About Mary Hester

Ms. Hester is the CEO of LAN Systems, which provides IT solutions in the Greater Metro Atlanta Area. You can contact Mary at mary@lansystems.com">

The Benefits, Risks and Legal Implications of a BYOD Workplace

Do your employees access work-related emails on their smart phones?  Do you allow your employees to connect to the company network on personal devices?  Do your employees store customer information or company documents on their mobile devices?   If you answered yes to any of these questions and you do not have a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)  policy in place, you may be putting your company at risk. With the proliferation of smart phones, tablets and laptops over the past decade, employees, employers and their customers have become accustomed to around the clock communication and information sharing.  While this kind of constant connection and interaction can be beneficial to employee productivity, innovation and a company’s bottom line, if it is not controlled through a comprehensive BYOD policy, it can also lead to serious problems. In its simplest form, BYOD refers to a policy … [Read more...]

Get in touch with your creative side with Microsoft Office

Not that long ago, the only way to get high-quality, professional materials was through a graphic designer.  Printing was a complicated, expensive process that was left to the print shops.  Each project required assembling pictures, graphics and content that was camera-ready. Today, we have access to everything needed to make agency-quality marketing materials with full-color and amazing graphics. Brochures, mailers and newsletters can be printed on-demand or in the perfect quantity to reducing waste and keep the offering fresh.  To save more and reach the online audience, electronic files are brilliant and easy to distribute.  If you have an idea, a good eye and the right tools, you can make magic. Microsoft Office offers the right tools with its Office 2013 Suite of Applications.  Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Publisher provide improved and enhanced features for creating and … [Read more...]

APC Surge Protector Recall

Schneider Electric APC Surge Protector Recall Due to Fire Hazard Recall Summary Name of product:   APC SurgeArrest surge protectors Hazard:   The surge protectors can overheat, smoke and melt, posing a fire hazard. Remedy:            Replace Consumer Contact: Schneider Electric IT Corp., toll-free at (888) 437-4007 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at http://recall.apc.com, or www.apc.com and click on the Recall link to submit a claim and obtain more information. Recall Details Units About 15 million Description This recall involves APC 7 and 8 series SurgeArrest surge protectors manufactured before 2003. The model and serial numbers are located on a label on the bottom of the surge protector. The two numbers that follow the first letter or letters in the serial number sequence indicate the year of manufacture. The unit is included in the … [Read more...]

After You Outsource, Do This!

By Guest Author Eric Holtzclaw When I work with a company that isn't reaching its full potential, I find there are two common threads that are most often holding that company back. The 1st most common problem is the business owner. They just can't give up control and end up doing things they should hire others to do. That's why I love LAN Systems because the services they offer allow business owners to do what I encourage them to do when I coach them - fire themselves. By letting LAN Systems take over the day to day operations of your technology, you take an important step toward focusing on building your business, not working in it. And the 2nd most common problem? Few companies know who their customer is, and because of that, they aren't doing what they need to support their customer's likelihood to select their business over their competitor or to keep their customer happy … [Read more...]

Gwinnett Tech hosts Women in Technology event

  By Keith Farner keith.farner@gwinnettdailypost.com       Thursday, September 12, 2013 © Copyright 2013 Gwinnett Daily Post LAWRENCEVILLE — When Gail Edwards was a youngster, her family’s neighbors often asked if she could babysit their kids. But Edwards would respond that she’d rather cut grass. “I’ve always thought differently than most women,” said Edwards, the dean of the Automotive, Construction and Trades College at Gwinnett Technical College. Edwards was among a panel of experts who spoke to Gwinnett Tech students, mostly women, at a networking and discussion event about women in technology on Thursday at the Busbee Center. Topics of the discussion included salary, education, ageism, experience and support in the male-dominated industries of science, technology, engineering and math. Moderator Yvonne Whitaker of the NCR Foundation said there is still a gap … [Read more...]