The Benefits of Cloud Computing for Construction Companies

Technology has been a constant in the construction industry since the 1990s when companies realized how much of their resources were wasted on paper plans and mailing proofs, as Microsoft reminds us. Cloud computing is the next step in the construction industry’s technology era, yet 30 percent of construction companies are still hesitant to make the leap as of a 2013 study by Sefaira. Once you migrate, the benefits of cloud computing are known immediately. Photo credit: JD Hancock / Foter / CC BY Cost Savings The first and arguably most important benefit you are going to see from cloud computing is the cost savings. Eighty-two percent of companies that…

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Tax Season Tips: Why Your Accounting Firm Needs Off-Site Data Backup

Tax Season Tips: Why Your Accounting Firm Needs Off-Site Data Backup It is tax season! If you’re an accountant this means you have more data by volume to manage and protect than any other time of year. Now would be the worst time for disaster to strike. If you don’t have an off-site data backup plan, your business is at risk. It is grim, but true! Off-site data backup is imperative for your business for these four reasons. Photo credit: Damien Pollet / Foter / CC BY Local or On-Site Backup Fails For whatever reason, a hard drive where on-site backup usually occurs has a high rate of failure. The…

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How to Clean Out Your Computer

How to Clean Out Your Computer Last Monday was National Clean Out Your Computer Day, and we were busy performing our regular clean out! Now that the daunting task is crossed off our list, we are ready to give tips on the best ways to clean out your computer and keep your data backed up and secure. Photo credit: rfranklinaz / Foter / CC BY Get Rid of What You Don’t Need The first step to cleaning out your computer is the hardest. Deciding what files you need to keep and get rid of is difficult. There are many programs available that will clean out your unused files for you,…

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How to Protect Your Computer From Scammers During Valentine’s Day

How to Protect Your Computer From Scammers During Valentine’s Day February is a time for falling in love, but there is definitely one thing you shouldn’t fall for – scams. Scammers are lurking around every corner and they are very skilled at what they do. Follow these tips to ensure you will only fall for you significant other this Valentine’s Day. Photo credit: valart2008 / Foter / CC BY Protect Your Computer The first step to preventing scammers from taking advantage of your information is to protect your computer. Figure out which firewall you need for your computing needs and install it. Make sure you have the latest antivirus software…

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KCI Auto Auction Experiences Best Year Of Sales Ever After Signing On MDL For CRM Implementation And Management

KCI Auto Auction Experiences Best Year Of Sales Ever After Signing On MDL For CRM Implementation And Management Summary The KCI Auto Auction is one of the most successful and well known auto auction facilities in the region, but they wanted to be even more successful. The independent wholesale auto auction needed a more streamlined management system to track their leads and manage projects to increase sales and raise profits. So they retained MDL for managed services and assistance with their Customer Relationship Management (CRM) processes. As a result of working with MDL, the KCI Auto Auction has sold more cars than ever in its history and has increased profits…

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Law Firms Beware – Preventing CryptoWall Ransomware

Law Firms Beware – Preventing CryptoWall Ransomware About five months ago, a computer hack made its way through over 600,000 computers called CryptoWall Ransomware. PCWorld reported over 5 billion files were encrypted. The virus quieted down in November, but now it is back and the hack’s main target is law firms. Photo credit: Don Hankins / Foter / CC BY The version circulating from British Columbia down through North America has been dubbed CryptoWall 3.0 by attackers, according to ComputerWorld. The program relies on ransomware, encrypting the files of affected computers and offering a decryption key for $500 in Bitcoin currency. CryptoWall finds its way into your system through weak…

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Business Travelers Feel The Heat From Hotel Computer Virus

Business Travelers Feel The Heat From Hotel Computer Virus The next time you travel, be extra cautious when logging into the hotel Wi-Fi. That’s because hackers have developed a new virus aimed at business travelers in an attempt to gain access to corporate information. The virus, called “Dark Hotel,” tricks travelers into thinking they need to download updates to their computer in order to access the hotel Wi-Fi system. If the hotel guest downloads the virus, hackers are able to install a key-logging tool which can allow hackers to access passwords and other private information within an organization. According to CNBC, the most targeted business travelers by “Dark Hotel” are…

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Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015: The Upgrade Every Office Needs On Its 2015 Holiday Wish List

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015: The Upgrade Every Office Needs On Its 2015 Holiday Wish List The release of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015 is just around the corner. Its slated for a December release and is set to enhance the way you currently utilize your CRM tools. You might have also heard the new CRM release referred to as “Vega,” but it is the exact same product. We are really excited about the new Dynamics CRM release and want to share some of the incredible features with you. The new version of Dynamics CRM will update online and on-premises versions, CRM for Outlook, tablets and phones, and Microsoft Dynamics Marketing. If…

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How to Avoid cyber monday scams and keep your computer and mobiles devices secure for the holiday seasons

How to Avoid cyber monday scams and keep your computer and mobiles devices secure for the holiday seasons Cyber Monday is quickly creeping up on shoppers who want to grab the best deals possible from the favorite online retailers. But it also means cyber criminals are busy putting together their holiday lists of websites and shoppers to target. Photo credit: Vanderelbe.de / Foter / CC BY-SA Each year, more and more shoppers fall prey to “unbeatable deals” that are actually false links for hackers to gain access to your information to do holiday shopping of their own. Pop ups looking like they are from popular online retailers like Amazon can…

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MDL Technology Social CRM Tools

MDL Technology Social CRM Tools According to blogger Michael Fauscette, Social CRM is the tools and processes that encourage better, more effective customer interaction and leverage the collective intelligence of the broader customer community with the intended result of increasing intimacy between an organization and its prospects and customers. Fauscette continues by saying the goal of Social CRM is to make the relationship with the customer more intimate and tied to the company by building a public ecosystem to better understand what they want and how they interact with the various company touchpoints like sales, customer service and more. Fauscette admits his definition of Social CRM is quite wordy, but…

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