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New Study Finds More than Half of U.S. SMB Owners Believe Working Remotely Is Here to Stay Post-Pandemic

November 15th, 2021 by Function4

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Embracing remote work has been a love-hate relationship for many small and medium-sized business (SMB) owners. With new technology allowing workers to work from wherever and whenever more than ever before, employers have had to balance...

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Top 12 Tips for Managing Remote Teams

November 8th, 2021 by Function4

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In the past week, I heard from several former colleagues who contacted me for advice on managing remote workers. As companies around the globe grapple to address coronavirus and the workplace, managers who have never led distributed workforces...

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Posted in: Business Technology

Sustaining Business in an Uncertain World

October 26th, 2021 by Function4

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"The world of work cannot and should not look the same after this crisis." That's what the Secretary-General of the United Nations said recently. We all know the first chapter. When COVID-19 arrived, the business world had to pivot instantly and...

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Posted in: Business Technology

8 Signs Your Small Business Is Ready for VoIP

October 25th, 2021 by Function4

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Having the right technology is critical for any small business. You operate lean and focus on growth, so your investment in tech must be at the right time and for the right reasons. VoIP (voice over IP) adoption can deliver many advantages for you....

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Posted in: Business Technology, Phone Systems

A Tale of Two Processes

July 8th, 2021 by Chris Ellis

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Recently, I had an experience that illustrates the futility of partially automated processes. I was selling my car and buying another. On the selling end, I had to return an inspection form that I was able to download and file online, but I still...

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Posted in: Automation

The 4 Types of Collaboration Habits That Make Information Security Breaches an Inevitability

June 10th, 2021 by Garrett Hollander

The 4 Types of Collaboration Habits That Make Information Security Breaches an Inevitability

Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, more people are working remotely than ever before. On the one hand, productivity hasn't really suffered as there are a large number of cloud-based tools that make it possible to be just as productive outside...

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Posted in: Cybersecurity

The World of Work in 2021 and Beyond

June 1st, 2021 by Kevin Kern

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Like everything else in life, we all know the world of work is constantly changing. 2020 was undoubtedly a year that brought an unprecedented and unanticipated rate of change in how we work. The sudden transition from working in traditional offices...

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Posted in: Business Technology

Leveraging Microsoft Azure to Take Customers Into the Cloud Cost Effectively

May 31st, 2021 by Function4

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Leading Managed Technology Services Provider Helps Local Companies Move From Outdated Servers With a Seamless Transition to the Cloud SUGARLAND, TX - Function4 a leading managed technology services provider (MTSP) is leveraging Microsoft Azure...

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Workspace Technologies: What to Expect in 2021

May 18th, 2021 by Nick Pegley

Workspaces are changing

The IT landscape is in a constant state of change. Whether it’s still seen as a supportive administrative function, an enabler of digital transformation, or an integral touchpoint woven within everyday interactions, it is critically important to...

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Posted in: Business Technology

Protecting Office Printers and MFPs from Security Risks

May 11th, 2021 by Akisa Matsuda

Protecting Office Printers and MFPs from Security Risks

It is no secret that in this age of new normality, increased security threats such as phishing or ransomware attacks, are a very real concern. Almost all devices are prone to cybersecurity threats and office printers and multifunction devices...

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Posted in: Cybersecurity

COVID-19 Accelerates Azure Adoption Among Customers

March 31st, 2021 by Function4

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Leading Managed Technology Services Provider (MTSP) Reports on Spike in Cloud Demand from Small to MidSized Businesses (SMBs) SUGAR LAND, TX - Function4, a leading managed technology services provider (MTSP), announced today that the COVID-19...

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What is a Document Management System? And Why is it Useful?

March 24th, 2021 by Garrett Hollander

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What is a Document Management System (DMS)? What is a document management system? Put simply, a document management system is an automated business software solution used to organize, secure, store, capture, digitize, and tag business files....

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Posted in: Document Management, Business Technology

4 Avoidable Stresses of Working with Business Documents

February 11th, 2021 by Wendy Seykens

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The following article is a guest post by Wendy Seykens, Marketing and Communications Coordinator with M-Files partner BMconsultants. This year has become the year of virtual meetings — where we all convene together to discuss business. An hour here,...

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Posted in: Document Management

How Can UCaaS Enable Greater Employee Mobility?

February 9th, 2021 by Darcy Mekis

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The idea of flexible work has become a competitive advantage in business. This flexibility facilitates employee mobility, supported by technology. Now, it’s likely that most of your workforce must be mobile. That’s due to not only the shift to required...

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Posted in: Phone Systems

5 Reasons to Start Using Cloud Communications Today

January 21st, 2021 by Adam Vervaeke

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Cloud communications adoption was already on the rise even before 2020. The year-over-year market growth rate for Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) from 2018 to 2019 was 17.7 percent, with global revenue reaching $10.4 billion in Q4. Today,...

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Posted in: Phone Systems

Function4 Selected as a 2020 ENX Magazine Elite Dealer

January 20th, 2021 by Max Queen

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Toluca Lake, CA (Nov. 1, 2020)— ENX Magazine announced that Function4 was among the nation’s top office technology dealerships chosen this year as a 2020 Elite Dealer. Function4 provides a variety of Hardware, Software, and IT Services that focus on...

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Helping Companies Transition From Old Phone Systems That Hindered Remote Worker Performance

January 13th, 2021 by Function4

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Leading MTSP's Cloud Voice Solution Maximizes Communication and Productivity of Remote Workers SUGAR LAND, TX - Function4, a leading managed technology services provider (MTSP), announced today that the company is helping small to mid-sized...

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Five Key Trends for the Display Industry during the New Normal

January 5th, 2021 by Mehryn Corrigan

Five Key Trends for the Display Industry during the New Normal

The display industry was already going through considerable changes when COVID-19 hit. Now, the pandemic has accelerated that innovation. The following are five key trends based on our new environment that companies in the display space should keep in...

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Posted in: Business Technology

Helping Companies Transition to Remote Workforce

December 29th, 2020 by Function4

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Leading Managed Technology Services Company Giving Businesses the Capability to Work From Home SUGAR LAND, TX - Function4 a leader in managed technology services, announced today that the company is proactively helping small to mid-sized businesses...

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6 Realistic Time Management Tips for Remote Workers

December 15th, 2020 by Darcy Mekis

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You’re working on your monthly sales target report when your youngest barges into your bedroom, screaming her lungs out because the brother just took her toy. Now you have to pause working and solve the sibling rivalry. Or, you’re busy working on that...

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Posted in: Business Technology

The Less-Touch Office: Working in the Era of COVID-19

December 3rd, 2020 by Sharp

The Less-Touch Office: Working in the Era of COVID-19

For a time, touchscreen displays were the height of innovation. Forget the old-school buttons; that was so last century. Everyone wanted an interface that reminded them of their iPhone. And that technology is still great – there are many possibilities...

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Posted in: Business Technology

Providing Customers With a Technology Plan for Continued Operations

November 16th, 2020 by Function4

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Leading Managed Technology Services Provider (MTSP) Helps Businesses Owners Persevere Through the Pandemic SUGAR LAND, TX - Function4, a leading managed technology services provider (MTSP), announced today that the company is building technology...

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Considerations When Approaching a Digital Transformation

September 16th, 2020 by Brad Yocum

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For many years now, we have all heard the term “Digital Transformation.” .” What does that mean to our organization? Can we survive without paper? What is the cost, and can my staff even adopt the concept? There are so many questions that must go thru...

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Posted in: Business Technology

How to Deploy Cybersecurity Awareness Training

April 22nd, 2019 by Function4

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Your company’s biggest cybersecurity weakness may be your employees. Your staff likely means well, but if they aren’t trained in proper cybersecurity procedures, their innocent errors could cost you a small fortune. But you can keep your company both...

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Posted in: Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity: 6 Best Practices for Small Businesses

March 11th, 2019 by Function4

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If you’re a small business owner, you probably don’t spend much time thinking about cybersecurity. After all, don’t most cybercriminals focus their efforts on big companies with deep pockets? The truth is, cybercrime presents a genuine threat to your...

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Posted in: Cybersecurity

3 High-Value Document Management Benefits

January 7th, 2019 by Function4

Document Management

We've all experienced the frustration of trying to locate a lost document. Sometimes lost paperwork is just a hassle, but when a critical business document can't be found, the stakes may be much higher. Here's how a document management system can make...

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How to Win at Mobile Device Management

December 17th, 2018 by Function4

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The predictions were accurate—mobile workforce numbers continue to grow as companies realize the value of an agile staff with 24/7 access to business data. Here's why the most successful among these business leaders look to mobile device management to...

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The Benefits of a Mobile Device Management Solution

November 26th, 2018 by Function4

Mobile Device Management

Allowing your employees to use personally-owned mobile devices for work doesn't mean that you have no say in how those devices are used. If you're too hands-off, a simple mistake by an employee could give hackers access to your company's confidential...

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How Mobile Device Management Solutions Give You More Options

October 22nd, 2018 by Function4

Mobile Device Management

Your employees probably use their personally-owned mobile devices for at least some of their work. They may use them to check email, text co-workers about projects, or put meetings on their calendar. Rather than risk security issues when employees devise...

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Increase Your Peace of Mind with IT Security Services

July 23rd, 2018 by Function4

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Owning and operating a business can be all-consuming, with little time left over for distractions; an IT security solution that isn't performing is a distraction you can live without. Allowing someone to manage your system for you may be a perfect solution...

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