2017 West Michigan Peer Groups

February 9th, 2017

Written by Mike Ritsema, President & Partner

Peer Groups have so impacted Kathy and me at i3 Business Solutions that Mary Witte and I decided to start a group right here in West Michigan.

While there are many options for peer networking available including Vistage, GR Chamber, and more – this peer group will have a little different focus.

i3 Business Solutions is Hiring!

January 27th, 2017

i3 Business Solutions is a Technology firm delivering Managed Services & IT Consulting.  Michael Ritsema & i3 are looking for two (2) part time (daytime hours) employees:

Marketing Coordinator
Accounting Assistant

Responsibility & Skills – Marketing Coordinator:

eNewsletter, Event, Webinar, Campaign, Blog, written & video testimonial coordination & execution
Web Site, branding & marketing materials improvement
Technical execution as well as communications skills.

Don’t fall victim to Gmail phishing!

January 19th, 2017

Written by James Lijewski, Level 3 Network Technician/Support Center Team Leader

For those of you using Gmail, like myself, watch this quick 4-minute video and be on the lookout for a sneaky phishing attempt.

i3 Mandate: enable 2-Factor authentication like your ATM card for key online services!

 

Yearend or Full Year Strategic & Operational Planning

January 12th, 2017

Written and Recorded by Mike Ritsema, President & Partner, Directed by Molly Luxem, Marketing Assistant

 

Keith McFarland, author of The Breakthrough Company and Bounce and his keynote speech at ConnectWise IT Nation Conference

Levers to any company's Breakthrough win:

1.] Strategy

2.] People

3.] Execution.

How do I choose new Cloud or Application Software?

January 5th, 2017

Written by Kathy Labozzetta, Partner

I would like to share some relatively simple but important rules on how to start looking for New Cloud or Application Software in the New Year:

Set Clear Goals for the Project – What is your company trying to accomplish with this change (it’s normally a massive project and investment for the company)? In other words, how are we going to measure our results to know this project is successful? Is it company cost savings, productivity gains, client and customers support or decision making dashboards that make data readily available for management and leadership teams? Whatever the justification, make sure goals are clearly documented and defined including criteria for success.

What can we expect for 2017?

December 30th, 2016

Written by Tom Emperor, Senior Engineer

With 2016 nearing an end, we can reflect on what the year brought us and what we can expect for 2017.  2016 saw quite a few progressions to the cloud landscape.  Security was brought into the forefront as phishing, keyloggers, and hacking made the front pages on several occasions from large companies to our own election.

Call your bank today. Add these layers of protection.

December 23rd, 2016

Written by Mike Ritsema, President & Partner, and Rachel Dokter, Social Media Manager

Again, i3 Business Solutions is not going away on the issue of phishing and social engineering. Our previous blog discussed the same subject: phishing for email addresses and passwords, creating fake websites to request electronic transfer of bank funds.

Office 365 Roadmap – Large File Attachments using OneDrive

November 30th, 2016

Written by Mike Ritsema, President and Partner

At i3 Business Solutions, we rail against islands of information.  The key to I.T.:  Information Technology – is I.S.: Information Systems.  Less information systems or platforms means improved collaboration and productivity.

Is big data driving you forward?

November 21st, 2016

Written by Molly Luxem, Marketing Assistant

Typically, "Big Data" is a term used by researchers and enterprises, but no industry is unaffected by the value of big data. As more content is being created than ever before, companies are now leveraging compiled data in order to make more knowledgeable business choices.