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Haas-2This is probably one of the biggest and most costly misconceptions that many business owners have. Usually this is because they’ve been fortunate enough to never have encountered a major computer-related disaster, but that’s similar to someone thinking they don’t need to wear a seat belt when driving a car because they’ve never had an accident.

Computer networks are complex and dynamic systems that need regular updates and maintenance to stay up, running fast and problem-free. In fact, it’s surprising how fast a brand-new computer will slow down after a few weeks or months of use without proper updates and maintenance. Here are just a FEW of the critical updates that need to be done on a weekly – if not daily – basis:

  • Security patches applied – with NEW viruses and hacker attacks cropping up DAILY, this is a CRITICAL part of maintaining your network
  • Anti-virus updates and monitoring
  • Firewall updates and monitoring
  • Backup monitoring and test restores
  • Spam-filter installation and updates
  • Spyware detection and removal
  • Monitoring disk space on workstations and servers
  • Monitoring hardware for signs of failure
  • Optimizing systems for maximum speed

A computer is just like a car: if you don’t change the oil, replace the filter, rotate the tires, flush the transmission and perform other regular maintenance on your car, it will eventually break down and cost you FAR MORE to repair than the cost of the basic maintenance – and cars are far simpler than a computer network!

Logo_CMITMarathon_080907_v1At CMIT Solutions of Denver we have CMIT Marathon, our proactive and preventative monitoring, maintenance and consulting program that keeps our clients’ businesses running smoothly and in good health. And, we have the industry’s seal of approval, the CompTIA MSP Partners Trustmark, to confirm that we use the industry’s best practices and tools for taking great care of our managed clients.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis airfare thing is pretty tricky. It’s not like the old days when you knew that if you booked at least two weeks in advance AND stayed over a Saturday night, you could get a better airfare. Now, they tell you to look at certain days or time of days during the week to find better airfares. This doesn’t mean the prices won’t be really cheap, but you will have better odds at finding a lower price. Remember that with lower prices you may have to sacrifice logistics like flexibility in time of departure. Travel agencies still exist, but most of the people whom I know purchase their airline tickets via the web.

USA Today had an article by Kim Komando in May that talks specifically to this challenge of finding that airfare that works for you whether it’s for business or pleasure.

Helpful hints:

  • Websites to follow and alert you to special fares. Remember that when you try to buy the cheapest ticket, it could be very difficult to change or cancel it and not lose too much money.
  • Watch your Calendar and Clock – Maybe it would be wise to have a recurring task for Tuesdays at noon time to check airfares? There are websites like Kayak.com that can help you too.
  • Prices could go down. There’s always the chance that the airfare ticket you purchased could come down in price. You will want to check with your airline’s website regularly or (per Kim Komando) you can check out Yapta.com which can track this for you.

Leverage the websites mentioned and others for making life easier for you and hopefully help you save money that you could spend on your vacation or not spend at all. I’m going to start doing this.

 

 

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MSP_Partners_Trustmark_Associate_logo-300wBuilding a great reputation in the business technology field requires a high level of trust, skill, and experience. Those attributes don’t come easy. But CMIT Solutions of Denver makes a commitment every day to ensure that we improve in each to provide high-quality service to our customers. We worked diligently to attain the distinguished CompTIA MSP Partners Trustmark, which validates the professional support and procedures we follow with all our clients.

The CompTIA MSP Partners Trustmark identifies managed service providers who have demonstrated a commitment to providing managed services in a competent manner and illustrates the quality of services each of these companies delivers. It is a commitment to excellence on behalf of their clients. Companies that showcase the CompTIA MSP Partners Trustmark logo pledge to follow a robust code of practices that meet or exceed the industry standard level of service their customers will receive.

How Our Clients Benefit

¨ Provides peace of mind – knowing that our company employs industry best practices and tools to keep your business systems up and running

¨ Shows your commitment to quality – to employees, business prospects, and investors

To learn more about the CompTIA MSP Partners Trustmark, visit www.comptia.org/msptrustmark.

 

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Father’s Day is in three (3) days. This post may be too late if you need to order a gift via the web. However, if you have a father in your life (your own, your spouse, your brother, your uncle), every day should be Father’s Day. The same goes for Mother’s Day. So, let’s take a look at some ideas that were compiled by CRN and your author for some “tech-savvy” gifts for the dad(s) in your life.

  • FitbitFlex-all colorsFitBit – This is a favorite gadget of mine because having those special people in your life stick around as long as possible is important. This health and exercise gadget can be clipped to your belt or shoe or worn on your wrist. I have the original version and it’s still working every step of the way and every day I take a step.
  • Tablet Lawn Chair –  leave it to Hammacher Schlemmer to come up with this fun gift. It is summertime so why not have the flexibility for sitting out on your front or back patio with your tablet of choice. It has a cupholder and a side pouch for sunscreen.
  • Beats by Dr. Dre headphones – Dr. Dre is a very happy guy with the recent purchase of his already successful business by Apple for $3 billion. The dad or man in your life can enjoy these colorful and high quality headphones too. They can easily be found online or even at stores like Target and Apple.
  • TDK Wireless Weatherproof Speaker – Bluetooth technology to the rescue again. With this gift, you can have a powerful speaker that will “withstand the elements”. Most mobile devices (Apple for sure) can connect so you can play the music that you enjoy.
  • Massage Chair – What better way to relax at any time of year than with a massage chair. There is a wide price range as seen here on Brookstone’s website. This is a high end Father’s Day gift or any kind of celebration. However, this is something to help reduce stress and the amount of stiffness that can occur for those who are in front of their computer’s all day long.

All of these are gifts that anyone regardless of gender or age would love. Often times the gifts that I buy for others are things that I too would enjoy.

Happy Father’s Day!

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