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Most people think about gaming when they hear the terms virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). However they have grown far beyond the bounds of gaming. Many major technology companies, such as Google and HTC, have invested heavily in [...]Read More
Digital transformation is ongoing in a wide variety of industries, and healthcare is no exception. Small and medium organizations in the healthcare industry can expect to see market leaders implementing new ways to improve treatment outcomes, offer more flexible patient [...]
As IT systems age, they eventually become unreliable and unmaintainable. Organizations with a long history find themselves struggling with determining the optimal time to upgrade or replace them. The best way to figure out the most appropriate time is performing [...]
Cybersecurity has been an increasingly important issue in recent years, and that isn’t going to change any time soon. As 2020 begins, businesses of all sizes will need to take stock of the changing cyber threat landscape and secure their [...]
In 2020 and beyond, we're likely to see two things: further maturation of existing technology trends and the arrival of faster communication technology. As technologies mature, they'll become available to a wider audience, and as communication technology improves, these new [...]
Vulnerability testing, also known as penetration testing, is an integral part of any serious security plan.It's a real-world test of an organization's network security measures, and can be vital to reveal an existing system's weaknesses.In this article we cover what [...]
Digital transformation has become a common buzzword used to describe business adoption of today's new information technologies like cloud computing and mobile applications.The term is so overused that it's difficult to discern what it exactly means besides simply modernizing an [...]
IT costs can be found in pretty much every area of a company’s operations.Instead of only trying to reduce these costs, SMBs can also find more effective ways of utilizing IT spending, with the goal of making a real impact [...]
Migrating to Office 365 from other platforms is a relatively easy process.The downside is that it can take a tremendous amount of time, and may even result in extended downtime if unforeseen issues arise.To help business organizations considering migrating to [...]
Microsoft is ending support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 on January 14, 2020.Although they can still be used after that date, end of support means three essential services from Microsoft will stop: technical support, updates, and security fixes.Therefore, [...]
According to the Better Business Bureau, almost half of all Canadian SMBs have been victimized by a cyberattack and 71% have experienced a data breach.Some make the mistake of believing that an attack won’t happen at their company. Others put [...]
Whether it’s a system failure, network outage or a cyberattack, businesses today cannot risk down time, in particular, those in the SMB sector.As a result, an estimated 39% of SMBs now use managed IT services.Here’s a look at the five [...]
Cyber liability insurance, an insurance product which protects businesses against the financial risks of cyber attacks, has become a hot topic among large enterprises and even medium to small businesses.Whereas large enterprises may be able to recover from a large [...]
As the various cloud platforms have matured over the past few years, organizations planning to move applications to the cloud are faced with the difficult decision of whether to go with a private or a public cloud solution.In this article [...]
When network connections slow to a crawl in today's internet-dependent workplace, it can severely impact productivity.The longer these issues go unchecked the greater the impact on the business.However, it can be a challenge to find the real culprit behind the [...]
Small businesses have become a target of choice for cyberattacks because of their relatively lax cybersecurity.The good news is there are common-sense defenses that small businesses can put in place to reduce their security risks.In this article, we'll cover the [...]
The advent of cloud software as a service (SaaS) applications such as Microsoft Office 365 led many to believe that regular data backups were no longer necessary.While it’s true that the cloud implements a distributed server network which can be [...]
Getting the assistance of an office IT relocation service provider when planning an office move is always a good idea.They specialize in moving IT equipment and infrastructure while minimizing downtime and lost productivity.However, to ensure a seamless migration, it’s imperative [...]
On Wednesday, May 29th 2019, Outsource IT had the great pleasure of organizing a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) night out event for students of Grades 3 to 5 at the Corsair Public School in Mississauga...
After nearly 10 years and 2 major Windows releases, there are still millions of computers running Windows 7. However, after January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide bugfixes and updates to these computers. Organizations hoping to avoid any potential [...]
Migrating to the Microsoft Azure Cloud can be very rewarding.However, cloud migration presents several challenges that may hold back many organizations from taking the leap.In this article we discuss the 4 most common challenges and how to overcome them.
Highly successful IT leaders possess important characteristics which separate them from their peers and enable them to be the best at what they do. In this article we discuss 5 of those key characteristics which the best IT leaders have [...]
Knowing when the IT systems or software applications in a business organization have become more of a burden than an asset is often difficult.Staff adapt to the systems which they use every day, making it hard to detect the signs. [...]
Artificial intelligence (AI) is everywhere. It's no longer science fiction. Every home and business has some type of AI designed to help simplify common tasks. To remain competitive, business organizations may need to explore additional ways that AI can improve their daily [...]
Automation has been proven to help streamline the way healthcare organizations deal with patients, and improve average quality of care. As a result, more and more medical facilities, clinics and hospitals are implementing automation into their practices. In fact, according [...]
Hiring a Managed IT Services Provider may be the most cost-effective way to ensure the IT needs of the organization are met. However, before making the decision to move forward, it’s imperative that these 5 questions are asked and answered, [...]
While many industries are still waiting to determine the potential return on investment in adopting IoT, the transportation and logistics industries are reaping benefits. In this article we discuss the different areas where IoT is making significant contributions to productivity [...]
Each year, a growing number of businesses become victims of malware, viruses, and other cybersecurity threats. This article discusses the 4 biggest cybersecurity threats in 2019. By understanding how these threats work, and how to avoid them, an organization may [...]
58% of SMBs don’t have strategies in place to prevent data loss. That is shocking since 60% of SMBs shutdown within six months of losing their data. Considering how critical surviving a data loss incident is to business continuity, we've [...]
Employees are the most important component in an organization's IT security. However, even though 49% of employees know that they play an important role in the cyber security of their organization, only 12% are aware of their company’s IT security [...]
Office 365 is now the most used enterprise cloud service, with a market share that keeps growing as more organizations migrate to the cloud. With so many organizations using the cloud, data security is the number one concern. To address [...]
Of all the dangerous phishing attacks perpetrated by hackers, business email compromise (BEC) attacks might be the most troublesome for businesses. These attacks are extremely difficult to detect and have the potential of incurring millions in losses. Learn how to [...]
Amidst all the panic over malware and trojans many businesses still fail to protect themselves from an equally dangerous threat… data breaches from their employees. In this article we explain how to prevent this threat and reduce the financial impact [...]
While outsourcing your IT department is very rewarding, handing over the reigns can seem daunting at first. Here are a few things you can quarterback during the negotiation and implementation phases that will help you ensure that you are not [...]
Are you thinking about outsourcing your IT support to a Managed IT Services Provider (MSP)? This article will help you calculate the ROI of using an MSP vs doing it in house.
In this article we discuss the kinds of disasters your business may face and provide some proven strategies for avoiding and preventing them.
Learn how to formulate great SLAs and guide your discussions with your MSP to ensure you are getting the best support possible.
Choosing a MSP can be tricky. There are number of avoidable mistakes that businesses tend to make during the process. Here are the 10 most common and some advice on how to avoid making them.
Outsource IT’s Christopher Brooks Selected for Varnex Advisory Council We’re excited to announce that Christopher Brooks, a management team member at Outsource IT, has been accepted as a member of the Varnex Advisory Council. Varnex is a Synnex peer-to-peer community [...]
The Benefits of Sit Stand Desks The risks of a highly sedentary lifestyle are well understood. Increased risk of diseases, back pain, joint pain, and weight management concerns are just some of the consequences of sitting for too long each [...]
The Benefits of Using Headsets in the Workplace An office full of employees wearing headsets brings to mind an image of a busy call centre, an insurance broker, or a telemarketing office. We don’t often picture a marketing office, a [...]
Microsoft Surface Book 2: More Than Just Competitive This holiday season has seen the release of some fantastic technology across the IT industry. One of the most impressive of these is the Microsoft Surface Book 2, released in Canada in [...]
2017 Varnex Spirit Award Awarded to Outsource IT This month, Outsource IT attended the Varnex International IT Conference in San Diego. Outsource IT regularly attends Varnex conferences to gain insight into new technologies and develop service partner relationships. This year, [...]
IT Solutions for Not-For-Profits and Charities Not-for-profits and charities face unique challenges in finding technology solutions to support their organizations. Relying on grants and donations to run an organization can often mean an unsteady stream of income and an unpredictable [...]
Outsource IT and Our Partnership Network At Outsource IT, we pride ourselves on being a unique IT support organization. Our partnerships and connections, such as our Microsoft Managed Partner designation, give us exclusive access to equipment, solutions, and technology to [...]
How Can You Use Multiple Displays to Increase Productivity? Did you know that using multiple displays at work can boost employee productivity 20-30%? While we traditionally think of dual monitors as something only graphic designers need, they can help increase [...]
How to Protect Yourself from Malware & Prevent Infection Recently it seems like the threat of viruses, malware, and ransomware is greater than ever before. Large-scale attacks are in the news, scams online are more difficult to discern, and there [...]
Benefits of Barracuda Essentials for Office 365 Barracuda Essentials for Office 365 is an advanced service that works with Microsoft Office 365 to provide Canadian cloud backup, enhanced email security, and archiving services. It complements the basic security features provided [...]
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Notebook 5th Gen: Ultralight, Powerful, and Professional The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon notebooks have always been known as the elite line of ultrabooks. With the release of the 5th generation earlier this year, the corporate business world [...]
Leaked NSA Malware Poses Massive Risk to Organizations Earlier this week, the tech world was rocked by the release of a cache of malware and software released to the general public that poses an immense security risk to organizations across [...]
Outsource IT & Types of Microsoft Partnerships As one of the largest technology providers in the world, Microsoft works with IT, data management, and service providers to offer access to their products, services, and support. Microsoft offers a large partnership [...]
Benefits of Leasing IT Equipment & Computers When you run a business, one of the most important decisions you have to make is to buy or lease your IT and computer equipment. Both buying and leasing IT equipment have their [...]
Why You Need a Next-Generation Firewall Next-Generation Firewalls (also known as NextGen Firewalls or NGFWs for short) are available as a security and protection upgrade from traditional firewalls. They are smarter hardware or software based network security systems that can detect and [...]
Last summer, Windows released the last of its numbered operating systems: Windows 10. It boasts a number of upgrades, fixes, and new features to take the user experience to the next level. The upgrade to Windows 10 is free for [...]
IT operations are the lifeblood of any company’s success and an operating expense that is most often second only to payroll. During a decade and a half in the industry we’ve witnessed Seismic changes that have drastically affected the way [...]