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

What Exactly is Software as a Service?

What Exactly is Software as a Service?

Because the public cloud has amassed around $150 billion in annual revenues, the software as a service model has grown significantly. In fact, it’s grown by approximately 20 percent a year for the past five years. The public cloud currently houses over a third of all applications utilized worldwide, making it a tremendous contributor to the success of software as a service (SaaS). Has your business begun to take advantage of this phenomenon?

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A.R. Growth Presents Future Possibilities

A.R. Growth Presents Future Possibilities

Some may have heard the term augmented reality, but they'd be surprised to learn just how much augmented reality they already utilize in their life. For the majority of people who use a smartphone, A.R. applications (like a camera app) are already used heavily. Let's take a look at augmented reality and how it is going to be utilized in the future.

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BDR is the Premier Backup Solution

BDR is the Premier Backup Solution

With the numerous threats out there that can harm your business, it’s more important than ever before to think about what your business is doing to protect its data; and, by extension, its future. Depending on the current data backup solution your business utilizes, it might be time to consider a change for the better.

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"Mission Creep" and Potential Big Brother-like Ramifications

"Mission Creep" and Potential Big Brother-like Ramifications

While we do discuss ways to keep your business more secure, unfortunately, we also have to discuss how to keep yourself more secure against a business. Walmart recently filed a patent that could potentially be used to undermine the security of everyone there, from shoppers to employees. Let's dig into the jargon in the patent to give you a better look at the situation.

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5 Microsoft Word Capabilities You May Not Know About

5 Microsoft Word Capabilities You May Not Know About

Microsoft Office is one of the most well-known suite of software solutions currently available; Microsoft Word is probably being the first of the suite’s included programs to come to mind. However, despite it's popularity, it's fair to wonder whether most people know all of Word’s capabilities. Below we'll take a closer look at some of Word’s handiest, but relatively unknown, features.

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Mobile Device Management Can Help Your Business

Mobile Device Management Can Help Your Business

It's inevitable that employees will bring their mobile devices to work, even if the boss bans them. Instead of worrying about these workers wasting time during the day, try turning those devices to your advantage. There are more tools out there than ever before to not only add smartphones to your workflows, but to make them profitable and valuable for your business.

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Two Technology Upgrades That Won't Ruin Your Budget

Two Technology Upgrades That Won't Ruin Your Budget

The hunt for the best technology for your organization sometimes becomes problematic because you either don’t have the required capital or operational leeway to combine the latest and greatest solutions. For the business that needs an upgrade but isn't sure what the next move is, consulting with an IT professional like Macro Systems is a great option. 

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The New Smartphone You're Buying Probably Isn't Much Better Than Your Current Smartphone

The New Smartphone You're Buying Probably Isn't Much Better Than Your Current Smartphone

The difference in modern mobile devices and mobile devices from years before used to be astonishing, but in recent years, those differences have started to diminish. Manufacturers have started to roll out devices with only minor changes in power, but with excessive increases in cost. For the first time, in 4Q of 2017, the smartphone saw stagnation; we'll explain below.

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Microsoft OneNote Can Keep Your Business Organized

Microsoft OneNote Can Keep Your Business Organized

Microsoft OneNote is a very helpful application in the business world; it has a variety of features and capabilities to assist in keeping you and your employees organized. Below we'll review how OneNote could realistically serve as your project management tool. 

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Examining the terms Business Intelligence and Business Analysis

Examining the terms Business Intelligence and Business Analysis

There’s a significant difference between operating a smart business and making smart business decisions, although you could argue that one contributes to the other. More businesses than ever before are looking to their data to create better opportunities and make more intelligent decisions. Let's take a look at what the differences are between business intelligence and business analysis, as well as how they can contribute to your company's success.

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Google Chrome is Upgrading Its Security Notifications

Google Chrome is Upgrading Its Security Notifications

When you are browsing the internet, do you know if you are secure? Most of the time your browser will let you know when a site is secure or not. This is especially critical if you are putting in sensitive information, such as passwords or credit card numbers. Google Chrome is upgrading it’s game to keep users safe.

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What to Consider When Creating a Username

What to Consider When Creating a Username

When you sign up for a service online, you'll be asked to make a username and password. Here, let's clarify the purpose of a username and supply you with some best practices on how to create the best username possible for you.

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Why VoIP is a Recommended Choice for Businesses

Why VoIP is a Recommended Choice for Businesses

If you’re running your organization without considering communication, you’re crippling it. One of the ways that you can upgrade communications is by capitalizing on a modern phone system that utilizes the cloud. You may be surprised by how well a cloud-hosted VoIP solution works for your organization, especially if you haven’t thrown out the traditional telephone handset yet.

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Four Threats From Inside The Business You Have To Be Aware Of

Four Threats From Inside The Business You Have To Be Aware Of

Taking into consideration the leaks and vulnerabilities that have been brought to light over the past few years, network security is a critical priority for every organization. One problem many have is that while they are protecting their network and infrastructure from threats outside the business, there are real threats coming from the inside. Below we examine four ways threats can cause havoc from inside your business.

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Soon, Blockchain May Be Have the Capability to Protect Your Entire Identity

Soon, Blockchain May Be Have the Capability to Protect Your Entire Identity

Blockchain is one of the most recent and greatest developments to arrive in the computing industry. The spotlight is on Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ether, Dogecoin, and a few other cryptocurrencies that take advantage of the blockchain, but it’s important to realize that it’s not exclusive to cryptocurrencies. Blockchain has numerous great uses, with some of the most critical being cyber security, transparency, and privacy.

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Examining the term CPU

Examining the term CPU

A computer is a complex device and needs something to help it “think.” Because of this responsibility, the component that serves this purpose is perhaps one of the most important of all a computer’s pieces. Known as a CPU (or central processing unit), this tiny chip is essential to the computer’s function. Let's examine CPUs a little closer below.

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The Growing FinTech Market Explained

The Growing FinTech Market Explained

Cash needs to move in order for the economy to work. Traditionally, banks are the major lending institutions, and as a result have to cling to a variety of regulations. To provide an equitable system that people aren’t afraid to use, there are a lot of checks and balances that have put in place by the bank and regulators. Today, there is an increase of what are called marketplace lenders (MPLs) that are altering the way people and businesses can access capital and it is powered by what is referred to as FinTech, or financial technology. Below let's take a look at FinTech and how it is changing the way we manage, borrow, pay, see, and use money.

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Macro Systems Can Help Manage Your Organization's IT Health

Macro Systems Can Help Manage Your Organization's IT Health

Your critical business systems are malfunctioning and you don't know exactly what’s causing the problem. Luckily, you aren’t caught up in this alone. There are people that can help you, just like a doctor would help you if you were ill. Nonetheless, instead of calling your healthcare provider, you want to call a managed services provider, or 'MSP'.

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How to Edit a PDF Document with Microsoft Word

How to Edit a PDF Document with Microsoft Word

If you’re looking for an alternative PDF file-editing software, the newest version of Microsoft Word will suffice. Not everyone wants to make an Adobe Acrobat invesment; if don't either you can turn to the reliable all-purpose word processing software to edit your PDF files.

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As Technology Evolves, so does Cyberbullying

As Technology Evolves, so does Cyberbullying

As technology has progressed, so have our capabilities of using it. While this has led to significant improvements in how we can live, it has also made it much easier for us to distress and harass others. This is a big, growing problem, so it is critical to know how to take a stand against it, both at home, and in the workplace.

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