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Why Your Business Needs a Utility Audit

Why Your Business Needs a Utility Audit

Simply put, a utility audit is a detailed, thorough analysis of all your utility bills, including electric, water, sewer, and gas. Executing a comprehensive utility audit finds billing inconsistencies and errors and examines your business’s rate plan for effectiveness. A utility auditor will evaluate your rate plans and suggest cost effective changes.

Utility providers do not go out of their way to make it easy for you to understand their billing system. Bills, codes, industry tariffs, and even utility terminology can be confusing and impossible for the layman to understand. Calculating what you should be paying is not simple for the novice either.

The Steps of a Utility Audit

A thoroughly executed Utility Audit will cover the following:

  1. Your energy usage numbers will be reviewed. Your energy bills should not vary wildly, especially when comparing month to month, and season to season expenses. Carefully auditing these numbers will find billing errors and ensure that you are not being overcharged or charged for the same period twice.
  2. Rate Structure Analysis. Your auditor knows that you are not simply forced to accept the rate structured assigned to you by your utility provider. They will have the expertise to review the different rate options available to you and select the one that fits. No utility company is going to do that work for you.
  3. Observe Growth Trends. Periodically certain utility bills surge, sometimes with good reason. If you are in a tropical climate, your energy bills may surge in summertime, and conversely, cold climates will see higher energy bills in the winter. Water bills should remain consistent. Utility audits will uncover these anomalies and go back to the utility company for answers.

The Utility Audit Process

A utility audit will require some work on your part in the preparation phase, but after that we do all the heavy lifting. We will need to look at all invoices from your utility vendors, for all your locations. We will assess each vendor for accuracy.

Next, we will conduct a market analysis of providers, regulatory requirements, your options, and compliance. The entire process takes 4 – 6 weeks. Once you approve our recommendations, we will contact your providers and make the contractual changes for you.

Why a Utility Audit Matters to Your Business

Research shows that over 90% of businesses are invoiced incorrectly at least once a year. If you manage a large business, these expenses can be astronomical. If you manage an SMB, one large billing error can evaporate your cash on hand and paralyze your business. Here are two examples of cost saving opportunities most businesses do not consider:

Water and Sewer: Some of the largest reductions we have helped our clients attain is regarding their water and sewer bills. Not only have we found billing errors, but we have also discovered costly leaks and helped them get credits.

Natural Gas: The gas industry has changed rapidly over the past few years, and there are methods we can use that eliminate some of the risk to your business when it comes to your gas bills.

Who Executes a Utility Audit?

A utility audit may be performed by an internal team, but it is likely that most of your team is swamped doing their regular jobs. Hiring an external contractor who specializes in utility audits is often the best bet. In addition to how busy your team is, there are other reasons to hire an independent utility auditor:

  • A utility auditor is an expert at their work, and it will be easier for them to identify mistakes.
  • An auditor has experience with a wide variety of contracts and will know how to negotiate with your utility providers. Can negotiate better with utility providers.
  • Auditors are familiar with utility providers and know how to expedite the process.

Who Uses Them?

Large multinational companies, and SMB’s may benefit from an in-house auditor depending on the number of utility providers, number of accounts with providers, and total utility spend. Enterprise and SMBs also benefit from Utility Audits. We are experienced working with all three entities.

If you are spending more than $2,500 per month on your utility bills, an audit is highly recommended. If you have questions or would like to schedule a consultation, <a href=”mailto:prs@auaus.net”>contact us by email</a>, or call us at (888) 208-0020.


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Record calls to meet compliance issues and for accuracy.

With RTP installed, record calls by authorized users can easily access call recordings for quality assurance, regulatory compliance, dispute resolution, and much more. Replay RTP by Trisys is designed to record phone conversations taking place on IP phone systems. It runs unobtrusively on your network, monitoring RTP (audio) traffic through a mirrored span port for desired calls and converts them into call recordings. Our Replay RTP solution is available as a 100% software solution (if the PC is provided by the client):
• Supports all IP based telephones systems (must have IP phones)
• Saves recordings as .WAV files • Recordings can be automatically archived or deleted
• On-demand pause/resume recording Replay RTP also comes as a turnkey solution including the hardware (Tapit 6 ezBox Enhanced). Tapit 6 ezBox Enhanced can:
 Record up to 100 concurrent calls*
 Storing over 70,000 hours of recordings
 *Use multiple units for larger installations The Replay RTP web user interface via Tapit 6 Call Accounting software, allows password-protected remote access to calls, and offers over 125 reports. An authorized Tapit 6 user can:
• Easily find recordings by; date/time, caller ID, dialed number, user, DNIS, call duration, extension, trunk, and more.
• Play and download recordings
• Share recordings via e-mail Replay RTP Brochure Document #: RPRTPB–180806 Page | 2 Updated on 08/06/2018 Minimum System Requirements – PC Provided by Client
• Phones must be IP supported
• Core 2 Duo Processor
• 4 GB RAM for Windows 7/8.1/10 Pro/Windows 2008
• 500 GB of hard drive (approximately 67,000 hours of voice recordings)
• 2 Network Cards
• Windows 2008 R2/2012
• IIS ( IIS 7 and high requires IIS 6 compatibility enabled for Windows)
• Windows Media Player to play recordings
• The PC used for listening to voice recordings must have a sound card
• MS Internet Explorer 10 or higher
• Audio (RTP) must be un-encrypted
• A network switch which supports bio-directional “port mirroring” or a plain hub
• MS .NET Framework 4.5 (or 3.5 enabled)
Also we can provide additional software that uses AI to capture emotions of caller

New Voice recording Software from one of our premiere vendors, and IBM’s Watson.
Use with Microsoft teams, Cloud VoIP telecom, and Contact Center software
1. Transcribe recorded calls, and view on computer, laptop, mobile atc.
2. Share calls and the highlights of calls
3. Search and discover by keywords in the call……… saves a great deal of time
4. Capture the tone and mood of of the caller to improve customer relations

About Applied Consulting Group

Applied Consulting Group is comprised of two companies, Applied Utility Auditors LLC, and Applied Telecom Solutions. We are agnostic and unbiased providers of telecom/IT solutions, utility auditing, worker’s compensation refunds, and insurance risk analysis.

For over 30 years we have helped companies large and small determine how best to keep up with telecom and IT technology, as well as reducing overhead. Each company is comprised of individuals with 20 or more years’ experience in their respective areas of expertise and can provide solutions to help you run your business more efficiently, and at less cost.

We do not charge you for our services.  We will audit telecom, utility, IT, and workman’s compensation. We also provide complete insurance risk analysis audits. Call us for a continency based audit for refunds and future savings.

As opposed to sales organizations, we are agents/channel partners and are paid by the supplier. We will help you determine your needs and secure bids from  available providers in your area. Applied Consulting Group provides exceptional service, and continued advice throughout the term of your agreements with our vendors which include AT&T, Verizon, Microsoft, Cisco, Spectrum, Comcast, and over 75 other solution providers through channel partnerships.

ACG’s track record of customer retention is unparalleled. We have an over 97% retention rate, and we hope you will give us an opportunity to provide you with our many years of experience to improve your operations and improve your bottom line in the areas where we excell.


Can Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365 Combine For Better Productivity?

Can Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365 Combine For Better Productivity?

Many business owners and companies today are already using remote office software. One of the most popular software out today is Microsoft Teams. Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365 combined are a superior way to create better productivity within a business. Microsoft Teams has several features that integrate into a seamless, controlled system. This includes the ability to collaborate with other team members, customers, utilize calendars, chats, notes, perform task management, create project boards and collaborate on office files.

The collaboration among individuals is done with online portals called “Microsoft Teams”. There are many versions of this software, and they can be used individually or integrated with other programs. There are companies that provide these services, which allow businesses to manage the functions of several projects simultaneously. More features include remote collaboration, brainstorming, telecommuting, shared working environments, groupware, and time tracking. These make company collaboration among team members and other colleagues a smooth process and effective solution.

Communication and Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is a Remote Office Software that works on a network. It can be installed on any computer that connects to the internet. This software allows collaboration among business people who are located anywhere in the world. With this software, an employee can easily send files to another user, view documents that are shared in real-time, and create documents with a digital pen. One can even use this software for document scanning and editing.

When it comes to communication, there really is no better service than Microsoft Teams. This software is ideal for projects that require frequent interactions among multiple users and across different channels. Teams can schedule their meetings to be had via chat, phone, or video. It also enables the seamless sharing of documents and allows the exchange of ideas and information quickly. Remote working becomes easiest when employees can share work-related information in an efficient and effective manner.

Every small to medium-sized business and even corporations need to plan ahead when it comes to its work procedures. Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365 help companies to do so. The features of this remote office software allow members of the company to hold meetings in real-time and schedule other meetings for a future date. Remote meetings and conference calls give access to specific team members, are convenient, and allow for live, in-meeting implementation on specific project tasks. This is the improvement of business productivity.

Remote Office Work and Employees

An employee’s ability to stay productive is the key to making a business succeed. Unfortunately, it can be common for employees to experience burnout at times. They become stressed because of the hectic pace at which they have to keep up with their tasks and produce solutions for the company. Utilizing technology like Microsoft Teams and Office 365 can help to increase productivity.

One example of this is to customize notifications to receive immediate updates only. Another could be the ability to collaborate on Office files in Microsoft Teams. Reducing wasted time spent on tedious tasks will result in less stress while on the job. This also allows for employees and managers to no longer be bound to their desk chair and keyboard. With this extra time, they are free to go and meet with clients and do business deals.

One Drawback of Remote Working and a few Fun Solutions

Remote working, as stated, has several benefits. It does, however, have one main pitfall. Its biggest disadvantage is obvious, there is no physical contact between the team members. Many have worried that this would result in a lack of proper communication, ability to brainstorm, and poor decision-making. By using remote office software, this is not so much the case. The main issue is indeed, the lack of social interaction. We are social beings, after all.

The key is continuing to cultivate meaningful connections with each team member. The responsibility of making time to communicate aside from work-related tasks falls upon each member of the team. Social interactions do not have to be lengthy. They can be short, fun activities that promote casual conversations and necessary time away. A couple of examples could be introducing scheduled 10-minute coffee chats, team member trivia games, or even a show and tell.

Final Thoughts

Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365 together, have several advantages in their ability to bring business teams together. They can reduce costs and increase efficiency. The applications they serve are nearly endless. Remote office software is not a trend that will just go away after the pandemic. It can be used to create and manage documents, spreadsheets, web pages, and can even be used to manage projects and handle the working team as a whole. Remote office software is here to stay.

The tools, communication, and management capabilities that Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365 provide an effective solution in the COVID-19 era and into the future. Using this remote software allows team members to focus on their tasks and manage their workflow more effectively. This increases productivity and saves money in the meantime. And who doesn’t love that?

If you would like to learn more about adopting Microsoft Teams in your organization, contact Applied Consulting Group today on setting up your company’s new virtual collaboration program.

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Keeping The Information You Give Vendors Safe

Will your information be safe with our vendors?

Several of our 100+ vendors/carriers offer cloud-based services such as VoIP telecom and TEAMS from Microsoft and Cisco. Several of these top-level vendors announced that they also earned the System and Organization Controls (SOC) 2 Type II certification that covers all their facilities, business processes, and cloud services. The SOC 2 Type II audit and certification, conducted by  The Moore Group, LLC, an independent CPA firm, confirms that this vendor and others, meet the strict information security and privacy standards for the handling of highly sensitive customer data established by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

Two of our vendors Evolveip and Ancero just announced they are once again certified. Call us for more information 888.208.0020 or email


Ancero is proud to announce the renewal of the System and Organization Controls (SOC) 2 Type II certification, which applies to all Ancero facilities, business processes, and cloud services. SOC 2 Type II certification validates Ancero’s compliance with strict data security and privacy standards established by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). SOC […]

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Cyber Security Solutions for The Healthcare Sector

Cyber Security Solutions for The Healthcare Sector

Cyber Security is critical in the healthcare sector. Almost half of all data breaches in hospitals and the wider healthcare sector are due to ransomware attacks, according to new research. Ransomware gangs are increasingly adding an extra layer of extortion to attacks by not only encrypting networks and demanding hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars in Bitcoin to restore them but also stealing sensitive information and threatening to publish it if the ransom isn’t paid.

Double Extortion in Cyber Security

This double extortion technique is intended as extra leverage to force victims of ransomware attacks to give in and pay the ransom rather than taking the time to restore the network themselves. For healthcare, the prospect of data being leaked on the internet is particularly disturbing as it can involve sensitive private medical data alongside other forms of identifiable personal information of patients.
SEE Cybersecurity: Let’s get tactical (ZDNet/TechRepublic special feature) | Download the free PDF version (TechRepublic)

Some organizations will, therefore, opt to pay the ransom to prevent this from happening while others will not give in to extortion demands. As a result, ransomware is now responsible for 46% of healthcare data breaches, according to an analysis by cybersecurity researchers at Tenable. More than 35% of all breaches are linked to ransomware attacks, resulting in an often-tremendous financial cost.
One of the key methods for ransomware gangs gaining access to hospital networks is via a pair of VPN vulnerabilities found in the Citrix ADC controller, affecting Gateway hosts (CVE-2019-19781) and Pulse Connect Secure (CVE-2019-11510).

Both vulnerabilities had received security patches to stop hackers from exploiting them by the beginning of 2020, but despite this, large numbers of organizations have yet to apply the update.
That is allowed ransomware groups – and even nation-state-linked hacking operations – to exploit unpatched vulnerabilities to gain a foothold on networks and they will continue to do so if networks have not received the required security patches.

“As the attack surface expands, vulnerability management has a central role to play in modern cybersecurity strategies. Unpatched vulnerabilities leave sensitive data and critical business systems exposed, and represent lucrative opportunities for ransomware actors,” said Renaud Deraison, co-founder and chief technology officer at Tenable.

SEE: Cybersecurity: This ‘costly and destructive’ malware is the biggest threat to your network
The key way to protect networks falling victim to ransomware and other cyberattacks is to apply patches when they’re released, particularly those designed to fix critical vulnerabilities. And if there’s applications that your organization uses that no longer receives security updates, researchers recommend replacing this software with an alternative that is still supported.
“If the software solutions used by your organization are no longer receiving security updates, upgrading to one with an active support contract is vital,” the report says.
“It is imperative that organizations identify assets within their environments that are vulnerable to months- and years-old flaws and apply relevant patches immediately,” it said.

• These software bugs are years old. But businesses still are not patching them
• How ransomware attackers are doubling their extortion tactics TechRepublic
• Ransomware vs WFH: How remote working is making cyberattacks easier to pull off
• Ransomware attacks on hospitals could soon surge, FBI warns CNET.
• Ransomware: Attacks could be about to get even more dangerous and disruptive


• Microsoft to apply California’s privacy law for all US users
• Mind-reading technology: The security and privacy threats ahead
• How to replace each Google service with a more privacy-friendly alternative
• Cybersecurity 101: Protect your privacy from hackers, spies, and the government

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With over 30 years of telecom and IT experience we have several vendors that can help with solutions to cybersecurity call Applied Consulting group @ 888.208.0020

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Quick fixes to a PC Slowing Down

Is your pc slowing down? As you add more apps and software, it eventually starts to slow down. As the programs you have installed interact with each other, your pc may start acting peculiar. Sometimes, though, a slow system or odd behavior can be an outward and visible sign of an inward and terrible malware infestation. How do you know if you have got a malware problem? If any of the warning signs below match your experience, malware may well have compromised your security.

Overview – Computer Running Slow Windows 10
“I’ve had this PC for about 1.5 years now, and it’s always worked fine and fast. Then about a week ago, it started being very slow suddenly; whether it’s opening an app or right-clicking, it’s just very slow. Nothing was installed, and prior to then, everything I did was routine. It is very weird. Why is my Windows 10 running slow all of a Sudden? Please let me know if you have any ideas on what I can do next!”

In this guide, I’ll show you exactly how to troubleshoot Windows 10 running slow on your computer.

  • Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
    Quick tips on Windows 10 slow
    Reboot your computer
    Scan for malware or viruses
    Close background programs…Full steps
    Advanced fixes to Windows 10 slow
    Delete temp files
    Free up Windows 10 disk space
    Erase the computer and start over

Why Is My Computer So Slow All of a Sudden

How often do you feel frustrated with your computer acting up, being slow, or freezing up? This list does not cover all the reasons, but when it comes to personal computers it should give you a head start on understanding what causes slow performance specifically for Windows-based machines. Here are some common reasons why Windows 10 running slow.

    • Your computer was running for a long time without a reboot
    • Not enough free hard drive space
    • Hard drive corrupted or fragmented
    • The computer is infected with a Virus or Malware
    • Too many background programs
    • Computer or processor is overheating
    • Your version of Windows or other software is out of dateMore in ou next blog

Method 1 – Reboot Your Computer

If your computer has not been rebooted recently, make sure to reboot it before following any of the fixes below.

• Click the “Start” icon.
• Go to “Shut down or sign out > Restart.”

Method 2. Scan for Malware or Viruses

If your computer is infected with one or more viruses, this can cause your computer to run slow. Use your antivirus software to scan your computer. You can also try to remove the virus without using antivirus software

• Run the Windows Command Prompt with the Admin privilege.
• Type the command: attrib g:*.* /d /s -h -r -s and hit Enter. (Replace the drive letter g with your own external hard drive’s drive letter.)

Method 3. Close Background Programs

One of the most common reasons for a slow computer is programs running in the background. Remove or disable any TSRs and startup programs that automatically start each time the computer boots. To see what programs are running in the background and how much memory and CPU they are using:

• Open “Task Manager”.
• Choose the one and close it.

Method 4. Update Windows

Make sure that you have the latest Windows updates installed on your PC. If you are on the Internet when your computer is slow, make sure all browser plugins are up-to-date.

• Click the “Start” icon
• Go to “Settings > Update & Security settings > Windows Update”.

Advanced Solutions to Windows 10 Slow Suddenly

If the quick fixes fail to solve the computer or laptop running slow Windows 10, follow the advanced methods below to try out and speed up Windows 10.

Fix 1. Delete temp files

As a computer runs programs, temporary files are stored on the hard drive. Deleting these temp files can help improve computer performance. You can use Disk Cleanup to delete temp files, and you can also automatically delete temp files.

Fix 2. Free up Windows 10 disk space and increase C drive space

For some serious hard drive issues that might cause a hard drive overloaded and sluggish, you need the advanced help of professional toolkits! Here, EaseUS Tools M is recommended. Use it to clean up all the junk files at once for more free space.

1 – Clean up junk files

Step 1.  DOWNLOAD and install EaseUS Tools M. Select “System Cleanup” on the main screen.
Step 2. Select the type of junk files you want to scan and click “Analyze”.
Step 3. Identify and select useless files and click “Clean up” to remove those files from your PC or laptop.

2 – Increase system C drive

If cleaning up junk files doesn’t make too much free space for you, another effective solution to Windows 10 suddenly slow problem is to simply expand your C drive with EaseUS Partition Master. Do it with the following steps.
Your Reliable Choice – EaseUS Partition Master
• Transfer free disk space from one drive to another directly.
• Resize/move, merge clone partition and check file system error.
• Clone disk, convert to MBR/GPT, convert to dynamic/basic, and even wipe data.
• Migrate OS, increase partition space, and more
Free DownloadWindows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP
Step 1. Launch EaseUS Partition Master and click “Adjust with 1-Click.”
When your C drive is out of space, you will see the Low Disk Space alert on our product.

Step 2. Click “Proceed” to adjust space automatically.EaseUS Partition Master will automatically adjust your C drive to solve the low space issue. Click “Proceed” to continue.

You can also click “Manual Adjustment” to extend the C drive manually if the Smart Space Adjustment cannot meet your needs.
When turning to Manual Adjustment, the result of smart adjustment will be retained as the starting point for manual adjustment. Select the C drive, and drag dots to add more space to C drive. Then click “Proceed” to continue.

Step 3. Execute operations.
Click the “Execute Operation” button at the top corner and start all pending operations by clicking “Apply”.

Fix 3. Erase computer and start over

If none of the above solutions resolve your issues, another option is to either reinstall Windows or erase everything and then start over.
Note: Do remember to back up data before you take action to erase data.
Erasing everything and starting over can increase performance by getting rid of old software or drivers that may be on the computer and causing the computer to be slow. Installing a fresh copy of Windows, software programs, and the latest drivers help verify there are no software related issues causing your computer to be slow.

Thanks to this guide, you don’t need to spend hours searching for Windows 10 slow solutions. You have got everything you need to speed up your Windows 10/8/7 computers. As you can learn from this full guide, Windows slow issue is caused by many reasons and can be solved by many solutions. From all the solutions, I recommend Quick Fixes. These solutions are easy and effective. Most users can solve the computer running slow issue when they have restarted their computers.

Eliminate or Forward CAPEX with VoIP Cloud Based Telecom

We have been in the telecom business since 1974. Our team members have at least 20+ years each in telecom and IT services. Long gone are the days of one size fits all, and we have found that no one provider has all the answers. That is why we partner with Microsoft, AT&T Verizon, EvolveIP, 8×8, Ring Central, and over 75 other providers.

We eliminate CAPEX and equipment replacement with our VoIP solutions.
We provide agnostic solutions to fit your needs. We don’t “sell” you one solution. We discuss your needs and find the right solutions. We have done this for thousands of companies across the USA. We can help you do the following:

  • Reduce operating expenses with one convenient monthly fee with a Cloud-Based telecom system
    Connect multiple locations and remote users on one system
    A feature-rich solution that includes a mobile app and softphone
    No costly maintenance and little to no upfront capital expense
    Customer portal for account management and detailed reporting
    Utilizes an omnichannel strategy for improved customer service
    Instant, cloud delivery of new features and functionality
    Industry-leading hardware for exceptionally clear communications
    Onsite system training for your users.

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We are often asked by beginners: what is VoIP and how does VoIP work? If you are a non-techy user, then you may have heard that you could use VoIP to add a business phone number for your website.

VoIP is a more cost-effective way to get a business phone number for your website when compared to a traditional phone line. However, before making any decision, you need to fully understand what the technology is all about.

In this beginner’s guide, we will answer what is VoIP, and how does VoIP work behind the scenes. The goal is to help you understand how VoIP can save you money and help you grow your business.

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The Top Benefits of Microsoft Teams for Businesses Working Remotely

The Top Benefits of Microsoft Teams for Businesses Working Remotely

Microsoft Teams is transforming collaboration in the workplace.  Teams is a web-based collaboration and workspace platform that brings together employees to collaborate, meet and communicate on projects no matter where they are. Teams allows participants to access many different tools and programs within a single window to assist them to work as effectively as possible, such as: creating, sharing, modifying, and storing content.

What is Microsoft Teams?

Microsoft Teams was initially designed for the U.S. market to complement the work from home phenomenon which is growing in popularity across companies in the tech industry. The Covid-19 pandemic has hastened the shift to a work-from-home business model and a trend that is likely here to stay. The Top Benefits of Microsoft Teams Because of the benefits of Microsoft Teams, more companies are taking full advantage of this cross-platform collaborative tool. For example, Salesforce has recently launched its own version of Teams, which is known as MS Teams. Salesforce has built its collaboration tools on the back of its existing video conferencing platform, which allows its members to share information with each other across multiple locations. The second major benefit of Microsoft Teams is the ease of use.

Since most people familiar with working in the office or large organizations would already be comfortable with the basic functions, there is little else to learn, especially if a business has a staff that is largely Millennial and Gen X. Plus, the majority of the functionality of the tool comes automatically installed with the program. This means that participants simply need to log into the platform and make use of all of the features, which include video calls, group meetings, document sharing, audio conferencing, online sharing of documents, screen sharing, and many others. Another benefit is the simplicity of operation. Teams have evolved to a point where it is easy for any individual to log on and start using it. The process of making a video call, for example, does not involve the use of specialized technical skills, as many organizations might find it necessary to do. In one place, all of the functionality is combined into one neat interface. Rather than being required to know how to use individual platforms at each workplace, all employees can simply make use of the same common interface, which provides a high degree of collaboration, speed, and security. Collaborate Better than Ever Before Yet, another of the many business benefits of what is Microsoft Teams is the ability to incorporate advanced collaboration tools into this productivity suite.

One of the most popular new features is what is called “task collaboration”. With this new feature, participants are able to easily work on multiple projects without being present in the same meeting. All meetings are automatically saved, and the same group can be specified to have access to specific conversations or documents. With these and other new features, it is clear that Microsoft Teams has substantially improved upon its predecessors. Of course, there are many more features that Microsoft Teams offers that make it an outstanding solution for many businesses. However, the fact that it is open source and can be used by millions of users without any fees makes it a compelling option for those who might want to leverage its technology. Those who are already using Microsoft Office would find that integrating what is Microsoft Teams with their existing systems is incredibly straightforward and easy. If you would like to learn more about adopting Microsoft Teams in your organization, then contact Applied Consulting Group today on setting up your company’s new virtual collaboration program.

Contact us here or call us at (888) 208-0020.

Is your PC slowing down?

Is your pc slowing down? As you add more apps and software, it eventually starts to slow down. As the programs you have installed interact with each other, your pc may start acting peculiar. Sometimes, though, a slow system or odd behavior can be an outward and visible sign of an inward and terrible malware infestation. How do you know if you have got a malware problem? If any of the warning signs below match your experience, malware may well have compromised your security.

1. Popup Ads Start Popping Up.
While not as common as they used to be, adware programs attacked their victims with advertisements. Sometimes they’re ads for legitimate products, netting an affiliate fee for the adware perpetrator. Other times they contain links to malicious websites that will attempt to drop more malware on your PC.

2. Your Browser Keeps going to different sites by itself
Not every redirect is malicious, but if you find that trying to reach Google takes you to an unfamiliar search site, you’ve got a problem. Sometimes the redirection is less noticeable. For example, a banking Trojan might divert your browser to a fraudulent site that looks just like your bank’s real site. In that case your only clue is the unfamiliar URL in the Address bar. Redirection attacks often rely on browser extensions, so if you suspect a problem, dig into your browser settings and disable or delete any extensions you didn’t install.

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