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Microsoft Says That Windows 8.1 Will Not Be Supported

Peritech Solutions - Friday, May 16, 2014

Will your Windows 8.1 be supported?  Will you be able to get the most current security patches, bug fixes, and new features?  Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 are all supported and will continue to be supported.  However if you are not running the most current version of Windows 8.1, then your Windows will no longer be supported as of June 10th for personal users and August 12th for business users .

That sounds scarier than it is.  Microsoft released an update in April for Windows 8.1.  This update is going to be their base line for future updates.  If your Windows Updates are set to run and apply automatically, then you are in good shape.  If you prefer to manually run Windows Updates, then you may not be in good shape. 

If you are sitting there and wondering to yourself, am I up to date?  Simply go to the Start screen and look for the search button (the magnifying glass) in the top right corner.  If it is there, then you are running the current version and are ok.  If the search button isn’t there, then you will need to go to Windows Updates and run the update.  The specific update that you need is labeled KB 2919355.  Once that update is run and install, then your Windows 8.1 will be current and will stay support come June 10.

Think Your Idea Is Not Good Enough For Application Development?

- Friday, February 07, 2014

Your Idea Not Good Enough For Application Development? by Khris Morrison


Got a great idea on a new business or product? Have you ever thought it would be nice if there was software to help you in the endless cycle of paperwork?  Or, have you said to yourself, "My staff would get more done if they did not have to track everything in Excel!"  You might even find yourself wishing for an app that gives real time updates on sales figures.  You are not alone.  In today's world of software development, those ideas and dreams can come true.

It's amazing how many times I hear about clients that actually use Microsoft Excel to maintain inventory, customer phone numbers and addresses for mailings, or to perform simple everyday tasks such as creating an invoice.  These clients may spend hours or even days performing these tasks that, with the right application, would take minutes.  These same clients are often reluctant to meet with a software developer because they think it would be too expensive to make their ideas a reality.

Carlos Santana once said, "Everything starts with an idea, with imagination."  Imagination and vision are vital to the success of a business if we don't let our minds get in the way.  A lot of people have great ideas but lack effort in making them reality.  Most of us have heard the story of Steve Jobs, who started out in his garage only to become the visonary and CEO behind Apple, Inc. And what about Michael Dell building PC's in his dorm room only to go on and build a multi billion-dollar company we know today as "Dell Computers"?  These men are no different than you and I but are set apart by the effort they put behind positioning their idea with the right resources to make it happen.

Cost should not be the only deciding factor in your pursuit of a great idea.  It's important to find a great company with honest and hard-working software engineers willing to take the time to listen to your ideas, understand your needs, be mindful of a budget, and capable of putting the right people in place.  You, as the client, should feel like no question is a bad one to ask.  It's about creating a partnership where the client, project manager and/or software engineer work toward a common goal together.  I've had the pleasure of working with clients who took a simple idea and grew it into something effective and they were proud of. This is the desired outcome and will be the end result  when a company uses best practice solutions and maintains integrity for their clients.

To find a company that you can trust, you need to ask yourself some very important questions.  "Does this company have experience in the field that I'm in? or "what is their customer base" or "What kind of reputation do they  have?"  It it's a mobile solution, you should ask yourself if your idea needs to run on mobile devices such as Apple's iPad and iPhone, Microsoft's Surface tablets or any other tablet running Windows 8?  Many software development companies are keen on developing mobile responsive applications (also known as mobile web applications) that can run on most devices. However, if you are considering a native application, which is built to only run on a specific mobile device, the software development company should be capable of developing that as well. For a successful outcome, it's about understanding the end result and working with the best team possible.

Next time, I will share my thoughts and go into detail about creating a mobile application and provide the pros and cons on building a Mobile Web app versus a Native app.  Stay Tuned!

How strong is YOUR Google-Fu?

- Monday, January 13, 2014

How strong is your Google-Fu? By Noah Best



If you have a computer and you use the internet, you’ve more than likely used Google at some point. But did you know you likely aren’t using it as efficiently as you could be? A recent study on student research skills found that 75% of students couldn’t perform a ‘well-executed search’ on Google.

This Mashable article written by Josh Catone contains an infogram titled "Get More Out of Google" that offers you some neat tips on how to use Google more effectively as a precision search engine.  



How SMART are the goals you set?

- Tuesday, January 07, 2014

How SMART are the goals you set?  By Pam Boyle


I have always found it interesting that a few of my friends, family and colleagues are very reluctant to set goals when it has been such a powerful tool in my life.  I found it so interesting that I decided to research it years ago and it began to really make sense.  I read an article about how many people interpret “goals” and a “wish list”.  A wish is often associated with something that requires a miraculous and divine intervention, genie in a bottle (or something to that affect) to become a reality.  The difference is control to make it happen versus waiting for it to happen to you.  Wishes, dreams and heartfelt desires can become a reality when turned into SMART goals.  Goals need to be SMART to be translated into realty…..

 

It may take longer to achieve than a miracle but when you achieve it ……..it is so much sweeter because you know that you can pick the next goal and achieve it again!  

Lessons From Southwest Airlines

- Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Book Review  By LeighAnne Turner



I just finished reading a fantastic book that everyone in a position of leadership should consider investing time to read.  “Lessons In Loyalty: How Southwest Airlines Does It-An Insider’s View is written by former Southwest Airlines employee, Lorraine Grubbs-West. Southwest Airlines is considered one of the top 5 best companies to work for with an employee turnover rate of less than 10%! Through her years working in the Marketing department, Lorraine has gained an understanding of the inner methodology of Southwest Airlines and their success over the past 30 years.
 

What can you learn from a company that has been recognized for such excellent and consistent customer service?  It all starts with the inside of your organization and spreads outward to the public.  Employees want to learn and grow in their roles and not stagnate.  It is the responsibility of those in management and leadership roles to facilitate that growth. The result is a corporate ethos, like that of Southwest Airlines, that creates a culture of trust and cooperation. It is that cooperation and trust that manifests an attitude of hard work, effort and teamwork within the entire organization. The book is broken down into 9 Loyalty Lessons that are essential to a cohesive atmosphere.



  • Hire Attitude-Train Skills - The principle of hiring nice because you can’t train nice. This means choosing employees who can get along with others, who are respectful, want to be at their job and make efforts to innovate. These people should have values that match the organization.

 

  • Immerse everyone in the Culture Immediately - Establish an environment that enables employees to identify with the organization and makes them feel valued.

 

  • Keep ‘Em Learning- There should be professional development opportunities for all employees that has an emphasis on providing training opportunities that promotes the expertise and experience of the leaders.

 

  • People Give as Good as They Get - Cultivating an insight into the importance of finding value while recognizing and appreciating employees in a systemic manner.

 

  • Find the Kid in Everyone - Empowering employees to have fun while communicating with customers.

 

  • Do More with Less - Invest in keeping employees busy. Why? Because being busy contributes to people feeling needed and valued within the organization.

 

  • Luv ‘Em in the Tough Times – Take care of employees when they are personally going through difficult times.. We ALL hit those times where life just seems to beat you down. Build them up rather than tear them down.

 

  • Do What’s Right - Do the right thing even when it is not by the book.

 

  • Nurture the Corporate Family - Develop a sense of family and realize that people are a part of something much larger than themselves. This results in a team that will continually work together towards a focused goal.    



  • This was an excellent book written with a creative and unique perspective from someone who knows firsthand the inner workings of that organization. The 9 insights that are highlighted can be practical lessons for promoting a culture that encourages productivity, hard work and overall success.


PerITech Solutions

- Monday, November 25, 2013

PerITech Solutions  By Kevin Dowdy



Welcome to perITech and our newly redesigned web site and my first blog posting. I want to tell you what to expect from our team and blog postings. Every employee from each technical discipline (voice, data, security, infrastructure and video presentation) will be posting something they have recently encountered. You will see everything from quick tech tips, cost reduction ideas, new product announcements, best practices, major updates from our partners, information on bugs/ fixes, and virus alerts. 


While we take our clients technology needs and business challenges very seriously, we also have a philosophy here at perITech to work hard, play hard and make it fun, therefore on occasion you may see a joke, notable quote or words of wisdom apropos to current affairs. We hope you like what you see and will come back frequently to get the information you need to stay abreast of today’s technology.


I am often asked what our name, perITech means or where it originated, it is a "portmanteau" from the Latin word PERITUS, which means EXPERT, combined with TECHNOLOGY, which gave us the added ability to emphasize IT as in Information Technology. PerITech is all about helping our clients succeed, doing what is right and in the best interest of our clients, charging a fair price, recommending best of breed technologies that will provide a return on investment, while implementing best practices and proven methodologies to ensure lower total cost of ownership.


Have a great and safe holiday week!

Kevin