IT Assessment Questions for Small Business

Posted by Elizabeth Chisman Moon

Jul 12, 2016 11:33:26 AM

An IT assessment conjures different images for different people.  Some business owners see dollar signs and no real benefit to themselves or their companies.  Others picture a great exercise, but can't quite see how to fit an assessment into an already full schedule.  A few may simply wonder what is an IT assessment?

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Topics: Musings, small business, cybersecurity, managed services

Five Small Business IT Realities

Posted by Elizabeth Chisman Moon

Jul 5, 2016 11:15:00 AM

You are opening your own small business.  Congratulations!  It's an exhilarating ride.  Starting from your original idea, to the business plan, to financing, location, permits - you're inundated with details and decisions.
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Topics: Musings, Backup, cybercrime, technology, email

5 Small Business Objections to Backup and Malware

Posted by Elizabeth Chisman Moon

Feb 2, 2015 1:03:07 PM


We just had another one.  A member of our sales team comes with head hung low to discuss a potential client that wants to “skip” backup.  I’ve resorted to banging my head on the desk.  With alarming frequency, we meet small business owners who believe they are “too small” to need backup or even the most rudimentary of malware or security protection. These are the top five objections we hear from small business owners when discussing backup and security.

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Topics: Musings, Security Information, Selecting IT Vendors

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FocusData: TECHPol is a blog on technology and business policy issues affecting small and mid-sized companies.  TECHPol’s primary author, Lori Salley Ring, spent 20-plus years working on Capitol Hill, including as the top staffer on the House Committee on Small Business.  FDS is an IT consulting firm providing managed services, office tech relocation, network security, and IT support for businesses in the Washington, DC and Northern Virginia area.

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Lori Salley Ring

Lori Salley Ring

Lori serves as Policy Advisor and Communications Specialist for Focus Data Solutions.  Lori spent more than 20 years working for the U.S. Congress, including as Chief of Staff to a member of the House leadership and as the Staff Director for the Committee on Small Business.  Lori also ran a Washington-based non-profit organization between stints working for the Federal government. 

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