1st Quarter 2009
In this issue:

synergIT's "Best Practice" Spotlight
Backup & Recovery Options
Exchange 2007
Speed Up Your Computer
Up to Speed with Excel 2007

Up To Speed
with Excel 2007

Microsoft Office Excel 2007 has a new design that makes your work easier, faster, and more efficient.

The new Ribbon, part of the Microsoft Office Fluent user interface, puts the commands you use most often in plain sight on your work surface instead of hidden on menus or in dialog boxes.

Ready-made cell styles let you quickly format your worksheet to make it easier to read and interpret. The new Page Layout view shows how your printed worksheet will look as you're creating it.

Watch this demo to get familiar with the new design, and to see for yourself that you won't have to learn Excel all over again.



A Bit of Humor

Quote of the Month

The first day of spring is one thing and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.

 ~ Henry Van Dyke

synergIT�s �Best Practice� Spotlight
IT Strategy and Assessment

Are you spending too much on Information Technology (IT)? Are you getting the most out of your IT dollars? Looking to implement a new technology, but you can�t afford to fail? Do you have the correct IT staffing mix to support your organization? For over 25 years, synergIT has answered these and many other questions for organizations large and small.

Transforming IT�s role in your organization

IT provides the greatest value to the organization when the IT strategy is in alignment with the goals of the business. When there is not proper alignment, it can be felt throughout the organization. Your systems seem to be down too often; procedures are undefined, too complex or not well organized; and your IT staff seems to be buried in problems and unavailable to help clients. It can also be as simple as the feeling that you�re not getting enough for the dollars that are being invested in IT. Let synergIT put your organization back on track.

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synergIT has New Backup & Recovery Options for SMBs

Small to mid-sized businesses can always benefit from any IT enhancement that will save both time and money. Unfortunately, many SMBs are not able to get the benefits from IT that they need, chiefly due to lack of resources and expertise. For that reason, many SMBs are exploring the Software-as-a-Service options that are now available � these options cost less and are run by experts.

Capabilities that are delivered via the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model (sometimes called "online services") are provided to end users over the Web, rather than software that is installed and maintained in-house by the customer. With SaaS, a synergIT partner will host, manage and update the software so that customers need not implement or manage software applications themselves, but can rely on experts to do it for them.

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Exchange 2007 � What you need to know

Many of today's small to mid-sized businesses operate in a Microsoft Exchange environment. Most of these businesses have invested in Exchange and Exchange-compatible systems over the years, and now they are both loyal to and dependent upon Exchange for email. Now that Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 has been out in the market for two years, you might be wondering if it's worth the time, effort, and cost to migrate to 2007 from your current platform. With the help of synergIT, you can find out what's hot with Exchange 2007 and what security issues to consider before you migrate.

Long time coming
Prior to 2007, the last release of Exchange was in 2003. Exchange Server 2007 includes many new enhancements and features that improve upon the 2003 platform. Here are some of the improvements that come with Exchange 2007:

5 Easy Ways to Speed Up Your Computer
reprinted with permission from HP

One of the most common complaints heard by IT helpdesks is: �My computer is running too slowly � what can I do?� There are actually a number of reasons why this could be happening, and luckily, a number of ways to solve the problem.

Here are our top five recommendations to help boost your desktop or notebook PC's speed and performance.

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