Skype for Business gains momentum

By Skype for Business Team, on May 4, 2015

Last month, we announced that the new Skype for Business client for Windows desktop and the online service in Office 365 have begun rolling out. Continuing the momentum, today at the Microsoft Ignite conference, we talked about modern meetings, which require that participants in any location can see, hear and collaborate within the meeting as easily as if everyone is sitting in the same room.

New Office!

We are pleased to announce that we have moved! Did you notice? If no, fantastic, mission accomplished.

Thanks to you our clients, we have continued to grow our business. Our new location more than doubles our number of offices and provides a great community room for future training classes.

Congratulations!

Congratulations to Jan Grimsley with Archway Graphics for winning the HP x2 giveaway!

Congratulations to Ric Spearin! He won the HP PC and Windows 10 Voucher!

And In case you all wondered who won the GRAND PRIZE! Please give A HUGE Congratulations to Richard Eden!! He won the Lenovo Yoga Desktop Setup.

Zenith Dashboard – "What gets measured, gets managed" #HTG

Body: I’m a firm believer in “What gets measured, gets managed.” In our office we have a 42” dashboard in portrait mode attached to an HP Netbook at the end of our main hallway just outside my office and across from our service manager’s desk. This monitor has the a number of gadgets on it from the current time, date, weather, traffic, and a number of metrics from ConnectWise. The bottom 75% of the screen shows the Zenith dashboard. Unfortunately, the main Zenith dashboard cannot show everything. Several other views from the “Quick Access” tab were needed to complete the picture (ie. Servers, Veritas Backups, and ITS247 Backup). So we could purchase 3 more 42” monitors to have all of the this data visible or we could implement the following PowerShell script to step through each of these dashboards every 15 seconds on one monitor. Several outstanding problems got addressed the first week we implemented these additional views on our dashboard: servers that where not being patched, backups that where not completing, alerts that had gone unnoticed, etc.) What gets measured, get managed AND gets done. Yes, that is $20 taped to the bottom of the monitor. It’s all about accountability, even for the owner. Here is a close up of the note. $10 was just not enough pain. And yes, I have given the $20 away several times. But my first question to the staff member that points out my error and asks for the $20: “Is your time up-to-date?” To get this PowerShell script to run, you’ll have to do a few things. 1. Edit the script to contain the correct login and password 2. Set the Powershell execution policy on the machine to     RemoteSigned     Start Powershell as administrator     Run: Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned     Enter Y to confirm 3.  Copy to script to a local drive on the machine. 4. Setup startup shortcut to run the script.     Open Startup folder     Right-click, New, Shortcut…     Enter the location as: powershell –f     “c:pathtoscriptZenithDashboard.ps1”     Next     Enter a name for the shortcut     Next     Right-click the shortcut, click Properties     Set “Run” to “Minimized”   Here’s the PowerShell script: # Settings: $URL = ” https://control.itsupport247.net/” $Seconds = 5    # Number of seconds between refreshes $Username = “xxxxxxxxxxxx” $Password = “xxxxxxx” # End Settings # # Innovative Systems, Inc. # 11219 Financial Centre Parkway # Little Rock, AR 72211 # http://www.isi.cc # info@isi.cc # (501) 217-8484 # Stop on error $ErrorActionPreference = “Stop” # Function to wait for IE to not be busy after clicking a link function WaitOnIE {     while($IE.Busy) { Start-Sleep -Milliseconds 100 } } # Function to find a link based on it’s text, then click it. function ClickLink($LinkText) {     # Find all A tags with InnerHTML containing the $LinkText.     #  In the case that there are multiple found, only select the first one.     $Link = $IE.Document.getElementsByTagName(“a”) | ?{$_.InnerHTML -like “*$LinkText*”} | select -First 1     # Make sure the link was found.  Clicking $Link if it was null would throw an error     if($Link)     {         $Link.Click()     }     WaitOnIE } # Create IE ComObject, navigate to URL, and make it visible $IE = New-Object -ComObject internetexplorer.application $IE.Navigate($URL) $IE.Visible = $true WaitOnIE # Fill login and submit $IE.Document.getElementById(“user_txt”).Value = $Username $IE.Document.getElementById(“user_pass”).Value = $Password $IE.Document.getElementById(“Submit”).Click() WaitOnIE # Comes up to dashboard, so sleep before starting the loop Start-Sleep -Seconds $Seconds # Loop through screens while($true) {     # Click Quick Access     ClickLink -LinkText “Quick Access”     Start-Sleep -Seconds $Seconds     # Click Veritas Backups     ClickLink -LinkText “Veritas Backups”     Start-Sleep -Seconds $Seconds     # Click ITS247 Backup     ClickLink -LinkText “ITS247 Backup”     Start-Sleep -Seconds $Seconds     # Click Dashboard     ClickLink -LinkText “Dashboard”     Start-Sleep -Seconds $Seconds }   Published: 9/8/2010 10:39 AM Attachments: http://old.isi.cc/rlindley/Lists/Posts/Attachments/116/Dashboard1_2_4F5FB843.jpg http://old.isi.cc/rlindley/Lists/Posts/Attachments/116/Dashboard1_thumb_4F5FB843.jpg http://old.isi.cc/rlindley/Lists/Posts/Attachments/116/Money_4F5FB843.jpg http://old.isi.cc/rlindley/Lists/Posts/Attachments/116/Money_thumb_7D4D0AFB.jpg

Do you know our next office administrator?

Body: Innovative Systems had a good year in 2009 despite the economy.  We have continued to grow and added a service coordinator and two consultants in the last 6 months.  We have been blessed with a staff of 10 dedicated employees who find our office a fun and challenging place to work with great benefits.  Unfortunately, our office administrator resigned a couple of months ago  and we need to fill this position as soon as possible.   Do you know our next office administrator?    Our next office administrator will be responsible for bookkeeping, human resource, marketing, and general administrative duties.  He or she should have a good knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and Intuit QuickBooks and have a bachelor’s degree in business administration or equivalent.   Please drop me an email, forward to an appropriate candidate, or call me if you have any questions. Category: ISI Published: 5/5/2010 7:25 PM