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What’s Your Backup Plan?

Written by Nick B. Nicholaou on March 20, 2017

Many believe IT's highest priority is disaster recovery preparedness; the ability to recover after a major data loss. What's your backup plan?

Tags: Business Continuity, Church Administration, Cloud / Internet / Email, Data Strategies, Disaster Recovery, IT Staffing / Outsourcing, Managing IT

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O365’s Email Solution – Caution!

Written by Nick B. Nicholaou on February 22, 2017

Microsoft's O365 has many good features, but we found problems with their hosted email service that it's worth posting an Enter at Your Own Risk sign.

Tags: Cloud / Internet / Email, IT Infrastructure / Networks, IT Security, IT Staffing / Outsourcing, MS Office, Software

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The Facts about FAX

Written by Nick B. Nicholaou on January 16, 2017

Fax (short for facsimile) is a tool that sends scans over telephone wires. How is that different than emailing a scanned file? Why do some still insist on sending and receiving faxes rather than scanned attachments via email?

Tags: Church Administration, Cloud / Internet / Email, Hardware, IT Infrastructure / Networks

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Church & Donor Management Software – ChMS

Written by Nick B. Nicholaou on November 22, 2016

Solutions from church and donor management software providers keep improving in their ability to help churches and ministries fulfill their mission! Their features to track and communicate with people, their web and mobile device interfaces, and their powerful database tools make this category of software a big help and valuable asset for today's ministries in reaching many with The Gospel and discipling them.

Tags: Church Administration, CMS / ChMS, Data Strategies, Software

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What Churches Should Learn from the Recent DDoS Attack

Written by Nick B. Nicholaou on November 01, 2016

The 10-21-2016 DDoS attack was of historic proportions. Those using web-enabled devices needs to know what they can do to minimize their vulnerabilities.

Tags: Business Continuity, Church Administration, Cloud / Internet / Email, IT Infrastructure / Networks, IT Security, Managing IT

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Nick’s Printer Picks & Tips

Written by Nick B. Nicholaou on October 20, 2016

As a team of consultants who work on church and ministry networks nationwide, we have worked with a lot of printers. HP is always the easiest to work with and the most dependable for ongoing quality.

Tags: Church Administration, Hardware, IT Infrastructure / Networks, Managing IT, Mobile Devices

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IT Security Essentials

Written by Nick B. Nicholaou on September 28, 2016

Most in church and ministry leadership aren't familiar with IT security risks and solutions. Here are some that are important, easy to fix, and affordable.

Tags: Business Continuity, Church Administration, Cloud / Internet / Email, Data Strategies, Disaster Recovery, Finance, IT Infrastructure / Networks, IT Security, Managing IT, Mobile Devices

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Nick’s Hardware Picks

Written by Nick B. Nicholaou on August 22, 2016

There are two issues we always consider: 1) hardware that improves system reliability vs that which hurts it, and 2) budget sensitivity. In this article I'll share with you the hardware we currently spec for our clients-- specs that affordably help ministries build the Kingdom.

Tags: Church Administration, Hardware, IT Infrastructure / Networks, IT Security, Managing IT

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Nick’s Software Picks

Written by Nick B. Nicholaou on July 22, 2016

We've found that some software works better in church and ministry offices than others.

Tags: Church Administration, Cloud / Internet / Email, CMS / ChMS, Disaster Recovery, IT Infrastructure / Networks, IT Security, Mac, MS Office, Software, Virtualization, Windows

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Showing The Love in IT Support

Written by Nick B. Nicholaou on June 21, 2016

I made an appointment to see an Apple Genius so they could resolve a battery issue in my wife's iPhone. I was also going to have them replace my phone's screen because of a scratch it picked up when about two weeks old. What happened is an example of how badly support can go wrong, and serves as a good reminder for all of us who interface with our customers.

Tags: Managing IT

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