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“The Virtual Workplace” by Ron Newlin on March 27, 2015

The advent of smarter phones and light weight tablets has left us wondering, when we will see Star Trek type features managing our respective ships/ businesses.  There are actually more questions than answers to developing a seamless virtual work environment for a mobile workforce, using connected devices to drive our business and manage personal lives.   This idea had me thinking about how these devices will all work together.  Microsoft ‘s development of Windows 10 for smart phones, means that they will be moving to make it all work seamlessly with their devices.  Tablets, desktops, and laptops will have new… Read More

Press Release: SEWP V Award Anouncement on March 24, 2015

Brian Bernadel Enterprise Relations Manager Better Direct (P)480-921-3858 ext.236 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tempe, Ariz. – Local business Better Direct LLC, a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business and HUBZone company is pleased to announce that we have been selected for contract award of NASA’s SEWP V Category A/Group A; Category B/Group B-HUBZone, and Category B/Group C Small Business Set Aside for Solicitation No. NNG13451284R as of March 24th, 2015. The anticipated effective date of the contract is May 1, 2015.   Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) is a government-wide acquisition… Read More

“Change of Pace” by David Young on March 23, 2015

As I come upon my second anniversary here at Better Direct, I started to reflect on how my journey has unfolded from my beginning at a large reseller in 1997, to the transition of selling for a major manufacturer, and now working for a small business.  I must say that they all come with their advantages and disadvantages, but as time goes by, I realize that I like the independence of working for a small business at this stage in my life.   A few of the advantages of working for larger companies and major manufacturers is the staff that… Read More

“Inside the Box” by David Christensen on March 20, 2015

My last blog was about thinking outside the box to use products in new and innovative ways to solve customer problems.  This week I am going to focus on inside the box and what makes systems tick. Amongst other brands we are a Lenovo Preferred Reseller, we also function as an authorized Lenovo Service Center.  This provides for an opportunity to offer exceptional products and personally back them up by providing any service needed on those systems.  For many customers this is a huge benefit, to have someone that knows the product they are selling inside and out.   Most… Read More

“C to Connect” by Edward Norris on March 20, 2015

Ever tried to connect a USB plug and it is facing the wrong direction?  I am sure we have all done this. Maybe not life altering but it can be a little annoying if the port you are trying to connect to is in an out of the way location or in an otherwise inconvenient spot.  It has been years (1996-1997) since USB 1.0 plugs were designed and introduced.  We still find ourselves without a universally simple way to plug them in.   The good news is that there are new USB Standards being introduced that will benefit all gear… Read More

“Hello!” by Scott Kane on March 20, 2015

It is amazing the advances that we are seeing in technology. It seems that advances are happening so much faster these days. Microsoft is working on getting rid of using a password to sign on to your computer under the new “Windows 10”.  This new product will use facial, fingerprint and retinal recognition, which will require newer computers or hardware add-ons to your existing system. People have been concerned that the facial recognition can be fooled by a picture, but Microsoft claims they have solved this problem.   Microsoft is working with computer manufacturers now to make sure that systems… Read More

“UP, up and away HP!” by Scott Kane on March 16, 2015

HP has just recently announced their new “Cloudline” servers that use Intel Xeon E5 Processors which are designed for quickly expanding environments. These new servers will utilize rack-scale computing that has cooling and power as part of the rack instead as being part of the server.   “Cloudline” works on an IPMI which stands for Intelligent Platform Management Interface.  This platform is an open management platform with a royalty free standard.  Financial firms are highly attracted to this Cloud technology, since they are currently in the process of building out cloud environments.  HP is announcing these new systems at the… Read More

“Protecting your information in a mobile world” by Ron Newlin on March 16, 2015

I had a recent conference with IBM on their MaaS360 Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solution by Fiberlink and I came away quite impressed with the product.  IBM is well known for capturing the lead technology companies out there and blending them with their total business solution. In conversation, there were several critical issues that immediately rose to the top when considering a top notch solution.  Questions that were at the front of the mobility focus is that companies need to understand how many devices and mobile platforms do you support? Do you have corporate document security for both your employee… Read More

“Information demands Change” by Ron Newlin on March 6, 2015

The advent of wider pipe for bandwidth and of course faster technology systems has led us to the precipice of going backwards with efficiency. The sheer amount of information we need to handle and process these days is out of control. File size, speed, and sheer numbers of emails and information, especially social media.   This got me to thinking about how much more we can actually handle each day and the decisions and choices we make on how we handle this enormous flow of information.  I have observed in the past ten years that we are often relegated to… Read More

“Oh how IT has changed” by David Young on March 6, 2015

The other day I was reflecting on how Information Technology has changed in the 18 years that I have been in the business. The first notebook computers that I sold were from Compaq, which was purchased by Hewlett Packard. The processors were Pentium 133, 166 and 233. You only needed to have 512MB or 1GB of memory in these systems and they were screamers. Hard drives were in the 10GB, 20GB and 40GB.  Networking options were limited and most people connected to the internet through 33.6K and 56K modems. It used to take 10-15 minutes to go from page to… Read More

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