Simplex-IT, Bob Coppedge Honored in 7th Annual MSPmentor 250

Annual Managed Services Provider (MSP) List Honors Top

Executives, Entrepreneurs & Experts

Bob Coppedge, CEO of Simplex-IT was selected for the seventh annual MSPmentor 250 by Penton Technology Group. The global list identifies the world’s leading Managed Services Provider (MSP) executives, entrepreneurs, experts, coaches and community leaders. You can see the entire list at: http://mspmentor.net/mspmentor-250/2014

“This was both a surprise and an honor,” said Bob Coppedge, CEO of Simplex-IT “It’s great to receive recognition from my peers in the Managed Services world.”

The seventh annual MSPmentor 250 recognizes MSP executives and experts from across the globe. In addition, MSPmentor has created a Hall of Fame list (formerly Locked in the NOC) to recognize individuals who have made a lifetime impact in the market. (http://www.mspmentor.net/top250/noc).

“We congratulate Bob Coppedge on this distinguished honor and thank our readership community for submitting the nomination,” said Jessica Davis, Executive Editor of MSPmentor, a division of Penton (www.penton.com).

The MSPmentor 250 report is based on a global survey of MSPmentor site readers conducted in the first half of 2014. The MSPmentor editorial staff, led by Davis, also weighed in with nominations, based on the team’s daily coverage of the managed services market. The resulting MSPmentor 250 and Hall of Fame (formerly Locked in the NOC) coverage represents MSP experts across business, technology, sales, marketing, community development, coaching and more.

About Simplex-IT

Simplex-IT is an award winning IT services organization located in Hudson, Ohio (between Cleveland and Akron).  Simplex-IT provides small to medium organizations Vision, Confidence and a Strategy for their Technology needs.  A Managed Services provider since 2007, Simplex-IT is a Microsoft Silver Partner and well versed in strategic concepts such as Cloud, Virtualization, Business Continuity and Bring Your Own Device.

Simplex-IT specializes in sharing knowledge with several free webinar and Lunchinar events each month on topics such as Microsoft Office, Project Management and Data Practices.  Contact us at Info@Simplex-IT.com, Twitter (Simplex_IT), LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/company/simplex-it) or FaceBook: (http://www.facebook.com/simplex.it)

About MSPmentor

MSPmentor is part of the Penton Technology Group, a division of Penton that defines emerging IT media markets and disrupts established IT media markets. The company’s IT channel-centric online communities include MSPmentor (www.MSPmentor.net), The VAR Guy (www.TheVARguy.com) and Talkin’ Cloud (www.TalkinCloud.com).

Penton Vision Statement

For millions of business owners and decision-makers, Penton makes the difference every day.  We engage our professional users by providing actionable ideas and insights, data and workflow tools, community and networking, both in person and virtually, all with deep relevance to their specific industries. We then activate this engagement by connecting users with tens of thousands of targeted providers of products and services to help drive business growth.

Contact

MSPmentor, a division of Penton
Jessica Davis, Executive Editor
jessica.davis@penton.com

 

MSPMentor is “the ultimate guide to managed services and the leading global destination for managed service providers.”  Each year they recognize organizations and individuals for their contribution to Managed Services (the type of IT service that Simplex-IT’s primarily known for).

For the past two years Simplex-IT was recognized in two categories.  In both 2013 and 2014 Simplex-IT was in the “MSPmentor 501 Global Edition” (top 501 in the world) as well as the “MSPmentor 100, Small Business Edition (top 100 in the USA with less than 10 employees).

Well, now they’ve gone and done it big time.  In December MSPmentor released their “2014 MSPmentor 250:  Top People in Managed Services” (“…honoring the world’s top managed services provider (MSP) executives, entrepreneurs and experts.”)

Simplex-IT’s Bob Coppedge was included in the list this year.  To the best of our knowledge this is the top recognition given to individuals in the MSP world, so that’s actually fairly cool.

 

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!

Project Management can be a bit intimidating… Scope Statements, Work Breakdown Structures, Risk Management, Resource Management. What’s it all for? And do you need it all? Well, it depends.

The beauty of Project Management is that it can be scaled to fit the needs of the organization and project. Not every component may be necessary, and that’s ok. A good Project Manager can access a project and the organizational requirements to determine the necessary pieces.

If you are just getting started with Project Management, or want to formalize your practices, there are a few things you’ll want to consider at a minimum. For example, most projects should have a defined Scope Statement. A Scope Statement basically contains the important elements of a projects. It could be thought of as a starting point or agreement between the person requesting the project, the people impacted by the project, and the project team completing the work. It’s a great place to get everything in writing in one place. Typically a Scope Statement would include an overview of the project, deliverables, constraints, assumptions, and acceptance criteria. If you’re thinking that’s too much and want to start off as simply as possible, another important element is the Project Schedule. A Project Schedule should be used in almost every project. It include the tasks required to complete the project, time estimates, tasks dependencies and sequencing, and resource assignments. This important document is more detailed than the Scope Statement, but absolutely necessary for tracking and managing the project progress. And this is where Microsoft Project and Project Online can really help.

Starting in January, we’ll discuss each of the documents that are typically found in Project Management practices. Some, you may find interesting and want to implement right away, while others may not be a good fit for your project and organization. And that’s ok. The key is to use what will bring value to the project and organization, and that varies for everyone.

2nd in our new monthly webinar series on Project Management, led by Patti Smerk, PMP.

An introduction/overview of Project Management for folks who are either new to Project Management or have been doing it for some time but without formal training.

This topic will cover a number of the concepts that Project Managers need to be aware of, and explaining why they may (or may not) be important to how you manage your projects.  Microsoft Project Online will be used for several examples.

When:

  • Thursday, 18 December, from 2 – 2:30 pm (Eastern)
  • Online
  • Click here to RSVP

This is the second in our series of free monthly webinars offered by Simplex-IT, who recently introduced their Project Management Practice, Simplex-PM. Aimed at Project Managers in the Small to Medium Business world.  Simplex-PM offers mentoring, training and support for organizations and people struggling to implement Project Management into their organization.

Missed our first one?

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!

Simplex-IT was one of three companies singled out for recognition by the Hudson Chamber of Commerce at the Annual Awards Breakfast earlier this week.

Don’t believe us?  Well, maybe you’ll believe the Honorable Governor and Lieutenant Governor (see the proclamation?  Want to see a bigger one??  Click the image!)

We were recognized as the “2014 Community Education & Involvement Advocate” (yup, sounds impressive).  In particular was noted our educational and networking events, including:

  • Monthly Lunchinars (now in our 6th year)
  • Monthly Webinars (we’re now having two each month)
  • Involvement with several schools in the area
  • Long standing IT Internship program at Simplex-IT
  • Annual networking picnic at our worldwide international Headquarters (7th one in August)
  • Annual fundraising “Geek Raffle” now in its fourth year
  • “Night out at the Movies” a free movie night at a non-profit theater

 

Although it’s cool to be recognized (without the flashing lights of a patrol car<g>), as I mentioned to the 50-60 people at the event, this is as much marketing as it is “giving back.”  We want to position Simplex-IT as the “cool guys,” who share information and experiences freely.  We think that’s a strategic advantage.

But we’ll take the plaque.  And the cool proclamation.  With a little Photoshop, don’t be surprised if the Governor is proclaiming Simplex-IT as the “Folks Too Cool to Inhabit the Space-Time Continuum of the Rest of Us” for 2015.

 

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!

 

Can’t wait for our Lunchinar to see Windows 10?

We don’t blame you.  Bob will be presenting Windows 10 at the next meeting of the Greater Cleveland PC Users Group (GCPCUG) on Saturday, November 8th.  The meeting is free, and is down at Cleveland State University.

Yup, we’ll have some raffle prizes (don’t we always?)

For more details, click here!