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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.

Three SaaS Applications that can Help Your Business

Three SaaS Applications that can Help Your Business

Software is a crucial part of any business’ toolset, and for small businesses, Software as a Service (SaaS) is the most cost-effective way to take advantage of it. The most profitable organizations in the world run on SaaS, and so too can your business. Let’s go over some of the most powerful solutions your company can implement in the realm of software and how they can benefit your success.

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How to Make Your Network VoIP-Friendly

How to Make Your Network VoIP-Friendly

We could go on and on about the advantages of using Voice over Internet Protocol (also known as VoIP) for your business telephone needs. That being said, it is imperative that you do everything you can to prepare your network for this kind of utilization. Listed below are a few tips to help make sure your network is properly optimized for VoIP.

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How Digital Signs Can Help Your Business

How Digital Signs Can Help Your Business

Research suggests that digital signage outperforms other forms of media in successfully capturing the attention of viewers. It also provides the flexibility to present diverse types of content within confined spaces. This results in enhanced engagement and an overall visibility of messages.

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How to Make and Edit a PDF File

How to Make and Edit a PDF File

PDF (Portable Document Format) is a type of file that business professionals are all too familiar with. While most are aware of and appreciative of this file type, they likely are not aware of some of the more fun and useful features afforded to them. Listed below are what PDFs are capable of, including how to make and edit them.

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Outsourcing Your IT Management Can Help Your Business

Outsourcing Your IT Management Can Help Your Business

Cost/Benefit is a term you hear a lot. It’s always used in conversations about potential investment and means something. Well, at least it should. One of the places that many people can gain benefits from their investments is by outsourcing some of their responsibilities to an outside vendor. This works especially well with IT management. Listed below is a look at why outsourcing your technology support and management is a good investment.

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Four Tips to Keep Your Tech Clean and Efficient

Four Tips to Keep Your Tech Clean and Efficient

From smartphones to laptops and everything in between, our devices are constantly exposed to dirt, dust, and germs. Keeping your technology clean ensures a longer lifespan for your devices and promotes a user’s health. Listed below are four practical tips to help you keep your technology clean and functioning at its best.

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How to Make the Best of Video Conferencing

How to Make the Best of Video Conferencing

Video conferencing has become more popular in recent years, due in no small part to the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced remote work on most businesses worldwide. However, businesses see the benefits of video conferencing, and it has now cemented itself as a go-to communications solution for all businesses. Listed below are some tips on how to make virtual meetings and video conferencing more productive and more engaging.

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World Backup Day Promotes Reliable Data Backup Practices

World Backup Day Promotes Reliable Data Backup Practices

Annually, on March 31st, World Backup Day serves as a dedicated reminder to highlight the vital role of regular data backups in ensuring the seamless flow of information. While this awareness day effectively emphasizes a foundational best practice, we strongly advocate for an ongoing commitment to the continuous maintenance and safeguarding of backups, extending well beyond the confines of a single day.

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Your Business Need to Use a Surge Protector, Not a Power Strip

Your Business Need to Use a Surge Protector, Not a Power Strip

It’s easy to look at a power strip and a surge protector and question if there’s anything that actually makes them different. After all, they both give you extra plugs, right?

Yes, but there’s more to it than that. Listed below are some of the important differences between the two that make one a far better choice for your business’ power delivery needs.

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Benefits of Co-Managed IT

Benefits of Co-Managed IT

SMBs need to be able to navigate the complexities of IT, whether it’s with a completely outsourced IT department or an in-house team of technicians. That being said, if you are thinking of technology management in this black-and-white way, you are eliminating the potential for significant benefits via the use of co-managed IT.

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Foldable Technology

Advantages and Disadvantages of Foldable Technology

Foldable displays are an emerging trend in the technology industry, as they are quite unique in their form factor and capabilities. What is the real value of this tech, though? Who is it actually being marketed to, and what for? 

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Your Business Needs to Prioritize Staff IT Training

Your Business Needs to Prioritize Staff IT Training

For the IT administrator and the small business owner, it can be a bewildering experience when your organization comes under siege from employee-induced cyberthreats; especially if you, like many other organizations, have started prioritizing security training. Even if the threat is thwarted early and the effect on the business is negligible, it is critical that you trust the people who have access to your organization’s digital resources. Listed below are some of the reasons some of your staff take cybersecurity initiatives worse than others. 

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Steps for Implementing New Technology Solutions

Steps for Implementing New Technology Solutions

Businesses will often go into the process of self-improvement with unrealistic expectations for how much they can significantly improve their functionality. This simply is not true, and sometimes business owners need to realize that real change—the kind that yields real results—takes time. Fortunately, there are some actionable steps you can take to ensure that your business is moving in the right direction.

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Technology that can Help Small Businesses

Technology that can Help Small Businesses

Technology can add a lot of value for businesses, but sometimes it can be difficult to nail down exactly what can make a business run optimally. There are a lot of options, but that also means that there are a lot of things that can potentially go wrong. Listed below is a look at some of the technology that small businesses are using to support the new workplace and create better opportunities. 

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How to Avoid Tech Neck

How to Avoid Tech Neck

The strain on people’s bodies isn’t always taken seriously enough when someone works at a computer. Still, many official studies suggest that desk jobs can have a radical and rather negative effect on the health of individuals. One common ailment is what is called “tech neck.” Tech neck is a term that describes neck pain and damage stemming from looking down at computers or mobile devices for prolonged periods. To avoid tech neck, you can follow these helpful tips listed below.

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How to Dock your Laptop while Keeping it Closed

How to Dock your Laptop while Keeping it Closed

The laptop is an excellent piece of office equipment because of its portability and its power to meet the needs of most of today’s workforce. However, when in the office, many prefer the much larger screens that are more typical of the traditional desktop. Let’s talk about how you can get the best of both worlds by plugging your laptop into a set of peripherals and using it while it's closed—effectively turning it into a PC’s tower.

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Explaining Database Management System and it's Critical Role in Your Operations

Explaining Database Management System and it's Critical Role in Your Operations

The importance of databases in the context of an average business may be understated: they serve as an indispensable tool for ensuring smooth operations. An efficient Database Management System (DBMS) is actually more imperative than you may realize. Listed below is a look at the DBMS and its pivotal role in elevating your business operations.

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How to Create a Risk Mitigation Strategy

How to Create a Risk Mitigation Strategy

It’s an unfortunate fact that all businesses will inherently face some type of threats during their operations; that’s inevitable. From cyberattacks to natural disasters to good, old-fashioned accidents, you’re liable to face no small risk. This risk makes a process known as risk mitigation so imperative for all businesses to undergo with some regularity.

Listed below are the aspects of creating and maintaining a dependable risk mitigation strategy.

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Alas, Scams Are Routine Now

Alas, Scams Are Routine Now

The constant fear of falling victim to scams has become a harsh reality and is far from ideal. That being said, the good news is that there is always time to acquire the skills needed to avoid such scams. Listed below are ways to enhance awareness regarding the challenges posed by scams, not only in a business context but also in everyday life.

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When Insurance Companies Ask Your Business About Its Cybersecurity

When Insurance Companies Ask Your Business About Its Cybersecurity

You might have noticed that business insurance companies are starting to show an interest in how you are protecting your technology and data. If your org has been in touch with your insurance provider regarding modifying or renewing your business insurance, you were likely handed a lengthy questionnaire about your cybersecurity. Let’s take a look together to help you make informed decisions on how to handle your IT and how to prevent your insurance costs from skyrocketing.

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