Don’t Ever Let Your IT Company Do This To Your Computer Network

Today, when companies need to be lean, nimble and brutally efficient to survive in a competitive marketplace, cutting unnecessary costs is paramount. Unfortunately, it can be easy when you’re on a tight budget to accidentally strip away components of your business that may seem gratuitous but are actually essential to your success.

One of the first things that often ends up on the chopping block in the frenzy to save money is IT. Instead of continually investing in managed IT services, where professionals carefully maintain, protect and update your network month to month, some businesses decide that the best way to keep their technology running smoothly is to simply leave it alone, calling up a professional only when something breaks down.

Of course, this approach forgoes monthly costs and shaves off a fair few dollars from your technology budget in the short term. But while this approach may seem cost-effective, it opens up your business to a huge variety of technological crises, from expensive network outages to cyber-attacks that may cripple the very future of your company.

The Problem With A ‘Break-Fix’ Strategy

It can be hard to imagine the huge list of problems that might arise within your network. So, it’s an understandable strategy to wait to do something until an issue becomes a serious problem. At that point, they bring in a professional who – charging by the hour – attempts to find and repair whatever may be broken.

It seems like a logical approach, but unfortunately, it’s littered with huge hidden costs. If you’re calling an IT expert only when something in your network is broken, only your most urgent technological needs are addressed. When your technician is being paid an hourly wage to fix a specific issue, there’s no incentive to be proactive with your system. They won’t recommend important, money-saving upgrades or updates, and they will rarely be able to detect a crisis before it happens.

What’s more, the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach very likely leaves huge holes in your security and drastically magnifies the costs of an IT meltdown. If they’re only arriving in the midst of crisis, there’s hardly ever an opportunity for the break-fix technician to strengthen the barriers between you and the hordes of hackers clamoring for your data. They’re on the clock, being closely monitored to fix the problem and then go away. Meanwhile, the security landscape is constantly changing, with criminals and security experts in a back-and-forth arms race to stay abreast of the latest developments. Without someone managing your system on a regular basis, your protective measures are sure to become woefully out of date and essentially useless against attack.

Why Managed IT Services Are The Answer

When you turn over your IT needs to a managed services provider (MSP), you’re entrusting the care of your network to a team of experts who have a real interest in your success. MSP engineers regularly monitor the health of your system, proactively preventing disaster before it enters into the equation and hurts your bottom line.

Beyond this preventative care, MSPs do everything they possibly can to maximize the power and efficiency of your equipment, implementing only the best practices and the latest software and updates.

When you invest in an MSP, you may have to invest more funds initially, but likely you’ll save tens of thousands of dollars in the long run by avoiding cyber-attacks, downtime and hourly rates wasted on a technician who doesn’t really care about the future of your business. When you choose an MSP, you’re not just choosing a superior and healthier network – you’re choosing peace of mind.

If your business isn’t currently experiencing Awesome IT in a Worry Free IT or Basic Care Security Protection Agreement with us, give us a ring now at 724.235.8750 or email to see how we can help your business.

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Shiny New Gadget Of The Month:
4K HDR Projector Can Beam A 150-Inch Picture Onto Your Wall

A 65-inch OLED TV is a beautiful thing. But can it compare to a crisp, bright 150-inch display in the comfort of your home? That’s what LG is offering this year with its new 4K HDR projector, the HU80KA. Clocking in with a 3840 x 2160 resolution, 2,500 lumens and a stunning picture, the portable device is an attractive offer indeed.

The device is only a few feet tall, but it looks like it will be the ideal piece of equipment for home theater enthusiasts. It’s the closest you can get to the big-screen experience, and you won’t even have to plonk down 20 bucks for a tub of popcorn. It remains to be seen, though, whether it’ll be worth the price tag. At the time of writing, the price has not yet been released, but bulkier, less portable competitors cost a little under $2,000.

19 Ways To Live Well And Sanely In Crazy Times

There’s no discounting the fact that we’re living through some crazy times. With political upheavals, game-changing social media movements and chaotic world events, there’s a lot going on.

I’m not about to overlook the tremendous opportunities that exist these days, but with spring cleaning right around the corner, I’ve been focusing on this question: How can we live well in these crazy times?

  1. Don’t add to the craziness. Be civil to those with whom you disagree. Balance your heart and your head so emotions don’t outweigh reason.
  2. Separate fact from opinion. Don’t get excited about things that either aren’t true or are wildly exaggerated to get attention. Daniel Patrick Moynihan said, “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not to their own facts.”
  3. Act with integrity even when others don’t. Just because others are behaving badly doesn’t mean you should too.
  4. Slow down. The longer I live, the more convinced I am that you accomplish more of real importance by slowing down. Speed is necessary at times, but make sure you’re not chasing rabbits when you could be tracking the big game.
  5. Eat slower. A friend’s father-in-law was a doctor, and when asked what was the most important thing a person could do to improve their health, he said “Chew more.”
  6. Get enough sleep. Lack of sufficient sleep is a major influence on poor health, both mentally and physically.
  7. Read for education and entertainment. The best novels aren’t just engaging, they teach us something about the world and about ourselves. In addition, read about current events and personal development to keep well-rounded.
  8. Limit your news intake. Being saturated with more of the same, day in and day out, can be fatiguing and frustrating. Be informed, but not inundated.
  9. Exercise. It’s as simple as that.
  10. Have deeper conversations with friends. Go beyond, “How’s it going?” to “What are you thinking?” Move past the superficial and really connect.
  11. Take a trip. The best way to enlarge your perspective is to travel abroad. But if you can’t, for whatever reason, visit a new state or spend time in a museum.
  12. Be civil.
  13. Be kind.
  14. Count your blessings every day. To be precise, list at least three. No matter how bad it gets, there are always things to be thankful for.
  15. Spend less than you make.
  16. Invest more in experiences and less in stuff.
  17. Live intentionally. Be specific about what you want to accomplish each day. Don’t sleepwalk through your life.
  18. If you can’t take action to deal with something, don’t worry about it. And if you can, then do it and stop worrying!
  19. Tell people you love that you love them. You’ll rarely regret telling someone that you love them, especially when you no longer have the chance to do so.

Mark Sanborn, CSP, CPAE, is the president of Sanborn & Associates, Inc., an “idea studio” that seeks to motivate and develop leaders in and outside of business. He’s the bestselling author of books like Fred Factor and The Potential Principle and a noted expert on leadership, team building, customer service and company change. He holds the Certified Speaking Professional designation from the National Speakers Association and is a member of the Speaker Hall of Fame. Check out any of his excellent books, his video series, “Team Building: How to Motivate and Manage People,” or his website,, to learn more.

Our IT Princess of Power with Pittsburgh icon and Super Marketer, Edgar Snyder

“How Do YOU Stay Memorable?”

I’m going to diverge from talking IT for a moment to talk about something very important for the growth of the company: your marketing.

When I went to a Pittsburgh Rotary event to hear Edgar Snyder speak, I really didn’t know what to expect. What was he going to talk about? Edgar shared how he grew his firm from literally a shoe string to over 30 attorneys and dozens of support staff.

You know how he did it? Marketing. Yep. Marketing.

Is he better than other personal injury attorneys? Probably not. Is he the most recognizable face to all Pittsburghians? Abso-freaking-lutely. And this has been extremely lucrative for him.

Back in the 80’s when Edgar started his solo practice he looked around to see what other attorneys were NOT doing for marketing. At that time, it was TV. So he ran TV ads. And billboard. He was totally ostracized in that day because this simply was not done.

Edgar was unapologetic about getting out the word for his business. He broke the rules. He knew that some people were going to hate him for it. Haters gonna hate. That’s how it is. But Edgar was determined to be MEMORABLE so when anyone had an injury, they immediately thought of him.

His persistent marketing and exposure for his brand has made his firm one of the largest local firms and made Edgar a very rich man.

Years ago I donned the moniker “IT Princes of Power.” Once a business associate told me it sounded unprofessional and I should shed it. At first I was afraid to NOT take his advice. I wanted to be seen as professional! But then I remembered this: the same guy giving me this “its unprofessional” advice had just referred a big client to me because that title was MEMORABLE!

So I’m keeping IT Princess of Power. I own it, and its me. And if it turns you off so much you don’t want to do business with me? Hey, we probably won’t get along anyway.

How are YOU staying memorable in your marketing?

To your continued success,