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One Up Solutions Northwest has been serving the Oregon area since 2003, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Comprehensive Cybersecurity Starts With These Actions

Comprehensive Cybersecurity Starts With These Actions

The effectiveness of your business' IT security heavily relies on the functionality of your IT operations. Ensuring that your staff understands their role in safeguarding your business assets is imperative. Let’s delve into the essential priorities for establishing a robust security training platform—an indispensable element in fortifying your business' IT defenses.

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Five Ethical Decisions Innovative Businesses Need to Wrestle With

Five Ethical Decisions Innovative Businesses Need to Wrestle With

Nowadays, companies grapple with a myriad of ethical challenges, necessitating responsible decision-making to keep the data they store secure. Some decisions that are made straddle the ethical line of right and wrong. Let’s take a look at five uses of technology that are controversial.

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What is a Database Management System?

What is a Database Management System?

The importance of databases in the context of an average business might be understated. They serve as an indispensable tool for ensuring smooth operations. An efficient Database Management System (DBMS) is actually more important than you may realize. This month, we look at the DBMS and its pivotal role in elevating your business operations.

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How Your Business Can Benefit from Inventory Management

How Your Business Can Benefit from Inventory Management

Managing the large number of devices in a modern office requires effective tracking and monitoring. The challenge lies in keeping tabs on each device, identifying users, and monitoring usage patterns. If your technology isn't currently being tracked, it's important to start doing so. The implementation of an inventory management system offers a more efficient and streamlined approach to this task.

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What It Means to Lead From the Front

What It Means to Lead From the Front

To most businesses, effective leadership is essential to help promote growth, drive innovation, and ensure the successful conclusion of assorted tasks. While there are various leadership styles, one approach that stands out is leading from the front. Let’s take a look at what this means and how to do it effectively. 

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It’s Important to Be Selective With Your Business’ VPN…Here’s Why

It’s Important to Be Selective With Your Business’ VPN…Here’s Why

“I just wanted to take a second to thank the sponsor of this video, [insert VPN provider here], for supporting the channel!”

If you’ve been on YouTube in the past few years, this message likely sounds pretty familiar. Virtual private network providers have been taking advantage of the trend of influencer marketing to spread awareness of their largely obscure product—often, offering an enticing deal. While we have and will continue to promote the use of a VPN for business purposes, we wanted to clarify something here: these are not the VPNs we’re saying you should use.

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Does Managed IT Really Pay for Itself?

Does Managed IT Really Pay for Itself?

Businesses use all types of sayings to try to draw in customers. One of the core selling points of managed IT services is that “it pays for itself”. This is more than just marketing. The multiple services that make up managed IT services all help a business save time and money, but when added together, it can really help the bottom line of a business more than most services they can use. In this week’s blog we thought we would go through the core elements of a managed IT services agreement to show how it really does pay for itself. 

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How Other People Can Be the Key to Your Business Success

How Other People Can Be the Key to Your Business Success

Business is filled with all types of relationships, and some of them are very challenging. Consider for a minute how challenging some of the interactions you have with customers are; or some of the vendor conversations that happen; or some of the give-and-take you get from your employees. Sometimes it is hard to believe that without these people, your business would be a complete flop. This month, we break down how sometimes the relationships you forge in business are the key to things breaking your business’ way.

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A Brief Overview on Business Compliance

A Brief Overview on Business Compliance

Every business’ clients trust that they’re taking every measure possible to protect data, like personal information or financial records. However, with the number of businesses using electronic records continuing to climb, along with the rise of cybercrime, many industries have begun to impose regulations and compliances that are designed to keep personal information secure. Health and finance are two of the most heavily regulated industries, with the government having stepped in and set a specific standard of data security regulations that these companies must comply with. 

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Six Steps to a More Secure Business Network

Six Steps to a More Secure Business Network

So much goes into proper network security that it can be daunting to know where to start. Thankfully, there are plenty of great ways you can, and probably currently are, protecting your business, even if it’s on a basic level. You can consider this a checklist of crucial network security tools that are important to have for your company’s success.

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We Can’t NOT Talk About AI and How It Might Involve Your Business

We Can’t NOT Talk About AI and How It Might Involve Your Business

We’re no strangers to talking about artificial intelligence. It’s been a somewhat regular topic on our blog and in our newsletters. AI is interesting—it’s sort of this odd technology that for many years, the average person didn’t know what to do with it. Now, it feels like AI is the dominating new technology of the year. What happened? Will it stick? Can a business take advantage of it? 

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Could You Soon Have a Four-Day Workweek?

Could You Soon Have a Four-Day Workweek?

The idea of a four-day workweek has been popular for some time now, to the point where it is actively being tested in practical settings. Let’s discuss how successful this approach has been (spoiler alert: it’s been quite successful indeed).

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Are You Sharing Your Employees with Another Employer?

Are You Sharing Your Employees with Another Employer?

How many of your employees do you think hold a second job? This isn’t a particularly outlandish concept, but one thing that has come about as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and its surge of remote work is that some employees hold two jobs at the same time, and not in the way that you might expect.

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IT Costs are Rising on a Global Scale…Here’s Why

IT Costs are Rising on a Global Scale…Here’s Why

No matter how big your business is, you’ll always have technology expenses. It’s just a fact of the current workplace, and your profits will be inexorably tied to how well your IT works for you. Furthermore, the more IT costs rise, the more impact small and medium-sized businesses will feel from them. Today, we wanted to address this issue and how you can minimize the frustrations that stem from seemingly uncontrollable technology costs.

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How Penetration Testing Works to Build Secure Business Technology

How Penetration Testing Works to Build Secure Business Technology

If you become the victim of a hacking attack today, how would the hackers go about it? Would they try to find vulnerabilities in your network and infrastructure? You need to do what you can to answer the questions surrounding the strength of your existing network and infrastructure so you don’t have to deal with potential hacks. This month, we will talk about one really great way to find out where your security is light: by getting a penetration test completed on your business’ IT.

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Update Your Business Continuity Plan for 2023

Update Your Business Continuity Plan for 2023

Business continuity is one of those topics that is frustrating to confront. It’s not terribly interesting and has very little practical value in the context of day-to-day operations, but it is intrinsically important to the sustainability of any business that happens to deal with problems. Consider for a minute how many businesses fared when the COVID-19 pandemic was in full force. There weren’t many businesses that had contingency plans for a “global pandemic.” The businesses that were quick to respond and adapt often came out on top, compared to businesses that struggled to commit.

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What Leads to Failure in a Business Project?

What Leads to Failure in a Business Project?

Digital transformation is projected to make huge waves in the business environment, with an anticipated value of approximately $767 billion by the year 2026. It’s clear that businesses have lofty ambitions and expectations for their digital transformation initiatives, but there is a shadow that is cast on this number that holds many companies back: many of these initiatives fail, and fail hard. Why is this the case? We explore these reasons in this month’s newsletter. 

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Training Your Staff Isn’t an Overnight Task

Training Your Staff Isn’t an Overnight Task

When many businesses look to hire new staff, they typically have a series of qualifications they need each applicant to meet before they grant interviews. They make their selection, do their entrance training, and then expect that the new hire will settle in and be as productive as possible as soon as possible.

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Outlining the Immense Value of Managed IT Services

Outlining the Immense Value of Managed IT Services

Every expense that your business takes on needs consideration. When you are looking to keep your business productive, you need to focus on keeping downtime to a minimum. In order to do that you need to have tools that don’t take a lot of work-time maintenance and have professional perspectives available that can help keep operations running when issues with your business’ technology do happen.

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Investing In Your Business Means Innovating More Effectively

Investing In Your Business Means Innovating More Effectively

There are many ways that you can invest in your business. You can hire additional people with a strategy to get more done; you can diversify and try to cultivate different types of revenue; and you revitalize your business through the use of technology. This month, we thought we would discuss how deploying certain technologies can help grow your business fast. 

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