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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.

Cloud Migration Tips

Cloud Migration Tips

The cloud is a good business tool and resource, enabling businesses to offset a lot of their IT workload onto these providers. If you haven’t migrated some or all of your organization's technology to take advantage of the cloud, it is certainly something to consider.

If you’re already considering it, listed below are a few tips to help make the process more effective for you.

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Automation can Benefit Your Business

Automation can Benefit Your Business

One of the primary ways that today's companies work to improve efficiency is to ease the workloads that their employees have to contend with through automation. Automating certain processes frees up the time these processes would otherwise take to devote to revenue generation. This approach has worked for decades, and modern businesses have access to more automation-focused technology than ever.

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Explaining Automation

Explaining Automation

Automation has been a business buzzword for a while now and was a vital factor for many businesses remaining open through the COVID-19 pandemic. Today it seems like there’s no reason for it not to remain in use from this point on. Listed below are a few ways that automation can and likely will be utilized moving forward.

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How to Enhance Your Organization’s Collaboration

How to Enhance Your Organization’s Collaboration

Collaboration is not just nice, it is the only way many businesses can afford to keep the lights on. Comprehending that truth makes it critical to find the best strategies and technologies to support your staff’s collaborative endeavors. Listed below is a look at a few options to help enhance your business’ collaboration. 

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4 Strategies for Improving Your Productivity

4 Strategies for Improving Your Productivity

As a business owner, you have a lot on your plate. Thus, enhancing your productivity and streamlining how you spend your time while in the office is of paramount importance. With a simple four-step process, you can make your daily tasks so much easier to manage and, by extension, your business as a whole. Listed below are four tips that you can apply to your daily routine to improve your productivity during the workday.

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How to Enhance Organizational Productivity

How to Enhance Organizational Productivity

Every business is constantly looking for a way to enhance productivity, but it’s not always easy to find strategies that lead to higher yields and more profitability. Even the most sound strategy may take time to get going, and sometimes what seems to be a well-laid plan doesn’t come together. This month, we thought we would provide four tips on how to boost organizational productivity without many headaches. 

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Tips on Overcoming Distractions in the Workplace

Tips on Overcoming Distractions in the Workplace

Technology is such a great tool for productivity, but one thing that you need to comprehend is that it can't work miracles. At the end of the day, we are all still human; distractions creep in that technology cannot prevent. Some users struggle with staying focused, which leads to unproductive behaviors, all of which compounds to create wasted time and money. Listed below are some ways that your employees can overcome distractions in the workplace.

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Remote Monitoring and Maintenance can Help Your Business

Remote Monitoring and Maintenance can Help Your Business

It is undeniable that businesses have increasingly been relying more on technology. The past year has been especially digital as millions of people were working remotely, many who required some type of technology support. Let's discuss how businesses like ours were able to provide comprehensive IT support to so many people while they worked from home.

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A Look at Productivity during the Pandemic

A Look at Productivity during the Pandemic

Some people may say that operational efficiency and productivity are only measures of how well managers are able to manage. Make no mistake about it, productivity is critical to workers, too. When COVID-19 spurred lawmakers to create stay-at-home orders in March of 2020, the fear was that productivity would decrease so much that it would destroy society. This clearly didn’t happen, but there has been some ebb and flow of the productivity metrics since the beginning of the pandemic. Below is a look at productivity during COVID-19.

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How to Write Emails Faster with Gmail Templates

How to Write Emails Faster with Gmail Templates

With so much work time being spent involving email, and Gmail holding a 33.7 percent market share, it shouldn't be a surprise that many companies wouldn’t mind it if a little less time were spent in Gmail. As it happens, rewriting similar emails over and over again, one of the most irritating expenditures of your time, can be eliminated by creating Gmail templates.

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An Example of Managed Services Helping a Business In Need

An Example of Managed Services Helping a Business In Need

The holiday season is commonly known as a time off from work to spend with family, but for some, it’s the busiest time of the year. Let’s get to know one such individual for a moment, and what he’s learning can make his job, and his life, much, much easier.

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The Effects of Downtime on Your Business

The Effects of Downtime on Your Business

There are a lot of words that a business owner dread hearing. One of the worst has to be downtime; it signifies waste. Let's examine the effects of downtime and how to calculate the financial impact of a downtime event.

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One of Microsoft Word's Time-Saving Capabilities

One of Microsoft Word's Time-Saving Capabilities

Microsoft Word has lots of time-saving capabilities. For example, did you know that you can paste the same text across numerous documents? This makes it simple to replicate text without having to fix it each time, and to make changes everywhere the text appears all at once. Listed below is how to do so.

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How to Avoid Spending Too Much Time on Your Email

How to Avoid Spending Too Much Time on Your Email

While email is an incredibly convenient tool, it can quickly become a time-drain if finding the right messages to read and respond to becomes an overbearing responsibility. Luckily, there is a simple solution to remedy this that, after spending some time learning about the full capabilities of your email platform, can once again make your email the convenient tool it is was designed to be.

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How Collaboration Solutions can Help Your Business

How Collaboration Solutions can Help Your Business

The advancements in technology directly contributes to the amount of productivity a business sees. This is evident is in the way in which businesses utilize collaboration tools to move business forward. Below is a brief look at what exactly we mean by collaboration tools and how they benefit the businesses that use them. 

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3 Time Management Tips

3 Time Management Tips

You can make more money, but you can’t make more time. Making the most of your time at work isn’t necessarily easy. There are all kinds of unanticipated distractions that take up a lot of time, so you should know what works to help you get the most out of the time you do have. Listed below are three tips that will help you manage your time more effectively.

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Should Your Employees Still Work Remotely After COVID-19?

Should Your Employees Still Work Remotely After COVID-19?

One thing that the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us is that a worker's environment may not have as big of an effect on productivity as we once thought. However, many businesses that were forced to disperse their workforces as stay-at-home orders were put in place, have seen their overall productivity drop by about one percent, depending on who you ask, which considering all the variables is a win for any business that needed to go that route. Some employees are so much more productive than they are at the office that now that many businesses can reopen, there is a decision to be made. Discussed below is how imperative your productivity figures are to your business and how it may have an effect on your management style moving forward.

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Practices for Effectively Assigning Team Tasks

Practices for Effectively Assigning Team Tasks

With so many tasks to be accomplished each day, it helps to have all the information required to complete these tasks. If a task has no context assigned to it or no insight into how to approach it, productivity and morale are going to suffer. To circumvent this, you need to properly task out your team’s goals. Listed below are some practices to help.

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Is Your Network Being Properly Managed?

Is Your Network Being Properly Managed?

Businesses rely on their networks to successfully complete the tasks they need to accomplish; it's imperative that the networks you rely on are properly managed. Listed below are a few tips and best practices that can help you ensure that your network is being properly maintained. 

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How Ergonomics Can Help You Remotely Work More Effectively

How Ergonomics Can Help You Remotely Work More Effectively

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, many businesses are maintaining their operations by enabling remote work. While we normally focus on how you should properly take care of your technology, we wanted to shift our focus momentarily to the people using this technology, and how they can do so more safely.

To do so, we have to consider ergonomics.

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