CIO Solutions
December 2012- Issue 33     
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Check with the Tech: Christmas Tech
2013 CIO Observed Holidays
CIO 3rd Annual Bake Off Competition
CIO In the News - CIO Adds Sr. Solutions Consultant to Team
App of the Month: YouMail
Employee Spotlight: Peter Summers
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Saturday, December 8th - Sunday, December 16th






Tuesday, December 25th




New Year's Day   

Tuesday, January 1st






Please Note: CIO Solutions will be closed on the following days for the holiday season:

Monday, December 24th

Tuesday, December 25th

Tuesday, January 1st 

  To receive emergency support please call 805-692-6709 and select option 3 - holiday rates will apply    


Happy Holidays

Dear ,  


Happy Holidays from all of us at CIO. We look forward to working with you in the coming year and are truly grateful for your continued partnership and business.  


May the season bring you nothing but good food, family, friends and love.  


John Petote
CEO, CIO Solutions


Check with the Tech: Christmas Tech
Check with the Tech
Q: Are there products to control your holiday lights electronically?

Yes. Light shows are becoming ever more popular, especially now that electronics and LEDs are getting less expensive.  Follow the directions on the following link and you should have a good start:


The computer software is easy to use and configure.  Depending on how you set it up, you can have the lights run like a graphic equalizer and play any music that you like.  This is easiest.   


The alternative is programming each light channel to each part of a song. Consider also purchasing a short-range radio channel to broadcast the music at night - this will help your neighbors to only get annoyed with the flashing lights and not music also.

Expect a big bill from the electric company.  If you think that the LEDs are expensive, wait until you see your electric bill.   


Depending on the size of your light show, you will need to purchase a separate circuit box from the electric company for the side of your house.


If you're like me, after you do all of this research, you might decide to leave well enough alone with your single-strand house outline.


Santa Mike
Santa Shinn
2013 CIO Observed Holidays 

CIO Solutions will be closed in observance the following 2013 holidays:




New Year's Day



Martin Luther King Jr. Day



President's Day



Memorial Day



Independence Day



Labor Day






Day after Thanksgiving



Christmas Eve






CIO 3rd Annual Bake Off Competition  

CIO will hold its 3rd Annual Bake-Off Competition at their upcoming holiday party.

The winners will be announced in the January newsletter.

Here are the winners from the previous years:

1st Place - Jen and Eric - Praline Cheesecake Bites
2nd Place - Hannah - Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake
3rd Place - Celi and Burt - Yule Log


1st Place - Celi and Burt - Almond/Raspberry Trifle
2nd Place - Richard and Tanda - Mocha Cheesecake
3rd Place - Chase and Beth - Chocolate Butterscotch Cookies

Stay Tuned!

CIO In the News


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December 10, 2012 - Santa Barbara - CIO Solutions has added another talented member to its team. Mark Shramek, Senior Solutions Consultant, will be adding his expertise in the area of Telecommunications to the CIO Solutions team. Previously, Shramek worked for Telepacific and Cbeyond Inc. Shramek will be focusing on Consulting for Private Cloud Computing Services in the Tri-County Area.    


Eric Egolf, President of CIO Solutions, stated "We are excited to have Mark on our team and we are looking forward to learning from his extensive experience." Shramek joins the growing CIO team and fills a position that is relatively new for CIO. Shramek stated, "I am excited to be part of such a dynamic and growing team of professionals. I look forward to providing each client with a level of excellence through a consultative and focused approach."   


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


App of the Month:  YouMail for iPhones 


youmail YouMail Visual Voicemail Plus app for Apple devices lets you access your voicemail from any Apple device, enable Visual Called ID, record Smart Greetings, record Personal Greetings, setup up 'Caller Ditching', achieve Total Ownership of voicemails by downloading voicemails as mp3 files, effortlessly Share Voicemails and much more.

YouMail requires iOS 4.2 or later. YouMail is officially supported on AT&T, Verizon and Sprint and is not available to users on prepaid plans. YouMail is only compatible with Apple products.


Employee Spotlight: Peter Summers, Remote Engineer 


Full name:  Peter Montgomery Summers peter summers


Family Info: Parents live in Virginia, 3 siblings living in Utah, Boston and Virginia and 11 nieces and nephews 


Where did you grow up: Washington DC and Northern Virginia  


When did you move to SB: January 1997      


What you like best about SB: What don't I like? I have a real passion for the ocean and the outdoors. Santa Barbara has so much to offer those area and more.  


When did you start working at CIO: November 6, 2012     


What you like best about working at CIO: I love the fact that I work with so many amazingly intelligent people and that I have so much to learn here.  The team atmosphere is great and really hope that my past working experiences can contribute to CIO as well.


Dreams/aspirations: Sail the world.  Raise a family and live my life in our beautiful town of Santa Barbara    


What would you do if you won the lottery:  If I won the lottery, I would buy a nice sailboat and sail the world for a couple of years.


Favorite color: Blue 


Favorite food:  Sushi


Favorite book/movie:  Into the Wild/ Last of the Mohicans


Motto/quote: Carpe Diem

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