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Today’s healthcare organizations make heavy use of information technology to deliver the right care as efficiently as possible. If you operate or manage such an organization, take note of the following IT concerns that directly affect the healthcare industry.

You know you need to backup your data thoroughly in case an unanticipated disaster strikes. But what’s the best way to cover your bases? Let’s examine the pros and cons of two potential solutions, RAID drive arrays and disk striping.

Do you lose sleep at night over the many security vulnerabilities that might or might not be placing your company at risk? If so, you could probably benefit from vulnerability assessment and remediation. Let’s look at what’s involved in assessing and correcting cybersecurity weaknesses.

Today’s world is a gigantic, interactive business arena. Thanks to global communications and related technologies, businesses all over the planet can do business across multiple time zones and cultures as easily as if they were all located in the same town. Maybe your business has grown to the point that you’re ready to take it international. But before you can take that massive step, you’ll want to make sure that your IT capabilities will facilitate such expansion as effectively and painlessly as possible.

Do you remember the Heartbleed “bug?” Our Austin business IT support techs here at Gravity systems sure do. That little bit of code exposed millions of online accounts to scam artists, creating enormous problems for individuals and businesses alike. But Heartbleed didn’t exist in a bubble; as we’ve related in previous posts, new malware concoctions attack computers year after year. You’ve got to set your IT system up with the proper barricades against these evil operators – and that means implementing two-factor authentication, or 2FA. It’s not only good sense; it’s also a requirement in many cyber insurance policies.

Today’s typical IT network resembles a many-headed hydra out of ancient mythology. Think about all the laptops, workstations, mobile phones, tablets, and other input devices your employees use to access your servers on a daily basis. As the number of these endpoints continues to grow, so do the potential risks your IT system -- and by extension, your business -- will face. That’s why you may need to consider adding unified endpoint management (UEM) to your system’s capabilities.

As a small business in Austin, you might not have the means to have your own in-house IT team. You do, however, have the ability to have a 3 rd party IT team that acts as your own in-house team for a fraction of the cost and headache.

Are you thinking about choosing managed services for the first time? Considering ditching your current break-fix model for something more proactive?  If so, let’s walk through a few options and considerations.  

The Cloud, with regard to computing, networking, and data storage, has become a ubiquitous marketing term that means many things.  Essentially, any time you access your data over the Internet you are utilizing ‘The Cloud’.  Today, it’s easy to find cloud service providers that will host your email, data storage, applications, or even your entire computer network.  It’s very important to account for several considerations when deciding if ‘The Cloud’ is right for your business.

The preview of Windows 10 launched 10 days ago. The final version will launch sometime in the summer of 2015 and business users across the globe are waiting to see how it will compare to Windows 8. The RETURN OF STARTUP MENU is certainly a big, and welcome, change. Apart from that, the new version of Windows has many other features that you may come to love. Here is an overview of Windows 8 based on what we know now.  

Every business these days is looking for innovative ways to increase productivity and free up valuable resources. Today we highlight a few apps that have proved useful for our small business customers: 

 

Lookeen

We use this app internally and have quite a few customers who use it.  Basically, it is a 3rd party content indexer that works very well with Outlook.  It pulls the searching and indexing out of outlook (pst and ost) and moves them into a text-only index.  It turns out that much of Outlook slowness in searching is related to display times and not search times.  By removing the display part of the equation, Lookeen enables super-fast searching.  You can easily search 50,000 items in under a second.  Pro tip: turn off attachment indexing if you don’t need it for better indexing performance. 

 

TripIt

This is another useful app. This app isn’t meant to simplify your business operations. Instead, it will help you manage your travel in on “plane of glass”.  TripIt is a travel-based app that can help you book your flights, car rentals, trains, buses, etc. instantly. It is quite easy to use and is perfect for entrepreneurs who are always on the move. If you are into a business that requires you to travel frequently, try subscribing to TripIt. 

 

Mynd 

 

This smart app is built act like your virtual assistant and to handle a number of your daily calendar operations. It is also known as ‘calendar with brain’. It can help you deal with your appointments effectively and in a timely manner. It can also find the social profiles of people who you are planning to meet, helping you learn more about their background before meeting them. Mynd also tells you about the traffic conditions and reminds you to leave for your appointment on time based on current conditions.

There are tons of apps that small businesses and entrepreneurs can use for optimizing their operations. If you need professionals IT help, get in touch with us and we would be glad to provide you with our take.