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THE END, Windows Server 2008

on July 5, 2019 No comments

You reach the last page of a novel and it’s the end. There is no more. Yet, with Microsoft software, even though the end of new releases of all components of Windows 7 & * happened a few years ago, there are still those of you, you know who you are, who are stubbornly clinging to these outdated versions of Windows. If you got upset with the loss of new versions on Windows 7  & 8, wait until you hear this.

Support for Windows Server 2008 is over for good on January 14, 2020. When we first posted about this subject you were saying to yourself, I have a whole year to migrate over. But guess what? Half of that year is gone. Now you only have 6 short months. Why short months? Well, because we pretty soon we will be entering Holiday Season. There is 4th of July Holiday, summer vacations, Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up. Oh, and being a Veteran, I can never forget Veterans Day in November.

Here in Florida, we also have the threat of hurricanes heading our way, which will inevitably cause a few days of downtime at some point. The point is, there really aren’t all that many days left. Mike and I are urging all of our business owners in the Indian River County Area and beyond to give us a call. We will come in, look over your operation, and assess your current situation. We will check and see which applications you are currently running and work with you to make certain they will not be disrupted when you upgrade to Windows Server 10.

We will install the latest version of Windows 10 software, and we will work with you to make certain everything is up to date and on the most current level of software. AT UTS we can also work with your other software vendors to install any updates you would need. Please don’t wait until Christmas Eve, 2019 to give us a call.

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Task Batching For Maximum Focus

on June 18, 2019 No comments

We’ve all heard the phrase, work smarter not harder. We have also heard umpteen experts telling how to schedule our day and get the most work done during our workday but we rarely hear about batch scheduling our tasks for efficiency.

Task-batching is very similar to time blocking but takes the method a giant, more efficient step further.

Batching involves completing similar tasks in a scheduled block, avoiding the need for switching back and forth between skills and concentrations.

Research shows that task switching is hugely detrimental to productivity. When we change our focus, it can take, on average, 15-23 minutes for your brain to “catch up” and re-focus.

Depending on how many different types of tasks you have on your to-do list, that can really add up, leading to a tremendous amount of lost or otherwise wasted time.

For example, every Monday you might plan out your Facebook or Instagram feed for at least a week. So instead of thinking of something to post every morning, you only have to think about it once per week (and then  you don’t have to think about it again until next week!)

It works well because it keeps you focused on the task at hand. This can significantly lessen your struggle to think of things to post and it would take so much more time editing the posts day by day. But because you do them all at once, your attention is completely focused to easily create a week’s worth of content in an hour, for example.

This method is really the best way to make the most of your time.

Think of it like this. Your brain is like a computer with at least 30 tabs open and your brain is just jumping back and forth between ideas. But when you focus primarily on one task instead of 20 minutes on blogging, 30 minutes on Twitter, you get the point. You can focus and keep on task like never before.

Scheduling and batching is the best use of your time and will help you get so much more done! More time = more money.

How does your workweek look? Let me know in the comments if you have a similar structure to me, or if you have any other time-saving, productivity ideas!

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Why Move Your Data To The Cloud?

on May 22, 2019 No comments

Why are so many businesses moving to the cloud? It’s because cloud computing increases efficiency, helps improve cash flow and offers many more benefits.

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Upgrade Your Computer Network

on April 30, 2019 No comments

 

Network Diagram, it solutions for companies, vero beach IT support for networks, VOIP support for companies, non-profit it support,Your business has outgrown your current computer systems. Now’s time to upgrade your entire office and network. Because the network affects everyone, targeted communications must detail the impact of the upgrade. Understanding how end users access and leverage the network for their specific job role is important when explaining how an upgrade will impact their duties both during the maintenance window and after the upgrade is complete.

Determine a rollout strategy

A rollout strategy should finely balance the speed of deployment with the risk of making mistakes that bring down the network. Your goal should be to find the optimal comfort level for the organization such that the upgrade can be performed in a reasonable amount of time without taking any major risks. Unified Technology Solutions is experienced in building just such a strategy for companies.

Have a back-out strategy

Just as the rollout plan is critically important, so too is a back-out strategy. Spend just as much time figuring out a back-out strategy as you do an implementation strategy. Even though you might not ever need it, you’ll be very happy you spent the time and effort in the event you do.

Train support staff

The same people who design, architect, and deploy the new network upgrade may not be the same people supporting it once it goes into production. This is especially true if you work for a large organization or hire outside consultants to handle the upgrade. Proper training is critical to the care and maintenance of a network upgrade from day one and beyond.

Document, document, document!

The step that is most often skipped over – yet is absolutely critical to the success of a network — is to thoroughly document the upgrade, how the new technology works, and how to maintain it once it’s in production. Documentation should also be reviewed and updated on a regular basis. A network upgrade that includes detailed documentation is far more likely to be considered successful when support staffers have the information they can refer to for help.

Just remember that proper planning, communication, and training can help ensure a successful network upgrade. If you don’t have an IT Department of your own, or even if you do, we can work with you to put a comprehensive upgrade plan together and it can make a systems upgrade much less painful.

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Strong Passwords Are Important

on March 21, 2019 No comments

Want to keep your business safe from cyber breaches? When your employees are online, threats come in multiple forms. These include phishing, cross-site scripting, scams, malware and various other forms of hacking. Keeping employees safe online is the responsibility of everyone in the organization. At the highest level, however, it is the responsibility of management and people with the ultimate authority.

When it comes to keeping employees safe at the personal level, having an especially strong password policy can limit external threats. Hackers typically exploit employees’ use of weak or common passwords, using brute force to guess and crack passwords.  Who doesn’t remember the movie “Hackers”?  Employees had not listened to the IT support and had weak common passwords (I believe it was god) and that was how the hackers gained access.

These days, constructing a strong password will consist of condensing an entire sentence, at least 12 characters long, into one cohesive word. These sentences can be shortened or abbreviated, but the point is, single words just don’t cut it anymore.

If you’re using numbers, never use ones that are related to addresses, birthdays, and other searchable information as those details are easily accessible by hackers. Also as convenient as it may be, do not let your browser remember your password. This information is open to hackers, especially if your device is misplaced or stolen.


More importantly have different passwords for different accounts.  It is common for individuals to utilize the same password for multiple accounts, but even at a minimum, employees should have at least two separate passwords for personal and business accounts. 

A strong password policy makes it harder for hackers to crack passwords and breach your network. Passwords should be changed on a regular basis. In addition, you should invest in your workers’ education concerning threats and cyber security practices. Everyone in the organization needs to adhere to strong cybersecurity practices that protect the individual and the entire company network.

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I.T. Support and Your Company

on March 8, 2019 No comments

All too often, I.T. is treated like secondary concern by small business owners who’ve recently made it through the lean, DIY startup years. They might see IT support as an option rather than a necessity. But what happens when something goes wrong? What can you gain from technical support that you may not notice? Maybe the bigger question is, what can you expect to receive from your technical support service?


Issue Resolution – This goes without saying; after all, it is the bread and butter of technical support. More than likely, this is the main reason you use support. If you’re in a pinch, they are there to bail you out.  The peace of mind you get knowing that tech experts who already know your systems are available to get your systems back up and running quickly. Having someone knowledgeable to resolve tech issues to your people doing what you’re paying them to do. Instead of fiddling with a malfunctioning printer or some software issue for an hour or more “hoping” that something will start working as they stab in the dark trying to fix it.

Expertise – At UTS the support technicians you work with can be considered an expert in the software they are supporting due to hours and training involved. Most technical support service companies require their support techs to have technical certifications or extensive experience with the product they are supporting. They are in the field, working with hardware, software and technical issues all day every day. This expertise provides you more insightful tidbits of knowledge and quicker resolution times.

Peace of mind – One of the best values provided by a technical support service is the peace of mind. Should all your systems fail, or even just one computer, it’s no matter, You don’t need to worry because UTS can find and fix your issues. Peace of mind is a service we don’t list on our Website, and probably should because it’s one of the most important services we provide at Unified Technology Solutions.

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Tech Support For Companies

on January 25, 2019 No comments

You’re a business owner and you’ve been doing just fine without a huge staff or a dedicated IT guy. So far, so good. Like everything else these days, your business depends on technology: email, databases, documents and spreadsheets—maybe even software unique to your industry. What happens when things stop running smoothly?

Perhaps you and your staff are becoming frustrated with computers that aren’t working properly, and network that’s too slow and you’ve been troubleshooting computer/printer/router problems—your business needs IT support. In fact, we think it need us, UTS.

As you pile more and more work on an older system, it will slow down. At some point, it will heave a sigh and stop working all together. It’s important to perform preventative maintenance on the components of your network. It’s also important to ensure you are using the type of computer, servers and network equipment that is made to handle higher volumes of data.

Rather then waiting until something catastrophic happens, let us go through your current configuration and make recommendations. Adding new devices to your network may seem easy, and in some cases it might be, but it’s not always the case. It is a delicate process that needs to be done by professionals to ensure that it is set up right for the sake of your business.

As the new year begins, it is the very best time to re-evaluate your tech operations, and if your business doesn’t already have an IT strategy, you might need to consider finding  an IT partner as soon as possible. We hope that will be Unified Technology Solutions.

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Tech Trends for 2019

on November 20, 2018 No comments

 

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Technology as we knew it even 10 years ago is evolving much differently than any of us would have imagined. Our smart phones have more computing power than many of the devices we owned when we were younger.

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It’s Important To Have a Tech Plan For Your Buisness

on September 18, 2018 No comments

Do you have a tech plan for your business?  At Unified Technology Solutions we are happy,make that eager, to assist growing companies, or startup companies or companies of any shape and size, to create a workable, scalable technology plan. If you have ever read our blog or taken a look at our Facebook page, you already know that we advocate for working with IT professionals to configure your network, phone system, servers before you spend thousands of dollars on systems that may not be right for your computing needs.

We also help companies with Cloud Migration, anti virus software, security and mail servers. I think you probably get the idea by now, but some of you may still be skeptical. To help convince you, I would like to share an article I came across:

David Rabin, guest writer for entrepreneur.com

“1. Make a plan and map your milestones.

Startups and SMBs celebrate the drama of the business plan but can turn a blind eye to its corollary, the technology plan. Every good business plan needs a tech plan, too.

The best way to plan office technology is around business milestones. What infrastructure will you need when you reach 10 employees, or 100? Ten million in revenues, or $100 million? Technology use tracks closely with headcount and revenue generation. Both of these indices are a starting point to help project your future tech needs….

2. Recognize the strategic value.

Startups and small businesses generally focus on investors, customers and cash flow, and can often treat office tech as an afterthought, or simply an expense.

That won’t cut it in today’s hiring environment. More than half of millennials say office technology is important in deciding where they’ll work, according to a recent PwC study. In their personal lives, they’re used to investing their own money on really good tech — the latest phone, tablet or TV — so understandably they expect the same from their employers.

Office tech is a key strategic investment. It goes beyond functionality, as important as that is, and increasingly reflects the caliber of your brand, the appeal of your workplace, and whether your business is truly future-facing.

3. Benchmark against your physical space.

Real estate is usually a company’s greatest expense. The kind of space you have and how your people interact with it is the biggest factor in how you’ll be using technology both this week and next year.  Real estate is also more fluid today than ever, constantly transforming, with more variants than ever – everything from open floor plans, to telecommuting, to hoteling, which eliminates assigned seating and lets everyone just perch where they want.

Making a precise, in-depth inventory of your real estate needs is key. Does your floor plan have offices with doors? Is it mostly unassigned workstations? How many of your people telecommute? Whatever your footprint, you’ll need the right technology tools to deliver what your people actually use. Balancing real estate with IT is a tough trick, but the time spent cracking this part of the code will pay major dividends down the road.

4. Set some rules and follow them.

These days, most everyone is a technology expert, at least in terms of what they know and like. Every company has one person or more who can’t live without their personal laptop and expect the company’s network to configure around it. There’s a fine line, however, between flexibility and dysfunction.

Big companies have IT standards for a reason – it’s unmanageable without them. Small companies that delay implementing standards run the risk of becoming franken-techs. The monitors bought on eBay, the laptop on sale at Best Buy, may make sense at the time but can add up to compromised performance. When it’s time to scale, you’ll likely have to rip out the gear that once seemed such a good value and start over…”

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To read the rest of the post, head on over to https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/318641

 

 

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What Happens When You DON’T Let Windows Update Your Software

on August 7, 2018 No comments

Admit it. You don’t always let your operating system perform it’s regularly scheduled updates. You may even be slow in moving from one software version up to the next one. We all get comfortable with what we have, it’s a human trait, but to neglect updates on software is not only wrong, it’s down right dangerous for your data!

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