It’s that time of year again: Battle of the tech companies! The holidays are a great time to get some good deals on new technology. But with all of the retail noise, make sure you do a little of your own research to be sure you are getting a machine that benefits your intended use. Today, we are going to compare the new Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and the latest iPad Pro. Both claim to be a smart laptop replacement. You be the judge on how their features can benefit you.
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If you have encountered any odd Microsoft or Outlook issues in the last week, there is a chance it could be the result of Microsoft releasing a few bad updates. The patches in question are KB3097877 and KB3101746. The failed updates have caused various issues, the most common we have encountered is Outlook crashing and network logins being blocked.
With 2015 coming to an end, now is the time to start thinking about your technology planning for 2016. There is still time to squeeze in smaller technology projects, such as Office 365 (a cloud-based productivity suite), but as for larger projects, such as an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) implementation (NetSuite or Microsoft Dynamics GP), it’s likely too late. However, now is the time to research and plan for this to happen in 2016.
A new version of the ransomware virus Cryptowall has been discovered. Cryptowall (and its variants) work by encrypting all the data both on your local computer and any network drives that you connect to and holding them for a for ransom. If you do not have good backups of your files it is impossible to get them back without paying. Sometimes even paying is not enough if the servers that are needed get brought down by law enforcement.
It used to be that authoring a virus was done for bragging rights. Some were created just to see if it could be done. Other were created just to be mean. (Ah, the good old days.)
Anyone who uses Power BI knows just how amazing it is as a resource and tool to effortlessly and quickly analyze and visualize data.
Have you noticed the new OneDrive for Business interface? We have to admit – we love it! Microsoft has taken an already easy-to-use tool and made it better.
On our mission to help you get the most out of your NetSuite system with our Tech Tips & Tricks series, here is another SuiteApp bundle that will help increase efficiency and it’s FREE!
In the first installment of the 3 part mini-series on Power BI, we discussed what is fresh and exciting with the newest version of the cloud-based business analytics service. Here is why Power BI is your most valuable tool when transforming business data in to powerful visuals.
Let’s face it, most of us can’t go more than 10 minutes without utilizing some sort of technology. And while it constantly advances for the good and exists to simplify life, you can never be too cautious when it comes to safeguarding your digital footprint.
If you’ve been watching the news lately, you’ve probably heard that the “almighty and unhackable” Apple iOS has been infected with a malicious virus. The new malware, called XcodeGhost, came from developers in China using an infected version of Xcode, an Apple app developer kit.
Ever need to share a document with a co-worker or team member and you get stuck emailing back and forth five different copies? It gets confusing and inevitably, someone edits the wrong copy and you have to start all over again to make sure everyone’s involvement is captured. If you are an Office 365 user, you can effortlessly share documents through OneDrive and live edit them together.
Over the last couple months, I have talked a lot about Azure and Serverless Office. This conversation is mostly about eliminating hardware in your office and putting the resources into the cloud. One stumbling block in the past is how to deal with the security architecture for this.
Viruses. Malware. Ransomware. Cryptolocker. If you hear these words, you’re likely already having a bad day. If your IT person hears these words, he might want to crawl under his desk and cry.
Have you ever had one of those documents that turns into many emails, a series of meetings and multiple versions in order to get it finalized? The time spent managing this document turns out to be more than was actually spent on the document. What if there was a better way?
Summer is almost over. You’ve been relaxing on the beach and thinking about going server-less. You've decided it's a great idea! You're ready to work through the details.
Microsoft has announced that SharePoint Server 2016 will become generally available in Q2 2016, with a public beta planned for Q4 2015. After much speculation and questions about the future of the on-premises version, this announcement verifies Microsoft’s commitment to the on-premises version for the foreseeable future.
Utilizing the right warehouse management system (WMS) is important when running an efficient distribution center. It is a vital part of the supply chain and largely controls the movement and storage of goods in a warehouse. It also manages the related operations, such as shipping, receiving, packing and picking.
Traditionally I've never been a fan of in place upgrades. The allure of something new for free was enough for me to give it a try with Windows 10.
Microsoft has been hard at work getting Power BI ready to go. This new experience is an extremely visual and dynamic look at your business data. Users can utilize stunning visualizations to keep up-to-date on business information such as sales, gross margin and profit. In addition, they can quickly spot trends as they are happening so that the organization can make decisions on direction or marketing efforts.
Last week I attended the BriForum conference. BriForum is a vendor independent source for desktop virtualization, consumerization, and enterprise mobility management.
You just ended second quarter, the year is only half over, and you have plenty of time to think about next year, right? Nope. Now is the time to start thinking and planning for 2016.
Most people don’t think too much about data recovery, until they have a problem, at which point it might be too late. Have you thought through your organization’s strategy for protecting data against inadvertent loss? Have you tested this process lately? How much confidence do you really have in the ability to recover if something went wrong?
If you’re like most small to medium sized businesses, you’re probably utilizing some type of on-premise accounting software. Most likely, it’s QuickBooks Enterprise, a simple, easy to use accounting application that spans a company doing $100K to $10M in revenue.
Often organizations using NetSuite are unaware that there are optional bundles developed by Netsuite Professional Services that can be installed in your account for no additional cost. When we start working with a new client that is using NetSuite, we find that a lot of these bundles are underused. We’ve even discovered companies paying to replicate programs that are a FREE, simple one click installation to their existing NetSuite account.
With the Windows 10 debut about a month away, techies out there are drooling over the idea that they may finally have the opportunity to utilize universal apps with this OS update. This means that a developer can write a program once and it will run across a variety of devices with a common core code and common interface. As it stands now, different code has to be developed for a program to work with certain devices. Thus causing the problem of apps not running the same (or at all) on different platforms.
Support for Windows Server 2003 is coming to an end. The typical lifespan of a server is usually 5-7 years. For those of you still using 2003, you’ve had a good run! End of life is set for July 14th, 2015. Do you have a plan?
A lot of businesses are facing a tough decision these days: to cloud or not to cloud? Their servers are at the end of a lifecycle and they must choose to replace the old server with a shiny new one, or… move their precious information up in to the cloud.
Cloud-based business management software company, NetSuite, really played in to their theme this year at SuiteWorld 2015. “Disruption” is just what they did with exciting updates and valuable partnerships. SuiteWorld is the largest convention for NetSuite users and partners. With high attendance rates and high temperatures in San Jose, BCG Systems was present and eager to get home and share the excitement with our users.
There has been an age old battle between Microsoft and Google for your business email. Ok, so maybe it’s not that old, but it is a viable decision that businesses need to make when it comes to choosing a productivity suite. It’s not just email anymore. In today’s technological world, the ability to be mobile and efficient is critical.
Microsoft has created some pretty neat tools to increase efficiency and just make things easier for you and your business. Office 365 is the ultimate cloud-based business productivity suite and includes services and applications such as Exchange for email, Office for creating documents, spreadsheets and presentations, Skype for Business (formerly Lync) for communication, and etc., etc., etc. Two services that don’t receive as much recognition and are commonly mistaken for one another are OneDrive and SharePoint.
Windows 10 is rumored to launch this coming July – and it will be free to upgrade from Windows 7 and 8! While most users are not lovers of the Windows 8 interface, I am a heavy user of touch screen devices, so the tiles are practical for me. Being that BCG Systems is a Microsoft Partner, we had the opportunity to take Windows 10 for a test drive. Here is what we thought.
Technology is crucial for productivity in today’s business landscape. A disaster, or even a minor glitch, in your IT can set you back and undoubtedly cost you money. Chances are, one of your IT concerns is backup and recovery. If it is not, it definitely should be! Are you implementing the correct safeguards (or any at all) to ensure you can pull your company out of a technical disaster?
During this year’s Microsoft’s Ignite conference, several new and exciting improvements and new functionality for OneDrive for Business were announced. This is great news for those of us who are not crazy about the current limitations with syncing and lack of auditing and administration out-of-the-box. Microsoft shared that sync is their number one priority and investment when it comes to OneDrive. I’m sure no one would argue with that.
Since SharePoint made its debut, we’ve been using “Portals”. Portals for searching, business intelligence, dashboards, blogs and communicating with customers and vendors. Some portals were built into the SharePoint platform but some have taken months to custom design and deliver.
As of mid-April, Microsoft has joined forces with Skype to rebrand Lync Online to Skype for Business. This will take productivity and the ability to talk, share and collaborate to the next level. Business owners depend on Microsoft Office 365 with Lync Online for voice, video and conferencing capabilities. And over 300 million people use Skype for messaging, calling and sharing. It only seemed right to combine them into one awesome business communication tool.
Should your business use web filtering? Let’s start with what web filtering is - it’s a program that’s screens webpages to verify if all or some of it should be shown to the user. A lot of people think it's only good for HR reasons, mainly loss of productivity. Although it is a nice tool to keep workers on task, a web filter has additional benefits to consider when deciding to employ one for your business.
In today’s business world, everyone expects everything they do to be easily accessed from anywhere thanks to BYOD and Cloud Computing. Emails from the train, presentations from a tablet over coffee, spreadsheets on a smartphone at your kid’s band concert, you get the idea. One of the most common difficulties our Microsoft Office 365 SharePoint users are experiencing is how they can share their content with external users.
While SharePoint was built as a web application to integrate intranet, content management and document management features within a company, it is possible to share that information with outside clients, vendors, etc. Here are 3 simple ways to do it.
An In-Depth Look in to Microsoft’s Cloud Computing Platform
The last few weeks, we have been looking at various usage scenarios of the flexible Microsoft Azure service. The largest adoption that we have seen of Azure, and the cloud services model, are smaller organizations. Typically, they adopt Office 365 and IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) Cloud Servers. We have highlighted several scenarios for this in our current webinar series, 3 Ways to Leverage the Cloud with Microsoft Azure.
For a majority of the business world, work is not done at a desk anymore. The need for mobile access to important data and documents is crucial. In this fast-paced, hi-tech world with everything at our fingertips, technology is making business easier – if you know how to use it.
They say everything happens in threes. The Latin phrase, "omne trium perfectum" means “everything that comes in threes is perfect”. We thought we would stick to the Rule of Three and provide you with three awesome new features Microsoft recently released to make life a little bit easier.
Feature Highlights from a NetSuite Expert
NetSuite has begun their spring roll out of their bi-annual release strategy. Upgrades will automatically deploy for subscribers of the cloud-based business management solution. NetSuite’s goal is to enhance functionality and keep users current without any hassle.
Dynamics GP 2015 Is Finally Here! What We Think of the New Version of Accounting Software
Dynamics GP is Microsoft’s ERP (enterprise resource planning) software solution for businesses to manage their accounting, reporting, supply chain management, HR and payroll – all in one place. Microsoft’s objective is to streamline these facets of a business to increase productivity, cash flow and grow businesses to their full potential.
A Case Study on Why and How a Small Business went Serverless
Over the past year or so, we noticed that companies contemplating the replacement of their servers have been asking us to create solutions that do not include buying a new server.
A guest blog from Briteskies about why they outsourced their IT
As is true with any company, our internal technology needs at Briteskies can be demanding. It requires constant and vigilant attention so that we are providing our team with the most effective tools to do their job. Recently, we were faced with a decision; we needed to make some changes to our internal IT structure and we needed to decide the best approach to take. Being an IT company with a number of smart employees, our first inclination was, “Hey, we can do that!” Just because you can do something, however, does not always mean that you should.
What is Office 365 Power BI? Power BI is a cloud-based service that works with Excel to provide users with a self-service business intelligence (BI) solution. Power BI is built on SharePoint Online and allows for collaboration and robust reporting through BI specific app parts and features.
Have you started your technology planning for 2015? Business owners typically leave planning up to their IT guy. But you shouldn’t be hands off. Are you sure your technology fits your company? What training and experience does your IT staff have in regards to special projects?
As the decision maker of your company, you should at least have a high level understanding of the IT infrastructure. Sometimes business owners place too much confidence in their IT staff. To make sure you are making the right IT investments and utilizing the most effective solutions, here are a few questions you should be asking.
Are you ready for the next release of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015? Now is a good time to learn how this update can enhance your sales, marketing, and customer service functionality, as well as features to facilitate marketing and sales team collaboration.
A few weeks ago, while talking with some of our sales staff, I was a bit surprised that they asked me how to budget for cloud computing. I guess my surprise was because it seems pretty simple to me.
If you haven’t noticed, we talk about Microsoft Office 365 a lot here at BCG Systems. It’s because we truly believe it is a great product for doing business. It is a versatile tool that any type of company can customize and utilize for their day to day activities. With that said, we thought we would continue talking about Office 365 and share some simple and handy tools and tips you may not be aware of.
Microsoft Office 365 Tips & Tricks
Outlook 2013 and Exchange Online offer enhanced functionality by providing time saving tips and suggestions based on the email content.
- Maps Embedded in Emails - Emails that contain an address will automatically include a map for that address in the body.
- RSVP Action Item Alert - Emails that request some type of response will include an action item alert.
- Attachment Reminder - How many times have you forgotten to include the attachment(s) you mentioned in the body of your email? Outlook will now remind you to attach an item if you mention it in the body of the email.
SharePoint Online is the limitless intranet and document management center.
- Company Default Homepage - Easy way to create a homepage with relevant company info such as documents, websites and links.
- Useful Customizations - Display a simple in/out board visible to all employees where they can update their time and location. Share a calendar with the company or different departments.
- Share Information Externally - Many of our clients are using SharePoint to successfully share info with clients & business partners.
Lync Online is an incredibly versatile tool for communication with employees internally as well as clients and vendors externally.
- Quick Chat, Share Desktop, Webinar - Standard tools to make remote communication more productive.
- Sharing Session - Give and take control of a sharing session. Go back and forth presenting and demonstrating.
- Whiteboard - A feature that provides a blank page where you and other participants can type notes, draw, and import images.
OneDrive for business as a cloud based file server.
- Mobile - One place for all of your documents, accessible from your phone, tablet or computer.
- Unlimited Storage - No restrictions on file space for Office 365 subscribers.
- Synchronize Files - Access from any device at any time, both online and offline.
While these are not the principal features that make Microsoft Office 365 an exceptional product, they are the little things that Microsoft thinks of to enhance their user’s experience. Along with the new Microsoft comprehensive plan structure, there is no excuse for any size business to not find a cost effective way to use Office 365 as a tool.
Microsoft is continuously improving and streamlining their products. BCG Systems will be highlighting some of those updates in a webinar about what’s new in Office 365. It will air live in April and include content on Delve, Boards, Groups and other new features. Check BCG’s event page for details: http://www.bcgsystems.com/resources/events
By: Ken Klika, Director of Network Solutions at BCG Systems
It’s the cheerful time of year that is full of festivities celebrating the season with family and friends. As the hours wind down to Christmas, you might just be getting started with your shopping or trying to finish up with your last few gifts. I’ve put together some of my personal picks for the best tech gifts that are sure to thrill your loved one this year. Get ready to start checking off your list!
Top Tech Gifts for 2014
- Wearable Tech – This has been a big year for those who want to use technology as a tool to keep health and fitness top of mind. I’ve been doing research on these gadgets from Pebble Steel and Misfit Flash to Motorola Moto 360, Jawbone Up3 and the Fitbit Charge. I have narrowed down my selection to Jawbone Up3, and Fitbit Charge. Both have wireless syncing and I would love to unwrap either!
- Gaming systems – For the young and the young-at-heart, gaming systems are always at the top of the wish list. If you are splurging on a big item, you have plenty of options.- Xbox One, PS 4 or Nintendo Wii U. Personally I like the Xbox One – not just because I work with a team of Microsoft consultants. I love the ability to use the Kinect and play hands free. It’s a great option to play for all ages.
- Smart phones – Who isn’t interested in smart phones? I don’t know anyone who would want to exchange that gift! My recommendations for a smart choice: Samsung Galaxy note 4 for the person on your list who prefers Androids and iPhone 6/6+ for those that prefer Apple.
- Streaming devices – The market is not short on options in this department. Speaking from experience, I have an Apple TV, Roku and Chromecast. While there are more options like Amazon Fire TV stick and Google Nexus Player, here is what I like about the streaming devices I’m using:
- Apple TV - I like that I can mirror my iPad or iPhone onto my TV. When I purchase movies, I can view my library on my big screen television with ease.
- Roku 3 - I’ve found this a great addition to a secondary TV and allows my kids to access their favorite shows on Netflix. It’s easy to use and has a low cost if you are ready to try out a streaming device.
- Chromecast – This is another option that would be great for a second TV in the house. However, this one requires a device to work it, ie tablet or smartphone. This device also allows you to display your devise onto television.
- Tablets- Mobile devices have been a popular gift and that won’t change any time soon! I suggest you look at iPad Air 2, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S, Amazon Fire, or Microsoft Surface Pro 3. Evaluate based on things like size, weight, RAM, etc and chose based on the priorities most important to the person.
- Tech gifts for kids – Technology is becoming a bigger and bigger part of kids lives. There are great age appropriate options for gaming, music and the like. Check out Nintendo 3DS, Nabi 2 Tablet, Boogie Board, and iPod Touch.
Whatever gifts you chose, may you have a safe and happy holiday enjoying time with family and friends. Pick something off my list? Come back and tell me how they liked it!
For those of you that use Microsoft Dynamics GP on the Human Resource end, I’m sure you are well aware of the changes coming up with the mandatory Affordable Care Act. The IRS has recently announced two new forms that will be assigned to full-time ACA classified employees.
A large percentage of today’s workforce spends at least part of their day away from their desk. Whether that percentage is 15 or 50, there is typically a need to have mobile access to important data and documents. Mobility is just one business challenge we hear about from our clients. Let’s take a look at a list of some of the most common challenges businesses need to solve to stay competitive in today’s market place.
Whether it’s moving to the cloud or reassessing your current infrastructure environment, if you’ve been putting off technology planning for 2015, now is the time to take action.
With the recent news about celebrity hacks, how do we protect our data in the cloud? How do we ensure our personal and business information doesn’t fall in to the wrong hands? Let’s start with some cloud computing education.
Recently, Symantec announced the end of its’ hosted email product. As of September 2, 2014, a Symantec Hosted Email subscription can no longer be purchased, and after February 28, 2015, subscribers will no longer have any kind of access. Technical support will also be discontinued as of the February 2015 date. Symantec isn’t leaving the game all together; they are just shifting their focus a bit.
BCG Systems was in attendance for this year’s SuiteWorld conference hosted by NetSuite. For those who are unfamiliar with what this is, it is the biggest gathering of the NetSuite user and partner community. Haven’t heard of NetSuite? In simplest terms, it is a cloud based Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Platform. One of the conference presentations that we thought most valuable was “Collaboration and Communication Problems Solved” and it revolved around how NetSuite users can better communicate internally and externally with their customers, vendors, and partners.
You have probably heard the buzz surrounding Microsoft Office 365. And by now, you are either using it or have thought about it for your business. Since its launch in 2011, Microsoft has been constantly updating and improving its services to match their customer’s needs. If you are on the fence, haven’t thought about it or just don’t know what’s happening, here is what Microsoft is up to.
Are you finding IT to be the cause of daily headaches and a depleting budget? In our latest webinar, , explains how to remedy these problems. Let’s first talk about some IT support issues you might be facing and then we’ll talk about some reasons that a number of businesses are outsourcing all or a portion of their IT.
I think we would all agree that our days are busier than ever. We often get pulled in a number of directions and are tasked with doing more now than we’ve had to take responsibility for in the past. Do you feel like you are doing the job of a couple people? Well, you are not alone. This is seen again and again when it comes to small and medium businesses managing their network support. If you aren’t involved in the IT role at your organization, you likely have still dealt with the ramifications of IT headaches that plague many businesses today. How many hats does your IT person wear? Most IT professionals are responsible for and need to be knowledgeable about multiple functions within an organization, as well as fixing any urgent issues that arise at the drop of his or her hat. With technology changing at the speed of light and those darn finicky machines, how can one person stay up-to-date on everything?
Have you ever wanted to predict the future? When it comes to business, most would agree they like to take a no surprises approach. We want to know what to expect and when. Microsoft gets it, and they are making strides to keep business subscribers informed of new and changing features of their Office 365 service. Start cheering…there is an Office 365 Roadmap.
The business environment today is quite different from that of a decade ago. Even in the past few years, there has been much change – and there is no slowing down. Today organizations have to be able to collaborate, communicate and be productive whether they are working down the hall, across town or in different states. Many organizations are looking to SharePoint 2013 to meet these needs.
Gartner estimates that the amount of mobile technology will grow exponentially through 2018. While remote computing and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies can certainly bring efficiencies to your company, they can also present security challenges to IT departments. For instance, how do you ensure that all devices are secure and aren’t opening up your corporate network to risks? And, have you considered whether your IT help desk is prepared to support additional devices?
Because of the wide-spread availability of mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, many people now move seamlessly throughout their day between work and personal life tasks and expect their employers will support this increasingly popular work style. However, some organizations are still left wondering how best to meet the needs of their increasingly mobile workforces.
Are you concerned – like many Internet users today – whether your office or home wireless connection is secure? Wireless networks extend the entry points into a network beyond requiring a physical connection. Depending on where your access points are, the signal could leak into other offices, buildings, or parking lots that surround your space. There's no way to prevent the signal leak, short of shielding your house or office, which really isn't practical or feasible. The cost alone would be prohibitive, and who would want to live without windows?!
If you’re an existing Microsoft SharePoint 2013 user, then you are likely well aware of the benefits of incorporating collaboration tools into your business. In today’s volatile economic climate, organizations require collaboration, communication, and productivity solutions to be both cost-effective and flexible. And, Microsoft SharePoint 2013 meets those needs.
Now that all the Microsoft Dynamics partners, users and potential clients are getting back into the swing of things after an action-packed week at Microsoft Convergence 2014, I thought it would be beneficial to discuss three of the key highlights as it relates to Dynamics GP and the product roadmap ahead.
By now, you’ve likely heard the term Office 365 thrown around in the tech world. Simply put, Office 365 is the cloud subscription software that gives users access to the tried-and-true Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) as well as additional cloud services like business-grade e-mail, shared calendar, internal and external sites, and videoconferencing.
Within the last couple of weeks, our consultants here at BCG Systems have begun seeing an uptick in the number of calls received from clients regarding dreaded ransomware trojans. You may have heard of CryptoLocker when it was released in September of 2013, however the latest internet threat is a copycat version know as CryptoDefense, and it’s proving to be much worse than the original.
You're probably familiar with Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 since you likely use at least one or more of them on a daily basis. However, on April 8, 2014 extended support for Windows XP came to an end.
You’ve certainly heard me talk about the many benefits of cloud computing and the software-as-a-service (SaaS) model. It’s cost effective, secure, flexible – the list goes on and on.
We’ve all done it – filled out an online form on a company’s website in order to obtain additional information on a product or service. But how many times do we actually receive a timely response from these inquiries or a response at all?
Feeling the pride of business growth, but pain of ineffiencient business processes? This is a crossroads that most CEO’s, CFO’s and business owners reach at some point. If you fit into this scenario, then perhaps it’s time for a business process review.
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, it does. While 2013 proved to be quite a year in terms of cyber-attacks (think Facebook, Twitter, and Target just to name a few) – 2014 is ramping up to be another doozy of a year when it comes to security threats.
In today’s volatile economic climate, organizations require collaboration, communication, and productivity solutions to be both cost-effective and flexible. Microsoft SharePoint has been helping organizations achieve new levels of reliability and performance, delivering features and capabilities that simplify administration, protecting communications and information, and empowering users while meeting their demands for greater business mobility.
By now, I’m fairly certain that everyone is aware of the late-2013 data breach at retail giant, Target. There’s certainly no denying that when a highly-visible company like Target has its systems compromised, it gets the nation’s attention. However, thousands of organizations and users of all shapes and sizes are compromised on a daily basis – but who would ever know? These attacks aren’t marquee enough to make an impression in the national media.
NetSuite users around the globe are anxiously awaiting the rollout of the NetSuite business management suite Version 2014 Release 1. This latest release is the largest one in terms of the number of included changes, and delivers on many key customer requests. The changes span all areas of the solution, from SuiteCloud and SuiteCommerce to the building block enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) functionalities. There have also been additions made to the SuiteApps selection, providing new, innovative third-party solutions to help customize your suite further.
With all the talk around cloud computing, colocation and hosting, you – like many other small businesses – may be wondering if it even makes sense to maintain your own on premise servers these days. Rest assured that you’re not alone. I find myself getting asked this same question far more frequently these days than in years past.
Do you find that your small-business technology has been getting on your nerves? Are you tired of hearing from your end users that the server appears to be running sluggish, or that it’s failed entirely at a critical time for your organization?
The unpredictable, the unexpected, and the unwanted. While technology can help us to be more productive, profitable and meet the needs of our clients, it can also be all the aforementioned things and more, unfortunately.
If you’re an existing Microsoft Dynamics GP user, it’s time to listen up. There are big – and exciting – changes coming your way.
Are you struggling to meet deadlines and increase billings because you’re pulled in too many directions – one being IT support? In the legal field, your staff and associates need to concentrate on their work – not the technology that makes it possible.
Let’s face it – payment management can be complex. Payments coming in, payments going out. Sometimes it’s hard to keep it all straight, not to mention meeting the payment preferences of your customers, clients, vendors and employees.
In today’s uncertain economic climate, growth is a welcome change. However, many small to mid-sized organizations are finding that with growth comes the additional demands placed on their accounting system and the need for a solution that can keep pace with change.
It’s a scenario we’ve all encountered at some point in time – your network connectivity is lost just as you’re pushing towards a crucial deadline and you’re unsure who to call for computer network support. Or, worse yet, you’re out on the road and misplace your mission-critical smartphone. You’re left feeling crippled and out-of-touch.
Let’s face it, technology is unpredictable and such IT headaches can bring normal workflow to a screeching halt. If you’re the first line of defense when it comes to troubleshooting IT issues within your organization you know that downtime costs both money and productivity, and fixing problems is both expensive and time consuming for internal resources.
Let’s face it – predicting the future is easier said than done, especially in the fast-paced world of information technology.
Convergence 2014. It’s the biggest Microsoft Dynamics event of the year, and for 2014 it returns to the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, March 4-7. Now in its 18th year, Convergence has grown and evolved from an event for 100 of the early adopters of Microsoft Dynamics, to the event of today, projected to host 12,000 customers, partners, team members and influencers who invest their time and energy on any of the five Microsoft Dynamics solutions.
Technology continues to fuel changes in what, where, and how we work. And, it changes at a rapid pace. Just when you think you have the latest technology solution for your business, something newer and better is being touted as the “next big thing”. Thus, the year ahead is sure to be one of constant change and innovation. However, my recommendation is not to get caught up in adopting the latest and hottest technology available, but rather to step back and focus on your larger IT strategy while staying informed and keeping ahead of the curve.
In my role, I typically spend time with business and technology decision makers from organizations of all shapes and sizes. My focus is to obtain a clear understanding of their business goals and objectives, then make recommendations around technology planning and investments in information technology.
Are your employees frustrated with nagging technical issues? Are your current IT support services missing the mark, or have you recently lost a valuable technical resource?
Some of you might be familiar with the unprecedented wave of updates and product releases that Microsoft entered into during late-2012 and 2013. Everything from their tried-and-true Windows operating system to the relied upon Dynamics GP enterprise resource planning (ERP) business software received an overhaul.
While most people are spending the remaining days of December 2013 shopping with Christmas money and preparing to ring in the New Year, we at BCG Systems are making one final push to bring our readers relevant, timely content on our BCG Systems Blog.
As a Microsoft Dynamics consultanting firm, we feel it's very important to keep our clients’ Dynamics GP systems up and running with the most current service packs and updates, and also to keep them informed of the impending changes. Microsoft recently released the GP 2013 Service Pack 2 update to users. With the release of Dynamics GP 2013 Service Pack 2, not only were there quality oriented fixes, but also new features introduced, the addition of companion apps, and the improvement in technology overall.
Ah yes, it’s that wonderful time of year again when companies begin budgeting for next year’s business initiatives. Internal juices are flowing, budgeting and planning meetings have commenced, and the company checkbook is about to make an appearance to determine how best to spend your hard earned money in 2014. So what’s the best “bang for your buck?”
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