Now that the latest version of Windows is out, businesses are asking, Windows 8 - is it too early? There are new features in Windows 8 and some of the old features have been removed, so is it a good idea to change your operation over to the latest version?
Windows 8 - Is it Too Early? Chesnet PC Computer Repair Weighs In. In general, Windows has been getting better with each release. However, new releases tend to be buggy for at least the first 6 months after they are released. If you switch over now, you will be a potential guinea pig who will be offering Microsoft free testing as you encounter bugs and problems.
When it comes to critical business functions, Chesnet PC Computer Repair recommends waiting at least 6 months after release before adopting Windows 8. Your best bet would be to wait until spring or summer of 2013 and evaluate your needs again.
What Could Happen If You Switch Too Early? Maybe your system will work flawlessly with Windows 8, but it is highly unlikely that you will have no problems at all. Chesnet PC Computer Repair sees a number of risks to your business if you are an early adopter, including:
Windows 8 - Is It Too Early? Learning From The Past There is precedent for migrating your systems to a new version of Windows too early. Vista was one of Microsoft's worst operating releases when it comes to incompatibility and general crashes and bugs with the operating system. Many people chose to stay with or revert to the previous version (Windows XP) rather than take the plunge.
If you have any questions about Windows 8 and about whether it might be right for you, call 717-207-8123. Chesnet PC Computer Repair is ready to assist you with any repair, networking, or installation service you require.
Potentially Unwanted App
Publisher: Yontoo LLC
Risk Impact: Low
Systems Affected: Windows 2000, Windows 7, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows XP
Behavior: Yontoo is a potentially unwanted application that installs a browser extension to display advertisements that appear to be from Facebook.
If you need help getting rid of this annoying software please contact Chesnet PC to remove YONTOO from your computer and fix other problems it may be causing for you and your computer.
Owning and running your own small business is a great thing to do, but it is not always easy. If you want to have success with your small business, there are some ways to do it, though. Here are some small business tips to maximize your profits and minimize your headache, even early on with the business.
The first of the small business tips that you need to remember is that in the early time of the business, you want to keep your profits as high as possible. This is not always an easy thing to do because often, especially when your business has first opened, your customers are pretty low, and therefore your money is pretty low. In order to make this happen, keep your spending as low as you can. Avoid buying anything that is unnecessary in order to keep all the money that you can.
Another of the great small business tips that you can use is about advertising. If you want to get customers, which are necessary for the success of many businesses, you will have to advertise in order to get them. Advertising is something that you should always make room for in your budget. Of course, finding the most affordable methods of advertising early on will make quite a bit of difference. It may take more work, though.
If you want to start your own small business, the market for a business is something you should consider. If there is no market for your business, you will not have any success with it. So, make sure that the people in your area will want to purchase the products or services that you will offer them. This is a very important part of having any sort of success with a business - possibly the most important in some cases, because it can often determine the success or failure of a business.
Another of the great business tips that you can use is to always take advantage of the Internet. Even if your business is not one that would benefit in any way from a website, it is a great idea to advertise on the Internet. This can greatly expand your ability to get customers. And what's even better - Internet advertising is far more affordable than many local newspapers. This is advantageous for additional advertising at a great price, which is especially great for young businesses that don't have a lot of money to spend on advertising.
If you have a successful small business, then you will experience all of the great advantages of it. But, you have to have a successful small business in order for that to happen. These small business tips will help you make your business more successful so that you will actually make money. Keep all of these in mind when you buy a business or when you start one of your own. They will be helpful in both cases to get your business established and help you actually make money.
When it comes to marketing a business through Twitter, there are 2 camps: those that get it and those that don’t care.
If you consider yourself a member of the second group here are some simple ideas and tips on using twitter to market your business.
Setup a twitter-dedicated account for your business and keep it separate from your personal account. Use twitter@[your-company-name].com to make tracking and delegating your Twitter marketing tasks easy.
Before you start tweeting, search Twitter for keywords that are key to your business, such as “Pizza New York” or “Houston Lawyer”. Respond to questions and inquiries and mention your business name and URL. Even if you don’t get a lead right away, your tweet will “live” in the Tweetosphere and other potential clients will be able to see for an extended period of time.
Post at least 1 tweet per day. Make it relevant to your business and industry. It could be about helpful tips to your potential buyers, quotes, and interesting news articles pertaining to your business and/or industry. Make it informative and useful.
As you gain followers, tweet offers and special promotions to get buyers into your store or website.
Build relationships with key active tweeters in your community to increase your reach in the future.
If you answered NO to the above question, you are not alone and you are one of the many businesses that do not have a Business Continuity Plan (BCP). Even companies that have a BCP, do not periodically update it or verify its accuracy, leading to an outdated and ineffective plan.
This is a sad but true fact. Building an effective, real-saver BCP is time consuming. However, the most basic BCP is definitely a better alternative to having none.
Minimally, a BCP binder should be compiled. It will include the company employees’ names, addresses, emails, and phone numbers. In the same binder, you can include vital business information, such as a copy of the phone bill showing the company phone numbers and a copy of the company’s insurance policy.
In addition, think about including an easy step-by-step plan of action that will help the business quickly restore its activities in order of importance and within the required timelines. For example, think about the first thing you would do, if your main office becomes unusable for whatever reason. It would most likely be to forward you company’s phone and fax lines to an alternate number so that communication with your clients and vendors is not disrupted and is immediately restored.
Another important element you might want to consider is where you store your back-up files. If these are stored off site, which is highly recommended, a step-by-step procedure detailing how the data will be restored is required. This includes:
ü Purchasing hardware (specifications),
ü Making a decision as to where the hardware setup location would be (alternate recovery site),
ü Identifying those employees who make up the recovery team, and
ü Determining the channel of communications to be used under such circumstances (personal phones, pagers and emails) etc.
And remember, these are just few examples of the things you need to consider when planning a BCP.
If you are seriously considering the development of BCP, you will want to ensure that all your business elements and processes are included in the BCP.
You might also think that you will not be able to engage in this daunting task by yourself. And you are right. A sound business recovery process involves the coordinated efforts of different aspects of Information Technology (IT) and Information Management (IM). It is important that your consultation with any IT expert ensures your BCP is not only sound and viable, but also largely based on your BCP goals. To setup an IT consultation about developing and deploying your BCP, please give us a call and we’ll be happy to assist you.
Is your business ready for an EDMS?
An electronic-document management system (EDMS) is an off-the-shelf software and a document management portal and repository to manage electronic information within an enterprise.
The benefits of EDMS are numerous, just to name a few:
1- Reduced paper storage and filing requirements.
2- Improved document workflow within the organization.
3- Faster search and document retrieval capacity.
4- Improved redundancy and disaster recovery.
From a conceptual perspective, an EDMS consists of different features:
1- Document capture: This is the point of entry into the EDMS, such as scanners, fax, emails, email attachments, file uploads etc.
2- Document types: The different types of documents that have to be created, updated, and maintained throughout the documents lifecycles.
3- Document workflow: This is the process documents follow from one department (or employee) to another. It also determines the different flags that can be associated with documents at each stage; and consequently dictate the flow of the document.
4- Document policies and control: This process provides different user and document access and control levels according to user and/or company policies.
When it comes to choosing and implementing the right EDMS for your business, you need to consider the following factors:
1- User adoption: This is probably the biggest implementation challenge. If your employees do not buy into the value and implementation of the chosen EDMS, then it’s of no value. When considering EDMS packages, audit your existing processes and systems in order to understand how an EDMS can help you.
2- Integration: Some EDMS will integrate with your existing CRM and accounting applications and some won’t. Integrated EDMS are of course better, because they reduce information silos, provide a better user experience, and they easily integrate with existing workflows.
3- Cost: This goes without saying, depending on the scope of the project, the cost can substantially vary especially when you factor in soft costs, such as implementation and training.
4- Compliance: You must ensure that your EDMS meets, if not exceeds, your existing paper-based compliance and regulatory requirements.
Any EDMS implementation starts with a well-planned strategy. That is why it’s essential for you to seek the advice of an IT expert that will help you analyze, plan, and implement the EDMS that is right for your business. Give us a call and we will be happy to discuss your requirements
Carlin Chesnet SR.
Prior to starting Chesnet Solutions Carlin spent 10 years as a Senior IT Project Manager and CIO for the US Army. During that time he became adept at diagnosing intricate computer and networking problems and lead an elite group of IT architects in some of the US Army's most challenging projects.
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