We’re very careful about choosing our affiliations. Only the highest quality vendors become part of our offerings.

A case in point would be AppRiver, our Microsoft licensing provider for Office 365 and associated services. AppRiver not only provides the software licensing, but they support the product with their award-winning ‘Phenomenal Care’ helpdesk solution, as well.

When you call into AppRiver, they answer within 3 rings and present themselves in a friendly, polite and clear manner. 

This is your second line of support – your first call would be to our primary helpdesk line, but we can scale according to demand by leveraging AppRiver as an option.

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Apple
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HP Enterprise
Lenovo
Android
Plantronics
Polycom
Logitech
BitTitan
SkyKick
Sennheiser
D&H Distributing
AppRiver

 

Managed ServicesMy first experience with a computer was when I was a building contractor in Connecticut around 1990. The Department of Consumer Protection had mandated that all construction contracts, large and small, contain specifically prescribed content provided by the state, which resulted in a 6-page document, at the least. To remedy the situation, I went out and purchased a DOS computer and a word processor program. I took the computer out of the box and didn’t move until about 4am. When I finally made it into bed and shut the lights, there were two big blue dots (one for each eye) where the monitor had been. I was infatuated.

My career in construction evolved from building to selling real estate. Of course, real estate meant more contracts and eventually a digital MLS system – I found myself immersed in a world of computers again. I always helped the other agents that didn’t ‘get it’ when it came to the computers, so they all said, “Scott, you should become a computer guy!” The rest is history.

In 1998, I went back to school. From seemingly unrelated courses, I created my own curriculum at a community college to study and then pass a new certification offered by the Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA). I was among the first to receive the A+ Certification, and my designation is grandfathered and honored to this day.

CompTIA A+ Certified

My first job in the computer-related field was at the 2000 US Census during 1999, of course. My job was to sit at my desk and wait until Friday to change the server backup tapes and then ship the tapes from Cape Cod to Boston by FedEx. I needed more of a challenge – I was bored to death, so I left and went into business for myself.

pleasantbay.NET was the name of the company I launched on January 1st, 2000, the day after the Y2K bug was supposed to end the world. I was doing a lot of web design back then and formed a group called Cape Web Weavers, which eventually merged with the Cape Cod eCommerce Society. Meanwhile, I was volunteering for three Unitarian Universalist churches on Cape Cod, maintaining their computers and training those in need. My reputation got around, parishioners hired me, and the money started flowing.

By 2002, I’d become involved with a local company that primarily performed computer network services for small businesses, specializing in Novell servers and networks. The owner was having health issues and was in the process of retiring, so I was there to learn, substitute, and eventually take over some of his small accounts before he sold the remaining business to a competitor of ours.

I moved into my first office space in 2003. Another member of that web design group I’d formed had leased too much commercial space just for himself, so we split it. Within six months, I’d outgrown his half-office space and moved into another unit in the same commercial complex with 750 square feet all to myself – and my new technician.

First Office

In late 2004, we purchased 250 licenses of Kaseya, the Remote Monitoring and Management (RMM) tool. Kaseya remains today to be one of the most highly respected technologies in the managed services arena. But Kaseya created a problem – not a technical problem, but a business problem. I’d installed the Kaseya software agent on all of our clients’ computers and servers. And it was configured to automatically remediate problems when failures were detected or updates were required, so all of a sudden the phone stopped ringing!

I was able to regroup and put everyone onto monthly Managed Services Provider (MSP) contracts in early 2005 after setting the business up with ConnectWise, the Professional Service Automation (PSA) tool. One of my clients was a semi-retired law professor who felt indebted to me for the good work we’d done for him on his systems, so he put together a legal document for me that went on to become the boilerplate contract for many emerging MSPs during the mid-2000s.

But there was one client that was reluctant to sign on. “Nah,” he said. “Everything works, so I’ll call when I need you.” Of course, everything worked because I’d put Kaseya onto all his machines. But one day, Kaseya sent us an alarm that the single hard drive in his company’s server was about to fail. To make a long story short, the baby died in our arms. We backed up the data (there was no previous backup!) and then the drive kicked over dead. Whew… The workers were able to resume on Monday morning as if nothing had ever happened. After learning what had transpired over the weekend, the client paid the hefty emergency repair costs and subscribed to an ongoing and proactive contract.

Managed services became popular around 2005. In fact, I was on Wikipedia reading about managed services and recognized many of the other pioneers cited in the article, such as Karl Palachuk, Amy Luby and Erick Simpson. I met them all and even bought Karl’s first book about documenting a network for $20.

During this time period, I was attending conferences almost every other month: Intel Roadshows; Microsoft Partner product events and hands-on-labs; ASCII Group Success Summits; Harry Brelsford’s SMB Nation; and the very first ConnectWise Summit that’s now called IT Nation, the premier event in our industry.

After that first ConnectWise shindig, a group of us from the northeastern US formed a peer group called the “New England ConnectWise Users Group” (NECWUG). All of those guys went on to become very successful MSPs and sold their businesses for a handsome price each. I’m proud to say that I was among them at one time.

In 2008, I retired my on-premise servers and moved to the cloud. I also moved to the Caribbean. And then I moved to Sarasota in 2009. Now I’ve become established in the Clearwater St Petersburg area. So working remotely became the norm for me, especially as my Cape Cod flock needed to be tended. They’ve been a loyal bunch and I still service several with annual contracts today.

As much as I’d like to say that we’ve transitioned from MSP to CSP (Cloud Services Provider), I would quote Karl Palachuk who said, “There are still going to be wires in the walls.” True to a point, but the most innovative modern workplaces of today are filled with beanbag chairs, millennials, sofas and wireless Internet. So yes, there are stand-up desks and kiosks and shared co-working spaces, but the network remains. And there’s an enormous mass-migration ahead from traditional on-premise servers, workstations and cubicles to the massive disorder of the mobile world. Migration to the cloud is a present-day exodus. Microsoft now has over 120 million monthly subscribers to Office 365 and this trend is growing exponentially. The servers that were formerly housed in our offices are finding new homes in data centers. And the Windows Server Active Directory that was required to authenticate users within the confines of the workplace has now moved to the Microsoft Azure cloud – Azure Active Directory – to provide the same identity protection anywhere a user opens a file or accesses other company data.

And with this paradigm shift comes innovation from the old vendors, such as Microsoft and Intel. We have Microsoft Teams for anywhere-teamwork and instant collaboration using featherweight laptops powered by Intel chips that have evolved according to Moore’s Law, that is, doubling in power every two years and shrinking in such size that confounds the mind.

And we are still human. Even some computer-weaned millennials are challenged by the latest technology, getting locked out of their social media accounts with multi-step authentication and clicking on anything fearlessly, only to find themselves victim to ransomware. There is still a reason to be called a Managed Services Provider – we still have to protect the data, the privacy and the security of people while enabling them with the technology to remain productive and innovative in their own right.

Scott Abbotts | https://resolute-it.com | https://office365techguy.com

Clearwater | St Petersburg | Tampa | Sarasota | Bradenton | Pinellas Park | Largo | Dunedin | Remote

“On August 17, 1908, the new Bank of Italy (now Bank of America) Headquarters at 552 Montgomery Street (San Francisco) was opened to the public. Here, on the first floor in an open area, A.P. Giannini had his office where all comers were invited to stop and chat about not only financial but family matters as well.” – US Dept. of the Interior, National Park Service, National Register of Historic Places.

In this same spirit, I kept my desk near the door when I had an office on Cape Cod. I can’t tell you how rewarding it was to have a steady stream of people dropping in to sit down and chat with me.

And now that I work solely as a remote consultant, I am opening a client-facing portal on an always-open basis in Microsoft Teams.

As Microsoft announced the free offering of Microsoft Teams yesterday, I feel that people are now unencumbered for the lack of this tool – Teams is free to download for desktop and mobile, and very simple to create an account in a matter of seconds.

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A recent study predicts that 42% of the global workforce will be mobile by 2020. I wonder if we aren’t already there.. Another finding says that the number will be 75% by 2025.

Who really wants to get up, get ready, and walk into an office by 9am or earlier? We can easily attend a 10am office meeting using Microsoft Teams, so we can remain at home or in a coffee shop using a laptop, tablet or even a phone to share our presence, our Office documents, and our enthusiasm with colleagues. And of course, we don’t even have to be in the same country as the other attendees. 

While in the meeting, we can easily share the document that we’d been creating over the weekend. Teams allows you to present your original document for others to view within the Teams interface and co-author or co-edit it there. While collaborating on this document, team members can exchange chat messages alongside the open document. Or better yet, collaborating members can start an impromptu video meeting, while other members of the team can join the meeting and participate by co-authoring the document. You can even record the meeting for later review.

So the future is here. Where you are is irrelevant. But how you’re able to interact is key.

Here’s what it looks like when your company has their computer network properly set up for the modern workplace.

  1. Email, Contacts, Calendars, Files, Phones are all in the Microsoft cloud:
  • Outlook Email, Contacts and Calendar items are never lost and always available, no matter what type of Internet-connected device
  • OneDrive and SharePoint files are accessible and secure using Delve to find them
  • As Skype transitions entirely into the Teams space, your computer and headset become a phone, as well as the Teams mobile app (you can still connect your desktop IP phone to the Microsoft cloud-based IP PBX (Phone System)

2. Each user has a laptop with a built-in video camera (think Microsoft Teams calls and meetings):

  • Whether connected to WiFi in the corporate office or WiFi in the home office, you can attend company meetings from your chosen comfort zone
  • Collaborate and co-author OneDrive or SharePoint documents in real time with team members or external guests
  • Make phone calls and meet one-on-one with colleagues

3. Security is authenticated via the web with Azure AD and the Microsoft Graph:

  • Gone are the days of a hard perimeter at the office – venture into the world and still remain connected to company data without fear of loss or intrusion

4. You have absolute ownership of your data:

  • Not even Microsoft has access unless express permission granted
  • Option to extract data and take it with you even after your contract ends
  • Always encrypted data at rest and while in motion

5. Your devices are all compliant, connected, monitored and administered with Microsoft Intune as part of Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS):

  • Intune helps you manage and secure devices, applications, and data
  • Azure AD Premium helps you provide employees with secure access and single sign-on to thousands of SaaS apps and almost all on-premises web apps
  • Azure Information Protection helps you keep email, documents, and sensitive data protected and secure anywhere, even when shared outside your organization

What you will NOT have in this perfect world:

  • Mapped Drives
  • VPN’s
  • On-premise Servers
  • Thumb Drives
  • Costly Network Upgrades
  • Unwanted Down Time

Scott Abbotts | https://resolute-it.com | https://office365techguy.com

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Resolute IT is a Microsoft certified consulting firm with a focus on Office 365 | Microsoft 365 cloud consulting — migration, configuration, maintenance, administration, cloud backup, security, helpdesk support, and training — all under the umbrella of our Optimum 365 fully-managed IT services and even computer repair (when under an agreement).

We offer just one optimal, fully-managed IT services plan, which is standardized by device, software, and procedure. All are documented and accessible to you, while reporting and ticketing are inclusive, too. Microsoft 365 Business and SkyKick cloud backup are both included as standard features of the fully-managed monthly offering. It’s a proactive and mutually beneficial approach to keeping your systems always available.

Our ongoing HelpDesk 365 plan is not proactive managed IT service, but it provides access to our expertise, whether as an emergency request, scheduled training, or standard support on a limited basis.

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Office 365 | Microsoft 365 consulting is our primary offering, but helping people with their small businesses is our passion. As Office 365 | Microsoft 365 is a cloud-based platform, we can perform 100% of these cloud functions on a remote basis.

Just like a general contractor would do in the building trade, we hire independent contractors for specific tasks as required, both onsite and remote. These are North American and certified engineers, and some are heralded Microsoft MVPs.

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Business continuity is a mutual objective — we are partners with a common goal: You want to remain operational and therefore profitable, while Resolute IT benefits by avoidance of unexpected and untimely workloads.

Along with peace of mind, Resolute IT includes ongoing training and proactive support, empowering your workers while cultivating a competitive advantage for your firm.

Included within this optimal IT support package is our cloud-to-cloud backup system with the lightning-fast recovery of lost, damaged, deleted, or maliciously encrypted files (ransomware).

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Whether you need to start from scratch or enhance your current systems, we can work together on a plan.

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Keeping you and your employees up and running is a mutually beneficial and ongoing process.

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Catering to the needs of today’s workers means business happens at any time and at any location. 

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Always on the cutting edge, we strive to bring the most productive, secure and affordable new technologies to the small business.

We’ve come from beginnings as a 1996 web designer and a 1999 support technician for the US Census.  When our Cape Cod-based company (pleasantbay.NET) launched in January 2000, the transition from offering web design services to the hands-on skills of network and computer support began an exciting and rewarding journey.

Our move to Florida meant the decommission of our on-premises servers. We moved to cloud-hosted Exchange email and SharePoint document storage. Once in the cloud, we’ve never looked back.

Our mission is to help the small business rid themselves of archaic technologies, bringing cloud-based solutions to practical use.  While many cling to legacy servers, unsecured and unreliable VPN tunnels, legacy methods represent security risks and hidden costs. But we are moving to embrace the world of cloud computing by offering Microsoft Office 365 consulting, administration, backup, and training. We empower your teams with collaboration, industry compliance, and productivity tools such as Microsoft Teams — from anywhere at any time. 

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