Did you know that March 31st is World Backup Day?

Has your business data been backed up recently?

Backup Data

World Backup day is not only a day that promotes backing up all your valuable data, but it’s also a day to talk about the enormous task of preserving our increasingly digital heritage for future generations.

{company} recommends though that every day should be world backup day, as one backup per year isn’t enough to combat against the leading causes of data loss, which are, in order of percentage:

  • Hardware or System Malfunctions = 44%
  • Human Error = 32%
  • Software Corruption = 14%
  • Computer Viruses = 7%
  • Natural Disasters = 3%

If you don’t backup your data, the risk of losing your most valuable information will become a constant threat.  Ensure this doesn’t happen with an automatic daily backup in place.  Don’t have an automatic daily backup in place?  Not to worry, {company} will show you how!

By implementing a backup strategy that uses a 3-2-1 rule, you can feel rest assured that even if one backup fails, you still have two left.  Need assistance setting up a 3-2-1 rule in your backup strategy plan?  Contact {company} today at {phone} or send us an email to {email}.  The 3-2-1 rule creates triple redundancy for your files by creating a:

  • Primary and Secondary Copy – stores your copies in at least two types of storage media (local drive, network drive, etc.)
  • Cloud Copy – stores one copy off-site through the use of an online backup file system ensuring you have everything you need to continue working from anywhere.

Need assistance in finding that right backup provider?  With the managed business continuity plans and affordable backup services offered by {company}, you can rest easy knowing everything’s in place to protect your information and technology from anything the future might throw at you.

Contact us today by giving our team of experts a call at {phone} or send us an email to {email} and get the protection your business needs to keep your business operations running no matter what type of disaster hits.

Why All The Fuss Over Computer Backups?

Most people rely on computers for many varied tasks. A business owner may use their computer to communicate with clients, send emails to employees and advertise their business. Many private individuals use their computers to stay in touch with friends and family via personal webpages on social media networks and highly private email communications. A computer can allow a grandparent in Florida to see their grandchild’s first steps or watch as they graduate from high school. Most people use computers each day, but they may not be aware of how important it is to implement security measures so their personal data is not compromised. Many things can compromise your internet security. This is why you need to have as many backups as possible at all times.

Computer Backups

Keep Your Files Secure

Your personal files are highly important. In today’s age, it is more important than ever to keep personal files of all important documents on hand. You need copies of documents including your birth certificate, your mortgage documents and your important diplomas. You will need to have access to personal and business documents as well. Documents, such as tax returns and income statements, may need to be at hand if you are doing tasks such as applying for a job or attempting to resolve a tax dispute of some kind. Merely filing them electronically may not mean that copies are always on hand.

Power Failures

Power failures are quite common. A vast hurricane can wipe out years of files. Even a small storm of less than an hour in duration can mean electrical shorts and lost documentation. A brief power flicker can also lead to serious problems with your data files. This is one of many reasons why it is highly important to always have access to backups of all kinds for all your computer data needs.

Viruses are Dangerous

Viruses are quite common today. You may not even be aware that your computer has picked up a virus. Yet the virus may still be present, causing havoc and creating all kinds of problems. Viruses can erase important data and destroy entire files. If your computer has a virus, you can also unknowingly spread that virus to other computers as well even if you have no intention of doing so. This is another reason why you need to have backups on hand at all times A single virus can wipe out all of your data overnight. You might turn on your computer the next day and find that years of work have been erased or copied without your permission and sent elsewhere.

Without Backup Files

Without backup files, you might never see such important data. Even a skilled computer user may be helpless against a single nasty virus. A virus can also attack your hard drive, rendering your entire computer essentially unusable even after you take it to a computer recovery expert. A hard drive can break down from time to time. You might wake up and discover that your own hard drive simply isn’t working as well as it should. This can happen due to many reasons including the failure of your operating system. If the entire system goes down, days or even years of accumulated data can ultimately be lost. Vital memories that you cherish of favorite birthday parties and anniversary celebrations may be gone forever. Important business records that you need to run your business may be gone. Having backups allows you to avoid this potential catastrophe. You can work, send messages and share important events without worrying they will disappear from your reach.

L.A. County Supervisor Makes Transition Out of County Service into the Private Sector

L.A County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky Needed a Simple and Effective Means to Gain Secure and Flexible Access to Archive County Files and Assets

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After decades in elected office, Zev Yaroslavsky was forming a non-profit institute and ultimately returning to UCLA as director of the L.A. Initiative at Luskin School of Public Affairs and Department of History.

The Solution: A Dedicated IT Solutions Provider Who Understands the Los Angeles Business Environment

{company} owner Josh Weiss grew up in Mr Yaroslavsky’s district, allowing him to have an up close and personal knowledge of what it takes to succeed in the L.A based business world. It is for this reason that Mr Yaroslavsky was referred to {company}.

Because of Mr Yaroslavsky’s decades of hard work in the public sector, the transition out of County service into the Private sector would take an immense amount of hard work and organization. {company} went above and beyond in regards to interacting and collaborating with the L.A County IT staff. They worked tirelessly, using their technical expertise to get Mr Yaroslavsky set up with all of the essential technology solutions he needed to thrive in his new endeavor including:

  • Hosted Microsoft Exchange
  • Hosted File Sync Service
  • Secure and Flexible Access to Archived County Filed and Assets

This allowed Mr Yaroslavsky to direct his full focus on readying himself to return to UCLA and effectively settle into his new role.  Since this transition, {company} and Mr Yaroslavsky have developed both a professional and trusting relationship that has allowed him to continuously reach his goals and meet his objectives in the most effective way possible. This is why Mr Yaroslavsky is thrilled to continue his business relationship with {company} for years to come.

Are you looking for an IT solutions provider who is willing to go the extra mile to make your organization successful? Discover the dedication and expertise that {company} has to offer, call us at {phone} or send us an email at {email} to discuss how our comprehensive IT solutions and support can enhance your operations and simplify your operations.

2015 Was A Big Year For Me!!!

JoshMy biggest desire with this newsletter is to share interesting stories, give applicable and helpful business advice and of course, share some technology advice you and your workforce will benefit from.

If there’s anything you’d like to see here or stories you’d like to share,  please send them over to {email}!

2015 marked a year of transition and growth for me. I’ve worked with a brilliant team of consultants to streamline every facet of L.A. Creative Technologies’ internal workings with the goal of providing the best service possible to our incredible & valued clients.

I’m flabbergasted at the inspiring and creative group of clients I get to work with here at LACT. Architects, designers, record labels, civic leaders, upstart real estate agencies and creative brands of all kinds make up an incredible client base. To better serve these and other industries and business types, we have worked diligently to improve L.A. Creative Technologies service offerings, including:

  • Operations
  • Client Service
  • Marketing
  • VCIO service delivery

And I’m so excited to keep growing with more creative businesses and the people behind them. Undertaking this process of development and learning has made me excited to see the amazing benefits our new service offers will have on small businesses and freelancers in the Los Angeles area! So if your focused on excellence and success, or just making a little more money and having a little more free time, then I look forward to working with you and your company.

Why businesses of every size need systems

My own journey towards Systematizing LACT started with a pretty simple wish – to be able to go on vacation without worrying what was happening with my clients’ networks back in L.A. Not that I don’t love what I do and the amazing clients I work with (believe me, I do!) but that doesn’t mean I  don’t like to travel too :)

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So I sat down and started thinking through what it would take to understand my business well enough to pull this off.

  • what is every way client make contact with us so we can properly forward and track emails, calls, texts etc
  • how’s everything set up for each client, where is it located at and what are the passwords
  • What do our clients expect from us when we visit their offices?
  • how do we perform our regular maintenance for clients?
  • how do the client backups work and what needs to be done to recover in the case of an emergency?
  • what tasks need to get done internally to keep the business running smoothly

Those are just a few of the questions I’ve been considering as I’ve worked with some incredible consultants and learned so much about systems, automation, marketing, “smartsourcing”, service packages technical documentation and business operations over the last two years.

Everyone has their own reasons for systematization: maybe you want to be able to sell your business, maybe you want to franchise or maybe you realize systems are integral for any organization if it is to be sustainable, efficient and competitive.

For me it was all of the  above, but first and foremost I’m excited to take a trip to Cuba in May and rest assured all of our clients will be covered by our staff and tech teams :)

Our technology opportunity workshops and Virtual CIO services can help YOU start or continue along this same journey. Get in touch with us now to find out how.

Cloud Security is Essential for Your Small Business. Protect it with a vCIO.  

Cloud SecurityInternet security has long been a vital aspect not only for individuals, but at the office as well. For growing small businesses, the need to protect assets through Internet security helps prevent malware and other fishing software from obtaining valuable information, not only on the business, but on employees as well. As technology has improved in recent years, more and more information is stored through an Internet connection. Storing data on the cloud makes sense for your small business, as it gives you direct access to all stored data anywhere you go. It also leaves you more susceptible to potential data theft, so what exactly should you do to prevent and protect yourself and your clients? You need to protect your small business with the help of our vCIO services.

First, What is a vCIO?

As a small business, you probably don’t throw around to many titles outside of “owner” or “manager.” Due to this, the chances of you having an actual chief information officer probably is not all that great. Now, as the business grows and as you push from small business into a medium sized business, the creation of specific operator titles does become more necessary. With all of this in mind, what exactly is a vCIO? It is a virtual chief information officer. This is an entity filled by not only one, but a host of virtual IT professionals, at your disposal and ready to protect your cloud storage and information. We act as your visual IT professionals and do everything in our power to not only ensure you have the best cloud storage, but we also bring to the plate the best possible virtual protection anywhere on the Internet.

Protecting Your Cloud Storage with a vCIO

Everything stored on the Internet has an access gateway. After all, if it is easy for you to access, it does bring with it the potential for an outsider to access your company information. Now, you shouldn’t let this frighten you away from cloud storage. In fact, cloud storage can not only save your company thousands of dollars annually, but improve production and increase your chances of signing new clients as you travel everywhere with your data for sales pitches and meetings. You just need to take the extra steps in securing your cloud storage data.

Cloud storage service providers do offer a veil of security. Some companies are better than others in terms of overall protection, but these companies often just deal with individuals wanting home cloud storage. Individual accounts do not prove all that desirable for information thieves. A small business, with hundreds (or thousands) of financial accounts is an attractive cloud storage space to snoop around. It is this added level of attention you need to protect yourself from. With our virtual IT services, you’ll receive the very highest level of protection possible. We do not just put down the same preventative shield in front of your account. We take it to the next level in order to make sure only you and your approved employees can access the cloud account. We monitor access to the account, so if strange interactions are taking place, we can contact you to see if it is you inside of the cloud server or if someone is going through your data and lock them out.

Essential for Your Small Business

In order to survive in the modern world of business, you need to give yourself every advantage possible. Cloud storage stands as the very best way to save information and have instant access to it, no matter where you are in the world. We are simply here to provide you with the extra level of security and peace of mind.

Client Success Story: Partners in Solidarity

What Our Client Says:

“Josh always has a positive attitude, the ability to solve logistical problems on the spot, and the initiative to stay focused on achieving project goals. To this day, we consider him a valuable member of our team. {company} continues to provide immeasurable value to our operations; updating our website, promoting the project to various NGO’s, and problem-solving software and other technological challenges. Working with {company} has maximized our ROI and improved our capabilities.”  – Matthew Rutman. Director, Partners in Solidarity 

Background:

Partners in Solidarity is an international program based in the highland department of Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Computers are collected, refurbished, and loaded with Spanish and Mayan language software and education programs creating community computer labs.

Each lab is “owned” by the community and each community is trained in maintenance and security to protect and care for the computers.

Challenge:

Partners in Solidarity trains groups of individuals in managing complex labs, many of whom have had little to no technological experience. It was important to create solid manuals and secure systems that could be referred to and utilized for years to come.

Services Performed:

  •       Training local teachers in basic computer skills and maintenance
  •       Researching and writing an Internet pilot program
  •       Re-designing project website
  •       Visiting rural schools and setting up computer labs
  •       Networking with local and international technological NGOs to promote the project.

Josh’s Words Of Wisdom

JoshMy biggest desire with this newsletter is to share interesting stories, give applicable and helpful business advice, and of course, share some technology advice that you and your workforce will benefit from.

If there’s anything you’d like to see here, or stories you’d like to share,  please send them over to {email}!

2015 marked a year of transition and growth for me. I’ve worked with a brilliant team of consultants to streamline every facet of L.A. Creative Technologies’ internal workings with the goal of providing the best service possible to our incredible and valued clients.

I’m flabbergasted at the inspiring and creative group of clients I get to work with here at LACT. Architects, designers, record labels, civic leaders, upstart real estate agencies and creative brands of all kinds make up an incredible client base. To better serve these and other industries and business types, we have worked diligently to improve L.A. Creative Technologies service offerings, including:

  • Operations
  • Client Service
  • Marketing
  • VCIO service delivery

I’m so excited to keep growing with more creative businesses and the people behind them. Undertaking this process of development and learning has made me excited to see the amazing benefits our new service will have on small businesses and freelancers in the Los Angeles area! So, if your focused on excellence and success, or just making a little more money and have a little more free time, then I look forward to working with you and your company.

Getting the Edge with Technology

lawyerAsk most lawyers why they chose their profession, and you’re likely to hear a variety of reasons: Some because of others’ expectations, some because they wanted to help people, some because they saw it as a tool to become more involved with government, some because they simply found the law fascinating. Whatever the reason, many lawyers didn’t consider what it takes to manage the business end of being an attorney.

When dealing in business of any kind, you need to play to your strengths and outsource your weaknesses. Sometimes, especially in the modern world, outsourcing means finding better technology. In this fast-paced world, having a technological edge can make all the difference when it comes to acquiring and retaining clients, dealing with the intricacies of managing a well-run business, and accessing information.

In a highly competitive environment where clients have instant access to vast amounts of knowledge through the Internet, a modern lawyer doesn’t need to be tech savvy — but they must at least appear to be. Debuting at the 2016 ABA Techshow, 1Law is a new iOS app that harnesses the power of technology and big data to aid consumers in locating an available attorney or related professional to assist them with their legal needs. This app is similar to the Uber app, where a client hails a ride. 1Law connects the client with a lawyer instantly by video and talk real time.

1Law is created by Jason Velez, who has a thriving law practice in Utah and Nevada and offices coming in Arizona and California. A solution thinker, Velez sought to bring accessibility and compassion into the modern tech world while enhancing the ability to establish relationships and business networking.

As a multi-purpose tool, 1Law provides a number of benefits to both consumers and legal professionals.

After a user sets up a profile, the app shows a map of their location. Nearby attorneys who have connected to the system show up as a blue icon if they are currently available for questions, or a grey icon if they are not. Users can choose a particular area of law to see local legal specialists in that area, or select an icon to view that lawyer’s profile. If the user wants to contact the lawyer, he or she taps the call button under the profile.

1Law uses Twilio as its video platform, providing a seamless interface. When the call comes in, the attorney can either deny or accept the call. If the lawyer accepts, the two are connected into a video call, and the user can pose their questions.

Through 1Law, consumers receive easy and accessibly answers to simple and immediate questions at little or no charge. Lawyers can use 1Law to create relationships that lead to fee-generating services and referrals. Because lawyers may also see contact information of users who contact them, they can plan accordingly to follow up and offer their services. This also enhances a law office’s branding and allows attorneys to reach a wider — but more selective — demographic.

1Law is also a valuable tool for legal services organizations and law offices that provide legal triage to low-income or disabled clients. The app helps many users who have difficulty getting into an office whether it’s due to geographic, transportation or scheduling reasons or to a disability.

Lawyers are welcome to try out the 1Law service for a free trial period. If they find it to be a valuable addition to their services, they can then join on a subscription basis. 1Law will help enhance member attorneys’ business as well as their ability to be what they went to school to become: A lawyer.