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As a small business in Austin, you might not have the means to have your own in-house IT team. You do, however, have the ability to have a 3 rd party IT team that acts as your own in-house team for a fraction of the cost and headache.

Are you thinking about choosing managed services for the first time? Considering ditching your current break-fix model for something more proactive?  If so, let’s walk through a few options and considerations.  

The Cloud, with regard to computing, networking, and data storage, has become a ubiquitous marketing term that means many things.  Essentially, any time you access your data over the Internet you are utilizing ‘The Cloud’.  Today, it’s easy to find cloud service providers that will host your email, data storage, applications, or even your entire computer network.  It’s very important to account for several considerations when deciding if ‘The Cloud’ is right for your business.

The preview of Windows 10 launched 10 days ago. The final version will launch sometime in the summer of 2015 and business users across the globe are waiting to see how it will compare to Windows 8. The RETURN OF STARTUP MENU is certainly a big, and welcome, change. Apart from that, the new version of Windows has many other features that you may come to love. Here is an overview of Windows 8 based on what we know now.  

Every business these days is looking for innovative ways to increase productivity and free up valuable resources. Today we highlight a few apps that have proved useful for our small business customers: 

 

Lookeen

We use this app internally and have quite a few customers who use it.  Basically, it is a 3rd party content indexer that works very well with Outlook.  It pulls the searching and indexing out of outlook (pst and ost) and moves them into a text-only index.  It turns out that much of Outlook slowness in searching is related to display times and not search times.  By removing the display part of the equation, Lookeen enables super-fast searching.  You can easily search 50,000 items in under a second.  Pro tip: turn off attachment indexing if you don’t need it for better indexing performance. 

 

TripIt

This is another useful app. This app isn’t meant to simplify your business operations. Instead, it will help you manage your travel in on “plane of glass”.  TripIt is a travel-based app that can help you book your flights, car rentals, trains, buses, etc. instantly. It is quite easy to use and is perfect for entrepreneurs who are always on the move. If you are into a business that requires you to travel frequently, try subscribing to TripIt. 

 

Mynd 

 

This smart app is built act like your virtual assistant and to handle a number of your daily calendar operations. It is also known as ‘calendar with brain’. It can help you deal with your appointments effectively and in a timely manner. It can also find the social profiles of people who you are planning to meet, helping you learn more about their background before meeting them. Mynd also tells you about the traffic conditions and reminds you to leave for your appointment on time based on current conditions.

There are tons of apps that small businesses and entrepreneurs can use for optimizing their operations. If you need professionals IT help, get in touch with us and we would be glad to provide you with our take.


 

Gravity systems provides your enterprise with advanced Managed IT services. We offer technological support. We have powerful anti-spam solutions as well as solutions for data back up. Our company keeps in view all of your needs and that’s how we shape our plans and solutions so that you may get the maximum benefit.

Resolving a technical issue when you are running a small time business can be frustrating and exorbitant. If all the investments are spent on resolving technical issues, what about other services which need upgrade? At this instant, the owners themselves take up the work of resolving the issue, which may further complicate the issue as they have no knowledge when it comes to IT solutions. This can test their patience and be frustrating and may lead to hopelessness.

As a company grows or even gets smaller, its needs for computer equipment and support change.  The Gravity Systems Common IT Questions blog series responds to the question of IT planning.

Flooding in Thailand and your computers

As many of you are aware, Thailand has had some severe flooding.  Unfortunately, Thailand is the second largest exporter of hard disks in the world.  Since almost all of the top-tier manufactures use a just-in-time manufacturing model, they don’t stock more than a few days of parts.  The end result is that systems ordered after the next few days will likely see a significant delay in ship time.  There are estimates that machines ordered in the next week or so will not ship until after the first of the year.  No one is really sure at this point, but that is what all the manufacturers are hearing from their suppliers.  I would suggest planning for at least a one-month shipping delay.