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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.

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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Need Help Keeping Track of Your Technology?

Need Help Keeping Track of Your Technology?

Do you know when the last time your copier was serviced? Do you know if the software your business relies on has been updated and patched? If you have no idea about the answers to these questions, you may be staring disaster in the face. Below we discuss how you can ensure that your technology is managed and how you can keep your business from being jeopardized by a catastrophic operational issue. 

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Mobility These Days is Critical to Your Business

Mobility These Days is Critical to Your Business

If there’s one trend that is going to continue having a significant impact on a business’ technology, it’s mobility. People these days are doing more while mobile, having the technology to shop, manage their finances, and yes, work productively. Consider how a small business could leverage this mobility to its advantage.

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Why Your Business Needs an IT Strategy

Why Your Business Needs an IT Strategy

Many business owners comprehend the benefits that technology can have for a business, but just can’t bring themselves to commit to implementing that technology due to the cost, either in capital expenditures or the shift in operations. The fear of not being able to successfully integrate certain technology will inevitably hold your business back. Below we describe why it’s imperative to have a technology strategy, and how to stick to it. 

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How to Create a Successful Business Continuity Plan

How to Create a Successful Business Continuity Plan

Situations occur all the time to businesses that can place a lot of stress on their ability to sustain operations. These situations usually don't remediate themselves; every business needs a business continuity plan; and one-in-five don’t have one. Below we break down a successful plan into its components to try to give businesses that may not have a plan the basics required to establish one.

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Some New Innovations That Could Benefit Your Business

Some New Innovations That Could Benefit Your Business

Professional services include some of the oldest and newest professions in the world. Regardless of what kind of professional services business you operate, it is hard to continue to meet your client's needs without incorporating some technological changes. Moreover, there are new innovations that can help your business thrive. Listed below is a look at some of this technology to see if it could benefit your business.

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3 Technology Solutions that can Help Your Business

3 Technology Solutions that can Help Your Business

When the stay-at-home orders came down in March, no one was sure just how long precautionary measures would last. Now that a large percentage of the workforce is either out of work, just returning to work, or working remotely after nearly 100 days, it has proven to be one of the most challenging periods for businesses in contemporary business history. Listed below are three technology solutions that can fix some of your organization's issues in a time when there are plenty to fix.

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Adjustments Your Business Should Consider For Reopening

Adjustments Your Business Should Consider For Reopening

Businesses are in the process of reopening. While there are going to be growing pains and setbacks, this also provides an opportunity for these businesses to make many adjustments and improvements to their operations. As you resume your operations (or make the preparations to), it will help to do so with the support of modern technology and the processes it enables.

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A Minor Change That Can Increase Productivity

A Minor Change That Can Increase Productivity

If you were to look at any businesses' list of priorities, “productivity” could probably be found somewhere at the top. Current circumstances being what they are and many processes shifting as a result, this productivity is probably more of a challenge than usual. Any bit of saved time can enhance productivity, so this week’s tip focuses on a minor change you can make to accomplish this goal.

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What You Need to Know about Online Data Collection Practices

What You Need to Know about Online Data Collection Practices

It’s astonishing how much trust people have in Internet-based companies; they not only believe that these companies will fulfill their expectations, but that they will protect their most valuable and sensitive information. Listed below is a look at some of the data collection practices that companies use and what they do with that data. 

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Cloud Solutions that Can Save Your Business Money

Cloud Solutions that Can Save Your Business Money

The tools available for businesses to utilize have gained considerable benefits as technology has developed. The cloud, a particularly paradigm-shifting advancement, has provided businesses access to better solutions than ever before, and with the added bonus of making them easier to manage. Listed below are a few such solutions that many businesses are now embracing.

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How the Cloud Can Help Your Business

How the Cloud Can Help Your Business

For the last decade, cloud computing has grown fairly quickly, but with a new decade, and a dangerous virus that has people and businesses leaning on hosted computing solutions more now than ever, it seems like a good time to review the types of cloud options that are available, and how they offer value to businesses just like yours.

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How the Pandemic is Affecting Net Neutrality

How the Pandemic is Affecting Net Neutrality

The dark cloud cast by COVID-19 wouldn’t seem to have very much of a silver lining, but if you look very closely, there is the faintest one there. As more and more people are practicing self isolation, remote work has become a more pressing requirement. In response, many Internet service providers and mobile data carriers are putting changes in place that actually resemble net neutrality.

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