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When you cast your mind back to childhood, you probably think of summertime as a blissful season free of school, tests, and homework. – or the drudgery of sitting through summer school classes. As unwelcome as those classes were, however, they could make all the difference between graduating with honors and flunking out. Your organization can also benefit by taking advantage of seasonal slowdowns to work on your IT procedures, procedures and equipment. Here are some ideas from our IT managed services team in Austin.

This summer you'll probably have employees who want to do some of their work on the road, either in connection with family vacation or as part of their regular job description. This means that they'll probably be using smartphones to conduct company business – which in turn means that you've got to implement some smart smartphone security practices in advance. Here are some suggestions from your Austin IT business support crew at Gravity Systems.

You may already know enough about VPNs, or Virtual Private Networks, to know that your business needs one. A VPN, quite simply, is a secure “tunnel” through the Internet, a means of linking users so that their connection is safe from prying eyes (or prying malware). But there's another consideration you may have not yet thought about: the choice between a hardware VPN and a software VPN. There's really no “better” or “worse,” since it all depends on your company's needs – and our Austin tech support team can set up you up with either. So let's just look at some of the pros and cons.

“If it ain't broke, don't fix it.” While this quaint old expression may apply to a process that doesn't need modifying, it sure doesn't work for the world of business technology. The smartest time to evaluate your IT system and make any incremental adjustments is before it can break, not after. Here are some thoughts on the subject from our Austin business IT support experts at Gravity Systems.

Your business may have gotten by with old-school networking technologies based on standard internet protocols for years now – but is it time to trade up for something newer and better, such as an MPLS network? Here are four telltale signs that you might be ready to adopt MPLS, courtesy of our Austin IT managed services team at Gravity Systems:

Gas prices have gone up significantly across the nation, with summertime threatening to be the most expensive travel season in several years. While nobody has a crystal ball regarding long-term increases, it's safe to assume that the price of gas may be an issue for your workforce for quite some time, especially if long commutes are involved. Fortunately, there's an easy way to sidestep this issue – by taking advantage of Gravity Systems' remote computing options.

From time to time, company IT departments are jolted into fresh concern over the issue of email security by some massive scandal, or by a major provider announcing a new patch or feature. But what about the rest of the time, when all seems well? If you haven't reviewed your email security practices and policies in a while, it's time to take a fresh look at them. Here are some issues to consider, courtesy of your Austin IT support team at Gravity Systems.

Energy bills are no joke, especially as we move toward summer – but some smart IT system practices can help you survive. Here are some suggestions from your IT managed services team at Gravity Systems.

It's said that change is the one constant in life, and nowhere is this more evident that in the modern workspace. The preference of today's generation of mobile workers and flexible thinkers, along with the trend toward cost-effective use of commercial facilities, have caused businesses to embrace “nimble office” environments and technologies. If you're ready to think outside the box for your own facility setup, here are some strategies to consider from your Austin IT business support team at Gravity Systems.

The decision to keep your software current may seem like a no-brainer, but is it really? While minor upgrades can prove highly valuable or even critically important, it's possible to take things too far – or not far enough. Let's look at the question of software upgrade scheduling, and when you might need the insights of our Austin IT support experts at Gravity Systems.