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Windows 10.  Let the hoopla begin.  July 29th is the release date.  Obviously Microsoft was looking for just the right way to celebrate “National Lasagna Day.”

And the upgrade will be free!  Well, free to a lot of people.  Windows 7, 8.1?  Yup.  Well, except for Enterprise users.  Unless you have Software Assurance.

And of course you need to Reserve your upgrade.

Does that include Windows Phone?  Well, of course.  If the phone OEM isn’t blocking it.  And depending on your carrier.

Are you the IT guy for your company?  It’d be kind of funny if you came in the next day to a lot of workstations upgrading to Windows 10.  Well, funny to us, anyway.

Join us for the last regularly scheduled Lunchinar for Simplex-IT.  Help us say goodbye to an era of bad jokes, ok pizza, decent giveaways and bad PowerPoint slides.

We’re not going to talk about Windows 10 (we’ve already had 2 lunchinars on that).  We’re going to talk about the process of getting Windows 10.

  • When:  Wednesday, July 15th
  • Time:  11:30-1pm (Eastern)
  • Where:  Courtyard by Marriott in Stow (or online)

Click here for more information and to RSVP

 

We first started the monthly Lunchinar concept back in January of 2009.  A simple idea, we’d just invite people to the Simplex-IT office, get some pizza, share some ideas about what’s going on in IT.  No sales pitch, nothing fancy.

Within the first six months, we outgrew the office, and found a great home the Hattie Larlham’s Café in Hudson.

We’ve shown Windows 7, Windows 8, 8.1 and 10.  All months before their release.  Google Glass, cloud servers, various versions of Office.  Business Continuity, Social Media for small to medium businesses.

3 years ago we started the “Geek Raffle” which raised funds for Hattie Larlham in December.

Then we started videotaping the event, and editing them for posting on YouTube.  John Harrow took care of that.

Fast forward to 2015.  We’ve added several webinars each month.  Although we’ve continued the lunchinars, the attendance has lowered to about the same as our webinars.

But the cost in terms of time and money is significantly higher for the Lunchinar.

So I’ve made the decision to put an end to the Lunchinar.

Sorta.

July’s Lunchinar will be the last of the regularly scheduled Lunchinar.  But we’ll have some additional events on the 3rd Wednesday of each month moving forward.

August will be our annual picnic (that ain’t going away).

September will be an online event (more details to follow).

October will be Simplex-IT’s first field trip (yup, I kid you not).

November will be an online event (more details to follow)

December will still be our Geek raffle (although some details might change from prior years).

January will be our annual “IT Trends for 2016.”

Project Management for the small to mid-sized businesses

Project Management used to be something you found only in large organizations – they had the budget and resources to implement such a thing. But not anymore… With Microsoft Project Online, it’s affordable for everyone, and user friendly too.

During the lunchinar, we’ll discuss the basics of project management, and demonstrate some of the capabilities of Microsoft Project and Project Online. We’ll show how managers and executives, project managers, and the folks working on the individual tasks can use these tools. You’ll see how you can easily create and track your project work, and how to create reports to show future projections. We’ll also touch on Project Sites, the SharePoint component that provides and extra workspace for things like Risks, Issues, Documents, Calendar, General Discussions, and much more.

So join us if your find yourself wanting quick, easy, answers to questions like:

  • What’s going on right now?
  • What project are running late or over budget?
  • When will I have the time and resources to start another project?
  • Why, when, and how did this project get so off track??

Bob Coppedge and Patti Smerk (who heads up our new simplex-PM practice) and will be demonstrating these tools and techniques to show they can be used to help you gain better insight and manage your projects more effectively.

When:  Wednesday May 20th, from 11:30am-1pm (Eastern)

Where:  Stow Hampton Inn and Online

Cost:  Free!

RSVP:  Click here!

IT Security for your business.  It’s a serious topic.  But you’re covered, right?  I mean, you’ve got your anti-virus.  Your firewall is…well, it’s doing what firewalls do.  And you have to enter a password to get into your computer (the proof of which is on your post-it note cleverly concealed on the side of your monitor).

So you’re covered…right?

Let’s see.  What are you doing about:

  • Protecting your backups?
  • Testing your backups?
  • Ransomware
  • Password requirements?
  • BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policies?
  • Wi-Fi security?
  • Encryption for devices that leave the building, like laptops and tablets?
  • Users who might share credentials with the best of intentions?
  • Users who like to click on links in emails an on web pages?
  • Users who like to install stuff on their systems because there was a message on their computer telling them to?
  • Procedures to protect data from recently terminated employees?
  • Malware on Mobile devices?

There are a lot of questions here.  Join Bob Coppedge and the rest of Simplex-IT, and we’ll talk about strategies.  Not all companies require every level of security and protection, but management needs to make that judgment call with eyes wide open.

Where: Online or Stow Hampton Inn, 4331 Lakepointe Corporate Dr. off Route 8 at Steels Corners Rd.

When: Wednesday, February 18, 2015 from 11:30am-1:00pm

As a bonus, we will be awarding a door prize of Office 2013 to a lucky attendees. Free food AND free software – how awesome is that!

We remind you, though, seating is limited. To reserve yours, click here, email Events@Simplex-IT.com or call 234.380.1277. Come join the fun!

Like every year before, 2015 promises to bring continued evolution in the world of information technology. Of course, some segments will gain in popularity while others will diminish or even disappear altogether. Who will be the ultimate winners and losers? How will the inevitable changes impact the decisions you will be called upon to make in your professional role?

Join Simplex-IT for our first free Lunchinar of 2015 as Bob Coppedge peers into his crystal ball to suggest what technologies you should be following in the New Year to help your business prosper. Will it be the Cloud, Social Media, Project Management…or something else? Join us and find out!

Where: Stow Hampton Inn, 4331 Lakepointe Corporate Dr. off Route 8 at Steels Corners Rd.
When: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 from 11:30am-1:00pm

 As a bonus, we will be awarding door prizes of Windows 8 and Office 2012 to two lucky attendees. Free food AND free software – how awesome is that!

We remind you, though, seating is limited. To reserve yours,go to https://simplex-lunchinar-0115.eventbrite.com, email Michelle@Simplex-IT.com or call 234.380.1277. Come join the fun!

Like every year before, 2015 promises to bring continued evolution in the world of information technology. Of course, some segments will gain in popularity while others will diminish or even disappear altogether. Who will be the ultimate winners and losers? How will the inevitable changes impact the decisions you will be called upon to make in your professional role?

 

Join Simplex-IT for our first free Lunchinar of 2015 as Bob Coppedge peers into his crystal ball to suggest what technologies you should be following in the New Year to help your business prosper. Will it be the Cloud, Social Media, Project Management…or something else? Join us and find out!

 

Where: Stow Hampton Inn, 4331 Lakepointe Corporate Dr. off Route 8 at Steels Corners Rd.

When: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 from 11:30am-1:00pm

 

As a bonus, we will be awarding door prizes of Windows 8 and Office 2012 to two lucky attendees. Free food AND free software – how awesome is that!

 

We remind you, though, seating is limited. To reserve yours, email John@Simplex-IT.com or call 234.380.1277. Come join the fun!

Microsoft Excel is all about Data. But data without structure is not very useful or meaningful. That’s why you will want to tune in to this free instructional Webinar on using Excel’s Data features found on the Ribbon. In this one-hour, live streaming presentation, Simplex-IT’s veteran trainer, Michele Bobola, will show you how to use Excel’s features like: 

  • Advanced Sorting and Filtering
  • Subtotals
  • Data Validation
  • Consolidating Data
  • Data Forms
  • Combining and Separating Data
  • Flash fill
  • What If Analysis
  • Importing Data

If you would like to learn how to more effectively tame the data inside Excel to do your bidding, then check out this free Webinar on Using Excel’s Data Ribbon Features!

When: Thursday, January 8 from 11:00am-12:00 noon.
Where: Streaming Live Online

 We hope you can participate in this FREE one hour webinar. RSVP now and block out the time on your calendar.

To reserve your spot go to http://exceldata.eventbrite.com,  email John@Simplex-IT.com or call 234.380.1277.

Everyone who RSVPs will receive an email the morning of the webinar with instructions on how to log in to our webcast using Microsoft Lync (you do NOT have to have Lync installed on your computer!). So watch your Inbox!

Questions? Feel free to contact us by email at John@Simplex-IT.com or call 234.380.1277.

Don’t miss this informational, free webinar brought to you by Simplex-IT – your Virtual CIO – bringing Vision, Confidence and Strategy to your Business IT!

PowerPoint is an essential tool for anyone who has to make presentations. And it’s pretty easy to use – once you know your way around. This webcast is designed for the beginning or self-taught user who wants to learn more about the program.

In this session we will learn how to create slides, work with slide layouts and placeholders, as well as the different design themes. We’ll look at the autofit feature, add notes, create duplicate slides, move and rearrange slides and work with sections. We will also explore the different views – normal, slide sorter, notes, and presentation view – while learning shortcuts along the way.

Other topics we’ll cover include:
• Using the Slide Master feature to format ALL your slides at once
• Reusing and importing slides from other presentations
• Working with SmartArt, Screenshots, transition and animation features
• Printing your presentation for use as a handout
• And more

When: Thursday, December 11 from 11:00am-12:00pm noon.
Where: Streaming Live Online

We hope you can participate in this FREE one hour webinar. RSVP now and block out the time on your calendar.

To reserve your spot go to http://powerpoint2013.eventbrite.com, email Michelle@Simplex-IT.com or call 234.380.1277.

Everyone who RSVPs will receive an email the morning of the webinar with instructions on how to log in to our webcast using Microsoft Lync (you do NOT have to have Lync installed on your computer!). So watch your Inbox!

Don’t miss this informational, free webinar brought to you by Simplex-IT – your Virtual CIO – bringing Vision, Confidence and Strategy to your Business IT!

You’re Invited to the Simplex-IT Free Holiday Networking Lunch and
Geek Charity Raffle Event!

Yes, as usual, this month’s lunch is free of charge, with lots of networking for business owners, executives and IT professionals. But instead of our usual business presentation, we’ll be having fun raffling off numerous valuable Geek Gifts (like Windows 8 Professional, Office Professional 2013 and other goodies you’ll want to own).

And for every dollar in raffle tickets sold, Simplex-IT will match the amount (up to $500), and the entire proceeds will be donated to the Hattie Larlham Foundation (http://www.hattielarlham.org/) – a non-profit organization dedicated to creating opportunities and improving the lives of more than 1,500 children and adults with developmental disabilities in Northeast Ohio.

When: Wednesday, December 17, 2014
11:30am – 1:00pm

Where: Stow Hampton Inn, 4331 Lakepointe Corporate Drive, off Route 8 at Steels Corners Road

Please join us in the holiday spirit of giving for this relaxed, free networking event. So that we can properly prepare (seats are limited), please RSVP to:

Happy Holidays!

 

In late September Microsoft announced the Technical Preview of its latest operating system, Windows 10. As usual, Simplex-IT was first in line to obtain our copy and we’ve been putting it through its paces on our test bench since then. We think you’re going to be impressed with what we have to report.

The emphasis in this release is on Enterprise users. Responding to feedback, Microsoft has taken great pains to integrate the best features of Windows 7 and Windows 8 and early indications are they have succeeded. In addition, Windows 10 has been designed from the ground up to run across a broad array of form factors – desktops, laptops, tablets, phablets and smartphones. According to Microsoft, “There will be one way to write a universal application, one store, one way for apps to be discovered, purchased and updated across all of these devices.”

And there’s more. You’ll even learn the question everyone has been asking – Whatever happened to Windows 9!?

So be the first in your neighborhood to get a peek at the new Windows 10. Join Simplex-IT for our free November Lunchinar.

Where: Stow Hampton Inn, 4331 Lakepointe Corporate Dr. off Route 8 at Steels Corners Rd.
When: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 from 11:30am-1:00pm

We remind you, though, seating is limited. To reserve yours go to https://windows10preview.eventbrite.com, email John@Simplex-IT.com, or call 234.380.1277.  Come join the fun!

Extra! Extra! Extra!

We will once again be webcasting this LIVE event using Microsoft Lync. It’s free and it’s easy. If you can’t make the Lunchinar in person but would like to listen in from the comfort and convenience of your office, contact us at the above numbers and we’ll send the details on how you can connect.

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New Record!! Home Depot breach totals: 56 million credit cards exposed, $62 million in losses: http://bit.ly/1paWYmv

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#Microsoft To Unveil #Windows9 ‘Technical Preview’ 30 September: http://bit.ly/1r12prj

#Apple adds two-step verification for #iCloud (sorta), effective immediately: http://bit.ly/1r1287Z

#Office365 news round-up: http://bit.ly/1uDVgja

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Thar’s Gold in them thar old servers! Man buys old servers, accuses Ernst & Young of data breach: http://bit.ly/1uDUxOY

Jeff Buskirk, Simplex-IT tech, featured in National College’s news: http://bit.ly/1wxcxNc

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