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Information Technology Consultant Rob Wilson Joins MBSG

Rob Wilson joins MBSG full-time to provide IT support and IT consulting services. Since 2006, Rob has been administering server and desktop systems and managing technology projects.

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Rob Wilson joins MBSG full-time to provide IT support and IT consulting services. Since 2006, Rob has been administering server and desktop systems and managing technology projects. View Rob...

 

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Did the Dog That Didn't Bark Send You an Email?

Did you receive a success/failure email about last night's backup? If not, your company may be at risk.

  • Most business owners and managers know the importance of computer backups.
  • Many will assign backup responsibility to a trusted employee or third party IT consultant.
  • In your company, does the owner or some C-level executive know if last night’s backup succeeded or failed?

BEST PRACTICES: We recommend that your system send an email every day to the business owner (or a C-level executive) with the status of last night’s backup job: Success, Failure, or Warning.

Of course, it is important for the system to notify your IT support team if the backup failed. But that is not enough. Where is your positive assurance that the backup ran last night? That somebody looked at a failure alert? Attention to backups is not just an IT support responsibility.

In our IT consulting practice, we find a high correlation between backup failure and the very day you most need a backup!

Common events causing backup failure include:

Did you receive a success/failure email about last night's backup? If not, your company may be at risk. Most business owners and managers know the importance of computer backups. Many will assign ...

 

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Richard Randle Nominated as Los Angeles Business Journal CIO of the Year 2013 for IT Strategy and IT Support 

Richard provides MBSG clients with outsourced CIO (Chief Information Officer) services including IT Strategy and IT support.  

Richard and the MBSG consulting team help clients evaluate system strategy alternatives in-the-cloud and on-the-ground, including Office 365.  

"Richard is the rare breed of IT consultant who speaks geek to his IT peer group, but also clearly communicates with Management – costs, benefits, ROI and risks. He designs and deploys information technology that make good business sense. "

Richard provides MBSG clients with outsourced CIO (Chief Information Officer) services including IT Strategy and IT support.   Richard and the MBSG consulting team ...

 

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MBSG Relieves Bookkeeping Headaches with Outsourced Accounting Support Services

Does your organization have accounting staff at the right level and affordable cost?   Over the years, we have trained dozens of bookkeepers and accounting clerks on how to use accounting software (QuickBooks, Peachtree, MAS90, and others). What we find is that:

  • Training staff on how to use accounting software is relatively painless and quick.
  • Training staff on accounting/bookkeeping principles (debits and credits)  can be very time-consuming.

If the client does not have accounting department staff with sufficient experience, training time and costs rise quickly.

On the flip side, if the client  hires controller with sufficient skills, sometimes the costs are too high for the organization to bear.  

A happy solution can be to engage outsourced support services to supplement internal accounting clerks. This can improve the quality and timeliness of financial reporting, while lowering overall costs.  

For a success story on how MBSG helped the Cancer Support Community with Accounting Support Services, click here.

Does your organization have accounting staff at the right level and affordable cost?   Over the years, we have trained dozens of bookkeepers and accounting clerks on how to use accou...

 

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What Do We Need ?
and
When Do We Need it ?

Most inventory control software will tell us WHAT inventory we need to fill orders. We also want to know WHEN we will need it.

Inventory Control gurus call this: time-phased requirements.

EXAMPLE: In the graphic to the left, this company is short 6 Big Boosters.

  • Should the Buyer order (or make more)?
  • How many more?
  • Does the Buyer need to expedite?

From this status screen, we cannot answer these questions. What is missing is the WHEN.

Most inventory control software will tell us WHAT inventory we need to fill orders. We also want to know WHEN we will need it. Inventory Control gurus call this: time-phased requirements. EXAMPLE: I...

 

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Sage 100 (MAS90/MAS200)
Mobile App
For Your iPad or iPhone

Who It's For

Sales Reps and Customer Service Reps
Place an order or generate a quote. Anywhere, anytime.

Executives
Monitor key customer activity or crtical inventory information.  

Field-Based Techs
Check inventory availability for jobs.  

Customers or End Users
Pace orders or obtain price quotes.  

To see iSales in action,  just ask.
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Who It's For Sales Reps and Customer Service Reps Place an order or generate a quote. Anywhere, anytime. Executives Monitor key customer activity or crtical inventory information.   Field-...

 

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Scheduling Vans, Rooms, and People
Now Easy and Reliable

Success Story The Challenge: Client was using custom software to schedule transportaion, meeting rooms, and appointments for the young adults in their care. The software was clumsy to use and unreliable. Delivering participants on time to scheduled appointments was a challenge. The system was dropping appointments. Updates did not automatically reach drivers, staff, participants. Frequent system crashes.  

OPI asked MBSG to find or design a better system.

Read Success Story

Success Story The Challenge: Client was using custom software to schedule transportaion, meeting rooms, and appointments for the young adults in their care. The software was clumsy to use and unreliab...

 

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QuickBooks Online
vs.
QuickBooks Desktop

To the Cloud or not to the Cloud. That is the question.The answer remains--it depends.   These days, more and more companies are evaluating the pros and cons of systems in-the-cloud vs. systems on-the-ground.

When we speak with clients and potential clients, there are of course many considerations to balance.   For companies using or planning to use QuickBooks, they face a choice of Online vs. Desktop.

You might find this comparison informative. From Stacy Kildal, the Sleeters Group, August 14, 2012.  QuickBooks-Desktop-vs.Online.

To the Cloud or not to the Cloud. That is the question.The answer remains--it depends.   These days, more and more companies are evaluating the pros and cons of systems in-the-cloud vs. syste...

 

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