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Should You Keep IT In-House?

in-house-itA small business needs a small army of people to make business grow, with an organizational chart usually featuring management, HR, standard employees and of course, in house IT support, right?

Depending on the size of a business “in house IT support” can be defined as a guy or an entire department.

Management and HR are very good at what they do, but one thing they don’t do is IT. While not trained in this field, these people are tasked with hiring in house IT support. Resumes and personality work well to gauge an employee’s ability to fill a cubicle but only go so far with highly technical individuals.

Here are some things to be aware of when considering keeping IT in house vs. hiring an outsourced solution. 

Apple's New Products - Get Ready for Red

Apple wants you to see "red", and hopefully buy one too.

The tech giant is releasing a new red phone hoping to capitalize on a vibrant color scheme that could appeal to its huge base of consumers.

The red phones are available in both iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models. They feature a crimson aluminum finish.

The phones come in 128GB and 256GB storage variations. Pricing is inline or perhaps a little higher than other iPhone versions.

The 128GB version sells for $749. The iPhone 7 Plus goes for $869. Those enrolled in the iPhone Upgrade Program will be able to land one for $37 per month.

Apple has had a decade-long (RED) campaign, which contributes to the Global Fund to fight AIDS. Apple said it's the world's largest corporate donor to the Global Fund, contributing more than $130 million. The red phone is said to be a piece of this strategy. The company will donate some money to the charity for each phone sold.

Why Offline Mobile App Development Matters to Your Users

 

offline-appsOffering apps that Work Offline Provide Users Convenience & Flexibility

Offline support for your mobile app is one of the most valuable features you can employ during the development process especially if your target audience is on-the-go.

In a mobile-first world that is constantly connected, one of the most crucial elements that can be missed during the development process is the understanding that mobile apps need to work offline too to be successful.

Here are 5 reasons why apps that work offline can be more successful than apps that hinge on an internet connection to work.

ThrottleNet Named Best In Reliability for 2017 by St. Louis Small Business Monthly

ST. LOUIS, MO – March 16, 2017– ThrottleNet has continued its impressive run of awards with recognition as a “Best In Reliability” company for 2017 in a survey of business owners just released by St. Louis Small Business Monthly.

 

Best In Reliability highlights companies providing the most dependable products and services consistently throughout the year. The winning companies are selected from nominations and comments from clients. The complete listing will be published in the magazine’s April, 2017 edition.

Moving to the Cloud? How to Make Your Cloud Transition Go Smoothly

migrating-to-the-cloudThe cloud is appealing to small businesses for so many different reasons. Scalability, Security, cost and the freedom to go anywhere are all motivating factors that make moving to the cloud a no-brainer for business.

 

But change is hard – especially after years of learning and understanding the ins and outs of your legacy system. While some employees may experience headaches after migrating to the cloud there are steps you can take to make migrating to the cloud a hassle-free experience.

An Early Look at Google Pixel 2

Google Pixel created quite a buzz when it was released in 2016.

The phone was highly promoted and laid its claim with an advanced camera. Sales have been steady but have posed no real threat to industry titans like Apple’s iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy.

Some believe Pixel’s sales failed to challenge the larger players due to a design that was nothing special and the price rather large at around $650.

Still many in the industry believe Google’s  attempt to chip away at the Android market was a nice first step and have high expectations that the tech giant will release a new, improved version sometime this year.

What Should I Do with My Old iPhone? Five Ways to Make Your Phone Great Again

what-should-i-do-with-my-old-iphoneSamsung is preparing to announce a launch date for the Galaxy S8, while rumors about the much anticipated iPhone 8 scheduled for the fall continue to swirl around the internet.

If you plan on replacing your current smartphone with one of these devices or have an old iPhone 4, 5 or 6 lying around in a drawer somewhere from your last upgrade, we’re pretty sure you haven’t given much thought to the question “what should I do with my old iPhone?”

It just kind of sits there.

Does it have to be this way?

 

The App Store Future Is Bleak – Or Not

future-of-the-app-storeGoogle may have taken the first step regarding its feelings on the future of the app store building upon its site-to-home screen feature in Android to allow users to add Progressive Web Apps to their home screen.

In the near future, it’s likely that that users will no longer be able to perceive a difference between a website and mobile app, and according to an article in Venture Beat this will kill the future of the app store. This is not a new theory, foreshadowed by one author in 2011 who stated that web apps are a real threat to the app store’s existence.

So, is a doomsday scenario likely for the app store?

 

Should Data Breach Notification Laws Change at the National Level?

national-data-breach-lawsAny day, we are expecting an executive order from the President aimed at cyber security, outlining which department heads within government agencies would be held accountable for maintaining and reporting on cyber security, while modernizing government equipment to minimize cyber security risks. While these are much needed, data breach notification laws at the national level are something we would also like to see addressed in the near future.

In Canada, where only 30% of CEOs in the country feel confident about their existing security measures, privacy laws are being updated to force companies to speak up. Australia has also agreed to new data breach notification laws recently. Should the same happen here?

 

ThrottleNet Named Best In Customer Service for 2017 by Small Business Monthly

ST. LOUIS, MO -- January 25, 2017 -- ThrottleNet, an IT firm based in St. Louis, MO has once again been named one of the top local companies for Best In Customer Service by St. Louis Small Business Monthly, a magazine providing business ideas, strategies and insights for CEOs, CFOs, presidents, owners and other top executives to help them grow their companies.

This is the fifth consecutive year ThrottleNet has received this recognition.