6 ways to vet agile application development firms and avoid project waste

By Sean Blair, CTO at MXOtech

Application development projects are infamous for surpassing project timelines and budgets. But failure isn’t a question of technical acumen. Most IT firms use outdated project management processes that lead to wasted time and money.

How to ensure your web application development company stays on budget

By: Sean K Blair, CTO at MXOtech

Have you worked with a web application development company — only to be let down? Maybe the project went way over budget or surpassed the time estimate. Or worse, the application confused users and didn’t deliver the functionality they needed. Your goal is to produce an application that equips employees with valuable data and removes manual processes. But you also want to stay within your budget and time estimate. So how do you make that happen?

The ugly truth about Chicago IT consultants and vendors

By: Sean K Blair, CTO at MXOtech

You need IT support — or maybe a more complex application to move information through your organization. But if you’re not a technology expert, vetting IT firms is foreign territory. To expose the ugly truth behind IT consultants and vendors, MXOtech interviewed clients and found their past IT projects failed far more than they succeeded. So what causes some IT firms to fail gloriously while others deliver highly functional technology solutions?

CRN names MXOtech on Fast Growth 150 List that recognizes thriving, adaptive industry leaders

The Fast Growth 150 acknowledges a remarkable group of solution providers who have successfully adapted to a landmark industry shift away from the traditional VAR business model to a more services-driven approach, outpacing competitors and emerging as true channel leaders.

Comparing Chicago IT companies: 5 red flags that could cost your business

By: Joanna Sobran – Author, Speaker & CEO/Founder of MXOtech

Technology providers often promise the world, but soon after, users realize those promises aren’t being fulfilled. We don’t want this to happen to you! Which is why MXOtech CEO Joanna Sobran compiled a list of the most commonly made mistakes learned through 12 years in business.

MXOtech is one of World’s Best Progressive IT Companies for 2nd consecutive year

“This list includes an impressive group of technology companies. I am overjoyed that MXOtech has been recognized by MSPmentor 501 once again as one of the top performing managed service providers in the world,” said Joanna Sobran, Founder and CEO of MXOtech.

How to keep your employees from leaking confidential information

Back in 2014, Code Spaces was murdered. The company offered tools for source code management, but they didn’t have solid control over sensitive information — including their backups. One cyberattack later, and Code Spaces was out of business. Their killer had used some standard techniques, but the most effective was getting an unwitting Code Space employee to help — likely via a phishing attack.

Top enterprise system integration methods and tools

By: Sean K Blair, CTO at MXOtech

You use connected devices and systems like Alexa, smartwatches and smartphones to perform everyday actions. In the workplace, enterprise systems for accounting, customer relationship management and enterprise resource planning have also become increasingly interconnected.

For Chicago Businesses: The 9-Step Security Checklist to ensure safe, recoverable data

It seems like the news mentions a new cyberattack or cyber threat almost daily, so how could you possibly relax knowing that these innovative and creative hackers are constantly designing new ways to catch you and your data off-guard? A well-designed secure computer network can give you the confidence that “all systems are go,” whether you’re at home or in the office.