We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.

Don't wait any longer. Get started today!

Ferrum Technology Services Blog

Ferrum Technology Services has been serving the Elgin area since 2007, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

There Are a Few Obstacles to Your Next Project’s Success

There Are a Few Obstacles to Your Next Project’s Success

In the coming years, digital transformation is going to change the way people conduct business. So much so, that the shift has an anticipated value of approximately $767 billion by 2026. If your business is looking to get less analog in the way you go about your processes, you need to understand the pitfalls that many businesses are going to experience so that yours can thrive. This month, we take a look at why digital transformation objectives fail and what you can do about them. 

0 Comments
Continue reading

How to Troubleshoot an Iffy Wi-Fi Connection

How to Troubleshoot an Iffy Wi-Fi Connection

Your business depends on its wireless connectivity, but you might notice that there are various factors that can influence how well your devices can connect to your wireless networks. We’ve put together a shortlist of things that can get in the way of your Wi-Fi connection and what you can do to avoid them.

0 Comments
Continue reading

How to Help Bridge the Gap Between In-House, Hybrid, and Remote Workers

How to Help Bridge the Gap Between In-House, Hybrid, and Remote Workers

Lots of companies are going to remote or hybrid work strategies, making it a challenge to stay engaged with some or all of their employees. Working in the same location, it is much easier for a company to build some type of office culture. In this month’s newsletter, we’ll give you a few tips on how to build a company culture when you lean on remote teams. 

0 Comments
Continue reading

The Scalability of Cloud Solutions Can Help You Stabilize Your Computing Costs

The Scalability of Cloud Solutions Can Help You Stabilize Your Computing Costs

The cloud as a computing strategy is helping millions of businesses be the best version of themselves. The main reason for this is the inherent scalability that is made available through cloud solutions. Let’s take a look at how scalability benefits a business and how it works.

0 Comments
Continue reading

Proactive Strategies Boost Uptime and Create Better Situations for Your Business

Proactive Strategies Boost Uptime and Create Better Situations for Your Business

Every organization depends on their information systems to be up and available when they need them. Some businesses simply can’t function at all without them. When a business inevitably needs to patch their software or perform other maintenance, it can cause problems when employees need these systems to be available. This month, we’ll talk about the strategy behind proactive IT maintenance and how it helps businesses avoid downtime in multiple ways. 

0 Comments
Continue reading

VoIP Is a Powerful Business Tool

VoIP Is a Powerful Business Tool

Communications are important for small businesses, but how much do you pay attention to your telephone system? While it might have been useful in the past, chances are your team members and clients are communicating with you in different ways, rendering your telephone system, more or less, obsolete—at least the traditional telephone systems, anyway.

Compared to other options like Voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP, traditional telephone solutions are simply outdated in nature and scope. Let’s go over what you need to know about VoIP.

0 Comments
Continue reading

Improve Privacy By Managing App Location

Improve Privacy By Managing App Location

Mobile devices have cemented themselves in day-to-day life, so much so that people feel uncomfortable when they don’t know where their smartphone is or if they don’t have it on their person. Furthermore, devices can keep track of your location; this goes for the applications on your device, as well. How do you keep track of which devices have these privileges, and what do you do to manage them?

0 Comments
Continue reading

It May Surprise You How Work Relationships Grow Remotely

It May Surprise You How Work Relationships Grow Remotely

Ever since the pandemic, there has been an increased focus on mental health and well-being in the workplace. This has led many business owners to consider how they can improve their employees’ relationships with not just each other, but all of the other important people in their lives. As it turns out, remote work can be a major facilitator in this effort.

0 Comments
Continue reading

Tip of the Week: How to Change the Download Location in Chrome

Tip of the Week: How to Change the Download Location in Chrome

By default, when you download a file from the Internet, it will go to your Downloads folder, unless you specify for them to go elsewhere. While this is certainly a fine place for your downloaded files to wind up—at least for the short term—what if you wanted to change the default file location for your downloaded files? This is what today’s blog is all about: how you can change the downloaded file location for your Google Chrome web browser.

0 Comments
Continue reading

Managing Workplace Emotions Can Be Difficult

Managing Workplace Emotions Can Be Difficult

Most people will spend about one-third of their lives at work. Naturally, this large amount of time spent away from home can lead to a lot of stress. Emotions can overwhelm your employees and lead them to experience negative side effects that could impact their physical and mental health. Let’s examine some ways you can minimize the workday stressors that your employees may suffer from.

0 Comments
Continue reading

“Backup” and “Disaster Recovery” are Related, But Not Synonymous

“Backup” and “Disaster Recovery” are Related, But Not Synonymous

If you’ve spent any amount of time around us, you’ve probably had the importance of data backup and disaster recovery preparation preached to you—probably more than once. However, as closely associated as the two are, they are not the same. Let’s explore the critical differences between these two processes so you can be fully prepared to attend to both.

0 Comments
Continue reading

Enhance Your Business with New Technology

Enhance Your Business with New Technology

Your business’ operations and performance will vary depending on how you choose to invest your IT resources and budget. If you see marked improvements over the years, then you are doing something right. If things remain the same, however, perhaps you could benefit from a different approach to your technology investments. Let’s examine the subtle art of IT investment and how you should approach it.

0 Comments
Continue reading

Taking a Look at the True Cost of Ransomware

Taking a Look at the True Cost of Ransomware

Imagine your business becomes the target of a ransomware attack. The situation is dire, and you need access to your data. You decide to pay the ransom, even though all security professionals advocate for the opposite. The worst is behind you, you think. This is unfortunately not the case; there are countless other costs that ransomware can bring to the table, and none of them are good. Let’s examine the true cost of ransomware beyond just the ransom.

0 Comments
Continue reading

When Will I Know When I Need to Replace My Laptop?

When Will I Know When I Need to Replace My Laptop?

Laptops are remarkable pieces of ingenuity that can perform just about any work-related task without sacrificing portability. However, these amazing devices cannot last forever, and they will inevitably need to be upgraded. Do you know when the appropriate time to address this issue is?

0 Comments
Continue reading

Lean Into Your Collaborative Efforts

Lean Into Your Collaborative Efforts

Collaboration is key in the business world, but it’s not always as easy or as simple as it might seem at first glance. Naturally, when you try to get people to work together, you add even more moving parts to the puzzle, and if you aren’t careful, you can accidentally influence your bottom line, and not in a good way. Here are three helpful tips you can implement for better collaboration strategies.

0 Comments
Continue reading

Business Technology Challenges You’ve Got to Think About

Business Technology Challenges You’ve Got to Think About

Business technology is far from the easiest thing to manage, and it’s mostly because managing technology is not the sole focus of companies (unless you’re us, of course). If you can’t overcome your IT challenges, your business could be held back needlessly. Let’s go over some of the common issues your organization might face with regards to technology management and maintenance. 

0 Comments
Continue reading

There Are Few More Serious Security Problems than Phishing

There Are Few More Serious Security Problems than Phishing

Phishing is a serious matter, so serious that it is responsible for a quarter of all data breaches. Therefore, you need to consider it a threat to your business, whether you think these attacks are obvious or not. Phishing is a popular tool in the hacker’s arsenal, so you should be prepared to address it with your staff to preserve your business’ future.

0 Comments
Continue reading

The Role IT Plays in Your Business Might Be Larger than You Think

The Role IT Plays in Your Business Might Be Larger than You Think

It’s no shock that business executives are already busy enough, but you need to add “knowing more about your IT infrastructure” to that list if you haven’t already done so. It’s critical that you are on the same page as your IT staff, and this relationship will fuel productive relations with both your technology and the staff utilizing it.

0 Comments
Continue reading

Getting a Solid ROI from Technology Takes Careful Planning

Getting a Solid ROI from Technology Takes Careful Planning

When was the last time you made a major purchase? Sometimes spending a ton of money on a big-budget item can seem exciting at first, but then the excitement fades over time, and you eventually start to ask why you even made the purchase in the first place. This is sometimes what happens when companies purchase technology solutions, and it occurs more often than you might expect.

0 Comments
Continue reading

Is Your Business One of These Ransomware Targets?

Is Your Business One of These Ransomware Targets?

Ransomware does not discriminate by industry, audience, business size, or otherwise. It will always be a threat to your organization, no matter what you do or who you serve. Let’s take a look at some of the commonly targeted industries that ransomware is used against.

0 Comments
Continue reading
TOP