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January/February 2013

 
   
Welcome to 2013!  
  
This year our electronics recycling proceeds will be donated to Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett to support their mission of helping the uninsured and underinsured working poor in our community.
  
We are so proud to announce that LAN Systems made the UGA Bulldog 100. This honor is for the 100 fastest growing companies run by UGA graduates (my MBA is from the UGA Terry College of Business).
 
As a New Year's resolution, please commit yourself to ensuring that all your critical data is protected.  This month's coupon for Full Service Backup Management is to help you get started.
  
We wish you and yours the most joyous, rewarding and fulfilling year,
Mary 

Top IT Trends for 2013

 

In keeping with our new year's tradition, we have compiled our list of the top technology trends for 2013. We scanned the available data, reviewed our previous predictions and focused on the explosion of processing power for mobile devices. This year will be interesting for tablets and all touch devices as we find new ways for computers to be an extension of the human experience.

 

Everything goes Mobile - It's not just smart phones and tablets leading the charge for mobility. Everything we do for business and personal will be mobile. From storing data to updating our social sites to every type of paperwork imaginable will be done with the help of our mobile devices. This need for mobility will fuel Cloud services and applications. Look for things you never expected to do on the go and add them to the list of mobile activities.

 

The Cloud is up close and personal - As we become more productive doing everything mobile, we will need immediate access to all our applications and data. Because of this demand, the Cloud will be our choice for centralized storage and access to applications both for business and personal use. Look for Cloud applications like Microsoft Office 365 and Cloud storage services like Dropbox and SkyDrive to become commonplace.

 

Corporate App Store - With the explosion of mobile devices and the demand for BYOD (bring your own devices) at work, companies will use their own app stores to deploy apps and manage security. A variety of apps will be offered to employees that focus on productivity for the mobile workforce. Companies will develop their own apps or buy license to modify and distribute available apps. Corporate App Stores will emerge as a new software service model and will be as easy to establish as an eCommerce storefront. Companies will offer a wide-range of apps for business and pleasure to their employees and customers.

 

Inexpensive Tablets - Not only will tablets be in the price range that will make them affordable to all, they will be capable of increased computing power that will put them in the business class of devices. Tablets will be so affordable that every toddler will have a tablet for games and educational programs. The touch capability will replace the mouse as the way to interface with a computer. The screen size will still be a limitation, but look to roll out screens and larger monitors to make tablets the new personal computer.

 

Internet of Things - This is not a new concept, but it will define the way human beings interact with data and objects. The Internet of Things (IoT) is tagging every object in a way that it can be sensed by computer systems. This includes radio-frequency identification (RFID) and near field communications (NFC) that will identify objects and allow real-time processing of the tagged data. For instance, you will be able to check out of the grocery store by walking through a scanner that will capture every item in your cart and you'll pay by "bumping" your phone to the register. When you walk in a store, it will capture the tags on your clothing and make recommendations on your style and color choices. Just-in-time inventory control will be the new standard as IoT processes zetabytes of data effortlessly.

 

Have predictions of your own that you'd like to add?  Send to me at mary@lansystems.com.

Creating an 2007 Outlook Signature with Hyperlinks
  

 

Want to jazz up your email signature for the new year? Add social media links to your email signature for LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and your blog. You can make a hyperlink to your social media sites so mail recipients just "click" right to them. Follow these simple steps to add your signature.  

  1. Get your logos. You will need your company logo and logos for the social media sites to hyperlink. There are many logos to choose from that are in the public domain. If you want to use a logo that requires payment or special permission, make sure to satisfy all requirements before using.
  2. Get your hyperlinks. Go to each of your social media sites and cut/copy the links to that site. Be sure that you use the links that do not require login to the site. For instance, when you login to Twitter your homepage is: http://twitter.com/home For others to see you, use the link to your account. For instance: http://twitter.com/LANSystems
  3. Open Outlook and go to Tools - Options - Mail Format - Signatures - Edit
  4. Since graphics/logos and hyperlinks will be added, we will use Word as our editor. Choose Advanced Edit and you will see a message that an external editor will be launched, select Yes.
  5. Use Word to create your signature. You can start with a format line above the signature and then add your name, phone and other contact information.
  6. Add the logo, by inserting a picture. Right click on the logo and choose- Edit Hyperlink. Add your hyperlink here.
  7. Adjust until you like the look.
  8. Save as Your_Name.rtf.
  9. Create a new email message and check the signature format. Make sure to verify all links.
  10. Use with all email messages. And be sure to add logos as you add new social media sites.
  

Creating a 2010 Outlook Signature with Hyperlinks   

  

 

Want to jazz up your email signature for the new year? Add social media links to your email signature for LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and your blog. You can make a hyperlink to your social media sites so mail recipients just "click" right to them. Follow these simple steps to add your signature.  

  1. Get your logos. You will need your company logo and logos for the social media sites to hyperlink. There are many logos to choose from that are in the public domain. If you want to use a logo that requires payment or special permission, make sure to satisfy all requirements before using.
  2. Get your hyperlinks. Go to each of your social media sites and cut/copy the links to that site. Be sure that you use the links that do not require login to the site. For instance, when you login to Twitter your homepage is: http://twitter.com/home For others to see you, use the link to your account. For instance: http://twitter.com/LANSystems.
  3. Open a new E-mail. On the Message tab, in the Include group, click Signature, and then click Signatures.
    Outlook 2010 Signature
  4. On the E-mail Signature tab, click New.
  5. Type a name for the signature, and then click OK.
  6. In the Edit signature box, type the text that you want to include in the signature.
  7. To format the text, select the text, and then use the style and formatting buttons to select the options that you want.
  8. To add a graphic, click Picture, browse to a picture, click to select it, and then click OK. Common image file formats for pictures include .bmp, .gif, .jpg, and .png.
  9. With the Picture selected, click Insert Hyperlink, type in the information or browse to a hyperlink, click to select it, and then click OK
  10. To finish creating the signature, click OK.
  11. Signatures can be added automatically to all outgoing messages, or you can choose which messages include a signature. Each message can contain only one signature.
  12. To insert a signature automatically, on the Message tab, in the Include group, click Signature, and then click Signatures.
  13. Under Choose default signature, in the E-mail account list, click an email account with which you want to associate the signature.
  14. In the New messages list, select the signature that you want to include.
  15. If you want a signature to be included when you reply to or forward messages, in the Replies/forwards list, select the signature. Otherwise, click (none).
  16. Adjust until you like the look.
  17. Create a new email message and check the signature format. Make sure to verify all links.
  18. Use with all email messages. And be sure to add logos as you add new social media sites.

  

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