Why Every Business Should Have a Domain vs Workgroup Environment

In business computing there are two standards when using Windows: Domain vs Workgroup environments. As a business owner or IT manager, it is critical to understand the benefits and drawbacks of both types of IT environments so that you can make the best possible decision about your company’s IT future. This is especially important when capacity planning, when expanding your workforce, or when planning major IT upgrades to your environment. You can end up spending more time and money in the long run without the correct IT infrastructure in-place.


Find Out How You Can Reduce IT Costs

During economic downturns it is always good to re-evaluate expenses. Staying lean and mean is healthy for all business. Given the recent economic data from Illinois you may be evaluating expense right now. IT is a necessary expense in business today. It allows companies to compete on a global scale with competitors who are much larger and have many more resources but maintaining your technology can get pricey. Today, I will be providing an analysis on hiring internal technical staff vs outsourcing your IT management and maintenance through Managed IT Services so you can find out how you can reduce IT costs.

Reporting in Office 365

Today I will be discussing reporting in Office 365 via the Reporting Web Service. Microsoft, by default, has reporting available in the admin portal but has some limitations. While there is a wealth of information available in the various reports, only 4 of these reports can be scheduled. If you have administrative access to your O365 tenant you can see all the available reports by clicking the admin icon in the app launcher and navigating to the Reports section.

Backup: Image Level vs File Level

When it comes to backing up your server or workstations you have a couple of options. You can choose between a file level backup & disaster recovery or an image level backup but how do you choose? The file level option will back up individual files, folders or storage volumes such as the hard drives in your machine. Image level will take a snapshot of your computer at a given point in time.

It’s All About IOPS

When it comes to Server storage options, there are good options and bad. With today’s multi-core processors and high memory capacity, the one typical bottleneck of server performance is IOPS (input / output operations per second) of the disk subsystem. Most Ultrabooks come with an SSD (Solid State Drive) and performance is outstanding and it’s all because SSD disks deliver outstanding IOPS. (For more information check out our article on workstation performance.)

Why Choose Managed Services?
Benefits of Managed Services

Our managed services whitepaper outlines the history and evolution of Managed Services. It also specifies the benefits and the real-world business problems that it solves. We also touch on common misconceptions that customers may have regarding Managed Services. This is an educational document and can help with your selection of a good Managed Services Provider.

Microsoft Bookings: A Publicly Available Scheduling Web App
What is Microsoft Bookings?

Microsoft has released a new Office 365 web application to allow your customers to schedule appointments with your business. This new product is simple to use and let’s your customers select the service they want. Once selected, they can choose a date and time based on availability you provide. The benefit is that you don’t have to email and call back and forth to get a meeting scheduled. Microsoft Bookings will then add the appointment to your employees calendar accordingly. As well, anyone can access your bookings page without the need for an Office 365 account. The publically available URL looks great on any device to make it easy to get things done.

Join Systech at the CRCA Emerging Leaders Event
What is the CRCA Emerging Leaders Event?

The Chicago Roofing Contractors Association (CRCA) is hosting a 3 hour event for roofing companies at Level 257 in Schaumburg. This event will feature technology vendors from the Chicagoland area to help you grow your business. Systech will be attending this event on August 25th from 6pm-9pm. Stop by and join in the conversation and find out how we can help you leverage technology to grow your business. We will be raffling off a retail copy of Microsoft Office to 1 lucky winner! We will also be featuring, “The Modern Desktop” which will give you a hands-on experience with a pre-configured environment. You will get to try all the latest and greatest software and applications that allow you and your employees to be productive and to get the most out of your IT investments.

SQL 2005 End of Support


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If you are using any SQL Server versions earlier than SQL Server 2014, it????????s time to consider upgrading to take advantage of groundbreaking improvements in performance. Support for the following versions of SQL Server has either ended or will end soon, which means no more security updates, increased maintenance costs, and potential compliance concerns.
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