Hi. My name is Elizabeth. I am the new marketing intern here, at Simplex-IT. I am currently a senior at Hiram College and I will be graduating in the spring. I am a Business Management Major, with a double minor in Entrepreneurship and Communication.  I am involved in many different clubs and organizations on campus, as well as off campus. In my major, my focus is on marketing, as that is what all of my elective classes have been in. I am interested in marketing because I find it fascinating to see what goes into different campaigns and how they are structured. I also like being able to be in a field that is constantly changing and where I am constantly learning new things.

Outside of school and work, I love to travel. I have been all over the world with my family, as well as with friends.  I also love to enjoy time with my family and friends!

Project Management for Small-Medium Businesses. Some companies have problems applying project management tools and practices in their day-to-day operations. Tools are too complicated, and way too expensive. The cost of full-blown experienced project managers is prohibitive, and you don’t need that skill set full-time, anyway.

Project Online is the Cloud based version of Microsoft Project Server (and part of the Microsoft Office 365 product mix). Prior to Project Online, an organization had to make a significant investment in Project Server, and often times SharePoint, to have these same capabilities. Now it’s available as a service, without requiring the hardware and infrastructure Project Server did. It’s a great tool for managing projects, programs, and portfolios of projects, as well as resources, costs, risks etc.

Join us as Patti Smerk, Project Guru with Simplex-IT gives us a quick tour of Microsoft’s Project Online offerings.

When:  Thursday, November 20th, 2014, 2:00pm

Where:  Online

RSVP by clicking here.

Simplex-IT is announcing a new service – Project Management for the small to mid sized businesses. We’ve traditionally seen Project Management tools and methodologies in place at the large corporate level, but we bringing it to the smaller guys.

Project Management for Small-Medium Businesses. Some companies have problems applying project management tools and practices in their day-to-day operations. Tools are too complicated, and way too expensive. The cost of full-blown experienced project managers is prohibitive, and you don’t need that skill set full-time, anyway.

Simplex-IT would like to announce a new service led by our own Patti Smerk – Project Management Support for the small to mid sized businesses. We’ve traditionally seen project management training, tools, and methodologies in place at the large corporate level, but we would like to help bring it to the smaller guys. And Microsoft now has some affordable tools to help with that.

On the tools side, Project Online is the Cloud based version of Microsoft Project Server (and part of the Microsoft Office 365 product mix). Prior to Project Online, an organization had to make a significant investment in Project Server, and often times SharePoint, to have these same capabilities. Now it’s available as a service, without requiring the hardware and infrastructure Project Server did. It’s a great tool for managing projects, programs, and portfolios of projects, as well as resources, costs, risks etc.

But it’s not all about the technology. We want to help employees become better at Project Management overall, not just better at using a tool, through a combination of coaching, training and monitoring.

You may be thinking, “there’s no way our company will implement a full Project Management program. – they just want to get things done.” A lot of us struggle with “corporate cultures” that need to change in order for Project Management practices to succeed.  We can help you manage that change.

So whether you currently have project managers in place who just need some help improving their efficiency, or some folks working off of post it notes, we can help. We provide you with the tools and approach needed to succeed.

So, how are we going to accomplish this?  Patti Smerk is joining the fun-filled ranks of Simplex-IT to head up this program.  She was most recently a Program Project Manager at Booz Allen Hamilton.  To read her welcoming intro, click here.

Want more information about this program?  Either call us at 234.380.1277 or email Patti at Patti@Simplex-IT.com.

(And wait until you hear what we’re doing for our SQL friends.  More on that next month!)

Hello there, I’m Patti Smerk. I’ve recently started working with Simplex-IT, so I wanted to introduce myself. 

Where to begin? For the past 7+ years I’ve been with Booz Allen Hamilton, an IT consulting firm working mainly with large scale government clients on enterprise wide projects and programs. Prior to that I worked in consulting for ALG Computer Consulting and Training, working mainly with local small to mid-sized businesses. Before that, I taught software classes and technical bootcamps at ALG. Consulting just seemed like a natural progression from training, but I still really love when I get the chance to do some training every now and then.

One of the things I’m most passionate about when it comes to technology is Microsoft Project and Project Server/Project Online. I’m a Project Management Professional (PMP) and really like the benefits of using these tools to manage projects and programs. And don’t even get me started on dashboards ;-)  

My husband and I like to spend our spare time at our cabin in the middle of nowhere, enjoying the great outdoors. We recently got a 3 month old puppy, so if you have any training tips, please send them my way! 

I’m looking forward to what life brings at Simplex-IT and working with all of you!  Feel free to contact me here.

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.

Do you work with Excel but have limited knowledge?  Maybe you work with a spreadsheet that someone else created and just need to be comfortable building your own.  Or maybe you are self-taught and just want to pick up a few tricks using Excel 2013.

If this sounds like you, then check out this free instructional Webinar on Excel Basics and Beyond! In this one-hour, live streaming presentation, Simplex-IT’s veteran trainer, Michele Bobola, will show you how to:

  • build a spreadsheet from scratch
  • easily enter information,
  • use advanced copy and paste techniques
  • employ quick selecting techniques
  • create basic formula functions
  • use various formatting techniques, such as
    • sizing rows and columns
    • working with Wrap Text and
    • Merge and Center.

Michele will also show how to set up the spreadsheet for printing by adding headers/footers, getting your document to fit to the page and having the gridlines print.

When: Thursday, November 13 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 https://excel2013basics.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.

Bob here.  Spoiler alert:  Everything on Windows 10 so far has installed quickly and easily.

I know, I know…kinda wanted a train wreck myself.

So, here’s the scenario.  I’ve got an older Samsung 700T tablet.  4GB Ram, 80GB SSD hard drive.  I bought that tablet during Windows 8 Beta…excuse me, Pre-Release days.  In fact, here’s a quote from the article I wrote back in April 2012:

“We decided to begin our experience with a full-blown Windows 8 tablet device. We selected the Samsung 7000T-1 A. With its Intel dual core I5 processor, 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of solid-state disk space, this puppy came loaded. Now the MSRP of this tablet is about $1500, so it’s not positioned to compete with any of the Apple products. What it does do, however, is give the full Windows experience.”

Here’s the thing.  I downloaded, created a bootable USB drive with Windows 10, installed Windows 10 on the tablet and configured Office 2013 (and my 365 configurations) on it.

After about an hour (mostly it doing its thing in the background), I had:

  • Windows 10 Enterprise
  • Office 2013
  • Wireless network connection
  • Office 365 configuration (including IE favorites, shared credentials)
  • Anchor (file synchronization)
  • Sophos AVG

All running, exactly as they should.  Since I was using Office 365, the tablet already had my favorites and history and the like.  And the tablet (remember it was a Windows 7 tablet originally)?  Works fine.  No special drivers needed, stylus, wireless, USB all work fine.

Can’t argue with the special tablet stand, right<g>?  Spare no expense here!

As to my Windows 10 experience so far?  It’s all about the Start Menu.

More on that next week.

Alaa here. Recently, Simplex-IT techs received calls about slow Internet connections and slow Outlook mail flow. After some troubleshooting and different attempts to resolve this issue, we stumbled upon Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) and as part of the troubleshooting process, we decided to disable this item. Interestingly enough, by disabling IPv6 everything just worked, Internet connections were faster and mail flow was normal again.

So, what is IPv6? It’s a way to allow a lot more devices to be on the internet.  Learn more by going here.

Now, we’re not saying IPv6 is broken.  But a lot of ISP’s (the folks who give us internet access) haven’t completely implemented their support for IPv6.  And we think that’s what is behind the issue.

In order to disable IPv6, go to Start menu and open Control Panel. In Control Panel, select Network and Sharing Center. On the left hand side select Change adapter settings. Then right-click on the Local Area Connection adapter (This might also be named Ethernet) and select Properties. Finally, uncheck the Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) item and click OK.

However, we would like to point out that this is not a fix for everything, we have only had a couple of incidents where that was the solution, so we recommend trying this as a last resort for any connection issues with Microsoft Outlook or slow Internet connections.

Even though most Internet Service Providers are not yet ready to deploy IPv6 to residential customers, if you would like to find out whether your ISP supports IPv6 and if your computer systems are IPv6 ready, I have just the right tool for you.  Check out http://test-ipv6.com/

 

Hi, my name is Freddie Bracken. I go to the Portage Lakes Career Center in Green. I am technically a student at Manchester High School. I am a member of the Technical Honor Society, and I am also a student ambassador. I have been interested in computers since I was 4 years old when my dad brought home an old desktop. His friend set up the very first Grand Theft Auto video game and I was hooked. Ever since then I wanted to learn more about computers and how they work. I eventually saved up enough money to build my very first gaming desktop. I spent hours looking up parts, and learning about all of the different hardware. I taught myself most of the things I know about computers by reading and fiddling around with my own stuff. I eventually started doing my own independent contracting and after that everyone started coming to me with there computer problems.

At Simplex-IT I spend a lot of time fixing computers with hardware problems. I have also tested different types of components used in everyday business environments. Everyday I learn more and more thanks to the guys and girl at my workplace. After this year I plan on going to college and continuing my internship here. I want to follow a career in internet security and penetration testing. I also may minor in electrical engineering.

Note from Bob:  Simplex-IT has had an intern program since 2008.  A vast majority of these interns have gone onto jobs in the IT field.  Several (Ala, Jeff, Brandon) either stayed around or came back to Simplex-IT and are now employed here.  You’d think they know better<g>.

 

 

Usually when I’m told that a person from Simplex-IT was recognized, my first thought is usually “even with the Darth Vader mask?”

But in this case it was a bit more down to Earth.  Simplex-IT technician Jeff Buskirk was recently featured in an article from his alma mater National College.

Click here to read the article!

Congrats to Jeff!