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SinginInTheRainCan you envision Gene Kelly splashing around on the sidewalk dancing and smiling while “singin’ in the rain’?” I love that scene and reenacted it once in a piazza in Florence, Italy. However, this week the Denver Metro area has had more than its share of rain and flooding. This is not an event on which you’d base a musical. You could create a new version of The Poseidon Adventure (that dates me for sure).

We are fortunate to live in Colorado where we don’t have to worry about many types of natural disasters [hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes] affecting our personal and professional lives. There are tornadoes in the plains, but normally not to the degree that a Joplin (MO) or Ardmore (OK) have.

Why should you be concerned about potential disasters – natural or human caused – affecting your business and livelihood? If it happens, you can deal with it then, right? As a business owner myself and as a consultant to my clients on technology, I believe that it is your responsibility and duty as an owner or officer of your company or organization to proactively protect your business. Part of your duty in protecting your business is to take measures to ensure its productivity, performance and profitability (unless you’re a non-profit). One critical component of this mission is to protect your technology environment and business critical data.

  • How do you know that your ground floor office won’t get flooded and that the water will get into the server closet and damage the servers and wiring that are set up so nicely?
  • What if the sprinkler system goes haywire in your office and floods the office?
  • What if an unhappy employee or recently released employee decide to go rogue on you and target your data?
  • Or, what if your manual tape backup system that backs up your data daily and weekly isn’t really up for the job or the data can’t be restored?

There are a lot of “If’s” and worst case scenarios that can be presented to demonstrate the criticality of having a solid and redundant disaster recovery plan in place, working and being monitored and tested regularly. CMIT Solutions of Denver will come to your business and evaluate your current system and make recommendations if you wish with no obligation. Perhaps your current data backup solution has worked just fine, but you have a feeling that something more robust should be in place with your business growing year over year?

Give us a call at 303-756-2648 by October 11, 2013 and ask for Debi or send an email requesting a FREE no-obligation network assessment or data security audit. YOu’ll be so happy that you may just go out and Sing and Dance in the Rain!

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Football season is here whether we want it or not. I am  excited about my sons’ football seasons this Fall. My 8th grader, Aaron, is playing his final season in the youth league and my 11th grader, Daniel, plays for GW High School. Football is one of the many communities in which I am connected.

Even though I have known some of the football parents for Aaron’s team for at least a couple of years, I haven’t really connected with them. It’s very surface level where we chat as we go up and down
the sidelines and it’s fun and exciting. So, why haven’t I taken the next step in connecting with this community? We’re all there for a common purpose which is no different than creating connections with parents at school, clients, or even family and friends, is it?

  • The daunting question arises as to whether we place importance on dedicating our energy and time to creating connections with others presently in order to be able to nurture the relationships in the future.
  • Do you (and I am including myself in the “you”) have the focus and determination to create and solidify connections within the variety of communities in which you belong?
  • Should you determine which communities to get involved in by what you can get out of it? Is this community a means to an end? What is the end and is this how you should look at the value of getting and remaining involved in a particular community?

The communities in which I am grounded and therefore steadily
involved (family, friends, CMIT and the greater IT industry, Rotary, synagogue, kids’ school) have been mutually beneficial in that I give and receive. Can one stretch themselves too thin in the attempt to be über connected in multiple communities? Does something have to give and what will it be? Giving up a focus on a community and wearing yourself so thin that you suffer? Yes, questions beget more questions that will not be answered in a single sitting.

Lisa Earle McLeod, a business consultant and author who has worked with our CMIT system for several years, might throw out the “novel” concept that you can’t be everything to everyone at all times which includes yourself. And, from what I have learned so far while reading her book, Forget Perfect, is that it’s not realistic nor wise to aim for perfection in one’s personal and work lives. This means that you have to make choices—tough choices at times.

OWIB2013_accepting the awardOne community in which I have been involved since moving to Denver in 1991 is the business community. Last month I was honored by the DBJ as one of the Outstanding Women in Business in the Denver metro business community. Was I ever  surprised to be given this award for the Technology & Telecom category? I sure was and I was pretty speechless and emotional as I conveyed my thanks to all including my mother who passed away in late July. It was great to see women whom I have known from the business and Rotary communities.

In preparing for this article, I was told that my Denver Cherry Creek Rotary club had submitted my name for the Women in Rotary 25 Years event that will occur at the end of this month. There are so many women in our District 5450 who have been around longer and done so much more and I am honored to be elbow to elbow with them. Thanks to all of my communities and connections for giving me opportunities to contribute and help to make a difference.

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Too Much EmailThe answer is a resounding “Yes.” Microsoft recently announced that its hosted Exchange (Outlook) mailbox storage can now be up to 50 GB. Currently, it’s 25 MB which is way more than enough for most people.  With Microsoft’s Office 365 Exchange Online “cloud” service, you can access your email from any device, at any time and from anywhere. All of your data in our Outlook inbox and associated folders along with contacts and calendars synchronizes across the board and has redundancy for your data being backed up amongst several Microsoft servers.

CMIT Solutions of Denver uses Office 365 internally and has deployed it to several of our clients.

Click here for the article on this upgrade of mailbox storage.

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dt-073113Over a year ago my esteemed colleague from Erie (PA), Beth, forwarded the quote below by John Ruskin. He was a Victorian era art critic, social thinker and philanthropist. This same quote showed up in my Inbox as I was preparing this newsletter and Beth was once again the source. My mastermind group of CMIT owners, the Pacesetters, was reminded that we must live and breathe the belief that the services and consulting that we provide to small and medium-sized businesses are of high value.

“It’s unwise to pay too much, but it’s worse to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little money – that is all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do. The common-law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot – it can’t be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will have enough to pay for something better.”

You don’t have to depend on a single IT support person (in-house or outsourced) when you can have CMIT Solutions of Denver as part of your technology team. CMIT Denver has a team of engineers and consultants to support our clients. We also have a nationwide network of technology experts whom we can leverage for your benefit.

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