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IT Consultation

A 30 minute discussion about an important part of your business (or life) can be surprisingly valuable. When was the last time you had that with your Accountant? Lawyer? IT person? A facilitated review of these critical functions in a business can uncover huge risks...

The ROI of Managed IT

We all know, “You get what you pay for”. It’s a cliché, rule of thumb that we can loosely apply to many things in life. Of course, it doesn’t always work that way. You can pay a lot for something and not get value out of it. That said, the Rule does generally work...

Outsourced IT: Scale not Size

A friend of mine from out east is a leader in a large-ish company and he reached out to pick my brain on a decision they were trying to make. Paraphrased, “So you only know a little about us, but I’m wondering if you could give some basic guidance. We’re doing an RFP...

IT Assessment & Planning

Business success doesn’t happen by accident. Partly because we need to define what success is, but also so that we can decide what we need to do to achieve success. I’m a believer in making this a recurring process within our business. At Smart Dolphins, every quarter...

What to Consider Before Upgrading a Server

I frequently get the opportunity to meet with potential “Allies” (our term for Customers) that are looking to refresh their technology in some way. Often this refresh is in the form of a new server, some major software change, an office move or maybe some...