This Earth Day, Go Green with Cloud Computing

Today is Earth Day, the perfect time to start thinking about your business’ impact on the environment. Housing or paying for large hardware data centers is not the most environmentally-friendly way of storing your data. Instead, learn about how the cloud is a sustainable solution for your data storage. Photo credit: maf04 / Foter / CC BY Fewer Machines Are Used When you transfer your data over to the cloud, you can say goodbye to a room full of hardware. Cloud computing uses a remote server system with a much larger capacity. A cloud provider can host the same capacity as an entire data center on one server. Less energy…

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The Benefits of Cloud Computing for Government

Cloud computing is growing exponentially, but many entities still have reservations about using the cloud for their data management and data storage.Many local governments fear that the cloud is unsecure and expensive, but there are just some of many misconceptions about the cloud. It is important for local governments to understand the benefits of cloud computing. Photo credit: Seansie / Foter / CC BY Increased Security The root of reservations about switching to the cloud comes from a misguided belief that the cloud is insecure. Many imagine a private, enterprise cloud the same way they view the cloud storage on their phones. Yet the enterprise cloud that a government would…

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The Benefits of CRM for Records and Information Management Month

April is known as Records and Information Management Month, areas MDL Technology specializes in. An excellent way to keep track of customer or client records and information is by using a customer relationship management (CRM) system. There are many benefits to using a CRM system for your data. Photo credit: Sean MacEntee / Foter / CC BY Improve Customer Service A CRM allows you to put all of your customer information in one place that is easy to search through and access. You can also track all interactions the customer had with your brand, from purchasing products to every question they have had after calling in to customer service. When…

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Happy World Backup Day! Tips for Backing Up Your Business Data

March 31 is known internationally as World Backup Day, a holiday that reminds everyone in the digital age how important it is to backup data in case of an emergency. At MDL Technology, this holiday is widely celebrated! Backing up data is one of our specialties and we want to make sure you celebrate this day the most efficient way possible by giving you tips on backing up your business data. Photo credit: FutUndBeidl / Foter / CC BY Create a Plan Before you can start to backup your data, you need to come up with a plan for your data. Traditional backup where everything is put on a separate…

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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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