As Sacramento area businesses rely more on technology and the internet, there are more factors than ever to consider when planning to move your business to a new location.
Below is a list of vendor categories and several Sacramento area resources to consider for both your technology and non-technology moving related needs.
Disclaimer: Taking advantage of editorial privilege, we have included ourselves as a vendor resource for some services. (more…)
Whether your Sacramento-area business serves consumers, businesses or both, claiming certain business listings and optimizing the listings that you’ve claimed makes good online marketing sense.
Even if your businesses sells its product or services outside of the Greater Sacramento area, business listing sites are worth paying attention to. The top listing site, Google My Business, recently added a new option that extends the services potential reach beyond just attracting a local audience.
In addition to providing greater visibility for your business, a claimed (or created) online business listing can drive more traffic to your website due to an hidden factor. (more…)
Unified Communications is a buzz phrase that gets thrown around by vendor representatives across a range of industries.
It’s definitely a catchy term. But there’s a problem. Many small business owners only have a vague idea what Unified Communications actually means.
It’s no wonder. It turns out that Unified Communications is defined differently by vendors in different industries.
What’s more, Unified Communications is not just one technology. It is a set of technologies that are interwoven to provide business users with wider access to interpersonal communication channels across platforms and devices. (more…)
As with organizations of any size, small businesses should have a data backup and recovery plan in place.
Data loss can be caused by many factors, including:
- Natural events
- Mechanical failure
- Electronic failure
- Human error
- Human maliciousness (malware, physical theft)
Centrex and VoIP – what are the similarities and differences between these two business telephone technologies?
Centrex was originally offered by telephone companies as a way for businesses and government agencies to get access to a full set of telephone system features without having to purchase and maintain an in-house telephone switch (called a PBX). Centrex was attractive to organizations that wanted a minimal capital outlay and that needed ongoing system maintenance included in a predictable monthly price.
For companies looking for this type of service, there was no comparison shopping. The vendor was “the telephone company.” (more…)
Large companies get most of the headlines for security breaches. This is in part due to the fact that big retail and financial institutions store extensive amounts of personal information such as credit card numbers and social security numbers.
In a recent security breach, Kmart’s store payment systems were infected with malware. Customers and users of California-based esignature vendor DocuSign were targeted by phishing attacks in mid-2017.
Small businesses are by definition, smaller targets for would-be hackers. However, small business are by no means exempt from various forms of digital and physical intrusion. (more…)
Blue Ribbon Personnel Services provides temporary, temp-to-hire and direct hire staffing to businesses in Northern California and Northern Nevada. Blue Ribbon switched to Fortis for both hosted VoIP and IT support. (more…)
Due to ever increasing reliance on the internet, many businesses have implemented or are considering a secondary, redundant internet connection.
Non-stop internet service is particularly important if your voice traffic flows through your internet connection and if most of your mission critical business applications are cloud-based. (more…)
The nature and type of technology office equipment needed by small businesses has changed over the last several years.
At one time, most small businesses had a big sheet of plywood mounted to a wall in a closet or storage room. On top of the plywood was all sorts of phone equipment and wiring. Recently, the traditional phone system has been performing a disappearing act.
Many small companies used to need a 19” rack to hold a half dozen or more servers. As business applications continue their shift to cloud-based offerings, many businesses only require a fraction of the number of servers they once had. (more…)
Anyone who lives or works along the Highway 50 corridor in Northern California can attest to the fact that it’s no longer “The Loneliest Road in America”, as it was once described.
Image courtesy of Jrmski
In fact, with a large concentration of homes and businesses on either side of Highway 50, the corridor can be every bit as congested as some of the more notorious California traffic hot spots.
The highway stretches 3073 miles from Ocean City, Maryland to Sacramento, California, where it ends in a frequently nightmarish merge with eastbound Interstate 80. (more…)