Summit Business Technologies Blog

Dogfooding: Why We Use Our IT Products First

Ever heard of “eating your own dog food” or "dogfooding” for short? The expression means using your own products to test them in a real-world environment before you introduce them to customers.

It’s thought the term originated with a 1970s TV commercial in which actor Lorne Green endorsed Alpo dog food by pointing out his own dogs eat it. Since then, companies large and small have adopted this...

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What do bell bottom jeans, mullets, and Windows 7 have in common?

One Year Until Microsoft Sunsets Windows 7

Don't let your operating system become the next fashion faux paus. The world has moved on. It's officially outdated. Microsoft has announced it is going to stop supporting Windows 7 on January 14th, 2020. That means you have one year to modernize your operating system by moving to Windows 10. 

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Baltimore Construction Company Decides It's Time to Rethink IT

Case Study: The True Cost of Managing IT Yourself

The Company

This nationally recognized company has been in business for nearly 25 years, has 3 offices in different states, and 40 employees. The type of business they are in  requires powerful computers, AutoCAD plotters and large printers, plus a sizable investment in other office technologies. The company owner is semi-technical and...

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Finding the Right IT Security Company for your Business

Unless your organization is the last business on U.S. soil that does not require computers, applications, or the Internet, IT security has become your new cost of doing business. Reliance on technology has made IT security essential in keeping your organization free from disruption. 

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What does a Managed IT Services Provider Do?

Remember not too long ago when IT was regarded as a limited support function? In just two decades, technology has become the critical infrastructure that runs your business. As a result, it’s important that business owners and executives understand the best way to manage it.

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The 7 Gifts of Managed Service Providers

Now Your IT Staff Can Take the Holidays Off!

You're busy this time of year. Holiday orders are coming in fast, you're trying to coordinate your own family plans, and you're also planning for the year ahead! You have employees to manage and when things are going well, it becomes easy to neglect your day-to-day IT maintenance. But could that lead to a high-stress holiday catastrophe? This is a...

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Part II: How to Budget for Information Technology

Unless you have a dedicated experienced IT team with time to do more than troubleshoot employee issues, you may not have the in-house capacity or expertise to know how to go about budgeting for technology.

Like every business decision, there are tradeoffs. Do you hold on to older equipment and just pay more to maintain it, or invest in newer, more efficient technology? How do you know when...

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5 Technology Practices Nonprofits Should Consider

Technology is constantly changing and every industry uses it in so many different ways. In the nonprofit sector, technology can now be used to leverage communications with members and increase engagement.  It can be used in many different ways; from the way supporters engage with nonprofits to the way nonprofit organizations fundraise, market, and manage information. In today’s day and age, we...

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Windows 10 Alert Regarding "Upgrade Now"

You may well get tricked into upgrading to Windows 10.

Many people have chosen to NOT upgrade to Windows 10, opting to stay with their tried and true operating system. Until now, people have had a clear option to say NO and dismissed the upgrade pop-up messages.

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Tips for Creating Strong, Secure Passwords

By Marjorie Valin| May 19, 2016 |

Tags: IT Services, IT support, News, Security, Tips

 Changing your passwords regularly is a habit that we should all adopt! With the amount of hacking that is taking place by bots and computers every minute of every day, having a password that is hard to crack and that changes periodically is the best defense to keep your data safe! - the best defense to keep you safe.

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