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The Role of the Virtual CIO and How One Can Improve IT Results for Your Business

Save yourself the time and effort of managing your IT with a virtual CIO (chief information officer).

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 …

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“Customer First. Always.” Philosophy Helps Make Coordinated a 2018 Torch Awards for Ethics Finalist

Better Business Bureau 2018 Torch Awards for Ethics Finalist - Coordinated Business Systems

“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 …

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4 Tips to Finding a Managed IT Partner That Understands You

Find a Managed Network Services (MNS) partner that works with you by following these 4 tips.

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 …

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In-House Production Print—Take Control and Do It!

Have you ever thought about bringing your production print in house but been unsure if it's a good idea. It is - check out these 4 reasons you should stop outsourcing large scale print jobs.

Ever felt unsure about something? Like about bringing all of the printing that you outsource “in-house” and doing it yourself? It’s time to just do it. No, really DO IT! It will require a little more work on your end when it comes to the actual prepress process, but not much more than …

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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

The cloud isn't what you think it is - it's just a computer located somewhere else.

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 he …

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Are You Managing Your IT or Is Your IT Managing You?

Check out these three reasons to get control of your IT - and how MNS can help.

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 …

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Five Things Your “Really Great IT Guy” Can’t Give You

There are some things your 'great' IT guy can't give you. These 5 things are at the top of the list.

When it comes to small business IT, many lean on family, or referrals from friends for a really great “IT guy.” If you’re using a break-fix IT strategy for your business, or relying on your uncle's wife's cousin, to keep your computers running, you’re traveling down a risky road and i …

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6 Steps to Automate Your Business Processes

Are your SMB's processes still primarily manual? Use these 6 steps to automate workflows and overhaul business processes - and maximize productivity!

I’ve been sharing the value of document management and moving from paper-based offices to digital documents and workflows for over a year now. The ability to immediately find information is tremendously valuable by itself, and remains the foundational value of document management. How …

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19 Essential Questions to Ask About Your Document Management Solution BEFORE You Buy It

You should be asking yourself (and your staff) these 19 questions BEFORE buying a document management solution for your SMB.

Paper documents slow down your workflows, hinder excellent customer service, and cost time and money for retrieval and storage (file cabinets are big!). Take a look around your office. I’m going to guess it’s not all clean desks and sleek efficiency. There’s probably a fair bit of pap …

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