CIO Solutions
Summer 2012- Issue 29 
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Check with the Tech: Deleted Items Folder in Outlook
Coming Soon: Beer Brewing Competition
Videos and Stuff
CIO In the News - CIO's Private Cloud Empowers Business Owners
Apps of the Month: Olympics and Chrome
Product Spotlight: Thin Terms
Employee Spotlight: Brian Donovan
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Nick P. - July 22nd

Hass S. - July 28th

Bjoern F. - August 5th



Wednesday, July 4th - Independence Day




August 1-5

Fiesta - Old Spanish Days  



July 27-August 12

Summer Olympics

Tempus Fugit - How the Time Flies...

Dear ,  


What a summer! The months have been flying by and I can't quite believe it is already August.  


It seems like the swiftness of the past few months is partly due to how busy we are here at CIO. From new clients and team members to exciting service offerings and solutions, we are constantly setting and achieving new goals.  


One thing that remains constant in every new venture is our promise to maintain our customer service centric team mentality. This means that we are focused on feedback, team building and providing value to our clients.  


I know I say it often but you, our clients, are the reason that we are in business and we value the relationships that we have formed. We truly believe that our service benefits businesses in the Tri-County area and that we enable business owners to focus on growing their business instead of dealing with IT.      

John Petote
CEO, CIO Solutions


Check with the Tech: Deleted Items Folder
Check with the Tech
Q: When was the last time you emptied your Deleted Items Folder in Outlook?


A: I think I just deleted somewhere in the neighborhood of 24,500+ emails from my Deleted Items Folder in Outlook.  


There is an Outlook option that will automatically empty it for you every time you close Outlook but most people don't like this feature. Everyone has their own way of using their Deleted Items so this may not be something that is right for you.  


The good thing to know is that even if you empty your Deleted Items Folder there are other options for recovering that data. Keep in mind that the older the deletion date, the less of a chance there will be a backup of it.


If you want to automatically empty your Deleted Items Folder, here is how you would set it up. If you have questions about this please feel free to call into Central Support before setting anything up.   

  1. Go to File>Options in Outlook.
  2. Select Advanced from the Options Pane.
  3. Look on the right for Outlook start and exit.


Outlook Tech Tip 

Craig McClellan
Craig McClellan
Coming Soon: Our Next Event!

CIO Solutions' Second Beer Brewing Competition!

Back by popular demand, CIO will be holding their second Beer Brewing Competition.

Teams are forming and more details will be released shortly!

Videos and Stuff   



                       NetApp Video                                                       HP Flyer


NetApp Enables CIO Solutions to Deploy Solutions Faster
NetApp Enables CIO Solutions to Deploy Solutions Faster

HP Postcard 

HP and CIO Partner to Bring Private Cloud Computing to the Tri-County Area



And here is one just for giggles -  


Even though this was at our old office and Andrew has moved on from CIO Solutions it still embodies the fun-loving, quirky personality of CIO and its team members.  



It must be friday!
Mike Shinn and Andrew West - So You Think You Can Dance (CIO Style)



CIO In the News




CIO Solutions brings Strategic Incentives into their Private Cloud



Santa Barbara - July 12, 2012 - CIO Solutions is enabling and empowering businesses in the Tri-County area with their innovative and flexible Private Cloud service offering. Focusing on efficiency and client-specific needs, CIO has designed a unique Private Cloud environment for Santa Barbara based Strategic Incentives. Due to their private, CIO-operated data center, CIO is able to give businesses more options in how they manage their IT infrastructure.


Current clients characterize the offering as flexible, secure and scalable. Mark Lawrence, owner of Strategic Incentives, stated that it has "Truly given us the freedom to be anywhere at anytime and continue to maintain all of our business objectives in a way that does not compromise customer service or efficiency." The idea of accessing data anywhere, anytime from any device is very attractive to most businesses. After adding in the benefits of scalability and security, CIO's Private Cloud service offering is turning out to be a good fit for a range of businesses.  


Understanding the benefits of Private Cloud computing compared to Public Cloud offerings from other companies (Amazon and Google to name a few) is important because while they both provide hosted applications, private cloud providers can better meet the needs and wants of small businesses by offering superior customer service and consulting services. Eric Egolf, President of CIO Solutions stated, "CIO's Private Cloud allows small business, between 10 and 100 employees, to use the applications that they determine are a best fit for their business rather than being forced to use the Public Cloud applications that may not be a right fit. At the end of the day, IT is about making employees more productive and our Private Cloud offering is inline with this goal. In addition, we are a local company and our customers have told us time and time again that this local presence is very important when making changes to one's IT infrastructure".  


CIO Solutions has been providing IT management and design services to the Tri-County Area since 1986. CIO specializes in helping businesses focus on their core business by designing and managing their IT department. In addition to managing IT networks, CIO also provides consultation on Private Cloud Services, Enterprise Storage, Virtualization, VoIP Phone Systems and other solutions. More information

can be found at or by calling their office 805-692-6700.  


Marketing Contact:

Hannah Rich

CIO Solutions

805-692-6700 ext. 105

Apps of the Month: Olympics and Chrome 


For the 'Summer' Newsletter, we thought that we would include a couple of apps. All app of the month submissions come from our staff. 



NBC Olympics Live Extra App (Free) 


Includes pre-game features such as video previews and online coverage schedules. In-Game features include live events, full event replays, Gold Zone (every gold medal event LIVE), alternate camera views, push notifications and DVR capabilities.   



 Apple (iPhone, iTouch, iPad) link 


 Android Link 



Chrome App 

Chrome Browser App (Free)


Alternate to the default Apple browser Safari.

Fast search, simple intuitive experience, sync with your computer for your personalized experience. 





Apple (iPhone, iTouch, iPad) link 


Android Link


Product Spotlight: Thin Terminals - Computers for the Cloud

Thin Is In


Terminal, client; Words like these harken back to the early days of computing where computer terminals would connect to a central mainframe the size of a room to access programs and data. Fast forward to today and we see a whole slew of terminals and clients labeled as "thin". But what does it all really mean for your typical office environment? It is actually very similar to how it once was done, a centralized server runs a program and a local computer displays it to the user. However, nowadays that computer is small enough to mount to the back of your monitor and costs less than a new set of tires. Thin is in.


HP Thin Term Here at CIO we have two thin terminals that we have been testing for the last few months. The first is an HP model. Close to the size of a large book this thin term can be mounted to the back of a monitor or under a desk. Its small form factor and simplistic design help keep the cost low and it comes with Windows 7 embedded strait out of the box. It is typically used in conjunction with a cloud desktop however if the need should ever arise you can always fall back on the Windows 7 OS for streaming online content or when there is server maintenance. This is a great all-round setup for any office environment.


The second is an ultra-thin client made by WYSE, this model is smaller and less expensive than the HP  but it can only run a cloud client. You can think of it more like a specialized system than the all-round HP. It is extremely robust and simple to use, eliminating some of the complications of larger desktops.

Similarly the WYSE can be mounted to the back you a  monitor and it is completely silent.  


Ryan Popke
Ryan Popke 


Both of these thin terms are affordable, small, and an overall good choice for an office that is moving to the cloud. For more information on these and other devices please call us at 805-692-6700.

Employee Spotlight: Brian Donovan, Remote Engineer


Brian DonovanFull name:  Brian Donovan 


Where did you grow up:  Carpinteria, CA 


When did you move to SB:  Moved back to Carp from Iowa in 2009  


What you like best about SB:  No snow to shovel  


When did you start working at CIO: August of 2010   


What you like best about working at CIO: The family feel of the office. I love working with my coworkers. Never a dull moment!    


Dreams/aspirations: Working to reach a point where I can have and support the family that I want.     


What would you do if you won the lottery:  I would keep working at CIO. It's much too fun here. But I would take a lot more vacation time.    


Favorite color:  Green 


Favorite food:  Sushi 


Favorite book/movie: Book: West of Jesus / Movie: Office Space   


Motto/quote:  "Action expresses priorities." - Mahatma Gandhi  



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