News & Case Studies

How Often Should You Upgrade Your Smartphone?

By Brett Ramberg - CEO

Nowadays, the smartphone serves so many functions for both personal and business needs that it’s hard not to become dependent on one to navigate through life. Sometimes this dependence becomes an issue, though, as technology advances so quickly that it can be hard to keep up with new systems and devices. When your smartphone becomes antiquated, you’ll find applications crashing more often, software updates won’t be compatible with your system, and you may not even be able to download new applications. So the question is, how often do you need to upgrade your smartphone? Even though millions of Americans stormed…

Case Study: North American Property Services Inc. and Google Apps

By Brett Ramberg - CEO

Altitude Integrations provides business IT support, web site design and computer repair services to clients in Colorado. We began working with North American Property Services (NAPS) in 2010 to provide basic desktop support for their Windows-based environment.  NAPS provides a wide range of facility management services with a special focus on janitorial services to clients all across the United States. NAPS was looking to increase the efficiency of their operations as they increased their staff and took on new contracts.  Their existing Windows environment experienced too much downtime for their operations.  They were also looking to move away from the…

Wired vs Wireless in Business: Why You Should Still Wire Up Your Office for Data

By Brett Ramberg - CEO

The way we access our information is rapidly changing. Remember dial-up internet? Since then, the web and our methods of staying connected have completely changed. The latest trends in connectivity cut all ties, both literal and figurative, with the wired web of the past. Just because something is new and popular, doesn’t mean it’s implementing best practices and is optimized for network security. So, should you wire your office up for data or transfer your network to wireless? Let’s dive into the pros and cons of wired vs. wireless connectivity in business and why wired wins. Wireless Connection: Benefits The…

How to be a Techie Environmentalist

By Brett Ramberg - CEO

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 Ramberg - CEO

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…

Manage company voicemails with Google Apps

By Brett Ramberg - CEO

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…

Five Programs You Seriously Need To Stop Using

By Brett Ramberg - CEO

If you have kids you’ve probably explained to them, time and time again, that “everybody else is doing it” is not a good reason to do something. And yet, if you look at the software you use every day on your computer, can you really explain why it is that you use it? Probably not. If you’re like the vast majority of computer users you’ve stuck with the software you know simply because it’s familar. That’s okay, but you’re not necessarily getting the most out of your technology. With this in mind, we a Altitude Integrations wish to present you…

State of the Google Apps Ecosystem

By Brett Ramberg - CEO

Ever wondered about how Google Apps can help advance your business?

A New Hack Might Leave Your Secured Router Vulnerable

By Brett Ramberg - CEO

Think your wireless is secure? Think again. We’ve always advised our customers to use WPA2 encryption for their wireless networks, and with good reason: with a good password WPA2 encryption can take millions of years for hackers to crack. There’s a new loophole, though: WPS, a system that makes it easier to set up devices wirelessly, also makes it easier for hackers to get your wireless password. Those with geeky inclinations can check out the initial research, but everyone else should simply know this: WPS is not secure. Here’s what we recommend: if you’re currently using WPS on your router,…

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

By Brett Ramberg - CEO

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…