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Why If Your Stakeholders Ain’t Happy, Ain’t Nobody Happy.

Ever heard the saying “If Momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy?” Well, the same can be said about the stakeholders in your next technology change—if your stakeholders ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy. No matter how many hours an organization plans for their next big update, whether it’s new equipment or software, many companies fail to recognize the importance of bringing key stakeholders along for the ride. Stakeholders are those who will be directly impacted by the shiny new solution that you hope is going to solve all of your business challenges. Stakeholders are also the ones who have way more influence than you think because they are the ones most affected by the change. The fact is, no matter how strong the leadership is in your organization, a stakeholder who is forgotten can be influential enough to sabotage everything and everyone around them. Stakeholders can be easy or difficult to work with and can be any or all of the following:
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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 | 1 Comment | Optimizing Your Business Printers and Copiers
  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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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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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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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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“Customer First. Always.” Philosophy Helps Make Coordinated a 2018 Torch Awards for Ethics Finalist

“Better Business Bureau’s Torch Awards for Ethics celebrate and recognize local companies that demonstrate integrity and a strong commitment to ethics in all that they do.” Once again, we were honored and humbled to have been a Torch Awards for Ethics finalist. As we strive to uphold our “Customer first. Always.” ethic, it is rewarding to be recognized for our efforts.
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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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