Data Migration: Part 3: Ready. Set. Migrate to the Cloud.

This blog is reposted as part of a three-part series from our partners at U.S. Signal. For more information, visit the U.S. Signal website

In blog #1 and #2 of this three-part series, we covered what you need to think about prior to moving your data to the cloud and some of the methodologies to choose from for the data migration. Now it’s time to plan the move ...

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Data Migration: Part 2: Choose Your Methodology

This blog is reposted as part of a three-part series from our partners at U.S. Signal. For more information, visit the U.S. Signal website.

In part 1 of our blog series on data migration, we discussed the considerations for BEFORE the move. Now it’s time to talk about how to make the move. There are many options to choose from, whether you choose to handle the cloud migration yourself or enlist the help of ...

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Data Migration: Part 1: Moving to the Cloud

This blog is reposted as part of a three-part series from our partners at U.S. Signal. For more information, visit the U.S. Signal website.

No one likes moving to a new home. It’s time consuming and labor intensive. There’s the prep work, including finding the right place, getting the financing in order, transferring over utilities, etc. You’ll want to sort and pack things so they are easy to find, and label your boxes so they end up in ...

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Where Do You Start When Looking for an ERP System?

In our last ERP article, we talked about 3 signs that you may need a new ERP system. As a refresher, they were: inventory levels are unreliable; data errors are rampant; and customer satisfaction is a problem. If you recognize even one of these conditions, then you may need to start thinking about the first step in the ERP evaluation process.

Most ERP systems these days have lots of bells and whistles and do all of the basics like accounting and ...

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Custom Applications – Speed to Market

If you’re in business today, there’s a good chance you already have a network infrastructure, servers and core business applications that handle the bulk of your computing needs. You have a support organization that keeps things running and up to date. You depend on this computing environment to support mission critical business operations.

Some businesses may even use tools like Microsoft Office to extend their core applications’ capabilities. The ability to leverage your computing technology is important ...

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3 Signs You Need an ERP System

People have been manufacturing things for a long time. Henry Ford was successful making his Model T’s without the need for computer systems. As a matter of fact, your brother-in-law may boast that his widget company is doing great with spreadsheets and handwritten ledgers even today.

There are entry-level software systems that can take your company even further, creating professional-looking invoices and purchase orders and giving you just the information your CPA needs at the end of the month/year. The outside ...

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Dashboards via Data Visualization

Dashboards are a way to see your business performance pictorially, like the view you get on your car’s dashboard to view operating performance. Data visualization is the process of building dashboards. A well designed dashboard can, at a glance, tell you how your business is performing. It can also help you grasp difficult concepts and identify new patterns. Most dashboards are designed to allow you to drill down to the underlying data for detailed analysis. Businesses create dashboards to manage ...

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End-User Experience

When you sit down to work with your core business application, do you love it or hate it? Chances are, at some time in your career, you really hated an application or two. They were anything but intuitive. Even after hours of training, you were slow to learn the ins and outs and peculiarities of the package. And when you wanted to do something urgent – another frustrating experience.

One of the reasons Microsoft software has enjoyed its phenomenal success is ...

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Proactive IT Pays

Homeowners insurance, appliance warranties, automobile maintenance, living a healthy lifestyle, even regular church attendance can be considered proactive commitments. To protect against unfavorable consequences in the future, you pay some smaller price in the present. Or, in Wiktionary.org terms, proactive means “acting in advance to deal with an expected change or difficulty.”

Note the reference to an expected change or difficulty. Digital data corruption or loss in one form or another happens regularly. Seasoned managed IT leaders expect this to occur, ...

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Who’s Protecting Your Electronic Data?

After more than a decade, consumers may still be unaware of some of the rules/laws businesses are required to follow to protect the safety, integrity and availability of customer electronic data. Published, publicly available standards exist to protect customer healthcare, financial and credit card data. In some cases federal laws exist. In others, companies have partnered to establish working groups responsible for defining these rules. You can be audited and fined for non-compliance. Three of the most common compliance standards ...

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