Simplex-IT’s Plan for Q1 2018

December 28th, 2017

Simplex-IT's Plan for Q1 2018

Usually for the January newsletter for my piece I talk a lot about what happened last year and then talk in broad terms about our plan for what will be happening in the next year.  And the next year items are usually not terribly specific about what and when, with a few exceptions.

Free webinar:  Cyber Security – Executive Overview

December 1st, 2017

Cyber Security is often discussed from 2 perspectives:  First:  We’re all doomed.  Second: Immersed into sea of gibberish using a host of three letter acronyms, version numbers and nifty diagrams that say “we’re all doomed.”

But it’s important for management to understand the risk, the options and the costs (both financial and operational).  Not down to the details of the products (because that constantly changes) but the general landscape of Cyber Security.

Weird Month. Awards, New Business, Cyber Security, Virtual Reality

December 1st, 2017

Wow.  Weird month.  Welcomed 6 new clients in November for new business.  With a mix of Managed Services, Project Management development, SQL consulting, a 365 migration, security services, and Co-Managed IT services, this is probably the most diverse group of new companies we’ve ever added.

Bob Coppedge’s 2017 Reading List

November 30th, 2017

Back in 2016, I realized that I wasn’t spending enough time reading, and decided that I’d commit to reading one book a month.  And I tried writing a quick review on this blog, in a way to keep me honest.

Well, I only kept up with the reviews for about a year, but thankfully I kept up with the reading.

Categorizing IT for Business – Inspiration from Connectwise

November 12th, 2017

Information Technology (IT) is a critical resource (and potential vulnerability) to all organizations.  Often in the SMB (Small to Medium Business) there’s a gap between and organizations collection of IT resources and management’s understanding of IT.  I've put together a new tool to help non-IT management to understand their IT through categorization.

Let the Christmasapalooza begin!

November 1st, 2017

October is done.  Let the Christmas onslaught of sales, specials, music, ale, bath soaps, tattoos, movies, scents, limericks, plays, concerts, meals, parties, ornaments and I’m sure one new form of malware, begin.

Last week we had the good fortune of participating at the Ohio CPA organizations annual “Cleveland Accounting Show” at the IX Center.

Webinar: Internal IT staff or Managed Services? Why not both!

November 1st, 2017

Internal IT staff or Managed Services?
Hint:  It isn’t an “Either Or” decision.
Managed Services for an organization that already has an internal IT staff?  Historically that’s been the recipe for disaster.  Learn more at our free webinar on Tuesday, November 7th.

Free Seminar: A CEO’s Survival Guide to Information Technology

November 1st, 2017

Learn the highlights from my upcoming book at our free Executive Seminar on November 15th.
A CEO’s Survival Guide to Information Technology
That’s the working title of my book.  I’m pretty sure it’ll be out early next year (it has taken a lot more time than I thought it would).  The focus is laid out in the first paragraph:

Here’s the deal.

Love Krack, baby! WPA2 Encryption vulnerability

October 16th, 2017

Significant vulnerability (Krack) discovered in the WAP/WPA2 wifi encryption standard.
If you’re connecting through wireless connectivity, and you think your connection is encrypted, then you’re impacted by this.  ‘Cuz it turns out your traffic isn’t encrypted.

BI, Events, Salt Mines, Comics and Office 2007 ending

October 2nd, 2017
BI, Events, Salt Mines, Comics and Office 2007 ending

September was an interesting month.  We're talking awards, events, new hires, new services and new (for us) holidays.  At one point, I was about 1,800 feet beneath Lake Erie with Julie (wife) and Kevin Dutkiewicz (not wife, but Technical Director).  A couple weeks later I was in a hot air balloon with Julie (still wife) and Hannibal (grandkid).  Granted, the balloon was tethered and only about 50 feet or so up, but still…

The first event was thanks to a prize I snatched up earlier this year at an event sponsored by Wire-Net.