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The Best Copier Dealers in Minneapolis/St. Paul -- Where Should You Buy a Copier?

on Jan 31, 2019 1:10:00 PM By | Kirk Studebaker // VP of Sales | 0 Comments | Office Equipment ROI Buying A Copier
Did you know that many copier dealers’ name begin with the letter “A” so they’d be first in the phone book and Yellow Pages? You remember the Yellow Pages, right? That way when someone looking for a new “copy machine” flipped the pages, they’d see names like “Advanced Copiers” or “All-in-One Copy” (I made those names up, FYI). Searching online removes the alphabet from the equation. Instead of guessing and just calling the first company you see listed, you can look in more detail at what a company offers before you make a buying decision. If you’re reading this, you need a new copier and/or printer. You’re also probably thinking “what do I need?” and “who can I trust?” We recommend doing your due diligence.
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The Coordinated Difference -- We Eliminate the Fear and Frustration of Buying Copiers and Managed IT Services

on Jan 23, 2019 1:00:00 PM By | Kirk Studebaker // VP of Sales | 0 Comments | Office Equipment Copiers IT Managed Services
For the previous 18 months, we’ve focused on providing you accurate, actionable information about how to get the most out of your copiers and printers, managed IT (especially focused on security issues), and document management. Why did we devote our time and resources to this? We believe an educated customer will be a happier customer. Over the years, we know that nearly everyone who wants to buy a copier or make an IT purchase experiences some combination of two feelings, frustration and fear: Frustration -- from previous experiences and/or lack of knowledge Fear -- of poor service, of paying too much, and of not getting the right equipment To put it even more bluntly -- you’re afraid of being ripped off and, to use a used car salesmen metaphor, be sold the equivalent of undercoating you don’t need or a lemon. I’ve been in the copier industry for over two decades. I understand where you’re coming from. I’ve seen how businesses are treated by copier salespeople. Sometimes, it’s not pretty. At Coordinated, we look at selling differently. I’m not sure if he coined this, but I’ve heard Mark Cuban say it, “Selling is helping.”
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Who Are the Best Managed IT and Managed Network Services Companies in Minneapolis/St. Paul?

Every business -- including us -- relies on a reliable, stable network to work internally and to communicate with customers (email, online chat, voice over IP, etc.). When your network and IT infrastructure isn’t working at peak efficiency, neither is your office or business. Keeping your network updated and secure, managing data backups, and troubleshooting users’ IT questions are all necessary, albeit time-consuming, tasks that prevent your IT staff from focusing on more strategic goals. Outsourcing your network and other elements of your IT to a managed IT services partner is a way to improve network performance, lower costs, and free up your IT staff’s time to focus on more strategic initiatives with a single decision. But who are the best managed IT companies in Minneapolis/St. Paul area? To help you decide who the best company for you is, we believe in maximum choice. Here are four managed IT providers (besides us) in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.
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The Top 5 Most Popular Posts of 2018 -- Security, Toner Pirates, and Billing for Color

I hope your 2019 is off to a fantastic start. Before completely diving into the new year, here’s a look back at some essential knowledge from 2018 that’s still relevant. It’s time for you to get up-to-speed on the best tips for buying and securing your copiers, understand 3-tier color billing, out-sailing toner pirates, and understanding document management. Below you’ll find our top 5 as well as two “Hall of Fame” posts that have been at the top of our readers’ attention for the last three years!
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4 Things About Ransomware Every Small Business Should Know

The most important thing to know about ransomware is that it’s not going away. Criminals will continue to use ransomware to extort money from anyone they can -- business or individual. Every article or piece of research about cybersecurity issues in 2019 named ransomware as one of the top threats for next year. This is where I remind you that small and medium businesses are targets too (if you’re thinking this is only a challenge for the Fortune 5000) -- 43% of cyberattacks are aimed at small businesses (Small Business Trends). As we begin to look ahead to 2019, here are a few key things you need to know about ransomware.
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The 6 Extraordinary Benefits Managed Network Services Provides Your Business

The benefits of ANY type of outsourcing remains simple -- someone else can perform a task better than you can do it yourself (and usually for less money). This is especially true of managed network services. As office networks have become a commodity, they still require time-consuming effort by IT staff to manage them -- the software must be patched and upgraded to prevent security holes, you need to identify bottlenecks and causes, server maintenance, backing up data, and more are all needed to ensure the maximum amount of uptime.
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Are You Refusing to Consider Managed IT Services Because They're "Too Expensive"? Think Again

The reason to outsource any service rather than DIY is simple -- will it cost you more in time/expense to DIY or to find an expert to accomplish the task for you? For tasks that require deep knowledge and expertise, this can be an easy question to answer. I have no idea, nor the time and equipment, to make any car repairs that I’d need, for example. On the other hand, I could paint a room. For a business service such as outsourcing your network needs, you could do it yourself. Most SMBs have IT support with a small IT team or an outside “IT guy” who helps out as needed. Many businesses think outsourcing IT functions, like managed network services, is going to be a budget buster. Depending on the size of your business and the users that need to be supported, the monthly cost of an MNS contract could be higher than for a full-time IT person (even though for most SMBs that’s not the case). However, when you take into account the overall value of managed network services, the decision to outsource becomes nearly a no-brainer -- do it.
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Do You Know About Managed Network Services? You Should

Managed services. IT managed services. Managed IT services. The cloud. Cloud services. Managed network services. As usual, the IT industry is awash in TLAs (three letter acronyms) to describe outsourcing various IT functions to a third party to supplement (or even replace -- though that’s not our goal) a company’s internal IT staff. We’ve explained our approach to IT managed services before, read IT Managed Services: How Does It Help Your Business here. This blog is focused on a piece of overall managed IT -- managed network services (MNS).
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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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