Micro Tech Systems September 2018

Stop Putting Up With Mediocre IT Service


your IT provider may seem like a great thing, but when you’re up to your neck in debilitating tech issues, that lack of communication will come back to bite you. The most baffling part about this, though, is that most business owners realize they’re working with a mediocre IT service provider. Yet, even if they give their current provider a “C” rating, they’re still reluctant to make a change. Whether it’s fear, convenience, or pricing that pushes you to stay with subpar IT, settling for anything less than the best will hold your business back in the long run. There are a few nonnegotiables to consider when it comes to picking a five-star IT service provider. They should have their eyes and ears on your network around the clock, working to detect and troubleshoot even the smallest IT problems to keep everything running at peak efficiency. They should have an active backup strategy in place to ensure nothing is lost. Security must be a priority and must go far beyond a simple antivirus installation. They should constantly maintain open lines of communication and proactively suggest changes that will save you time and money. Trust, integrity, and a proven track record should outweigh the costs. If you’re ready to cut your mediocre IT service provider loose and experience the immense benefits that five-star service can bring, give MicroTech a call at (208) 345-0054 today. We’ll demystify the IT process and bring your company into the future.

For small to mid-size businesses (SMBs), IT can seem like a foreign language. That’s why outsourcing is so valuable for SMB leaders. But not all IT service providers are created equal. All too often, we visit SMBs only to find they’re putting up with mediocre IT. They always exhibit the telltale signs. Bad IT providers wait until the client calls to actually address any problems, instead of proactively suggesting solutions and improvements before an outage occurs. They often don’t have the resources and processes to provide the necessary time and attention to your company, so problems that should take minutes to solve take days. And worst of all, they suffer from poor communication. A “set it and forget it” relationship with

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Inside-Out Grilled Ham & Cheese


Inspired by Food & Wine magazine

8 slices of bread (Pullman works best) 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (preferably Parmigiano-Reggiano)

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8 ounces ham, thinly sliced 1/2 pound Swiss cheese, sliced 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 1/4 cup apricot preserves

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1. Butter each slice of bread on the outside and sprinkle with Parmesan. 2. Layer ham and cheese evenly on top of 4 slices of bread. 3. Spread apricot preserves and mustard across the other 4 slices. Press sandwiches together. 4. In a cast iron skillet or large sauté pan over medium heat, grill sandwiches until golden, about 3 minutes per side. 5. Cut in half and serve.

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