CIO Solutions
October, 2009 - Vol 3, Issue 3
In This Issue
5 Reasons Why it is Easy to Do Business with CIO
Netbooks vs. Laptops
Did You Know?
Microsoft Online Services
Employee Spotlight

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5 Ways it is Easy  to Do Business with CIO
Hannah Rich, Prof. Services Coordinator
HannahIt has never been easier to do business with CIO Solutions. From the end-user to the CFO we have made it our top priority to make doing business with CIO as enjoyable and cost-effective as possible. Many of these improvements have come directly from our customers. We value the feedback that is presented and continually encourage our clients to tell us what is on their minds.
Some of the things that CIO has done to improve their service offerings include: adding the Central Support department, allowing tickets to be submitted via email, providing access to the Customer Portal, creating a dedicated department for customer service, and establishing the most competent and professional engineering team CIO has ever seen read more...
Netbooks vs. Laptops
Ryan Popke, Technician/Shipping and Receiving
Ryan PopkeThe story of the netbook began in 2005 with the One Laptop per Child non-profit organization. Its mission was "To create educational opportunities for the world's poorest children by providing each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop with content and software designed for collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning." A byproduct of this project was the creation of low cost laptop components that later found their way into the netbooks we see today read more...
October Tip of the Month

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Especially made for the office calendar administrator, you can have notes placed in your calendar for national and cultural holidays.  No need to look up these days and mark them in the calendar yourself!  For those already familiar with this feature, you may not have noticed that these calendar notes go through the end of 2007 and then stop.  This is due to Microsoft's release of Office 2007.  If you're not ready to go to Office 2007 yet, CIO has an Outlook Calendar Update that goes through 2012.  If you have RI installed, it's a quick update.
Microsoft Online Services: Now Sold Through CIO Solutions
Andrew West, CTO
Andrew West, CTOCIO Solutions is now certified and authorized by Microsoft to sell and support Microsoft Online Services in addition to helping clients migrate to these cloud-based services.  CIO Solutions has been implementing Microsoft Solutions in the Santa Barbara and Tri Counties area since 1986 making Microsoft Online Services a natural fit. Microsoft Online Services helps customers cut the total cost of ownership associated with premise-based solutions by allowing customers the flexibility to migrate portions of their Microsoft infrastructure to the cloud read more...
Employee Spotlight  - Chase Christian, Engineer
 Chase Christian, Engineer
Chase is one of our most prized assets here at CIO. He has been with the company for two and a half years. He is an exceptional engineer and continually receives positive feedback from clients and coworkers. Chase is one of our youngest engineers but is always willing to go the extra mile and do what needs to be done to ensure client satisfaction.

Chase was born in Fort Bragg, California but grew up in Grant's Pass, Oregon. Chase started community college when he was only 13 years old! He received his associates degree by the age of 15 and finished his university courses by the time he was 18.

After deciding that he didn't want to pursue a career in physics Chase moved down to Santa Ynez to live with his fiance, Beth. Now residents of Santa Barbara, Chase and Beth are both avid World of Warcraft players and have established themselves as experts of the game. Chase writes a column for World of Warcraft and has been approached about writing a column for PC hardware as well. Chase also enjoyes playing disc golf and reading. His favorite food is mashed potatoes and if he could have a super-power it would be super-speed.  
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