Hand-on IT Management Consulting for Small Business, Non-profit & Education

Winter Solutions, Inc. been providing IT consulting for small businesses and professionals since 1986. Beyond your traditional computer consultant, we bring real-world business expertise and a well established set of technology management best-practices and methodologies. Technology should more than work, it should be a tool to increase productivity and drive your business forward in a creative way.

Whether you're launching a startup or looking to bring your esatablished business to the next level, Winter Solutions has the skills you need to do business in the new millenium.

Contact us now at:
781-821-0000 or david @ wintersolutions.com

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RIP Windows XP: 6 Important Questions to Ask Before April 8, 2014 PDF Print
Written by Winter Solutions   
Sunday, 30 March 2014 10:27

By now, it’s pretty widely publicized that as of April 8, 2014, Microsoft is finally ending support for Windows XP. The calls have been steadily coming in from concerned clients who are unsure what to do next. Do I need to run out and buy a new computer? Should I upgrade the operating system? Is this a compliance problem? Here are some thoughts to help you make that decision …

 
The Latest from CES 2013 PDF Print
Written by Winter Solutions   
Sunday, 27 January 2013 02:15
For those not familiar, CES, the Consumer Electronics Show is an enormous convention in Las Vegas each January where manufacturers showcase the latest technologies for the upcoming year. While each year the trade journals parade the latest and greatest, the big news this year is what's missing. The headlines this year proclaim "3D is dead," and for me it's no surprise. Perhaps this is why the number of 3D systems Winter Solutions has installed is 0, and here are the reasons why:
 
Computer and Electronics Tips for a Potential Power Outage PDF Print
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Monday, 29 October 2012 00:00

As Hurricane Sandy headed rapidly towards the New England, I received several calls from clients asking what to do in preparation for a power outage. Every business should have a comprehensive disaster prevention and recovery plan that includes appropriate redundancies, but with the storm at hand, some basic strategies are in order.

 

Here are some of the last minute tips that I shared with them which hope will also prove helpful to you:

 
Trying new things ... PDF Print
Written by Winter Solutions   
Thursday, 24 January 2013 18:53

I'm trying out new things today. I moved the iMac to the middle of my desk and am finally forcing myself to switch from my old buggy Windows 7 64-bit box to a less old Dell box running Windows 8 and Office 2013. My clients know that I have really strict policies about replacing old equipment proactively, but as they say, the cobbler's children have no shoes. (Actually, the cobbler's children do have shoes,  they're just previously worn and resoled.)

As a techie, it's fun to play with new toys, but don't try this at home kids … or rather, do try this at home, just not in the office. As a general rule of thumb for business, I strongly suggest holding off on the latest and greatest unless there's a really strong need. Even then, it's a great idea to wait until the first major set of fixes (i.e. service pack) is released. At some point, the changes will be inevitable, but that usually takes at least a couple of years. New software can be taxing on old hardware and compatibility issues take time to work out. Part of my job is to be the guinea pig, so I'll share a few of my initial impressions and follow-up to see how things progress over the coming weeks.

 
When Google Shuts You Down PDF Print
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Sunday, 16 September 2012 21:39

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It was 8:30 on a Monday morning and I received a call from a client. After signing in and grabbing their first cup of coffee of the week, they were greeted by the following on their company website: "Warning: Visiting this site may harm your computer!" Yes, despite diligent efforts, websites can go down, and on rare occasions they're even hacked. The fix is usually straightforward and in short time things can be put back in order, but this was different. This site was blocked by Google.

Now, if your website goes down for a short time, how significantly is your business impacted? If you're in Ecommerce or your website drives your business, even a brief disruption could be a major blow, but that was not the case here. This was a basic informational website, what we call a brochure site. A problem on a brochure site is certainly not good for a company's reputation, but it doesn't generally impact the company's ability to continue doing business (unless they were blacklisted by Google).

When Google decides that your website is a risk, all of your company's productivity systems can go down!

But when Google detects that a website is a risk, they don't just block that website, they block the entire domain name. What does that mean and why should you care? Well, with more resources moving to the cloud, companies are now likely to have a collection of websites.

 
How to Soft Sell a Hard Drive PDF Print
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Sunday, 21 March 2010 19:15

by Stewart Hirsch of TrustedAdvisor.com

I love my computer tech guy. He’s smart, savvy and responsive. Never lets me down. And even though I’ve got a small business, without servers and multiple users or even using his enterprise server, he treats me the same as he does his larger clients. 

While he was logged in fixing my computer problem, he told me a story about a new client. He got a call from a local company looking for a replacement drive for a server. He’s not in the parts business, and could have simply told them that. But that’s not David Winter of Winter Solutions. Instead, he asked them about their problem and its impact because he was concerned and wanted to help. He learned that the hard drive crashed, and business was at a standstill. He asked who was helping them through this crisis, and learned they were dealing with it themselves. They were going to order a new hard drive, and anticipated they would have to re-enter a year of data over several weeks. They found David on line in their search for a hard drive.   

David just happened to have a drive on hand that would fit their server, and offered to get it to them that day, and install it.  If they just bought the hard drive, there wasn’t a lot of money in this for David, and maybe not even a new client. But that wasn’t the point. By genuinely caring and trying to help them, they decided to have David assist, and in 48 hours, he recovered the original hard drive data, got the business back up and may have landed a significant client. 

Makes me want to recommend him to everyone I know. 

Stewart Hirsch is an Associate with Trusted Advisor Associates LLC , and heads its Trust-based Coaching practice. He is founder and owner of Strategic Relationships.

 

 

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