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Expetec Technology Services has been serving the Troy area since 2005, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

As Technology Has Evolved. So Have Our Holiday Traditions

As Technology Has Evolved. So Have Our Holiday Traditions

Merry Christmas! We know that for the small business owner, even on Christmas day, business doesn’t completely stop. Sure you can spend time with loved ones and take a couple days off from the grind, but tomorrow is another day. According to one study, people are gifting technology more than ever, so much so that new traditions that include technology, are replacing the once-held notion that technology was a distraction.

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Tip of the Week: IT Has A Lot Of Jargon… How Much Do You Know?

Tip of the Week: IT Has A Lot Of Jargon… How Much Do You Know?

If you spend more than ten minutes with anyone from the technology industry, you may notice that they have a rather colorful vocabulary. It’s not too vulgar or anything, but it is chock-full of buzzwords that you may not fully understand. Here are some of the most frequently used words in the IT industry.

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Prioritizing Productivity Is Easy With The Right IT

Prioritizing Productivity Is Easy With The Right IT

With productivity being so important in the modern business, it only makes sense that so much of the technology we have now--and will likely have in the future--is devoted to maximizing the amount of work that can be accomplished by one person in a given time. While not everything we will discuss is always relevant for the typical SMB, if your business continues to grow, more technologies will only become accessible over time. Here are a few technology tips to increase your organization’s productivity.

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The Cloud Revolution Seems a Bit… Familiar

The Cloud Revolution Seems a Bit… Familiar

If we asked you what the most significant trend in today’s professional environment is, what would you say? For those who depend on technology to manage and maintain their operations, the cloud has allowed for some of the biggest and best advantages--so much that it’s perhaps one of the most prominent shifts that the world has ever seen.

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The Top 6 Technology Issues Plaguing Every Business

The Top 6 Technology Issues Plaguing Every Business

Despite what you might hear in the media, data breaches aren't the only IT-related issues that small businesses have to worry about. There are many other problems that you need to plan for, and they don’t all originate from hackers trying to steal your data. Let’s take a look at some of the common problems you might experience with your office technology.

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Study Finds that Businesses Wanting to Grow are Spending More on IT

Study Finds that Businesses Wanting to Grow are Spending More on IT

It’s clear that one of the best ways you can improve your organization’s operations is through investing in new IT solutions, but these expenses change from year-to-year. However, as years go by, the amount that your business invests in IT is sure to shift. Though this year saw a minor decrease in IT spending, Gartner predicts that next year will be another huge opportunity to invest in new technology and IT systems.

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4 Ways to Responsibly Take Care of Your Old Technology

4 Ways to Responsibly Take Care of Your Old Technology

It’s a routine move for businesses to perform a “hardware refresh” and procure new technology. It’s certainly nice to get new technology, but what’s your plan for handling your old devices? Instead of just tossing it in the garbage, make sure to consider all of your options in order to properly handle your old equipment.

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The Computing Advancements of the Past 60 Years are Mind Boggling!

b2ap3_thumbnail_storing_data_400.jpgData storage has always been an important part of the business world, but it’s one of many areas where innovation has yielded overwhelming results. Technology that exists today could never have been created 50, or even 20 years ago.

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What it’s Like to Have Your IT Company Go the Extra Mile

b2ap3_thumbnail_more_vendor_agreements_400.jpgThe appeal of a do-it-yourself project is that you’re the one doing the work. With the Do It Yourself (DIY) approach, whatever it is you're working on, you know for sure that it’s getting the attention it deserves. This is why it can be rather unnerving to have someone who you don’t fully know or trust work on your stuff. This is especially the case when it comes to your company’s technology.

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How Going With These 3 Technologies Now, Will Save You Money Later

b2ap3_thumbnail_useful_new_tech_400.jpgWhen it comes to procuring technology for your business, you’re often presented with two choices: save money by going with technology that’s been around for a while, or spend a little more to get the latest and greatest on the market. It’s tempting to go with the cheaper option, but, in the long run, it generally pays to go with the latest solutions, thanks to an IT concept known as “future proofing.”

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Domino’s Ushers in New Robotic Age of Pizza Delivery

b2ap3_thumbnail_pizza_robot_400.jpgRobotics is a technology that’s influencing many different types of industries. Robots help surgeons with surgery, work in manufacturing environments, and so much more. Now, the application of robotics has given birth to one of the most important technological advances to the modern world: pizza-delivering robots.

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After the Apocalypse, Data Stored On this Crystal Will Be the Legacy of Human Civilization

b2ap3_thumbnail_data_storage_with_light_400.jpgData systems are always looking to improve the way that data is stored. The efficiency of your data storage systems is a crucial part of managing your data infrastructure, and there’s a constant search for ways to improve the way that it’s done. Scientists are now turning to the field of optoelectronics to develop new ways to store incredible amounts of data, for enormous amounts of time.

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4 Growth Scenarios Your Network Needs to Be Prepared For

b2ap3_thumbnail_growth_strategy_400.jpgNaturally, businesses put a lot of time, energy, and resources into growing their sales figures and bottom line. All of that is great, but if business owners don’t also plan for how success is going to add new pressures and challenges to their IT infrastructure, then a lot of time will be wasted reacting to growth-related network issues. Scenarios like this can be easily avoided by planning your network to grow alongside your company.

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Professional Athletes Now Connected to The Internet of Things

b2ap3_thumbnail_nfl_internet_of_things_400.jpgProfessional sports have a unique relationship with technology. On one hand, the games are steeped in tradition and one doesn’t make a change to the rules without risking a fan uproar. However, the latest technology has always been a part of the sporting world, enhancing the fan experience and changing things for the better. The National Football League provides us with a great example of this dynamic.

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Beyond Jargon: What Does “Enterprise-Level” Mean?

b2ap3_thumbnail_what_is_enterprise_400.jpgWhen you’re shopping around for new technology for your business, you’ll encounter all kinds of solutions that are designed for different business models. As a small business owner, you probably wonder why some vendors label their solutions as “enterprise-level.” Well, we’re here to explain that.

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What Can Your Business Learn From Uber’s Successful Use of Technology?

b2ap3_thumbnail_uber_is_growing_fast_400.jpgAt a tradeshow event last month Travis Kalanick, co-founder and CEO of Uber, was interviewed about the future of Uber and transportation. He replied with a bold vision that speaks to how much technology has the potential to change things. According to Kalanick, “Every car should be Uber.”

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As It Turns Out, Millennials Might Be Useful for Professionals After All

b2ap3_thumbnail_can_you_benefit_from_milennials_400.jpgMany business executives are skeptical about employing millennials, particularly because of misconceptions that they’re unwilling to work hard and have no manners. However, just like many individuals out there, these thoughts aren’t necessarily founded, and some business owners are finding it particularly fruitful to hire millennials. The reason? They have a knack for working with technology.

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Hackers, Take the Wheel

b2ap3_thumbnail_hack_new_cars_400.jpgHackers are always looking to take advantage of the latest technology in new and unexpected ways. The Internet of Things is making their job way easier by providing a plethora of Internet-connected devices. Among these devices is the automobile entertainment system, and, you guessed it; hackers can take control of that, too, if given the right circumstances.

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Tip of the Week: Protect Your Network By Blacklisting Malicious IP Addresses

b2ap3_thumbnail_know_your_ip_400.jpgLike your fingerprint, your computer’s IP address holds the key to your identity. Okay, it may not be as unique as your fingerprint, and you may actually use multiple IP addresses every day, but still, your IP address says a lot about you. What do you need to know about your IP address?

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4 Ways to Do More With Your Company’s Technology

b2ap3_thumbnail_onsite_it_support_400.jpgAs a business owner, you probably have little precious time for yourself, not to mention minimal time to think about new technology initiatives. This presents a rather troubling situation. If you don’t have time to consider IT for improving operations, your business might experience growing pains. Without technology advancement, you’re holding your business back from reaching its maximum capacity.

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