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IT Industry Outlook 2022 - Getting back to Strategic Initiatives?

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 8/15/22 5:37 PM

We're more than half way through 2022, the world has been through a tough two years with the pandemic, and we're getting through to the other side.  We just checked in again with the CompTIA IT Industry Outlook 2022 report, and it's pretty on track for the year.  Ekaru is a proud member of CompTIA, and if you're not familiar with CompTIA, you should be!  "The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is the leading voice and advocate for the $5.3 trillion global information technology ecosystem.  Through education, training, certifications, philanthropy, and market research, CompTIA is the hub for advancing the tech industry and its workforce."

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Tags: small business technology, cybersecurity





Top 12 Reasons to Clean Your Network Closet

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 2/18/22 12:17 PM

In the world of IT, things are happening all the time and it's easy to fall into reactive mode.  Someone needs a password re-set,  another person can't print, and someone else is having trouble with their webcam right before an important meeting.  It can be hard to keep up, but stepping back and getting more organized will make a big difference.  Often, keeping the network closet organized just falls of the list.  Since no one really sees it, why does it matter?

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Tags: small business technology, computer network





Is Your Phone System Ready for 2022?

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 1/26/22 10:43 AM

January is a great time to set some technology goals for your local business. So much technology is available to small businesses these days for digital enablement - work from anywhere, hybrid work, video, integration with Microsoft Teams... Things that only large enterprises could afford in the past are now available on a small business budget! If you haven't updated your tech in a while reach out to learn about what's new!

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Tags: small business technology, VoiP,





Top 4 Tech Trends for 2022

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 1/17/22 4:44 PM

Over the past years, technology has increasingly been a driving force in business transformation. Direct digital transformation investments are projected to total $7 trillion between 2020 and 2023 according to data published by Statista.  Big corporations invest in sophisticated long-range strategic planning, but smaller businesses need to pay attention to this trend as well.   If you want your local business to succeed, you must have the appropriate technologies to help you keep pace with the changing business world.

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Tags: small business technology, cybersecurity, digital transformation





Get Your Technology In Shape: An Easy Way to Prioritize IT Gaps

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 1/10/22 1:19 PM

January is a great time to set goals for the New Year!  But don't let this list become a bunch of "shoulds".  Without concrete action, a  goal is just a wish.  Today's local businesses run on technology and must deal with multiple issues including cyberthreats,  competition and regulatory compliance. Therefore, keeping your technology up to date is critical, and a technology audit is the best place to start.

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Tags: small business, small business technology





Work from Anywhere?  Add extra screens to your laptop!

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 5/26/21 10:35 AM

Here's a new product we recently checked out. The Xebec Tri-Screen is a portable laptop attachment that adds two additional screens to any laptop, instantly boosting your productivity!  If you're used to multiple screens at your main office location, this is a great way to get the same experience on the go with the portable laptop attachment.  

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Tags: small business, small business technology, Work from Anywhere





Work From Home - An Employee Checklist

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 2/22/21 1:40 PM

It's hard to believe we're approaching the one year anniversary of COVID pandemic related shut-downs.  Thanks to technology like laptops, Zoom, high speed Internet, VoIP phones, and more, the scramble to work remotely was possible for many.  With all the associated distractions, cybersecurity often winds up being an afterthought for many.  As a technology service provider in the greater Boston area, we've worked with many local small businesses to enable a smooth transition to remote work, and we strongly encourage a continuing culture of cybersecurity to keep your business safe.

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Tags: small business, small business technology, cybersecurity, work from home





Think Big.  Shop Small.  31 Million and Counting...

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 11/23/20 3:31 PM

2020 has been a challenging year for all, especially small businesses.  Did you know that there are over 31 million small businesses in the United States?  At Ekaru, our mission from the start has been to provide enterprise class IT services to small business.  During the past several months, working closely with our small business community has reinforced how much small business means to all of us.

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Tags: small business, small business technology





Ekaru Announces Commitment to Global Efforts Supporting and Promoting Online Safety and Privacy for Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 10/7/20 5:42 PM

This year’s initiative highlights the importance of empowering individuals and organizations to better protect their part of cyberspace in an increasingly connected world

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Tags: small business, small business technology, cybersecurity





Is Work From Home Causing You Back Pain?

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 4/22/20 10:13 AM

With the current pandemic, so many workplaces have been disrupted.  For those of us fortunate enough to have jobs that we can work from home, the hasty move to a home office has typically resulted in a less than ideal work environment.  For a week or two, we can all manage with working from the kitchen counter, but with longer shutdowns, it's time to pay more attention to a proper work set up.   

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Tags: small business technology, remote work, work from home





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