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How long do business computers last?

If you manage a business you understand the impact computers play in day-to-day operations. Despite their importance, many offices don’t have comprehensive device upgrade plans in place. Upgrades and replacements can be costly, so many businesses believe it to be more cost-effective to keep their old PCs. However, those who have experienced devices breaking down …

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Returning to the office after COVID-19: What to expect

Umbrella is back in the workplace – here’s what we’ve learned so far. Returning to the office following COVID-19 elicits mixed emotions: joy, excitement, fear, anxiety, uncertainty. After well over a year of working remotely, it’s clear the road to full-capacity office work will be long – especially since the pandemic is far from over. …

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Managing the productivity of your remote workers

One of the main challenges with moving to remote work is measuring the productivity of your employees. No leader wants to see their business fall behind. To effectively manage the productivity of your remote workforce, you must first understand the impediments they face.  Once you know what productivity obstacles you’re up against, you can then …

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How to maintain your company culture with a remote workforce

The rapid shift towards remote work and working from home (WFH) caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic has presented several challenges for organizations and their IT departments. One of the main challenges many companies have to grapple with is ensuring effective remote team communication.   A strong company culture relies on consistent communication and a collaborative …

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Gmail will soon be integrated with Meet, Chat, and Rooms. What will this mean for your SMB?

There’s now an online app for practically anything Kansas City business managers such as yourself can imagine — plus more things you may not have even considered yet. While this grants you an abundance of choices in customizing your online working experience, it also creates operational inefficiencies. Nowadays, it’s normal to have a tab open …

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IT optimization: Here’s why Kansas City SMBs need to step up their tech game

At the onset of World War II, Germany’s Panzer tanks clearly outclassed the horseback cavalries of neighboring nations. This is but one illustration that technology is power. What is true in warfare is often true in business as well. For example, manufacturers that utilize robots produce goods faster and with better and more consistent quality …

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Top 5 Lunch Places in the River Market you may spot an Umbrella Employee

By Roxanne Rabich, Service Coordinator at Umbrella Managed Systems Below is a list of the top 5 lunch places in the River Market where you might spot an Umbrella employee at lunchtime. If you happen to see us at one of our favorite locations, be sure to say hi! Harry’s Country Club Before I even …

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The Phoenix Project is a perfect book to learn about work processes.

By John King, Business Development Manager at Umbrella Managed Systems Learning is a requirement to evolve within the marketplace. Our education doesn’t stop after we graduate. Mark Twain said, “Don’t let schooling get in the way of your education.” With that in mind, I want to learn and evolve in the business place throughout my …

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