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K Systems is an information technology management firm, working with small and mid-sized businesses in the Chicagoland area. We develop and implement business technology projects and provide ongoing support.

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Archive for July, 2010

Midsized business power management

There is a line that some midsized businesses have to cross when dealing with battery backup, when you have to look at your server count and anticipated growth and recognize you cant keep getting 1000-1500VA units and stacking them on top of each other.  These mini UPSes, when there in a bunch, start taking up a lot of space, the start giving up a lot of heat, you start having a lot of battery replacements/IT maintenance, and your run-time and notification features on these UPSes are limited to say the least.  Moving to “big UPS” has cost advantages, and in the end that’s what the customer is interested in.  Lower cost per amp, less intrusive maintenance, reduced space requirements, and you can always take these little UPSes your replacing and toss them on client machines at the company, so the old investment is not a total loss.


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Enterprise Search

When reviewing the Editions Comparison of SharePoint 2010, one of the things that jumps out is the enhanced search capabilities of SharePoint 2010 standard and enterprise over that of SharePoint 2010 foundation edition. 

With the high price tag of SharePoint 2010 Standard (at this time close to 5000USD for a server license), most clients we work with do not have the budget to afford an enhanced version of SharePoint.  At the same time, enterprise search, even for a smaller company, is a great feature to have that will be utilized if available to clients.


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SharePoint and its little quirks

An issue today made me think about SharePoint and its struggle to be everything to everyone, and the hi-jinks that ensue.

SharePoint has some awesome core features.  Build a document library, but don’t sub folder your files: create some columns that you can use to categorize the files, and change the default view to group by the categories. Now you can see these files categorized many different ways by different views.
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Kiva

We have started a company lending team on Kiva as a charitable outlet for K Systems.  Kiva is a micro-finance portal that ultimately links lenders with people around the globe.  The Kiva website does an excellent job explaining micro-finance, so follow the links to learn more.

To get the ball rolling, each K Systems employee will be “given” money to invest on the Kiva website, and will perpetually re-invest the return.  K Systems will also match Kiva investments that employees make out of their own pocket, up to 1000 USD per employee.  I heard about a similar program a large organization did a while ago with their employees, and I think this strategy has a lot of potential, so I’m excited to see where it goes.

Kiva - loans that change lives

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Welcome to the K Systems website.  I think this format is going to work well for this site, it gives myself and the other employees an outlet to discuss topics that we are facing or feel strongly about, and maybe give us an opportunity to get some good feedback from others – enjoy!