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What Constitutes Mission-Critical in Small Business IT Systems?

July 27, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Summary: Determining what is mission-critical and what isn’t can help businesses prioritize appropriately.

For IT systems, there are various areas that are not recognized as mission-critical. What constitutes mission-critical from business-critical? With numerous studies expanding the idea of what constitutes mission-critical, a larger spectrum of workloads and applications are being looked at in a different light.

First off, your true mission-critical systems are ERP and transaction processing systems – those are a given. However, is CRM considered mission critical? What about HR or finance?

Typically, you’d consider mission-critical systems as those that are essential to the organization’s survival. If mission-critical system were to go down at any period of time, the company would be certainly in major trouble. For instance, if any transaction procession systems were to be compromise, there would undoubtedly be chaos and panic occurring – revenue streams will essentially stop. An example of this would be for an airport’s reservation system to go down for a long period of time.

Many mission-critical systems will get the bulk of the IT budget when it comes to security, recovery, and availability. However, when it comes to expanding mission critical, it may require one to reorder budget priorities or reallocating IT resources – which is typically not the easiest thing to do. If one were to incorporate mission critical A/V integrators into a company, there would have to be a certain amount of finances set aside in order to proceed with the installation.

There are numerous changes and enhancements in the technology field that have made businesses rethink the question of what’s mission-critical. For example, social media is providing new customer facing strategies and systems to a variety of businesses. Should this be treated as mission-critical?

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How to Improve Your Mac’s Overall Speed and Performance

May 5, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Written by: Omar Amanat

Summary: Mac’s are undoubtedly expensive investments, which is why making the most out of it is extremely important. Here are some tips on how you can improve the overall speed of your computer.

If you’ve owned your Mac for years, you may want be looking to improve its longevity so you’re not faced with a handful of repair costs. Fortunately, you don’t need to dig deep into your wallet for a new computer to enjoy the perks of a fast system, all you need to is follow these tips to enhance the overall performance of your current Mac.

Close Down Unused Programs

This might be an obvious one, but it’s a good place to start. Your Mac devotes memory and CPU space to programs that you haven’t used since last week rather than to the ones that you’re currently trying to use (i.e. Web browser, Word, etc.). One quick way to check which apps are running is to take a look at the Dock on the bottom of the screen. Programs that are currently running will have a bright dot underneath them. Alternatively, you can press Command-Tab to bring up the App Switcher, which then allows you access to view open apps.

Free Up Necessary Space

A part of your Mac’s performance coincides with it’s ability to empty hard drive space. Your Mac needs to be able to write and read swap files, and having adequate space for it to do that helps. One way you can go about doing this is to offload some of your larger files. If you want your Mac to run at its best, you’ll want to have at least 10 percent of its maximum capacity available at all times. Remember, your hard drive hosts a large number of files and folders. These include emails files, backups, old versions of apps that are no longer needed, and photos. Check your overall space by clicking on the Apple logo in the upper left hand corner of your screen and click “About This Mac”. Click “More Info” followed by Storage from the tabs. It’ll calculate how much estimated space you have available along with a description of what’s taking up much of the space.