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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.

Business Continuity is Critical These Days

Business Continuity is Critical These Days

March 31st is World Backup Day, which makes it the ideal opportunity to share the benefits of having a comprehensive backup plan. Alas, the current COVID-19 pandemic and the resultant business interruptions make World Backup Day only too timely this year. Below we'll examine how these tough times make a business continuity strategy and data backup all the more critical to have.

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A List of Considerations When Moving Your Business

A List of Considerations When Moving Your Business

When you transition your business into a new workspace, it can be one of the most exciting times for both you and your staff. Of course it isn’t easy, however. Listed below is a short list of considerations that you should take in order to make this process go smoothly.

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What You Need To Know About Working From Home

What You Need To Know About Working From Home

Because of the coronavirus, many office workers are working remotely. For many, this can feel like a nice change of scenery, while others might have additional anxiety from it. Regardless of where you stand, working remotely can be both effective and productive, if done properly.

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Options for Storing Massive Data

Options for Storing Massive Data

Large data, or enormous data sets that can be utilized to make inferences and reveal patterns, has become an increasingly critical part of today's business and can be leveraged in many different ways. There are a few different options for storing this data available, which the use case for the data will dictate. Below we will evaluate whether a “data lake” or a “data warehouse” would better suit your needs.

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Computing Options for the Modern Business

Computing Options for the Modern Business

With technology becoming more and more imperative to the success of your organization, it becomes critical that your staff gets reliable technology that will effectively run the programs they need, while giving them the level of mobility their position demands. Listed below are a list of computing options that the modern business has when it’s looking to purchase computers for its staff.

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File Sync and Share is a Critical Resource for Businesses

File Sync and Share is a Critical Resource for Businesses

As the coronavirus outbreak continues creating global health concerns, Macro Systems wants to address how it could affect businesses that lack the preparations required to account for such an event. More specifically, we wanted to discuss why events like these add even more reasons that a file share and sync solution is a critical addition to your IT resources.

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How to Enhance Your Access Control

How to Enhance Your Access Control

There is no denying that a companies' security--specifically, its access control--is absolutely imperative to consider. Listed below are a few tips to help you enhance your business’ security via improvements to your access controls and their policies.

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What You Need To Know About Cloud Solutions Security

What You Need To Know About Cloud Solutions Security

All kinds of companies utilize cloud resources as a part of their IT infrastructure. It allows them to turn what was once a major capital expenditure into a controllable operating cost; and, it does it while offering solutions to almost any business problem. The one drawback that most IT professionals agree on is how to gain enough control over a cloud platform to ensure that the platform is secure. 

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An IT Medical Industry Vulnerability You Should Know About

An IT Medical Industry Vulnerability You Should Know About

Connected devices are undeniably convenient in the medical industry. Alas, recent news would suggest that connected devices should be avoided as the BlueKeep vulnerability is still able to attack medical systems… for an unfortunate reason. 

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How To Stop Google From Changing Words It Considers 'Wrong'

How To Stop Google From Changing Words It Considers 'Wrong'

Believe it or not, Google doesn’t know everything. For example, you may be trying to write up a document in Google Docs that Google doesn’t recognize. Maybe it’s one of your services that you’ve created a name for, or even the name of your company. The issue is that Google likes changing words it deems “wrong”. Listed below are tips on how to stop it from changing words you meant to use.

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How Automation is Changing Modern HR

How Automation is Changing Modern HR

Human resources are a part of almost any company; there are a lot of Is to dot and Ts to cross in any business. Some HR departments are better than others, but generally the HR department deals with most of the elements of the business that deal with, you guessed it, the human resources (employees). The modern HR landscape is changing as businesses are now looking to automation to handle much of the heavy lifting. 

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How to Properly Dispose of Old Computers

How to Properly Dispose of Old Computers

Time passes, and things grow old; this is especially true of technology, as new and better options are developed and released all the time. Sooner or later, you’re likely to need a new system… The only question left is how to get dispose of the old one.

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What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus in Relation to the Workplace

What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus in Relation to the Workplace

COVID-19, or coronavirus, has become a serious global health concern over the past couple of months. At this point, it is clear that this disease could have major impacts on the workplace. We wanted to offer a brief rundown of good workplace and network health practices, as well as a few pointers on how you can handle health-based employee absences.

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How to be More Productive with Your Smartphone

How to be More Productive with Your Smartphone

Today's smartphone has a ton of computing power, enough to be a dynamic tool for modern workers. However, it can also be a major distraction. Listed below are a couple tips that will help you be more productive with your smartphone. 

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The Difference Between Shutting Down and Restarting Your Computer

The Difference Between Shutting Down and Restarting Your Computer

You might be familiar with a situation where your technology is malfunctioning and someone says to you “Why don’t you turn it off and turn it back on?” What you have no way of knowing is that by turning it off and turning it back on, you aren’t getting the same result you would if you simply restarted the machine.

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Comprehending How Technology Affects C-Level Business Positions

Comprehending How Technology Affects C-Level Business Positions

CEO, business shorthand for Chief Executive Officer; it may be a title that you hold yourself. While the CEO of a company is obviously imperative, it is important to consider what other c-level roles should also be filled. As a technology-centric company, we often consider roles like the CIO, the CTO, and soon enough, the CDO to be just as critical. 

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Server Options for Smaller Companies

Server Options for Smaller Companies

Small Businesses don’t always have the financial resources (or the need) to purchase a server. Lots of small organizations will have a few workstations connected together via a wired or wireless Local Area Network (LAN), but when your business gets to a point where it needs more effective means of collaboration, running that LAN through a server can result in quite a few benefits. Below is a look at why a server-based LAN is an improvement and what your company’s server options are. 

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Steer Clear of These Types of Android Apps

Steer Clear of These Types of Android Apps

The Google Play Store has an expansive selection of applications available for users to download. Alas, just because they’re available to be downloaded doesn’t necessarily mean that they should be downloaded; in fact, many of these apps should be avoided. Listed below are a few categories of application that you shouldn’t download in the first place.

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A Brief History of the Device Society Can't Function Without

A Brief History of the Device Society Can't Function Without

Mobile devices are in the same boat as the Internet: they’ve only been around for a few decades, but demand for both is inexorable and continues to redefine the way people compute. Listed below is a brief history of the mobile device and how we’ve got to the point where society couldn’t function without them.

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How Blockchain Can Enhance Your Business

How Blockchain Can Enhance Your Business

Blockchain is one of the most powerful new technologies, but up until recently, there hasn’t been a lot accomplished in the way of creating viable distributed software titles. In reality, the most practical technology created with blockchain is cryptocurrency. This says quite a bit. Below is a look at blockchain-enhanced software and how it’s only a matter of time until it is a mainstream addition to most businesses.

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