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Help Desks Help Remedy the Following IT Problems

Help Desks Help Remedy the Following IT Problems

Downtime is a major problem for businesses. Since many jobs rely on technology to be done properly, it stands to reason that broken-down technology can pose a considerable issue for businesses--not to mention the costs that are associated with downtime and maintenance. A help desk can alleviate some of the pressure that the average employee feels as a result of relying on technology in the workplace.

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Your Business Could Use a Help Desk

Your Business Could Use a Help Desk

Your Business Could Use a Help Desk

If we asked you to imagine a world where your IT never suffered from technical issues related to your business’ technology, would it feel too good to be true? Unfortunately, your organization can't prevent every problem related to your IT. However, your business can attain higher productivity and minimize downtime with the help of a dedicated help desk solution. 

Businesses that have an in-house IT department that can act as a help desk have little to worry about; IT employees of these organizations are held accountable to their technological troubles. It’s small businesses that don’t have access to IT resources that find themselves struggling with managing the day-to-day troubles their employees. Not everyone can afford to pay the salaries of multiple help desk technicians, which is leading some small businesses to tell their employees to deal with their issues themselves. This is a highly dangerous practice, and one that can lead to tasks being completed incorrectly.

Think about what could go wrong if one of your employees handles patching an operating system or mission-critical software solution, affecting their ability to get their work done. Even worse is the fact that some mistakes can potentially be so devastating that entire workdays can be wasted trying to resolve a problem that shouldn’t even be a problem in the first place. Compare this situation to what would happen if the employee had a dedicated IT professional to turn to for any questions or concerns regarding their technology and you’ll notice a stark contrast.

When you outsource your help desk solution, you gain all the benefits of having an in-house help desk without actually having them on site. We live in a day and age where technology support can be provided remotely without the need for an on-site visit. Furthermore, if you provide your employees with a single point of contact for all their technology needs, suddenly all the excuses for not getting any work done due to technology troubles disappear, meaning you can rest assured that IT issues are addressed properly with minimal downtime associated with them.

Machado Consulting can help you implement the ideal help desk solution--one that works for your business and actively seeks to prevent small addressable issues from becoming major time sinks or costly problems. To learn more, reach out to us at (508) 453-4700.

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What does a Managed Service Provider Actually Manage?

What does a Managed Service Provider Actually Manage?

When your computer freezes or data suddenly disappears, who do you call? While some organizations have an in-house IT department to manage IT, many small businesses are limited due to location, budget and other variables. In the past, organizations would turn to break-fix IT management for all of their technology issues, but trends in IT maintenance have given rise to a more popular and more sustainable way for small businesses to get the technology maintenance and management they need.


Break-fix IT management was largely considered a waste of resources, as it would mean your organization was waiting until your technology was already failing before seeking assistance. This would result in downtime while waiting for someone to resolve the issue, further adding to the cost of the incident.

Preventative managed IT provided by a managed service provider, or MSP, is the better alternative, as it means you are effectively preventing IT issues from becoming problems in the first place. What this does is that it mitigates the possibility of downtime, along with all of its expenses. The problem is that this kind of IT isn’t possible unless you have a team dedicated to making sure that your technology is operating as intended.

Outsourcing this responsibility to a managed service provider is a great way make up for a deficit in your IT management. Some of the services offered by a managed service provider include, but are not limited to:

  • Server hosting
  • Cloud hosting and management
  • Data backup and disaster recovery
  • Email hosting
  • Network maintenance, monitoring, and management
  • Security monitoring and deployment

Simply put, an MSP manages all your technology needs. From implementing a new software or hardware solution or setting up an email account, an MSP will be able to provide assistance with your business’ technology issues and can help you prevent disaster, instead of recovering from it.  

Machado Consulting can be the managed service provider that is right for your business. To learn more about how we can save you time and money, reach out to us at (508) 453-4700.

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Monitoring Your Network is a Great Way to Build Reliability

Monitoring Your Network is a Great Way to Build Reliability

There are certain processes within an organization that take a considerable amount of time to do. These include applying patches, monitoring network traffic, and updating software as needed. While it might seem like something your business can handle on its own, some small organizations struggle to accomplish everything they set out to do--especially with a limited budget or workforce. Our staff’s powerful monitoring and management tool can aid in this initiative.

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If You’re Struggling Due to Cash Flow, You Aren’t Alone

If You’re Struggling Due to Cash Flow, You Aren’t Alone

Between you and me, how is your business doing financially? If you answered with something along the lines of “not great,” you are certainly not alone. Cash flow is an issue for businesses all around the world, says a recent report from Intuit.

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3 Reasons You Want Experts Handling Your IT

3 Reasons You Want Experts Handling Your IT

Stop and consider something: Who do you turn to when your business’ toilets suddenly stop working? Who do you call for when the lights stop working? Most likely, an expert… so if you turn to the pros for these needs, why would you do anything different for your IT?

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What Exactly Do We Mean by “Managed” Services?

What Exactly Do We Mean by “Managed” Services?

Managed services - what are they? The short answer, other people managing the IT systems that you rely on every day to be productive and accomplish your tasks. In essence, they are a freedom from dealing with the troublesome and time-consuming parts of leveraging technology. You may have heard this much about managed services before, but have never been given a deeper understanding of what they entail. That is precisely what we aim to accomplish below.

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How Does Your IT Stack Up to These Standards?

How Does Your IT Stack Up to These Standards?

Selecting a managed service provider should be like selecting any employee. You need to make sure that your expectations are going to be fulfilled, and that your selection will be there when you need them to be. However, the criteria you examine your potential IT service provider by should be a little different than how you evaluate your other prospective team members.

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4 Benefits You Won’t Believe About Managed IT

4 Benefits You Won’t Believe About Managed IT

How does your organization manage its mission-critical technology solutions? We know that most small businesses have some sort of trouble with this topic, either due to budget constraints or a lack of personnel. Either way, we know that there is a better way to manage your business’ technology, and it’s all thanks to an approach called managed IT services.

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Your Computer's Infected... What Do You Do Next?

Your Computer's Infected... What Do You Do Next?

It’s one of the most commonly-known computer issues: infection. There are plenty of threats out there that could potentially take hold of your PC. The question is, do you know how to proceed if one does? This blog will go into just that.

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Would You Rather: Maintain Your Technology, or Accomplish a Business Goal?

Would You Rather: Maintain Your Technology, or Accomplish a Business Goal?

How much time does your business waste on managing its own technology services? This includes maintaining your email solution, upgrading and managing your desktop infrastructure, and keeping your network secure from both internal and external threats. We would understand if you said that you don’t have time to both run your business and its technology, but we are of the firm belief that you shouldn’t have to choose one over the other.

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3 Ways Managed IT Keeps Your Business in Business

3 Ways Managed IT Keeps Your Business in Business

In the natural course of doing business, an owner/operator will have to face many difficult situations, but none of these situations are as difficult as asking them to determine whether or not to close the doors of the business for good. Many problems could cause a business to fail, but it has to hurt the failing owner a little more when the solution for the problem was not only within his/her reach, it was affordable.

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We Dig Into the Hacker’s Playbook for Some Solid Security Lessons

We Dig Into the Hacker’s Playbook for Some Solid Security Lessons

What crosses your mind when you think about hacking attacks and data breaches? Do you picture a hacker in a ski mask typing furiously, or do you imagine scenes made memorable like those in television and film in works like Mr. Robot or Live Free or Die Hard? In the latter, hacking attacks are perpetrated by masterminds or those with grand ambition. Yet, this trend may portray an inaccurate representation of the typical hacker.

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You Won’t Get This Kind of Personalized Care From Break-Fix IT

b2ap3_thumbnail_vendor_agreement_400.jpgIt’s nice to do something and feel good that you’re the one doing the work. This DIY approach provides you the satisfaction that you’re doing the job yourself, and that you’re doing it right. If you’re the kind of person who gets nervous about others handling tasks, you fully understand how stressful it can be to have someone you don’t know or trust working on important initiatives; particularly working with your company’s technology.

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Why Managed IT is WAY Better Than Break-Fix IT

b2ap3_thumbnail_is_break_fix_it_holding_you_back_400.jpgEvery organization has mission-critical systems that they rely on in order to function, and the IT technician is responsible for keeping them running. Modern technology and best practices have given rise to a new way of managing business technology, one that knocks the traditional break-fix IT out of the water.

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3 Fundamentals Every IT Strategy Needs

b2ap3_thumbnail_questioning_your_it_400.jpgWhen running a business, you can’t always upgrade your technology to the latest and greatest equipment or software every time something new comes out. Yet, you also don’t want to be left behind, which would be limiting to your growth and mobility. Moving forward can be a daunting task, especially if you haven’t revamped your IT strategy in some time. Paying attention to the details is an important part of avoiding potential roadblocks with your future IT strategy.

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Virtualizing Your IT Infrastructure Makes Everything Easier

b2ap3_thumbnail_cloud_computing_growth_400.jpgBy now you’ve heard of managed services: Technology-related services that allow businesses to get the IT support they need without taking on the often large and unexpected expenses that usually accompany them. This allows a business the ability to budget a flat fee for their technology support each month, and address IT support needs that include communication, application deployment, and the proactive support of the business’ IT infrastructure. The overall managed services industry has seen immense growth as businesses look to cut their support costs, while continuing to build onto their IT infrastructure.

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3 Benefits That a Managed Help Desk Solution Brings to the SMB

b2ap3_thumbnail_managed_it_services_400.jpgAs a business owner, you know that technology is a necessary, albeit unpredictable, investment. Your organization thrives off of it operating as expected, yet suffers when it doesn’t function properly. This is the primary reason why the idea of help desk support was first introduced. It’s an effective medium through which your employees can receive tech support when it’s needed most.

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Celebrate your Freedom from IT Burdens!

b2ap3_thumbnail_america_and_it_400.jpgEverybody loves their freedom, but for some, freedom is an illusion. Take for example the busy business owner. Often times, their work schedules are so packed with tasks that they don't feel free to take a break and enjoy themselves. Technically, they have the freedom to quit, but we think there's a better way to find freedom in the workplace!

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The Joys of Server Migration

b2ap3_thumbnail_server_migration_400.jpgThere are times when a specific task is asked of a server requiring all of its data to be moved. When this happens, all the files and applications are transferred to another server unit in a fascinating procedure called server migration.

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