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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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3 Questions To Determine The Best Tech for Your Company

3 Questions To Determine The Best Tech for Your Company

If you're trying to address a pain point or a vulnerability in your company, technology will play a role in solving it. But, with so many options available for every aspect of your business, it can be overwhelming to know where to start.

You can begin to assess what your organization needs, by answering the three questions below.

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Don’t Make Solutions More Complicated Than the Problem

Don’t Make Solutions More Complicated Than the Problem

The act of “yak shaving,” also known as “bikeshedding,” is a specific kind of procrastination that can hold you back from getting the most out of your workday. This week’s tip is dedicated to explaining what this nonsensical phrase means and why it’s beneficial to keep your employees on track.

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Tip of the Week: Here Are a Few of Our Favorite Security Practices

Tip of the Week: Here Are a Few of Our Favorite Security Practices

There will never be a time that we are not committed to improving the security of businesses. To continue striving for this goal, we’re dedicating this week’s tip to describing some solutions that can assist in locking a business and its data down.

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Help Desk Support Benefits Small Business

Help Desk Support Benefits Small Business

Technology support can be one of the major pain points for businesses, and it’s not something that your organization wants to invest in without thinking about the details. Technology support as a service has a lot to offer when compared with the break/fix method. We’ll help you make the right decision by explaining why remote IT services are a major benefit for any business.

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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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Remote Monitoring and Maintenance Creates Less Stress for You

Remote Monitoring and Maintenance Creates Less Stress for You

Today’s businesses still require a lot of hardwork and dedication, but technology assists with day-to-day tasks, and gives more opportunities than we could otherwise imagine. As such, it needs to be in optimal shape, but what business has the time to see to that? Well, with the help of remote monitoring and management, yours does.

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Outsource IT Maintenance to the Pros and Worry Less About Malware and Breakdowns

Outsource IT Maintenance to the Pros and Worry Less About Malware and Breakdowns

Information technology is a necessity in today’s world. No matter the industry, IT solutions play a major part in daily operations, so businesses need their solutions to be in working order. In order to ensure that they are, many have turned to managed service providers.

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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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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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Windows 8 Users Will No Longer Receive Patches and Security Updates

b2ap3_thumbnail_windows_8_done_400.jpgIf you’re one of the unfortunate souls still using Windows 8 (as opposed to 8.1) on your business’s workstations, you should consider upgrading, and as soon as possible. Microsoft has cut off support for its infant operating system, so if you want patches, security updates, and just a better overall operating system, upgrading to Windows 8.1 or 10 is an ideal solution to this dilemma.

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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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Almost Half of Business Owners Reply to Work Email While on Vacation

b2ap3_thumbnail_relax_on_a_beach_400.jpgYou're on vacation with your family and your smartphone notifies you about a work email entitled "URGENT!" What do you do? Checking the message could mean hours spent putting out a fire at the office. Ignoring it will give you more time with your family, but you'll be distracted and stressed the whole time thinking about the worst-case scenario.

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3 Results Businesses are Demanding from Their Outsourced IT Provider

b2ap3_thumbnail_outsourced_it_key_to_success_400.jpgOutsourcing your companies IT is a great way to free up money and take advantage of time-saving remote services. Businesses have different reasons for signing up for the outsourcing service, but many clients have similar expectations of the results they want out of their managed IT service provider.

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Diagnosing CPU Issues

b2ap3_thumbnail_diagnose_cpu_issues_400.jpgYour PC's CPU (Central Processing Unit) is one of the many delicate components inside your computer. The CPU essentially does all of the thinking that your PC needs to do, processing instructions from your operating system and all of your programs. That might not seem like a big deal, but most CPUs today handle billions of processes every second. It doesn't store data (that's the hard drive) but if the CPU fails to work properly, you won't be getting much work done.

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Avoid These 3 Bad IT Service Traps

b2ap3_thumbnail_it_traps_400.jpgIt takes a special kind of person to give great customer service. If someone can't pick up on social cues, or if they have a low tolerance for repetitive questions, they will end up offending a lot of customers. To assist our clients with their IT problems, we make sure to hire the most helpful customer service representatives that we can find.

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