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KT Connections has been serving the Rapid City area since 1997, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

A Holiday Reflection on 2020

A Holiday Reflection on 2020

There is no denying that, as far as Christmas days go, 2020’s is much different than most of us are used to. Instead of visiting with family and friends, most of us are remaining at home and awaiting the normalcy that a vaccine to COVID-19 will bring. With that normalcy, we also anticipate a return to something like typical business operations.

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What to Look For in a Data Backup Solution

What to Look For in a Data Backup Solution

If you’re at all familiar with us, you’re probably aware of how highly we rank data backup. If your business creates or stores any data (which we guarantee it does) you need to have a backup to protect it, as simple as that. Let’s take a few moments to review how a BDR (Backup and Disaster Recovery) can benefit your business and its long-term continuity.

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It Is Still People that Makes Your Business Work

It Is Still People that Makes Your Business Work

2020 is finally coming to a close. It has been an extraordinarily long year for most small businesses. Even if yours hasn’t seen a lot of the financial problems that thousands of businesses are seeing, you've definitely had to make some major adjustments that often come with additional cost. Through it all, one part of your business has been a rock, your people. 

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Gig Workers Hit Hard by the Pandemic

Gig Workers Hit Hard by the Pandemic

There is a whole section of the workforce who forgoes the stability of a full-time job and contracts themselves out by the job. For many of these workers, the boom in application development has given them endless opportunities to make money. This all changed in March as government officials put forth stay-at-home orders, effectively putting millions of people out of work, and millions more displaced from their workplaces. This has had a dire effect on many of the gig workers that were making a living as more people are now trying to do whatever they can to make ends meet. Today, we thought we would look at the gig economy, how it functions, and how COVID-19 has exposed the gig economy.

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3 Reasons Companies Continue to Fail at Collaboration

3 Reasons Companies Continue to Fail at Collaboration

For the modern business, collaboration has to be one of the priority aims. It can cut costs, produce better products and services, and can help a company provide great customer service.  Some companies just haven’t figured out how to do it yet. Today, we will take a look at three reasons why your business  continues to fail at collaboration.

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IT Help Desk and Its Business Benefits

IT Help Desk and Its Business Benefits

When your business has computer problems, productivity tends to decline. Unfortunately, IT, for all its benefits, has to be constantly maintained. One of the best ways to maintain your technology, or fix issues when they arise, is to lean on an IT help desk. Let’s take a look at the ways an IT help desk can benefit your business.

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You Need Data Backup Even If You Think You Don’t

You Need Data Backup Even If You Think You Don’t

We tell every business owner we come into contact with the same thing: If you haven’t done so yet, you‘ll want to establish a data backup strategy. Some businesses are really small, some operate in industries where the cost of backing up data is seemingly prohibitive to the success of the business. To the people that operate those businesses, we repeat: If you haven’t done so yet, you‘ll want to establish a data backup strategy. Let’s examine why. 

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How to Balance Employee Health with Business Productivity

How to Balance Employee Health with Business Productivity

Traditionally, when you talk about employee health, issues come up about health insurance and workplace safety. With the COVID-19 pandemic six months old, new considerations have to be made. The pandemic has caused many businesses to reassess the way they go about doing things to ensure that their workforces aren’t exposed to the virus, and that employees can handle their jobs with the pressures brought forth by the spread of SARS-CoV-2. Today, we’ll review some of the considerations business owners have to make to keep their workforces safe. 

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How to Comply with Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) During COVID-19

How to Comply with Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) During COVID-19

Although the Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Act was established in 2002, businesses that have been compliant are facing challenges remaining compliant during the pandemic. Can your organization remain in compliance with SOX, when the majority of your team is locked away in their homes? 

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How Vendor Management Can Help You During a Crisis

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As businesses begin to open up, many of them are trying to make the best of an already difficult situation. New mandates and precautions are going to be affecting us all, and that is going to mean placing a priority on specific aspects of your business over others. That might include cutting back on certain vendors, or putting some less pressing issues on the wayside until things settle down. We’re able to help Rapid City businesses do this through our vendor management service.

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Why Overworking is a Serious Issue for Your Remote Workers

Why Overworking is a Serious Issue for Your Remote Workers

As so many businesses have had to close their doors recently, remote work has become a very popular option. Unfortunately, this sudden shift has not been without negative side-effects. One such byproduct of this shift has been a serious overworking problem. This is a big problem, and one that you need to address if it has presented itself in your operations.

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What Are Your Biggest Issues, IT Challenges and Priorities?

What Are Your Biggest Issues, IT Challenges and Priorities?

All a business’ technology is important to its operations, but based on its industry, certain priorities are bound to arise. A recent survey cast a light on some of these priorities, giving us a view of what small to medium-sized businesses are concerning themselves with. Let’s review some of the trends this survey revealed to see how well your priorities match up.

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How Microsoft Azure AD Can Benefit Your Business

How Microsoft Azure AD Can Benefit Your Business

As many businesses have begun to invest in the infrastructure to handle a remote workforce, many are leaning to the cloud to handle more and more of their typical in-house IT. It makes sense--the cloud is inherently designed to make it easy to access from anywhere, even if that isn’t your office. Best of all, the cloud is capable of handling most, if not all tasks that used to require a lot of in-house hardware and overhead.

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Is the Coronavirus Crisis Pushing Businesses Towards AI?

Is the Coronavirus Crisis Pushing Businesses Towards AI?

The coronavirus crisis is reshaping not only social norms, but how businesses operate. In particular, businesses in which employees must work closely together to perform their jobs. As businesses struggle to follow social distancing practices in industries not well suited for it, is it time for manufacturing to re-evaluate the need for AI and automation in their business?

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Telework Is Turning Some Heads

Telework Is Turning Some Heads

With COVID-19 still in play, working remotely has become how many employees have continued to fulfill their work responsibilities. Now, as we settle into this new way of doing things, the question has arisen: after all this is over, will business operations return to the way they once were? Let’s discuss.

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What Makes VoIP So Different?

What Makes VoIP So Different?

The differences between VoIP and the traditional method behind telephone services are pronounced enough that comparing them isn’t so much a consideration of one team versus the other—VoIP is in another league, practically an entirely different sport. Let’s go over what makes VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) so different, and how this offers greater benefits to businesses.

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There’s a Right Way to Work Remotely, and a Not-So-Right Way

There’s a Right Way to Work Remotely, and a Not-So-Right Way

Under the current circumstances, remote work is being viewed as the safer option. This has led a lot of businesses to adopt these practices for the time being--you may have already done so. However, some employees have a better grasp of how to properly work from home than others. We’ve put together a few examples of how an employee may conduct themselves while working from home.

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HP Makes it Easy for Your Team to Work Remotely

HP Makes it Easy for Your Team to Work Remotely

If you’re one of the thousands of South Dakota businesses affected by the coronavirus crisis, you may have found yourself with no choice but to close your business. With your workers home, you realize no one is set up to work remotely. We understand that you’re concerned and filled with uncertainty during this difficult time. Fortunately, HP offers a wealth of tools to help your new remote team get up, running, and productive quickly.

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Consider Shifting Your Budget Priorities

Consider Shifting Your Budget Priorities

Millions of businesses are being affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. As a result, it may not surprise you that you will have to adjust your budget to accommodate the massive amount of changes that we will see when the outbreak is handled and everyday life begins to normalize. Today, we thought we’d take you through some of the financial challenges your business is sure to have to deal with when the stay-at-home orders lift.

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Boosting the Productivity of Your Remote Workers

Boosting the Productivity of Your Remote Workers

Productivity is a significant challenge for businesses in the best of times, which means that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has only complicated things. Now, many businesses are attempting to preserve their productivity by transferring to remote operations. This strategy, if acted upon appropriately, can prove to be effective if the right approach is taken.

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