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Directive has been serving the Oneonta area since 1993, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

With So Many Cloud Options Picking the Best One Can Be Dizzying

Technology plays an integral part in just about all modern businesses in some way, shape or form. Without a place to purchase devices, however, no one can reap the benefits of them. Some businesses are vendors that provide organizations with these devices. In a sense, they act as the middle man between the producer and the consumer, acquiring devices for sale to businesses and users alike. In this way, vendors are critical for every single business.

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Spend More Time Managing Your Business, and Less Managing Vendors

Chances are, you most likely view your vendors as a necessary evil. While you have to work with them to get the things that your business needs to function, it’s hard to not think of everything else that could be accomplished in the time you spend dealing with them. Unfortunately, there are even more costs to dealing with vendors that you may not have considered.

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4 Ways a Managed Service Provider Can Help Your Business

How much does your business rely on technology to keep your organization running forward? As business technology becomes more complex, it’s becoming increasingly popular for organizations to have their own internal IT departments to manage and maintain it. Yet, small businesses don’t often have the necessary funds for such a feat. How can your company afford quality IT service? You can start by pursuing managed IT solutions from a managed service provider.

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Solid Vendor Management Leads To Solid Successes

In order to function properly, any business will need to procure certain pieces of equipment. Some of this equipment will be specialized to the business’ purpose, while some will be the sort that may be more commonly found in offices everywhere. This equipment must be procured from somewhere, and this is where vendors come in--but who in your organization is responsible for your vendor management?

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Let Us Coordinate All of Your Technology Vendors So You Don’t Have To!

b2ap3_thumbnail_manage_vendor_relationship_400.jpgWhen it comes to technology, it’s often difficult to understand how every bit of it fits into a complete IT infrastructure. In fact, if you were to ask your staff to communicate with your technology vendors, would they know how to do so? Understanding where your technology comes from, namely your vendors, is an important part of streamlining your business’s operations.

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3 Vendor Scenarios You Can Do Without

b2ap3_thumbnail_vendor_agreements_400.jpgVendors can be a hassle. You need their product or service to keep the gears of business turning, but sometimes, having to deal with vendors can be way too time-consuming. This is where our vendor management service comes in.

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It’s Important to Keep a Close Eye on Software Licenses

b2ap3_thumbnail_your_business_software_400.jpgYou and your staff require certain software applications to get work done, whether it be your line of business app, your accounting software, or even Microsoft Office. This brings up a crucial question: do you know where all pieces of software you require came from, and are your licenses valid and up to date?

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Don’t Forget to Renew Your Software Licenses

b2ap3_thumbnail_remember_to_renew_400.jpgYou have a system in place to remind yourself of when to pay your bills. Otherwise, bills would go unpaid, essential services would be cut off, and your credit rating would plunge. However, not everyone has a system in place to renew their software licenses, which could lead to consequences that are just as dire.

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4 Qualities to Look For In the Next Company that Services Your Tech

b2ap3_thumbnail_professional_vendor_relationships_400.jpgAs a small business owner, you want the best technology that will assist your company and allow it to grow. Not all technology vendors can do this for you. In order to get the most out of your technology, you need to separate the champs from the chumps. That’s where our vendor management service comes in.

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Do You Have an IT Professional Aiding Your Technology Choices?

b2ap3_thumbnail_b2ap3_thumbnail_outsource_it_400.jpg Who's in charge of making the decisions in your business concerning technology? Ideally, you want an internal IT manager or a CIO with IT experience calling the tech shots. However, many businesses don't have this luxury. According to a CompTIA survey from last November, 48 percent of businesses have managers making decisions about technology implementation that don't have IT experience.

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Yep, We’ve Got that Covered Too!

b2ap3_thumbnail_vendor_help_96.jpgTechnology is a major part of everything your business does. Therefore, you need a technology partner that does more than just fixes your computers. For example, if your smartphone decided that, "today is a good day to die," then it wouldn't matter how great your workstation was running, your day would still be ruined.

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One Call to Handle it All!

b2ap3_thumbnail_our_vendor_management_400.jpgConsolidation makes life easier. Your smartphone is a prime example of this; consolidating dozens of individual gadgets down to one easy-to-use device that can fit inside your pocket. Before smartphones, we had to travel with a carry-on bag full of electronics, but now, thanks to smartphones, traveling is much easier. This principle of consolidation also applies to IT services.

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How Good is Your Technologese?

b2ap3_thumbnail_vendhead400.jpgHave you ever talked with an IT technician about how technology works, and one minute into their explanation you zone out and can't understand a word they're saying? They're speaking English, you recognize the words, yet you can't make sense of anything. In situations like this, you need an interpreter that speaks technologese, we can help.

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A Better Solution than Insurance

b2ap3_thumbnail_protect400.jpgYou can take out an insurance policy on anything, even a wedding. Insurance company Fireman will protect your big day against "nonrefundable expenses, including cancellation due to serious illness, injury, extreme weather, a missing caterer or officiate -- even a bankrupt event facility." Your businesses technology is important enough to insure; is there a policy to protect your tech?

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3 Ways We Relieve Your Pain Points!

b2ap3_thumbnail_solutions400.jpgWhat are your business' biggest pain points? Some pain points are obvious, like the issue keeping you up at night. Other pain points are smaller; you may not worry about them as much, but they still negatively affect your bottom line. Here are three ways we can help identify and find solutions for your company's pain points.

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Giving Administrators a Helping Hand

b2ap3_thumbnail_1admin400.pngAs a business, you have to market yourself. Fitting everything you do into a catch phrase doesn't do justice to your many services. We know the feeling. As an IT Company, we do much more than computer repair. In fact, we work hard to find solutions for every part of business, including areas you wouldn't suspect, like administration and more!

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6 Ways We Carve Out Solutions

b2ap3_thumbnail_solutions400.jpgAn IT service company specializing in solutions does several things well. A business that's solution-oriented won't easily take "no" for an answer. Finding solutions means moving mountains for clients and providing service that goes above and beyond. One may think that we only fix computers, but our solutions-approach to service means that we do so much more!

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The Circle of Corporate Espionage, part 1

b2ap3_thumbnail_prideinc400.pngThere was once a young office administrator, Chosimba, who was in line to become President of Pride Inc., a multinational corporation that specializes in the distribution of exotic animal meats. One day, Chosimba was given the task of purchasing a new copy machine; little did he know that this piece of equipment would determine his fate, along with the destiny of Pride Inc.

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3 Vendor Aspects We will Manage for You!

b2ap3_thumbnail_VendorManagement400.jpgManaging your business is demanding. Staying on top of your employees, your inventory, shipments, payroll, and a hundred other things can be draining to say the least. The last thing you need is to add to your leadership burden. Let us manage your technology vendors for you! Our vendor management service will relieve you from these three management stresses.

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Let us Be Your Favorite Point of Contact!

b2ap3_thumbnail_OneStopShop400.jpgAs busy as you are, the last thing that you want is to have one more thing to keep track of. This is why you have us take care of your IT infrastructure; it is worth it compared to learning how to troubleshoot each problem by yourself. Did you know that we can take care of more than just your computer network? With our vendor management service, we can also keep track of all of your technology.

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Know-it-All Managed IT Services

b2ap3_thumbnail_ImAnExpert400.jpgRemember being told as a kid that, "Nobody likes a know-it-all?" As an adult, while it is still true that nobody likes a braggart, it turns out that everybody loves an expert! Every professional is an expert within their field; and whenever a problem crops up that you may not be a know-it-all in, then you call in another expert.

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