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MERIT Solutions has been serving the Chesapeake area since 1982, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

How to Talk Tech with People That Don’t Know About IT

How to Talk Tech with People That Don’t Know About IT

Businesses are looking to technology more than ever in a constant attempt to improve productivity and efficiency. One problem that some businesses face is that their staff isn’t exactly technologically savvy, making them difficult to communicate with about technical concepts. This month, we aim to help you do a better job of communicating with those workers who don’t know much about technology.

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5G and the Future of the Wi-Fi HotSpot

5G and the Future of the Wi-Fi HotSpot

The establishment of Wi-Fi as a tool has been revolutionary for society. With mobile carriers instituting data caps, and more people using mobile devices to access the ever-increasing ecosystem of content, Wi-Fi hotspots have become more than just useful tools, they have become a staple for businesses and individuals from all over the world. 

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Strategies to Maintain Solid Productivity

Strategies to Maintain Solid Productivity

Productivity improves as time management improves. It seems like a simple notion, but if you aren’t deliberate about managing your time, there isn’t much positive movement that is going to be had in the productivity meter. This month, we thought we would help you by giving you a few strategies that will work to improve your employees’ productivity. 

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Businesses Are Confronted with More Computers than Ever

Businesses Are Confronted with More Computers than Ever

With technology becoming more and more important to the success of your business, it becomes crucial that your staff gets reliable technology that will effectively run the programs they need, while giving them the level of mobility their position demands. This month we thought we’d take a look at the myriad of computing options that the modern business has when it’s looking to buy computers for its staff.

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Server Choices for Small Businesses

Server Choices for Small Businesses

Small Businesses don’t always have the computing or financial resources--or the need--to purchase a server. Lots of small companies will have a few workstations connected together through a wired or wireless Local Area Network (LAN), but when your business gets to a point where it needs more effective means of collaboration, running that LAN through a server can produce quite a few benefits. Today, we will look at why a server-based LAN is an improvement and what your company’s server options are. 

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A Brief History of the Mobile Device

A Brief History of the Mobile Device

Mobile devices are in the same boat as the Internet. They’ve only been around for a couple of decades, but demand for both is inexorable and continues to redefine the way people compute. Let’s look at a brief history of the mobile device and see how we’ve got to the point where society couldn’t function without them.

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Make Meeting Your Goals a Collaborative Effort

Make Meeting Your Goals a Collaborative Effort

For small businesses and startups, it is extremely important to choose the collaboration tools your business needs to meet consumer demand. It is often the case where members of your team are going to be asked to work together toward the successful conclusion in the delivery of a service or the creation of a product. Today, we will go over some considerations that decision makers need to sort through in order to find collaboration solutions that will help meet a business’ goals. 

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What You Need to Know About Bloatware

What You Need to Know About Bloatware

For the individual, it is exciting when you open the box that your new computer comes in. For a business, however, it can cause a bunch of problems. Sure, a hardware refresh can be an exciting time for a business, especially if it has been necessary for a while. One problem, however, is that some new hardware comes with unwanted software. Let’s take a look at what we mean.

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Turn to Us for Better Vendor Management

Turn to Us for Better Vendor Management

Many businesses need to deal with a lot of vendors in order to keep their doors open - enough that, at times, it might seem that the most time and energy is spent juggling these vendors. That doesn’t have to be the case, however, at least where your technology solutions are concerned. 

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VoIP’s Benefits are Numerous

VoIP’s Benefits are Numerous

Business owners and managers are always looking to save a buck. Since the cost of doing business continues to climb, looking to the cloud for their business-critical applications is one way to extend operational capital. The cloud offers several solutions to help the modern business keep their costs down, and one service that can be very valuable is Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). VoIP, specifically hosted VoIP, can help you reduce your communications costs in many ways, including:

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Set a Mobile Policy for Your Own Good

Set a Mobile Policy for Your Own Good

Mobile devices (as their name would suggest) go everywhere, including the modern office. As such, it is likely that your employees will want to take advantage of their capabilities to accomplish more of their responsibilities and tasks. This can be advantageous to your business, assuming that you have a well-thought-out mobile device policy in place.

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Who Fixes Broken Technology with Managed Services?

Who Fixes Broken Technology with Managed Services?

About a decade ago--when managed IT services were just starting to gain traction--one of the major selling points was that break/fix was expensive, because not only was the machine you needed fixed, broken, your business had to eat the cost of downtime. Now that many businesses have benefited from the proactive approach to IT management, and managed IT services are a big part of business for a lot of companies, one question is left unanswered: What happens when technology breaks under a managed IT services agreement? This month, we’ll answer that question.

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Try SSD If You Need More Speed

Try SSD If You Need More Speed

Few things are more frustrating and annoying than a slow computer. There are a lot of things that can slow a computer down, too: viruses and malware, excess applications running in the background, even time can seem to turn a relatively fast computer into a slow-as-molasses impediment to productivity.

If your computer is overall healthy but starting to slow down, there is one simple upgrade that can make a whole world of difference.

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Your Options Once Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 are Gone

Your Options Once Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 are Gone

By the time you read this, Microsoft is shortly going to retire both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 operating systems - assuming that you are reading this before January 14. If you still are utilizing these software in your business at this point, you need to upgrade, or else deal with the security consequences of dealing with unsupported software. Here, we’ll review your options.

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Effective Data Management Brings Big Benefits

Effective Data Management Brings Big Benefits

We all use computers to run our businesses every day, and data has become a key factor in what most businesses do. Even smaller businesses have begun to use their data for strategic purposes, and in doing so have started a trend that has taken the world by storm. Let’s take a look at the data services that are designed to inform business owners and decision makers on how their business is actually working and how to improve operational effectiveness.

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The Importance of Operational Backup

The Importance of Operational Backup

There are numerous backup strategies. Some are attractive for their affordability, some for their comprehensiveness, but regardless of the strategy you use, it will need to fit the kind of work that you do. Some businesses need to make considerations for the amount of data that is created, and what would happen if it were lost. This is where an operational backup strategy comes into play. Let’s take a look at what that means.

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Windows 7 Support is Coming to an End

Windows 7 Support is Coming to an End

Here’s something that may surprise you, Windows 7 is still one of the more popular operating systems. This is troubling since Microsoft is shutting off support for the OS on January 14, 2020. 

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Where is Your Data and Who Can See It?

Where is Your Data and Who Can See It?

We are all in the cloud. The concept of cloud computing and cloud storage has revolutionized the way businesses handle data storage and software distribution. We have helped many of our clients utilize cloud-based services, and these days, most of us are connected to this entity labeled as “the cloud” in one way or another. The question is, how can we tell if our data is safe?

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Basic Cybersecurity Practices to Minimize Risk

Basic Cybersecurity Practices to Minimize Risk

With cybersecurity talent at such a critical shortage, data breaches that expose millions of people’s sensitive information are routine occurrences. It is one of the biggest problems that the modern business faces. Since shortages have businesses of all types scrambling for cybersecurity personnel we thought we’d put together a list of five things that every person should know about how to keep systems secure. 

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Chatbots and Other Simple Artificial Intelligence

Chatbots and Other Simple Artificial Intelligence

There are plenty of technologies that come to define the point of time in which they were developed. The printing press, the light bulb, the automobile, etc. Today, we live in a time where new, and potentially transcendent technologies seem to be a dime a dozen. In the past twenty years we’ve seen the development of the mobile device, broadband technology (both wired and wireless), social media, blockchain and cryptocurrency, all the way to self-driving cars. None of these technologies (even YouTube) has the promise that Artificial Intelligence has, however. Let’s take a look at how businesses are using AI to improve their business right now.

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