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Check out these 5 highlights from October!

The Hidden Cost of Letting Your Computers Get Old

Purchasing new computers is not always fun, but neither is dealing with slow and ancient computers.  By having a plan, and a budget for new computers, you can head off a lot of the frustrations that you or your employees are likely facing.  

There are several reasons why you should be proactively replacing your computers, and here are a few:  

  • As computers get older, they become slower. Simple as that.  If you have multiple slow computers in your environment, the amount of wasted time and inefficiency could be crippling.  Slower computers are also slower to fix when there is a problem- which leads to more downtime per machine when there is a problem.   
  • When your computers get old, they are no longer covered by the manufacturer’s warranty.  This means when there is a problem, you are slower to get service, and it becomes very costly to fix.   
  • It is very possible to run into compatibility challenges with software updates if you continue to run old computers. Software’s that may be critical to the daily operating of your business may not be compatible with old devices.  
  • Increased security risks. The older your computers get, the more risk there is at the software and hardware level.  
  • Risk of failure. The older your computer gets, the more likely it is for the device to crash, which leads to costly downtime for your employees. 

Read more about the importance of replacing your devices below!

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Can I.T. Give You a Competitive Advantage?

If you believe you can’t leverage technology to improve your business, then you are right.

There is an extreme competitive advantage to businesses who see, understand and believe the value of IT and the outcomes it can bring their business.

IT is one of the best opportunities for leverage to accelerate business growth, expansion, profit, sales, efficiency, and effectiveness. You have the opportunity right now to gain an edge by understanding how technology can accelerate your goals.

Mid-market companies have been leveraging technology by bringing IT to the leadership table so they can align business objectives with their technology. As a small business, it is time to do the same.  But unfortunately we hear small business leaders say statements such as, “IT is just a necessary evil.”

While they’re right- IT is necessary in today’s world, it doesn’t have to be a negative. It’s when you choose to see IT as evil and just a necessity, you fail to get the full value out of your technology.

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The number 1 Thing Your I.T. Provider Should Be Talking to You About

We often talk about the importance of your IT provider not just solving technology issues, but helping you understand how to leverage your technology to create better business outcomes. We hear it more times than not, that you want your IT provider to help you 1. Have fewer issues and have fast resolutions to issues. And 2. To protect you from cyber threats. Both of those things are components of creating better business outcomes. But the component that is missing and that your IT provider needs to be talking to you about regularly, is how to leverage your technology to make you as efficient as possible- to ultimately create more success. 

What are some warning signs that your IT provider isn't talking to you about the right things? Read more in the full blog below.

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Catch Up on our Made Right Here Podcast!

Catch up on the latests episodes of #MRH!

Devin Driscoll of D1 Knoxville

Dale Widmer of Petro's

Stay tuned for upcoming episodes featuring Neil Koonce of Healthcare Receivables Group and Steve Diggs of Emerald Youth Foundation.

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Customer Success 

On behalf of The IT Company, we'd like to wish a big congratulations to COO and President of Moxley Carmichael, Alan Carmichael, for earning the Donald G. Hileman Distinguished Alumni Award. This award is the UT College of Communication & Information's most prestigious honor for alumni and we are so excited for Alan. Congratulations! 


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