Community Recycling Day 2016

Posted by Theresa Hietpas

May 3, 2016 4:02:35 PM

recycle.jpgSave the date for the 2016 Community Recycling Day on May 14, 2016 in Pewaukee, WI.

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Topics: recycling, community

Guardrail or Roadblock?

Posted by Theresa Hietpas

Apr 19, 2016 1:00:00 PM

road_block.jpgDo your Policies Help or halt Production?

A current metaphor for implementing corporate IT policies and procedures suggests comparing them to guardrails, keeping your employees moving safely, versus throwing up roadblocks that are so onerous that they stop progress. At River Run Computers, we agree. Good IT policies and practices actually can keep your company moving forward, avoiding a show-stopping catastrophe.

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Topics: Online Passwords, Security, web content

The PaperLESS Office™

Posted by Theresa Hietpas

Mar 31, 2016 1:30:00 PM

The PaperLESS Office™ - Easier (and More Important) Than You Think

stacks_of_paper_sm.jpgTalk of the “paperless” office began almost as soon as the first computers and printers started showing up in offices. Document management and document automation were the promise of the future. That dream was never quite realized. In fact, as technology advanced, the flood of paper increased exponentially.

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Topics: applications, PaperLess

Efficiency Matters – The Hidden Power of Microsoft Office

Posted by Theresa Hietpas

Mar 22, 2016 1:00:00 PM

workflow_image.jpg“Our employees already know how to use Outlook, Word and Excel…”

The easiest way to save time and money is to work better with the tools you already have.  Most businesses vastly underestimate how much a little inefficiency here and there actually costs; and routinely refuse even an hour or two of training that could recoup thousands of dollars in lost productivity.

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Topics: Microsoft, Office 365

Portable Powerhouse: Smartphone Magic

Posted by Theresa Hietpas

Mar 9, 2016 11:00:00 AM

smartphone_graphic.jpgDon’t underestimate the power of that gadget in your pocket to help you get “real work” done on the go.  As smartphones get larger and computers get smaller, the lines between phone and tablet – and for that matter, PC and laptop are blurring.  And as more apps are designed for tablet and touchscreen computers, their phone versions have become more robust and fully featured too.

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Topics: Smartphones, Apps, OneNote

“Getting Things Done” in OneNote

Posted by Blog Tipster

Mar 1, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Work_smarter.jpgDavid Allen’s “Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity”  was first published in 2001, and updated in 2015, and has remained a best-selling business “basic” for all of that time.  Applications, products and whole communities of users have sprung up around it, making Getting Things Done (GTD) one of the most popular organizational systems around.

The system was designed when paper was king…but its principles are simple and technology has made them even easier and more powerful.  If you’re a GTD user, or think you want to give it a try, OneNote is a fantastic tool – especially for
Microsoft Office and Office 365 users.

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Topics: Microsoft, OneNote

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

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