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Macro Systems has been serving the Metro Washington, DC area since 1997, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

VoIP is a Better Telephone System for Your Business

VoIP is a Better Telephone System for Your Business

For many companies, the struggle of how they keep in contact both internally and externally is very real. Some businesses are still at the mercy of their telephone providers, which is not an ideal approach to communications. There is certainly a better option for organizations in need of a comprehensive telephony platform: Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).

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Does Your Business Have a Successful Data Backup Solution?

Does Your Business Have a Successful Data Backup Solution?

Data backup is one of the most imperative aspects of maintaining a business, but it’s not something that some businesses even consider until it’s too late to reverse the damage done. In any case, data backup is a vital part of any successful business, but it’s not as simple as implementing a solution and praying it works. Let's go through the proper steps for making sure your business has a successful data backup solution when it’s needed most.

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Four Emerging Technologies for Business Use

Four Emerging Technologies for Business Use

Technology is taking on a new responsibility for today's business. With more value placed on data, and contemporary innovations offering viable options for business use, technology is now front and center for many companies. Below let's review four of the most emerging technologies and how organizations are beginning to utilize them.

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Modern Wireless Charging

Modern Wireless Charging

How many times have you been irritated about having to reach behind your desk in order to get to the outlet needed to plug your phone into? That irritation could vanish with near-field induction charging, more commonly known as wireless charging. Below we'll look at what modern wireless charging is capable of, as well as what type of hurdles can be avoided with its use.

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How to Effectively Utilize YouTube for Business

How to Effectively Utilize YouTube for Business

YouTube may appear to be fairly straightforward, but it’s a less so for business use than for personal use. Listed below are a few features that you will need to be mindful of if you want to utilize YouTube effectively in a business environment.

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Six Questions to Ask Your Managed IT Provider

Six Questions to Ask Your Managed IT Provider

Your organization's technology solutions may be a major point of contention for your bottom line, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t create value with it. One of the best ways you can create value for your companies' IT is by implementing a better way of managing it. Macro Systems will walk you through what it means to shift from break-fix IT to managed IT services, as well as what questions you should ask to expedite the process.

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What You Should Know About 5G

What You Should Know About 5G

5G will eventually arrive; it’s just a matter of “when” it will arrive. It feels like we’ve been saying that 5G will arrive soon for a while, but the fact remains that it’s not here... Still, the ambiguity surrounding 5G, or the “Fifth Generation” of wireless networking, can get be bit baffling. Below we will help you clear up any confusion you may have about 5G so you can be aware of what this technology might hold.

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Questions Your Business Should Ask While Modem Shopping

Questions Your Business Should Ask While Modem Shopping

The majority of Internet providers will ask you to rent your modem from them; what they fail to mention is that you usually have the option to buy your own modem. What are the benefits of purchasing a modem over renting one, and how can you make the best decision possible while modem shopping? Macro Systems is here to help!

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Colleges and Universities Also Face Network Security Issues

Colleges and Universities Also Face Network Security Issues

Approximately 16 million students call colleges or universities their home for at least a portion of the calendar year. They are educated by another 1.5 million or so faculty, staff, and other employees. Most of these institutions of higher education comprehend the challenges presented by maintaining networks, particularly the ones that students connect countless devices to. With all this in mind, can a college campus’ network truly be secure, or is it a fool’s errand?

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The Truth About Automation

The Truth About Automation

Automation does nothing but help businesses, but can the same be said for the employees that work at these businesses? With more systems depending on some type of artificial intelligence, smart automation could replace up to 25% of the current workforce over the next decade. Let's take a look at the importance of profitability and how AI is likely going to lead in a new era of human existence.

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How to Successfully Manage Your Organization's IT Risks

How to Successfully Manage Your Organization's IT Risks

When implement something in your information technology strategy, you accept some level of risk. Comprehending and managing this risk is vital to your organization's success. Below we'll review how to manage your IT risks and what your options are.

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2019: Foldable Smartphones are Coming

2019: Foldable Smartphones are Coming

2018 included many rumors regarding foldable screens on mobile devices, but no manufacturer has created an OLED display flexible enough to fold in half… until now. In fact, there are numerous manufacturers out there that have committed themselves to producing foldable screens and devices in 2019.

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The History of Microsoft Word

The History of Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word has been one of the most popular software titles in the history of personal computing. Despite substantial competition, millions of people utilize it every day as their daily word processor. Let's take a look at the history of Microsoft Word, and how it became such a powerful and popular software title.

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How to Limit Your Notifications

How to Limit Your Notifications

A friend tells you a story about an app that is really fun or convenient so you download it. After you download and open it up, you receive a pop up asking if you want to allow notifications from that app. You click “yes” just to get to the application and sometime later, you are asleep or working and you get a notification from the company behind the app you downloaded. Then you get another one, and another, and since you’ve click “yes” on 25 little pop-ups, you are getting a constant flow of notifications that you could completely do without. Does this scenario sound familiar? Unfortunately, in our modern world, it probably does. 

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WARNING: Your Asus Laptop Could Be Infected With Malware

WARNING: Your Asus Laptop Could Be Infected With Malware

If you have an Asus laptop, there is a possibility that a recent update could have installed malware. We are strongly recommending anyone who owns an Asus device reach out to us to have it looked at.

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Is Your Business Prepared for a Disaster?

Is Your Business Prepared for a Disaster?

Business disasters come in different shapes and sizes, which makes it all the more critical that you take the time to prepare for any that your organization may be vulnerable to. This strategy needs to contain numerous considerations, based on the scenario at hand; there is no shortage of events that can lead to disaster in the business world.

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Be Careful with Virtual Assistants in Your Workplace

Be Careful with Virtual Assistants in Your Workplace

Virtual assistants offer a lot of promise as a productivity tool, so it's not surprising that they would begin to appear in the workplace. Alas, these devices have also gained a reputation as a security risk. Whether or not you’ve considered bringing virtual assistants into your organization, you need to prepare for their presence there.

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What Your Organization Can Do To Prevent Cyberattacks

What Your Organization Can Do To Prevent Cyberattacks

If you don’t think that your organization is under attack from the Internet, you’re likely to be running a company that will be decimated by a cyberattack. If you want to prevent this scenario from happening, you will have to be prepared to do what you can to keep your business secure. This entails following some strict rules and being intelligent about where and when to implement security checkpoints. Macro Systems looked at what modern cyberattack entails and what a company needs to do in order to keep the threats that are lurking around from having a marked effect on your organization.

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How to Enhance Your Windows 10 Speed

How to Enhance Your Windows 10 Speed

Windows 10 is a solid option for organizations that want to get the most out of their computers, but it can be a bit slow at times. Let's help your business get the most out of your Windows 10 PC and speed up certain tasks.

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A Look at Modern Healthcare IT

A Look at Modern Healthcare IT

The healthcare industry has been attempting to transition to digital for over a decade. While many practices have been able to successfully implement electronic health record (EHR) technologies, a full digital transformation has eluded many others. Today, providers are searching for ways to get measurable results with these newer technology implementations. Below is a look at the healthcare industry’s IT as it stands in early 2019.

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