CSG Blog

5 Cheap Ways to Make Company Computers Faster and More Reliable

Posted by Scott Spiro on Friday, 21 October 2016

Nothing interferes with productivity more than slow or unreliable computers. Think about it: How many times have you or your team members had to reboot your computer or attempt to troubleshoot an issue?

While 10 minutes here and there might not seem like a huge time suck, when you multiply that across your organization, these small lapses in productivity can take a major toll on output. Over the long run, it quickly adds up to thousands of dollars in lost productivity and revenue for your business.

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Topics: Managed Service Provider, Computer Repair, Cost Management, managed IT services

The Real Cost of Outsourcing IT Vs. Hiring a Full-Time IT Manager

Posted by Scott Spiro on Friday, 14 October 2016

As your company grows, you need to ensure employees have uninterrupted access to the programs they need to stay productive. In your search for an IT solution, you may be weighing the benefits of outsourcing IT versus hiring an IT manager.

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Topics: IT Consultant, Proactive IT, Small Businesses, IT Support, it

4 Cybersecurity Mistakes to Avoid

Posted by Scott Spiro on Tuesday, 04 October 2016

Things were going great at Michael Daugherty’s up-and-coming $4 million medical-testing company.

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Topics: Security, cybersecurity

4 Critical Backup and Disaster Recovery Questions to Ask Your Managed Services Provider

Posted by Scott Spiro on Friday, 30 September 2016

Your company depends on technology to power everything from building security to payroll. While you see excellent productivity gains from a technology-forward infrastructure, you are vulnerable to any situation that takes out your systems. A rogue ex-employee could delete essential databases, a flood could knock out electricity to your data center and emergent mechanical failures are a few ways you could end up losing significant revenue and customer loyalty. A backup and disaster recovery plan is critical for business continuity, as downtime could cost a company millions in direct and indirect losses. When you talk to your managed services provider, use these disaster recovery questions to ask about exactly what you're getting before you sign the dotted line.

1. Add "Do you monitor an off-site and an on-site backup, or do you rely on outdated tape backups?" to your list of disaster recovery questions to ask

Your managed service provider should not put critical backups on outdated tape backups. You could end up losing days, weeks or months of work or data that you can't recreate. Look for a vendor offering on-site and off-site backup monitoring and management. They should provide an up-to-date business continuity system that supports fast recovery in the event of an emergency, even if the backups at the location are destroyed.

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Topics: backup, recovery, Disaster Recovery, Managed Service Provider, managed IT services

7 Advantages of Managed IT Services for Small Businesses

Posted by Scott Spiro on Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Your small business depends on technology to help you get the most out of your available resources. However, you end up in a tricky situation when you need help with your infrastructure but you don't have the budget for a full-time IT professional. Managed IT services can fill this gap and deliver many advantages.

No Need for an Internal IT Team

Your company has IT needs, but you don't need someone around all the time. If you didn't have to worry about bringing on a full-time person to take care of your systems, you could make investments elsewhere in your business. Managed IT services act as your on-demand team, so you don't have to go through the hiring process for IT professionals. If you do have employees on hand to manage your technology, managed IT services can take the burden off of them.

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Topics: Managed Service Provider, IT Support, managed IT services

CSG Appears on 2016 Inc. 5000 List For Second Consecutive Year

Posted by Computer Solutions Group on Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Los Angeles-based IT support company earns spot on Inc. 5000 list two years in a row.

As a result of 184% growth over 3 years, Computer Solutions Group, a Los Angeles-based IT support company, has earned the #2027 spot on the 2016 Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing privately held companies. This is the second year CSG has appearing on the coveted Inc. 5000 list.

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Topics: Inc 5000

Managed IT Services Vs. Break-Fix: Which Is More Cost-Effective?

Posted by Scott Spiro on Monday, 12 September 2016

You’ve probably heard the famous Benjamin Franklin quote, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” I couldn’t agree more — and that’s why it’s my sincere belief that the managed IT services approach is, by far, the most cost-effective, smartest option for any small business.

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Topics: Managed Service Provider, managed IT services

5 Benefits of Going Mobile in the Workplace

Posted by Scott Spiro on Friday, 02 September 2016

What if you could tap into the top talent in your industry, no matter where in the world they are? With the power of the mobile web, your all-star team is now – literally – at your fingertips.

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Topics: Mobile Office, mobile computing

In-Flight Wi-Fi: Are You Safe to Connect?

Posted by Scott Spiro on Thursday, 12 May 2016

In-flight Wi-Fi has become a convenient and accessible feature for travelers. With two-thirds of airlines now offering Wi-Fi and usage up 1,600% since 2013, why wouldn’t you join thousands of others in surfing the skies?

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Topics: Cybercrime, in-flight wi-fi, risks of in-flight wi-fi, cybersecurity, tips for safe web browsing

Hacking the Power Grid: The Effects of a Widespread Blackout

Posted by Scott Spiro on Thursday, 12 May 2016

When it comes to terrorism, attacks against the U.S. power grid rarely make headlines. But with 79 attacks on the U.S. energy grid in 2013 alone (and instances like these occuring every year), Americans need to prepare for a widespread power outage and its potentially catastrophic effects.

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Topics: Cybercrime, cybersecurity


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