Creating an Auto Reply in Outlook 2013

If you are going to be away from email, it is good policy to create an auto reply.  This will let your colleagues and clients know what to do while you are away.  It is simple to create and you can customize as needed. We have included a sample out-of-office reply that is short and sweet.  Important tip:  Don't forget to turn off when you return! 1. Open Outlook 2. Click the file tab and then select Automatic Replies   3. Check the send automatic replies box and word your reply in the given space below for contacts inside your organization.   4. Next, click the only send during this time box and input the dates you wish to use. 5. Select the Outside My Organization tab and create your reply to outside contacts. Here is Sample Template for Out of Office Message Thank you for your eMail!  I will be out of the office [Start Date] through [End … [Read more...]

Top IT Trends for 2015

For many years, we have been bringing you our Top IT Trends predictions for the technology that will change our business and personal lives. This year our Top IT Trends have an emphasis on business economy and productivity. We have seen a dramatic increase in the investment businesses are making in their IT systems. Technology advances have been incredible over the past few years, but this year we are focusing on the technologies that will help fuel your business growth in 2015. Business is back in 2015. The US economy is growing and IT is fueling the growth by bringing productivity, efficiency and modern ways of doing business. If you haven’t reviewed your IT system for upgrades and improvements – 2015 is your year to get into the Cloud! Cloud Productivity – If you are not in the Cloud, what are you waiting for? It will save you money, make you more efficient, productive and well … [Read more...]

Modernizing the 3-2-1 Backup Strategy

Arguably, maintaining a good backup of computer data is the most important task of the system administrator. In the early days of business computers, we made sure to label, rotate and verify tapes so that if the worst happened, we could restore from tape and be up and running quickly. It was suggested to have a tape for each day and store in a fire-proof vault preferably offsite. This is where I first heard the rules of the 3-2-1 backup strategy. A backup strategy has to be robust enough to recover from disaster, but simple enough to give a reliable archive. It is easy to discuss the choices with computer professionals because we understand the technology, but the opinions on how to execute a backup plan are as numerous as the number of experts that you ask. The perfect backup plan is one that is executable and verifiable. The 3-2-1 plan offers an easy to explain, easy to assemble … [Read more...]

Top IT Trends for 2014

Each year we compose our Top IT Trends and reflect on how markedly our world changes through technology.  From digital watches to putting a man on the moon, technology has changed the way we think of time and space. Often, the advances are at breathtaking speed but sometimes it takes years for a technological breakthrough to make its way into our lives. This year we are focusing on trends that will have a significant impact on how we see and interact with the world through technology. Everything Cloud - We have been predicting a revolution in Cloud technology for years and this year is no different.  From Infrastructure, Software, Platform, Hardware and Everything as a Service (IaaS, SaaS, PaaS, HaaS and EaaS) there will be major investment in and growing migration for Cloud solutions.  Private and Hybrid Cloud solutions will dominate the landscape for new and upgraded installations.  … [Read more...]

Upgrade Windows XP: Find out your Windows Personality

The time has come to upgrade Windows XP to Windows 7 or Windows 8, but how do you decide which is better for you and your organization. With the end-of-support for XP on April 8, 2014, there will be no security updates or hotfixes leaving your XP machine extremely vulnerable to hacking. As with all change, it will mean a temporary reduction in productivity as you become accustomed to the new look and feel.  But you can minimize the stress and inconvenience by choosing the right operating system for your Windows personality. The Windows 7 Personality:  You are smart and talented.  You use your computer as a productivity tool and like to get things done.  In your computing choices, you minimize risk and become anxious if too many changes happen at the same time.  You like the features in Office 2013 but also like your program icons to be familiar and your keystrokes to be efficient. … [Read more...]