Nearly all businesses today need to integrate information technology (IT) into the structure of the company.  The traditional method of building an in-house infrastructure is no longer the only option.  Managed service providers can take on all or part of the role of an IT department remotely.  While hiring a managed IT firm is a good alternative to an in-house IT staff, it is important to understand the pros and cons of using an outside service provider.

Pro:  Lower and More Predictable Overhead

One of the main advantages of manage IT is that it lowers overhead.  An in-house IT department requires a full staff, expensive equipment and constant maintenance.  Costs can rise or fall unexpectedly depending on hardware and software issues.  Managed services usually cost less than in-house departments.  Many even charge metered or set rates that are easier to budget because they are predictable.

Con:  Potential Security Concerns

A drawback of managed IT is potential security concerns.  The employees at the service provider have full access to business systems and data.  This can raise concerns about the security of financial or proprietary information when using the service.  Additionally, some businesses might have issues with security when managed IT is delivered through the cloud since data could pass through public networks.  It is a good rule of thumb that if you decide to use a managed services firm to do your research. It is important to verify that they are a reputable and well established company.

Pro:  Faster Problem Resolution

Managed IT provides faster problem resolution.  The constant monitoring of systems and servers allow providers to catch many issues before they become serious problems.  Additionally, any problems that do occur can be addressed fast by the professionals at the service.  The result is better reliability and more consistent uptime.

Con:  Vendor Lock-In Becomes Possible

A potential disadvantage is vendor lock-in.  This means a business becomes reliant on the proprietary systems or software used by the service provider.  Vendor lock-in can make it difficult to switch providers or migrate to another framework.  Vendor lock-in can actually be very costly to overcome if the service provider does not assist during migration.

Pro:  Information Technology Expertise

A difficulty that many companies face is finding new employees with the right type of IT expertise.  The labor pool in an area might contain no experienced database managers or network engineers.  The advantage of using managed IT services is that the expertise is already in place.  The service will have all the employees and knowledge necessary to start handling IT functions for the business right away.

Con:  Lack of Industry Knowledge

A final disadvantage is that a managed IT provider might not have any knowledge of the particular industry of a business.  This can happen with businesses that deal in industries like healthcare, law or logistics.  The lack of specific knowledge could make maintaining industry compliance very difficult.  It could also result in long delays when requesting service since the provider needs to learn about the industry.  Fortunately, many managed IT services do specialize in different industries.

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The short answer is, you cannot. I find it weird why Google did not include this option. The Nexus 7 home screen by default is set to 5 and I really have no need for so many screens.

Considering there are folders to help manage your apps, this option should never have been excluded unless Google did this on purpose to force users to spread out all app icons on the home screen then that would make folders have no use at all.

So anyway, if you really want to remove the other home screens, the only solution is to download some other launcher like Apex or Nova.

There are free versions of them and you can already manage the home screens with it. There is no need to purchase the pro or paid version in order to be able to manage home screens.

What makes a product successful is its simplicity on its usage and its effectiveness in bringing expected results. I recently checked a software application that lets me easily create and manage surveys intended for use in Android powered smart phones.

Dooblo’s survey software called Survey To Go is a pretty simple application to use. And I say simple because I am the type who does not like a lot of steps to go through in order to create something. Simplicity is everything to me. That goes with the resulting output surveys that can be used for Android phones and tablets.

Not everybody in this world is a techie that is why the Survey To Go is a great complement to users who want to create mobile surveys and manage data generated by those surveys in one easy and intuitive user interface.

For managing survey results, the application has this nifty feature that lets me know exactly which interviewer performed which interview and where. Since smart phones nowadays have GPS support, I can instantly gain near real-time visibility of where my current interviewers are and what they are doing.

Okay, so you might say that there are already existing applications that does this. True. But what makes Dooblo’s Survey To Go different from the rest is the efficiency from conducting mobile field surveys operation without losing data and the ability to control field surveyors and their work in real time.

I can even do multiple users and groups with defined permissions so as to explicitly set specific requirements and settings.

And the best part? Its pay per use policy feature is what attracted me to use this for my mobile survey needs. This means that I only get to pay on demand and only for the interviews I conduct!

You should give this a try if you want an effective mobile survey management solution. I have tried this and I am recommending you try it. Visit

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