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What Is Your Company's Security Posture

September 24, 2014

Security breach, account hacks, and password theft are all becoming too common these days. Some might even say we are still dealing with the fallout of Adobe’s security breach from October 2013. A lot more has happened since October. Let’s see, Target stores, Harbor Freight, eBay, Michaels stores, UPS stores, and as of the time this article is being written HomeDepot payment systems had just been breached.

You might ask, if the big corporations can’t seem to figure it out how then can you protect your company? The solutions may not be so obvious but here are some ideas.

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Inexpensive Ways to Raise Your Desk at Work and Improve Your Overall Health

September 18, 2014

Studies have shown time and time again the impending trauma that sitting all day at work has on our bodies. The solution is to stand up during your work day and avoid the imminent doom. Standing while working has gained popularity at HCSS and we’ve found some affordable solutions to raise your desk and shift the way you work. Ready to stand up?

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Three Easy Steps to Build Your Business Website in Under 24 Hours

September 2, 2014

Building a website and developing your businesses online presence can appear to be a highly complex and daunting task for the non-technical minds out there.  Most businesses that are looking to launch websites are either afraid of the costs, don’t have IT departments to rely on or don’t really know where to start.

Instead of getting caught up in all of the technical specs or Internet jargon, follow these three simple steps to get your business website up and running for minimal costs in less than 24 hours.

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Perspective: Why Didn't You Reply to My Email? How My Wife and I Communicate During the Work Day

July 24, 2014

When I received an email from my wife Megan a few weeks ago, I thought everything was fine. And it was, until I chose not to respond back to the email. Imagine my surprise then when I got home later that evening to find Megan extremely frustrated with me. Clueless as to why she was upset, it turned out that not responding to her email gave her the feeling that I was unreachable while at work.

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Creating a Systems Management Process

July 3, 2014

Just last month, I read an article about a cloud provider where an IT administrator mistakenly shut down all the servers in the data center. The news went viral and within minutes, “fat-fingered IT admin” quickly became a joke in every IT shop. Having a troubleshooting and management process will help you, not only with little issues but also with major problems. All too often you hear stories of administrators deleting user accounts and files, or changing settings that sometimes can’t be undone without getting experts at a round table, which of course comes with a hefty tag. These days, you have to be the jack of all trades for your IT team. 

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Perspective: No Technology Sunday

July 2, 2014

As I walk around the HCSS campus on any given day, I can find someone walking around wearing Google glasses, flying drones, using a 3D printer, driving an excavator simulator, or attending a virtual meeting using the Double robot. At the same time, I see people conducting walking meetings, collaborating in the courtyard, working out, or even meshing out ideas over a game of H-O-R-S-E. At HCSS, as much as we indulge with cutting edge technology, we are also able to easily unplug from technology when needed. I believe it is the culture at HCSS that allows employees to decouple from technology and encourage them to maintain a healthy balance.  I recently learned how important this balance is and how distracting technology can be when this balance is disrupted.

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How to Spot Phishing Schemes and Email Scams

June 26, 2014

Phishing schemes and email scams can cost you and your company thousands of dollars. It’s a never ending game of cat and mouse. Do you know how to recognize a scam or phishing scheme when it arrives in your inbox? Below are some simple rules of thumb to steer clear of getting caught in the trap.

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834 Customers Attend the 2014 User's Group Meetings

May 20, 2014

UGM_crowds_at_KeynoteIf you want to get even more value out of your HCSS software, don’t miss the annual User’s Group Meetings.

Scot Paulitsch, VP at Burton Scot,  remarked “I don’t see how anyone could not come to the UGM. It is so valuable to me. In one class when they asked if we knew about a feature, I was surprised that I was the only one who raised my hand. But then they asked about another feature, and I was shocked that everyone knew about it except me.”

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Turn Your iPhone into a Metal Detector

May 13, 2014

Metal Detector apps, such as the Metal Detector from Mobeezio, have built in magnometers that use the camera on your iPhone to detect magnetic metals. Metal Detector apps are a must have for any construction worker, as they are a great way for finding studs in walls, rebar, or nails and other debris that have fallen on the ground.

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Avoid These 5 Common Mistakes when Adopting Mobile Apps for Construction

May 1, 2014

Here are 5 common mistakes that you would be wise to avoid as your company adopts mobile technologies:

1. Picking a one-size-fits-all device- laptops, tablets and smartphones all have unique capabilities, so you may want to maintain flexibility and avoid buying apps that only work on one type of device. Instead, consider a Right Device, Right Person policy.

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