What Is Patch Tuesday and How Does It Affect Your Business?

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Patch Tuesday happens on every second, and sometimes fourth, Tuesday of each month in North America.

But what is it and how does it affect your business?

Formalized in October 2003, Patch Tuesday is the unofficial term used to refer to Microsoft’s security patches for its software products.

Because earlier versions of Windows experienced the issue of users being unaware of Windows updates and in turn not installing them, Microsoft countered this issue with Automatic Updates, which displayed the availability of updates with the option of automatic installation.

Patch Tuesday has been immersed in Windows-based businesses for over a decade, often without users noticing!

Patch Tuesday allows Windows users to become aware of the regular update and patch releases available for their computers, maintaining and managing it all for you.

Don’t worry, it doesn’t need to be as complicated as it sounds!

IntelliSyn’s IntelliOffice service provides ongoing management, maintenance, and support of all your company’s hardware and software.

Contact IntelliSyn today to learn more about how your business can leverage IntelliOffice and make the most out of Patch Tuesday!

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.

What Is the True Cost of an IT Upgrade or Addition?

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Purchasing hardware and software can be a daunting task for any business owner.

The return of investment (ROI) for technology does not work the same as other business expenditures. To invest in technology, you must have a measurable return for your money.

There are a couple of key things to remember before making an IT upgrade or addition:

  • Conduct a detailed analysis of the technology you currently have and what you are trying to accomplish with an upgrade or addition. Throwing money at a problem is not always the best way to arrive at the ideal solution.
  • Try combining the upgrade or addition with additional objectives, like more productivity, less costs, less downtime, integration with existing systems, etc.
  • Think of the total cost of ownership while comparing quotes. The total cost of ownership over a period of years is always the primary consideration for a technology purchasing decision.

To make the IT upgrade process simpler, IntelliSyn has created IntelliOffice. Our IntelliOffice managed office solution eliminates the challenges and the complexity associated with creating, deploying, managing, and maintaining an efficient and secure IT environment.

With IntelliOffice, all of your technology costs are packaged conveniently into a single monthly service fee with no monthly or yearly surprises. This gives you the peace of mind to focus on what you do best, knowing that the technology that helps drive your business is completely serviced and supported.

Contact IntelliSyn today to learn how IntelliOffice can streamline your business’ next IT upgrade or addition.

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.