The beginning of a new year is a good time to review the hot topics for 2019. To cloud, or not to cloud? What’s to be gained by moving to cloud platforms, such as Microsoft’s Office 365? Let’s review…
*Special Alert* – Apple FaceTime Bug
Occasionally news crosses our desk that immediately make us want to forward it to friends and family as a warning. This is one of those…
What is the problem?
“A significant bug has been discovered in FaceTime and is currently spreading virally over social media. The bug lets you call anyone with FaceTime, and immediately hear the audio coming from their phone — before the person on the other end has accepted or rejected the incoming call. Apple says the issue will be addressed in a software update “later this week”.”
One important subject matter we touched on last year was budgeting. Improper budgeting, or even a lack of, can delay and even halt important projects that you as a customer want to prioritize. And no one likes surprises. Budget development is an intricate task, but it is one of the many added features with UniVista Core and Comprehensive Agreements. General budget planning starts with the Q1 quarterly business review meeting, assuming your fiscal year starts in January. For government or other verticals, budgeting starts in the spring, it is pretty well developed by August, and it’s finalized by Oct 1st. An IT budget is most useful if it is a true representation of what is necessary for your maintenance, repair, replacement, and one time “project” expenditures. We work with you to put all of this on paper and allow for proper planning. Let’s touch on a few topics that are very important components of budgeting.
2019 is here, and it is a special year for all concerned due to many Microsoft products going End of Life (EOL) in January of 2020. We’ve covered the whys of EOL in previous pings, so in this edition we would like to remind you of the importance of keeping your servers updated and workstations rebooted when prompted. We discussed this necessity in The Ping: Updates and Upgrades, and we encourage you to review it. Staying ahead of the game will help prevent down time from malware and slow systems or hardware crashes. This edition of “The Ping!” should answer any lingering questions about Microsoft’s EOL policy and dates.