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Is Your Data Secure from Hacking? - Game of Thrones

Brianna Loftin - Friday, August 11, 2017

HBO's hacking incident and the leaking of their Game of Thrones Episode, may have focused your attention to security lapses in your own company.

Many small business owners believe that they are not as vulnerable to cyber security breeches as are large corporations. However many cyber criminals pray on small to medium companies because of their out of date security systems. If you lack the time or resources to implement necessary security maintenance, consider a hosted desktop and let the professionals keep up with the necessary upgrades, updates and maintenance to keep your Data in the right hands. 

With a hosted desktop, you not only get access to your data from anywhere, on any machine, but these safety standards are included in our Top Tier Facility:

SAS 70 Type II Audited Datacenter
256-Bit Encryption
24x7x365 on site personnel
Fully Redundant
Bio-metric access
Automatic Backups 
 

Let us handle your security, so that you can relax and watch that (legally aired) episode of Game of Thrones.

Give us a call at (866)710-4228 or send an email to discuss your hosting options, or to chat about your favorite characters on G.O.T.

Personalized E-Marketing Proven Effective - The Best Ways to Implement E-Marketing Campaign

Brianna Loftin - Friday, August 04, 2017

Personalized E-mail Marketing is proven effective, but many struggle to implement, even though they can gain about 17 percent more revenue, as studied by the Relevancy Group. Here is an article detailing how beneficial E-Marketing can be, and why many businesses still struggle, even though it guarantees success.

Your problem can be solved easily by Implementing Swiftpage Act! you can attain a CRM that will hold all of the personal information that you need to generate effective email campaigns with included Swiftpage E-Marketing so you can send out your marketing to the right people.

Give us a call at (866)710-4228 or send an email and we can work with you to see how Act! will increase your effectiveness and help you build your business.

QuickBooks Hosting Review of Tandem CloudTop - In the Black Bookkeeping

Brianna Loftin - Thursday, July 20, 2017



In the Black Bookkeeping's client chose QuickBooks Hosting from Tandem CloudTop so that their bookkeeper has remote access of their QuickBooks Desktop. Mickey Black of In the Black Bookkeeping was surprised at the ease of use of the Citrix Platform, compared to other solutions she has used in the past. She states,

“Tandem CloudTop’s solution has been the most user-friendly environment so far. The setup was a breeze, they took over my session, uploaded my files and logged in the users and it was done. Their hosting solution is mirrored in the quality and ease of use as maintaining your own servers, without the high cost of running them yourself. Tandem CloudTop has been great in their support. Every time I have called or emailed I get a quick response and the issue is handled right away. Everyone should have QuickBooks Hosting from a trusted Company like Tandem CloudTop. ”

In the Black Bookkeeping has been in business since 2004, assisting small to medium sized companies with their accounting, so that they can focus on what they do best. In the Black Bookkeeping is built around the belief in Honesty, Integrity, Accuracy and Reliability. Mickey Black is not just a bookkeeper, but your business partner. She has worked in Sales, ACC and Operations and can help with the whole picture of helping you run your business. Mickey boasts that since 2004, she still has all of her clients, which is an incredible track record and a telltale sign of quality work. Find out more about In the Black Bookkeeping on their site www.itbbooks.com

To get started with QuickBooks Hosting for your own company send an email or call (866)710-4228.

Building Email Lists - How to Keep Track of Your Followers

Brianna Loftin - Friday, July 07, 2017

I have had some serious blog writers block these past couple of weeks. Naturally I googled, what to blog about- haha, and I actually came about a very handy article from Blog Tyrant, apparently I am not the only one who has asked this question.

One thing that he says is essential to blogging, is building an e-mail list, because you just cant rely on search engines alone. Swiftpage Act! keeps anyone that contacts us in an easily searchable CRM that can quickly automate mundane data entry and even provides free E-Marketing. This is a great cost effective solution for all of those bloggers out there that want to hold onto their followers.

For more information about Act!, send an email or call (866)710-4228.

Hurricane Season is Here - How to Prepare

Brianna Loftin - Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Here are some things to remember during hurricane season, or if you receive a Hurricane Watch or Warning:

  • Fill up your gas tank, everyone has  seen people trying to get out of town, only to run out of gas in traffic.
  • Charge any devices that you may need to use, especially cell phones and computers. 
  • Set your refrigerator and freezer to the lowest setting before the storm hits and make sure not to open it frequently so that your food stays cool and doesn't spoil. Consider putting a thermometer in your refrigerator to make sure that food is at an acceptable temperature. Temperatures about 40 degrees F rapidly grow bacteria.
  • Ready your disaster supply kit, including; first aid, batteries and flashlights.
  • Make sure you have enough food and other essential supplies in case you are flooded in or lose power.
  • If there is a hurrican warning, defintely board up your windows and remove or secure any items that could blow over and cause damage in strong winds.
  • Remember to stay safe and don't go into flooded waters, there can be hidden dangers in the water, and electrical currents from downed power lines.

 

How to Move Files from my Desktop to the Cloud and Back on Citrix

Brianna Loftin - Friday, June 16, 2017

Many people want to know if they can move files between their desktop and their hosted environment.  The answer is yes, with a few simple steps:

To copy files from your Citrix Session to your Local PC/Desktop, follow these steps:

- From your Citrix desktop, double click the "My Computer" icon. Note that the "My Computer" icon may be renamed to the server name

- Navigate to the file you want to copy inside of your Citrix session

- Right-Click the file and select "Copy"

- Go back to the "My Computer" icon and double click it once again

- You will now notice that in the "Network Drives" section, a list of drives that are actually your LOCAL PC drives.

- If you want to connect to your local PC's C: drive, just double click the "C$ on 'Client'" icon

- You will now see the folders refreshed in your window to show your local PC's C: drive

- You can now pick a folder on the local PC C: drive and copy your file into that folder. To do so, Right-Click in the folder where you want to copy the file to and select "Paste" option to paste the file FROM CITRIX TO YOUR LOCAL PC

- On your local PC, you can now navigate to the location you decided to copy the file to and you will be able to see the copied file there.

To copy files to your Citrix Session from your Local PC/Desktop, follow these steps:

- From your Citrix desktop, double click the "My Computer" icon. Note that the "My Computer" icon may be renamed to the server name

- You will now notice that in the "Network Drives" section, a list of drives that are actually your LOCAL PC drives

- If you want to connect to your local PC's C: drive, just double click the "C$ on 'Client'" icon

- Navigate to the file you want to copy on your local PC

- Right-Click the file and select "Copy"

- Now within your Citrix desktop, Right-Click your Citrix desktop and select "Paste"

- The file should now be copied onto your Citrix desktop

- You can now move it anywhere you want to store it properly within the Citrix environment

NOTE: Depending on the speed of your internet connection and the size of the file, the transfer speed may vary.

Give us a call at 866-710-4228 or send an email for more information on cloud hosting.

QuickBooks Desktop Sale - Plus Free Month of QuickBooks Hosting

Brianna Loftin - Monday, June 12, 2017

Right now, if you purchase QuickBooks Pro or Premier Licenses you will receive at least $20 off each license! This Intuit sale ends Thursday 6/15.  

Tandem will keep the sale going for you the whole month long! Here's the deal: Sign up by 6/30 and you will get the first month of QuickBooks Hosting FREE!

Give us call to get started, (866)710-4228 or send an email.

Accessing the Cloud from a Web Browser - Citrix Receiver Fits the Bill

Brianna Loftin - Thursday, June 01, 2017

We have found the Citrix Receiver to be an invaluable tool when implementing hosted services, but in certain situations being able to use a web browser can be a preferable option.

Fear not, our hosting platform has the ability to access your account through a web browser as well. For instance, if you have to use an alternative pc or laptop, in a pinch, or on the road, you can simply use the browser rather than downloading the citrix receiver. You will still be getting the added security benefits of citrix, with this option.

This is also a great alternative available if you are unable to log in. While our IT Engineers fix your problem, you can still access your files from anywhere using the web browser, and your desktop will appear exactly as it was before.   

Already have hosting with Tandem CloudTop? Using Internet Explorer, go to https://my.cloudtopoffice.com and simply login with your username and password.

If you are interested in having your software hosted, please send us an email, or call 866-710-4228. We would love to help you find a solution!

Can I Email from Hosted QuickBooks? How to Email with QuickBooks Hosting

Brianna Loftin - Friday, May 26, 2017

Deciding to move to Hosted QuickBooks can be a daunting task, but one thing that you want to make sure is that you will have the ability to email from QuickBooks. Here are your options and how to set up your account to easily email invoices, reports and statements through QuickBooks.

You have the option of either adding Outlook and Excel (additional charges apply) or you can use the built in email client in QuickBooks, configured with our mail server and send directly from there, which is actually a more reliable option.

QuickBooks Web Mail

From the QuickBooks Edit menu, select Preferences and click Send Forms.

Select Web Mail and click Add.

Fill out the Add Email Info and click OK.

Click OK to save the changes.

For Default Messages - Go to Edit/Preferences and select Send Forms. Now select the Company Preferences tab. The first drop down box allows you to select the type of transaction you want to change the default message for. The rest is pretty self explanatory. By changing the default message you save lots of time by only having to personalize each message a little bit when you feel it is necessary.

Outlook

Create an Outlook email profile.

You will need following information to set up Outlook as your email client: Username, Password, Email server address.

Set up Outlook in QuickBooks.

From the QuickBooks Edit menu, choose Preferences and select Send Forms.

Select Outlook and click OK.

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When you sign up for Hosted QuickBooks, don't worry, we will help you get everything set-up with our friendly in house support, right from Sugar Land, Texas.

For more information on QuickBooks Hosting send us an email, or call (866)710-4228.

 

The Best QuickBooks Hosting Provider - Questions to Ask Before Choosing

Brianna Loftin - Thursday, May 18, 2017

Are you having trouble sifting through the seemingly endless QuickBooks Hosting Options? To make sure that you are getting the best option available, here are some helpful tips, and questions to ask before deciding on "the one."

Back-Up - Make sure that you are getting automatic daily backups, so that you can get your data if something happens.
Print - Will you have the ability to print checks, invoices and other documents to your local printers?
Outsourcing - Make sure that the company that you are working with is just that, and not outsourcing their servers and support.
Hosting Platform - Does the hosting provider use the less costly Remote Desktop Services, to offer lower cost at the expense of the user experience?
Authorized Intuit Host - This is crucial, autorized hosts have been approved by Intuit, so that you know you are getting the top quality security for your information.

The only difference between Commercial Hosting Providers and Standard Hosting Providers is that they cannot host monthly rental of QB software, you have to purchase a license, annual subscription or provide your own license, which is a more cost effective solution in the long run.

For more information on QuickBooks Hosting send us an email, or call (866)710-4228


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