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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.

How Your Small Business Can Use the Internet of Things

How Your Small Business Can Use the Internet of Things

One of the biggest questions that was routinely asked to IT administrators before the COVID-19 pandemic shifted everything was, “How can we use the Internet of Things to Improve Your Business?” The answer isn’t as simple as you might think. Today, we will look at what benefits the Internet of Things can present to you and whether or not they can make a difference for the average small business.

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How to Fight Back Shadow IT

How to Fight Back Shadow IT

Shadow IT, despite its melodramatic name, is nothing to be trifled with. Shadow IT is the term given to rogue technology and software being installed in your business without being reviewed or approved by IT. It has always given in-house operations difficulties, and remote work has made it an even bigger problem than before.

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Do You Need to Extend Your Wireless Network?

Do You Need to Extend Your Wireless Network?

A wireless network is one of the most useful technologies you have in your home or office. Oftentimes, however, it is set up quickly and will have a hard time broadcasting a signal to the corners of your office. Today, we will discuss ways to ensure that your business (or your home) has the coverage you need it to have, and how to get it if it doesn’t.

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Is Your Broadband Business-Ready?

Is Your Broadband Business-Ready?

As South Dakota businesses increase their reliance on the internet to continue to conduct business, many find they are hitting the limit of what their existing service (or possibly their internal network) can provide. Added to the mix is the need to support a remote workforce, and some companies are discovering a major bottleneck. Now’s the time to consider your broadband needs and the best way to implement it.

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Is Your School Remote Ready?

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As the South Dakota school season continues in full swing, many school districts are still finding their sea-legs. While the state provided guidelines, ultimately, the decision on which model to use—in-person, hybrid, or remote—is left to the individual school districts. Now that schools are open, the reality is many superintendents were grasping with technology to make an informed decision about how to implement distance learning. Fortunately, real-world experience has helped clarify issues, and there has been time to formulate strategies. Here are some tips for schools to better support hybrid or fully remote learning models.

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A History of Android’s Many Versions

A History of Android’s Many Versions

Android has been around in one of its many forms for over a decade, and looking back, the changes that have been made over time is remarkable. Let’s go through each version to review some of the adjustments and improvements that each new version has introduced.

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Blockchain Is Changing the World, One Node at a Time

Blockchain Is Changing the World, One Node at a Time

Blockchain was all the rage for five years. You couldn’t talk about technology without someone bringing it up. At that point, it was listed as the remedy for all the world’s problems. Five years later, it’s not being mentioned quite as much, but it has been used to create some very useful products. Let’s take a look at what is going on with blockchain technology in 2020. 

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Partition Your Network to Improve Productivity

Partition Your Network to Improve Productivity

Most homes and businesses use Wi-Fi of some sort. It is the most useful way to get the computing resources to computers and mobile devices without having to go through the headache of laying cables and dealing with data overages. What you may not know about your Wi-Fi network is that it can be set up in a way that can ensure that your most important Wi-Fi processes get the bandwidth they need. Let’s take a look at how partitioning your Wi-Fi can benefit your business.

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Is Blockchain Still a Big Deal? (It Sure Is)

Is Blockchain Still a Big Deal? (It Sure Is)

It seemed that, not so long ago, everything was going to be associated in some way to blockchain and blockchain technology. All online transactions and data were going to use the blockchain for security. However, as 2020 has provided some very effective distractions from the thought of blockchain, it seems to have slipped from the public consciousness. Let’s look at how blockchain is still being used today to drive innovation as a quick reminder.

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What’s the Oldest Piece of Tech You Use?

What’s the Oldest Piece of Tech You Use?

The good old days, the timeless oldies, there’s no school like the old school… A lot of us fondly look back on the simpler times, but technology typically pushes forward. In fact, if we look back at what we were collectively doing with computers back in the 80’s and 90’s, it’s practically embarrassing. Sure, the music and television shows of our formative years will never be topped, but less can be said for the technology. Unless you are a Boeing 747...

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Which is a Better Spreadsheet Option, Google Sheets or Microsoft Excel?

Which is a Better Spreadsheet Option, Google Sheets or Microsoft Excel?

Spreadsheets are a supremely useful tool for businesses to use, but it is important for you to consider which option will work out best for your particular needs. Let’s consider the biggest two spreadsheet applications available today—Microsoft’s Excel and Google’s Sheets—to familiarize yourself with your options.

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How to Effectively Spread Out Your Wi-Fi

How to Effectively Spread Out Your Wi-Fi

Wireless Internet connectivity is an indispensable utility in today’s modern office. However, implementing one that will perform optimally is far from a straightforward task. Here, we wanted to offer you some tips to make the planning process for your Wi-Fi implementation both simpler, and more productive.

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Technology Innovations to Get Your Business Going

Technology Innovations to Get Your Business Going

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major effect on business. Despite this fact, we’re starting to get to the point where most businesses are at least being allowed to attempt to conduct business in a somewhat normal fashion, but it’s definitely a new world out there. Business owners in all lines of business are looking for that tool that can improve productivity, make their operations more efficient, and spit out the metrics they need to tweak them. 

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Why You Need to Prioritize IT Resilience

Why You Need to Prioritize IT Resilience

I want you to take a moment and consider something: is your business prepared to survive any kind of data disaster? If you aren’t, you need to ensure that your systems—all your systems—can recover from whatever feasible event might impact them. This is what is known as IT resilience. Let’s dive in a little deeper.

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3 Ways OneDrive Supports Your Remote Workforce

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As workers begin settling into remote working, one pressing issue is how to communicate and collaborate with their team and customers effectively. Microsoft’s OneDrive allows your remote team to work anywhere on various devices, with access to their files. Most importantly, OneDrive allows your team and customers to collaborate on and offline securely. Here are three benefits to using OneDrive with your remote team.

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Tip of the Week: Three Tips to Improve Your Remote Meetings

Tip of the Week: Three Tips to Improve Your Remote Meetings

While remote work can be a hugely popular and successful strategy to ensure your business’ goals are accomplished, remote meetings can often offer up challenges for those that aren’t used to them. For this week’s tip, we’re offering three ways that you can help make these meetings easier to manage.

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How Will Businesses Adjust their Technology Use After COVID-19?

How Will Businesses Adjust their Technology Use After COVID-19?

The impact of COVID-19 to businesses has been such that we will not likely return to the way business was run before all of this happened. A major factor to this is how businesses once made use of their technology. The shifts that have occurred in the last few months will not likely go away, even after the pandemic ends.

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How to Properly Manage Mobile Devices Connected to Your Business

How to Properly Manage Mobile Devices Connected to Your Business

As remote work has become more common, so have tools that assist mobility and Bring Your Own Device strategies. Considering this, businesses need the means to keep control of their data and the technology that can access it. To do so, Mobile Device Management cannot be oversold as a benefit.

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What to Expect Out of Android 11

What to Expect Out of Android 11

While there’s been no “official” date set for the release of Android 11, there have been plenty of indications so far of its features in its ongoing beta tests. We decided to look forward into the near future to see how some of these features could help us to be productive.

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Point-Of-Sale Systems Do More Than You Think

Point-Of-Sale Systems Do More Than You Think

We’ve come a long way since 1879 and the invention of the cash register. Today, point-of-sale (POS) solutions offer massive benefits to businesses who take advantage of their capabilities. Let’s go over how these capabilities can help the modern business and its owner.

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