ASysTech Gets Smart With SmartPhones

Being smart with SmartPhones provides ASysTech an advantage when working with Orlando and Central Florida business. When combined with leading cloud-based technologies such as Microsoft Office365, business has the advantage needed to compete in today’s market.

When it comes to understanding smartphones, no one understands them like ASysTech. Consider us your smart techs when it comes to understanding the ins and outs of all the mobile phones that many business executives, sales professionals and information technology professionals use every day.

“We make a point of knowing everything about every smartphone out there,” said Rick Hardin, president of ASysTech. “As your Orlando IT professionals, we stay on top of all the latest technologies and mobility solutions on the leading edge of how we exchange information, communicate and do business.”

Once a month, each ASysTech IT professional takes a turn using the iPhone 4S, Android and Windows Mobile phone. ASysTech engineers learn how to configure each platform with Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Office365 and even Google Apps when required.

The team exchanges notes and findings to ensure everyone is aware of all the technical strengths and weaknesses of each platform. Every platform offers unique advantages, and it is important to know what security concerns, if any, exist on them.

ASysTech’s professionals are well positioned to consult with Orlando business professionals on the latest applications and services designed to make life easy and ensure maximum efficiency while on the road.

When it comes to working with a technology support firm that understands smartphones and the top mobile phone solutions, turn to your trusted Orlando IT services team at ASysTech.

ASysTech Gains Valuable Insight Into Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) At Synnex Varnex 2011

Synnex Varnex 2011 held this past November at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas provided a wealth of information to ASysTech. After the pre-event occurrences on the 13th, we were able to take part in a variety of trainings, listen to keynote speakers, be updated on the Varnex Advisory Council, and participate in breakout sessions and roundtables.

What an experience! We were able to gain good insight into the operational business side of running a company. That means we had a benchmark to follow to ensure that we were taking the necessary steps to ensure ASysTech is in line with best practices regarding HR, internal processes and quality education to the internal team.

SYNNEX Corporation is a leading business process services company that services resellers and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in regions around the world. The organization offers outsourcing services in IT distribution, contract assembly, logistics management and business process outsourcing.

The event was tailored to meet the needs of both US and Canadian members. As expected, the topics covered by the keynote speaker touched on many of the same subjects that we hear on a daily basis — the value of partnerships, the continuing interest in the cloud, mobility and Unified Communications (UC) and Print, as well as discussions centered around vertical markets.

Varnex is a peer-to-peer community of SYNNEX Small- to Medium-sized Business (SMB) resellers that ASysTech is proud to be a member of the Varnex membership program. We receive many benefits by being able to connect with fellow members, share strategies and ideas and support each other on our way to success.

ASysTech Honored To Be a Part of the Very First Microsoft Cloud Champion Club Summit

A very special initial event happened in Tampa, Florida for an elite group of individuals that belong to the Microsoft Cloud Champions Club Program that gave managed service providers like ASysTech, Inc. new insights pertaining to a wide assortment of topics.

It’s a special feeling to be part of an inaugural event. Microsoft held their first-ever Cloud Champion Club Southeast District Partner Summit in Tampa, Florida, on November 17. ASysTech, Inc. was one of the selected managed services providers that was able to participate in this all-day special event.

This Summit gave ASysTech a unique opportunity to network and engage with other executives that are part of the top Cloud partners that are focused on Small- to Medium-sized Businesses (SMBs). During the Summit, partners were presented with a wide variety of impactful topics, such as being competitive in the Cloud, Microsoft’s Office 365 Marketing engine and partner resources, MS CRM Online partner opportunities, and much more.

According to Rick Hardin, President of ASysTech, “The best part was meeting the people we deal with daily on the Office 365 team. Office 365 roadmap gave us insight into how the product will evolve in the future. We met with other vendors whose products support and enhance Office 365 and were able to provide feedback to issues we had encountered.”

ASysTech provides Orlando and Central Florida businesses premium IT services and tech support packages that are designed to pave the way for their clients to perform at new levels. With the combination of business solutions with technology solutions, ASysTech is able to create high-value technology solutions for Orlando and Central Florida organizations that have the drive and will to get ahead using technology.

ASysTech is your Orlando Microsoft Office 365 provider. This application is perfect for end users to gain easy access to email, documents, contacts and calendars so they remain up to date. For SMBs that wish to try out Office 365, they only need to sign up for their very own ASysTech free trial.

Floods in Thailand and the impact on your Orlando business

Guest Blogger – Ed Correia, President & CEO, Sagacent Technologies, Inc.

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After a six week shut-down, Western Digital’s hard drive plant in Thailand has been pumped dry and has resumed production – sort of. This plant has been responsible for 60% of the company’s hard drive production. While the six feet of water that had been filling the plant is now gone, only some of the manufacturing processes have resumed. However, some of the company’s hard drive manufacturing functions will likely not resume again until February or March of 2012!

As you may recall, the amazing flooding in Thailand has affected the whole computer industry in a major way as much of the world’s hard drive production is centered there. Since the flooding began on October 15th many of these manufacturers have been under several feet of water. The result has been the loss of income for hundreds of thousands of Thais (the Western Digital plant alone employed some 37,000 workers) and a big cut in general hard drive availability to both computer manufacturers, reseller’s (like Sagacent Technologies) and consumers alike. In many cases, we (Sagacent) have been struggling to fill the typical end of year surge in computer and server purchases and quite frequently seen a doubling and tripling of hard drive costs – if we could find them.

However, there is another lesson to be learned here, and it relates to our own businesses. While the flooding that caused all of this was certainly unexpected and unprecedented in recent times, it was nonetheless in the list of Sagacent’s ‘top 5 things’ that I warn my clients to be prepared for from a business continuity and disaster preparedness stand point. Western Digital’s production has suffered a significant hit at a key point in their year. They are expecting to incur special costs of between $225 million and $275 million as a result of this disaster. How would your business fare if it were flooded – or some other disaster impacted (1) total productivity for six weeks, (2) partial productivity for months to come, and (3) it had to incur huge costs in order to become productive again?

It should make you think. And it should make you sit down with your key management and trusted advisors and say, “how would we deal with x happening and what would we do about it?” That is where Business Continuity Planning begins.

– Ed Correia

 

Security Risks With BlueTooth Devices

You think Bluetooth car-kits (that allow you to talk hands-free while you drive) are safe? Don’t be so sure! According to Finnish data security firm Codenomicon, there are some major security holes in the otherwise considered secure Bluetooth radio technology which is widely used to link cellphones to their accessories. According to a research paper from the firm, critical problems were found in all Bluetooth-enabled car-kits it tested this year. So, if your Bluetooth happens to have faulty security, it can give criminals access to information on your phone or coding errors could lead to damage to your car’s electronic system thus putting your safety at risk! Hmm… this does seem to have serious implications.

So, what exactly has been putting users at risk? Software faults act as the backdoors for exploiters to invade devices. In the words of technology chief Ari Takanen, “The problems are in the implementation. Coders make human mistakes.” And he also said that it was very difficult to decide which device was more secure. After all, quality of the software is rarely visible to customers.

Bluetooth industry lobby Bluetooth SIG, however, believes that the technology is secure. Commenting on the findings, Mike Foley, Bluetooth SIG’s executive director said, “One of the reasons these members pick Bluetooth wireless technology is because of the strong security Bluetooth technology can provide through effective implementations by the OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) who build these products.”

What do you think?

Are you looking for quality IT support in Orlando? Call ASysTech today, we are your trusted Orlando IT support specialists.

The Top 25 Easy To Guess Passwords

Easily guessable internet passwords don’t just let you in, they let hackers in too! That’s why it’s time you knew the worst passwords you can possibly choose (and avoided them!). To make it easier for you, here’s a list of the worst passwords of 2011 (Go through it, and while you are at it, don’t forget to thank SplashData, which has created the rankings based on millions of stolen passwords posted online by hackers).

  1. password
  2. 123456
  3. 12345678
  4. qwerty
  5. abc123
  6. monkey
  7. 1234567
  8. letmein
  9. trustno1
  10. dragon
  11. baseball
  12. 111111
  13. iloveyou
  14. master
  15. sunshine
  16. ashley
  17. bailey
  18. passw0rd
  19. shadow
  20. 123123
  21. 654321
  22. superman
  23. qazwsx
  24. michael
  25. football

If you happened to spot your password in the list, change it ASAP. And the next time you are creating a password, make sure it meets the following criteria.

  • Your password should be a combination of various characters that range from numbers to letters to special characters.
  • It should contain eight characters or more. And don’t forget to separate short words with spaces or underscores.
  • Most important of all, don’t use the same password and username combination for multiple websites. If you have problem keeping track of all your accounts, you should probably use an online password manager.

Trust us; having your accounts compromised is a trouble that is much bigger than choosing secure passwords.