The Computing Center Acquired by Synergy IT

 After 43+ years from our founding of The Computing Center, we are thrilled to announce that The Computing Center has been acquired by Synergy IT Solutions of Buffalo, NY.

For Mary Stazi and Larry Baum the acquisition provides continuity and enhancement of the products and services for all our clients.
For our employees, they will become owners of the combined company through Synergy's 100% employee owned ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan). This will allow all employees to share in the upside of the company's performance.

Mary Stazi will join the executive management team of the combined company: "I'm very excited to take on this new role that will allow us to continue to serve our many Ithaca and Central New York clients while expanding what Computing Center and Synergy will be able to offer clients throughout our region and Western NY".
Larry Baum will be retiring from The Computing Center, but will still be very active in the community: "While I'm stepping down from direct roles with The Computing Center, I'll continue being involved in championing existing businesses, startups, and not-for-profit organizations in our wonderful community. Over the years, I learned that our business thrives when everyone else does. That all will continue."
Mary, Larry and the entire staff want to thank every one of our clients all for your business and trust in The Computing Center since 1978. Here's to the future where our locally based employees can leverage the entire Synergy ecosystem to provide the best in technology products and services to all.

As of this morning, Synergy acquired The Computing Center of Ithaca and will continue to focus on providing leading technology solutions into Upstate NY. Joe Klimek, CEO of Synergy stated: “We look forward to extending the capabilities offered to The Computing Center clients including locally sourced help desk and system monitoring services, increased product offerings, and enhanced cybersecurity protections. We are excited for The Computing Center staff to join the Synergy team as employee-owners, increase our geographic coverage, and serve the technology needs of companies throughout the Finger Lakes region.”

Full Press Release

BUFFALO, NY and ITHACA, NY – Synergy IT Solutions, Inc., of Buffalo, has acquired Baum Control Systems, Inc. dba The Computing Center of Ithaca. The combined companies are positioned to provide leading technology solutions throughout upstate New York. Synergy has additional offices in Rochester and Syracuse. The companies share a history of each being founded in the 1970s and enabling technological innovation to the most prominent companies in their respective areas.

“Our two firms share common values of prioritizing client success and employee engagement,” said Joe Klimek, CEO of Synergy. “We look forward to extending the capabilities offered to The Computing Center clients including locally sourced help desk and system monitoring services, increased product offerings, and enhanced cybersecurity protections. We are excited for The Computing Center staff to join the Synergy team as employee-owners, increase our geographic coverage, and serve the technology needs of companies throughout the Finger Lakes region.”

Mary Stazi, CEO of The Computing Center will stay on following the transaction and serve as Vice President of the combined firms. “We have worked directly with the team from Synergy for many years and knew they were the right partner to bring our firms forward. The combined companies will help our clients to take advantage of the latest technologies and protect them against cyber security threats.”

“Over the past 43 years, The Computing Center has been a trusted technology partner throughout Ithaca and New York’s southern tier. Working with the Synergy team leading up to the acquisition has confirmed that our place as a trusted partner in the community is in good hands,” offered Larry Baum, Founder of The Computing Center.

While many similar companies are being absorbed by large, private equity funded conglomerates, this transaction is different. Synergy is a 100% employee-owned company, creating unique value for The Computing Center staff as the companies come together. Rather than reducing staff and putting client relationships at risk, Synergy expects to retain the staff and include them in the employee ownership program. By retaining staff, clients of The Computing Center continue to benefit from long-standing relationships.

The Computing Center will remain at its current location at 15 Thornwood Dr, Ithaca.



Computing Center Office Administrator Position

 The Computing Center is looking for a motivated individual to maintain our online store presences, track and manage online information, assist with accounts payable data entry, and as a customer service representative. This is a very active and diverse position with many aspects to it.


The skills we’re looking for:

  • Great presence in-person, on the phone, and electronically.
  • Meticulous and exacting relative to following procedures and while doing data entry.
  • Internet savvy - The ability to effectively handle several online sales systems.
  • Microsoft Excel skills with the ability to manipulate spreadsheets per procedures.
  • Ability to accurately handle inventory and assist with product shipments and customer returns.


Computing Center Update - May 2021 We are Still Open!

Update - May 2021:

It's hard to believe that it's now been over one year since the Covid-19 Pandemic hit the world. Below this post is our June 2020 posting telling our clients that we're open. We are very much still open.  Monday thru Friday 8am to 5pm.

During this extraordinary past year, The Computing Center had to pivot our business model more than once to meet our clients needs.

  • As an essential business, we had figure out ways to have a number of our staff regularly come to the office and keep everyone safe and healthy. We created an office cleaning regimene, got everyone masks, found disenfectants that were in short supply for a while, and developed procedures for equipment dropoffs and pickups.
  • We needed to operate remotely which we knew how to do, but to do so with more of our staff AND many more of our clients also working remotely.  That turned out to be challenging, but our staff and our clients quickly detrmined the best ways to do so.
  • We and all the other business owners and management had to navigate the sometimes confusing and once-in-a-while contradictory governmental guidance and instructions. Rules changed- sometimes daily.  And early-on, there was no guidance. We found ourselves looking at the science and credible reports to determine what would work well for our staff.
  • As it became available, we embraced Covid-19 testing.  We leveraged the Cayuga Health System "Mall" drive-thru testing center where testing results was available typically in less than 24 hours. Anytime our staff or their families had any kind of exposure or just didn't feel good, we sent those working in the office home and we had people tested. That kept us on top of what was going on. Nearly all The Computing Center staff were tested, a few several times.  That system helped keep us healthy and reduced exposure.
  • In January, as the vaccines became available, we got vaccinated. 100% of The Computing Center staff are now fully Covid-19 vaccinated and so are most our staff's families. We did not mandate this, just encouraged and of course provided the extra time-off for the shots and for anyone who had reactions. By the way, reactions ranged from none-at-all, to mild fatigue, to a couple of people who needed to take a day off.

We learned alot over the past year:


People We Try To Do Business With

Our good friend, Zach Shulman, one of the managing partners of Cayuga Venture Fund wrote this short, but very to the point posting on his blog entitled: "Attributes of People I would Never Purposely Do Business With (although it could happen by accident)"!  Here's the Link: He wrote it in the context of a venture capital company and some of the young entrepreneurs that he works with.

For over 42 years, we at The Computing Center have worked with hundreds of businesses and organization and thousands of individuals. Nearly without exception, we have found the vast majority of our clients to be:

Mature, Kind, Understanding, Professional, Predicable, Straight Forward, Tactful, and Well Spoken. You understand what we're about, want carefully crafted and cogent answers to your questions, and the products and services that we provide at a fair price while delivered in a timely basis.  What you look for in us is the same thing we look for in you.  

It's truly been a joy to do what we do over these past four decades. And especially in 2020 when things have been so strange. We've gone the extra mile time and time again - so have you. We literally could not have accomplished all that we have in this extraordinary year without our client's understaning and support. More than once, we've provided solutions in ways that certainly haven't been "business as usual".  All of us and you have been incredibly creative in the midst of the pandemic.

Thank you from all of us at The Computing Center for your business, this year and always.

We hope that everyone has a safe, peaceful, prosperous, and most of all healthy, 2021.

The Computing Center's Status - October 2020

We still receive calls and texts nearly every week asking whether The Computing Center is open for business.  The simple answer is: YESWE ARE! WE NEVER CLOSED! 

  • All of our staff is here, available, trained, and very careful.  Anyone who may have had a direct or indirect exposure to someone with Covid-19 is being tested.
  • We're busy, the computer technology industry has been one of the "mainstays" during the Pandemic. 
  • We are helping business, organizations and individuals in setting up and operating secure and safe remote computing systems. 
  • Our service department is actively repairing equipment of all kinds. We're primarily doing that in-house, but do go on-site with proper precautions.
  • Our engineers are working remotely and going onsite as necessary.
  • We actively pickup and deliver computers, printers, and consumables all over Tompkins County and beyond.

We have worked very hard at staying safe and healthy. How did we do? We're happy to say - we pulled it off. (so far)! No one at Computing Center or any of our families became infected. We did have a couple of concerning situations where employees have been exposed to others testing positive, but after testing and/or quarantine all of our staff and their families are fine.

Today, we are all still healthy, the rules and recommendations are more consistent across all businesses, and we're helping many local businesses that were shuttered reopen and recover. Our technical staff still can and does work remotely, but we also go onsite.

When you come to our offices, (Please setup an appointment) you'll find:

  • "X" spots all over the office floor marking off 6' increments to help people socially distance.
  • If you're not already wearing a mask, you'll be asked to wear one - we have extras if you forget yours. (Ours are logoed!)
  • We'll take your temperature (and if it's above 100.4 degrees, you'll be gently asked to leave). We'll also ask you if you've been exposed to anyone that has been ill over the past two weeks.
  • If you haven't made an appointment, we'll ask you to sign-in.
  • If you bring in a PC, laptop, or printer with you, it will be wiped down with a disinfectent cloth before we work on it.
  • If you're just dropping off a machine, we have a work area just to the right of our interior lobby door where you can fill-out all the paperwork without having to come into the office.
  • The place is spotless - it gets cleaned and disinfected daily.

This is The Computing Center's version of the "new normal".  Everyone stay safe and healthy!

Please remember - Shop with locally owned businesses and organizations. That's how we will all get through this, survive and thrive.

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