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...]

Is your website mobile-friendly?

If you own or manage a website, you have probably heard about mobile-friendly options and the risk of mobilegeddon.  On April 21st, Google changed how they will rank mobile websites in search results.  It does not apply to all searches, only those on mobile devices. Especially for those that rely on Search Engine Optimization (SEO) to rank in Google searches, it can be unsettling to hear that Google is changing the rules.  Depending upon your platform, the addition of mobile-friendly format can be difficult or easy. We use Wordpress for our site and have been using WPtouch for our mobile theme settings.  Here is Google's further explanation from their Webmaster Blog. This update: Affects only search rankings on mobile devices Affects search results in all languages globally Applies to individual pages, not entire websites To find out if your site is mobile-friendly (from … [Read more...]

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...]