In September's Newsletter

On The Calendar If you're new to our newsletter and you'd like to subscribe, Fulcrum Group Calendar of Events contact us right now! This month celebrates Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day, founder of Special Olympics.  Find out why this organization is special to us and while you're there, we hope you might spot some ways you can join in and support Special Olympics Texas as well! We've been busy lately with much new business and are preparing now for next month's event, National Security Awareness Month. Stay tuned for lots of helpful information that will be headed your way on topics and tips concerning IT Security. If you haven't subscribed to our blog yet, that's a great way to stay aware of best security practices and new alerts and other information for business owners and IT Managers.  
End of Year IT Planning Tips Its not too early to begin thinking about setting a successful tone for 2015 with some solid end of year technology planning.  We've got 4 great tips for you to consider getting a jump on, now:
  1. Have A reliable backup system in place. Make sure you've got a reliable backup/disaster recovery system in place.  Read about how we learned the hard way, years ago!
  2. Ensure you're running a secure, streamlined system. Keeping files, network drives and system processes safe, streamlined and cleaned-up is important for most efficient use of your technology resources. Security is an issue all its own...Take a look at some of the many articles we've provided on the topic of security. Reach out to us if needed, for assistance.
  3. Take a fresh look at your website and online marketing. End of year - or beginning of the  new year - is a great time to routinely take a fresh look at your website. Is it meeting the goals you initially set?  Any issues that may be unsatisfactory to your customers or users? Your website is your business image online and it needs to look professional and current. Social Media has become a valuable way for businesses to connect with their customers on a much more personal level!  Are you aware of how to best use social media strategies?  You can bet your competition IS.  If you'd like assistance with visiting the effectiveness of your company's online presence, feel free to investigate our SPOT Managed Website service. We can help!
  4. Take an inventory of your technology tools and processes. Assessing the right technology solutions for your needs is one of the key things you can do to help your business succeed. Evaluating your current work flow and discovering the right technologies for your needs can save you money, time and resources.  See how we've helped other organizations, small and large. We can help you, too.
Information request from The Fulcrum Group, Dallas Fort Worth Managed ServicesIf you would like assistance evaluating the state of your business technology before year-end has you in its grip, please reach out to us today!        
 Office Move Tips From The Fulcrum Group, Dallas Fort Worth IT Managed Services ProviderMoving Offices?  3 Great Reasons Why You'll Want Our Help! No one looks forward to undergoing an office relocation.  Various technology considerations can make an office move even more complicated. With the burden of strategizing for IT concerns weighing heavily on folks who's expertise may be elsewhere, mistakes and oversights are more likely.  Those mistakes can be costly. Here are 3 Reasons Why You Should Call Us: 1.  We're a "natural fit" for relocation planning.  Fulcrum Group IT Project Managers and Tech Experts have been strategizing and managing the implementation of technology together as a team, at single and multiple office locations since 2002. 2.  We’ll serve as your advocate regarding your IT and telecom during your office relocation, consulting with contractors and asking the right questions to make sure the contractors are doing the right thing before the work is done. 3. We'll ensure all of the building trades are aligned with best practices from an IT standpoint, making certain that you have appropriate cabling, server room layout, power and cooling. We have more tips for you on the Office Move page of our website, as well as in our upcoming White Paper on the same topic!  If you anticipate an office move in your near future or just want to consult with us to assess or see how to best leverage your existing office technology, reach out to us today!  
Spotlight On...MauriceSPOTlight on Fulcrum Group Employee  Estrello You may have spent some time recently, on the phone or in person, with our newest Help Desk Engineer, Maurice. Here's a few things we want you to know about him: 1. Maurice is a Fort Worth native! 2. He describes himself as focused, open-minded and a good listener. 3. We appreciate how his personal viewpoint on customer service jives with ours - Maurice says his work is most fulfilling to him when he finishes a job leaving clients feeling good about their technology tools. 4. Maurice enjoys spending time with his fiance, extended family and two sons, one of whom will be turning 1 year in October!  
Tech Tips of the Month Tech Tips from The Fulcrum Group, Dallas Fort Worth IT Managed Services ProviderWe've all needed (sometimes desperately) to recall an email message after its been sent. The first tip we've got for you this month shows you just how to do that if you're using Microsoft's Outlook 2010.  Note:  This tip only applies if both sender and recipient are using this system. How to recall a sent email message in Outlook 2010. Our second tip this month is geared for those who find themselves waist-deep in the social media pool and are looking for a raft. 4 Time Saving Tips for Managing Social Media Overload.  
Did You Know...? Free SPOT Check Network AssessmentInformation request from The Fulcrum Group, Dallas Fort Worth Managed Services Did you know our FREE SPOT Check Network Assessment is the perfect complement to your year-end planning?  To learn more, visit the Free Network Assessment page on our website for details or contact us directly.