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IT Mistake #2: Using Consumer Grade Equipment to Run Business Class Tasks

Continuing on with the IT "Mistakes" I've seen in my travels...IT Mistake #2: Using Consumer Grade Equipment to Run Business Class Tasks Second to the "Set it and Forget it Mentality", we see this mistake in way too many new prospects (and some ...

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Just Because They Call Themselves an IT Service Provider...

Wow!  Just when I thought I'd seen it all, along comes another new client who had no idea how bad they had it.  While I may be dating myself, I feel like a broken record.  Every time we take on a new client, it seeems like the same old same old.  To ...

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You're Hired!

These are the two words every job candidate longs to hear. But are you really doing everything that it takes to ensure you get to hear them? In Jim Collins’ book "Good to Great", Jim talks a lot about "getting the right people on the bus". What he’s ...

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Mistake #1: Having a Set it and Forget it Mentality

IT Mistake #1: Having a Set it and Forget it Mentality

I was recently asked by a new prospect what I thought were some of the most important things to keep in mind when dealing with technology for a small business. Immediately, my mind went into a flurry of thoughts - from backup to security to over ...

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The Hardest Thing About Growing

As a trusted advisor, I'm often speaking with other business owners about their businesses - how they're leveraging technology, what the impact of a technology change will look like, when to upgrade, what to upgrade, how best to manage operational ...

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What it Takes to be a Best in Class IT Service Provider

What it Takes to be a Best In Class IT Service Provider

Most IT Service Providers don't even think twice about what it means to be "Best in Class", let alone what it takes. FPA's Vision Statement is "to build the preeminent IT services company in Los Angeles, distinguishing itself by forming meaningful ...

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What the Gooligan Hack Means to You

What the Gooligan Hack Means to You

A new Android malware, called "Gooligan", is responsible for what’s believed to be the biggest theft of Google accounts on record. The strain has infected as many as 1.3 million Android phones since August. This latest hack has compromised devices ...

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Key IT Factors for Los Angeles RIAs to Consider Before Moving

Whether your Los Angeles Investment Advisory firm is moving to a new floor within your building or across town, the key to making the move successful is in investing time into careful IT planning BEFORE the move starts. One of the first steps in the ...

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Like a Weed - The Hidden Cost of IT

How often have you ripped out a weed only to find it growing back a week later? Annoying, isn't it? As I'm sure some of you know, it's not because of any magical thing that's going on, but rather because the part we remove is only the part we see. ...

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IT as an Employee Benefit

IT as an Employee Benefit

Have you ever thought of your technology as an employee benefit? What I mean by this is I see clients spending tens of thousands of dollars on technology infrastructure, software, systems, and recurring software license fees all the time. Yet when I ...

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The SEC to Require Social Media Disclosures on Form ADV

The SEC to Require Social Media Disclosures on Form ADV

As we all know, Registered Investment Advisors have long been required to register with the Securities and Exchange Commission using the Form ADV. But starting next year, RIAs will have to address the latest requirement added - to report their use ...

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