Thursday, July 29, 2010

What To Do on Your PC to Get Ready for Vacation

I just found this handy checklist from Microsoft to get you ready for that well deserved vacation

Read this article: Vacation checklist: prepare you PC

The article also references some technology that you may not be using such as Outlook 2010, SharePoint.  In future articles I’ll be talking about them.

A couple of additions:

Keep your software updated

If you have a company software update process running you’ll need to leave your machine logged off, but powered on.  If you elect to power down your machine while you are on vacation be prepared that when you first power it on it may take several hours for all the updates to downloaded and installed.


Verify your latest Data and/or System State Backup has completed successfully.  We’ll be covering the difference between data and system state backups in a future article.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Stimulus Money for Medical Practices

I, together with a group of other CMIT Solutions owners across the country, follow the IT trends in the Medical industry.  We service a number of medical practices from small multi-doctor practices to medical centers.  We want to make sure that they are taking advantage of all the technology they can, to provide services and run an efficient operation.  Eric Baryol from CMIT Solutions of Reno and Sacramento makes contributions to the Northern Nevada MD News.  He just republished his article on his blog and is a very good summary of the ARRA act that provides stimulus money to medical practices.
Read his article: Will Local Medical practitioners Implement Electronic Health Records
If you are a M.D.s, D.O.s, D.D.S.s, D.D.M.s, D.P.M.s, O.D.s and Chiropractors and need help getting starting on applying for this money let us know and we can get you started.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Moving to Windows 7 is Inevitable

A recent post from Evan Stein, CMIT Solutions Grand Central, caught me eye this morning and I thought I’d add our experience and opinion.  Read it to get the basics When and How to Upgrade to Windows 7.

Yes, your move to Windows 7 (if you are a Windows user) is inevitable.  The important point for business owners it to PLAN the timing.  This is what we are talking about with our clients during our Marathon meetings.  Change is here and if you don’t plan for this change you will (guaranteed) end up loosing time, spending more money, be frustrated when it is thrust upon you.  As Even pointed out your adoption to Windows 7 can be done 2 ways, by buying new PCs or upgrading the ones you have.  Which are you going to do?  Will you do this all at once or piece meal? 

Here is my suggestion. Do an evaluation first.  Given the current age and condition of your existing equipment will it make sense to invest the labor (a few hours) and dollars  into them?  How much you ask?  Well unless you are running Vista you will need to do a complete new install of Windows 7 on your machine (figure $150-$300 for the upgraded software and 2 hours of labor), then locate the Windows 7 “drivers” for all the hard components on your machine and peripherals (all the items plugged into it), then install all your programs (you have all the media or download files, right?) and then migrate over your data (you do have a verified backup of your data right?).  Sound like a lot of time, it will be…  Therefore in most cases it is more cost effective to buy new hardware that already has Windows 7.  You’ll need to do this for all your machines all at one time if you don’t want to be running in a mixed environment or you’ll need to put up with living in a inconsistent environment if you don’t.

My message to you is PLAN this and decide what your strategy will be.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Blogging in July 2010

Yesterday morning I spoke to a local group of business owners and entrepreneurs about Blogging.  Later that day, a friend handed me the article below from USA Today Entitled “Small firms dive into social media”, talk about timely!
Whether to blog or not to blog, that continues to be the question.  There is no doubt that this phenomenon is growing and here to stay (at least for a while).  But are people really getting business from it?