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Dan Stoy, Solutions Specialist // Managed Network Services

I have a proven track record of helping customers, whether it’s been on a one on one basis or delivering support for large enterprise organizations. My desire to make things better coupled with my passion for IT and helping others is what makes me a perfect fit to figure out your IT needs.

Recent Posts

Do You Know What to Do When Your Server Crashes? [Infographic]

Many non-IT office workers sort of just assume that the technology they rely on is just going to work. Often it does. But that takes a lot of work by information technology professionals to keep the network stable and secure, perform reliable backups, plan for the future, etc. However, as we are all too aware, technology doesn’t always work flawlessly -- even when we do everything perfectly. Again, many non-IT professionals think that a server failure can be quickly fixed. The reality doesn’t always match that expectation.
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The Role of the Virtual CIO and How One Can Improve IT Results for Your Business

As an SMB business owner or executive, you have enough on your plate running your business. You don’t have the time to become an expert in the information technology you rely on to run your business. We find that many business leaders lean in one of two directions: They hop from idea to idea and throw money at technology because it’s shiny and new, hoping that the technology itself will improve business operations They ignore and devote the bare minimum to IT needs to run business operations As this blog’s frequent readers know, throwing money at a business problem by buying technology (or services) is a recipe for wasting budget. Ignoring IT can lead to missed opportunities as your business isn’t agile enough to take advantage of changing markets. A virtual CIO (chief information officer) bridges the gap between business goals and IT infrastructure to help you create a strategy that uses IT to reach those goals. You don’t have to be an IT expert -- you can outsource for one.
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What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You: A Network Assessment Can Reveal Hidden Issues and Security Concerns

Many SMBs don’t think about their network until it’s not working -- or has been hacked. This short post includes an overview of why you should consider a network assessment (short answer -- security vulnerabilities and slow performance) and a short video explaining Coordinated’s approach to network assessments. Ignoring your network can lead to security holes, slower performance from bottlenecks, and other performance issues that can hinder your business’ success -- and even keep you from growing.
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Will Your IT Project Fail? Not If You Avoid These 6 Common Planning Mistakes

Everything that I’m going to write about in this post SHOULD be obvious. In my experience as an information professional and now salesperson, many businesses are oblivious to how obvious this should be. Let’s start with this: Throwing technology at a business problem will not solve the business problem. Technology is not a silver bullet to fix business problems. For example, many companies follow business processes because they’ve always had those processes. They often don’t think about how to improve ineffective processes because “that’s just how we do things.” If you automate a bad process with workflow software, you’ll reach the same poor outcome -- only faster. IT projects often fail, don’t provide expected return on investment, and/or need to be reworked half-way through. I’m sure you’ve heard at least one of these two sayings: Measure twice, cut once. There’s never time to do it right, but there’s always time to do it again. They both identify a core issue with IT projects -- poor planning. Here are a few common planning mistakes businesses -- from the Fortune 100 down to one-person businesses -- regularly make.
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What Should You Do When Victimized by Ransomware?

Attacked by ransomware? Don’t be embarrassed In my career in information technology, I’ve spoken to quite a few businesses that had been successfully attacked by ransomware and had been too embarrassed to contact the authorities. Don’t be. As cybercriminals become more sophisticated in their attacks (read about phishing attacks here), there’s no shame in being successfully hacked.
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4 Tips to Finding a Managed IT Partner That Understands You

We all know how frustrating it is to be in a “conversation” where each person is talking AT the other instead of WITH the other. These “conversations” aren’t a true exchange of information. In your personal life, this is annoying. When it comes to helping your business, a partner that doesn’t completely understand your business needs can threaten your livelihood. When it comes to outsourcing your information technology needs, that’s a recipe for disaster.
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Cybersecurity Threats Are Here to Stay -- Don’t Ignore These 5 Challenges in 2019

It’s no secret that we believe in educating our customers about the challenges and issues around securing their networks and information. Research and common sense -- how many of you have received a “friend request” from a hacked Facebook friend recently? -- reveal that cyber criminals are continuing to ramp up efforts to steal your data. Here are a few cybersecurity trends for 2019.
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The Cloud Isn’t an Automatic Answer to Your IT Challenges -- A Quick Explanation of What the Cloud Is and Isn’t

You can’t escape mentions of “the cloud” as the solution to nearly any business challenge. Need more storage? The cloud. Need to better manage your network? The cloud. Need a business app to manage your documents? The cloud. Need a marketing and/or website platform? The cloud. Need help with backup and disaster recovery? The cloud. On a personal level, need music, an exercise app, productivity software, something to watch, a game to play -- it’s all in the cloud. As a business owner trying to get the best IT infrastructure in place to run a business, it’s easy to be bedazzled and think, “Yes! I need the cloud!”
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Are You Managing Your IT or Is Your IT Managing You?

According to Gartner, an unmanaged PC costs $5,000 a year. That’s a lot of dough if you are a small business even with just a few workstations. While computer hardware itself has gotten less expensive, the real expense is the cost to fix your network when something goes wrong. That’s why proactive maintenance is so critical for small business owners — PCs, and the networks they’re on, require constant monitoring. Many offices continue to rely on a break/fix model of IT support -- when something goes wrong, you get it fixed. This approach leads to un-budgeted expenses and more frequent downtime. A proactively managed network, when done correctly, will not only improve uptime, but will also keep you protected from the endless security threats targeting businesses like you. Why wouldn’t you want to be protected from the moment you make any IT investment? Here are some reasons why you should.
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