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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.

Be Aware of the Inherent Security Risks of Smart Devices

Be Aware of the Inherent Security Risks of Smart Devices

There has recently been a general fascination with smart devices in the home and the office. These Internet of Things-powered appliances can help add to the convenience of rote tasks and other everyday activities, but is it actually a good idea to use them? Unless you’ve taken the proper precautions, maybe not.

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How Vendor Management Can Help Your Business

How Vendor Management Can Help Your Business

A lot of companies need to deal with many vendors in order to keep their doors open - enough that, at times, it might seem that the most time and energy is spent juggling these vendors. However, that doesn’t have to be the case, at least where your technology solutions are concerned. 

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A Look at Hosted Desktops

A Look at Hosted Desktops

As imperative as it is to keep your technology up-to-date, it can also be prohibitively costly to do so throughout your entire organization. If you have found yourself in this position, one option to consider is to resort to hosted desktop solutions. Listed below is a review of what a hosted desktop is, and how it can serve companies well.

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Tips to Better Secure Personal Information

Tips to Better Secure Personal Information

Personal information is very, very valuable, especially in this increasingly digital modern day and age. This makes it incredibly imperative that you are doing everything you can to protect it in your business, whether it is your own or belongs to somebody else. Listed below are a few tips to help you better protect the data you’re responsible for.

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A Closer Look at VoIP Capabilities

A Closer Look at VoIP Capabilities

Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) solutions famously provides businesses with some crucial cost savings. While this may be the extent of many people’s understanding of its value, VoIP has a significantly more to offer. Listed below are just a few of its benefits to provide insight into what makes VoIP such a great choice for modern organizations.

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How an Access Management Policy Can Help Your Business

How an Access Management Policy Can Help Your Business

As you manage your business, there is a lot that you’re going to have to oversee - including how much access your employees have to the data you have gathered and generated throughout your operations. An access management policy can help you to accomplish this. Listed below is a review of a critical features you need to include in your strategy.

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One of the Reasons They're Called "Managed Service Providers"

One of the Reasons They're Called "Managed Service Providers"

When was the last time your routers were updated? Not sure? How about your servers? What about other pieces of technology in your office?

Maintaining a business’ IT requires more than just running a virus scan every once and a while, or updating a critical program on each workstation. It requires an in-depth comprehension of each component and its history, assisted by the use of specialized tools and extensive record-keeping.

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The Value Managed Services Provides

The Value Managed Services Provides

Macro Systems is always trying to get our message out, sharing how our services can add value to just about any kind of business - including nonprofits and municipalities - seeing as just about every modern business relies on technology to some degree. We wanted to demonstrate below how that value can present itself through managed services.

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Three Types of Internal Communications that Affect Your Operations

Three Types of Internal Communications that Affect Your Operations

Businesses have various communications to manage, including their internal ones. For many businesses, this may be put on the back burner, as they prioritize their operational and sales-encouraging communications. On the other hand, internal communications are just as imperative. Listed below some of your options here, and how you need to use them.

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Tips on How to Best Utilize PDFs

Tips on How to Best Utilize PDFs

One of the most common file types you probably come across is the Portable Document Format file, simply known as a PDF. PDFs are so popular because they are the best way to save a document so that, regardless of the device it is viewed on, the file will always appear the same. Did you know that you can do more than just look at a PDF? Below are some tips on how you can make your PDFs work for you.

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Proper Communications can Enhance Your Business

Proper Communications can Enhance Your Business

If you were to search Google for “the most imperative thing for a business to be successful,” a wide range of answers appear, from team management, to sales skills, to relationship building, to decision making. On the other hand, among the vast majority of the results, there was one common thread: the ability to communicate. 

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Reminder: Windows 7 Retires January 14th!

Reminder: Windows 7 Retires January 14th!

Microsoft is retiring two of its most popular operating systems in just over a week; this shouldn’t be news at this point. Microsoft has frequently been reminding Windows 7 users that they need to upgrade before January 14 - including running a major campaign to do so - but there are still a quarter of all desktop users that haven’t upgraded yet.

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Don't Ignore Your Printers!

Don't Ignore Your Printers!

It’s not difficult to ignore the printers around your office... until they run out of toner/ink, or jam, or just disappear from your network for seemingly no reason. Okay, it’s actually very easy to ignore printers most of the time. Alas, business owners do tend to ignore their printers, and this can get really expensive over time.

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Three Emerging Technologies

Three Emerging Technologies

New technology can be exhilarating, but for any business, it can also be scary. Implementing technology that isn’t completely established is a serious gamble that could have a negative impact. However, sometimes early adoption of emerging technology will give a business just the boost it needs to blow past projections. Below is a look at three emerging technologies that the small to medium-sized business will have to consider in the near future.

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Upgrade to SSD For More Speed

Upgrade to SSD For More Speed

One of the most irritating modern things to deal with is a slow computer. There are a lot of factors that can slow a computer down: viruses and malware, too many applications running in the background, even time can seem to turn a relatively fast computer into a slow-as-molasses impediment to productivity.

If your computer is overall healthy but beginning to slow down, there is one simple upgrade that can help tremendously. 

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A Look at Windows 10’s Timeline

A Look at Windows 10’s Timeline

Microsoft Windows has been a staple of personal computing for almost 35 years. When Microsoft retires their Windows 7 OS in a few weeks, they will be left with only two PC OSs functional: Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. Below is a look at the Windows 10 OS and when to expect Microsoft to release a new OS.

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3 Options Once Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 are Extinct

3 Options Once Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 are Extinct

By the time you read this, Microsoft is shortly going to retire both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 operating systems; assuming that you are reading this before January 14. If you still are using these software in your business at this point, you need to upgrade, or else deal with the security consequences of dealing with unsupported software. We review your options below.

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A Christmas IT Story

A Christmas IT Story

Davis was looking at a business card while sitting at his desk. He watched the snow fall outside his window. He was the last person left in the office, as he usually was this time of year. He put down the business card, got up and walked over to the large pane of glass that was the only insulation from the harsh, cold wintery night. He placed his hand on the window and felt the bitter cold meet the palm of his hand. He stood there for a minute; maybe more than a minute. He began to cry. He was so angry at how things were going.

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How To Enhance Operational Effectiveness With Data Services

How To Enhance Operational Effectiveness With Data Services

Data has become a critical factor in what most businesses do every day. Even smaller businesses have begun to utilize their data for strategic purposes, and in doing so have begun a trend that has taken the world by storm. Let’s take a look at the data services that are designed to inform business owners and decision makers on how their business is actually working and how to enhance operational effectiveness.

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Four Helpful Technology Gift Ideas

Four Helpful Technology Gift Ideas

You probably need to purchase some helpful technology for loved ones or co-workers during the holiday. Below is a look at four gadgets that are sure to make even the biggest technophile smile.  

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