Improve your eMails

Every day we see emails that we wish we could rewrite or not be included because of  a "reply all".  Read on for some tips on how to make your emails look more professional, more to the point, and increase the likelihood that they will be read.

Every day, inboxes are packed with more than one billion emails. For small businesses, the challenge to set yourself apart and establish what your business represents in a single email can feel daunting, but it’s easier than you think.

Follow these five simple—yet highly effective—strategies to convert the customer, close the sale, build your brand and continue to build your small business through effective use of business email.

  1. Create a custom email address for your business—Show you mean business, and get taken seriously with aproperly formatted email address. If you use your personal email, you’re not communicating all the potential your business has to offer. Instead, format your email asyourname@yourcompany.com.

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The Key to iPhone Data Recovery

Our friends at Drive Savers have successfully recovered lost data from hard drives and other devices for our clients over the years.  At times, their brilliant engineers and techs have been successful when we doubted that any data could be recovered. We're starting to see more iPhones and iPads coming in with data recovery issues.  This article, written by Drive Savers director of engineering, Mike Cobb discusses the one absolute key to successful data recovery from these devices. 

iPhone 6Hundreds of broken, damaged and malfunctioning iPhones are sent to DriveSavers every month for data recovery. Despite having the best smartphone success rate in the industry, we aren’t able to recover all of them. Many factors are involved, some of which we’ll go into here.

To obtain the best results in recovering an iPhone, DriveSavers engineers must carefully coax it into a semi-functional state, at least briefly, in order to extract the important data.

Every single phone that comes in the door may require hours of inspection and testing to locate the point or points of failure. In many cases, hardware engineers will have to micro solder multiple jumpers and leads in addition to cleaning corrosion and other forms of damage to get a device to power up.

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Where are They Now?

The Computing Center has been around since 1978 and we've seen a whole lot of changes to the the computer industry.   The biggest change for most of us was the adoption of the Internet by nearly everyone beginning in the 1980s, but really taking hold in the 1990s.  Our friends at HP look back at the early companies that helped make what the Internet is today.

The Internet as we know it has been part of the mainstream since the early 1990s, but some businesses were ahead of the game long before the phrase "World Wide Web" was even part of our vocabulary. Dozens of businesses staked their claim back in the mid-1980s by registering a commercial dotcom domain name,1 marking the start of the modern Internet. Let's take a closer look at the first 10 trendsetters. 

1. Symbolics.com (March 15, 1985)
Symbolics Computer Corporation got a jump on the competition by being the first and oldest of millions of registered dotcom domain names. Once a computer manufacturer, Symbolics.com was sold to XF.com Investments in 2008 and is now the host of an online depository of unique and interesting facts about internet history.

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Operating in the 4th Industrial Revolution

by Karen Butner

Writing in the Harvard Business Review, Michael Hammer once defined operations innovation as "truly deep change" in core activities and processes. However, he added, this entails more than mere operational improvement or excellence—it necessitates "a departure from familiar norms and requires major changes in how departments conduct their work and relate to one another." More than a decade later, well into the era of digital operations, such deep change is more essential than ever.

A new industrial revolution is upon us—one in which digital technologies redefine business strategy and operational execution. Executives are pressured to innovate and make intelligent investments in game-changing technological advances such as the Internet of Things (IoT), mobility, cloud computing and analytics. With digital technology powering this operations revolution, technological change is at the forefront of operations executives’ awareness.

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Is Collaboration a Sign of Strength or Weakness?

For the last twelve months I have had the honor of leading a global team – leaders from six different countries. In my personal life, I have been managing by long distance, the affairs of my eighty-seven year old dad. These experiences have highlighted for me the importance of communication, collaboration and openness to differing points of view. I experienced the power of collaboration as well as the joy it brings to those involved when the results are successful. I also recognized that the results we achieved could not have been accomplished by one person. In the meantime, the current events in the USA and across the world have evidenced the results of a lack of dialogue and collaboration.

As I reflect on these experiences, I am more convinced than ever that collaborating with others is hard work, but worth every minute invested. Even if a mutually satisfying result is not achieved, the experience provides an opportunity for understanding that is beneficial in future encounters.

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