CLOUD SERVICES

How to Move to the Microsoft Cloud – One Step at a Time (for SMBs)

We get it. Change is hard. Especially when you know that the change will permanently alter the way you conduct your business. Many small to medium-sized businesses have realized the benefits of moving to the cloud but have not yet made the change because they are...

Swapping Partners: Yes, No or Wait?

Dancing alone can be fun.  But in the world of business, it is a recipe for failure.   If you are like most organizations, you have multiple partners navigating the floor at any given time.  As the dance heats up, the beat quickens, or someone decides to change up the...

File Management Culture Shift

In 1973, the advent of the Local Area Network (LAN) was introduced.  This new technology-enabled businesses to connect their computers, share and distribute applications, and most importantly, provide a common disk storage area for all LAN users...

HAVING TROUBLE DECIDING IF YOUR BUSINESS NEED CLOUD STORAGE OR ONLINE BACKUPS?

It is easy to confuse the differences between cloud storage and online backups. At first glance, they both appear to do similar things. As a business decision maker, knowing and understanding when to use cloud storage or online backups can be the difference between...

MANAGED CYBERSECURITY

Cybersecurity is like Ogres

And Ogres are like Onions.Is your business's approach to cybersecurity more like Humpty Dumpty than Shrek? No, I'm not crazy, but I'm sure you are thinking, "What the heck is this guy talking about?" Let me say it a little different, does your cybersecurity have a...

5 Cybersecurity Trends We Expect in 2021

It may not come as a surprise that operating a business is an expensive venture. When a business is faced with technical problems on their network, software or equipment, costs go beyond just a financial standpoint. The time that employees spend trying to fix these...

Do I Need Advanced Security?

Ever wonder if security is the right option for you? Check out this week’s

The Dangers of the Inbox

Every now and then, an email with a catchy subject line appears in your inbox and you end up clicking on it, either because you’re curious about the subject line or because you assume the sender is trustworthy. Unfortunately, this is how most cyberattacks tend to begin – with a single click. What unfolds next only puts your security and the security of your business in grave danger.

Top 10 Ways Cybersecurity Threats and the Pandemic are Alike

I never thought, even after countless Hollywood’s dystopian movies I have seen, I’d experience a pandemic in my lifetime.  A cybersecurity incident on the other hand, I absolutely knew I would experience.  Either on behalf of a client, or within the walls of my own...

Your Office 365 credentials are on the Dark Web. No sweat!

I just received an alert from my organization’s identity monitoring service stating one of my employee’s Office 365 email credentials were found on the Dark Web. Now let us get real for a minute. When the prince of Nigeria emails you requesting a transfer of $1000...

Swapping Partners: Yes, No or Wait?

Dancing alone can be fun.  But in the world of business, it is a recipe for failure.   If you are like most organizations, you have multiple partners navigating the floor at any given time.  As the dance heats up, the beat quickens, or someone decides to change up the...

This Superpower Could Have Made Your COVID Transition Easier.

When our beautiful state of Montana issued the first stay at home directive in March, there was a mad dash to figure out what this meant for employees and their ability to continue to do their job. There was a lot of uncertainty around how company data and...

3 Cybersecurity Mistakes You All Are STILL Making

Blog Written by Kayla Blaedow, Application Specialist at First Call Computer Solutions Cybercriminals are only interested in large corporations. WRONG. This misconception comes from media and news outlets feeding us data breach information of larger...

How to Spot Phishing Attacks

Imagine that you are a fish swimming in a big pond full of other fishes and you spot something that you think is food. You immediately swim over and start inspecting the “food” in question. How can you tell if what you see is food or a rubber imposter that is waiting...

MANAGED IT

5 Things You Should Do RIGHT NOW to Preserve Your Network and Systems

1. Back up Files Every Day As catastrophic as data loss is, the number of businesses that still are not backing up their network is unbelievable. According to the Symantec Small to Medium Size Businesses (SMB) data, only 23% of SMBs are backing up their data daily,...

3 Things to Think About Before Hiring Another Inside IT Person

While it may seem like a good idea to hire additional internal IT staff, this blog is going to line out why instead, you should look to hire a partner to Co-manage your IT. Let's line out the key factors that influence the decision regarding hiring an additional...

IT Service Management Trends in 2021

Technology is always evolving to meet the needs of the organizations it serves. In 2020 the adoption of technologies to enable remote work, flexible work, and collaboration accelerated. This sudden push to embrace new and unknown solutions strained many businesses and...

How a vCIO Can Skyrocket You to Your Company Vision!

You may have heard the saying, "You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with." If you believe in this law of averages, you could say those five people help shape who you are, where your life succeeds or fails, and where you focus your attention....

5 Ways to Reduce Downtime and Prevent IT Problems at Work!

It may not come as a surprise that operating a business is an expensive venture. When a business is faced with technical problems on their network, software or equipment, costs go beyond just a financial standpoint. The time that employees spend trying to fix these...

IT Mistakes to Avoid When Planning Your Business’s Future

It is not uncommon for growing businesses to find that their IT no longer yields the same returns as they had originally expected. In the past, technology was not necessarily top of mind for many business owners. There are numerous factors that play into misshaped and...

Keep Your IT Person with Co-Managed IT

  Meet Cindy.     Everyone at work loves Cindy.     She is always kind, willing to take on additional work and is often considered the “Office Mom.”     Cindy started out somewhat IT savvy when she first began working in the office,...

Your Office 365 credentials are on the Dark Web. No sweat!

I just received an alert from my organization’s identity monitoring service stating one of my employee’s Office 365 email credentials were found on the Dark Web. Now let us get real for a minute. When the prince of Nigeria emails you requesting a transfer of $1000...

Questions You Should Be Asking When Considering a Managed Service Provider

It can be a struggle to find a partner that fits your needs. Don’t get stuck choosing the wrong Managed Service Provider, ask the hard questions, and don’t be afraid to say no.

Swapping Partners: Yes, No or Wait?

Dancing alone can be fun.  But in the world of business, it is a recipe for failure.   If you are like most organizations, you have multiple partners navigating the floor at any given time.  As the dance heats up, the beat quickens, or someone decides to change up the...
Keep Your IT Person with Co-Managed IT

Keep Your IT Person with Co-Managed IT

  Meet Cindy.     Everyone at work loves Cindy.     She is always kind, willing to take on additional work and is often considered the “Office Mom.”     Cindy started out somewhat IT savvy when she first began working in the office,...

MANAGED VOICE

What is Microsoft Business Voice?

Did you know that your Microsoft Teams application can be set up to be your one-and-only business telephone solution? Businesses with less than 300 employees who have implemented Microsoft Teams may purchase the Microsoft Business Voice add-on, allowing Teams users to...

Swapping Partners: Yes, No or Wait?

Dancing alone can be fun.  But in the world of business, it is a recipe for failure.   If you are like most organizations, you have multiple partners navigating the floor at any given time.  As the dance heats up, the beat quickens, or someone decides to change up the...

This Superpower Could Have Made Your COVID Transition Easier.

When our beautiful state of Montana issued the first stay at home directive in March, there was a mad dash to figure out what this meant for employees and their ability to continue to do their job. There was a lot of uncertainty around how company data and...
Keep Your IT Person with Co-Managed IT

Keep Your IT Person with Co-Managed IT

  Meet Cindy.     Everyone at work loves Cindy.     She is always kind, willing to take on additional work and is often considered the “Office Mom.”     Cindy started out somewhat IT savvy when she first began working in the office,...

MANAGED WORKPLACE

Businesses are Flocking to this new Microsoft Trend in 2021

We are all watching with much anticipation as the pandemic appears to be trending downward. However, while the downward trend (we hope) of COVID cases is excellent news, there is an upward trend of digital security breaches that have started to occur. There has been a...

What is Microsoft Viva?

Microsoft is at it AGAIN!Last week (week of Feb. 4th), Microsoft announced their Employee Experience Platform (EXP), Microsoft Viva, which they claim will be "the first EXP built for the digital era." This new platform's ingenuity offers organizations their first...

How to Choose the Right Printer for Your Business

You're about to read the most exciting and interesting blog of the year. Hang on tight. This one's a doozy! How to pick a printer!!! Okay… so maybe my enthusiasm is a bit much for something that puts ink on paper. When I told my colleagues that I was writing a blog on...

Is It Time To Trade In Your Old Operating System?

It may not come as a surprise that operating a business is an expensive venture. When a business is faced with technical problems on their network, software or equipment, costs go beyond just a financial standpoint. The time that employees spend trying to fix these...

Flexible – The Future of Work

The COVID-19 Pandemic unwillingly thrust companies into an all-or-nothing remote worker environment.  Small to mid-size businesses (SMBs) found themselves coming up short in providing the right solution for their employees. SMBs urgently, and in many cases without...

What are Flexible Workers?

Before you ask, no. Flexible workers are not employees who attend some new workplace yoga class trend. Please rest assured that there is no exercise required when working flexibly. Rather, the term is used to describe a more realistic and dynamic type of worker.  ...

Your Office 365 credentials are on the Dark Web. No sweat!

I just received an alert from my organization’s identity monitoring service stating one of my employee’s Office 365 email credentials were found on the Dark Web. Now let us get real for a minute. When the prince of Nigeria emails you requesting a transfer of $1000...

Swapping Partners: Yes, No or Wait?

Dancing alone can be fun.  But in the world of business, it is a recipe for failure.   If you are like most organizations, you have multiple partners navigating the floor at any given time.  As the dance heats up, the beat quickens, or someone decides to change up the...

Top 5 reasons you should care about Managed Detection and Response (MDR)

Managed Detection and Response is a suite of tools designed to detect and alert on security related events. Like an invisible mustache, things could be happening right under your nose and you wouldn’t even know it.   Below you will find a few questions that can help...

This Superpower Could Have Made Your COVID Transition Easier.

When our beautiful state of Montana issued the first stay at home directive in March, there was a mad dash to figure out what this meant for employees and their ability to continue to do their job. There was a lot of uncertainty around how company data and...
Cybersecurity is like Ogres

Cybersecurity is like Ogres

And Ogres are like Onions.Is your business's approach to cybersecurity more like Humpty Dumpty than Shrek? No, I'm not crazy, but I'm sure you are thinking, "What the heck is this guy talking about?" Let me say it a little different, does your cybersecurity have a...

Secure Banking in 2021

Secure Banking in 2021

Valley Bank of Kalispell Valley Bank of Kalispell(VBK) was chartered in 1911 as the State Bank of Somers and was located in downtown Somers. In 1964, the charter was moved to our present location in Kalispell, and the name changed to Valley Bank of Kalispell. The Bank...

Bank Begins to Reinvest in Technology

Bank Begins to Reinvest in Technology

Pioneer Federal Savings and Loan Association Pioneer Federal Savings and Loan Association is dedicated to providing quality services and products to its customers, all the while remaining financially strong and adding value to the quality of life in the communities it...

MICROSOFT TEAMS

Everything You Think You Know About Teams is Wrong.

Well, probably not, but you may find a few common misperceptions here that could change your strategic planning for your company's technology platform over the next decade.The adoption and implementation of Microsoft Teams® can be an operational game-changer for...

There’s No “I” in Teams!

Implementing Microsoft Teams is one of those things that can be easy to screw up and a pain in the hinny to fix. The tool's abilities are deep and wide, and its effects on your organization can be substantial. Hence, it is crucial to take the time to plan for your...

5 Questions to Guide You Buying a Microsoft Teams Phone System

No matter what your business does, communication with coworkers and customers is critical to your success. There are many different communication forms, including email and chat, but voice communication continues to be a key tool within most if not all businesses. Not...

What is Microsoft Teams?

When looking for a Unified Communication and Collaboration tool, Microsoft Teams is the most robust, secure, and cost-effective software available on the market. Created by arguably the greatest pioneer in the digital age, Microsoft Teams has the power to...

Swapping Partners: Yes, No or Wait?

Dancing alone can be fun.  But in the world of business, it is a recipe for failure.   If you are like most organizations, you have multiple partners navigating the floor at any given time.  As the dance heats up, the beat quickens, or someone decides to change up the...

File Management Culture Shift

In 1973, the advent of the Local Area Network (LAN) was introduced.  This new technology-enabled businesses to connect their computers, share and distribute applications, and most importantly, provide a common disk storage area for all LAN users...

5 Ways Microsoft Teams Can Deliver Immediate Benefit to Your Company

Microsoft Teams is an anchor point for the entire Microsoft 365 cloud platform. Teams can offer your company an excellent starting point for your entire Cloud Strategy whether you are at the starting point of your Cloud journey, or you are well along on your path.

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