May 19, 2013
Urgent Data Security Tip: Disable Java In Your Browser
Learning the Hard Way Why Proactive Maintenance is Essential
Microsoft Phone Scam: What You Need to Know
Meet 3n1's New Team Members!
Why Your Business Needs Data Encryption (And Seven Ways It Can Help Protect You)
Watch Out: There's an Apple Phishing Scheme Circulating
Safari May Be Causing Your Mac to Run Slowly
iPhone Apps Stuck on "Loading": Fix for a Common iPhone Issue
The iPhone 5 Is Having Issues with Exchange Email Pushing
iPhone 5, iOS 6, and New iPod Touch Overview
History > 8/30/2012
ZixGateway Secure Email Hosted by 3n1media
A Note on Exciting Changes from 3n1media
Use Parallels on Your Mac? Read This Before Upgrading to OS X Mountain Lion
How to Embed Videos on Your Website: 3n1media nSite Series Volume 8
Office 365 is an Attractive Cloud Productivity Solution, But Is it Right for Your Business?
New Offerings from Apple: MacBook Pros, iOS 6, and Mountain Lion
Computer too Slow? Get More Mileage by Upgrading Your RAM
NAS Devices: A Better Option for Local Backups
Mac Users: Make Sure to Install Apple's Recent Software Updates to Protect Yourself from the Flashback Virus
Sean to Speak on EMR Implementation at the Tennessee Medical Group Management Association’s Spring Conference
History > 4/11/2012
How to Tell Phishing Emails from Legitimate Ones: Check the Links
3n1media Values: Trust
A Spam Scheme Targeted at Accountants
Mac Folks: Watch out for This Virus
How to Get Your Newsletters Past Spam Filters: nSite Series Volume 7
Overview of Apple’s Latest iPad and Apple TV
Add Social Sharing Options to Your Website
What You Should Know About iCloud
Disabling OS X Lion's "Resume" Feature on Your Mac
History > 2/06/2012
iTunes Match: A Separate, But Great, Service
3n1media Values: Responsible Tech Service
The 3n1media CMS's New HTML Editor
Increase Your Security and Productivity in 2012 with an Annual IT Audit
Email Warnings from Your Administrator: Another Phishing Scheme
Need Help Setting up and Using High-Tech Christmas Gifts?
How Are People Finding Your Website?: 3n1media nSite Series Volume 6
An iPad Case Study: A Day in the Life of a Grad Student
Watch Out for Fake QuickBooks Security Update Emails
The Kindle Fire: Amazon's Official Entry into the Tablet Market
History > 10/05/2011
iPhone 4S and iOS 5 Overview
The IT Approach That's Best for Business: A Team of IT Professionals
Why All Businesses Should Consider Secure Email
The HP TouchPad: A Good Look at What a webOS Tablet Could Be
Is Your Website's Audience Responding to Your Content? Google Analytics Can Tell You: 3n1media nSite Series Volume 5
Watch out for Phishing Emails from "Facebook"
Where'd the Padlock Go?: How to Tell Which Websites Are Secure in Firefox
Interpreting the Google Analytics Dashboard Page: 3n1media nSite Series Volume 4
Check Application Compatibility before Upgrading to Mac OS X Lion
A Disaster Recovery Case Study: Trouble at the 3n1media Office
History > 7/11/2011
Four Tips for Optimizing Images for the Web: 3n1media nSite Series Volume 3
Deciding When to Upgrade Your Business's Aging Technology: A Lesson in IT from the Car Buying Process
A Road Trip Redeemed: Mounting Your iPad or Other Tablet in the Car
Adobe CS5.5 Subscription Options: Are They a Good Deal?
How to Come up with Great Content: 3n1media nSite Series Volume 2
We've Seen an Increase in Malware
What Sets iCloud Apart from Other Cloud Services?
Malware for Macs: About MacDefender and What to Do About It
Three Reasons to Update Your Content: 3n1media nSite Series Volume 1
Easy Fix for Safari Crashing on iPad
History > 5/09/2011
QuickOffice: A Great Microsoft Office App for iPad
Roku: A Great, Inexpensive Streaming Set-Top Box
Web Content Filtering Roundup
Microsoft Releases Office for Mac 2011 Service Pack 1 Update
Great Content Filtering for PCs: Windows Live Family Safety 2011
What You Need to Know about the Epsilon Breach
Sean's 5 Favorite iPad Apps
iPad 2 Overview
Gmail for Business Use and the Need for Backups
New MacBook Pro Line Overview
History > 2/17/2011
Malicious Code in Free Themes: A Reason to Be Wary of WordPress
Three Reasons We Love the Apple TV
webOS Roundup: A Summary of HP's "Think Beyond" Announcements
Hard Drive Free Space: How Much is Enough?
MozyHome: A Great Backup Solution for Personal Computers
What Are Tablets For?
The Mac App Store: A Shift in the Way We Buy Software?
HIPAA Compliance: How Healthcare Organizations Should Handle Access to Patient Data
Mac Slowness: A Strange but Easy Solution
Resetting Your iPhone's Voicemail Password
History > 12/13/2010
Make your Website More Social: Header Icons
Laser vs. Inkjet: 4 Reasons to Go with Laser Printers
Does the iPad Work for Business?
A Way to Make Your Computer Run Faster: Defragment Your Hard Drive
3 Steps to Data Security Compliance for Financial Services Companies: Step 3—Maintain Compliance with Documentation and Review
3 Steps to Data Security Compliance for Financial Services Companies: Step 2—Protect Customer Data with a Comprehensive Security Approach
3 Steps to Data Security Compliance for Financial Services Companies: Step1—Know What Data You Should Protect
3 Steps to Data Security Compliance for Financial Services Companies: Introduction
AVG Free Antivirus: It's OK to Upgrade to the New Version
"Back to the Mac" Announcement Overview
History > 10/13/2010
Hey, Nashville: Recycle Your Computers!
Printing vs. Clipping: Watch out for "Coupon Printer" Software
The Ballad of the Backup
Eye-Fi Explore X2 Review
Hard Drive and Memory Upgrades: What to Do When Your Computer Isn't Running as Well as You'd Like
The Wireless Alphabet: Making Sense of the Difference between "G" and "N"
Android Tip: Keep Track of Your Google Account Info
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Facebook Places: What You Need to Know and How to Protect Your Privacy
Internet Outage Troubleshooting: What to Do before Calling Your ISP and Strategies for When You Have To
History > 8/12/2010
Google and Others Are Becoming More Aggressive with Our Data: Is That OK with Us?
Antivirus Blues: There Is No Silver Bullet
Avoid Sites that Promise to Speed Up Your Computer Instantly
Password Guidelines: Seven Tips for Strong, Safe Passwords
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RAM Rules: What You Need to Know to Upgrade Your Computer's Memory
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Netgear ReadyNAS: A Cost-Effective Network Storage Solution
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History > 7/06/2010
A Twitter Success Story: How to Use Social Media to Listen to Your Customers
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OpenDNS: Content Filtering at the Network Level
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Internet Filtering and Parental Controls for iPhones
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Our Approach to Tech Support: A Team of Cross-Trained Engineers
The Power of Web Stats: Why You Should Check Them and How You Can Use Them
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Data Backup for Home and Business Users
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Three Cheers for Microsoft: A Review of Windows 7
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Deciding When to Upgrade Your Business's Aging Technology: A Lesson in IT from the Car Buying Process
Knowing when to replace your business’s IT systems can be tough. On the one hand, the hardware and software that keep your business running were expensive, and they ought to last a while. On the other hand, the world of technology changes at a breakneck speed. New technology comes out that might improve your business’s productivity. Compatibility becomes an issue. And older technology eventually starts to bog down or fail, costing you money in support.
The quandary of when the benefit of upgrading your IT systems becomes worth the cost sounds like another dilemma we all face in life: when does it make sense to get a new car? We find this similarity helpful when we’re helping businesses think through their technology infrastructure because we can all relate to the joys and the hassles of owning a car. Cars and business-critical technology are similar in four important ways:
They’re both essential:
Although there are exceptions for some people, life in the 21st century would be incredibly hard without a car. Similarly, business is extremely difficult without some kind of technology infrastructure. Email is essential for communication internally and with customers. Most brands need some sort of web presence. Software, hardware, and data storage are essential to productivity these days.
There are “cheap” options for both that may work for the short term, but can be expensive in the long run:
You can lease a car. It makes sense for some people and in some situations. But over the long term, it will end up costing more than owning. Similarly, there are options for renting servers “in the cloud.” They’ll cost less cash up front, but they will end up costing you more in the long term.
They’ll both last you a while—if you take care of them:
Just like cars require oil changes, tire replacements, and scheduled maintenance, your business’s technology needs consistent maintenance. Data should be backed up regularly, and those backups should be monitored. Antivirus software should be installed and kept up to date. Operating System security patches should be applied regularly. And minor hardware repair and replacements (failed hard drives, memory upgrades, etc.) are inevitable.
There comes a point when both will need to be replaced:
Eventually, the cost of owning an aging car will outweigh the cost of buying a new one. It’s the same way with technology. Older technology requires more support. The older a machine gets, the more likely it is to fail. New applications will come out, which may require software and hardware upgrades to keep your business going.
When is it time to make a major upgrade to your business’s technology? Just like with your aging car, it depends on how much mileage you’ve put on it, what kind of maintenance you’re likely to need, and, of course, where you need it to get you. That’s why we take the time to sit down with our clients and help them think through all the factors that point toward the need to upgrade technology.
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