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As recent events such as Hurricane Sandy have shown us, not only can catastrophic events devastate a natural environment, but they can leave a company’s IT infrastructure in ruins as well. That is why it is extremely critical for a business to initiate or enhance on a comprehensive disaster recovery plan (DRP) to protect your business and the livelihoods of your employees in the event of a disaster.
The focus of a DRP is to build a process or a set of procedures to recover quickly from a natural disaster and protect your business IT infrastructure.
Developing a rich DRP is essential to any business as it can save significant amounts of time and money in the event of a catastrophe. But of course not all disasters involve superstorms, tornadoes and floods. Small disasters such as theft and viruses can be just as disruptive.
We hope that by providing the following disaster recovery tips, your business will be able to better understand DRP and even encourage a plan to be set into place if one doesn’t exist already. Read More
Ahh, the holiday season is officially upon us…
For millions of consumers, online shopping has quickly become the preferred method of holiday shopping. And who can blame them? There are an infinite number of products to choose from, some truly great bargains, fast shipping, and my personal favorite: no lines.
In a press release by digital analytics company comScore, online shopping is reportedly up 16% during the first 18 days this November compared to the same time last year, reaching over $10 billion in e-commerce spending.
With this increasing number of online spenders, it is important to take several precautions when dealing in online transactions. Below we break down 10 tips for online shopping. Read More
Here at Miken, we are constantly asked to give our thoughts and opinions on Microsoft’s new operating system Windows 8. The design, look, and feel of the new OS has been radically updated from past Windows operating systems, forcing many to take a “love it” or “hate it” stance on the software.
Below is an excellent tutorial video produced by Newegg that provides a close look at the new Windows 8 software and how it is being used on both desktop and touchscreen enabled environments. You’ll learn the basics in setting up your software, navigating between Metro and Desktop screens, organizing your applications, using search and more. Check it out below. Read More
The ‘Section 179 Deduction’ helps your business!
Essentially, Section 179 of the IRS tax code allows businesses to deduct the full purchase price of qualifying equipment purchased or financed during the tax year. That means that if you buy (or lease) a piece of qualifying equipment, you can deduct the FULL PURCHASE PRICE from your gross income.
It’s an incentive created by the U.S. Government to encourage businesses to buy equipment and invest in themselves. A business can deduct up to $139,000 of equipment in 2012, this incentive is for equipment placed in service by December 31, 2012. Read More