Prevent Business Disruption with Data Backup & Recovery

With the human race producing 2.3 zettabytes of data daily, a figure that will likely increase exponentially as we take our first steps into 2020 and the era of the Internet of Things (IoT), it’s safe to say that we are living in an era dominated by our reliance upon Big Data. Businesses large and small rely on the data gathered from their interactions with customers or clients to make key decisions, establish marketing strategies, and drive employee performance in ways that help them outpace the competition.  

But what happens to a business’ ability to function following a catastrophic disruption of business in the form of a natural disaster or a data breach? Statistics show that 40% of small businesses go out of business. Do you have a plan for data backup and recovery? Do you have a contingency plan in place if your organization falls victim to a cyber attack? At Apex Technology, our team’s ability to anticipate the worst case scenario and provide our clients with solutions makes us one of the premier disaster recovery services in Charlotte. Let’s explore some of the events that could lead to a loss of data at your business, and how our data backup and recovery services can prevent business disruption while minimizing lost revenue.  

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Source Control and Its Role in Software Development

The rise in a reliance upon managed software development services in Charlotte and throughout the national business landscape means that organizations are less versed in maintaining proprietary software and legacy applications. This creates challenges for managed service providers when they are brought in to either revamp or recreate custom software solutions. Source code is often out of date, locked away on no longer accessible databases, or worse, non-existent. When code is accessible, it’s often poorly documented, with features and functionality shoehorned onto the original code structure in ways that make it hard to determine where the original software begins and where additions have been made. 

This is not how software should be maintained. Properly managed, software applications should have a form of source control in place in order to protect their long-term viability and integrity. Apex Technology wants to take this opportunity to help our community understand what source control is and how it plays an important role in the software development process.

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How Source Code Management Can Make You More Efficient

“Efficiency” isn’t just a buzzword for software developers to throw around in planning meetings to try and convince upper management or clients to provide more resources. Technology and programming standards have evolved and increased in complexity to such a degree that successful delivery of software and web application projects require development teams to effectively organize, track, and maintain massive collections of files. Represented by online collaboration tools such as GitHub, GitLab, BitBucket, and other solutions, source code management software and online tools are essential solutions to this organizational challenge for modern software development teams to maintain projects and improve team efficiency. Follow along as Apex Technology provides our community with an overview of how source code management improves team efficiency and allows software developers to deliver a superior final product.

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Warning Signs of a Data Breach

In the modern economy, data breaches are no longer the stuff of spy movies and science fiction thriller novels. They’re common place, and in 2019, data breaches cost businesses an average of $3.92 million – per incident! Can you afford a multimillion dollar payout to cover damages to your clients? Do you want to close your doors for good 6 months after the incident like 60% of all companies who fall victim to such attacks? Our team of IT specialists at Apex Technology want to help protect your organization from a costly data breach. Below we’ve compiled some indicators that your business might be at risk, followed by steps you can take internally before calling our team to learn more about how we’ve integrated cybersecurity measures into our managed IT services in order to help protect your brand. 

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How a Custom App Can Help Organize Your Digital Projects and Strategy

Utility in web applications for organizing digital projects or corporate strategic initiatives can be a mixed bag when it comes to functionality. While often useful, it’s just as often that an app will be lacking search features that would have shaved hours off of the work at hand. The good news, though, is that customized app development has evolved into an affordable alternative, and web developers are happy to work with clients to craft products that fits the clients exact criteria. Let’s take a moment and dig deeper into the process to see how Apex Technology’s Charlotte-based web app development team can bring your vision to life and how the new customized software will improve your organization’s performance. 

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Leaving IT Services to the Professionals

The growth of managed IT services has stemmed from small and medium businesses striving to maintain a competitive edge in the modern economy. In order to devote their full attention to providing goods and services, creating strong relationships with clients, and generally prioritizing revenue generation in their organizational structure, small and medium businesses outsource IT to some degree. Managed IT services account for 30% of the United States IT industry segment, and growth in managed IT services through 2023 is expected to top 23 percent. Your future business partners at Apex Technology want you to understand just how beneficial establishing a professional relationship with a reputable managed IT services provider can ultimately be for your bottom line. Let’s take an in-depth look at how our focus on IT lets you focus on your business. 

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Application Development Services

Are you bogged down with legacy systems and software that desperately need to be updated? Do you have databases built with technologies your team struggles to maintain? Or do you just need some new software solutions and you can’t find what you need off-the-shelf?

As an extension of our Managed IT Services offerings, we also provide our clients end-to-end application development and management services across five distinct development channels. Depending upon the needs of your business, our team can provide support across any combination of these services in order to ensure your software needs are met. 

Custom Software Development

Let’s face it – you can’t always find software that has the functionality to meet your business needs out of the box. Apex Technology’s team of highly skilled developers can assess your business requirements and provide you with a custom application that will meet your long-term business needs. Our development services include ongoing support to ensure the solutions we provide scale to your business’s growth and changing needs.  

Custom Software Support 

If you have existing custom software from another vendor with whom you no longer have a working relationship that needs updating or maintenance, we can provide ongoing support after an initial code analysis. Once we’ve reverse engineered the existing code, we treat it like any other piece of custom software, providing ongoing support to ensure its long-term viability. This includes making changes to functionality that ensures integration with any other software solutions you might already have in place or that we might build for you.  

Database Conversion and Modernization

Many legacy systems were built around an Access database, which imposes numerous limitations on the associated software and can be extremely problematic in the long term. Our team of database specialists will convert existing Access databases over to a SQL server and build a web application designed to simplify the interface for your team and allow them to take advantage of the more modern approach to database management. 

Developer Consultation and Mentoring

Technology is advancing at a rapid pace, and even the most skilled team of developers can hit a roadblock when creating a custom piece of software. For companies with their own team of software developers, Apex Technology can provide valuable guidance and mentorship for those projects where your team might lack the expertise to properly execute a viable solution to the challenge at hand. 

DevOps Automation

Custom software requires a system for deployment that largely relies upon automated and repeatable processes to guarantee consistent and functional deployment. Integral to the process of delivering our custom software solutions, DevOps Automation is a standard component in every client engagement and can include methods for establishing, modernizing, or repairing clients’ existing systems for software deployment. This can include:

  • Ensuring the proper procedures are in place to support the use of source code control.
  • Assisting clients in setting up build servers/processes and QA environments.
  • Participating in client set up of release and back-out processes

App Development Services You Can Rely On

The Apex Technology team of programming professionals has worked with clients across multiple industries and we’re capable of tackling any software challenge our clients can put before us. As the Charlotte metro’s leading provider of full-service, flat-rate managed IT services, we can’t wait to find out what challenge you have for us. 

Save Your Business Money With Managed IT Services

Are you a small business considering managed IT services as a solution for your business in order to save on your bottom line, or to reinvest your savings to other endeavors? You’d be in good company if you did. Globally, Gartner data showed that IT spending by businesses reached roughly $3.7 trillion in 2018, with IT services growing 5% from 2017 and accounting for $980 billion. 

Don’t let those numbers scare you, though. There’s a good reason companies are investing in managed IT services at this level – it’s allowing them to save elsewhere in their business and redirect those resources to improving upon the customer experience. Let’s look at some specific ways outsourcing IT to a vendor like Charlotte-based Apex Technologies can help keep costs low and efficiency high.

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The Future of Business IT

Informed by technology subject-matter experts from across the world, the Deloitte Annual Technology Trends report is a fantastic resource for IT professionals and business leaders. The report provides insight into technological innovations that shaped the business world over the course of the previous year, as well as the directions in which those innovations might lead organizations seeking to harness them over the course of the next 18 to 24 months. 

Let’s take a look at some of the trends the Annual Technology Trends report foresaw for 2019 and take a sneak peek at what future trends are in store for us in the upcoming 11th annual 2020 report.  

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Patch Up Your Business’ Cyber Security Measures

Cybercriminals aren’t only targeting large companies like Equifax. In fact, small and medium businesses, known by hackers and cybercriminals to have a smaller budget for cyber security, are often at more of a risk for attack – more than half of all United States businesses have reported at least a single cyber security incident occurring in the past year. Cybercrime being a common occurrence doesn’t mean that you as a small to medium business owner can’t work with your managed IT services provider to minimize your exposure. One key way of doing this is to establish an extensive patch management strategy to ensure all software is up-to-date at all times. Let’s dig into why this is important and what you do to make it a key piece of your overall cyberdefense. 

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