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Thank you for your Support During Hurricane Harvey

Brianna Loftin - Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Thank you for your patience while our staff in Sugar Land dealt with the effects of Hurricane Harvey. Our office remained dry, and of course the servers in Dallas, were well out of harms way.

The aftermath of Harvey is blatant in many areas in and around Houston. Everyone knows someone or has a family member that was directly impacted by the torrential downpours or tornadoes. People have started tearing out sheet-rock and attempting to rebuild. Our owner, Jon Klubnik helped a community police officer, who recently had a baby, with demolishing and clearing out the parts of his house that were affected. Many hearts are broken, but everyone is trying to put their best foot forward.

Now Irma is hurtling towards Florida and Puerto Rico. Our thoughts are with everyone in the area, and we will help in any way we can, just as many Floridians came to the rescue of Houston.

A huge thank you to all of our clients that checked in on us, donated to Hurricane Relief, and kept us in their prayers, you made a horrible situation that much better. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, from everyone at Tandem CloudTop.

8 Ways to Manage Stress - There's Always Sheetcaking

Brianna Loftin - Friday, August 18, 2017

Whether you are stressed out from your personal life, business or outside factors, stressors can have a dire affect on your health. Here are 8 ways to manage your stress: 

Excercise - Hate running on a treadmill? Don't! Simply take your dog on a walk, go hiking in the woods, ride a bike, go rock climbing, jumping jacks, burpees, swim, play sports; including ping pong, or make up your own game that suits your situation (there is always trash can basketball), and dont forget planking. Whatever you choose, keep it fun and interesting.

Make a Checklist - You will be surprised how many things you actually get done every day, when you can finally check them off of a list. Lists hardly take any time to write, and they can clear your head for other thoughts (like a bubbling brook). Remember your Alexa can even help you with lists, if you don't have time to grab a pen and paper.

Use your Vacation Days - Many Americans don't utilize their vacation days. Remember, you will actually be more productive, when your body has had time to recuperate. You dont have to actually plan a vacation to take a day off. When you finally take the time off, check some stuff off of your to do list, and then find a way to relax in your own way.

Meditate - If this isn't your kind of thing, remember meditation is solely about focusing on where you are in the present moment. You don't have to sit in full lotus, or chant. Instead, try fishing, doing the dishes, walking, etc. but don't think about anything else, solely what you are currently doing. You dont even have to set aside time to practice, just do it wherever you are, and when you find your mind wandering, kindly bring it back to your present state.

Play Music - I used to play melancholy music when I was feeling a little blue, but then a good song would come on, and I would be rocking out before I even remembered that I was supposed to be sad.

A Fermented Beverage - I do not condone the use of drugs, but once in a while, a glass of whine or beer can certainly elevate your mood. Don't overdo it or you will have the opposite effect.

Keep A Sense of Humor - a friend of mine was having a difficult time balancing her life between her spouse and children. They found that pantsing each other (at home) brought comedy back into their relationship and elevated everyones mood. Consider the other person's feelings before implementing, as this could have a negative impact on many people. In certain situations anotther approach may be more desireable.

Sheetcaking - When all else fail, remember there is always sheetcaking

No matter where you are or what you have achieved, you still have to eat, sleep and pay taxes, so you might as well enjoy yourself in every situation.

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!


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