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What Happens If the Computers Go Down?



hs-computers-managed-servicesA hospital in Colorado recently found out what happens if the computers go down. According to the Daily Camera On-Line, the hospital suffered an outage that ultimately lasted two weeks. Hospital staff had to revert to manual record-keeping systems and traditional paper charts, all of which will need to be entered now that the system is back up.

How can you help prevent an outage in your business from slowing or stopping your systems for hours, days or even weeks? H&S Computers Managed I.T. Services.

With H&S Computers Managed I.T. Services, you can count on:

  • Server Monitoring and Care
  • Mobile Device Management
  • Scheduled Network and Security Assessments

You’ll enjoy the benefit of having a full team of I.T. specialists keeping your systems in excellent working order. For a small, fixed monthly fee, we will monitor your systems 24/7, apply patches, ensure backups, keep viruses at bay, and perform a host of other proactive measures. Little problems don’t become big — and expensive — and in most instances, you won’t even know there was ever an issue.

 

To learn more, read our April Newsletter or contact Heath Bauman, I.T. Systems Engineer.

bauman-heath-hs-companies_2Heath Bauman
I.T. Systems Engineer
616.735.3107
heathb@hscompanies.com

H&S Computers Adds Team Members



hs-computersGRAND RAPIDS, MI — H&S Companies is proud to announce the addition of Heath Bauman, Jake Sieting, and Seth Moore to our H&S Computers division. We are also renovating our Grand Rapids office to add two new workspaces for the Computers team.

“We’re so excited to be adding to the team,” said Tim Nass, H&S Computers Managing Partner, “Heath, Seth, and Jake are very good at what they do and will be able to deliver outstanding service to our clients.”

H&S Computers is able to help business clients with a variety of I.T. concerns, including: VMWare, managed services, I.T. consulting, offsite backup, and disaster recovery.

To learn more about H&S Computers, contact the Computers Team at 616.735.3040.

H&S Computers Adds Team Members




hs-computersGRAND RAPIDS, MI — H&S Companies is proud to announce the addition of Heath Bauman, Jake Sieting, and Seth Moore to our H&S Computers division. We are also renovating our Grand Rapids office to add two new workspaces for the Computers team.
“We’re so excited to be adding to the team,” said Tim Nass, H&S Computers Managing Partner, “Heath, Seth, and Jake are very good at what they do and will be able to deliver outstanding service to our clients.”
H&S Computers is able to help business clients with a variety of I.T. concerns, including: VMWare, managed services, I.T. consulting, offsite backup, and disaster recovery.

To learn more about H&S Computers, contact the Computers Team at 616.735.3040.

H&S Computers Adds Team Members




hs-computersGRAND RAPIDS, MI — H&S Companies is proud to announce the addition of Heath Bauman, Jake Sieting, and Seth Moore to our H&S Computers division. We are also renovating our Grand Rapids office to add two new workspaces for the Computers team.
“We’re so excited to be adding to the team,” said Tim Nass, H&S Computers Managing Partner, “Heath, Seth, and Jake are very good at what they do and will be able to deliver outstanding service to our clients.”
H&S Computers is able to help business clients with a variety of I.T. concerns, including: VMWare, managed services, I.T. consulting, offsite backup, and disaster recovery.

To learn more about H&S Computers, contact the Computers Team at 616.735.3040.

Bad Weather and Business



Disaster Recovery

Have a disaster recovery plan in place for your network and electronic files. If something happens to your hardware, you’ll want to be sure you are able to access the files later.

As Hurricane Sandy rips across the East Coast and sends bad weather west, H&S Computers would like to remind you that we need to remember to protect our important business records, files and documents. Things to do include:

  • Have a disaster recovery plan in place for your network and electronic files. If something happens to your hardware, you’ll want to be sure you are able to access the files later.
  • Be sure to keep paper records safe. Store them in fire and waterproof container or consider keeping copies in an off-site storage solution.
  • Be sure to have the proper insurance in place for your business to help cover any damages that may occur.

Need help developing a disaster recover plan for your electronic documents? Contact Andy Bradshaw today.

Andy Bradshaw
IT Systems Engineer
231.924.8001
andyb@hscompanies.com

Don’t Give Hackers the Chance to Hold Your Sensitive Data for Ransom



 

Data Lock

Don't leave your data "unlocked" and open to hackers.

Bloomberg.com reported that hackers recently attacked a small medical practice in Illinois. According to the article, they breached the security system, stole and encrypted medical records, and then demanded ransom in exchange for the password to retrieve the records.

It’s important to remember that just because your computers are locked away safely in your office, doesn’t mean the data is. Simple things to remember include using a variety of unique passwords, having proper anti-virus software installed, and ensuring your network firewalls are in place. Don’t have an IT department? The H&S Computers team can help!

To learn more about the attack read, Hackers Encrypt Health Records and Hold Data for Ransom

For more information about network security, contact Andy Bradshaw.

Andy Bradshaw
IT Systems Engineer
231.924.8001
andyb@hscompanies.com

Streamlining Business Systems to be More Effective

Is your system streamlined? Enterprise Resource Planning can help get your whole team on the same page. (Photo Credit: office.microsoft.com)

The IT Systems Engineers at H&S are frequently asked by business owners how best to integrate their multiple systems into one streamlined process. They’re concerned because, for example, their accounting department has some customer information in one set of spreadsheets and programs, and their warehouse has it another. No one has a full view of the customer’s situation because their data is stored in a variety of programs.

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is an effective way to integrate multiple systems into one streamlined process. It allows accounts receivable to see how much a customer owes, while the warehouse is able to see what needs to be shipped to that same customer from the same program.  And should the customer call, the call center is able to access the same information as accounting and the warehouse, so they are able to answer questions with information updated in real-time.

ERP can only work, however, if the organization and their employees are dedicated to changing the way they do business. The system can never work if the warehouse still keeps inventory in their old excel file or if the Customer Service Representatives don’t document phone calls in the new program. To learn more, read the article Enterprise Resource Planning By Tim Nass , IT Systems Engineer, in our April newsletter, or contact Tim at 616.735.3054.

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