A Windy Day Reminder

Welcome to Southern California spring! Warmer temperatures, weekend beach days, and unfortunately, the Santa Ana winds and increase in tourists are typical indicators that spring has certainly sprung. This year has continued to fly by, and I can’t believe that we are already into May.

I did want to take a minute to talk a little about Network Assessments and what they can do for your firm. All too often, we find that networks set-up and maintained by other IT companies or solo IT guys are vulnerable to not only spyware and viruses, but also hackers, spam, data loss, hardware failure, software corruption, and a number of other disasters. And most of the time, firms are all far too busy that they simply forget to think about the security and health of their computer network UNTIL something major happens.

As a “springtime” offer, WAMS would like to offer you a free Network Assessment where we will come to your office and…

  • Check your network’s backup and disaster recovery system to ensure it is working properly and accurately backing up all of the critical files and information you never want to lose.
  • Verify that you have the most up-to-date security patches installed properly.
  • Check your firewall’s security settings to make sure you are protected from the latest hacker attacks, worms, and viruses.
  • Diagnose slow, unstable PCs.
  • Scan your network for viruses and spyware that could be secretly stealing your company’s bandwidth, jeopardizing the speed of your computer system, and embezzling confidential information about you, your employees, and your business.
  • Discuss a project or upgrade you’re considering or give a 2nd opinion on a quote you received.
  • Talk to you about current problems and issues you are experiencing that you want fixed
  • Talk with you about what you’d like technology to do for you and what things you want to implement

Don’t worry; at this stage, it’s observation only, and we will not be changing anything on your network. Your current IT provider won’t even know we were there. If nothing else, it’s a good way to get a third party review and a second opinion on your network’s security and stability.

If you’re interested in having us come out to do a complimentary Network Assessment, please reach out to me (Allison Kirk – akirk@wamsinc.com – 714-321-5846) or fill out the form to the right! I’ll work with you to set one up for your firm. In the meantime, don’t blow away in these winds!

Go Green With Cloud Computing!

Earth Day is always a great reminder to “go green” and be conscious of the way we are using our Earth’s resources. Whether it’s walking to the store instead of driving, planting a tree outside, or using your reusable bags, today is a great day to practice the idea that every little bit and every little step in the right direction helps.

Did you know that Cloud Computing is a fantastic “green” solution? Here’s 9 reasons why…

  1. Reduce Power & Cooling Needs: Cloud computing allows you to eliminate on-site servers, which will drastically reduce the cooling and power energy needed. It’s been estimated that a 100-person company can reduce energy consumption and emissions by 90% with cloud computing.
  2. Reduce Commute & Fuel Emissions: Cloud enables employees to work from home, reducing or eliminating commutes and fuel emissions.
  3. Less e-Waste: Data centers use virtualization, which means that less equipment is needed and there is less e-waste.
  4. Less Future e-Waste: Since you will no longer have to upgrade your network, there will be less e-waste in the future. Plus, devices will last longer since the computing is done in the cloud.
  5. Only Pay for What You Use: Cloud runs by a utility model (pay-per-use), so you only pay for the resources you consume.
  6. Less Physical Footprint: More remote workers means less office space needed. Think about what could be reduced if less office space was needed (electricity, power/cooling, etc.).
  7. No “Double-Devices”: Work and personal laptops and computers can now be combined.
  8. Less Printing: Cloud naturally encourages reduced printing and paper usage since it puts most everything online and digital.
  9. Other Bonuses: Improved security, access all of your data anywhere at anytime, cost savings, improved reliability, scalable, improved productivity.
Curious about cloud computing for your business? Fill out the form to the right for a free Cloud Readiness Assessment.

arrow-right

WAMS, Inc. Successfully Integrates CCC Macro Pro Product Onto Cloud Connect

Legal macro package developer is impressed with how flawlessly his software package for law firms works on the fully hosted WAMS cloud platform.

April 22 2014 – Brea, CA – WAMS, Inc., the premier provider of both on-site and cloud-based IT solutions for law firms, successfully integrated Crowther Macro Systems’ CCC Macro Pro product onto the WAMS fully hosted cloud solution, Cloud Connect. This is one of only a number of times that CCC Macro Pro has been hosted in a virtual desktop cloud environment.

“I was uncertain how CCC Macro Pro would work in the WAMS Cloud Connect hosted platform,” said Eric Crowther, president and founder of Crowther Macro Systems. “The macro package is a complex and highly customized product, and it integrated seamlessly in the cloud-based environment developed by WAMS. Our client is very pleased with the results!”

WAMS has transitioned numerous law firms to the cloud and onto WAMS Cloud Connect, each with their own custom needs and applications. They are continually adding new applications and customizations to their cloud environment and are pleased to now certify CCC Macro Pro on the platform.

“Every law firm is unique, and their IT network often reflects that,” said Kevin Haight, General Manager of WAMS, Inc. “WAMS Cloud Connect recognizes the need for customization, and we built the highly secure, scalable, and flexible Cloud Connect platform with law firms’ specific needs in mind. We’re proud to be the premier choice for law firms looking into moving to the cloud.”

Each Cloud Connect environment is built specifically for every client, ensuring that the integrations and customizations remain an integral component of the network, even though all of the data is now hosted in a highly secure, off-site facility. The client can access their entire network anywhere, at any time, and on any device.

“WAMS has worked with Eric Crowther and his custom macro packages for over 15 years,” says Haight. “We share many mutual clients, and this is a major accomplishment for WAMS and Crowther Macro Systems.”

Law firms are continually looking for ways to maximize employee productivity while reducing their capital expenditures in order to provide high quality, cost effective legal services to their clients. WAMS Cloud Connect enables small to medium-sized firms to harness the technological power of high-end data centers and enterprise-level software that used to only be obtainable by large firms and use the technology to their advantage at a scalable, monthly cost.

The built-in military-grade security measures combined with the ability to access your entire network at all times makes the WAMS Cloud Connect solution the best choice for firms looking to move to the cloud.

About WAMS, Inc.

WAMS, Inc. has been providing law firms and businesses with comprehensive, high-quality IT/computer consulting and support solutions since 1974.  Our legacy of superior quality and service continues today as we design, install and maintain a vast network of computer systems specifically tailored for each unique law firm, legal department and business client.  We offer a variety of services, including our Cloud Connect offering, or you may select what individual services you need from our IT menu. For more information, please visit www.wamsinc.com.

About Crowther Macro Systems

Crowther Macro Systems is a highly competent and dependable company that specializes in developing custom systems of macros, templates, styles and other automation tools for Microsoft Word. If you are looking for a comprehensive system to automate and assemble your documents, customized to meet your firm’s particular needs, then Crowther Macro Systems is an excellent choice. Visit www.legalmacros.com for more information.

 

This Is NOT An April Fools Prank

Ah! April Fool’s Day…the day where we all got to play pranks and tell little white lies to our friends, families and coworkers and then sit back and watch them fall into our tricks, snickering at their naivety. Did you play any good pranks this year?

I told my dad another massive earthquake had just happened, that my house was covered in broken glass and debris, and that my head was bleeding profusely. He lives thousands of miles away in Washington State. He couldn’t come help me. It was NOT funny to him. April Fools!! J

(By the way, use these recent earthquakes as a catalyst to talk to your firm if you do not have a foolproof data backup in place! Read this recent blog article to learn the The 10 Disaster Planning Essentials For A Small To Medium-Sized Business’s Network.)

On a more serious note, a very real calamity is upon us – the death of Windows XP! And this is NO JOKE. It is very serious, and I want everyone to realize just how catastrophic this could be to your network if you still continue to have XP machines on the network after the kill date of April 8, 2014 (NEXT TUESDAY).

I’ve met with Microsoft executives three times in the last month for various reasons, and each time, every single one of them stressed the importance of getting EVERYONE off of XP.

They each had their own reasons, but all of them had the same opinion – that there are hundreds of hackers out there ready with malicious code already written to exploit any XP machines after the end-of-support date.

Why? Because after next Tuesday, Microsoft will no longer be issuing security updates and patches. Your machine will be left wide open to any and all threats. If one of these machines is connected to the network, your entire system is now at risk.

So please, please reach out to me if you need assistance replacing these XP machines! We’re a top-level partner with Microsoft and can leverage our partnership to get you ready for the end-of-life date. My contact info is below!