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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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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

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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Really, Really...

So it happened. The dreaded "aha" moment for one of our clients who didn't jump when we said jump and now they're paying for it. We've been working with this client for what seems like forever trying to get them to act on the needed server ...

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Good vs. Evil

In one of our early training classes here at FPA, we have a section called "Good vs. Evil".  In it we explore some of the more blatant differences between how we operate (Good) vs. how many of our competitors operate (Evil).  Things like - "being on ...

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5 Ways to Leverage Microsoft OneNote to Organize Your Life

After Outlook, Microsoft OneNote is the MVP of software applications.  I don’t simply mean that it’s second to Outlook in usage (although it certainly is for me), by this I do mean that it’s the Most Valuable Platform. And without a doubt, I’d have ...

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Apples and Oranges: Trusted Advisor vs. Salesman

I've been noticing a trend lately that, at its core, can really be reduced down to why we do what we do. Unfortunately, it seems that not everyone in our industry is about being a true Trusted Advisor. To our advantage, we're "stuck" competing in ...

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Is Your Data in the Cloud Really Yours?

As more and more companies look to the cloud to store their information, the era of being able to mindlessly click “OK” or “Agree” on the terms of usage may be over. When your information is stored on your network, you (or one of your IT minions) ...

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IT Factors for Los Angeles CPAs to Consider When Moving

Whether your Los Angeles CPA firm is moving to a new floor in your building (like we did) or across town, the key to making the move a success is investing significant amount of time ahead of time into careful planning. One of the first steps in the ...

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Cloudy with a Chance of Murkiness

When they came up with the word the "Cloud", I'm thinking they (whoever "they" are) were looking for a way to package this nebulous thing that would be accepted easily as opposed to something more appropriate - like the "Swamp" or the "Sandbox" or ...

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