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Why an IT Company Outsourced Their IT

Posted by Tara Custer  Feb 19, 2015 1:51:00 PM

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.

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Topics: Blog Posts, Products, Services, Cloud Computing, Office 365

What You Are Missing without Microsoft Office 365 Power BI

Posted by Stephanie Burris  Feb 18, 2015 3:56:01 PM

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. 

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Topics: Blog Posts, Products, Services, Microsoft, Business Intelligence, Office 365, SharePoint

Questions You Should Ask About Your IT

Posted by Jason Kline  Feb 5, 2015 10:25:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Blog Posts, Products, Services, ERP Software

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015: What's New?

Posted by Tara Custer  Feb 4, 2015 11:18:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Blog Posts, Products, Services, CRM Software, Dynamics Consulting, Microsoft Dynamics CRM

How to Budget for Cloud Computing

Posted by Geoffrey Whidden  Jan 26, 2015 2:03:30 PM

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.

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Topics: Blog Posts, Products, Services, Cloud Computing, Office 365

Microsoft Office 365 Helpful Hints

Posted by Ken Klika  Jan 19, 2015 3:30:52 PM

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

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Topics: Blog Posts, Products, Services, Cloud Computing, Lync, Office 365

Last Minute Tech Gift Ideas for Your Christmas List

Posted by Mike Kowalski  Dec 23, 2014 3:48:07 PM

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. 
    • ChromecastThis 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! 

 

 

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Topics: Blog Posts, New Technology

3 Ways Your Business Should Consider Using Microsoft Azure

Posted by Geoffrey Whidden  Nov 19, 2014 5:54:00 PM

In the past few months, we have been talking about Microsoft's new cloud service, Azure.

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Topics: Blog Posts, Services, Cloud Computing

How the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Affects Microsoft Dynamics GP

Posted by Mark Goodson  Oct 22, 2014 12:54:00 PM

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.

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Topics: Blog Posts, Products, Services, Microsoft Dynamics GP, Dynamics GP, Dynamics Consulting

Why Office 365 should be on your Technology Radar

Posted by Stephanie Smith  Oct 17, 2014 6:38:00 PM

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.

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Topics: Blog Posts, Products, Services, Cloud Computing, Lync, Network Solutions, Office 365