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THE IT INSIDER...
Winter 2017: Disaster For Your Data?
With winter just around the corner, everyone around you may be getting "all wrapped up" in the upcoming holiday season...
But you've got a business to run, customers to keep happy and mission-critical data to keep safe, even if a major blizzard, lightning strike, windstorm or epic flood is taking place right outside your door.
Here are 5 easy steps you can take this holiday season to get your office prepared for this winter's worst, without seeming like Mr. Grinch.
Be ready for power outages. A power outage can hurt your business in more ways than you think. Besides employee downtime, it takes time to safely get everything back up and running. Then you need to make sure no critical files have been damaged or lost.
Autosave features can help minimize lost files in a sudden power outage. An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) can give your team anywhere from ten minutes to an hour to back up files and properly shut down equipment. If you need longer power durability during an outage, you might want to look into a backup generator.
Keep lines of communication open. Customer frustration due to production delays and not being able to reach key people at your company can be very costly in terms of both revenues and your company's reputation. Here are three ways to make sure calls to your office don't get bobbled when a storm rolls in:
Manage employees working from home.
Have a disaster recovery plan (DRP) ready to go.
Get help from a professional you can trust.
Want help getting ready for winter? Call for a FREE Winterization Checkup.
Let us help you make sure your phone lines, Internet connections and internal network can take the tough weather. One of our experienced professionals will come in to examine your systems and review your disaster recovery plan with you to make sure nothing critical has been left out in the cold.
Call (513) 232-7700 or e-mail JR@PTScinti.com TODAY - you never know when a sudden storm will blow in.
Free Report Download: If You Are Considering Cloud Computing For Your Company, DON'T, Until You Read This...
Do You Handle, Store or Have Access To Medical Records?
Here Are 7 IT Policies And Procedures You Must Have In Place NOW.
HIPAA and HITECH have been around for quite some time, yet many medical practices – and their vendors, who are ALSO under these laws – are way behind the times when it comes to implementation. And with cyber-thieves getting smarter and more aggressive, it's imperative that you work diligently at becoming HIPAA-compliant today. To that end, here are 7 things you can do to take major strides toward compliance.
Call today to schedule an appointment to have a HIPAA compliance assessment report before someone knocks on your door!
Contact: JR Hazenfield (513) 624-5113.
Tips and Tricks
Who needs an office when you have a car?
Microsoft has partnered with Mercedes on a project called In Car Office, slated to debut in 2017. Actually, the idea isn't to replace your office, but to help you make your time in the car more productive. In Car Office links your car with MS Exchange, your calendar and other apps to help you make better use of your time in traffic. For instance, it pulls data from your to-do list to suggest calls to make and places to go. It can even program your car's GPS with info from your calendar. And Mercedes isn't alone. Volvo and other carmakers are adding features to help you get a bit more
You don't have to be a behemoth like Google to make a bundle from IoT.
Smaller companies too can cash in on the "Internet of Things." For instance, with data-rich sensors, cloud and mobility, the whole face of field service has changed. Smart
companies are ditching the high cost of reacting to unplanned crises caused by broken equipment. Now, instead of fixing broken things, they're offering service plans that assure nothing breaks in the first place. And people are more than happy to pony up for that kind of assurance. Field service, in fact, is now getting the type of high-tech makeover that IT, CRM, HR and marketing have already had. As smaller companies are now proving, it's not just size that counts.
Betcha didn't know your iPhone could do these 4 things:
The iPhone might not be a superhero's first weapon of choice, but did you know your iPhone could track any villain who nabs it? It even records every place it's been over the past few months. Click through Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services. Need to send a self-destructing message? Go ahead, send that secret picture or video and tell it to self- destruct in two minutes. Head to Settings > Messages. Need to hang shelves in your Batcave? Just go to iPhone's Compass and swipe left to access its level feature. You can even discover hidden power hogs. Navigate to Settings, then Battery, for a peek at your phone's worst offenders.
Trouble meeting deadlines?
This app can help. If you've ever wished for a project management tool that's just simple, intuitive and flexible, then Aeon Timeline is worth a look. It's a little like a Gantt chart, but a lot easier to use. Aeon's smart interface lets you map out all the parts of your project on a timeline. Just add people, places and resources to an event. You can link dependencies, so things get done in the right order. Then fi lter events to narrow your focus, and nest them to easily zoom in for more detail. You can even add bookmarks to easily jump to key milestones. Details and deadlines may not be your strong suit, but with this handy app, no one will ever know.
Love digital books, but hate reading on a laptop or tablet?
If you've never tried an e-reader, you are really missing out. So what makes e-readers so different? For one thing, they don't let you do anything else. No temptation to tweet, or check up on work. They're built just for reading. And they don't shoot light into your eyeballs. With no glare, it's a more pleasant read, even in sunlight. Plus, battery life is a breeze. You could easily go two to four weeks without a charge. Then there's the content itself. Sure you can find endless material on the web, written for skimming, and for visitors with the attention span of a gnat. But isn't it time you cozied up with a great novel instead?
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