Why Invest in Your Business Technology?

Posted by Theresa Hietpas

Jan 27, 2016 9:30:37 AM

dollar_graphic.jpg“Wealth” is more than just money.  It represents more time, more freedom, more flexibility to do the things you want to do, when and where you want to do them.  It is more satisfaction in what you do, and more peace of mind in how you do it. 

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Topics: technology costs, Tech News, Update

Online Storage Providers-Part III

Posted by Theresa Hietpas

Jan 6, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Additional considerations for Online StorageCloud_storage_3.jpg

In the previous two blogs, we provided information on why and how to choose an online storage provider. In this blog, we will provide you with additional considerations that will help in guiding you to a better decision for online storage!

Secure data center: Your data should be stored in a secure, controlled-access data center with redundant power, HVAC, and internet services. Ideally they should have multiple locations in different areas of the country to provide failover protection in the event of a natural disaster at one of their locations.

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Topics: Security, data, storage

How To Choose An Online Storage Provider

Posted by Theresa Hietpas

Dec 17, 2015 9:41:12 AM

part II: So How Do You choose A Provider?

cloud_storage.jpgStorage and file sharing services vary in feature set and price. What you choose – and whether you need one at all – depends on your needs. 

If you primarily want access for yourself or your staff from home or remote office, simple storage may be adequate. 

 If you plan to use it as a portal for exchanging particularly sensitive documents, you should be looking for a service that allows you document level control over access rights (ability to save, print, forward); and an audit trail to track who has accessed and/or edited the documents and when.

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Topics: Security, data, storage

Choosing an Online Storage Provider

Posted by Theresa Hietpas

Dec 10, 2015 9:34:24 AM

cloud_storage_sm.jpgThere are many options for online document storage.  Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, Box.com, Dropbox.com are the best known, but not by far the only options.  In addition to global drive storage, many industry specialty products offer online data storage to enable remote access, and cloud backup services are sometimes configured to allow individual document access. Many factors go into the decision to store data in the cloud, many of which we discussed in “So What is this Cloud??a few weeks ago, but document storage and collaboration have their own considerations.

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Topics: Cloud-based, data, storage

Voice Recognition Tool- Say What?!

Posted by Theresa Hietpas

Dec 3, 2015 9:00:00 AM

microphone_icon.jpgTalking instead of typing!

If you have an iPad, Android tablet, or smartphone, you may have noticed a little “microphone” symbol on your keypad (usually to the left of your spacebar or on the number row). If you haven’t tried it yet, you should.  It’s an alternative to typing text that will change the way you interact with your phone.

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Topics: Communications, Smartphone, applications

Microsoft’s “Built In Actions”

Posted by Theresa Hietpas

Nov 11, 2015 9:00:00 AM

built in actions“Built in Actions” are a powerful feature hidden in Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Word. They take a little setup, but they’ll save you hours – and make you the office hero if you pass them along!

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Topics: Microsoft, Workflow, Microsoft Word, Outlook

Zen at Work

Posted by Theresa Hietpas

Nov 4, 2015 9:00:00 AM

relax iconA Little Zen for Your Work Day…

We’ve all heard or read about the benefits of “meditation”, “mindfulness”, “single-focus” and “keeping your brain active” to relieve stress and increase your health, well-being and longevity. When was the last time you consciously took time to do any of those things? We spend more of our waking hours at work than almost anywhere else, so there’s no better place to set up a little brain training!

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Topics: Social Media, Apps, website

Microsoft OneNote:  Get Organized!

Posted by Theresa Hietpas

Oct 29, 2015 11:01:32 AM

Microsoft OneNoteHave you heard about Microsoft OneNote?

If not, get ready to get organized! Microsoft OneNote is the electronic version of a three-ring binder (or a Day Planner – the one with all the all the tabs and pages).  It mimics the concept quite well:  You create a notebook on any topic you wish, create tabs to separate various types info, and then add pages to the tabs, just as you would in physical paper.  You can have more than one notebook, and as many ‘tabs' as you need in each of them.  They even LOOK like tabs and pages.

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Topics: Microsoft, Cloud-based, Apps, Office 365

6 Tips for Using Outlook

Posted by Theresa Hietpas

Oct 20, 2015 2:00:00 PM

6 Tips for Outlook Email ManagementWindows Outlook

Surveys say U.S. workers spend as much as 6.3 hours checking email every day. About half of that on personal email, and half on business.  If you’re going to spend more than a third of your workday on email, it pays to streamline and manage it as efficiently as possible.

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Topics: Email, Email management, Outlook

Are you Aware of Shadow IT?

Posted by Theresa Hietpas

Oct 14, 2015 11:38:34 AM

Shadow ITUnderstanding Shadow IT

“Shadow IT” is a term for the dozens (if not hundreds) of programs and networking solutions being used inside of a business that their IT department or provider is unaware of or does not support.

A brief scan of Shadow IT web resources, including studies sponsored by Box.com and McAfee, reveal that:

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Topics: Security, Shadow IT

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