As you might already know, we love our jobs and we always do our best to provide top quality services to our Customers. But we also believe that it’s really important for us as a team to spend quality time after hours, when we do not talk about tasks to do and meetings to schedule. These outings are all about having fun and taking care of our inner child. This year we chose an amazing venue, Accelerate Indoor Speedway (Racing & Axe Throwing), where it’s extremely easy to let loose and build lasting memories. Unfortunatelly, not all our team’s members were able to participate, but we’re hoping they join us next year. Take a look at some pics we took, though believe when we say, it was not easy to capture us in those speedy go-karts!
Every Windows product has a lifecycle. The lifecycle begins when a product is released and ends when it’s no longer supported. Knowing key dates in this lifecycle helps you make informed decisions about when to update, upgrade or make other changes to your software.
After January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for PCs running Windows 7. After that deadline, Windows will operate but you will stop receiving security and feature updates, which will expose your computer networks to security treats and cyber-attacks. Microsoft recommends that you upgrade to Windows 10 asap. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsforbusiness/end-of-windows-7-support
Most computers running Windows 7 are not powerful enough to support Windows 10. That’s why we recommend replacing them. However, some organizations might have a system(s) which hardware is compatible so an in-place upgrade can be performed.
IF YOU’D like to obtain quotes to replace the incompatible Windows 7 machines, please contact us during our office hours. Dial 630-435-4000 and press 4 to reach our Sales department
Please plan on replacing the Window 7 units as soon as you can. Due to the large volumes of PCs, which need to be replaced; we cannot guarantee our availability right before the deadline of January 14, 2020. Your request will be handled on ‘first come – first serve’ basis.
Network It Easy Team
May this festive season sparkle and shine, may all of your wishes and dreams come true, and may you feel this happiness all year round. Merry Christmas! and Happy Holidays
Personalized search across Office 365, a way to bring intelligent search and discovery experiences directly to users, was introduced by Microsoft at Ignite in 2017. And in September 2018, company announced that they were expanding that vision to encompass search both inside and outside of Microsoft 365. By applying artificial intelligence (AI) technology from Bing to the deep personalized insights surfaced by the Microsoft Graph, the search in your organization can become even more effective.
With Microsoft Search, new organizational search experiences are being introduced into the apps you use every day, including Bing.com and Windows.
Microsoft believes that the meaning of “search” needs to be upgraded, as getting pages of results with hyperlinks to other information is simply not enough. Faced with ever decreasing attention spans, and an enormous explosion of data, they recognize that the challenge is to find and deliver answers to the questions you have, suggest insights, and enable you to take action on your tasks. This makes search a powerful capability that stretches across your work to make you more productive and take advantage of the collective knowledge from your organization.
In their own words their vision “is a cohesive and coherent search capability, prominent in every experience, providing the way to search across all your organization’s data—both inside and outside of Microsoft 3650.”
Read more here: https://tinyurl.com/ydf3kawe
We are a Team of professionals, dedicated to working hard to meet our Customers’ needs. We devote our working days to provide high quality services, often operating under huge stress and that, as you can imagine, requires a solid dose of concentration. That’s why in order to stay motivated and ready to solve problems that might arise, we try to spend some time away from our desks and bond as a Team. Every once in a while we have a company outing, when we can just hang out and have some fun together. We strongly believe that the better team we are, the better service we provide. So, last week we decided to play some golf together at the Topgolf Naperville. This place offers great infrastructure and is suitable even for really unexperienced players. And we admit some of us are quite new to this sport, making this a funny experience. Unfortunately, not all Team members were able to participate, but still it was an amazing opportunity to bond and to forget about software, databases and cybercrime. Take a look at some of the pictures taken to see us in action.
Network It Easy, Inc. Achieves Blue Partner Status with Datto
Lisle, Illinois July 31, 2018 – Network It Easy, Inc. (NIE) today announced it has achieved exclusive Blue partner status with Datto, the world’s leading provider of IT solutions delivered through managed service providers (MSPs). Datto Blue status represents the top 5 percent of the company’s partners, worldwide.
Datto develops business continuity solutions that secure business data for over 100,000 companies around the world. Its suite of services includes backup and disaster recovery (“BDR”), cloud-to-cloud backup services for SaaS applications and network continuity services.
A Datto Partner since 2015, NIE has successfully deployed hundreds of Datto solutions for small and medium sized organizations, helping them secure the critical data they need to successfully run their operation. “As an Adaptive Managed Service Provider, NIE strives to source and provide the best of breed technology solutions for our customers”, said Witold Stanislawski, company President. “Our experience has shown the Datto solutions to be the most cost effective and reliable backup, disaster recovery and business continuity products available for small and medium sized organizations”.
“It is our understanding that NIE is the only Datto partner in the Chicago area to attain this status”, continued Stanislawski.
“We are thrilled to recognize Network It Easy, Inc. as a Blue Partner,” said Rob Rae, vice president of business development, Datto. “We are committed to providing NIE and all of our partners with the necessary capabilities to develop deep relationships with their customers and keep growing their brands and businesses. We look forward to more success from NIE, as we continue to roll out new partner services.”
About Network It Easy, Inc.
Network It Easy helps small and medium sized organizations focus on making those organizations successful by providing a cost-effective combination of outsourced technical support and IT Technologies tailored to their size. Combining superior customer service with highly advanced and automated technology tools, NIE supports hundreds of organizations while providing products from industry leading manufacturers including Datto.
At Datto, our mission is to empower the world’s small and medium sized businesses with the best in enterprise-level technology. We do it by equipping our unique community of Managed Service Provider partners with the right products, tools and knowledge to allow each and every customer to succeed. It’s an approach that’s made us the world’s leading provider of MSP delivered IT solutions. Datto is headquartered in Norwalk, Conn., with offices worldwide.
As we celebrate on this 4th of July holiday, let us remember that America achieved its greatness through people working together for the good of all.
By Ray Miner, Technology Solutions Adviser
Is your business still relying on an outdated tape backup solution to recover files in an emergency? Below are 5 compelling reasons to consider upgrading to the current technologies and achieve full Backup, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BDR) capabilities as a protection against a catastrophic server failure.
Recovery Time: Tape backups only store a copy of your files. If your server fails and requires replacement, the new server must be replaced and manually configured from scratch. This process takes days.
Current technologies can store a complete image of your server configuration in addition to your files. If your server fails, the entire server configuration and your files can be restored from the back-up. This process takes minutes.
Combined On-site and Cloud Backup: Users of tape backups must live and die with the tape that files have been stored on. In most cases, there is no way to verify that all files have been saved or whether the tape works at all.
Current technologies can store a copy (including the image referenced above) of the backup on what amounts to a mini PC on-site. The data is then replicated and on a scheduled basis, the copy is automatically and securely transmitted and stored to “The Cloud”.
Hybrid Virtualization Technology: Tape backup units have zero capability to function until the server has been replaced.
In the event of a catastrophic failure, current technologies include the capability to “virtualize” and run a protected server either through the on-site storage device or remotely, in the cloud until a permanent replacement server is obtained.
Security: Tape backups provide no security capabilities. If a tape is lost or stolen, the person that takes possession of the tape can access the files and have complete access to all of the data on it.
Current technologies include encryption of files on the storage device, encryption while in transit to the cloud and encryption in the cloud
Amazingly Inexpensive Pricing: While tape backups cost virtually nothing, their value in a catastrophic failure is also virtually nothing.
Current technologies, which deliver all of the benefits listed plus many more, are available for a relatively low monthly fee. Some providers also include the cost of the unit, upgrades/replacements and monthly support in this fee.
In today’s competitive business environment, virtually every type of business is heavily reliant on its data infrastructure and continuous access to the data on it. That information drives everything from sales through shipping and everything in between. Many businesses simply cannot afford to be out of service for days.
Can your business afford to be out of service for days?
Network IT Easy (NIE) is pleased to announce that it has been named to the CRN®, (a brand of The Channel Company) 2018 Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list in the Pioneer 250 category. This annual list recognizes North American solution providers with cutting-edge approaches to delivering managed services. The list is divided into three categories. The MSP Pioneer 250 category recognizes companies with business models weighted toward managed services and largely focused on the SMB market.
“We are honored to be named to this prestigious list of outstanding IT Managed Service Providers for 2018 and especially to be one of the few to receive the reward from the Chicago area. Network IT Easy is continuously looking at ways to adapt and improve the types of services we provide to our SMB customers. Receipt of this award from CRN recognizes and endorses that approach,” said NIE President Witold Stanislawski.
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Our company has been using NIE for over a year now and it’s one of the best decisions we’ve made as a small business. The piece of mind they give you and how quickly they fix ANY/ALL IT issues is outstanding. They are great to work with.
To view more rave reviews, visit our website at https://lnkd.in/dPN-_cp
By Witold Stanislawski, Technology Solutions Advisor.
No business with Internet access is immune from the threat of compromised passwords, unauthorized electronic resource access, data breaches and other activities performed INSIDE the network.
Statistically, more than 70% of cybercrime incidents target the Small Business space. 60 – 65% of those business will close their doors within 6 months from such breaches. Most attackers tend to “watch” the network activities and e-mail communications for a few weeks before they strike. During that time their activities are usually undetected.
You mostly likely already have some layers of security like firewall, anti-virus, web browsing protection and anti-spam filters. Those are ‘must have’ 1st layers of defense against modern cyber-attacks.
Firewalls, anti-virus, and anti-malware software are an equivalent of a perimeter protection at an organized event, where attendees must go through metal detectors and randomly show their IDs. The layers above do just that for computer networks.
However, until now, there hasn’t been a practical and inexpensive way to know if any of the security policies were being breached from INSIDE of the network. Economically, it was out of reach for the Small Businesses. NIE MSSP Total Proactive Network Protection technology provides the missing layer of internal network security. Don’t hesitate to contact us to get the conversation about network security started.
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Network IT Easy (NIE), an IT Managed Service Provider (MSP) based in Lisle, Illinois, is proud to announce it has been awarded Silver Partner status in the Allworx APEX partner program. Wildly successfully at fighting the trend toward hosted telephony, Allworx provides premise based VoIP (Voice over IP) telephone systems designed for Small-and Medium-sized Businesses (SMBs).
About Network IT Easy
Network IT Easy helps Chicago area small and medium sized companies (SMB) focus on their business and gain a competitive advantage by providing a cost-effective combination of IT technologies and outsourced technical support tailored to the SMB community. Combining superior customer service with highly advanced and automated technology tools, NIE supports hundreds of SMB companies while providing products from industry leading manufacturers including Allworx.
For more information on our services, or to check out our recent blog post on a creative (i.e. no out of pocket expense) way to fund your new telephone system, visit our website at https://networkiteasy.com.
Allworx provides a complete portfolio of VoIP telephone systems, IP phones, network switches and advanced software options to help SMBs create solutions tailored to meet their unique needs. The company has deployed more than 40,000 VoIP systems and more than 600,000 IP phones across more than 25,000 business customers to date. These systems provide cost-effective, innovative voice communication features that enhance the user experience at their desks, on their mobile devices and on their PCs.
By Ray Miner, Technology Solutions Adviser
Update: As a follow-up to our original post on a creative way to fund the replacement of your old phone system by upgrading your telephone service and internet access with less expensive and more capable service. I am happy to report that we found $746 PER MONTH in savings at the first company that took us up on our offer of a free analysis. More than enough to fund a new phone system…
Although it may sound too good to be true, companies with older Nortel phone systems can get a state of the art VoIP (Voice over IP) solution and pay for all or most of it using the savings realized from updating their telephone and internet access service. During the course of our analysis, we also find that companies are paying significant sums of money for services they either no longer need or no longer use.
If you still have an old Nortel system, you haven’t been able to upgrade your phone service to a relatively new technology called SIP (Session Initiation Protocol).
Your old Nortel system couldn’t use SIP technology.
Instead of using separate, dedicated lines like you used to get from “The Phone Company”, SIP comes in over your existing internet access circuit. And it costs a fraction of what you are currently paying for your current phone service.
Even “new” phone service from companies like Comcast, uses old technology and costs significantly more.
Lease a new premise-based system or pay for a cloud hosted solution, on a monthly basis, and fund it out of the savings on your new SIP phone service. Contact us for a complimentary analysis of your current phone service.
By Witold Stanislawski and Ray Miner, Technology Solutions Advisors.
Continuous access to e-mail communications is at the core of every Small and Medium Sized Business (#SMB) today. There is an emerging vulnerability, which could allow a hacker to encrypt your email system data within seconds and make all your information inaccessible.
If successful, these hackers could:
- Demand a ransom to unlock the access to your email. Companies are paying $100,000+ in many cases.
- Block users from accessing email for hours until the ransom is paid .
- Delete all email messages whether the ransom is paid or not. They can’t be trusted….
- Bankrupt your company.
How do you avoid and/or mitigate the impact of this attack? Network It Easy, Inc. recommends:
- Disable a capability within O365 that allows “Integrated Apps”. “Integrated Apps” allows a third-party applications to read user profile details, edit or delete their files, read items contained in the collections and send email as that user. In essence it gives those applications control of your email.
- Enable Multi Factor Authentication (MFA) for all your mailboxes which requires the entry of an automatically generated, temporary and unique verification code that is sent to a separate device like a cell phone. MFA is included with Office 365 but not enabled. It must be enabled and configured.
- Sign up for a cloud mailbox backup (Office 365 does not provide a mailbox backup). This backup will allow you to restore the mailbox data and go back as far as your backup retention policy allows for, even if the e-mails get encrypted. This will allow you to NOT pay ransom.
- Engage with a Managed Services and Security Provider (MSSP) like Network It Easy, Inc. and get all the above plus pro-active security and vulnerability scanning and training as a monthly subscription.
For additional information, contact us at (630) 435-4000.
Network IT Easy is pleased to announce it is now a B2B Partner of the Illinois Manufacturer’s Association (IMA).
About Network IT Easy
Network IT Easy helps small and medium sized (SMB) manufacturers focus on their business and gain a competitive advantage by providing a cost effective combination of IT technologies and outsourced technical support tailored to their business. We take complete responsibility for every facet of the IT infrastructure including 24X7 monitoring, security protection, proactive Microsoft patching, remote and on-site technical support, data back-up/disaster recovery and ongoing technology planning.
About the IMA
The IMA is the oldest and largest state manufacturing association in the United States. Founded in Chicago in 1893, the IMA represents nearly 4,000 companies and plants that operate in Illinois. IMA support includes lobbying, informative seminars and training, continuing education courses, and a number of affinity programs designed to help your company grow and prosper.