Is a help desk a service desk, and vice versa? To those not in the information technology industry, these terms sometimes get thrown around interchangeably. But they’re not one in the same. Here, we’ll look at what defines an IT service desk and what you should look for when seeking out this essential function of managed services providers. What is a help desk? A help desk (sometimes called “helpdesk”) provides what’s referred to as “break-fix” support for users (whether customer or employee) of a company product, service or other function. A help desk’s purpose might cover everything from technical support, to product or warranty questions, and even to basic customer service. Most important to understand: This kind of customer [...]
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It’s amazing to think about how much work and the types of work that are done remotely these days. Events in the past year accelerated the shift to remote working for a number of different companies and roles, and for many, it was not an easy transition. One industry that was already ahead of the game? IT support, which has been delivering help from afar to end users for many years. But if you haven’t had the opportunity to really leverage remote desktop support before, you might be surprised at the types of IT support tasks that can be done remotely. Here we take a look at what exactly remote desktop support is, as well as six times it can provide speedy [...]
ACCOUNTABILIT ACQUIRES ENTERPRISE TECHNOLOGY SERVICES, BRINGING WIDER VARIETY OF SERVICES & PRODUCTS TO A NATIONAL MARKETAccountabilIT2021-01-13T12:00:28-07:00
PHOENIX, AZ — January 8, 2021 — AccountabilIT has announced it has acquired Enterprise Technology Services (ETS), a managed services provider in Arizona. The purchase will allow both companies to expand their presence and dominance in the Arizona and national markets, and to offer a wider variety of services and products to their customers. AccountabilIT has been an innovative leader in both the cybersecurity space (being the first partner to offer Microsoft Azure Sentinel) as well as in cloud computing. The acquisition fits into AccountabilIT’s strategy to expand its footprint in key national markets, along with its practice of hardware and software resale (a core offering of ETS). This joining of forces and competencies will further cement both companies’ reputations [...]
When a disaster or system failure disrupts your business, data loss can be a major — and a costly — consequence. And yet it’s an inevitable part of being in business: hard drives malfunction, lost files or deleted files result from human error, and frequent cyber attacks are an unfortunate fact of today’s landscape. But there is a way to protect your data and keep your operations from coming to a screeching halt: Business continuity and data recovery planning. Backing it Up Back in the day, data was backed up on tapes and stored at an offsite location in a physical vault. Over time, that process and the technology evolved to utilize more nimble, higher capacity storage devices, like [...]
When it comes to an IT disaster striking your business, the term to use is probably “when,” not “if.” And when a disaster happens, you can be sure it has the potential to bring your operations and your profits to a halt, with long-term repercussions: 93% of companies without a disaster recovery plan who suffer a major data disaster are out of business within one year. These days, having a disaster recovery (DR) plan in place is no longer a nice-to-have. It’s an absolute must-have. Part of that has to do with the increasing laws and regulations requiring many business types to establish a disaster recovery plan. Whether regulations apply or not, disaster recovery and business continuity planning go [...]
How Cloud Services Can Ensure You Make the Most of Your Investment There are solid financial and operational reasons to be in the cloud. But once you embrace the cloud, where do you go from there? How can you make sure you’re leveraging everything your cloud has to offer — whether you’re on a public cloud platform, in a private cloud, or working with a hybrid cloud deployment model — so that you’re maximizing your cloud spend? Cloud computing services help you realize the potential of the cloud for your business, so you can take full advantage of the flexibility, scalability, and mobility available to help you run and grow a modern and efficient business. Here are six ways [...]
The cloud is a wonderful place to be for many businesses, and there are good reasons so many are adopting the cloud: cost-effectiveness, scalability, and security, to name a few. But it’s not completely without risk. Successful migration of your applications and data to the cloud takes careful planning in order to minimize the possibility of risks that are inherent in any cloud migration, including data loss, latency, interoperability, overspending, and security. Use this checklist to maximize your migration success. Determine & engage stakeholders Those who should be involved in this project from the start include, but shouldn’t be limited to, members of your IT team. Business stakeholders and other key roles should be included from the outset, as [...]
In these days of remote work, moving to the cloud has surfaced as an urgent business imperative for the C-suite. And it makes sense: Cloud environments provide speed, access, capacity, scalability, connectivity, and even security features in stronger measures than on-premise environments. But as you start digging into and gaining an understanding of cloud solutions, you realize there’s more than one cloud model. In fact, there are few: private, public, and hybrid cloud are all types of deployment models that are up for your consideration. So, what does each cloud deployment type mean, and what are the benefits and drawbacks? Here, we take a look. What is a private cloud? A private cloud is solely owned by and dedicated [...]
If your business is like so many others, you’ve probably experienced a massive surge in your team members having to work remotely, especially if a city lockdown forced you to shut down your physical workplaces. This situation left companies everywhere scrambling to support their newly virtual workforces, and maintain business continuity despite a lack of technology resources that support remote work. Sound familiar at all? Remote work is probably going to be the new norm for months to come, and if this is the case for your business, you may be playing catch up as you try to figure out how to best support your employees in doing their jobs. One answer: Leveling up and leveraging your cloud infrastructure [...]
Considering outsourcing your IT support, but not quite sure what services are covered or what an engagement with an outside IT provider would look like day-to-day? Businesses rely on technology to keep all of their operations running smoothly. But the question becomes, who keeps the technology running smoothly — especially if you’re working on a small budget or with a small team? Whether you’re a small or medium-sized business, or even an enterprise-level company, you can benefit from having an external provider deliver some or all of the IT functions your business needs. Here are some of the most common services an outsourced IT company provides: Remote support/service desk support What this is: This resource can gain remote access [...]