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The most important part of choosing the right business phone system for your company is calculating the total cost. There are five components that come into play when calculating the total cost of your company’s new business phone system. First, is the base unit ... Read More
January 17, 2018Stacey Larson
This is Part Two of a three-part series on choosing the right business phone system.  Read part one. Understanding business phone system features that will bring value to your business by connecting it to the world is the key to choosing the right ... Read More
January 16, 2018Stacey Larson
Buying a new business phone system that meets your company’s business needs is a significant task. Especially, since each brand is different and the phone system you choose will serve your company for quite some time. If your company is buying a new business phone system or needs a business phone system upgrade, it ... Read More
January 10, 2018Stacey Larson
Is your door lock worth more to you than the metal it is made from? Most of us would answer “yes” and be grateful for the lock. Can business security solutions deliver both peace of mind and protection while being engineered to stay in front of the newest trends ... Read More
January 9, 2018Stacey Larson
It’s the end of another year and the start of a new one. We hope you have had a great 2017 and we look forward to working with you in 2018. In observance of the New Year, our office will be ... Read More
December 31, 2017Stacey Larson
As the Holiday season approaches, there's no better time to express our sincerest appreciation for your business. We are truly fortunate to work with you and we value your relationship with WheelHouse Solutions. In ... Read More
December 24, 2017Stacey Larson
For most companies telecommunications is one of the top five expense items in the budget. The sheer volume of telecommunications bills and the time it takes to make sense of all the charges is maddening. Only when you learn how to cut these expenses can your company get ... Read More
December 18, 2017Stacey Larson
Why is the Internet so slow? It’s a common complaint many IT departments receive on a daily basis. Especially at small and midsize businesses (SMBs) and those that have grown in a short period of time. Identifying exactly which user activities are eating up your company’s bandwidth or clogging ... Read More
December 18, 2017Stacey Larson
VoIP services provide enhanced reliability, lower costs, and allows companies to communicate more seamlessly throughout the enterprise, regardless of where their employees are located globally. Further, because VoIP services utilize the Internet to deliver both voice and multimedia through the same connection, it has forever changed the way that businesses communicate. There is a ... Read More
December 18, 2017Stacey Larson
Every CEO, president, owner, and high-level manager struggles with this question – is the area under my level of concern secure against all of the threats it might face? How will my current business security system hold up if threatened? Part of the risk-reward conundrum is the realization that the resources devoted to ... Read More
December 18, 2017Stacey Larson
There is a lot of talk nowadays about what cloud computing is and its’ pros and cons.   However, a lot of people are still not very familiar with what cloud computing is really about. First things first, the concept of cloud computing is nothing new ... Read More
December 9, 2017Stacey Larson
Analog phone technology is decades old, tested by time and proven as an excellent option for business needs. But you can get all the features you loved about analog phone systems with added perks when you choose a digital phone system. Here’s a list of five reasons why a ... Read More
December 6, 2017Stacey Larson
The Voice over IP technology is becoming increasingly popular and it represents a viable choice for businesses when it comes to reduced costs when compared to regular phone services. With VoIP, you will benefit from a very affordable, comfortable and functional service, especially in a ... Read More
December 6, 2017Stacey Larson
Human beings have been collecting data over the course of history beginning with the cuneiform tablets of ancient Babylon to the computer storage systems of today. Your business cannot be sustained without storing data, but when you start searching for company data storage solutions to meet your needs, the endless possibilities can ... Read More
November 27, 2017Stacey Larson
As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, there’s no better time to express our sincerest appreciation for your business. We value the trust you have placed in Wheelhouse Solutions to help you with your organization’s technology goals. We will be closed Thursday, November 23rd, and ... Read More
November 22, 2017Stacey Larson
For many businesses, the proper handling of software licenses can be a time-consuming issue. While software can be the lifeblood of any organization, the proper licensing of it can create major headaches for a company’s IT staff. Software Licenses come in many configurations; out of the box, OEM, volume licenses, SaaS, and ... Read More
November 17, 2017Stacey Larson
Telephones are still a must-have tool for businesses of all sizes, but if you are only using the phone to make and take direct dial calls, you’re missing out on some tools that can boost your business productivity. Voice over Internet Protocol, ... Read More
November 16, 2017Stacey Larson
Infrastructure as a Service (IAAS) is one of the three key components in cloud computing, alongside Platform as a Service (PAAS) and Software as a Service (SAAS). Infrastructure as a Service is basically the backbone of cloud computing, providing the “virtualized” hardware platform or the ... Read More
November 13, 2017Stacey Larson
With the advancements in modern VoIP technologies, traditional phone systems are quickly becoming a thing of the past. While no one can forecast the exact date, current trends can reasonably show that within the next 10 to 15 years almost all voice systems will be digital. It certainly ... Read More
November 7, 2017Stacey Larson
As technologies advance, businesses are finding more and more ways to generate data and they’re finding more and more ways to capture the data that used to get lost in the shuffle between technologies. In fact, there’s not enough business data storage available, businesses face a new problem: ... Read More
November 7, 2017Stacey Larson
The primary function of hosted exchange is email service. Most people are aware of the email services offered by hosted exchange, but there is much more available to utilize. There are several useful services in addition to email that is well worth considering when determining if a hosted exchange is right ... Read More
October 31, 2017Stacey Larson
Halloween is here, and it’s time to celebrate! Bring out the candy and get ready for trick or treating! Go purchase some crazy customers, sweet and sour treats, and colorful decorations. This Halloween, there’s no better time to express our sincerest ... Read More
October 30, 2017Stacey Larson
In “When Lightning Strikes – Protecting Your Business Network from Thunderstorms Part I” we discussed steps you can take to safeguard your business network and computers from lightning strikes. In Part II, we discuss ways to protect your business crucial data.... Read More
October 24, 2017Stacey Larson
Thankfully, direct lightning strikes aren’t common but protecting your business network this spring and summer means taking the steps necessary to prevent surges in wiring and damage that can occur. Unfortunately, you can’t unplug your gear and hide when the sky rumbles. Here are some tips to keep your business network ... Read More
October 24, 2017Stacey Larson
While sales brochures mention cost savings, elasticity, scalability, load “bursting and storage on demand as the main benefits of cloud computing, it’s only after agreements are signed with third-party services and the systems and processes are implemented that other benefits emerge. Here are the unexpected cloud computing benefits many companies have ... Read More
October 3, 2017Stacey Larson
Choosing a business phone system to help enhance communication in your business might sound overwhelming based on the various digital phone options available. What’s most important in upgrading to digital, in general, if you’re still using landline phones after years of continual use? Even if you’re ... Read More
October 3, 2017Stacey Larson
Disaster Recovery Plans Prevent Downtime & Lost Revenue Savvy business owners proactively develop a disaster recovery plan, to ensure that they have a detailed, tested and documented plan for implementing their IT recovery process, in the event of a man-made or natural disaster. A disaster is, typically, defined ... Read More
October 2, 2017Stacey Larson
Businesses need the best information on storage solutions to keep large amounts of data for daily use. The data have to be constantly accessible and the databases have to be flexibly changeable. Planning for emergencies, important databases have to be regularly backed-up, duplicated and stored in a safe place in case the computer ... Read More
October 2, 2017Stacey Larson
One challenge that every business faces once they start to experience growth is maintaining a solid and efficient internal communication infrastructure. This is especially challenging because businesses come in all shapes and sizes, and they each have their own unique needs. What works for one company may not be the ... Read More
October 2, 2017Stacey Larson
Cloud Services Can Decrease Costs While Increasing Employee Productivity With all of the rapidly changing technologies, in telecommunications, a large number of employees can and do work, from just about anywhere. In order to stay competitive, businesses are providing this mobile workforce with consistent ... Read More
October 2, 2017Stacey Larson
Software as a Service, also known as SaaS, has become popular for many businesses to access cutting edge software applications. SaaS can be a great tool for small and medium size businesses looking to get high production value, without paying high production costs. It ... Read More
September 27, 2017Stacey Larson
Phone Bill Auditing Services can find extra cash! Phone Bill Auditing Services is performed by audit experts which analyze of all your phone and data service records. In a phone bill audit,  they find the overcharges that you are paying in your phone bills. They make a comprehensive ... Read More
September 26, 2017Stacey Larson
In “Tips for Your Disaster Recovery Plan – Part I,” we discussed forming a disaster recovery plan committee within your organization, identifying critical assets and backup sites. In Part II we’ll discuss more about backups, network configuration, disaster recovery implementation, writing ... Read More
September 19, 2017Stacey Larson
When it comes to assessing whether your organization has an effective plan in place for recovering from unexpected events that could impede operations, it’s essential to have internal stakeholders and auditors weight in on your plan. In order for your organization to recover from incidents like tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and ... Read More
September 19, 2017Stacey Larson
While sales brochures mention cost savings, elasticity, scalability, load “bursting and storage on demand as the main benefits of cloud computing, it’s only after agreements are signed with third-party services and the systems and processes are implemented that other benefits emerge. Here ... Read More
September 12, 2017Chris Torbit
What is MPLS is a question we hear all of the time.  MPLS stands for Multiprotocol Label Switching, which is a mechanism used for high-performance telecommunication networks. The purpose of MPLS is to direct data from one network node (your location) to the next node (another location) on the basis of the assigned label instead of ... Read More
September 12, 2017Chris Torbit
Do you wonder what is Hosted Exchange?  Hosted Exchange is a service in the telecommunications industry which is offered by internet service providers (ISP). In hosted exchange model, the providers create an instance of Microsoft Exchange and host it in their secure data facility.  They will create ... Read More
September 5, 2017Chris Torbit
I need a Disaster Recovery Plan.  We hear this all time and rarely anyone thinks about one until it is way too late.  If your business is out for a day, week or month, how much money would it lose? A  business disaster ... Read More
September 5, 2017Chris Torbit
This Independence Day, we would like to express our sincerest appreciation for your business. We value the trust you have placed in Wheelhouse Solutions to help you with your company's IT Services.  We will be closed Tuesday, July 4th to enjoy the holiday with our families. On Independence Day, we thought it ... Read More
July 4, 2017Chris Torbit
In the current era of data, we face an ongoing risk of data loss, be it through hacking or system failures. The data you hold on your computer systems is crucial for your business; as such, it is critical that you protect yourself against data loss. Why should you care about ... Read More
August 23, 2016David Schnardthorst
With the multitude of web-hosting companies, it can be very difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff. Of the various factors, you may consider when choosing a web-hosting provider, three stand out: cost, support, and protection against malware. Cost The cost of web hosting ... Read More
August 16, 2016David Schnardthorst
One way to reduce the risks associated with business Internet activities is to use a network proxy server. A proxy server can be considered as the guardian of your network. It sits between your internal and external network servers and works to filter and monitor incoming and outgoing traffic. What ... Read More
August 15, 2016David Schnardthorst
It is critical for businesses to conduct thorough IT assessments regularly so they can identify security violations, monitor performance, and document network developments. IT Assessments can also help firms to ascertain the ways in which technology can enhance productivity and improve profitability. IT assessments can be executed using various approaches; however, ... Read More
August 12, 2016David Schnardthorst
With cloud storage being used more and more often for personal and business purposes, it’s normal to wonder how secure your files are in programs like One Drive and SharePoint Online. While it is possible for a hacker to access such secured cloud storage, it is highly unlikely to occur. ... Read More
June 30, 2016Rich Weber
Despite frequent and incessant calls to safeguard email and other online accounts, many do not realize the significance of such protective actions. Because it is nowadays convenient, people often use their Google accounts for a number of business and personal activities spanning from checking email to financial transactions, and these ... Read More
June 7, 2016Rich Weber
A Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack prohibits access to a computer resource. This kind of assault rarely happens alone but rather occurs in waves once an attacker realizes they have been successful in the first attempt. Using the same method of attack on a business’ computer system, such cyber-attackers ... Read More
June 2, 2016Rich Weber
First introduced last November to First Release customers, Microsoft has now rolled out access to Office 365 Connectors to the general public. If this sounds like Greek to you, know that you are not alone. Office 365 Connectors deliver relevant content to Office Groups in a real-time and interactive way. ... Read More
May 26, 2016Rich Weber
With most business operations tied to the internet, it is important to consider a backup plan in the event that your internet connection goes down. A host of things can cause issues with Internet service from natural disasters to provider caused issues, and unfortunately, those are beyond your control. Choosing ... Read More
May 10, 2016Rich Weber
If you have concerns about the security of your business documents on Office 365 or on-premise servers, Azure Rights Management (Azure RMS) may be the solution. This new and innovative technology ensures you have a complete control over your business documents that is extended even after these files are shared ... Read More
April 18, 2016Rich Weber
With some reports estimating over seven million incidents of cybercrime and online fraud occurring in 2015, it would be a mistake to discount the risks associated with using a wireless printer. After all, anytime data is transmitted wirelessly, there is a chance it could be intercepted. When you think about ... Read More
April 14, 2016Rich Weber
As we become more and more connected to the internet in our day-to-day lives, the days of having dedicated devices to one purpose are fast disappearing. Our means of getting online are most often portable and take on ever-increasing forms, including laptops, tablets, and smartwatches. For WiFi networks, this onset ... Read More
March 30, 2016Rich Weber
Especially now that the coveted .com and .net domain names are dwindling, URL addresses are hot real estate. If you have one or more domain names that are associated with your business, you want to ensure nothing happens and no one snatches them from you. You may initially wonder how ... Read More
March 29, 2016Rich Weber
Although a sizeable number of users have installed the new operating system Windows 10, not all of them know its full capabilities. Multitasking is one feature: this latest Windows version allows users to easily switch back and forth between projects. Task View is a virtual desktop feature that creates a ... Read More
March 25, 2016Rich Weber
In the past, business intelligence was a luxury small to medium businesses couldn’t afford. It meant hiring a team of IT and data experts to collect and analyze tons of information, then condense their findings into reports which the average person could understand. Today; however, there are many technologically automated ... Read More
March 18, 2016Rich Weber
Just as it’s a good idea to periodically clean out closets and other areas of your home as part of Spring Cleaning, your computer needs decluttering attention as well. This not only makes it easier for you to find files when you need them but can also speed up the ... Read More
March 14, 2016Rich Weber
Microsoft recently made the announcement that it will no longer offer support for Internet Explorer versions prior to Explorer 11. It is also only through Explorer 11 that users can receive updates for the following operating systems: Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10. While this does not prevent users ... Read More
March 12, 2016Rich Weber
In further proof of how the digital age has transformed daily life, you no longer have to make tough decisions about where to go when you access Google Maps from an Android device. Google Maps now has a new feature that predicts where you would like to go and weighs ... Read More
March 11, 2016Rich Weber
Since most Windows 10 users obtained their version of the latest Microsoft operating system as an upgrade from a previous version, there isn’t a built-in recovery system, if your PC or other device is disabled. You would have to revert to that previous operating system and re-download Windows 10. Unfortunately, ... Read More
March 11, 2016Rich Weber
It may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but there is a much untapped potential that lurks at the bottom of the sea, and underwater data centers may well be a common thing in the near future. In fact, there already is one. Last year, Microsoft sent an ultra-secret, ... Read More
March 11, 2016Rich Weber
With unlimited mobile data plans being few and far between these days, it is imperative to monitor and accordingly manage your data usage to prevent outrageously high cellular bills. Even if you have an unlimited plan grandfathered into your service, there are other benefits to cutting down your mobile data ... Read More
February 8, 2016Rich Weber
As we place growing importance on digitizing our important personal and business information, it is vital to realize the risks that come with these activities. While storing our data on hard drives makes it easy to access, manipulate, and organize, hard drives don't last forever. In fact, a stationary hard ... Read More
February 2, 2016Rich Weber
Now that Windows 10 has been released and tried worldwide, it's time to understand how to make the most of Microsoft's newest operating system. This most recent incarnation of Windows attempts to combine the best of Windows 8 with the beloved parts of the original Start Menu, which users can ... Read More
December 7, 2015Rich Weber