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What Is a Managed Service Provider and How Can It Benefit Your Small Business?

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Managing your business’ IT can be a time-consuming, full-time job that hampers productivity.

A managed service provider (MSP) manages a business’ IT infrastructure remotely, while maintaining ongoing support of all hardware and software.

How can an MSP benefit your small business?

  • Managed service providers tend to charge a flat monthly fee for ongoing maintenance instead of a one-time transaction, ensuring you receive monthly support and financial flexibility.
  • MSPs often offer a service-level agreement that affirms the performance and quality expected of the MSP, reassuring you and establishing trust.
  • To improve efficiency and keep costs low, many MSPs use remote monitoring and management (RMM) software to check your business’ IT functions.
  • MSPs attend to everything, increasing your business’ productivity and eliminating the need for you to deal with frustrating IT disasters.

IntelliSupport provides customized, desktop-to-cloud IT infrastructure management, from network consulting to complete help desk technical support for:

  • Desktop systems
  • Physical networks
  • Virtual networks
  • All network elements (such as servers, routers, switches, and wireless access points)

And our hassle-free, fixed-rate monthly service contract option allows you to choose the specific services you need each month.

Contact IntelliSyn today to learn more about the advantages of working with a managed service provider.

Top Cloud Tools for Your Small Business

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When it comes to the cloud, knowing which of the many tools are most effective for business productivity can be intimidating.

Choosing the top ones, in terms of efficiency and cost effectiveness, can greatly improve the way your business operates.

Take a look at these top cloud tools for your small business:

  • Cloud Phone: For small businesses whose employees use their personal cellphones as their main line of communication, Cloud Phone allows for a more formal business image by providing a local phone number — with the option for employee extensions — that connects to the user’s cellphone.
  • WePay: Small-business owners can use this cloud-based tool to design a platform that accesses accounts, accepts payments, and makes withdrawals easily, all while being tailored to your business’ unique preferences.
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud: This tool allows users to access its sales platform from any desktop or mobile device, making closing deals simple anywhere.

IntelliSyn offers desktop-to-cloud design and deployment of public, private, or hybrid cloud networks. All our cloud networking solutions are backed by complete network administration, maintenance, and reporting that simplifies network, data, and application management.

And, our cloud networking solutions are designed to ensure all your business data is accessible by employees, partners, suppliers, and customers whenever they need it, from wherever they are.

Contact IntelliSyn today to learn more about the cloud and how it benefits your business.

IntelliSyn Survey Raises $250 for CHEO!

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In early June, IntelliSyn launched a survey about the IT industry and IntelliSyn’s role in it. With each completed survey, IntelliSyn promised to donate $5.00 to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

Our survey process is complete and we received a great response, which has allowed us to make a donation of $250.00 to CHEO.

The survey asked participants to answer 10 simple questions, with the answers giving IntelliSyn insight into how the market views the IT industry.

One of the questions addressed the recent launch of IntelliShare, a customizable, managed enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) for secure access to business data from anywhere.

Participants who completed the survey were entered into a draw to win one of five $100.00 Amazon or Apple gift cards. The five winners were announced on June 6, 2017.

IntelliSyn would like to thank all of the participants who completed the survey. Your feedback is greatly valued.

Cloud File Sharing: Not a Computer Wiz? Don’t Worry!

Cloud File Sharing: Not a Computer Wiz? Don’t Worry!

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Switching from local file storage to cloud file sharing isn’t as daunting as it may seem.

Cloud computing is more efficient than the outdated method of storing files on local equipment.

Consider taking advantage of the simplicity of cloud file sharing for your business:

  • Ease of use: Cloud file sharing is as easy as creating an account, pressing a few buttons, and sharing files instantly. The process of setting up equipment, protecting files, and saving, transferring, and sharing your files is simplified.
  • No equipment needed: There is no need to buy storage equipment as file sharing occurs over one cloud network on the internet.
  • Quick installation: Installation is as simple as downloading a cloud storage app and setting up an account. There is no lengthy equipment or software installation process.

IntelliSyn simplifies the file sync and share process with IntelliShare. This completely managed service is hosted in IntelliSyn’s secure cloud environment and customized to fit your unique business needs. IntelliShare enables secure access to business data from anywhere.

Contact IntelliSyn today to get all the cloud file sharing benefits IntelliShare offers.

Why Every Small Business Should Leverage Cloud File Syncing and Sharing

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Cloud-based file syncing and sharing is becoming the go-to method of storing, accessing, and exchanging files for all sizes of businesses, especially small. It’s fast, convenient, and simple.

Consider these benefits of cloud-based file syncing and sharing for your business:

  • Accessibility: Cloud-based file syncing and sharing is much easier than storing, accessing, and sharing files on local storage devices because all files are stored on the same cloud network, which can be accessed from anywhere.
  • Time efficiency: The cloud eliminates the time needed to set up, save, and transfer files by easily collecting everything in one place with minimal effort, preventing business disruption.
  • Recovery: There is no need to worry about lost or corrupted files with the cloud. Most cloud computing providers offer backup options for all files that have been stored on the cloud, saving you time and stress.
  • Cost reduction: Because files are stored and shared over the internet on a central cloud-based server, there is no need to purchase storage equipment, lowering business costs.

IntelliShare provides customizable, managed enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) for secure access to business data from anywhere. Increase productivity and improve collaboration with IntelliShare. This customizable, managed EFSS solution provides better performance and more control over file syncing and sharing compared to competitive cloud storage offerings.

Contact IntelliSyn today to get all the cloud-sharing benefits IntelliShare offers.

IntelliSyn Launches IntelliShare

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File syncing and sharing just got a whole lot easier with the launch of IntelliShare, IntelliSyn’s new file sync and share offering.

IntelliShare is a customizable, managed enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) solution that provides better performance and more control over file syncing and sharing compared to competitive cloud storage offerings. It enables secure, unrestricted access to business data from anywhere, so your employees can be more responsive to customers and more productive.

With IntelliShare, you will increase productivity and improve collaboration. It is engineered for:

  • Enterprise-grade file sync and share
  • Desktop and server backup
  • Disaster recovery

And it is hosted in IntelliSyn’s secure cloud environment and customized to fit your unique business needs.

Contact IntelliSyn today to learn how IntelliShare can improve your business processes and to explore custom pricing options.

Five Ways to Boost Your Small Business’ Cybersecurity

Five Ways to Boost Your Small Business’ Cybersecurity

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Cyberthreats are on the rise and your business should protect itself from the inevitable risks a lack of cybersecurity carries.

Implementing effective cybersecurity measures for your business ensures the protection of sensitive data and the elimination of threats that could affect business productivity.

Consider these five efficient and cost-effective ways to increase your business’ cybersecurity:

  1. Activate a network firewall for your internet connection: Enable a firewall to prevent outsiders from accessing data on your private network.
  2. Make backup copies of important data and information: Always conduct regular backups of all data and computers to keep your business’ data safe in the event accidental deletions or unforeseen disasters.
  3. Secure Wi-Fi networks: Make sure your Wi-Fi networks are hidden and secure through encryption.
  4. Employ strong passwords: Password protect everything, or consider a multi-factor authentication process for extremely sensitive data.
  5. Train employees in security principles: Set up and teach security policies and practices to employees, such as appropriate guidelines for internet use and data access to prevent system and data corruption.

IntelliSyn addresses all cybersecurity requirements with IntelliSecure, which includes managed firewall, data backup and protection, and managed VPN services tailored to your unique business environment.

Contact IntelliSyn today to learn how to best protect your business against cyberthreats.

What Is an IT Audit and Does Your Business Need One?

What Is an IT Audit and Does Your Business Need One?

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Inefficient IT infrastructures increase the risk of losing valuable business data, external breaches or, in the worst-case scenario, the disclosure of sensitive data to the public.

An IT audit is an examination of the management controls within an information technology infrastructure. It is the best way to ensure that your business’ IT is secure and running efficiently.

But, does your business need it?

Yes. Every business should schedule regular IT audits. It is essential for all businesses — no matter the size — because it will help determine if any steps need to be taken to ensure IT safety and business productivity.

Information technology audits determine whether the IT controls that are in place are protecting data assets, ensuring data integrity, and are aligned with overall business goals. Without an IT audit, you’ll never know if your business’ IT infrastructure is optimized for your work environment and running at peak efficiency.

And it’s extremely easy and cost effective to get one done.

Information is power. Contact IntelliSyn today to get an IT audit and take the first step towards getting the information you need to protect your business and your data.

Why a Hardwired Internet Connection Is Sometimes Better Than Wi-Fi

Why a Hardwired Internet Connection Is Sometimes Better Than Wi-Fi

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While Wi-Fi has become an efficient way to connect multiple devices to the same network — without all those pesky wires — there are still advantages to hardwiring your business’ internet connection.

An Ethernet cable connection offers three distinct advantages over Wi-Fi:

  1. Speed: Although Wi-Fi has become significantly faster over the last few years, a hardwired connection is still the fastest and most direct link to a network. It’s the best way to get the speed you need to access information and multimedia services. Wi-Fi isn’t as direct and it’s slower.
  2. Safety: A hardwired network connection is a lot safer than a Wi-Fi connection. With today’s advanced tools, hackers can get access to a Wi-Fi network easily. A hardwired connection is much harder to access and hack.
  3. Interference: By its very nature, a Wi-Fi link is far more likely to be affected by interference than a hardwired connection. Neighboring networks operating in the same frequency and other devices using Wi-Fi can affect the performance of a Wi-Fi connection. A hardwired connection is free from this interference and is able to connect seamlessly.

Quick tip: If your business does have Wi-Fi, ensure the router is configured as a private access point so it doesn’t broadcast its existence to the world. This way, you significantly reduce the likelihood that an unwanted snooper will hop on your Wi-Fi network. Guests and employees can still access the router manually.

Contact IntelliSyn today to learn more about whether a hardwired or Wi-Fi internet connection is the best for your business.

What Is SaaS and How Does It Benefit Your Business?

What Is SaaS and How Does It Benefit Your Business?

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One of the latest buzzwords in IT is SaaS. But what is it and do you need it?

SaaS is the acronym for Software as a Service. It is a software distribution model where a third-party provider hosts applications over the internet and makes them available to customers through a service model rather than a one-time purchase model.

With SaaS, the expense of hardware acquisition, provisioning, maintenance, software licensing, installation, and support is completely eliminated. Businesses don’t need to install or run applications on their own computers/data centers or worry about application upgrades and upkeep.

The benefits of switching to a managed service provider (MSP) that offers its products/services through a SaaS model include:

  • Flexible payments: The SaaS model is built on monthly payment structures rather than one-time purchases of the software needed to enable business processes.
  • Scalable usage: SaaS offers high scalability, which gives customers the option to increase or decrease the number of services they want to access. Best of all, businesses are never trapped with physical products that they can’t upgrade or return.
  • Automatic updates: With a SaaS model, the MSP automatically performs necessary updates and patch management of all software. This frees businesses from the burden of purchasing software and managing the update process.
  • Accessibility: Businesses who opt for a SaaS model have more flexibility and can increase productivity. They are able to access SaaS applications over the internet from any internet-enabled device and location at any time.

Contact IntelliSyn today to learn more about how SaaS will benefit your business!