Half way there

The Halfway Mark is Upon Us!

Well, this year is flying by for me! It is time to take a look back and see what we have and have not accomplished for the first ½ of the year.

Something a life coach taught me was not to get caught in the GAP. For those of you not familiar with the term, the GAP is when you’re constantly trying to reach a goal on the horizon which keeps moving with the horizon.  Over achievers, like us, are never satisfied and want to be bigger, better, faster and stronger.  When that target moves further into the horizon it becomes very frustrating, and makes achieving my goals all that much harder.

The secrect to my success is simple, I look back at what I have accomplished and celebrate those successes (big or small) daily as they give me the strength to continue to strive to be bigger, better, faster and stronger.

When I looked back, this is what I saw…

  • Our company has added another 300 virtual desktops to our Cloud
  • We fortified our backup backend with new infrastructure and increased capicity
  • Our staff has matured, we gained some new talent and we are growing the cloud by leaps and bounds.
  • We found ourselves atop a list of Cloud Service Providers, a great accomplishment in our industry.

So, the moral to my story is, it’s ok to stop, look back and be grateful.  Celebrate your successes!  This will help you achieve more then you ever dreamed possible.

 

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2011, A Look Back

Well…like every year, 2011 came and went, and before I knew what hit me it was over! While it was a turbulent year, both personally and professionally, a very spectacular year none-the-less. We saw the Cloud take off in record fashion and online data backup continued to soar to new heights. We’ve had some staff changes and recently started our website redesign with a new ‘look and feel’ for Compunite about to emerge. Most importantly, while we thrived during this challenging year never losing sight of how we got here, we remember that there were so many that had a rough go at it.  With that in mind we continue to do what we can to help as I am a big believer that it’s nice to be nice and believe that the little things we do along the way go far to improving the quality of someone else’s life.

For 2012, we have BIG plans! Focusing on a Cloud only strategy as it is a great opportunity for all involved.  In the Cloud you get business continuity, save money and have a better computing experience all while empowering your mobile workforce to be better connected, more productive and highly responsive. This year the Smart Phone will play a bigger role in the remote workforce and as the screens get bigger and the graphics better, the tablets and smartphones will slowly begin to converge.

My final prediction for 2012! The next big thing or the New “.com” is the “Cloud” and we have many years of major growth to come out of it. The cloud is so many things, financial applications, complete desktops and servers, backup and even security! This is a HUGE .com era opportunity and I am glad to be in front of the wave with my surfboard waxed up and ready to go.

So go out there and grab some life people! There is plenty of it waiting for you to grab on to, be brave, challenging, smart and daring and you will succeed!

Steve

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eTegrity gets HIPAA Compliant

WOW… this is HUGE! We are, as far as I know, the only Cloud online data backup and Virtual hosted desktop provider to be HIPAA compliant.  We did this for a few reasons.

1.  Many clients, understandably, are concerned about thier information and it’s privacy.

2.  It helps us as a company follow certain protocols and processes to ensure we are doing right by our MSP’s and thier clients.

3.  I do sleep better knowing I am doing the right thing for all concerned parties.

Now, all that being said, it was not easy and we still have a bit of work to do like creating our Business Associate Agreement and proudly post that on our web site.  By no means is that a major undertaking and I think all should have to comply with when dealing with electronic Personal Health Information and data security.  Keep an eye out for the press release but you got it first right here.

Steve

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eTegrity delivers in the face of disaster

eTegrity’s Virtual Office Comes Through During Disaster

New Jersey School Relies on Cloud Services as Storm Clouds Loom Overhead

September 9, 2011.  PARSIPPANY, NJ — Hurricane Irene was about to hit at the worst time for Kathy Mone, Business Manager of Elysian Charter School.  Located in Hoboken, New Jersey, her school was in Irene’s direct path and subject to mandatory evacuation with less than two weeks to go before the fall semester was to begin.

Mone was forced to relocate to a hotel about an hour west of town.  Despite the evacuation, she didn’t have to miss a beat in her preparation.  “I was able to work all through the weekend on my accounting system in order to be ready for the opening of school,” said Mone, who uses Virtual Office cloud services from eTegrity Systems International.  “My principal was very happy with how smoothly the opening of school went. Our success would not have been possible without the reliability of Virtual Office.”

A client for more than a year, Mone recognized the benefits of Virtual Office even before faced with an emergency situation.  “We have an enormous amount of work to do to comply with state and Federal regulations.  This means that I regularly need to work online during evenings and weekends.  We cannot afford any IT staff, so we don’t have a network for the computer in the school.”

In conjunction with one of its Channel Partners, eTegrity was able to demonstrate how Elysian could store and access their data in a secure, hosted environment, eliminating the school’s need to purchase, host and maintain their own hardware and software while utilizing Virtual Office on a “pay as you go” basis.

I was delighted to find an affordable solution to my dilemma,” says Mone. “Working in the cloud has greatly increased my efficiency and its reliability has been better than I expected. I am accustomed to my cable or phone service not working during extended rainstorms, but this has never happened with Virtual Office!”

“This is a perfect example of how our Virtual Office solution benefits End-Users,” said Steven Ferman, eTegrity’s President and CEO.  “Our Channel Partners benefit as well.  Their clients are assured of 24/7 access to their data … along with round-the-clock service … without having to make major investments in their own infrastructure or staffing.  At the same time, Partners build their recurring revenue base without substantial investments in their own staff and infrastructure – a true win-win opportunity.”

Available either preconfigured with a wide selection of common software, or as a customized solution, Virtual Office expands eTegrity’s cloud computing solution offerings beyond its flagship data backup and recovery product.  To learn more about Virtual office, or eTegrity’s Channel Partner programs, please visit the Company’s Website http://www.etegrity.com.

About eTegrity – eTegrity Systems International, Inc., a privately-held company located in Pine Brook, New Jersey, offers a range of cloud computing solutions exclusively through Channel Partners. Emphasizing business continuity, eTegrity Cloud Recovery & Virtual Office solutions help organizations with geographically distributed sites reduce business risk by ensuring dependable & ready access to critical office, laptop & handheld data. Simple to set up and manage, eTegrity solutions offer bottom-line benefits that range from lower administrative costs to pay-as-you-grow, enabling MSP’s to deliver IT services to their clients without the need to buy, install or manage any infrastructure.

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What’s Important?

It has been a while since my last post, mainly because of travel and just life, well work life that is… and I thought I would try something different!  Personal thoughts NOT about technology.  Having been immersed in technology for the better part of my life can I actually separate my personal thoughts from what I am doing every day?

Let’s give it a shot…

Like I said, I have been spending a lot of time traveling from one place to another and I find myself wondering what is truly important in life.   Well, you must have money and to get it you must work, but can you call something you love “work”?  If so, then you are one of the lucky ones like me who are doing what we love.

Money is important but happiness well supersedes the almighty dollar assuming your standard of living is sustainable.  But we cannot forget the simple things which have no monetary value but are priceless like a beautiful spring day after a harsh winter, the time your child looked at you with those trusting and loving eyes or why we are so passionate about the work that we do.  When is the last time you stopped running and just hung out with your family, took a walk or just ate a meal together?  Too many of us are running around like mice on a tread wheel.

It is important in this fast paced world to stop from time to time and evaluate what we are spending our time doing! Do we love it or hate it?  Most importantly, do we have a good perspective on what is important in our lives?  Sometimes I just need to take the time to stop & think and then the bigger picture comes into focus.

Doing is easy.  Having the discipline to find out what you love doing is the hard part.  But so worth doing the work!

So, how did I do?  Leave me a comment and let me know!

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Is life passing us by?

I am compelled to share this as we, or at the very least me, live in the tech world where it is never fast enough.  It is a story that was sent to me, not sure from who or where but I can relate on more than one level. 

Regardless, this is a good read/observation and worth your time.

THE SITUATION 

In Washington , DC , at a Metro Station, on a cold January morning in 2007, this man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes.  During that time, approximately 2,000 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.  After about 3 minutes, a middle-aged man noticed that there was a musician playing.  He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds, and then he hurried on to meet his schedule.

About 4 minutes later:

 
The violinist received his first dollar.  A woman threw money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk.

 
At 6 minutes: 

A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.
 

At 10 minutes:

A 3-year old boy stopped, but his mother tugged him along hurriedly.  The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head the whole time.  This action was repeated by several other children, but every parent – without exception – forced their children to move on quickly.

At 45 minutes:

 
The musician played continuously.  Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while.  About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace.  The man collected a total of $32.

After 1 hour: 
   
He finished playing and silence took over.  No one noticed and no one applauded.  There was no recognition at all.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell , one of the greatest musicians in the world.  He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars.  Two days before, Joshua Bell sold-out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100 each to sit and listen to him play the same music.

This is a true story.  Joshua Bell, playing incognito in the D.C. Metro Station, was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people’s priorities.

This experiment raised several questions: 

      *In a common-place environment, at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty?

      *If so, do we stop to appreciate it?

      *Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?

 
One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this: 

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made . . .. 
 
How many other things are we missing as we rush through life?

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Mom, are we there yet?

 

Ok… So everyone has their heads in the clouds in some way, shape or form, i.e. LinkedIn, Salesforce.com, Facebook, etc. 

But are we there yet? 

This whole “cloud revolution” reminds me of the “managed services revolution” 10 years ago.  Heck, I was selling IP based monitoring of web sites for up/down status and charging $10.00/month for it and had no idea I was an MSP or for that matter, working in the cloud!  There are so many different definitions on what makes a service cloud based.  Here are my thoughts on what is and isn’t cloud, IMHO.

1.  If you access it remotely, it is a cloud app–SaaS

2.  If you pay for usage of someone else’s infrastructure like a utility, it’s a cloud app–IaaS

3.  If you do not have to buy new hardware and software (except a pc to connect) to it, it’s a cloud app—SaaS or HaaS

5.  If you do not have to pay for support anymore it is included in your monthly fee it’s a cloud app.

So to answer the question “Are we there yet?”.  I say, we are getting closer everyday but have a long way to go.

Be careful of who and what you trust.  When you get involved, like any good decision, make sure you are with a trustworthy company that has years of experience like www.eTegrity.com and has the back-end knowledge to help you wade though all the noise out there.

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