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Central Illinois' IT Experts


We work hard behind the scenes so annoying technology issues don't slow your business down.

Our mission is to help businesses like yours increase productivity and get more out of the technology you invest in.
We specialize in solutions that safeguard and protect your data and keep operations running smoothly.

Premium IT Services

Intelligent remote monitoring, proactive maintenance, and behind-the-scenes remote support.

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Network Security

Protect your business from threats like malware, viruses, phishing attacks, hackers and other threads.

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Backup & Disaster Recovery

Ensure peace-of-mind in any situation with the most complete data backup solution available.

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Cloud Hosting Solutions

Reduce infrastructure costs, collaborate, and get more done with our unique cloud solutions.

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When you just want IT to work!

There are a lot of computer shops out there that you can call up to fix an issue or install a piece of equipment. They might be able to get you out of crisis mode, but they aren’t looking at the full picture.

At Decatur Computers Inc., we understand business. We consult. We provide solutions to solve everyday challenges. We just happen to fix computers as well.

We believe (and have proven) that if you proactively manage technology, run maintenance religiously, and monitor a business network, everyday issues and downtime will be greatly reduced.

This is what makes us different than your typical tech support company. Sure, we can fix computer issues when you have them, but our specialty is preventing them in the first place.

Are you looking for a partner you can trust your IT with? Sign up for a FREE IT Assessment to get started today.

IT Questions?

If you have questions about whether or not our IT services platform is right for your business, simply complete and submit this form and one of our trusted IT professionals will promptly respond to your query!

What Our Clients Say

  • Saved my WEDDING!
    Residential Client

    This past year I have been planning my wedding, and I have a ton of spreadsheets and documents on my computer pertaining to the “big day”.  I saved everything on an external hard drive just in case. One day I went to get one of the documents off of the hard drive and of course there were no documents in the file. My computer is very old so I have worried about it crashing. I have no clue where to take it to find out what went wrong. I was telling my cousin Steve Turner about it and he suggested Decatur Computers. I took it in, I was only there for about 10 minutes, they had great customer service, said that they would call me in a few days to let me know what they were able to do. I got a call that week, they not only retrieved everything on the hard drive but they also increased the speed of my computer so we were able to wait a bit longer to buy a new one. I would definitely recommend anyone to Decatur computers.

  • These guys do a great job!
    Residential Client

    "These guys do a great job! I took my computer in to be updated and they not only did that but they got rid of all the bugs and viruses and it runs much faster. Then when I got home with the upgrade my printer wouldn’t connect. I called them up and they connected to my computer from their location and within half hour they had me back in service!  It was also kind of funny watching them move the mouse and different things going on the screen while I was sitting here not moving a thing. :)"

  • Excellent service 
    Residential Client

    Decatur Computers has given us excellent service in our computer needs. The staff provides professional, immediate service. A telephone call to them gets immediate help with any of the needs we have had with our current system. We are most happy to have them available, and the prices have been right!

  • Prompt, efficient and affordable computer service
    General Fence

    “Decatur Computers has always provided prompt, efficient and affordable computer service at our home as well as at our place of business. We have also purchased several new computer systems from them and have been very pleased with the products they recommended for purchase. The technicians are always courteous. Any technical issues or problems we have had, they have addressed quickly to ensure that we had minimal down time if any at all. I would highly recommend Decatur Computers to anyone whether it be for residential or business services.”

  • The staff is very professional.
    Owner/Operator, Starship Billiards and Buffalo Agency Inc.

    “I run two small companies and have relied on Decatur Computers for over 7 years. The staff is very professional. One business runs a POS system the other data management . They are fantastic with both. There has never been a problem they cannot fix, even though both systems are very different. I would strongly recommend them to anyone for whatever they need.”

  • Great service and fair pricing!
    CEO,  EHC Admin Service

    “I have worked with Decatur Computers for over 10 years. I have always had great service and fair pricing. Now that I have my own home based business I am looking forward to the continued relationship. The staff is always courteous whether it is on the phone, in shop or off site. I know that I can count on them to fix my problem or answer my question.”

  • I would highly recommend Decatur Computers Inc.
    Plant Director/Operator, Jacobs Field Service

    With today’s technology advancing so fast it is nice to know there is a one stop shop for all technology problems.  I personally have gained a lot of knowledge and had the best assistance with all my computer and software issues I have encountered.  I would highly recommend Decatur Computers for anyone’s personal and business needs.  As I always say ‘Why try to fix your own computer when that is what Decatur Computers does'”

  • Go Above and Beyond

    Decatur computer and their staff go above and beyond to serve their customers. Mathew was very friendly and informative through the repair process. I received emails through the entire process updating me on the progress of my repair. I would highly recommend Decatur computer to anyone i know for repairs or upgrades. Thanks again to Mathew his great customer service and hard work.

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Tip of the Week: Slack Shortcuts

Navigating Slack

Open direct messages menu - Ctrl +Shift + K
Browse all channels - Ctrl + Shift + L
Previous (unread) channel or direct message - Alt (+ Shift) + Up Arrow
Next (unread) channel or direct message - Alt (+ Shift) + Down Arrow
Access the Quick Switcher - Ctrl + K
Switch to previous workspace -  Ctrl + Shift + Tab
Switch to the next workspace - Ctrl + Tab
Return to the previous channel - Alt + Left Arrow

Marking Up Your Messages

Mark all messages in current channel or direct message as read - Esc
Mark all messages as read - Shift + Esc
Mark a message as unread - Alt + Click

Creating Messages

Edit your last message - Up Arrow in empty message field (this shortcut changes to Ctrl + Up Arrow if Use up and down arrows to cycle through your typed history is enabled)
Bold selected text - Ctrl + B
Italicize selected text - Ctrl + I
Strikethrough selected text - Ctrl + Shift + X
Quote selected text - Ctrl + Shift + >
Convert selected text into a numbered list - Ctrl + Shift + 7
Convert selected text into a bulleted list - Ctrl + Shift + 8

Viewing All Keyboard Shortcuts in Slack

For a complete list of shortcuts in Slack, press Ctrl + /.

Keyboard shortcuts appear in some way for most programs that are out there, even though their functions might differ between them. What are some other programs that you want to see us cover in our blog? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to subscribe to make sure you see them.

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Could Leveraging Remote Work Benefit Your Operations?

Let’s review some of the reasons that remote workers could prove to be beneficial for your operations.

You Can Reduce Your Real Estate Costs

Let’s face it - if your employees aren’t assembling in an office every day to work, do you really need an office? Many businesses have seen significant cost savings result from their ability to downsize or eliminate their need of a shared workspace.

While there are definite benefits to gathering your team under one roof, the cost savings offered by leveraging remote work capabilities are considerable - and there is nothing to prevent you from meeting as a team when needed in a internet-based conference.

Remote Workers Can be More Productive

There are a few reasons that remote workers can demonstrate higher levels of productivity than their counterparts in the office. For one, they don’t need to spend the time and energy that their counterparts do actually getting to the office, allowing them to begin work in a more refreshed mental state. Furthermore, as they are largely in control of their own schedule, they are able to work as they are best able, taking breaks as necessary. This allows them to stay refreshed and engaged.

There’s a Much Larger Talent Pool

While some employees may be willing to relocate for their job, your hiring efforts are largely influenced by the prospects you have in your area. At least, this would be the case, if remote work didn’t present you with new opportunities. Not only does remote work allow you to draw upon talent from different geographic locations, it can also help attract workers who would be inclined to exercise that option - including a surveyed 68 percent of millennials - as well as improve your retention rates.

Clearly, there is some value to be gained from leveraging remote workers. The right habits can only increase this value for your business. Do your best to encourage the following behaviors among any employees who do work remotely:

  • Smarter Scheduling - In many ways, a remote employee is responsible for managing their own time, so it isn’t easy for a manager to keep tabs on an employee if the employee isn’t in the office. Encourage your staff to establish a routine and stick to it. This will allow them to optimize the use of their time, and will help the rest of your team know when they are available.
  • Establish a Workspace - While many may associate “working from home” with “curled up on the couch with their laptop,” it is far more helpful to designate a dedicated place where work is done… period. Doing so will help condition you and your team to be more productive during the time spent working.
  • Dress for the Office - Just because you don’t technically have to get yourself together while working from home, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do so anyway. Preparing for a day at the office (despite not physically going there) can help mentally prime your team members for a productive rest of the day.

Do you have any past experience leveraging remote workers? Sound off about your experience in the comments, and make sure to subscribe to Decatur Computers Inc.’s blog.

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Time Is Up for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2

What is SQL Server?

SQL server is what is called a relational database management system (RDMS). It is used to manage the databases you use for your business. The applications your staff depends on for productivity typically need access to a database of available data. This data, typically stored in a database is defined within the database but is only available through a RDMS program. There are several types of RDMS servers on the market for all different types of uses. SQL Server has been updated numerous times in the 11 years since SQL Server 2008 was introduced and the nine since 2008 R2 launched, with all types of additions for new dataflows and cloud resources.

What Can You Do?

Microsoft suggests that each organization selects the modernization target that suits their needs, but with so little time left before SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 lose support, it may be difficult to sufficiently modernize before the deadline. One option that has been made clear by Microsoft is that companies that don’t want to (or can’t) move to a new version of the RDMS before the end of life date, will support the software for an additional three years if the server is virtualized into an Azure environment.

By migrating your SQL Server 2008 to the cloud (in Azure), Microsoft will continue to support your software through July 2022. This extended support gives organizations time to come up with a viable plan without having to move forward with unsupported software that could present a whole litany of security problems.

If you are staring at the July 9th deadline in the face with nowhere to turn, or you would like to know more about what options are available for RDMS hosting, call the IT professionals at Decatur Computers Inc. today at 217-475-0226.

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Decatur Computers Inc. is proud to announce the launch of our new website at http://www.decaturcomputers.com. The goal of the new website is to make it easier for our existing clients to submit and manage support requests, and provide more information about our services for prospective clients.