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What is an Acceptable Turnaround Time for Copier Service?

November 27th, 2022 by Kevin Box

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Last week, during a conversation with a potential new customer with Function4, the customer asked me what is our turnaround time for service calls. My answer was four hours depending on the time of the day the call was placed. She seemed shocked, so...

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Posted in: General, Managed Print Services

Everything You Should Know about Help Desk Software

November 23rd, 2022 by Function4

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Help desk software has become an essential tool for businesses of all sizes. It allows companies to manage customer support more effectively, improving efficiency and customer satisfaction. However, with so many different help desk software solutions...

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Posted in: IT Services

Section 179 and What It Means for Your Small Business

November 21st, 2022 by Kevin Box

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The Section 179 deduction is a valuable tax break for small and medium-sized businesses because it allows owners to deduct the entire cost of large business expenses like equipment, furniture, and machinery in a single tax season - offering significant...

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Posted in: General

The Big Question: To Purchase or Lease Office Equipment

November 13th, 2022 by Function4

Accurio Press

One of the most important assets of any business is productivity, which means acquiring the right document flow equipment to handle the workload. However, with the most expensive office equipment, the printers/copiers can be acquired in two ways: to...

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Posted in: General, Managed Print Services

Why Print Management Software? A View From Outer Space

November 7th, 2022 by Kevin Box

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When Neil Armstrong stepped off the Apollo 11 Lunar Module as the first human to ever set foot on the Moon, and uttered his famous line, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." He did so not knowing the impact it would have on future...

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Posted in: Managed Print Services

Why Your Organization Needs Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS)

October 31st, 2022 by Function4

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If you're like most businesses, your organization has seen tremendous change in the way employees communicate and collaborate over the past several years. The rise of digital transformation has forced businesses to re-evaluate their communications strategies...

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Posted in: IT Services

Managed Print Services and How it Helps Businesses

October 31st, 2022 by Function4

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Managed Print Services (MPS) is a comprehensive and integrated approach to optimizing and managing an organization's print infrastructure and print-related processes. MPS can help businesses save money, increase efficiency, and improve security. MPS...

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Posted in: Managed Print Services

3 Reasons Why Your Organization Should Have Print Management Software

October 30th, 2022 by Kevin Box

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Did you see the movie Money Ball? In the movie, the Athletics General Manager, Billy Beane uncovered a new and revolutionary way to manage a baseball team using anaylitics. He hired a Harvard Graduate and analytics expert, Paul DePodesta (Peter Brand...

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Posted in: Managed Print Services

Launching SaaS Alerting Technology to Manage Common Business Applications

October 26th, 2022 by Bill Patsouras

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Leading Managed Technology Services Provider Invests in Advanced Cybersecurity Tools SUGAR LAND, TX – Function4, a leading managed technology services provider (MTSP), has increased their investments in an advanced cybersecurity technology...

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Posted in: Cybersecurity, Press Release

How to Select a Print Partner

October 24th, 2022 by Christian Colasono

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Day-to-day use of paper, toner, and other supplies is an everyday part of many businesses. The technology that supports that supply chain may be another story. Now is the time to think about how you can bring efficiency and flexibility into how your...

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Posted in: Managed Print Services

3 Key Metrics in Choosing a Managed Print Services Partner

October 19th, 2022 by Kevin Box

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If your organization is searching for a Managed Print Services partner, you're not alone. According to ResearchandMarkets.com, the global Managed Print Services Market size reached $38.7 Billion in 2021 and will be at $64.1 Billion by 2027, so a great...

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Posted in: Managed Print Services

In-House vs. Outsourced Printing

October 17th, 2022 by Paul Perez

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For some organizations, print marketing is their primary avenue for distributing information to the public. Though digital marketing has unleashed new marketing methods such as SMS, Email, and Social-Media, print still plays a large role, and its effectiveness...

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Posted in: Managed Print Services

How Azure Arc Can Support Your Business

October 14th, 2022 by Function4

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What do you want to know about Azure Arc and how it can support your business? For starters, you can secure multi cloud, on-premises and hybrid infrastructure — all from a single pane of glass. To see how, schedule a free demo with one...

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Posted in: IT Services

Function4 Protects SMBs From DNS Attacks

October 12th, 2022 by Function4

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Leading Provider in Managed IT Services Shares Best Practices for Dealing with Data Attacks Through DNS SUGAR LAND, TX – Function4 a leading managed technology services provider (MTSP), is helping small to mid-sized...

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Posted in: Press Release

Staffing Issues in 2022

October 9th, 2022 by Chris Wolfe

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Staffing Shortages in the labor force have been stifling in 2022. As of March 2021, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released data indicating a staggering all-time high of 8.1 million job openings, with a job opening rate of 5.3%. Fast forward 18...

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Posted in: General

Don’t Walk the Plank

October 3rd, 2022 by Cherrie Cole

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Don’t be forced to walk the plank with your supplies. The work phone rings. You answer with the company name. The person on the other side says, “Hi, I am [a made-up name] we service your copier and need you to verify the...

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Posted in: Cybersecurity

You Deserve the Best Managed Services Solutions

September 28th, 2022 by Function4

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Is your company growing and needs to expand but don't know whether to share system support or buy new? With the recent influx of companies moving to the cloud and collaborating from homes or different regions, IT solutions have become necessary for...

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Posted in: IT Services

What Type of Label Printer Is Right For your Organization?

September 25th, 2022 by Jason Andrews

Label printer.

My customers often call me inquiring about label printing, and one of the first questions I typically ask them is: "Will you be using a direct thermal or a thermal transfer printer?" Most inexperienced users have no idea what the difference...

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Posted in: Managed Print Services

Why Help Desk?

September 19th, 2022 by Marc Marlin

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Why Help Desk? There are a myriad of reasons why businesses operating in today's technology environment should consider implementing an IT Support Help Desk in their organization. These can include faster response times and mitigation of technical issues....

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Posted in: Business Technology

Why Are Toner Prices So Outrageous?

September 12th, 2022 by Kevin Box

Different colors of toner

Did you know that toner is the eighth most expensive liquid in the world according to Beyondtype1.org? According to a list published on the site, toner is just behind the cost of Insulin and Mercury at $2,700 per gallon. Most organizations buy HP...

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Posted in: Managed Print Services

Leveraging Powerful Artificial Intelligence Anti-Phishing Technology to Keep Email Inboxes Safe

September 8th, 2022 by Function4

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Leading MTSP Shares Why Email Is an Easy Way to Destroy A Company’s Network SUGAR LAND, TX - Function4, a leading managed technology services provider (MTSP), recently announced that they are protecting small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs) with...

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Posted in: Press Release

4 Ways to Overcome the Supply Chain Issues When Ordering Printers

September 6th, 2022 by Kevin Box

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Over the last two years, anything that requires a computer chip has gone through supply chain issues in one way or another. COVID-19 did not entirely create this issue but exposed it. If you need to order a new printer, it could take as...

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Posted in: General

6 Ways to Ensure Your Printer Fleet is Hack Proof

August 29th, 2022 by Kevin Box

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Your organization is continuously creating confidential, valuable data that's critical to it running optimally and efficiently in real-time. And you're probably using multiple security methods–including authentication, encryption, and monitoring–to...

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Posted in: Cybersecurity, Managed Print Services

What Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Reveals About Disposable Printers

August 24th, 2022 by Kevin Box

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My father was a small-town Justice of the Peace in rural Louisiana and if you ever opened the closet in his office, you would find his black robe on the left, crammed against the side of the closet and the rest of the closet occupied by stacks of...

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Posted in: Managed Print Services

Secure Your Documents and Business with Document Management System – DMS

August 18th, 2022 by Function4

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A company's growth entails considerable documentation to keep track of all your spending and earnings along with what projects are being worked on and more. Imagine a growing company with an inefficient file management system that could...

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Posted in: Document Management

MPS and Print Management Insights

August 15th, 2022 by Kevin Box

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Insights in the Managed Print Services and Print Management Software Space Over the last two plus years, the Print Management industry has been hit hard by a global pandemic, supply chain issues, and a lack of hardware inventory due to chip shortages....

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Posted in: Managed Print Services

The High Costs of Toner Got You Down?

August 8th, 2022 by Kevin Box

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Why Buying Retail Toner Is Insane, and Other Reasons to Have a Managed Print Services Agreement in Place In past discussions with organizations, I've come across a great deal of IT Managers and Administrators who often fail to fully understand...

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Posted in: Managed Print Services

Help Desk - Third-Party Solution Providers Just a Call Away

July 27th, 2022 by Function4

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There are several flourishing businesses worldwide; however, each business differs from the other. One significant difference between a multi-national firm and a small business is the lack of resources. If you work for or own a small firm, you'd know...

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Posted in: Business Technology

Protect Your Business with the Best Cybersecurity Firm

July 25th, 2022 by Function4

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The modern world is a world of computers and technology. Over the years, we have flourished and achieved outstanding accomplishments in many aspects, and technology is one of them. However, while technology has flourished, so has the prevalence...

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Posted in: Cybersecurity

Function4 Prepares Customers to Leverage AI to Reshape Their Businesses

July 22nd, 2022 by Function4

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Leading MTSP Shares How Businesses Can Gain a Competitive Advantage with AI SUGAR LAND, TX – Function4, a leading managed technology services provider (MTSP) is preparing organizations to leverage artificial intelligence (AI) to...

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Posted in: Press Release

Digital Interactions Are Becoming Increasingly Popular, Transforming Industries Forever - And That Includes Auto Sales.

July 12th, 2022 by Function4

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A fully integrated cloud communications platform is instrumental in improving customer experience, outreach, and engagement well beyond the dealership. With the right communications platform, you can effortlessly transform your customer's car buying...

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Posted in: Business Technology

Eight Reasons Why Small and Mid-Sized Businesses Need Managed IT Services

June 23rd, 2022 by Function4

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Bill Patsouras of Function4 Describes Why This Solution Is in High Demand SUGAR LAND, TX – Managed IT services is rapidly becoming one of the hottest solutions in business today because it dramatically improves an organization’s...

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Posted in: Press Release

How Copier Companies are Accommodating and Benefiting the IT Industry

June 9th, 2022 by Function4

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The copier machine, since its production, has undergone numerous changes. Today it stands as one of the most polished and user-friendly machines making business life more manageable. While its usage has decreased by a slight margin in the present times,...

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Posted in: Business Technology

Function4 Leverages Latest Technology to Manage Networks with Apple Devices

May 26th, 2022 by Function4

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Leading Managed Technology Services Provider Protects IT Networks that Rely on Apple/Mac Products SUGAR LAND, TX – Function4, a leading managed technology services provider (MTSP), announced today that the company is...

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How COVID-19 Has Brought About Staffing Issues for Business

May 5th, 2022 by Function4

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The COVID-19 pandemic came out of nowhere and significantly impacted our everyday lives. However, while the human race saw some significant impacts, the business world faced the most problems. Since the pandemic businesses...

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Posted in: General

Function4 Protects SMBs from Exponential Growth in Cybercrime

April 28th, 2022 by Function4

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Leading Managed Technology Services Provider Educates Businesses on Dramatic Increase in Cybercrime Directed at Small-Business Owners and How to Prevent It Function4, a leading managed technology services provider (MTSP), announced today that it...

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Posted in: Press Release

Using Screen Sharing to Demo Products and Services with Teams / Zultys / Zoom

April 18th, 2022 by Function4

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In an organization, it is the job of the sales and marketing teams to enhance sales, keep existing customers happy, and help the company expand, and to do this; they need to present their ideas. Studies show that visual aids can increase...

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Posted in: Business Technology

Function4 Selected to Share Their Expertise at Top IT Event

April 6th, 2022 by Function4

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Leading MTSP to Offer Their Technology Knowledge to Peers Around the U.S. and Canada SUGAR LAND, TX – Function4, a leading managed technology services provider (MTSP), announced today that they’ve been selected to...

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Posted in: Press Release

Checking Chrome and Edge for Updates

March 29th, 2022 by Function4

Updating Microsoft Edge Step 1

Note: Edge may already be up to date on its own, but for security reasons we are ensuring it is. Microsoft Edge Step 1: Open your Microsoft Edge browser Step 2: Click the 3 Dots (…) in the top-right corner Step 3: Hover...

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Posted in: General

How to Find the Best Copier Company Near Me

March 22nd, 2022 by Function4

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No matter how advanced the world has become, there are some conventional things that we can't just let go of. Printing papers is one of these. You can have all of the information you need in digital form, but some documents must be in physical...

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Posted in: Business Technology

Protecting Customers from Data Breaches and Cyberthreats with Password Management

March 17th, 2022 by Function4

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Leading MTSP Shares Most Common Cause of Cyberattacks and How to Secure Any Organization SUGAR LAND, TX – February 25, 2022 - Function4 a leading managed technology services provider (MTSP), is protecting customers from the leading cause of cyberattacks...

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Posted in: Cybersecurity, Press Release

Supply Chain Issues: How have the Supply Chain Issues Today Affected Your Business?

March 9th, 2022 by Function4

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Business production is not a one-person show. It takes many people from suppliers to manufacturers, from producers to retailers, and in the end, those that take the product to the desired customer. This particular chain is essential to take a...

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Posted in: General

Function4 Chosen as a 2021 ENX Magazine Elite Dealer

March 3rd, 2022 by Function4

ENX Magazine Elite Dealer 2021

Toluca Lake, CA—ENX Magazine announced that Function4 was among the 120 companies chosen this year as a 2021 Elite Dealer. This is the 6th time that Function4 has been chosen among the nation’s top office technology dealerships. At Function4, we focus...

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Posted in: Press Release

Function4's Bob Evans Named BTA's Volunteer of the Year

February 23rd, 2022 by Function4

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Function4’s Leadership Wins Award for Contributing to Entire Industry SUGAR LAND, TX – Function4, a leading managed technology services provider (MTSP), recently announced that Bob Evans, one of the key members of...

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Posted in: Press Release

Function4 Announces Substantial Increase in IT Spending to Come in 2022

February 9th, 2022 by Function4

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Leading Managed Technology Services Provider Shares Significant Findings About IT Growth SUGAR LAND, TX – Function4, a leading managed technology services provider (MTSP), recently shared that IT research and consulting...

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Posted in: Press Release

Staffing Issues Going Forward Post Pandemic

January 23rd, 2022 by Function4

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No business could have seen the pandemic hitting the shore in 2020. However, every business across the board, big or small, was somehow and to some extent affected by it. One of the biggest challenges that business owners had to deal with was staffing....

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Posted in: General

Things to Look for When Buying a Copier or Printer

January 17th, 2022 by Function4

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Are you thinking of buying a new printer or copier for your business? Need to make an upgrade right away in the fastest time? Then make sure to read this post first as we share with you some of the most crucial things to consider when buying a copier...

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Posted in: Document Management, Business Technology

Preparing SMBs to Seamlessly Adopt Windows 11

January 4th, 2022 by Function4

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Leading MTSP Increases Their Customers’ Productivity with New Microsoft Applications SUGAR LAND, TX – Function4 a leading managed technology services provider (MTSP), is preparing small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs) to upgrade their operating...

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Posted in: Press Release

Key Factors to Consider in a DMS (Document Management System)

January 3rd, 2022 by Function4

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To manage a successful business, it is important to keep things well-organized. Though every business has unique organizational needs, how you store, track, and manage internal documents can significantly impact your business's operational efficiency....

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Posted in: Document Management, Business Technology

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