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COVID-19 Scams on the Rise: How to Stay Safe

A pandemic is a scammer's dream. We at Optimal Networks have been serving the IT and cybsersecurity needs of law firms and associations in the DC Metro area for nearly 3 decades, and we've never experienced a time like this before. As we all look out for...
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Top 8 Teleworking Considerations for Executives

  As more organizations shift to teleworking in response to the coronavirus outbreak, many business leaders find themselves navigating brand new territory. Even if part of your workforce regularly works from home at least part of the time, having your...
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Top 3 Technology Items Executives Must Consider

What one tool directly influences your business’s ability to attract and retain top talent, minimize risk, and gain competitive advantages? Your technology. While many executives are tempted to stay out of their IT altogether, we’ve reached a point in...
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Should You Have a Team Full of Slackers? (Infographic)

Are you considering Slack at your organization?   It's a smart question to ask. Slack, an incredibly popular communication platform, now boasts: 500,000 organizations on board (70,000 paying) 8 million daily active users (3 million paid) 10 hours of...
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Top 5 Benefits of Embracing Remote Work (Telecommuting) in Your Business

On the fence about whether or not you want to embrace telecommuting in your business? After nearly three decades in the IT industry, our conclusion is this: remote work isn’t right for everyone, but for some, it can unleash some truly powerful, tangible...
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The Most Common Misconceptions About Remote Work (Telecommuting)

Are you feeling the pressure to allow your staff to work from home? As remote access technology continues to evolve, and as millennials continue to flood the workforce, the question of telecommuting is one that’s hard to avoid. Is it the right move for...
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How to Choose the Right Cloud Provider for Small Business

More and more, businesses are getting rid of the servers in their office and migrating their entire technology infrastructure to the cloud. In fact, according to a Technavio report, the global virtual desktop market is expected to grow at a pace of 11%...
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Review of Slack Communication Tool for Business

If you’re like many organizations, you might find yourself juggling a whole host of different communication tools. You have your email, an instant messaging application, a separate video conferencing tool, another platform for virtual water cooler talk…...
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Is Data Safe in the Cloud?

There’s a very real separation anxiety that comes with surrendering your network to an outside provider; putting the fate of your data in someone else’s hands is, quite simply, a frightening concept.   In fact, this is such a common occurrence that we’ve...
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Microsoft Office 365 vs. Hosted (Cloud) Desktops for Business

A cloud is a cloud is a cloud, right?   Absolutely and positively not. Especially not when what is being advertised as a "cloud" solution is really only partially rooted in cloud computing.   When it comes to really digging into Microsoft Office 365 and...
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