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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.

3 Things to Try Before Calling Your Help Desk

3 Things to Try Before Calling Your Help Desk

Sometimes technology just doesn’t perform how we need it to, an annoyance that leads most users to call the help desk for assistance. While this is certainly well and good, we thought we would share a few tips that you can use to save some time for both yourself and your help desk, hopefully leading to a faster and more efficient way of troubleshooting problems.

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4 Tips to Improve Your Social Media Security Practices

4 Tips to Improve Your Social Media Security Practices

Successful businesses and influencers utilize social media to great effect, no matter the service, but as with most accounts in a connected world, security is extremely critical and can influence your own use of social media. Listed below are some ways that you can keep yourself safe while using social media and how smart use of social media can improve the security of your business, too.

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Essential Best Practices for Your Business

Essential Best Practices for Your Business

Whenever your technology is involved in your business processes, it is imperative that you abide by best practices to see the most effective results. Listed below are the most effective practices that you should reinforce in your operations.

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How to Tell You May Need to Upgrade Your Device

How to Tell You May Need to Upgrade Your Device

We live in an era of upgrades. For example, how often do you upgrade your smartphone? Do you give the same care and attention to your business’ technology? Oftentimes users ignore the signs that it is time for an upgrade even when they are crystal clear, just saying to themselves, “I’ll get by just fine.”’ This is not the correct mentality. You need to be able to recognize when older devices are holding you back and take steps toward replacing them with better, more powerful ones.

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How Businesses Have Survived During the Pandemic

How Businesses Have Survived During the Pandemic

With productivity being a massively critical metric for every business, situations like the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic create a lot of fear and uncertainty, especially with businesses having to find new ways to go about doing things so that they can keep revenue coming in. Below is a look into how businesses have made it this far and how each element of a business has had to react to the ongoing crisis. 

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Explaining Virtual Machines

Explaining Virtual Machines

Many organizations have been in business for so long that they still utilize legacy applications for specific purposes within their computing infrastructure. There simply might not be a better option at the time, so they continue to rely on software that is, to be blunt, showing its age, including the server software that runs their business. Virtual machines offer these businesses the opportunity to still leverage these applications without the inherent risk that comes from using unsupported software.

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The Difference between Hard Disk Drives and Solid State Drives

The Difference between Hard Disk Drives and Solid State Drives

When you’re looking for some new technology, you have to sort through the options available to you to find what’s best for your use case. One of these decisions is what type of hard drives are installed in new workstations, laptops, and servers. Listed below are the two main types of hard drives and what they are good for. 

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Potential Cloud Migration Issues

Potential Cloud Migration Issues

When it comes to implementing new technology solutions, it’s easy to get distracted by all of the great possibilities and miss all of the challenges that it represents. The cloud especially represents countless chances to enhance operations and improve efficiency, but the side of this is that there are many issues that could arise during the cloud migration process. Consider some of these challenges and how Macro Systems can help you get around them.

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3 Ways IT Services can Enhance Your Business

3 Ways IT Services can Enhance Your Business

Efficiency is King in the business world. In order to reach optimal productivity, businesses are always looking to prevent operational issues, terminate unnecessary costs, and cut down on anything that keeps them from reaching their goals. Technology is a major tool in this effort, providing solutions that can increase productivity, automate processes, facilitate collaboration, and maintain critical systems. All of this and more can be done by working with a great IT services provider.

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Financial Challenges Your Business will have to Deal with

Financial Challenges Your Business will have to Deal with

Over the past year millions of businesses have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, it may not surprise you that you will have to adjust your budget to accommodate the massive amount of changes that we will see as everyday life begins to normalize. Listed below are some of the financial challenges your business is sure to have to deal with when social distancing is a distant memory.

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3 Ways Today's Businesses Implement the Cloud

3 Ways Today's Businesses Implement the Cloud

Whether you are just a fledgling small business just trying to get your feet off the ground or a larger-scale organization with a multitude of clients, one thing will always remain the same: in the modern business world, the cloud is king, and it has the potential to change the way that your business operates for the better. 

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Three Technology Tools a New Small Business Needs

Three Technology Tools a New Small Business Needs

Deciding to start a business is a big shift in a person’s life, but it can be extraordinarily rewarding. Regardless of what business you plan on opening, there are some technologies that can work to make your new business easier to manage and can help you transition into the world of entrepreneurship. Listed below are three technology tools the small business startup needs. 

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Modern Tools and Solutions that can Help Your Business

Modern Tools and Solutions that can Help Your Business

With every business having at least some revenue generation as a priority, it is critical that businesses comprehend how technology can help eliminate inefficiency via improved collaboration and productivity. Consider a few modern tools and solutions that can help a business as it strives towards its goals.

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Data Recovery Strategies You'll Need if Disaster Strikes

Data Recovery Strategies You'll Need if Disaster Strikes

Most people are aware that data backup is critical, and when things go wrong, you’ll be glad your business has it. However, it’s not enough to have a copy of your data when you need to restore it, you’ll also need a recovery strategy. This is because getting your data back working for you is arguably as imperative as any other part of the process. Listed below is a look at data recovery strategies that will get your business back on track after a disaster.

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Testing Your Backup is Critical

Testing Your Backup is Critical

If there is one thing that you could take away from our blog it is that data backup is a critical part of any business continuity strategy. Alas, there are so many different parts to it that it’s not surprising some data could slip through the cracks if not maintained properly. If you’re not actively taking measures to keep disasters from derailing your business’ progress, you stand to lose more than some data. Below is a look at some of the imperative parts of a data backup and disaster recovery process and why it is essential to give them a test regularly. 

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Some IT Changes Can Have a Negative Impact on Your Company

Some IT Changes Can Have a Negative Impact on Your Company

The past year have made some organizations look to adjust their operational strategies and look to technology deployments as a way to make these adjustments. However, If the deployments don’t go as planned, it can have a significant effect on business operations.

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How Going Paperless Can Save Your Business Money

How Going Paperless Can Save Your Business Money

Printing is costly. The charges come from nearly every direction: paper, ink, machines that seemingly always need some type of maintenance, the list of costs goes on and on. Some businesses, looking to get away from rising printing costs, and from paper files in general, are starting to do their best to eliminate printing and filing costs. Listed below is a brief look at how going paperless can save your business money in the long run.

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IT Trends for Small Business We Expect in 2021

IT Trends for Small Business We Expect in 2021

Small businesses are facing one of the toughest periods in decades. The COVID-19 pandemic and many other problems have made them change the way they approach operations, sales, and other aspects of their operations. They need to explore more strategies that can support customers who also have had to adapt. Listed below are a couple of the trends we expect to see in IT in 2021. 

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How Different Sizes of Businesses Utilize Social Media

How Different Sizes of Businesses Utilize Social Media

Social media has become culture-defining technology. The massive amounts of people that utilize the services each week, and the large amount of time people spend on these platforms, makes them critical resources for the lion’s share of businesses. The fact that the average user spends around two hours and 24 minutes per day perusing their social media gives businesses opportunities that weren’t available to them only a few short years ago. Listed below is a look at how different sizes of SMBs utilize this technology. 

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Cybercrime Continues to Increase Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

Cybercrime Continues to Increase Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

Over the past year, entrepreneurs have focused on how to do business amid the global COVID-19 pandemic. The public health crisis has been an opportunity for all kinds of cybercriminals, and the result has been an increase in losses (compared to the second-worst period on record) by over 50 percent. Below we consider the situation, and how it is, unfortunately, getting worse.

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