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Does Your IT Partner Occupy the CIO Seat?

Does Your IT Partner Occupy the CIO Seat?

November 1, 2021
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13 mins read
CIO, test
Skyriver IT provides outsourced IT support structured in a way that allows you to focus on growing your business.
Can We Use CIO Services If We Have In-House IT Staff?

Can We Use CIO Services If We Have In-House IT Staff?

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
CIO Services can be a great complement to your in-house IT staff. If you have good “get it done” IT people, then you definitely want to keep those people....
Are You Losing Productivity to Slow Computers?

Are You Losing Productivity to Slow Computers?

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
Computers slow down over time and it happens so slowly that we often do not notice it. As flexible human beings, we adapt to the increasingly long...
Are Your Files Really Getting Backed Up?

Are Your Files Really Getting Backed Up?

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
Even if you have a backup system in place, your company files may not be getting backed up.
Accord Engineering Chooses San Diego IT Consulting

Accord Engineering Chooses San Diego IT Consulting

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
Accord Engineering, with San Diego and Orange County locations, recently chose Skyriver IT for an IT consulting project:
How to Reduce Downtime with Virtualization

How to Reduce Downtime with Virtualization

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
Do You Have a Privacy Policy? CIO Services Can Help.

Do You Have a Privacy Policy? CIO Services Can Help.

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
With the release of Google’s new privacy policy and all of the issues being raised around it, it is a good time to think about our own privacy policies....
Who Owns the Management of Your IT Infrastructure?

Who Owns the Management of Your IT Infrastructure?

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
Responsibility for IT Infrastructure Management can be a tricky thing for small and mid-size businesses. You can hire someone (whether internally or...
How to Make more Informed Business Decisions in 2012

How to Make more Informed Business Decisions in 2012

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
Do you feel like you have too much data and not enough useful information about your business? To remedy this problem, most fortune 1000 companies have...
Don't Get Obscured in the Cloud: 3 Approaches to Cloud Computing

Don't Get Obscured in the Cloud: 3 Approaches to Cloud Computing

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
When people refer to cloud computing it is usually unclear what they mean. Even though the concept of cloud computing is often discussed, the...
3 Ways to Save with Cloud Computing

3 Ways to Save with Cloud Computing

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
Cloud Computing continues to get a lot of press and discussion. Yet, the question many business owners want to know is: "Can it really save me money?" In...
Microsoft Office 365 : What are the Pros and Cons?

Microsoft Office 365 : What are the Pros and Cons?

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
Microsoft released Office 365 a few months ago and it has generated a lot of buzz in some segments, and we wanted to make sure you were aware of its Pros...
What is Virtualization and why is it efficient?

What is Virtualization and why is it efficient?

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
As a business leader, you have likely heard about virtualization. But what is virtualization exactly? It can be difficult to understand exactly what it is...
Hosted Exchange vs In-house Email Server

Hosted Exchange vs In-house Email Server

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
How Long Do You Have to Wait for IT Support?

How Long Do You Have to Wait for IT Support?

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
How Can Cloud Computing Reduce Your IT Costs?

How Can Cloud Computing Reduce Your IT Costs?

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
Why we got into the business of IT Consulting

Why we got into the business of IT Consulting

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
Before we got into the IT Services business, we realized that many companies were not happy with the service they were receiving by their current...
Keeping Your Data Safe

Keeping Your Data Safe

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
Castle Creek Capital: Case Study #1

Castle Creek Capital: Case Study #1

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
Case Study: Castle Creek Capital At a Glance Castle Creek Capital called Skyriver to report ongoing issues with older server equipment they had.  They...
Is Your IT Technician a Salesperson in Disguise?

Is Your IT Technician a Salesperson in Disguise?

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
Skyriver IT consultants are on YOUR side. We don't take commissions for reselling products or services, like other IT consulting companies do.
Defining Your Managed Services Needs

Defining Your Managed Services Needs

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
If you are thinking about hiring a Managed Services Provider, the first thing to do is identify your organization's requirements. Once you have figured...
Are Your Credit Card Transactions PCI Compliant?

Are Your Credit Card Transactions PCI Compliant?

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
Is your company PCI compliant? Visa, MC and AmEx require businesses that accept credit cards to be PCI compliant.
Taking the Frustration Out of IT

Taking the Frustration Out of IT

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
Have you ever been frustrated by your IT team's lack of support or responsiveness? It can be the inability to solve a simple problem quickly, dragging...
The Ugly Truth about IT Consulting Companies

The Ugly Truth about IT Consulting Companies

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
The ugly truth about the IT services business is that most IT consulting companies do not want to make your life easier. Sure they want your business and...
Make Smarter Technology Purchases with a Managed Services Provider

Make Smarter Technology Purchases with a Managed Services Provider

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
Have you ever made a technology purchase that did not go as planned? Many companies have. Far too often, small and medium-size businesses are sold on an...
Is Your Sensitive Business Data Secure?

Is Your Sensitive Business Data Secure?

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
Is all of your sensitive business data secure? Far too many companies have their financial, HR, and customer data on networks that are not secured. When...
Are You Leveraging the Power of Tablets?

Are You Leveraging the Power of Tablets?

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
Every once in awhile, a new technology comes along that has the chance to be disruptive for some business processes. Tablets are just such a technology....
What is CIO Outsourcing?

What is CIO Outsourcing?

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
When a company is too small to justify having a Chief Information Officer (CIO), they can hire a company that offers CIO Outsourcing services. This...
How Do I Choose the Right San Diego IT Consulting Company?

How Do I Choose the Right San Diego IT Consulting Company?

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
When San Diego business leaders are looking for an IT Consulting Company, they often find it challenging to identify the most important criteria for...
Can System Integration Save You Time and Money?

Can System Integration Save You Time and Money?

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
How much time is wasted in your organization transferring information between systems that do not communicate with each other? Salespeople put...
Managed Services: Using The Right IT Person for the Job

Managed Services: Using The Right IT Person for the Job

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
As we talk with San Diego business owners and managers, we often get questions related to the value of Managed Services over an in-house IT person. While...
What Are the Chances You Have Been Hacked?

What Are the Chances You Have Been Hacked?

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
The Value of Trust in IT Support

The Value of Trust in IT Support

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
If you want your IT department to perform better, you need to train them in service delivery and communications, not just technology.
Whether You Have Internal Staff or an IT Consultant, Know Your Passwords!

Whether You Have Internal Staff or an IT Consultant, Know Your Passwords!

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
Too often business managers do not want to even think about IT, they just want it to work. This can work at times, but it can also come back to haunt you...
Does Your Managed Service Provider Have Integrity?

Does Your Managed Service Provider Have Integrity?

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
“Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.”  --Oprah Winfrey Does your IT Team have your...
Who Owns Your Employees’ Smartphone Data?

Who Owns Your Employees’ Smartphone Data?

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
As an employer, you can save yourself a lot of grief by having clear policies in place before you ever offer to pay their cell phone bill.
San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce Chooses Skyriver IT as Managed Services Provider

San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce Chooses Skyriver IT as Managed Services Provider

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, the largest nonprofit advocate for the San Diego regional business community, recently engaged Skyriver IT to...
3 Questions to Ask Any Cloud Service Provider

3 Questions to Ask Any Cloud Service Provider

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
With the right planning and IT Service provider,  cloud computing can be frustration-free.
Minimize IT Frustration with Server Virtualization

Minimize IT Frustration with Server Virtualization

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
It’s an unfortunate reality, but servers go down. The key to reducing frustrations around it is to eliminate or minimize the disruption it causes your...
Do You Need an IT Interpreter (i.e. CIO Services)?

Do You Need an IT Interpreter (i.e. CIO Services)?

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
Just as you need an interpreter to successfully navigate the language and customs of a different culture, it can be valuable to have an IT interpreter....
Redefining the IT Stereotype

Redefining the IT Stereotype

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
Is your IT consultant more comfortable talking with a computer than a person? At Skyriver IT, our consultants are trained and measured on customer...
Stone Brewing Chooses Skyriver IT’s CIO Services

Stone Brewing Chooses Skyriver IT’s CIO Services

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
Stone Brewing Co., San Diego’s leading craft brewery, recently engaged Skyriver IT to provide CIO (chief information officer) Services. Skyriver IT is...
Avoid 3 Common IT Mistakes Biotech Companies Make

Avoid 3 Common IT Mistakes Biotech Companies Make

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
How secure is your critical data? Are you working with IT professionals who understand the very serious security issues of biotech companies and can...
Here is to a Prosperous New Year!

Here is to a Prosperous New Year!

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
Having the right IT infrastructure and support in place can be a key factor in letting your organization focus on growth.
3 Reasons to Consider CIO Services for 2013

3 Reasons to Consider CIO Services for 2013

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
CIO Services help you assess your internal needs and the capabilities of a new technology to make sure it is a good fit.
Is 24x7 IT Support Worth the Premium?

Is 24x7 IT Support Worth the Premium?

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
In today’s competitive environment, most companies have people regularly working outside of normal business hours.
For 2013, Increase Your Potential for Success

For 2013, Increase Your Potential for Success

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
As you start planning for success in 2013, be sure to include IT in your plans. When IT is part of your business planning, you can leverage it to gain...
IT Planning for a Natural Disaster

IT Planning for a Natural Disaster

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
As the old adage goes: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” and it could not be more true than in developing a business continuity plan. A...
Can IT Support Affect Company Culture?

Can IT Support Affect Company Culture?

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
Want to build trust and improve your company’s culture? Taking a close look at the IT support your team is receiving is  a great first step.
Should you upgrade to Windows 8?

Should you upgrade to Windows 8?

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
New operating systems can be great. Just make sure that transitioning to it goes smoothly. Skyriver IT consultants help make the transition...
Delivering Value with Each and Every Client Interaction

Delivering Value with Each and Every Client Interaction

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
What may sound like a minor IT issue, such as not being able to print, may be a big issue if you're not able to print an important pitch! So, we take each...
Gearing Up for Growth? Don’t Cut Corners.

Gearing Up for Growth? Don’t Cut Corners.

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
As you are planning for growth, be sure you are not cutting corners on your IT infrastructure. Are you gearing up for growth? A lot of the companies I...
3 Reasons to Consider Outsourcing IT

3 Reasons to Consider Outsourcing IT

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
Some IT service providers offer 24/7 phone support. While you would not want to bother your internal IT staff at 6am on a Sunday for a printer issue, it...
A Simple Way to Get More from Your IT Spend

A Simple Way to Get More from Your IT Spend

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
Most companies should stick with ‘tried and true’ technology solutions, unless there is a very strong economic case for moving to a more innovative...
A Look at 3 Critical Business Areas You Can Improve with the Right IT Strategy

A Look at 3 Critical Business Areas You Can Improve with the Right IT Strategy

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
During an IT review, you will likely find areas for dramatic increases in efficiencies and improve your access to real-time information for better...
Providing Clear Value to IT Managed Services Clients

Providing Clear Value to IT Managed Services Clients

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
We invest in creating a culture where we take every end user’s problem seriously, whether it is the president of the company or an intern.
Do you have realistic technology expectations?

Do you have realistic technology expectations?

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
As users of technology, we all want it to just work -- to be intuitive and reliable. That is why Apple products have done so well, particularly on the...
Beware of the Disappearing IT Consultant

Beware of the Disappearing IT Consultant

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
It happens more often than you would think: a company is working with an IT consultant, who is a one-man shop. One day, he up and disappears -- whether he...
Ensure Your Computer Files are Getting Backed Up

Ensure Your Computer Files are Getting Backed Up

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
Laptops have a higher rate of hard drive crashes due to being moved around so much. As most San Diego Managed Services Providers can tell you, technology...
Is Your Network Really Secure?

Is Your Network Really Secure?

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
There are two types of companies in this country, those who know they've been hacked, and those who don't know they've been hacked
Have You Been the Victim of Finger Pointing?

Have You Been the Victim of Finger Pointing?

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
No one likes to be blamed for something they did not do.
Are Your Files Really Getting Backed Up?

Are Your Files Really Getting Backed Up?

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
For Life Science companies, ensuring data is backed up correctly is critical.
Calculating The Real Cost of Custom-Built Software

Calculating The Real Cost of Custom-Built Software

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
Skyriver IT delivers frustration-free IT. We provide small and midsize life sciences companies with the information needed to make better IT and business...
Largest San Diego Union Chooses Skyriver IT for Managed IT Services

Largest San Diego Union Chooses Skyriver IT for Managed IT Services

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
SEIU 221, the largest union in San Diego, has chosen Skyriver IT for Managed IT Services
Why Do Internal IT Projects Take So Long?

Why Do Internal IT Projects Take So Long?

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
Is your IT Team trained in Project Management? Most business leaders have faced challenges getting an internal IT project done. Projects that seem like...
Don’t Fall Hostage to Your IT Team

Don’t Fall Hostage to Your IT Team

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
Do you ever feel like a hostage to your IT people? The right IT Team should never make you feel like you're held hostage. It’s a common feeling, because...
Is Your IP at Risk Because of IT Vulnerabilities?

Is Your IP at Risk Because of IT Vulnerabilities?

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
IT teams should regularly update anti-virus software, install software updates, and make sure Windows patches are up to date. That provides protection...
An Important Business Lesson from the Super Bowl Power Outage

An Important Business Lesson from the Super Bowl Power Outage

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
Many people talked about the power outage at the Super Bowl and how embarrassing it was  that this happened to the biggest sporting event of the year....
Using Virtualization for More Server Uptime

Using Virtualization for More Server Uptime

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
Virtualization makes your operating system, applications and data independent of a single physical machine.
Why Implementations of New Systems Frequently Fail

Why Implementations of New Systems Frequently Fail

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
At Skyriver IT, we ensure our engineers understand the business side of implementations. Far too often, companies buy new systems or software packages...
Richard Brady & Associates Chooses Skyriver IT’s Managed IT Services

Richard Brady & Associates Chooses Skyriver IT’s Managed IT Services

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
Richard Brady & Associates, a San Diego-based construction company, recently engaged Skyriver IT to provide Managed IT Services. Even during the downturn...
How Much Does Downtime Cost You? ...It’s More Than You Think

How Much Does Downtime Cost You? ...It’s More Than You Think

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
At life sciences companies, most employees need technology to do their jobs. And as more things move onto the network or into the cloud, being offline...
Is anyone really in charge of your network?

Is anyone really in charge of your network?

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
While doing some networking this month, I was surprised to talk to several companies that did not really have anyone in charge of their networks. While...
Dropbox vs. Box - Which is Right for Your Company?

Dropbox vs. Box - Which is Right for Your Company?

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
Having recently met with a number of biotech startups using Dropbox, I thought it is important to make life science companies aware of the pros and cons...
Do You Find “IT Service” to be an Oxymoron? It Shouldn’t Be...

Do You Find “IT Service” to be an Oxymoron? It Shouldn’t Be...

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
Having researched the industry and talked to many companies about their pain around IT, I found the biggest problem in IT Services is that far too many IT...
Should You Really Be Spending Time on IT Infrastructure?

Should You Really Be Spending Time on IT Infrastructure?

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
There are a lot of things you need to spend time on when running a life sciences company: developing the right product, raising money, protecting IP,...
The Secret to Making Technology Investments Work

The Secret to Making Technology Investments Work

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
You have probably seen it before: your company makes an investment in new technology (such as a CRM or time tracking system) only to find that it is...
Shay Hughes

Shay Hughes

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
“During the past three years, our team has worked directly with Brett Cattell, Director of Operations, as well as many others at Skyriver IT on numerous...
Mac vs. PC: What are the real trade-offs?

Mac vs. PC: What are the real trade-offs?

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
Has your company considered becoming an all Mac workplace? I have seen more companies considering it these days.  Before making a final choice, there are...
Why IT People Don’t Fix Persistent Problems...It’s Not What You Think

Why IT People Don’t Fix Persistent Problems...It’s Not What You Think

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
Do you feel like a broken record (assuming you are old enough to remember records), when you tell your IT team about some problems? You tell them multiple...
Increasing Productivity with Tablets

Increasing Productivity with Tablets

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
Every once in awhile, a new technology comes along that is truly revolutionary and tablets are definitely one of those. The combination of touchscreen,...
Keep Your Life Sciences Company Moving Forward with Professional IT Support

Keep Your Life Sciences Company Moving Forward with Professional IT Support

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
While most life science companies readily spend $200,000 plus on equipment to collect or analyze data, far too many skimp on IT infrastructure to...
Why Use a Professional? Here are 7 Good Reasons...

Why Use a Professional? Here are 7 Good Reasons...

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
When you hire a professional, whether it is a Quickbooks expert, an IT professional or a marketing consultant, it means that your team can stay focused...
Be Proactive with IT, So You Aren’t Grounded

Be Proactive with IT, So You Aren’t Grounded

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
Examples of proactive IT Support: Having a clear backup strategy, ensuring all machines are getting backed up regularly, and testing that the backups...
How the Right IT Support can Help your Life Sciences Company Grow

How the Right IT Support can Help your Life Sciences Company Grow

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
Believe it or not, a good IT team helps you save money and grow Did you realize that a good IT team saves you money and can help your life sciences...
Believe it or Not, a Good IT Team Helps You Save Money and Grow

Believe it or Not, a Good IT Team Helps You Save Money and Grow

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
Is your IT Team helping your business grow? Did you realize that a good IT team saves you money and can help your organization grow? It may seem...
Are You Using Technology as a Competitive Advantage?

Are You Using Technology as a Competitive Advantage?

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
A CRM tool like Salesforce.com can help you automate follow-up for payment, which helps you reduce time to receive payment and minimize non-payment...
Do You Really Trust Your IT Support Team?

Do You Really Trust Your IT Support Team?

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
Do you trust your IT Support Team? If you or someone you love has a serious medical condition, you want to work with a doctor you trust. Why? Because...
Do You Know Any Customer-Focused IT People?

Do You Know Any Customer-Focused IT People?

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
If you know of any IT people who really care about end users, we would appreciate an introduction (even if they are not currently looking for a new...
Looking for New Office Space? Consider Broadband Speeds when Making your Decision.

Looking for New Office Space? Consider Broadband Speeds when Making your Decision.

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
Whether you are looking at new space because you are growing, you are downsizing (hopefully not), or just because it is time to renew your lease, be sure...
IT Security Tips for Life Science Companies

IT Security Tips for Life Science Companies

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
Last year, US Congressman Mike Rogers, Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence made the following assertion:
Making Smart Tech Investments... the First Time

Making Smart Tech Investments... the First Time

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
Working with a third-party IT service provider can help you make a smart tech investment... the first time.
Creating an Effective Backup System

Creating an Effective Backup System

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
Most companies have a backup system in place. If not, that is one of the most important things you can do for any business that relies on data to operate....
Ransomware is Particularly Nasty... Be Sure to Protect Yourself

Ransomware is Particularly Nasty... Be Sure to Protect Yourself

November 23, 2021
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10 mins read
We have recently seen a particularly nasty type of malware called ransomware making the rounds. It encrypts important files on your computer, then demands...