11n. The new 802.11ac will transmit wireless signals on the 5 GHz band, providing a larger range, and faster throughput for multiple HD video streams and more. It also has much more power for transmission penetrating walls. Why is this exciting? Until now, wireless data and voice have been treated as an adjunct to a business local area network (LAN). WiFi LAN’s have in the past proven to be problematic to...

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