Cloud Services

We have found that our customers have found the following cloud services to be most beneficial to their businesses. Google Apps Google Apps for Work has been a very cost-effective solution for those businesses that have large mailboxes, large shared folders that they want to make available to the web, or those who don't otherwise have a strong affinity to Microsoft products...
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How Apple Dropped the Ball with the iPhone 6

I don't normally comment on Apple products, as I don't use them myself. I'm impacted, however, as most of my family has bought into the Apple ecosystem, including iPhones and Macbooks. I predict that during the next two years Apple will see a noticeable decline in App Store downloads because of one short-sighted decision in the product development department. Here's how I thin...
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Reduce your IT budget

This article discusses three ways that we help our clients reduce their technology budget. Contact us now if you'd like us to do the same for you. Embrace the Cloud You've probably heard a lot about the cloud for the past few years. The reality is that using online or hosted services can drastically reduce what it costs to install and maintain your corporate applications....
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Custom digital signage using PADS

We have recently had the opportunity to install arena schedule digital signage at the Don Hartman Northeast Sportsplex and Cardel Place in Calgary.  For both installations, we chose PADS 3.1 Standalone from Net Display Systems of the Netherlands.  The reason for our choice was the flexibility, ease of deployment and professional looking results of PADS. One of the key fe...
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Hosted Email Distribution Lists – Sherweb fits the bill

We recently migrated one of our clients to Google AppsTM for Business from in-house Microsoft® Exchange.  Everything went pretty smoothly until it came to distribution lists for their email newsletters and announcements. Here's the issue:  While Google does a great job of processing distribution lists through Google Groups, these lists cannot be managed (or accessed) via Micro...
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Hosted anti-spam services

This month we'll be looking at various hosted anti-spam solutions.  Hosted solutions differ from on-site solutions in that there is no need to install or update software on either your server or your desktops.  This can minimize administration as well as bandwidth usage as only valid email will reach your network. (more…)
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Antivirus that works – VIPRE Enterprise Premium

One of the latest challenges we've had with our clients is finding and implementing the right antivirus solution.  Over the years we've tried AVG, Trend Micro and most recently BitDefender.  While we continue to update and support these packages for our clients where the products are working effectively, for new installations we have been promoting VIPRE Enterprise Premium or...
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Google Apps – Is it right for your company?

I've been testing Google Apps Premier Edition for the last month and this note details my likes and dislikes about the service offering.   Overall, while I think Google Apps holds promise, its smartphone support is lacking and might not be the best choice for all companies. Likes Multiple calendars - while at first I thought the lack of category capability was a bit of a pai...
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Two-Factor Part II – OpenID, VeriSign PIP and PhoneFactor

As you may already know, I am a huge believer in two-factor authentication.  You should keep in mind that two-factor authentication is not the absolute answer to Internet security problems.  It is critical that you keep your computer patched with current antivirus software and that you browse and use email with care. I won't get too much into the technology other than to say i...
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Windows 7, Microsoft’s lastest

  There seems to be a lot of hype out regarding Microsoft's next version of their PC operating system.  The public opinion of Windows Vista—however flawed it might have been—clearly left a deep impact on Microsoft.  Whether people arguing the criticism regarding Vista is founded or not, there is no argument that the general populous views Vista as a failure. With that in mind...
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