NEWS AND CASE STUDIES

Altitude Integrations is Finalist for IQ Awards

By Brett

Every year, the Boulder County Business Report highlights the most innovative products and services developed by companies and organizations.  Altitude Integrations is a finalist in the category of Business Products and Services. This just validates the unique way that we serve our clients.  It is not what you do that is important, it’s how you do it.  Our services provide companies with the full range of consultation and support services with a focus in technology innovation.  We focus on local business and sustainable practice. We are excited to be recognized by the Boulder County Business Report for this category.  This…

Does Your Business Need a Server? 3 Reasons Your Business Should Upgrade (or not) to Getting an In-House Server

By Brett

It is more common than ever for offices – especially for larger companies – to possess two different types of computers: a computer on which individuals perform their daily tasks and one centralized computer that stores the resources all other computers on the network can access. The second type of computer is known as a server, and its function is to hold the information that’s on all of the computers, allow and deny access of various files to appropriate parties, as well as to provide a high level of security for the company’s information. While servers are regarded as a…

How to be a Techie Environmentalist

By Brett

The average person buys a new computer once every 3 years.  That same average person buys a new cell phone once every 18 months.  This begs the question:  How can you be a techie environmentalist in our modern world? Here at Altitude Integrations, we have been looking closely at this problem for quite a few years.  Here are a few ways you can do your part to lower your impact on the world’s fastest-growing residential waste stream and hug some virtual trees: Get it fixed:  Things break.  Gravity is quite effective and electronics are delicate.  That’s a dangerous combination.  People…

Hard Drive Signal Mirrors

By Brett

At Altitude Integrations, we do lots of Data Recovery.  When a hard drive fails, we wonder what we can make out of it.  Then the following thought occurred to us: When you go into the back-country, it’s important to bring emergency equipment.  One of the simplest and most effective back-country safety devices is a signal mirror.  Here at Altitude Integrations, we all have a background in backpacking as well as IT.  We realized one day that hard drive platters make excellent signal mirrors.  Not only are you doing your part to keep them out of the landfill, you are also…

The Cloud: Security & Compliance

By Brett

Altitude Integrations’s Business IT Services department includes assisting clients with the cloud and all that cloud computing entails. We strongly support the benefits and features of the cloud which include better security for businesses. As our partner, VirTerrus helps Altitude Integrations to work with clients in creating a safe and cohesive work environment.  Companies today rely on data, and ensuring that data is safe and secure is key. Any interruption to connections, business information, access, or software costs money. Virtual platforms provide enterprise grade data and system access that was not previously cost effective. Social Engineering & Network Penetration Attempts…

Try out Google Docs

By Brett

Google Docs (now known as Google Drive) is a free, Web-based office suite and data storage service offered by Google. It allows users to create and edit documents online while collaborating in real-time with other users. Google Docs combines the features of Writely and Spreadsheets with a presentation program incorporating technology designed by Tonic Systems. Data storage of files up to 1 GB total in size was introduced on January 13, 2010, but has since been increased to 10 GB, documents using Google Docs native formats do not count towards this quota.[3] The largely anticipated cloud storage feature by Google is said to be replacing most of Docs’…

Manage company voicemails with Google Apps

By Brett

If your business is anything like ours, voicemail matters. We’d love to answer every phone call, but sometimes people call during off hours or while we’re on the phone with someone else. Traditional voicemail systems suck, however. Using the phone to access an inbox is a terrible form of human-machine interaction, especially if you’re used to the quickness of email. I don’t want to “press 1 to hear new messages”; I want the messages to appear in front of me. Enter Google Voice. This amazing web app, part of the Google Apps suite of online software, manages our voicemail for…

Bad Capacitors

By Brett

We deal with a number of systems here at Altitude Integrations.  Many of our clients bring in older systems that they’ve had for several years.  Often a system optimization or malware scan & clean will resolve  issues with system reliability or performance. When our diagnosis and troubleshooting moves beyond software issues, we have to open up the computer and take a look inside. Heat can be a major contributing factor to system instability.  Dust and pet hair are common finds inside of fans, heatsinks and all of the other nooks and crannies inside a desktop PC.  One client brought in…

IT in Education: How to Make Sure the Teacher Knows More About IT than the Student

By Brett

Technology has grown so fast over the past couple of decades that there seems to be more experts outside of the IT field than within it. Some would go so far to say that students (in and out of school) seem to have an innate ability to navigate their way around software that even challenge programmers. So how can we make sure that today’s teachers stay ahead of their savvy students? Altitude Integrations aids teachers with direction from our experts in network management, servers, desktops, and phone systems. If you’re in the position of fielding questions from smart and fast…

The Cloud: Business Continuity

By Brett

As part of our Business IT Support Services, Altitude Integrations implements cloud services solutions for our clients and within our own office. In addition to many other benefits, cloud computing solutions provide fluid business continuity specifically through our accounting and payroll services and CRM services. VirTerrus, iSU’s cloud computing services partner, helps us to create a balanced and cohesive work environment for our clients. Learn more about the benefits of cloud computing services: Business Continuity Encapsulates the idea that workers have uninterrupted access to the data and applications their productivity depends upon. The same virtualized infrastructure that enables workplace flexibility or WorkSurfing…