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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.

Use Microsoft Office 365 as What It Is: a Collaborative Productivity Suite

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Let’s take a moment and consider your typical workday. You come into work, and what’s the first thing you do? Chances are, you pull up Microsoft Outlook and check your email. Maybe you have to edit a Word document, or update the data you have in an Excel spreadsheet, or review a PowerPoint before a big presentation… you get the idea.

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Why Businesses Need Tools Like OneDrive

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In today’s competitive environment, small businesses and large businesses seek to attract the same audience. Fortunately, the technology solutions of today can level the playing field by expanding the capabilities of smaller businesses. This is especially true of cloud solutions, particularly Microsoft OneDrive.

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The Cloud Drives a Modern Business’ Collaboration Efforts

The Cloud Drives a Modern Business’ Collaboration Efforts

The cloud is a remarkable tool, but it’s one that a lot of businesses still haven’t adopted for a variety of reasons. Maybe they are worried about security. Maybe they are worried about placing their data in the hands of a third party, or perhaps they don’t have the resources to host their own in-house infrastructure. Thankfully, there are plenty of tools out there that enable businesses to use the cloud without the responsibilities of hosting it on-site or maintaining it.

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Tip of the Week: Evernote Templates Present Powerful Options

Tip of the Week: Evernote Templates Present Powerful Options

The most productive people are the ones that have the information they need on hand. If you are one of the millions of people that don’t have access to a team of researchers, it will likely fall on you to do most of the research you need yourself. While you may only sparsely use Evernote, today the powerful note-taking app offers pre-made templates to help you get more organized.

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Microsoft Azure Is Ready For You

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As cloud computing enters the next stage of its evolution, more and more SMBs are becoming comfortable with the idea of migrating further into the cloud. As an industry leader, Microsoft is at the forefront of cloud computing and provides a wealth of services with its Azure offerings. However, with so many options available and misunderstanding galore, there’s little wonder so many SMBs are unsure of what benefits Microsoft Azure offers.

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Complacency, and The Need For a BDR Plan

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Of all the reasons that a business may have to postpone a migration to the cloud, there is one that probably ranks as the worst. This one reason effectively boils down to a “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” mentality. Despite whatever history of success a business may have, statistics tell us that, eventually, any business will experience data loss, period.

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Cloud Migration and FUD

Cloud Migration and FUD

FUD: Noun – fear, uncertainty, and doubt.

While cloud computing is becoming more mainstream, we find there is still some pushback from IT departments and ‘C’ level executives who don’t understand what the cloud offers and IT professionals may be worried more about maintaining their control than realizing it’s time to let go.

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Three Secrets to a Successful Business

Three Secrets to a Successful Business

It takes a lot of work and determination to make a successful small business. There are countless parts that need to be managed and maintained--so many that it can be difficult to assign a priority at times. There are certain requirements that your organization must achieve in order to remain successful, but it takes a little more than just business savvy to keep your organization ahead of the game. Let’s take a look at some of the ways your business can make itself stand out and achieve success.

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5 Cloud Apps Small Businesses Should Love

5 Cloud Apps Small Businesses Should Love

Businesses of all types have looked to the cloud as a way to receive the goods and services they could use to improve their ability to create revenue, while not having to lay out huge chunks of capital in which to get the dynamic computing infrastructure. Today, developers are creating useful cloud-based applications that not only provide growing businesses the resources they need, they increasingly give workers flexibility, through their inherent accessibility. Today, we will take a look at five cloud-based applications that can really benefit a small business.

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Head Into The Cloud

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“640K ought to be enough for anyone.” - Bill Gates* 

Past Is Prologue

Oh, how have times changed. I have been in this industry long enough to remember when one gig drives were first introduced, and we felt our storage needs were finally solved with the power of one thousand floppies! Who would ever need that much space, let alone use it? ...yeah.

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Why Your In-House Email Server Probably Isn’t Worth The Trouble

Why Your In-House Email Server Probably Isn’t Worth The Trouble

Most businesses rely on email in at least some capacity. Nowadays, organizations often choose to outsource the management of their email servers, including their hosting, to other organizations, most notably cloud providers for ease of use. Here are some of the benefits that you can gain from switching your in-house email management to a cloud-based email server.

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You Can Save Money By Hosting Data in the Cloud (Depending How You Do It)

You Can Save Money By Hosting Data in the Cloud (Depending How You Do It)

Cloud computing is taking the business world by storm. Despite this, not every organization has made the switch. While every company that hasn’t yet migrated to the cloud has their reasons, one big reason often tops the list: the perceived lack of cost savings. Thanks to a new study, this perception is now proven to be inaccurate.

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What are Virtual Machines and Why Do I Need One?

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Thanks to congress recently making it legal for Internet Service Providers to sell your personal browsing history, there’s been a spike in interest from consumers when it comes to using virtual private networks (VPN)--a technology that allows for anonymous web browsing. At KT Connections, we think this messy situation presents an opportune time to discuss further benefits of virtual machines and how this technology can benefit your business.

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Careers in the Cloud Can’t Be Filled Fast Enough

Careers in the Cloud Can’t Be Filled Fast Enough

For much of the past century, if you wanted to work among the clouds, you’d join the Air Force and take it from there. Nowadays, however, working among the clouds can mean that you want to work with advanced computer systems that deliver computing, security, storage, and utilities to businesses and end-users from all around the world.

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Tip of the Week: Every PC User Should Know These 4 File-Sharing Practices

Tip of the Week: Every PC User Should Know These 4 File-Sharing Practices

How many ways can you think of to share a file between two workstations? The more ways you know how to share a file, the less chance there is that you’ll be stuck without access to critical files due to an Internet outage. This week’s tip will inform you of four different ways to help your business share files.

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Revolutionary Idea: Pay for the Cloud Computing Resources You Actually Use

Revolutionary Idea: Pay for the Cloud Computing Resources You Actually Use

Not too long ago, cloud computing was considered more of a luxury than a commodity. Nowadays, however, many companies, even those who are just getting their feet wet in the business environment, are fully capable of using the cloud for all sorts of purposes. As the cloud transforms into a more accessible technology, many large companies have pushed their cloud platforms to offer secure storage, software deployment, and communications, in an effort to reduce costs.

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Here’s What Cloud Computing for Business is All About

b2ap3_thumbnail_cloud_benefits_400.jpgWe talk about the cloud and how it changes the way that businesses approach their technology solutions a lot, and for a good reason. It’s become so commonplace in the business environment that you’d be hard-pressed to find any organization that doesn’t take advantage of cloud computing in some form or another. In a competitive industry, the small business needs all of the help it can get, and the cloud delivers.

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Upgrade at Just the Right Time to Get the Most Efficient IT System Possible

b2ap3_thumbnail_cloud_upgrade_400.jpgEventually, you’re going to have to upgrade your company’s technology. Sure, you could attempt to save money by holding out for as long as possible. In the end, this strategy may actually cost you money since you'll be stuck using outdated, inefficient equipment and software. How do you know, for sure, when it’s the ideal time to upgrade your business' technology?

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3 Technologies That Make it Totally Possible to Trash Your Printer

b2ap3_thumbnail_printing_costs_400.jpgBusinesses are trying to cut costs wherever possible, but the cost of printing isn’t always the most obvious first choice. Businesses consume exorbitant amounts of paper and ink every year, and these resources cost a significant amount of money that could be better spent elsewhere. Thankfully, there are a ton of great solutions that can virtually eliminate the costs of unnecessary printing.

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5 Cloud Security Issues that Every Business Has In Common

b2ap3_thumbnail_cloud_security_400.jpgSecurity is a primary concern for businesses that take advantage of the cloud, but the industry often dictates to what extent a business is concerned about cloud security. Yet, despite the varying cloud needs of industries, there are several variables that should be addressed when thinking about cloud security, including data permissions, account compromisation, and, of course, malware and other common online threats.

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