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">

Google Computational Thinking for Educators – Free Online Course

It's not just for educators. You can sign up at the link below. Computational thinking is a problem solving technique that breaks down complex problems into small manageable pieces. One of the strategies is that you can break into sections that can be solved by a computer.  Of course, you have to have or create information that you can turn into usable data. Here is a very simple computational thinking example for a marketing campaign. You want to do a marketing mailing to prospects in your most active territory. You will need information on current customers and prospects.  From your customer database, sort by zip code to find the highest collection of customers. Use those top zip codes to compile a list of prospects for your campaign. A computer program or spreadsheet can easily do the sorting and identify those to include in your mailing. This simple … [Read more...]

Lync is now Skype for Business

Skype certainly has name recognition.  Since its inception in 2003, it has grown to a community of over 300 million. With so many users that stay in touch with family and friends through Skype, the addition of Skype for Business will bring anywhere - anytime communications to your company.  Add ease of communications to a powerful business platform and you have Skype for Business.  It gives a robust, enterprise-class experience.  Skype for Business has the Lync features you love with some great new additions! Content and graphics excerpted from Microsoft's Office Support site. New look and feel Call via Work Skype directory integration Dual user experience Call Monitor Rate My Call Quick access to call controls Emoticons New look and feel If you’re a regular user of the commercial version of Skype, then Skype for Business will seem very familiar: the … [Read more...]

Microsoft Server 2003 End of Support

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How mixing business and comedy creates a stronger team

Guest Blog by Cindy Bates, Microsoft US SMB Group During a recent offsite meeting, my team had the privilege of seeing improv in action and most importantly, getting in on the fun. I’ve been a longtime fan of improv comedy for its ability to inspire creativity and cause spontaneous eruptions of laughter, but I was amazed to learn how easily it can translate into the business arena. Our session was led by Meagan Flanigan alongside a dynamic cast from Second City Works, the business solutions division of the improvisational comedy theatre, The Second City. After the meeting, I came across a great article Tom Yorto, CEO of Second City Works, wrote for the Harvard Business Review, where he shares tips for your team to cultivate clearer communication and engage more deeply. I’m already implementing some of the principles we learned, including embracing the ensemble mindset, and I hope your … [Read more...]

Copiers Are A Hidden Treasure For Identity Thieves

Guest blog from Cha Holmes, Co-Founder and Managing Partner for EDGE Business Systems. Have you ever thought about whose hands the information you copy and/or scan can land? Think of all the different types of documents that are copied/scanned (tax returns, medical records, financial information, etc.) and the personal information within these documents. The reason is that today’s digital copy machines contain hand drives, similar to computers, which are capable of storing a large volume of digital information. Nearly all commercial copy machines manufactured since 2002 contain a hard drive that can store every copy/scan made, item printed or fax scanned. While the information might be encrypted, it’s not usually a challenge for hackers to access details, including Social Security and telephone numbers, bank accounts and credit-card numbers, according to digital experts. … [Read more...]