Fast Fixes for Pressing Problems


Time has a way of sneaking up on us. Despite the flow of time being one of the most dependable things in life, it can still come as a shock to find out that the fax machine was invented the same year people were traveling the Oregon Trail [1], or that there is more processing power in a modern graphing calculator than in the computer that landed Apollo 11 on the moon [2].

So if the fact that half of the year is already over surprises you, don’t worry. Now is the perfect time to take stock of your business IT plans, adjust to new mid-year developments, and make sure you’re ready to meet your goals. To help you finish strong in 2015, here are five fast, high-impact ways to address your pressing tech needs.


Heads up! Microsoft Server 2003 Support Ends in July!

July 14 is Bastille day!  It's also the day that support ends for a Microsoft server system!  Here's what you can do about it.

You built your business with your own hands. Running, and growing, your business often means long days and late nights.

Wouldn't you do anything to protect it?

Microsoft has announced that on July 14, 2015 support is ending for Windows Server 2003. If your business is running on this legacy server after July 14, 2015, you could be at risk.

Your business and your employees could be affected. If your business-critical applications—such as payroll, accounting, HR, inventory, email and CRM—are running on Windows Server 2003, your business is at risk.

Your customers could be affected. Does your business accept credit cards? You’ll be out of PCI compliance if you are still using Windows Server 2003.

So, what to do? The Computing Center can help you.  We'll identify the applications and workloads that are effected, make recommendations for the target destination, which could be Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft Azure, Cloud OS or Office 365 or other technology.  We can then plan plan and manage your migration.


Changes in technologies present opportunities


Thanks to new technology, it’s an exciting time for small and mid-size businesses. That’s because many are finding that increased access to new technology – such as cloud and mobile solutions – can provide access to services that were never within their reach before, helping them grow and be more productive.

They are also finding that using old or outdated technology can hinder a company’s ability to do business in a number of ways – from security risks and compliance issues to not being able to implement even modest changes or updates in software, all of which can significantly hamper a company’s ability to be successful and competitive.


Email Systems -- Change is in the Air

Editors Note:  Where and how email is stored and managed is one of the hottest topics for our clients.  This is a good overview article of some of the available options.  We're familiar with all the techniques described here and have clients using "on premise" email systems and various "hosted" solutions. This is one area where "one size" definitely does NOT fit all. Contact us when your email system needs to updated, upgraded, or for us to help you figure out which email management system is best for you.

When it comes to business email, change is in the air.

Web-based platforms have all but taken over the personal email market—Gmail alone has over 425 million active users worldwide and counting [1]. With Microsoft® also ending extended product support for Exchange Server 2003, now could easily seem like the perfect time to switch your office desktop email client and server to an online solution.

But most small businesses should think twice.


The Top 7 "No-Nos" of Data Recovery

The Computing Center has been partnering with DriveSavers for many years.  When disk drives fail and there's not an adequate backup and the data is absolutely critical, we work closely with the client.  In some cases, our technical staff can recover the data.  For the "tough ones", we turn to DriveSavers.  In most cases, they have been able to recover all or most of the data from the failed drive.  

To increase the chances of successful data recovery regardless of who is doing the work, DriveSavers pubilshes a list of what NOT to do.  


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