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Framework Communications is Chicago's award-winning choice for CareFree™ Managed IT Services. No matter the challenge, we consistently deliver best-in-class service, expertise, and technology to transform productivity, efficiency and growth across your organization.

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Blog Posts | Managed IT Chicago | IT Support Chicago

By: Adam Barney
May 29th, 2020

With a few quick searches, you can get some idea of the typical pricing of a cloud phone system. Determining the pricing of a Unified Communications system is a little more difficult. The price isn't the true total cost either. If you’re trying to gain a better understanding of the cost of Unified Communications, you might be struggling with where to even start. There’s so many providers, so many offers, and sometimes it is difficult to just ascertain  a fair price.  Framework has consulted companies on Unified Communications for over a decade. We’ve worked with many providers in that time and gained an excellent understanding of the market. We'll help you understand the various costs, and the cost expectations based on your needs.

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IT | Managed IT Services | Managed IT Chicago | IT Support Chicago

By: Adam Barney
May 21st, 2020

As your organization grows, your technology and support needs to grow as well. At some point, you will start to wonder, should I hire a full-time IT person?

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Managed IT Services | Managed IT Chicago | IT Support Chicago | Technology

By: Adam Barney
May 15th, 2020

Are you looking to make some IT hardware purchases soon or are you trying to be more intelligent about future IT equipment purchases? If so, this blog is for you. We’re going to discuss where to purchase IT equipment, typical costs, and the benefits and downsides you should consider when purchasing IT hardware via various methods. 

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Managed IT Services | Managed IT Chicago | IT Support Chicago | Business IT

By: Adam Barney
May 1st, 2020

While technology affects everyone, technology has a big effect on professional services firms. In our decade-plus experience managing technology, we’ve found that productivity is at the core of technology's impact on professional services. Companies in the professional services arena tend to be very dependent on people. Whether the company bills clients for employee hours or not, time is money for this industry! Your technology can either be a hurdle for your people or an enabler to create more value. 

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Managed IT Services | Managed IT Chicago | IT Support Chicago | Technology

By: Adam Barney
April 16th, 2020

 Most business owners, executives, and investors intend to scale their businesses and you’re likely no different. Part of scaling a business is developing scalable strategies for all major functions within the organization. Technology facilitates most functions and processes in modern organizations, so implementing the best scalable office technology strategy is critical to build a scalable business. This article explores the best scalable office technology strategy from a high-level and specifically for different aspects of your technology systems.

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Chicago | cybersecurity | Internal Security | Managed IT Services | Managed IT Chicago | IT Support Chicago | Data Protection | Ransomware

By: Ben Kohn
April 13th, 2020

The average ransomware payout in 2018 was $6,733, according to Coveware. The average overall business impact was almost $55,000, with business impact lasting an average of 5.5 days.  Arguably worse, 15% of all data affected by these breaches was rendered unrecoverable. These attacks are growing in prevalence, increasingly affecting businesses of scale, the average employee count being 71, and are presenting unique challenges to the assessors of risk in the business community. 

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Managed IT Services | Managed IT Chicago | IT Support Chicago | Technology | Business IT | Cloud Services

By: Adam Barney
April 10th, 2020

Are you ready to make the move to the cloud and facing the daunting process of selecting an ideal public cloud vendor? As the cloud services market heated up, everyone from technology behemoths to startups jumped into the market, so now there are many to choose from. 

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Managed IT Chicago | IT Support Chicago | Business IT | Microsoft | Google | Slack

By: Ben Kohn
April 9th, 2020

Slack has 10 million daily users.  Microsoft claims they’ve eclipsed 13 million daily users.  And we’re still in the very early stages of adoption in terms of the toolset overall.  For the forward-thinking enterprise, chat has overtaken email as the preferred method of getting quick answers, code snippets or GIF’s of dogs eating ice cream from coworkers. While a communication suite won’t necessarily change your business, it can add a new layer of efficiency in your workflow.