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Week 3 Recap
At Vertical Solutions, we take our jobs seriously, but we know how to have fun with them too! With vCare Managed Services, you can have help desk support at your finger tips, from real, local people who are happy to get up everyday to enhance your experience using the technology you need to support your business. Read More
By Bruce Nelson
I want to say a BIG thank you to Business Solutions Magazine and specifically the Channel Transitions team for once again inviting me to participate as a panel member at their conference. The conference is attended by Owners, Directors and Managers of IT Services providers looking to transition their organization to Managed Service Providers like us. It is an honor to be viewed as a leader in the space and provide insights into our journey over the past 8 years and to learn from the very talented peer group in attendance. Read More
A new way to take notes
A while back, we did a blog post about what essentials to have in your laptop bag. I am finding that may people now only carry their laptops. With cloud technologies and Office 365, everything that is worth anything to us in business is in the cloud. Imagine walking into a meeting with nothing but a device (phone, tablet or PC). No more pens and paper. Read More
Week 2 of the Geek League Fantasy League
This week in our Geek Squad fantasy football league, Mt Lebanon United demolished Shots of Water, winning 111 to 71. That 40 point margin was the biggest gap between any two teams this week. The win brings Mt Lebanon United's record to 2 - 0, while dropping Shots of Water to 0 - 2. Read More
Send an email to the future you!
Have you ever gotten an email that is important, but won’t be happening or need your attention for a few days? It seems that a lot of people will leave it in their inbox marked as “unread” or flag it, but it’s still so easy to forget about it when the time comes. And, if it is something time sensitive for that particular date, you definitely don’t want to leave it up to your memory to go through those unread or flagged emails. Or, maybe you want to add it to your calendar, but you don’t want to get busy and forget. Read More
Week 1 of the Geek League Fantasy League
In week 2 of our Geek League Fantasy Football League, Shalom Sesame earned a pretty comfortable victory over my team, Tech blogger, winning 118 to 97. The 118 points Shalom Sesame scored set the high mark for the league this week. Read More
The Draft Recap
Last Wednesday at 7:00pm, Vertical Solutions Fantasy Football League kicked off with a live draft! (Well, live online!) Part of the reason we work so well together is because we play well together too! This league is one of the things we like to do to add a little bit of friendly competition and laughs to our tech team. Read More
It's like a free cleaning service for your Outlook!
Are you tired of spending hours sifting through your emails, trying to figure out what needs your attention now and what is less important? With Office 365, you don't have to! You can literally train your email to move the "clutter" into its own folder automatically. Read More
Implementing Office 365 could potentially add $6,000 to our marketing budget this year!
Are you sick of paying your online meeting subscription? So were we! But, with Office 365, we don't have to pay it anymore. Any meetings that we want to schedule now can be done directly from our email, which is so much more convenient than it was with our go to meeting account. Read More
There is a real reason that it's best to always press eject.
Ever wonder why your computer warns you about ejecting those USB drives before you remove them? It’s not to add an extra, annoying step to your day. The best habit to get into is to press eject first. Read More
Didn't care for OWA? You'll love the new web version of Outlook in Office 365
We are so excited to announce exciting updates coming to the web version of Outlook in Office 365 this September. Formerly known as the Outlook Web App (or OWA for short), the browser-based Outlook experience will simply be referred to as “Outlook on the web” going forward Read More
Could you benefit from this online self-paced training?
In the last year, 16 new features have been added to SmartList Builder and they are continuing to work to improve the product to make it easier than ever use. They have also developed a brand new, online SmartList Builder Self-Paced Training environment, designed for users to receive training at their own convenience and pace. Read More
Did you know you could send a text through email?
Cellular carriers provide a service that many people are unaware of, which is the ability to send a text message from email. Using this format you can compose text messages through your email and easily send your email message to the cell phone of a person or a group of people. Read More
By Bruce Nelson
I was recently asked to participate in an interview regarding the transition of IT Partners from Value Added Reseller to Managed and Cloud Services partner. I won’t bore you with the details (I’ll do that when I share the link to the article) but part of the conversation revolved around our Product and Solutions Roadmap. Read More
By Justin Krentz
No business can afford downtime. Our time is our most valuable service, which is one of the reasons why downtime can cost so much. Technology is made to help us handle our business more efficiently, but it’s not perfect. Things do go wrong and it’s important to prepare for those moments. We have to be able to move through them quickly and getting back to our customers. Read More
Test drive this match that was made for you!
We aren't in the business of match-making, but this pair is too perfect for your business, for us not to share. Read More
Our President shares his reading list for this summer
Bruce Nelson, the President of Vertical Solutions, shares his reading list as a part of this summer reading blog series. Bruce enjoys thrillers and also mixes in business books to encourage new ideas provide some inspiration in looking at the business. Read More
Nothing in Office is set in stone. Here is how to fix your mistakes
We all make mistakes and I am sure we all wish we could undo them. In Office, we can! Maybe you pasted the wrong picture or messed up a text box. Microsoft knew we would make mistakes in Office so they created ways to “undo” them. Read More
Robert Nelson attains the Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA) designation
Congratulations to our founder, Robert Nelson, for attaining the Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA) designation after completing the Exit Planning Institute’s (EPI) intensive CEPA five day executive style MBA program at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Read More
The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood by Jane Leavy
If you don't know Bruce Lane, you may not know that he spends a lot of time on the road. He travels far and wide to client sites to do presentations and demos and meet with clients. Rather than try to find the time to read the books he wants to read, Bruce makes good use of his time spent in the car by listening to his favorite books. Read More
Your favorite Office tools in the cloud
Office Online is releasing new autocorrect features. The first implementation will make straightforward changes such as capitalizing the first letter of a sentence. In the coming weeks, you will see more advanced automatic formatting such as transforming two hyphens into a dash—just like you’d expect in Word. Read More
Type less but say more by adding online videos to your documents
Have you ever been working on a document and had a video to reference, but weren't sure how to seamlessly add it to your document? Sure, you could add a link to it, but having the actual video right in the document is so much better! Read More
Getting Fancy with Email Hyperlinks
Have you ever wanted to send a coworker or client a link and it's long and looks almost like it could be a virus? There is a simple and fast way to change the name of a hyperlink in an email. Read More
What is the difference between hardware and software?
You have heard of the terms computer "hardware" and "software", but understanding how they differ and come together, allowing us to perform specific tasks, can be tricky. Computer hardware refers to all the parts of the computer that you can touch. Computer software generally refers to those computer related things that you can't touch. Read More
Is your wireless router secure?
It is important to make sure that your home or mobile office has a secure network. To do this, you need to secure your wireless router. If you don’t secure your router, you’re vulnerable to people accessing information on your computer, using your Internet service for free and potentially using your network to commit cyber crimes. Read More
When you are bragging to your friends about Office 365, you can show off your savvy word skills too!
In this video, you will see how you can use content from PDFs easily and make it look great. Word will allow you to open PDFs and it makes content, such as paragraphs, lists and tables, act as familiar Word documents. Read More
Since I write our blog, I get to be the first to share my beach reading list for 2015. I am not overly excited about what I have to read this summer because my book collection is old. I am debating whether or not to trade the books in, although I won't get much for them, or to just buy new ebooks since they are more affordable! I might even pick up one of the books from Bill Gates' list. I will post what I ended up reading when summer ends. Read More
He has inspired us to come up with our own lists
Memorial Day weekend is finally here! What better way is there to kick off summer than with a reading list recommended by none other than Bill Gates. After hearing his list, it has inspired us at Vertical Solutions to come up with some lists of our own. Throughout the summer we will let you know what we are reading and how it is going. Stay tuned! Read More
Have you been hacked? What to do now!
The topic of discussion lately has been how to stay safe on the internet. It’s important to know what threats are out there and how to avoid being a victim. The one thing we haven’t touched on yet, is what to do when your account has been hacked or compromised. Read More
Facing the end of Business Portal and looking for a turnkey alternative?
DynamicPoint's Expense Management solution for Dynamics GP is designed for organizations looking to automate the reimbursement of employees for travel and expense costs. Read More
How can you protect yourself from cybercriminals?
Cyber criminals have a way of enticing people and getting them to click on links or open attachments. They sometimes send emails that seem like they are coming from your bank or government agencies. They instill fear and make you feel like you need to act fast and you haven’t even had a chance to think about the legitimacy of the email. Read More
The Windows you know, only better
With the retirement of Windows XP behind us, bigger and better things are on the way! Windows 10 feels familiar so you can get more done from the go. The Start menu is back with space to pin your favorite apps. And simple navigation means you don't need to spend much time learning anything new. Read More
How to get around Windows 8.1 with a mouse
Microsoft periodically releases updates for Windows to include new features, the latest security protection, and the best drivers and software. Windows 8.1 Update and Windows RT 8.1 Update include improvements to make Windows more familiar and convenient for devices that use touch and mouse input and to make Windows available on a wider variety of devices, so you have more to choose from. Windows 8.1 Update and Windows RT 8.1 Update also include security and performance updates, and they must be installed for your PC to receive any future security updates for Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1. Read More
Are you and your computer on a first name basis? You should be!
One of the many benefits of having vCare Managed Services from Vertical Solutions is that you have a helpdesk to turn to for support. We asked our helpdesk engineers to give us some tips to help you when calling for support. Read More
Would you like to learn how to save time and money when reconciling your bank accounts?
The best thing about Dynamics GP? There are hundreds of pre-built solutions that can help you maximize your system. The worst thing? There are hundreds of solutions out there and you may not even know what you are missing. From simple tools that can speed up your productivity to industry specific customizations – There Is a Solution! Read More
When July 14, 2015 comes around, will you be ready?
If you haven't already begun Windows Server 2003 Migration Planning, here is a good place to start! Read More
Vertical Solutions is among a distinguished group of top MSPs
That’s right, out of 3,500 partners from around the world we are their Top Partner. This award recognizes our strong growth, depth of expertise, client satisfaction, client retention and most importantly it recognizes our TEAM and our efforts. Together we are doing great things and more importantly the right things. Read More
Can accounting positively impact the lives of the people you serve?
We are always fighting the perception that only big firms can provide top services to medical practices. On top of that, we are a Pittsburgh based organization, and unfortunately, people still have the impression that our home town is a dying rust belt city. Read More
Commencement address by Adm. William H. McRaven, ninth commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, at the University of Texas at Austin on May 17. Our president, Bruce Nelson, shared this with the team. Read More
Get to know the irrepressibly cheerful David Adalbert, who was referred to us by Chris Bowman!
Ever wonder who is at the other end of the phone when you call our helpdesk? For those of you who have been lucky enough to have been helped by our newest team member, Dave Adalbert, we give a peek into Dave's world. Read More
Nine Lives Media Names Vertical Solutions to the MSPmentor 501 Global Edition
It means our team wakes up every day focused on the goal of enhancing our clients experience in working with the core technologies that support their organizations. Our geeks (yes we are proud of this) focus on solving technical, operational and end user experience challenges. Read More
by Lindsay Biggio
With Windows XP support ending on April 8, 2014, now is the perfect time to look at a Windows 8 device. To put it in perspective, when Windows XP was released in 2001, there was no such thing as a digital music player - the tech forward ones were burning music to CDs Read More
By Bruce Nelson
Does the thought of having to send notifications keeping you up at night? It should be. We recently had the opportunity to discuss HealthIT risks with real life HIPAA data breach notification examples of each risk. Read More
Don't fight: See why now's the time to switch to a Windows Phone
Vertical Solutions' Favorite Videos Friday From #timetoswitch: Get ready for what may be the best photos and videos you've taken with a smartphone. The Nokia Lumia 920 brings Optical Image Stabilization, 8 MP PureView technology, and incredible photo and video software—all to Windows Phone 8. Read More
With 41 megapixels so every seat is the best seat in the house.
Most phones aren't capable of capturing quality photos at a distance. Even if it's just a few rows back. With the Windows Phone Nokia Lumia 1020 you get 41 megapixels so every seat is the best seat in the house. Read More
Kicking it all the way to awesome
Vertical Solutions' Video Friday From dynamicbusiness.microsoft.com: Microsoft Dynamics and business solutions like Microsoft Dynamics ERP help individuals -- and organizations -- realize their full potential and drive significant impact by offering end to end business solutions that are flexible and easy to use. Read More
What will you miss when you choose Google Docs?
Vertical Solutions' Favorite Videos Friday From whymicrosoft.com: People have to find ways to overcome feature gaps and offline access by working harder, spending their time finding workarounds, or potentially using third-party tools to overcome the gaps. Read More
Oscar winner Randy Thom discusses sound design
Vertical Solutions' Favorite Videos Friday From the Microsoft News Center: In the first episode of Microsoft’s new film series “On the Whiteboard,” Editor Pamela Woon chats with two-time Oscar winner Randy Thom about the (often underestimated) importance of sound in human-technology interactions Read More
Unlock the potential in your people and drive your business forward with Microsoft Dynamics
Vertical Solutions' Video Friday From microsoft.com/dynamics: At the heart of every business are people with the potential to have a powerful impact. Microsoft Dynamics gives your team proactive, easy-to-use business solutions, empowering everyone to create a truly dynamic business. Unlock the potential in your people and drive your business forward with Microsoft Dynamics. Read More
Vertical Solutions' President Bruce Nelson joins the Board of Healthy Learning Paths
Even though Bruce is now based out of Boulder, Colorado to grow our new Western Region, his commitment to non profits is a lasting legacy to all of us here in the Pittsburgh office. Read More
By Bruce Nelson
We are in an era of unprecedented change. As technology evolves, so do our customers’ needs. Just three years ago, the idea that end users would expect access to corporate networks from their personal devices would have been unthinkable. Yet, today that is the norm. Read More
Our Colorado expansion going strong……
As we previously posted, Vertical Solution’s expansion to the Denver area started in 2011. The momentum continued as we brought on two additional team members in 2012 and President, Bruce Nelson relocated with his family in January 2013. Read More
Vertical Solutions founder, Bob Nelson, explains it all
Our founder, Robert Nelson is leading a seminar at the Small Business Development Center at Saint Vincent College on May 8th – Should I Use the Cloud? We asked him to take a few moments to talk about this session and his commitment to family enterprise. Read More
Bob Ellson shared his recent experience in providing relief to Jersey Shore residents effected by Sandy.
Vertical Solutions takes pride in our commitment to serve nonprofit organizations. We not only “talk the talk” by specializing in helping organizations provide efficient services to their constituents – we “walk the talk” as well. Most of our team are personally active in giving back. Read More
Besides candy, name something that might have a chocolate covering.
Name something that generally has strings attached to it.
President and CEO, Bruce Nelson has relocated to the Denver area to oversee the growth of our Western Operations
While we will miss his smiling face around the office every day, we are excited to see how his direct leadership will result in the growth of our Denver based business group. Read More