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Microsoft Says That Windows 8.1 Will Not Be Supported

Todd Ashabraner - 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 To Solve Big Problems with a Disaster Recovery Plan

- Friday, January 24, 2014

How To Solve Big Problems with a Disaster Recovery Plan by Randy Jackson



I have consulted with many companies that thought that putting together a Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) meant just backing up their data on some type of media. NOT TRUE!!! There are many different facets that make up a true disaster plan. Being knowledgeable of what goes into a DRP is extremely important. I hope to eventually provide a more comprehensive overview of all the various elements that contribute to a solid DRP but for now, let’s start with some of the more common ones.

 

Data retention is probably the most obvious and common that people start with. I suggest two types of data retention that need to be done. Onsite backup and offsite backup. Whether its tape media or USB hard drives, you should back up your data onsite for the fastest recovery of your data. You should also sign up for some type of online internet backup system for offsite recovery. Buildings can burn down, or tornadoes/hurricanes can wipe a building out in seconds. If that happens, your tape backup is gone along with your building. There are manufacturers that can provide you with a system that will back up your data onsite and push that data to their secure site. These devices are more expensive but are great for easy administrative use.

 

There are other things you should do to create a true DRP. You should have a team that is responsible for all of your records, numbers, addresses, etc. as well as, keeping them up to date. You should have a backup plan in place and in some type of manual format. You will need a phone tree and know of where and how your employees should meet should a true catastrophic disaster happen to your building. You should have Disaster Plan Insurance from your insurance company to help cover the cost to get a new/temporary site setup. You should also keep cash in a safe because if there was a wide area type of disaster, banks could potentially be down as well. Cash is king.

 

You should begin putting some thought into backup plans for things as simple as your phone circuits, internet, electric, and so on. The planning involved in a good DRP is just as important as the plan itself. Feel free to ask questions on other types of solutions I have provided for other companies. Not every company is the same, so not every DRP will be the same. 


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!  

A Person’s #1 Reason for Not Trying Your Service

- Friday, October 18, 2013

A Person's #1 Reason For Not Trying Your Service  By LeighAnne Turner



People are busy. Anything outside of the normal work flow is considered “extra work”, even if it’s intended to be a time saver. We first fix the problems that will be the biggest boost to our bottom line and everything else comes second.  The barriers of switching services, platforms or anything they may have “made due” with in their business can be overcome by looking into the lens of your customer and visualizing the potential benefits that they would receive. It’s not enough to “be better” or claim to have the ultimate money saving service. Busy people live in the here and now with a third eye glancing at tomorrow.  They want to solve tomorrow’s issues, but they need to confidently resolve what today holds first. 


This article by Tara Hunt, a social media strategist, researcher, author and speaker makes suggestions on how to acknowledge the cost of switching and offers solutions for addressing such costs that impart a more intrinsic business and unequivocal customer service experience.  It also delves deeper into a pressing question of whether we should be selling the solution…or the problem. Aside from good practice management, coming from a customer approach is a great way to differentiate between what’s most important and what gets tossed on an incidental or secondary “to do” list.