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

What is Cloud Computing in Plain English

Body: Cloud computing looks like the biggest change to hit IT industry in many years. The advent of cheap, scalable computing power available over the Internet will affect almost everybody who works in IT. But taking advantage of this shift requires understanding this new approach and how to exploit it.  I found this You Tube video on cloud computing to be pretty good: Category: ISI Published: 9/2/2009 4:10 PM Attachments:

Do You Need A Board Of Directors?

Body: 2009 | Jul 29 in Entrepreneurship , Business Development , Home Page News , Leadership By E-Myth Business Coach As a small business owner, you’re always prioritizing efforts and making resource decisions. You may feel like you live in your own world… wearing all the hats of the business, or “ doing it, doing it, doing it ” as we often put it. Of course, we recommend getting an E-Myth Business Coach to help guide and support your business development process, but today we’re discussing a different kind of support group – one that is perhaps underutilized in your business: your Board of Directors. Starting a board of directors and maximizing its usefulness may not be high on your list, but as your business grows, having an active board can provide significant advantages. It’s also something you may not have a choice about; every corporation is required by law to have a board of directors. You should, of course, be working with your attorney on matters such as these. But whatever the legal requirements, satisfying the laws of incorporation is only the beginning for this vastly underutilized small business resource. What Kind Of Board Is Right For Your Business? There are two basic kinds of boards: advisory or fully mandated. An advisory board does just what it says: it’s a board that provides feedback and advice, but nothing is binding. The second type, a fully mandated board has real power and accepts fiduciary responsibility for the company. The kind of board you choose depends on your needs. Go with the advisory board if you just want advice but don’t want decisions mandated by a majority. A fully mandated board is a good option if you’re ready to take a step back from ultimate decision making. Either way a board is a great way to bring in expert, trustworthy advisers to help you make the big decisions. Why You Need A Board With a board of directors, your business immediately gains legitimacy and a panel of expertise you may not otherwise have “in house”. Directors with specialized expertise such as law, finance and marketing become a valued resource providing guidance and much needed advice in critical centers of the business. Your board can help develop business plans, handle policy issues and also help focus overall business strategy. Directors monitor a company’s financial strength and the success of its product and services. Selecting board members from your business community can also bring greater awareness from the community at large. Typically, a board will focus on protecting the company’s unique values and culture — a necessity in our fast changing business environment. They’ll also assist with recruitment, bringing in new people for both the management team and other director’s seats, especially ones who can help further the company’s business objectives and secure sources of capital. A board can also help with succession planning and your overall exit strategy. The most effective boards are comprised of diverse, strong-willed people with their own viewpoints. You want board members who are fearless about offering advice, guidance, feedback or argument. An open forum for ideas and opinions is a board’s most valuable asset — don’t squander it by setting up a board with a bunch of drone-like “yes” people. Now maybe you’re thinking that your business is just a small family affair and your partners are already working in the business with you. But we would say that your business is the perfect candidate for a board. In fact, nobody needs a board more than you! Why? A board will help you set aside your tactical perspective, get outside the organizational boundaries of your day-to-day perspective and force you to work on the business! A board allows you the unique opportunity to look at the business objectively and from every angle. It forces you to work on strategy instead of tactics. It allows time to develop new ways to improve the entire business enterprise. Don’t underestimate the impact formalizing a board can have on a family or small partnership business. The Final Analysis As with all entrepreneurial decisions, it’s up to you whether to invest your energy and resources in a board of directors. There are many advantages to consider; the only real disadvantage is investing your time and resources in a structure which may not serve your current objectives. At the least, an advisory board can increase your community outreach, while a fully mandated board can give you just the expertise and legitimacy you need to grow to the next level of your business organism’s natural development. Category: ISI Published: 9/17/2009 12:59 PM

What is the future of technology? Want to see Microsoft’s vision?

Body: Productivity Future Vision Microsoft’s long-term productivity vision explores how we will create and share content; collaborate across teams, organizations and networks; and how we will gain contextually relevant and anticipative insights based on preferences and intent. All these scenarios are showcasing real, emerging technologies explored with various Microsoft product and research teams as well as at Microsoft partners and across the industry. Watch Video As you watch the video, think about how the technical trends we observe today can be extrapolated to create the experiences we depict in the future. When you’re done, tell us what you think, and share your ideas for what you would like to see the future hold. While the future is impossible to predict, we are constantly looking forward, analyzing trends, and gathering insights to gain a deeper understanding of how investments in computer technology can help us live more productive, fulfilling, and sustainable lives. We welcome you to join us in this journey. Category: ISI Published: 7/16/2009 8:02 AM Attachments:

How do you gain credibility with clients, prospects, family members and staff?

Body: Every interaction you have with a person either increases or decreases your credibility, influence or endorsement.  Have you ever met a person who won’t stop talking and relates his whole life story to you?  When you see that person coming, do you dread the interaction?  If so, it is because their behavior has caused them to lose endorsement with you, and, therefore, that person does not get the benefit of your time.  Conversely, a person who you can’t wait to see daily has gained your endorsement and, therefore, is deserving of your time.  By knowing a person’s behavioral style, you can immediately adapt their style and gain endorsement. The following six elements greatly impact your endorsement, or how much “sanction” or “approval” others will give you.  Human performance is directly proportional to endorsement: Position Appearance Beliefs Competence (Technical, Systems, and People Relations) Oral Presentation Skills Feedback (Two-Way Communication) More to come. Category: ISI Published: 7/13/2009 5:44 PM

US SBSC Advisory Board Members Announced in Partner Program Newsletter

Body: New SBSC Advisory Board Announced: A Strong Resource for All SBSC Members The SBSC Program Team has selected new SBSC Advisory Board members for the new Microsoft fiscal year starting July 1, 2009. The role of the SBSC Advisory Board is to provide Microsoft with real-life feedback and ground-level intelligence about what is important for SBSCs. This year there is one SBSC Advisory Board member in each of the 10 Microsoft US Sales Areas. SBSC Advisory Board members are committed and eager to be the local partner liaison between you and Microsoft. If you want to find the SBSC Advisory Board member in your region, and share the good and the not-so-good about being an SBSC member, click here . Region: Central Area: South Central Area States: TX, OK, AR, LA Member: Robert Lindley Title: President Company: Innovative Systems, Inc. Address: 11219 Financial Centre Parkway, Suite 250 City: Little Rock State: AR Zip: 72221 Email: Website: Category: ISI Published: 6/25/2009 3:55 PM

I would like your opinion of a new office communication tool. Please take this survey.

Body: I am always looking for ways to improve our communication and collaboration at ISI. Recently, I ran across a new behavior and motivators survey tool that has really helped me to understand each of our staff members better and establish methods to improve our communication. Would you mind taking a complimentary assessment and give me an opinion of your results? Please complete the survey at . The assessment will take under 20 minutes. The first part on behavior has 24 questions which you answer what is most and least like you. The second part on values has 12 questions that you rank from 1 to 6. For the best results, I recommend you find a quite space to take the survey when you are relaxed. You will receive the results in an email upon completion. Here are my scores: Please drop me an email or call me at 501-217-8484 x101 with your opinion of the survey and reports. Category: ISI Published: 6/23/2009 8:01 AM Attachments:

New dual 24” monitors on my office desktop … sweet!

Body: I just added 2 new HP L2445W monitors to my desktop in the office.  DVI attached to a tower PC running Windows Vista Ultimate.  3840 x 1200 pixels.  This is cool stuff … but I have to admit I’m having a little trouble with my no-line bifocal glasses.  I can have four 8-1/2” x 11” full size pages side by side at the same time.  SWEET! Category: ISI Published: 6/18/2009 4:40 PM Attachments:

Upgraded to iPhone OS 3.0

Body: I download version 8.2 of iTunes and 3.0 for the iPhone today.  Installation of 8.2, which was required to update the iPhone, went without a problem.  The 3.0 update started ok … but continued to error out in iTunes and restart the iPhone.  I disconnect the USB iPhone connection and installation completed and request connection back to iTunes to complete.  This seemed to resolve the installation problems. New features that I will use: Cut, Copy & Paste  (I can’t believe they left this out of v2.0) Landscape Keyboard  (much better for my thumbs) MMS  (MMS support from AT&T coming in late summer) Spotlight Search  (really nice feature … even search in inbox … cool) Voice Memos  (Already had an app for this … but will try this one out) Improved Calendar  (I see no differences here) Internet Tethering  (Tethering is not currently offered in the US and some other countries) Stereo Bluetooth  (Now I can listen to Podcasts on my Bluetooth headset) Category: ISI Published: 6/18/2009 8:13 AM

Twitpocalypse is upon us!

Body: I found this interesting.  My Twitterrific application on my iPhone was affected by Twitpocalypse.  They just update the application with version 2.0.2 to resolve the problem.  Over 2 billion tweets … WOW. The Twitpocalypse is similar to the Y2K bug. The unique identifier associated to each tweet has now exceeded 2,147,483,647 1 For some of your favorite third-party Twitter services not designed to handle such a case, the sequence will suddenly turn into negative numbers. At this point, they are very likely to malfunction or crash. Category: ISI Published: 6/16/2009 3:00 PM