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15 Years and Counting

Tuesday, December 01, 2015
This holiday season we would like to say how truly grateful we are for our wonderful customers, partners, vendors and team members who support us. As we’re nearing the end of another great year, IT Resource is celebrating a special milestone. November marks our anniversary of 15 years in business and we couldn’t have done it without you.

Since November, 2000, we’ve been providing IT consulting, project-based and long-term engineering services, on-site, remote and 24x7 help-desk and support services to a growing number of industries and verticals. Being your trusted advisor for 15 years is quite a big accomplishment and we’re excited for many more years of business ahead of us.

Our Thanksgiving Food Drive

Thursday, November 05, 2015
Tis the season for giving and as a team, we feel it is our responsibility to help those who are less fortunate than us. This year we will be collecting non-perishable items to deliver to our local food pantry for the Thanksgiving holiday. We'll have a box in our front lobby and if you would like to contribute, feel free to drop by and add your items to the collection. We feel that together, we can make someone's holiday season a little brighter!

How Safe Is Your Mobile Security?

Thursday, November 05, 2015

The Zix Hacker Series continues with hacking expert, David Kennedy. Join Zix on Wednesday, November 11 at 2 p.m. ET as they talk with David about modern threats to your mobile security.

With 41 percent of employees admitting they would wait a few hours to over a week to report their lost or stolen phone, you may not even realize when your corporate data is most vulnerable. IT Resource has partnered with Zix to address your secure email needs.

Join Zix to learn more about the threats to your current mobile device strategy and how you can protect your corporate data while keeping your employees productive and happy.

David Kennedy is a developer, security evangelist and distinguished industry speaker and author. Bottom-line, he's got the inside scoop when it comes to all things mobile security. We hope you can join the event!

Register for the Mobile Security event Now!

What To Do With an After-Hours IT Emergency

Wednesday, November 04, 2015
Don’t forget! Our office will be closed all day Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 in observance of Thanksgiving. We wish all of our customers, vendors and partners a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving with your families!

We know that emergencies and disasters can strike at any time and that’s why we’ve got your business covered. Our knowledgeable support team will be staffed and available for those who currently have a 24/7 Emergency Support agreement with us. This means you can call us any day of the week at any time and we’ll be here for you – even on holidays with guaranteed SLAs. Our team can be reached by calling our 24/7 hotline or sending an email to our help desk. Please note, 24/7 Emergency Support rates will apply.

If you have any questions regarding our 24/7 Emergency Support Services, please see our service page or send inquires via email.  

Ways To Reduce Your Taxes for 2015

Monday, November 02, 2015
As we’re nearing the end of the year, it’s time to start thinking about the Section 179 tax break and how it can be applied to business purchases. This is a great opportunity to maximize your purchasing power by taking a large tax deduction on qualifying equipment.

The current limit for 2015 is still $25,000 with no bonus depreciation. However, considering past years, this limit will likely increase in mid-December. In 2014, the limit was reinstated to $500,000 with just 12 days left in the year. Since this has been the case for the last 5 years, It’s best to plan for something similar to happen this year.

How does it work?

The Section 179 tax code allows business owners to deduct the full purchase price (up to $25,000 as of this posting) of purchased or leased equipment from your gross income instead of requiring the cost to be depreciated. Once the equipment is purchased, you will complete a special IRS form and you’re all set!

What qualifies for the deduction?

Any physical equipment or software that is purchased for business use and put into production between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015. This includes computers, associated hardware and “Off-the-Shelf” Software. Off-the-Shelf is any software without a custom code, that is available for the general public and is used in your business as an income producing activity.

Use it or lose it!

This tax code is not guaranteed next year and can change without notice. It’s important to take advantage of this offer while you can. If you plan on purchasing business equipment including computer hardware or software, it’s financially in your favor to make those purchases before December 31, 2015. Use this handy calculator to see how much you could save.

What should you do now?

  • Schedule time to talk with your financial advisor or accountant to determine how your business can best utilize this tax break
  • Bookmark the Section 179 website and check for updates throughout December. Also watch for the December IT Resource newsletter for an update (if there is one available)
  • Contact your sales rep or our sales department and we can begin planning these purchases

Team 'Run IT Faster' Did It!

Monday, October 26, 2015
Our very own relay team “Run IT Faster” finished the Grand Rapids Marathon last month for the second year in a row. This year’s team included Leo, Carrie, Carolyn, Andrew and Richard. This was Carolyn and Richard’s first time ever running a race and they were both surprised by how well they did and how much fun they had. It proves that with a willingness to try, motivation, and peer support, anything can be accomplished.

Let’s Get Moving Together!
Our next big race will be the River Bank Run on May 14, 2016. This is an all ages, co-ed race with four events, a 5K Walk, 5K Run, 10K Run and 25K (15.5 miles) Run. The 25K has a relay team option for teams of 2-3 participants. We would love to field multiple teams and have our customers run with us. If you’re interested in the River Bank Run or other upcoming races let us know! You don’t have to be experienced and there’s lots of resources available for training. A quality training tool that we can attest to is the Gazelle Run Camps, they have a variety of different levels for beginners (couch to 5K) and experienced runners (25K training programs).

We also have to give credit to Northern Physical Therapy who put together our corporate wellness program last year. The program really kicked off healthy habits around our office and we’ve all been making positive lifestyle changes since then. Shortly after our wellness program ended, our first marathon relay team was fielded and a tradition began.

Finally, we'd like the thank our team of "supporters" who came out to cheer our team on at the Grand Rapids Marathon.

Is Information Technology Enhancing Your Business?

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Are we enhancing your business?

It may seem like an unlikely question to be asked by your IT Resource lead consultant and sales representative however be prepared to hear this during the last quarter of this year. This isn’t a trick question. We appreciate that you invest in IT Resource services and products from our vendor partners and we know you do this so you can gain an advantage in your day-to-day business. Spending on Information Technology is one of the top five expenses for most businesses. If this investment isn’t currently enhancing your business, then we want to work with you so it will for 2016.

Your sales representative will be contacting you soon to schedule an Annual Business Review. During this time we'd like to discuss your strategic business initiatives for 2016 and review 2015 Key Performance Indicators like hours by project, hours by service and work type, products purchased, warranty reports, AR statement and invoices. Understanding your organization’s plans for 2016, coupled with where you have been from a technical point of view, helps us make the best, most cost effective recommendations possible for your Information Technology needs. Working together, we can enhance your business.

If you're ready to schedule your IT business review, please contact your lead consultant or our sales department today!

Adobe Business Cloud Reseller

Monday, October 12, 2015
Did you know IT Resource is a certified Adobe business cloud reseller? We can procure, deliver and manage any Adobe cloud product or license on behalf of the end user. Whether your organization is looking to buy licenses outright or sign up for an annual subscription, we’ve got the tools to get your business set up for success. As an example, take a closer look at the different plans and compare features of Adobe Acrobat here. From the entire Adobe Creative Cloud to individual products like Photoshop or Illustrator, Acrobat is just one of the many Adobe product licenses we can offer.

Because businesses often have multiple employees that use Adobe products, moving to an annual subscription based service might be the way to go. And there’s a Creative Cloud plan to fit every individual and organization including enterprises, schools and universities, and government. Many of our customers use the Acrobat Document Cloud (DC) agreement, which is paid up front on an annual basis. If there’s any additional products or licenses added in that year those will be prorated based on the anniversary. Acrobat DC includes free online services and full capabilities to create, sign, share, edit and even send and track documents. You can streamline your business processes with innovative features like creating a PDF by simply snapping a photo of a document or electronically signing a document securely and remotely using your smartphone.

Acrobat now supports Windows 10. Save 15% when you buy 6 or more licenses through November 27th.
If your organization is running on a Windows system, no worries! Acrobat DC now provides support for Windows 10 and continues to be easy to install and configure using Microsoft SCCM/SCUP. It can be deployed in virtualized environments with support for Microsoft App-V and Citrix XenApp. And, Acrobat DC integrates seamlessly with Microsoft Office apps — so your workforce can take care of PDF tasks right in the Office ribbon.Get details here.

Get Your License Today
With added flexibility, the annual subscription will always deliver the latest features and updates as soon as they become available, at no additional cost to you. Finally, you can experience radically reduced set up times and deployment when you have IT Resource manage the portal on your behalf.

If you would like to learn more about the subscription programs, contact us today. And even if your business doesn’t require multiple employees to use Adobe products, we can always order any product à la carte, the choice is yours. We offer Adobe Cloud services to a variety of customers in the Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Kalamazoo, and Holland areas.

10% Off Zix Email Encryption

Thursday, October 08, 2015
You know better than anyone that email is still the dominant communication tool in business. Yet the majority of corporate emails are sent without any encryption. Whether it's from human error or a lack of security, the failure to encrypt and secure email is putting organizations at risk. IT Resource and Zix are here to help with all your email security issues.

IT Resource has partnered with Zix, the industry leader in email encryption and data protection, to help your organization become compliant while keeping your sensitive information protected. IT Resource understands the importance of protecting your email so we are offering 10% off any new Zix agreement through November 30, 2015.

Contact us for the details of this promotion and pricing.

Want to learn more about Zix Email Encryption and email security? Register for Zix's biweekly demo.

An Unbeatable Deal with Cisco Meraki

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Cisco Meraki has just announced an exclusive webinar highlighting their cloud networking services. Attendees will receive a FREE 8-port PoE switch with license!

We're usually suspect when we hear the word FREE. But this is a bona fide opportunity for qualifying* organizations to receive a free 8-port PoE Cisco Meraki Switch with license. This is a $1395 value, absolutely free!

You must attend a live webinar hosted by Cisco Meraki on October 28 or November 11 at 1:00pm EST. Registration is first come, first serve and is limited to the first 500 customers worldwide. We want to make sure you get first dibs, so register early.

Please note: the original webinar held on October 8 filled up very quickly, so we encourage you to register early. Please be aware that when you click the registration link below, you must select the date you wish to attend under the headline that reads "Sorry, this webinar doesn't exist." That headline is referring to the October 8 webinar, which has already passed. 
Click here to register and choose your date under the first paragraph
If you’re interested in learning more about Cisco Meraki and cloud networking, this is a simple, no cost investment, other than your time to take the webinar. We wouldn’t pass this along to you if we didn’t see the value of the offering so we hope you can take advantage of this great opportunity!

Can’t Attend?
If you’re interested in Cisco Meraki and cannot attend this webinar, email us. We can invite you to attend an upcoming webinar to receive a free Cisco Meraki Access Point (AP) with a 3 year cloud management license.

*In order to qualify for a free switch, participants must:
• Attend the live event or the live webinar in its entirety
• Enter a valid company name and website
• Be an IT professional working in the US, CA, UK, or Ireland and have an active role of managing, maintaining, or monitoring their organization’s network infrastructure, and be employed by the company
• Eligible recipients cannot receive more than one switch
• Register with a shipping address (a post office box is not sufficient) in the US, CA, UK, or Ireland. At this time, Cisco Meraki cannot ship free switches outside of these regions, and cannot ship to post office boxes.
• Register with their company’s email address
• Confirm eligibility and shipping address with a Cisco Meraki representative by phone