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Yesterday was the Ides of March (March 15) and it came and went like every other day, like clockwork. Wouldn’t it be fantastic and comforting to know that your business technology was as predictable and running smoothly and not in danger of downtime or attack?

Over the past 11 years of writing this Ides article, I have often made the analogy to watching your (technology) systems and taking good care so no attack is made upon your business from within or outside. And, if someone were to initiate an attack, your technology’s health and management would be solid so as to shut down the attacker with minimal casualties to your business.

JuliusCaesar_redcloakEmperor Julius Caesar chose not to listen to the soothsayer nor did he ensure that he was protected or aligned by those whom he could truly trust. We all want to think the best of everyone and not be cynical about their loyalty and intentions. There have been times during our history of supporting clients when they don’t heed our warnings or consul and then we experience a “fire” that creates costly downtime and way too much stress on everyone.

We speak with our existing and prospective clients that the best and least stressful way to defend ourselves against costly downtime is to be prepared. This translates into ensuring that your business is managed  and monitored proactively which includes data backup and test restores coupled with solid documentation and contingency strategies. Those owners and those in management who minimize the validity of proactive IT support (internal, outsourced or a combination) are probably in denial and must not value productivity and protecting the assets of the business.

At CMIT Solutions of Denver, we leverage our engineers’ experience, technology training, and our nationwide support system within CMIT.

Beware the Ides of March

 

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The email delivery system that I have used for sharing my monthly e-newsletters and group emails (professionally and personally) is Constant Contact. Undoubtedly you have received emails in your work inbox where at the bottom the sender is identified and the middleman (i.e. Constant Contact) is displayed.

How does your organization (for or not-for-profit) communicate with your clients, vendors, members, and constituencies?

Do you know what your Open, Click Through and even Undeliverable metrics are for the emails?

Has your non-profit taken advantage of the non-profit pricing from Constant Contact?

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Reach out to Debi at CMIT Denver to get your questions answered about Constant Contact. The email and survey functions are a big piece of the puzzle and there are more should you be curious. We can sign you up for an account and provide basic training on this wonderful tool.

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It is no secret that CMIT Denver is a Microsoft-centric business. We use Microsoft and most of our clients have Microsoft as their dominant OS and productivity suite (e.g. Windows 7, Office 2013).

The Microsoft Windows landscape is scheduled to change again in mid to late 2015, when Windows 10 will be released. That may excite some early adopters who love to have the latest and greatest operating system on their computer. And many industry experts are thrilled that Windows 10, which is currently in its public beta testing period, was designed with business customers in mind — and is forecasted to be much more responsive to user needs.

Predicted perks include free upgrades for existing Windows customers, lifetime device support, and a tiered system of security updates and patches that will allow administrators to opt out of non-critical ones until compatibility with their enterprise environments can be ensured.

But let’s be honest: many of us in the business world are happy sticking with our tried and true versions of Windows 7 — or, for those of us who relished the move to a redesigned, touchscreen-friendly user interface, Windows 8/8.1. So in the name of not rushing into a new product offering when an old one still works fine, we’ve compiled our favorite 5 tips and tricks that can supercharge your everyday use of existing Windows versions.

Click here to learn the 5 Tips And Tricks. And, then hold tight and watch for emails later this year about Windows 10 which, so far, has received solid reviews.

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A nameless, faceless online entity — or a trusted IT advisor backed by the power of a proven backup and disaster recovery solution?   At CMIT Solutions, we understand the critical nature of you business information. We feel the same way about ours, which is why we treat client data with the same care as our own. With our flagship CMIT Guardian solution, you’ll get:

  • Automatic data backups you don’t have to worry about
  • Data recovery protocols in case of manmade or natural disaster
  • Business continuity plans that can weather any storm
  • Elite encryption of data both in transit and at rest
  • A level of personal commitment unmatched in the IT industry

Over the last 19 years, our CMIT offices have helped clients recover from fires, floods, hurricanes, and earthquakes, hardware failure and human error — even 9/11. We know it’s not a matter of if your business will have to deal with the loss of data disaster but when.

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