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Cloud Case Study - SitePro Streamlines Business with Azure

[fa icon="calendar'] February 26, 2020 / by Communications posted in Cloud Solutions

Cloud technology has been around for decades but it wasn't until 2006, when Eric Schmidt, Google's then CEO, reintroduced the term 'cloud computing' at an industry conference, that it took on it's modern day meaning. Since then, cloud technology has boomed made obvious by the now thousands of cloud-based business apps and over 83% of company workloads being stored on the cloud! [1]

So, with so many businesses already taking advantage of the cloud and the seemly limitless capabilities the cloud can offer, how can your company best take advantage of cloud technology? 

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Cash, Credit, or Debit - What Payment Methods are Most Secure?

[fa icon="calendar'] February 21, 2020 / by Dylan Borden posted in Local I.T., Tech Tips

Earlier this week ABC 7 My Suncoast News reached out to ask us some questions about payment methods available to consumers today and the different level of security each afford the end user. We explored some of the most popular methods on the market and gave some situations where you might want to use one over the other.

Let's take a look at the pros and cons of each option so you can decide which method is best for you!

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Business in the Clouds - An SMB's Guide to Cloud Solutions

[fa icon="calendar'] February 17, 2020 / by Dylan Borden posted in Cloud Solutions, Tech Tips

Have you ever avoided eating a food because you weren’t sure you’d like the taste, only to finally try it and wish you’d been eating it your whole life? Well, that’s essentially how businesses that haven’t investigated cloud solutions will be feeling in 2020...

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Monetizing Wi-Fi: Attract Guests and Increase Profits

[fa icon="calendar'] December 3, 2019 / by Dylan Borden posted in Tech Tips, Wi-Fi

Let’s get right to it. If you want your hotel to be considered remotely modern, you need to offer your guests free Wi-Fi, but don’t let the word “free” dissuade you because your guests are not the only ones who stand to benefit. We are going to explore some of the ways hotels, and those in the hospitality industry, can monetize their Wi-Fi with a tiered network, splash pages, and more!

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Outdoor Wi-Fi: A Florida Hotel's Ultimate Amenity

[fa icon="calendar'] October 28, 2019 / by Dylan Borden


Tourists visit Florida for its beaches and sunny weather, and they want to stay somewhere that can give them that authentic ‘Florida experience.’ Hoteliers in Sarasota have capitalized on this, enticing guests to soak up the sun at their hotel with everything from private beach access to pools with swim-up bars.

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PTIN Data Security Responsibilities - Need to Know

[fa icon="calendar'] October 11, 2019 / by Communications posted in Compliance

If you are a federal tax return preparer then you are no stranger to renewing your preparer tax identification number (PTIN) during the mid-October to December 31st enrollment period. It’s a relatively simple process especially now with online reenrollment, but this year the IRS added something new to the application process:

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