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Out of the Box Solutions has been serving the Michigan area since 2002, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses

AI Is Fueling Dynamic Data Analytics

Decision-making is such a big part of business, and a lot of time the “gut feeling” may actually work against their stated aims. By incorporating back-end analysis into their strategy, business owners can get insights that they typically wouldn’t even consider. It can make their businesses more money through improved sales, customer relationships, and efficiency. In today’s blog, we will go through what the incorporation of AI means for businesses regarding their business intelligence.

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Small Businesses Should Fully Leverage the Cloud for Software

In order to survive in today’s business world, your organization needs to be adaptable and flexible to new situations. You might have to take on the persona of a bookkeeper, HR, and other important roles for your business. You can add “IT decision maker” to that list, as 95% of small businesses in the US utilize some kind of computing to keep the business running smoothly.

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Key Considerations for Your Asset Management Security

Asset management security has become a critical concern for businesses. It's not just about protecting physical assets anymore. More assets than ever need to be safeguarded, but securing these assets is not straightforward. It involves a complex interplay of strategies, from attack surface management to cybersecurity compliance.

Let's explore some key considerations when securing your asset management processes.

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4 Software Tools That Can Keep You on the Right Track

When you run a business, it’s often hard to know what to do. There are several strategies that you could potentially implement for every single part of your business. When things go right, you look like a genius; when things go horribly wrong, you can look like a fool. In this blog, we plan on outlining some things that every business owner should do to improve their business.

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What is Bloatware, and What Should Be Done About It?

Let’s face facts: regardless of how one spends their time at home, there really is no reason the vast majority of today’s workers would ever need the Xbox Game Bar application on their work device… and yet, there it is. Thanks, Microsoft?

This is an example of what is known as “bloatware”—unwanted software added to an operating system to help the developers, oftentimes to make a few extra bucks. 

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Breaking Down the Smart Chips Available for Docs and Sheets

You might recall our blog last week on smart chips, a term used to describe some fun and useful Google Docs inserts. Today, we want to take a closer look at these smart chips and what you can do with them in Google Docs and Sheets.

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Should I Consider Getting a Mobile App?

Seemingly everyone has a smartphone nowadays, and with the smartphone comes apps. Mobile apps fuel the largest computing ecosystems in the world and, as a result, the question may have to be asked, “Does my business need a mobile app?” Whether it's a good idea depends on your specific business goals, target audience, and resources. In this article, we will take a look at the pros and cons of developing a mobile app for your business.

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Smart Cars Sure Do Have Some Dumb Security Standards

The vehicles of today are equipped with countless features that previously did not exist, but this also makes them vulnerable in ways that older cars simply are not. Today, we want to explore what this growing smart car trend means for the security of vehicles.

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Essential Software for the Modern Business to Utilize

When you think of technology, you typically think of computers and routers and all the hardware and services you need to run the software that is at the heart of your business’ operations. Software is crucial to every organization, but do you have too much? Too little? Today, we will unpack these questions and go through a list of what software is absolutely mandatory for business. 

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Can You Trust App Stores to Only Have Secure Apps?

There are a huge number of apps available on the various app stores—3.5 million and 1.6 million on the Google Play store and Apple’s App Store, respectively—and, while most of them are sufficiently secure to use, many of them aren’t. It can be hard to tell the difference between the two at times, so it is important that you and your team are protecting your business however you can. Let’s discuss the topic of security, as it pertains to mobile app stores, and why the issues have transcended security.

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File Management Getting a Digital Makeover

The modern company has either completely digitized their business or has at least thought about it. This complete sea change has created a lot of beneficial situations for these organizations, but one element that often gets overlooked is the process of document digitization. In today’s blog we thought we’d go through the document digitization process and why it is so potentially beneficial for businesses. 

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The Database Management System is an Extremely Important Tool

Databases are important in the business setting, and most organizations can’t even function without them in some capacity. A database management system can help businesses manage their databases in an efficient way. We’d like to discuss some of the ways that a DBMS can help a business manage its computing resources.

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Tip of the Week: Saving Files from the Internet as PDFs

Sometimes you will find something on the Internet and think, “Wow, I’d love to save this, but I also love PDFs.” Well, for instances like this, there are features built into your web browser that allow you to do just that! Let’s go over how you can save a web page or image as a PDF directly from your browser.

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Dealing with Bloatware Can be a Giant Pain in the Neck

Purchasing new technology sure is exciting… until you realize that it comes preloaded with loads of software that not only slows your device down but could also be harmful or irritating to deal with. What can you do about this unneeded and unwanted software? We recommend that you read this blog to find out.

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Get the Right Communications Tools to Move Your Business Forward

At the end of the day, the tools you provide for your employees are going to make or break their productivity, so why not look at your employees, not as end users, but also customers? By examining the way that industry trends impact the decisions of consumers, you can implement more effective communication solutions that will allow your employees to flourish in the workplace.

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The Easy-to-Deploy ChromeOS Flex Might Be Right for Your Business

When you have been in business a long time, you start to accumulate old and outdated technology. Maybe you still have desktops running outdated operating systems that are sitting around in storage, waiting for their time to shine when an unexpected hardware failure strikes, or perhaps you have old laptops that have outlived their usefulness. A new operating system from Google, ChromeOS Flex, might be the lifeline these devices need to be relevant again.

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A Quick Look at Google Workspace

There are a ton of productivity suites out there, and we’ve all heard of the most common one, Microsoft Office. Still, there are other solutions out there, one of which is Google Workspace. What does Google Workspace offer, and what differentiates it from its competition? Let’s take a closer look and see if we can find the answer to this question.

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The Modern CRM Offers Businesses Valuable Functionality

Customer relationship management is an important facet of any operational business’ processes, which makes the benefits a CRM platform provides all the more needed, and welcomed. Let’s take a few minutes to review what these benefits look like, based on the features your CRM should provide. 

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Handy Shortcuts in Google Chat

Google Chat—the successor to Hangouts—offers a TON of features to its users, more so than most users probably realize. For instance, there are a lot of features buried under keyboard shortcuts. Let’s go over some of these shortcuts and what you can use them for in Google Chat.

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Remote Desktop Has Some Serious Value

Your desktop infrastructure is one of the most important parts of your organization, and there are several ways to manage it. One way is through Desktop-as-a-Service, an option that can help you move away from the traditional workstation and embrace a new technology management philosophy. How might you get value out of this service? Let’s take a look at what makes DaaS so special.

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