Archive for the ‘Hardware’ Category

Cloud Integration – 4 Things to Consider

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Cloud Integration A recent article, How to Keep (Happy) Feet on the Ground With Cloud Integration: Four Key Considerations, shared how the definition of integrate can vary from vendor, similarities/difference between cloud and on-premise integration, and 4 unique considerations with cloud integration that are particularly important in the evaluation, planning, and design of your integration.

Most cloud vendors claim that their offerings integrate with this, that, or the other. That definition of “integrate” varies from vendor to vendor. Typically when you dig beneath marketing content, it usually means the cloud vendor offers an API and it’s up to you to integrate from there. Better cloud vendors will have some level of pre-built integration with one or two popular business applications, a marketplace where third parties can offer integration solutions, and/or recommended commercial vendors with branded connectivity to their product. But how does cloud integration differ from on-premise integration?

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Outgrowing QuickBooks – 4 QuickBooks Bottlenecks

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Upgrade From QuickBooks If you are using QuickBooks you are like a lot of small businesses. QuickBooks is one of the most popular small business accounting applications. However, as your company surpasses entry level, you may face a variety of challenges as you hit the limits of QuickBooks functionality. When do you know you’ve outgrown QuickBooks?

A whitepaper called, The Hidden Cost of QuickBooks, details 4 bottlenecks of QuickBooks, the hidden costs of continuing to use QuickBooks, evaluates available alternatives, and compares the cost of the status quo with the benefits of switching. Below we will share the 4 main bottlenecks of QuickBooks that indicate it may be time to upgrade your financial management software.

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10 New Year’s Resolutions For Your Company

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

LBMC Resolutions With 2012 coming to a close, resolutions for 2013 are being made. How can you manage your infrastructure and techonology investments in 2013? We will share the top ten resolutions for managing and enhancing your company’s infrastructure and technology investments from InterDyn.

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Still Using Windows XP SP3 and/or Microsoft Office 2003?

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Is your business still running Windows XP SP3 and/or Microsoft Office 2003?  Support for Windows XP SP3 and Microsoft Office 2003 ends April 8, 2014. After that date, there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates. The average enterprise deployment can take 18 to 32 months to complete. Now is the time to get your migrations under way!

Check out this Microsoft website and find out why migrating to Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010 is something you should do sooner rather than later.  Need a hand with your migration?  Hey, we’d love to help you out.  Drop us a line today!

No Age-ism Allowed: Smartphones for All

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Consumer Cellular recently released the results of their study on smartphones and the baby boomers.  The moral of the story?  Don’t count them out!

“It is a common misconception that smartphones are complicated or hard to operate,” said John Marick, CEO of Consumer Cellular.  “But as we see in this survey, an overwhelming majority of current smartphone owners ages 40-plus were able to teach themselves the functions of their device.”

Ned Smith, BusinessNewsDaily Senior Writer, suggests that these survey results should be interesting to marketers who want to capture the booming baby boomer market.  This study would compliment a proposal for a mobile media buy quite nicely.  In addition, we can think of other implications for this study:

  1. retailers (“What’s the best gift for grandpa this season?”)
  2. businesses with aging workforces (‘Boomers’ can participate in the mobile workforce revolution, too!)
  3. social action groups, such as the AARP (Use this as evidence that text messaging and social networking do not exclude the boomer constituency.)

Consumer Cellular surveyed 2,037 U.S. cellphone users ages 40 and up to produce the results of this study.  Not surprisingly, it looks like the study was executed, at least in-part, to support the marketing campaigns the business has launched towards senior cell phone buyers.  See a more complete list of the surrounding press.

Nevertheless, as Smith noted earlier this year, we should expect to see more and more marketing and accompanying qualitative research around the baby boomer generation – on and off their cell phones.  At 77 million in the US alone, that’s a lot of smartphones.

Recycling Computers and TVs Now Required in NC

Monday, June 13th, 2011

As of July 1, residents of North Carolina will have the law guiding their hand when it comes to the responsible disposal of electronics like TVs and old computers.  According to Forbes.com, the new law is intended to protect the land and water from the hazardous materials found inside the electronics, such as cadmium and mercury.  But besides polluting the environment, sending the electronics to the landfill is, well, wasteful.

Forbes interviewed Ellen Lorscheider, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, who confirmed that the discarded electronics can be dismantled to harvest the valuable and reusable material inside.  North Carolina recycling coordinator Scott Mouw explained, “The individual working parts are removed from nonworking electronics, then the rest is ground up to extract re-useable materials, such as metal and glass.”

While Tennessee has not passed any laws mandating the recycling of electronics, many consumers interested in preserving the environment may be inspired to take their neighbors’ lead.  Recycling sites for electronics are conveniently located near Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga.

Excuse Me If My Hands Are Cold…

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Many of us are encouraged by our health care providers to get a yearly check-up to optimize our health.  Some insurance companies have even mandated the process.  We may go for our annual begrudgingly, but deep down we know it is in our best interest.

This idea of an annual check-up isn’t relegated to our physical health alone.  Some of us call on the HVAC service to come out when the seasons change.  The pest control guy comes out every year to check things out and make any adjustments necessary.

The same thing is true for your IT systems.  Preventative care is always preferable to surgical care, and no one would rather fix a problem instead of catching it early.  That’s why LBMC Technologies has introduced Network Check-ups for our clients.

Unlike a visit to the doctor, our Microsoft® certified network engineers will come to you and examine your IT systems. We’ll give your network a thorough review and alert you to any problems skulking about in your network. As part of our visit, we’ll also give you a hefty discount if you choose to sign up for our proactive care products: TechCare and Remote Backup services.

It’s like they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure…and all that lost productivity!

Lots of Year End Incentives from Microsoft

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Microsoft is featuring several year-end incentives for business owners.  If you’ve been contemplating additional users or products, now is a good time to take the plunge.

With it’s “Microsoft Dynamics ERP Holiday Season User Offer,” Microsoft is taking up to 20% off the standard list price when you purchase additional GP or SL user licenses (minimum of two.)

Microsoft has also brought back the “Big Easy Offer,” which pays you partner subsidy funds back when you purchase qualifying products.  This is a broad offer encompassing a number of hardware and software products.

Lapsed Microsoft Dynamics GP customers can get back on plan with all lapse and re-enrollment fees waived via “The Sky is the Limit” campaign.  It’s a great opportunity to get back on plan without the pain of penalty fees.

Last, but not least, there’s the headline grabbing promotion for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online.  Microsoft is offering organizations that currently license Salesforce.com and/or Oracle $200 for each seat that they license with Dynamics CRM Online.

If the early bird gets the worm, it’s the early customer that gets the savings.  Some of these deals end as early as Dec. 23rd, so act now if you want to ring in the new year by saving money.

Recent Studies, IT Spending, and Cloud Computing

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

The Internet is buzzing after the release of the Spiceworks™ “State of SMB IT” report for September 2010.  The Spiceworks Voice of IT® market researchers are predicting that SMBs (small and medium businesses)   will be spending considerably more on IT in the final months of 2010 as compared to the start of the year.  Researchers cite a return to “business as usual.”

Spiceworks suggests that the spending increases will not occur in staffing, but in more conservative core technology investments.  Virtualization technologies are high on the list, as well as hardware to replace aging and outdated systems, and anti-virus/anti-spam software.

“An overwhelming majority of respondents (91%) are planning to make at least one purchase, upgrade or renewal across hardware, software or IT services by the end of 2010,” proposes the report.  The respondents consisted of 3000 SMB IT professionals worldwide.  (You can request a copy of the report here.)

Interestingly, Spiceworks advised that spending on cloud computing was not likely to rise, and reported that “unproven technology” was the main concern cited by respondents who have no plans to move to the cloud.  In contradiction to that, Gartner also recently released their own study on IT spending, which puts forward that 39% of its respondents are budgeting for cloud computing as a “key initiative.”

Gartner surveyed 1,587 IT budget management professionals worldwide to receive this difference of opinion.  “The cloud market is evolving rapidly, with 39 percent of survey respondents worldwide indicating they allocated IT budget to cloud computing as a key initiative for their organization,” said Bob Igou, research director at Gartner. “One-third of the spending on cloud computing is a continuation from the previous budget year, a further third is incremental spending that is new to the budget, and 14 percent is spending that was diverted from a different budget category in the previous year.”

So which is it?  Is your SMB planning on investing in the cloud, or is it focusing on hardware and software?  Which survey do you think more accurately describes the SMB climate in Tennessee?  We look forward to your comments.

Mobility is the New Black

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Today I was preparing for a meeting with client, and I was a little concerned.  A co-worker was driving in from another city for the meeting and he had never been to the client’s location before.  I tried to call, but no luck.  With about an hour to go, he emails me from his phone and informs me that his GPS device has him arriving right at start time.

As I am waiting in the parking lot for him to arrive, I browse through my phone contacts list and realize he is not in there, no cell number to call.  I almost panic, but I remember that I can search through our company’s internal contact list directly through my phone.  Found him.  He is five minutes out, and our meeting starts in five minutes, so I confirm the location with him and go in, confident that he’s on point and on time.

Twenty years ago some of these actions would have seemed like science fiction.  Emails from a phone?  Global positioning systems?  Mobile access to databases?  But this isn’t Robocop or The Matrix.  True, being constantly plugged into our work email has its disadvantages, but it’s indisputable that they allow us to operate more efficiently and effectively from the field.  Additionally, organizations across the globe are able to offer a higher level of service to their customers because of technology.  The key to an organization’s success in utilizing technology is being able to understand how the technology helps them better serve their customers, remain flexible and keep costs down.

One case in point is the OnBase® Mobile Workflow for BlackBerry®.  “Crackberry” jokes aside; this device is pervasive in modern business.  Now you can even make approvals and decisions on critical business from the palm of your hand.  Mobile Workflow takes some of the advantages of Enterprise Content Management and empowers the user to keep business moving forward – regardless of their location.

Another recent development in the same vein is Mobile Express for Microsoft Dynamics™ CRM.  Now Dynamics CRM users can access the application and its data in a Web browser on a mobile device.  Mobile Express is wrapped up in the Update Rollup 5, so CRM users can begin access after the update is installed on the server.  And since it doesn’t install on the mobile device itself, there’s no cause to worry about slowing down your mobile device.

These are just two examples of using mobile applications to provide better service and preserve flexibility.  What are some mobile apps you’re using that keep costs low?