LAN Systems
November/December 2009
Social Media

This issue we explore Web 2.0 as Social Media in our discussion of the Top IT Trends of 2009.

Thank you for making us The Best of Gwinnett - Best IT Service.  We very much appreciate your support.

If you were not able to attend our November Lunch & Learn - Making Social Media Work for Your Business, don't despair as we are planning another for December.  Keep an eye on your email for an RSVP.
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 Why should you use social media to promote your business?

As the market determines how social media will ultimately impact businesses, you should be positioning your company to take advantage of this new wave of Social Media Choicesadvertising.  Depending upon your marketing strategy, you may decide to just test the waters or jump in with both feet.  Either way, develop a marketing plan for your social media endeavors.  Be sure that you have a policy for anyone (even the owner) that participates in online conversation.  Remember, you want to promote a positive corporate image and attract high quality customers and employees.

At our recent Lunch & Learn - Making Social Media Work for Your Business, we presented an overview of how to get started in social media.  We concentrated on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube as these are popular, fast-growth platforms that look like they are here to stay.

As with any initiative before you start, make sure you can devote the time and energy needed to have a consistent presence.  Starting small with steady growth is preferable to a big splash then fizzling out.

We have a group on LinkedIn - Social Media Strategies for Business.  Click here to join.

The Social Media presentations are posted at our website on the bottom and right of the page.

Some of the best features in Windows 7
Use these to simplify everyday tasks


Takes the headache out of sharing files and printers on a home network.


Jump Lists

Speedy access to your favorite pictures, songs, websites, and documents.



A quick (and fun!) new way to resize and compare windows on your desktop.


Windows Live Essentials

7 great programs, 1 free download. Mail, Movie Maker, Photo Gallery, and more.

Windows Search

Find virtually anything on your PC, instantly.

Windows Taskbar

Better thumbnail previews, easier-to-see icons, and more ways to customize.

Use the 2009 ARRA Deduction to Upgrade your IT System
Business tax benefits under the Section 179 deduction can be a financially attractive way for businesses to purchase equipment.  It allows businesses to deduct the full purchase price of qualifying equipment purchased or financed during the tax year.  This incentive is a very effective way to purchase servers and computer upgrades for your business especially with the increases for the Stimulus Act.  Use it with a financing option for maximum benefit.
LAN Systems would be happy to look at your Information Technology (IT) needs to see if a server or desktop purchase would benefit your business this year.  There are many ways to improve your business productivity by investing in your computer systems. We can even help with financing options.  As always, the best source of customized financial advice for your business is your accountant.
For more information on Section 179: 
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In This Issue
Why Social Media?
Windows 7 Features
2009 ARRA Section 179
Network Group

Solutions and Services to help you grow your business

System and Network
Design & Installation

Microsoft, Linux and Unix
Servers and desktops
vCIO Strategy
Architecture review
System installation
Network security
Storage solutions
Service and Support
Support  agreements
Onsite services
HelpDesk support
System maintenance
Emergency services
Data recovery
Managed Services
24/7 system monitoring
Real-time notification
Automatic updates
Quickly fix problems
Alarming for critical events
System health reports
Follow up action plan
Data Backup Plans
Online combined with local or offsite storage
Easy to manage
Restore individual files or entire system
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