You know how it goes now days, a technology company is a technology company, and everyone and their brother knows someone in IT. In fact, computers have become so commonplace that IT companies are a dime a dozen.
So what makes TechQuility different?
Well many things, actually, like the fact that we believe that it’s possible to achieve a state peace and relaxation with your business. How? Well, it’s all in our approach.
You see, when it comes to our clients, we take a three-tiered approach, assessing your business from multiple angles to find solutions that not only work for you, but will also grow with you as your business matures.
We look at your business from all sides, including:
From a Technology standpoint: Not only will we stabilize your network, but we will also provide solutions that allow you to work on the go, while ensuring your information is safe and protected from disaster.
From a Business perspective: We work hard to make sure our solutions are aligned with your business goals so that you can grow your company into whatever you dream.
With a Personal twist: You won’t find blanket solutions here. We’re big on showing our clients ways to personalize their solutions so that they work just right, whether you’re the CEO or the receptionist.
However, not only are we different, but we’re good at what we do. Our solutions have been known to keep offices running, even when power was completely out in the rest of the building. (In this case, our client was in a strip of office suites and were the only ones who could keep working.)
So if you’re tired of dealing with just another IT company, give us a call. We promise you’ll be glad you
When purchasing software, do you ever think about the end-of-life cycle for that particular program? If you’re like everyone else, you probably don’t.
The thing is, all software has a cycle – a period of time when the company will support that particular version of the software.
So what you purchase today won’t always be supported.
Typically software is no longer supported when there are several newer versions out, or when the software is so outdated that it no longer functions properly on newer computers, whichever comes first.
In early April, 2013, Microsoft announced its plans to phase out support for a few of their older software, a change that could leave businesses (and individuals) in the lurch.
Microsoft’s determination for phasing out software is fairly clear cut – they promise to support their products for a minimum of 10 years, with 5 years of mainstream support, and 5 years of extended support.
And next year, on April 8, 2014, Microsoft is phasing out support on a few (still) popular products:
- Windows XP
- Office 2003
- Office 2008 – Mac Version – support ends April 9, 2014
So what does this change mean for businesses? Well, nothing and everything.
Of course you can continue to use your outdated products, as technically they will still work just like they did before. However, problems requiring support through Microsoft won’t be fixable, and over time you could see even bigger issues.
The larger reality is that if you’re still using these older operating systems and office products, you could probably stand for an update. Newer operating systems, though they require a small learning curve, run faster and help you produce more than their older counterparts. Additionally, newer software boasts better features, and increased security through patches, bug fixes, and software updates.
Though it would require a bit of an initial investment, upgrading your office, particularly if you are still using any of these programs, will end up saving you in the long run in time and money made back due to increased productivity.
If your business is still using these outdated software products, give us a call today. We can help you evaluate which newer versions are right for your business, and help get them implemented and installed so that you aren’t affected by this change.
You and your team worked hard on a project, and now you’re ready to deliver it to the client. But the deliverables include several large files that are too big to send via email. What do you do?
If you are like many businesses, you’ll probably turn to a file transfer service, like Drop Box, SkyDrive, or Google Drive to share the files. However, there are a ton of inherent problems with going this route, most of which involve lack of security and control on a third-party system.
But did you know that there is a better way to transfer files? You could host your own large file transfer service in-house and remove many of the issues involved with third-party services.
Here are just a few of the many advantages to running your own file transfer service.
When large file transfer service software runs in-house, transferring files is much faster for you and your staff.
With a service of this type everything remains in-house, which means whether you’re delivering files to a client, or downloading files a client sent to you, the files are already on your network.
Instead of you having to wait on a service and the slow speed of the internet to access your files, simply access the large file transfer service and grab what you need quickly, over the faster speeds of your internal network.
However, this is a benefit for in-company users only, as employees or clients logged into the service remotely will still be limited by their internet speed.
Share Larger Files
While the third-party file transfer services work in a pinch, there are usually stipulations on the amount of data you can send for free. Most services give you about 2 gigs of storage space before charging you.
However, 2 gigs doesn’t go far when you’ve got large files to send somewhere. Instead of paying the third-party provider to increase your tier level to allow you to send larger files, why not setup an in-house system?
Typically, hosting your system in-house is cheaper than what you would spend with the third-party providers, and you won’t ever have to worry about which tier your account is on, and how much data you can send.
With an in-house large file transfer service, you can send up to 35 gigs at one time without paying any extra. And, there are no reoccurring monthly fees outside of your normal network maintenance costs.
By hosting your file transfer service in-house, you’ll also gain some extra security features.
With third-party systems, your information and files live on someone else’s servers, and you don’t have control or say so over what they do with their computers. Sure, they may have everything outlined nicely in their Terms of Service (TOS), but when it comes down to it, how much of a guarantee is there really that your data is safe?
Instead, keep your data on your network and you’ll never have to worry about what’s going on with your files.
Security Through Obscurity
If a hacker wants to attack a file sharing system, who are they going to target? Your company, or someone big like Microsoft (who runs Sky Drive)? You guessed it, they’ll go after the big guys every time.
In this way because you’re a small fish in a very large pond, you won’t have to worry about being attacked the same way the big guys do. Oddly enough, it’s because of your obscurity that your security is increased. You’re simply not on their radar.
However, in the event that someone does try to attack, your files are protected behind your firewall, safe from intrusion.
These are just a few of the reasons why we prefer an in-house large file transfer system to a third party alternative.
Do you have concerns about hosting a file transfer system on your network? Give us a call today. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have.