The Affinity Team's Predictions for Technology in 2019

As we close the book on 2018 and look ahead to 2019, we’re all curious about what trends might affect our businesses and our lives in the new year. And it’s hard to think of an industry more dynamic, with new trends from one moment to the next, than technology.

Still, as your managed services provider, we wanted to give you some sense of what kinds of developments we see coming down the pike in the new year. While no one has a crystal ball, our team of technology experts have some educated predictions about what we can expect in technology, from consumer devices to cybersecurity, in 2019. Our hope is that these predictions will be helpful to you in your business planning, as even developments in consumer tech might affect your customers in interesting ways. Plus, if you’re anything like us, thinking about what technology might make possible in the near future is just plain fun.

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Hey Nashville Insurance Agencies, Have You Ensured that Your IT is Secure?

Hey Nashville Insurance Agencies, Have You Ensured that Your IT is Secure?

Insurance is all about offering protection and peace of mind. Insurance agencies across Nashville seek out the same sense of protection and peace of mind from their own managed IT services that they strive to give to their insurance clients. In order to remain competitive in today’s business climate, your insurance business needs an IT strategy that provides the space for secure, responsive, and seamless interaction with your clients. Secure IT solutions should be a priority for every insurance agency as clients expect communication around personal billing information and claim history data to be handled efficiently and securely.

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A Managed Services Provider’s Tools of the Trade

As a company, Affinity’s vision includes becoming the best-in-class managed services provider in Greater Nashville for organizations intent on growth. That is a vision we can’t turn into reality without investment—investment in constantly honing our processes, in consistently finding and developing great team members, and in implementing the right technical tools to facilitate the most efficient technology service possible.

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What Printers Need from an Outsourced IT Company

What Printers Need from an Outsourced IT Company

There are a variety of needs that quality outsourced IT providers should cater to when working with printers. Managed IT services can enhance your expertise, improve productivity, and keep printers up and running – all while being cost-effective in the long run.

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Outsourced IT: A Law Office Checklist for Secure Storage

Outsourced IT: A Law Office Checklist for Secure Storage

The importance of confidentiality and security in a law office cannot be overstated, and your IT storage should reflect this. Outsourced managed IT services should help implement secure cloud storage systems that ensure their policies and SLAs address practical and ethical concerns for legal professionals.

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Outsourced IT in Nashville: What Financial Firms Need for Success

Outsourced IT in Nashville: What Financial Firms Need for Success

Throughout Tennessee and across the globe, financial firms are using outsourced business IT support to take advantage of advanced tech solutions and advisory services. These solutions and services aid in developing a holistic IT strategy with strong security and disaster recovery solutions.

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Outsourced IT in Nashville: A Guide for the Entertainment Industry

Outsourced IT in Nashville: A Guide for the Entertainment Industry

The entertainment industry sits among the most bullish industries planning to significantly boost IT outsourcing solutions. The reason for this extends beyond achieving long-term cost efficiencies. It is also a response to recent dramatic shifts in fundamental aspects of the entertainment industry itself. As ever-changing new models for technology, distribution, and business constantly cause the entertainment industry to evolve, comprehensive outsourced IT solutions are needed in order for entertainment businesses to keep up.

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The ROI of Outsourcing IT vs. Building an In-House IT Team

The ROI of Outsourcing IT vs. Building an In-House IT Team

Network uptime has never been more important for business than it is today. Employees, customers, and business partners expect fast and continuous access to applications and information at all times. It is critical that IT managed services providers prioritize network uptime. Developing an IT strategy that works to eliminate network downtime is becoming vital as companies’ relationships with both staff and clients become more dependent on reliable network support and IT services.

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Network Uptime: Signs Your Network is Slowing Down

Network uptime has never been more important for business than it is today. Employees, customers, and business partners expect fast and continuous access to applications and information at all times. It is critical that IT managed services providers prioritize network uptime. Developing an IT strategy that works to eliminate network downtime is becoming vital as companies’ relationships with both staff and clients become more dependent on reliable network support and IT services.

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Does Outsourced IT Matter?

In today’s technology-driven business climate, managed IT solutions are now more important than ever. Through outsourcing, companies can reap the benefits of implementing advanced IT strategies without having to support in-house IT departments or pour inefficient investment into IT infrastructure. Below are a few reasons why outsourcing your IT support can have a major positive impact on your business.

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Outsourced IT in Nashville: A Guide for Healthcare Providers

The amount of electronic information and data healthcare providers are responsible for is undeniably massive. The industry thus requires a wide range of complex technology services, which are often best served through outsourced IT solutions. The ever-growing number of people covered by insurance policies in accordance with the HIPAA Act and various new regulations (including ICD 10) similarly increase the need for outsourced IT health solutions.

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The Affinity Story: From "Computer Fixers" to Growth Engine

Every company has a story. If the company is growing, that story likely includes how they have overcome obstacles and matured past growing pains. What worked in the beginning, when they were looking to build an initial client base, may not have continued to work as they grew. Hard decisions were made. New people entered the mix. And while the company’s core values didn’t change, they grew into new and, hopefully, better ways of living those values out.

If you’re part of a growing company that has been in business for a number of years, a story of change and evolution may resonate with you. That’s why we wanted to share the story of how, since our founding in 2002, we have learned from experience how best to live out our passion for transforming businesses’ IT into engines for growth.

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Secure Email: Reducing the Risks of a Hyper-Connected Workforce

We live in a time of great change, a fact that becomes especially visible when you look at our workforce, our work environment, and our technology. As more and more digital natives enter the labor force, it is increasingly important to connect anytime, anywhere. As your trusted managed services provider, Affinity Technology Partners offer secure email services that bolster your overall IT security in today’s hyper-connected workplace.

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3 Reasons to Wait on Upgrading to macOS Mojave

Apple recently announced that it will release its latest operating system (OS), macOS Mojave, on September 24. Current Mac users will be able to install an upgrade to Mojave for free, which many will want to do in order to take advantage of some of the great new features it offers.

As helpful or as fun as the new features may be, though, we strongly recommend that users wait at least 3 to 6 months to upgrade to High Sierra, especially if they use their computers for business. Why, you ask, would a technology company be giving this advice? The short answer is that experience has taught us that upgrading to a new OS too soon can affect users' productivity. There are three reasons why this is the case.

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Apple Announcements at a Glance: iPhone Xr, XS, and XS Max, and More!

You may have missed it. Apple announcement events aren’t quite as exciting or all over the news as they have been in the past. Nevertheless, they held an event today where they announced a number of interesting new products today, including new iPhones (spoiler alert: this includes a less expensive iPhone X-like device!), a new Apple Watch, and a new operating system.

So, whether you’re a gadget fanatic, or just interested in thinking through your next smartphone upgrade, here’s a brief rundown of what was announced.

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Affinity Welcomes New Systems Administrator Ben Long!

Affinity is excited to announce that Ben Long has joined our team as a Systems Administrator on our Support Team! In this role, he will work with Affinity’s clients to ensure the smooth operation, efficiency, and security of their systems.

Ben comes to us after serving as a Sr. Help Desk Specialist at Churchill Mortgage. He also has experience serving clients in diverse environments as a Systems Administrator at a managed services provider. He holds an AAS in Computer Information Systems from Laramie Community College, as well as CompTIA A+, Network+, and Security+ certifications.

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