NEWS AND CASE STUDIES

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

By Brett

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…

The Cloud: Virtual Workspace

By Brett

Implementing cloud services for our clients, allows them to create a virtual workspace which offers mobility and an overall increase in productivity. Altitude Integrations strongly suggests using cloud computing in and out of the office as it not only reduces IT costs, but provides easier transition when traveling or working from home. Our partner VirTerrus helps Altitude Integrations to ensure clients have the accessibility and usability of the cloud.  Top 10 advantages of a Virtual Workspace Business continuity Data security & compliance Accessibility & workplace flexibility Accelerate business velocity by moving process to the worksite Reduced equipment costs, smaller carbon footprint,…

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’…

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…

Five Tips to Consider When Moving or Opening a New Office

By Brett

Our business team is constantly working on new network build-outs for clients who are either moving their offices to a new location or opening up an entirely new business. Business IT Services Director and project manager, Christina Savage, has learned a lot about this over the years. Here, she compiled five tips to consider when opening up a new business or moving to a new space. Internet Service Provider (ISP) and Telco Options: This is the number one factor that goes overlooked. Before you sign a lease, contact your sales rep and see if the ISP will service the new area. If…

How Often Should You Upgrade Your Smartphone?

By Brett

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…

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…

Five Programs You Seriously Need To Stop Using

By Brett

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…

Altitude Integrations Now Offers Computer Recycling

By Brett

With the help of Eco-Cycle we are now offering recycling services for your used computer equipment. Here’s how the process works: Drop Off: Drop off your items at our shop. For a list of equipment we accept and pricing information, see our price sheet. Test Item: We test the item to see if we can refurbish or repurpose any of the parts. Wipe Data: We wipe all data before refurbishing, repurposing or recycling any electronics. Refurbish/Repurpose Parts: If possible, we refurbish or repurpose parts for use in our shop. Recycling: Everything else will be sent to Eco-Cycle’s Center for Hard-to-Recycle…