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Do You Have Enough Computing Power?

on December 8, 2017 No comments
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As 2017 comes to a close, we are all going to be busy trying to get through Holiday preparations, out of town visits, company coming to town and end of the year tasks at work. My partners and I have been discussing how we are going to grow our business in 2018, and I think it would be a safe bet that many of you are thinking about the same thing.

Growing our businesses means adding staff and capabilities. In order to grow a business needs to have a Marketing plan, These days they need a high quality website and a social media presence. Depending upon the focus of your growing business it may also be important to have great graphics for your training and marketing materials, and the ability to create and render videos for YouTube, Twitter or Instagram, or perhaps for all three.

Interaction and engagement in the future will involve higher demands on your systems. When you plan for growing your company, make sure you have a few line items open for upgrading or purchasing new computer systems, more servers and some high quality monitors. There is nothing more frustrating than not being able to view more than one screen, or to have to wait for long periods of time for things to chug through on a system which simply does not have the power to do the work you need.

As you add staff and along with it the scope of work they are there to accomplish, you will need more computing power. Along with faster and newer servers to keep up with the needs of your growing company. We can help. Once all of this Holiday rush settles down, let’s make an appointment to go over your plans for growth and how we At Unified Technology Solutions can help you grow.

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Information Technology and the End User

on November 29, 2017 No comments

 

IT was long the realm of the Information management department and it’s people. With the advances in Mobile technology and portability, that monopoly has begun to fray around the edges. Today, more of the IT decisions are being driven by the people who actually use the software and the devices in their work for the company. In our line of work, all too often  we see the frustration when the software used for different applications within companies are data processing friendly and highly end-user UNfriendly. The good news is software and hardware companies are getting the point and the end-user is no longer in the mystery realm, they know how to use their smart phones and tablets. If they don’t like the software they’re being forced to use, they will go find something which works for them and simply work around management to get their work done. 

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What Is a Server and Why Do You Need One?

on November 15, 2017 No comments

 

What’s a server you ask? In this instance, we are addressing a fixed  server, not a cloud based server. A server is a computer that has been specifically designed to process data. It has powerful processing speeds,large data storage and software which will  manage your network of computers. A server is designed to be stationary and it’s built to be a workhorse of processing power. It has the power to keep everyone on your network sharing and collaborating. Instead of having to manually share files each end-user can be assigned the ability to access one centralized database and that in turn will allow each of you to view and update the information in real-time quickly and efficiently. Servers are also used to run operations  such as email, your office printers, calendar applications, sales leads and tracking, customer databases and other collaborative software packages.

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About Passwords

on November 7, 2017 No comments

 

Passwords. We need them. Some accounts require us to keep changing them. Other accounts force us to use dynamic password generators. We hate them, yet we have no choice but to use them. We also tend to forget them, so…we record them lest we forget, and leave them lying around for others to find.I am always amused when I get a service call at an account, and there, on the monitor, is a brightly colored sticky note with the user’s passwords on it.

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Adding Power to Google Account

on October 27, 2017 No comments

 

If you are like us and you have a busy office, sometimes any little thing we can do to make our systems integrate with each other work for us is a welcome upgrade. It will also be a blessing for some of our current customers. If you are already using DocuSign, Trello, and Quickbooks, it’s a nice shortcut to make a day’s workload a little lighter.  The Quickbooks add on puts a View invoice box attached to a group of all the invoices gmails you recently sent out. Keeping everything in one place. Try it out, see if you like it.

From Google Tech news:

Google is launching third-party add-ons for Gmail today. These native extensions will allow you to bring the power of services like Asana, DocuSign, Trello, Wrike and others directly to your inbox — no matter whether you are an enterprise or individual user.

If you’ve been following along, this announcement doesn’t come as a total surprise. The company first announced at its I/O developer conference in March that this feature was coming. At the time, though, this was only a developer preview; since then, Google has worked with a number of partners to bring a first set of native extensions to Gmail.

This first set of partners includes Asana, Dialpad, DocuSign (coming soon), Hire (by Google), Intuit QuickBooks, ProsperWorks, RingCentral, Smartsheet, Streak, Trello and Wrike. Unsurprisingly, the focus here is on productivity services that, for the most part, already include some connection to email. The add-ons live in the right sidepane of Gmail (though sadly they are not available in Inbox by Gmail, Google’s other email client).

Asana co-founder Justin Rosenstein told me that this will allow his customers to more easily bring tasks from external emails to the work-tracking service. It also will allow Asana users to see more details about tasks that appear in emails they receive directly from Asana or from other users.

The same is true for most of the other integrations, whether that’s the Trello add-on allowing you to turn emails into actionable tasks or the RingCentral add-on allowing you to make outbound calls and view and send SMS messages from your inbox.

What’s nice is that these add-ons also work in the mobile Gmail app on Android. As for iOS support, a Google spokesperson tells me the company is “working with Apple to bring Gmail Add-ons to iOS users.” It’s unclear when exactly this will happen, though.

As somebody who heavily relies on Trello’s Chrome-based plugin for Gmail to stay semi-sane, the idea of a native integration with Gmail definitely sounds like it’ll make life easier — especially because of this mobile integration.

You can now install these integrations from the G Suite Marketplace; if you are a developer, you can also start creating add-ons for your own organization. These Gmail add-ons join similar tools for Google Docs and Sheets that are already available in the Marketplace.”

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Unified Technology Solutions Help Desk

on October 17, 2017 No comments

Help Desk for small businesses, computer IT support for business in Brevard County, Indian River County

Unified Technology Solutions offers a full range of IT and Phone support for companies. From the installation of state of the art Security Software to Backup, Cloud Storage, and communications support.Aamongst the support services we offer is our Help Desk.With Help Desk, your staff isn’t forced to sit and wait for a tech to get on site. They can get help right away.

When a network goes down or experiences issues, sometimes the problem is something we have seen or heard of before. Because of our knowledge and background, our Help Desk can fix those issues fairly quickly. Most of the time we don’t even need to be on site.

Unified Technology Solutions has multiple methods of remotely troubleshooting your issues and is constantly testing new technologies to make this task easier and more efficient. We start by walking you through exactly what let up to a problem, and then we employ our sophisticated diagnostic software, to quickly identify what is causing the problem. If it is a software issue, we can access your system and fix the issues without delay. Should it be a hardware failure, chances are we have already completed all the diagnostic work, so in most instances we can grab the parts and get on site quickly.

Rather than have your people try to diagnose a problem themselves and spend hours unable to accomplish their own work because of a down computer, with our Help Desk services, your employees can get back to their tasks much quicker.

With flat rate plans available there will no longer be wasted time getting permission or approval to call because you get unlimited support for a single monthly fee.

The technicians who man our Help Desk have experience with Microsoft Products as well as Linux, Email Servers and more. If you would like to learn more about what our offerings are, just give us a call we will be happy to set up an appointment to go over them with you.

 

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Laptop News

on October 9, 2017 No comments
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New, sleeker laptop announcement from HP

 

Laptops. On the one hand they provide us with the flexibility to take our work with us. On the other hand, they are much more fragile than a desktop, often times they are slower than a desktop, and most people don’t drop their desktops. Laptops and cracked screens are practically synonymous.

For a while it seemed like innovation in the laptop segment in the market had stalled. However, lately, I have seen the offerings in the laptop arena are getting better. Microsoft Surface was lovely to look at when it was first released, and for some applications, it well outperformed  some of the other offerings on the market. HP had a good reputation for a time, but then their laptops began to garner less than stellar reviews. It looks like they are set to redeem themselves with a new line of high-end laptop/tablets which are positioned to give the Microsoft Surface a run for it’s money

Larry Dignan for Between the lines had this to say about the new Spectre Line:

“HP calls the second-generation Spectre 13 the thinnest touch laptop and added an integrated privacy screen for the Spectre x360 13. CNETHP Spectre x360 has instant privacy screen, 10-hour battery, good for long flights

HP outlines new business PCs, targets smart office, collaboration | HP hits its stride: How PCs and printing have stabilized, rebounded

Among the key points:

  • Both laptops have the 8th generation Intel Core processor.
  • The HP Spectre 13 is built from CNC aluminum and carbon fiber and comes in ceramic white with pale gold accents or dark ash silver with copper accents.
  • Up to 4K high resolution displays.
  • Up to 1TB PCIe SSD and memory up to 16GB.
  • And up to 11.5 hours of battery life.
  • The HP Spectre x360 has a battery life up to 16.5 hours and comes in natural silver or dark ash silver with copper accents.
  • Up to the same resolution, storage and memory options as the HP Spectre 13.
  • A Windows Ink Certified pen.
  • And an integrated privacy screen.
According to HP, the Spectre 13 will be available Oct. 29 starting at $1,299.99 and the Spectre x360 will run you $1,149.99.”
It will be interesting to read the reviews once the product is actually released. Some of the early reviews are saying that while HP has managed to clean up issues from the past,  delivering a sleek, state of the art product, they are holding their opinions for the time being. Once it’s fully released we will see how it holds up and performs in the real world.
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Setting Up Your Business Network

on September 30, 2017 No comments

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At Unified Technology Solutions we work with companies of all sizes. In each situation, there are differing needs for computing power, servers and phone systems, but what is common to each of them is the need for a plan and some forethought. Too many times we are brought in after the decisions have been made, and we could have helped these companies come up with a better plan.

Before you finish your business plan, or your plan for expansion, it is a wise idea to call in some expert help to design a network to meet your computing needs. People are the most important element in any company, followed closely by the tools they will use to keep that company running efficiently. The better the plan, the more efficient the company can be.

While there are companies who invest in laptops for their employees, unless you have people who often work in the field, a better choice maybe desktop systems.It’s easier to keep data secure when the system stays in the office.Desktops stand up better to wear and tear, plus there are desktops that are easily upgraded when more computing power is required.  Depending upon the type of work you do, having more than one monitor to enable your people to have multiple screens available could be important.

Operating systems and servers are also up there in importance. In fact, when you are running a network, I would venture to say it’s of primary importance,. The server software has to be able to efficiently run the entire network without slowing people down, and it may be that you need more than one server. It also eliminates the need to the same data to be stored on multiple computers. The server can be set up so that collaboration between different departments is possible. It can also be that certain files will not be available to everyone, such as employees personal data and payroll, or customer files. Cloud storage and backup is another option, depending upon how you feel about keeping your data somewhere other than on site. Sometimes a combination of on-site servers with cloud backup is the best way to go.

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There is also the question of how to integrate mobile devices such as tablets and cell phones into your network. Tablets and cell phones enable your people to communicate with you while they are out on the job. There are so many useful apps these days which will run on tablets which can allow your people to do things like estimates, plans and drawings right at the customer site. These are great tools, but along with these tools comes the need for better security and software to properly interface the devices in with your network.

We are happy to work alongside you to make certain you have the right tools for your current workload, but also have a system that can grow as your company grows.

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Business Phone Systems for the Treasure Coast

on September 13, 2017 No comments

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Lately, businesses in the Sebastian area have been calling about installing new business phone systems for  their growing companies.Companies located in Ft. Pierce and Port St. Lucie are contacting us as well. It would seem that Unified Technologies is becoming the go to company for Business  Phone Systems on the Treasure Coast.  Landlines are becoming a thing of the past, and the older PBX models are just not keeping up with the times. 

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