There are plenty of reasons a company might consider outsourcing IT. Small- to mid-size businesses experiencing growth often need IT services, but can’t afford their own in-house department. Then there’s the company with an in-house IT department that can’t seem to get things under control. More and more companies are turning to off-site IT services to manage their technology needs.
For those companies unable to afford an internal IT department or for those who simply don’t want to deal with the hassle of maintaining a high quality IT team, IT managed services providers offer an alternative to going it alone. When choosing between in-house IT, managed IT services, or going with a lone IT guy, think about what your company needs for reliable, locked down network security.
Ah, the IT Department. Completely necessary—but sometimes their day-to-day duties are a bit of a mystery. As CEO, you understand you need them, but it can be hard to shake the nagging feeling at the back of your mind… You know, the question of whether or not your IT department is properly managed or entirely effective.
Good leaders understand the importance of delegation. Great leaders get feedback from their delegates and incorporate it into action. So, chances are you’ve hired your IT department to handle your technology because their expertise outweighs yours by a fair margin.
ERP systems play an increasingly important roles in businesses, especially for manufacturing companies. At SWICKtech, we understand the challenges manufacturers face as they update their ERP systems and can help you bring your ERP system into the 21st century.
Outlining an IT strategic plan is one thing. Effective implementation is another. There are plenty of ways to get your IT strategy off the ground. Hiring an outside IT consulting firm can be a cost-effective approach. One of the best ways to save money is to invest in technology when there’s a window of opportunity—and Q4 is a great time for opportunity!
Thinking about migrating your organization's IT infrastructure to the cloud? Learn about the economics and cost saving benefits associated with making the migration, including direct and indirect savings.
Although migrating to Office 365 is increasingly popular, many organizations still have concerns about making the change. Review some of the most common O365 migration issues and their solutions.
Communication is an important part of any business. Email has long been a critical tool to facilitate communication. To reduce cost and ease management, many businesses are looking at hosted communications services.
Computer technology is about as close to magic as we’re going to get these days. It has revolutionized every aspect of our culture, from business technology to social communications. It’s changed the way we work, play and even the way we think.
If your organization is transitioning to EDI, there are two options to choose from: direct EDI and EDI Van. Learn more about which option is right for you.
SWICKtech SafetyNET provides reliable, secure, and stable cloud backups for your company data. SWICKtech will ensure nightly backups succeed by utilizing automated alerts and daily checks to assure the integrity of your data. Every night your data will be backed up to SWICKtech’s Managed Private Cloud in downtown Milwaukee.
Windows 7 systems will no longer have security updates
Improved reporting will greatly benefit accounting, operations and sales departments.
Getting started with a new EDI system can seem like a challenge, but it doesn't have to be. Learn more about how to get started with EDI.
When moved to the cloud, businesses can access their data anywhere, anytime, and via a variety of devices. This flexibility enhances reaction time to changes in business and can allow companies to better serve their customers.
Computer systems are vital to the daily operations of any company, monitoring to prevent issues is the key to keep businesses running. A proactive versus a reactive approach makes a lot of sense. Overlooking or postponing maintenance because of a lack of monitoring can turn into huge issues.
You’ve made the decision that you would like to backup your data and are left wondering “How do I do that?”
Manufacturers can benefit from implementing EDI, improving accuracy and efficiency, while saving money and time. Learn more about EDI for manufacturers.
Electronic communication can be achieved by finding the right tool for communication. Moving from paper to electronic communications can actually help your business connect easier, while saving time and money.
Choosing or creating the right BYOD platform is essential to your company’s success. Your BYOD policy should include set and enforced components, including: password enforcement, automatic update requirements, mobile device management services (MDM), and employee accountability.
Windows 10 offers some great enhancements that will benefit your business. Ensuring your business is ready will greatly reduce the risk of compatibility issues for applications and hardware and potentially save your business money. As they say, free is not always free.
Just how dangerous is an IT department operated by just one person. If your company puts all their trust in one person, a lot more than you realize may be at stake. We’re not suggesting that all IT personnel are dangerous—we wouldn’t have a functioning world if that were the truth.
Working with your IT professionals here is very important; you’ll both need to do your research and be open to alternative solutions to determine how your day-to-day business processes will be affected by technology changes.
For many organizations, employee productivity has been decreasing for years. However, partnering with the right IT team can reverse the trend while increasing employee productivity and your bottom line. Learn more about these solutions.
SWICKtech IT Consultants and Engineers connect people, processes and Line of Business applications to automate and streamline business workflows which would otherwise be time-consuming, error-ridden, and non-compliant.
Love is not always what comes to mind for a business owner when thinking about technology. Frustration, dread and fear can be common words associated with implementing technology.
Don't let the cold Wisconsin winter weather impact your day to day operations, leverage Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Teams to enable a mobile workforce
Microsoft Teams is only the tip of the iceberg in regard to everything Office 365 has to offer to enhance daily office communications, collaborations, ability to sell and extract data in ways you never knew plausible.
Last month’s article touched on several scenarios making a case for securing business networks. Today we will focus on what you can do as a business or technical decision maker to better secure and stabilize your business network and system security.
When consulting organizations to undertake the development of a network infrastructure, it’s imperative to inquire further about the degree of its team’s expertise and knowledge within the industry. Those with employees having only a basic understanding of IT support and maintenance may not be in accordance with your company’s needs.
We all know the pain of slow IT: websites taking too long to load or timing out, your OS is out of date and makes everything a headache. Printers don’t want to print. Anti-virus scans take days to complete and you can’t run other programs while it scans your systems. Uploads/downloads never seem to finish. Frustration and irrational anger abound.
For every company there are different ways to perform the ‘how’ of strategic planning. While I can’t speak for every industry, I can provide general guidelines as they relate to technology. We specialize in technology planning for many industries and these guidelines are universal across the different business segments.
The Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce’s Council of Small Business Executives (MMAC / COSBE) has recognized Swick Technologies as one of Milwaukee’s fastest-growing companies, naming it to the 2014 Future 50 list.
SWICKtech is rebranding ourselves with renewed focus on IT Project Consulting and Business Application Management. Our Engineers and Analysts have all the expertise needed to integrate those tools into your company.
Presented by MMAC's Council of Small Business Executives (COSBE), the Future 50 Award celebrates the success of fast-growing regional companies!
SwickTech Stability Cube is six key steps necessary for achieving stability in your business computer systems.
As you know, in manufacturing and business in general there are sets of recognized standards and procedures on how to effectively conduct business and operations. For example, if your company is creating a part that another company will use in their finished product, it’s even more important to get things right so the parts fit properly.
Our experienced team of technical business IT providers can comprehensively advise your company based on specified requests and requirements. We plan and execute the upgrade process to ensure the safety and security of existing files, software programs, etc., as well as mitigate or eliminate any company downtime.
Network security is of critical importance these days. The first step to ensuring your IT is working and protected is to analyze how your IT is currently set up, then identify areas that could be bolstered to prevent security breaches.
Many businesses still rely on phone calls, emails, or fax to complete everyday transactions. EDI gives businesses the opportunity to share documents via computer-to-computer interactions in a standardized format. Learn how EDI can help your business.
Swick Technologies jumped into 2013 as a continued Silver Sponsor at ActionCOACH’s quarterly GrowthClub workshop for the third year running. ActionCOACH of Elm Grove held this quarter’s GrowthClub at the Majestic Cinema of Brookfield which provided a welcoming venue for sponsors and motivated business owners alike.
Do you ever stop to think of how much your business depends on computers? How about the costs that you would incur if your business computer network failed? Many businesses do not fully understand how dependent they are on their computer network, until they experience some type of network downtime. Depending on the type of industry your business is in, the cost of the network downtime will vary.
It’s another day and business is in full swing, as usual. Everything is running smoothly and your office is abuzz with activity. While at your desk responding to a few emails, you notice your internet has frozen and stopped responding.
Computer systems are vital to the operations of any sized company. While employees PC’s and printers are important, typically the main “nuts and bolts” of the computer system are the servers, storage systems, network equipment, backup system, etc. that sit behind the scenes.
One of the most undervalued components of a successful Information Technology department is strategic planning. Involving the IT department in strategic planning allows organizations to align technology needs with its mission and vision. This helps create a road map for future resource, time and energy needs.
How much is your company’s data worth to you? What is the cost to your business if either of the following occurred?
Battling against cyber-threats is constant and requires frequently updating protection services. Windows 10 is the latest operating system to include features that directly address global cyber security compromises. In this blog, we explore how this system can directly apply to your business and preserve secure information.
Now that Windows XP is no longer supported by Microsoft, people are debating between Windows 7 and Windows 8. You may be asking, what is the difference between the two operating systems? or which one is going to be the best for me? Here is a breakdown between the two Windows operating systems. You may find that with a better knowledge of the operating systems you will be more comfortable when making the choice between the two.
Pros and Cons of a Wireless-Only Office
IT problems and their solutions can be broken down into a few categories. All hardware, software, information management, security concerns, and recovery after a disaster situation fall under at least one of these categories. Your trusted IT management team understands these issues intimately and should have multiple solutions in place, should you experience any of these problems.
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