ACS - Advanced Computer Solutions

Category: Business
Traverse City businesses need enhanced security to protect their customers
November 6, 2018

We at ACS recently had our credit card stolen. Everyone knows that this is a hassle, but for us it’s a costly hassle. This card is primarily used to pay recurring payments to close to a dozen vendors. This means that when the card is stolen it takes hours of staff time to setup our payments with our vendors. What is interesting about this situation is that we had the card stolen shortly after doing something we rarely do, using the card at a local vendor.

Preventing Online Fraud—Always Verify Information Requests
October 12, 2018

In Traverse City, and Northern Michigan, we live in a very trusting culture. For most of us, the idea of impersonating someone for fraud or financial gain isn’t something that would enter our wildest dreams. However, in the rest of the world, impersonation is a strong tool that can be used to defraud you. 

Tips on how to upgrade your desktops
October 25, 2017

Today, I want to talk about a small business dilemma, the cascading computer upgrade. We’re often asked if we could do upgrades and kind of a prime example would be the owner needs a new computer but his computer is in pretty good shape. 

Business tip- Join a peer group
October 4, 2017

I joined a peer group a little over a year ago. And, what’s a peer group? So, a peer group is peer group and its coaching or having a business coach. So, I have a business coach or somebody who has a vast amount of knowledge...

Business tip- Using professionals
September 27, 2017

Today, we’re talking business and how I like to run my business. Everybody is different, but I kind of think that I’ve got a pretty good system and 15 years in development. We at ACS utilize professionals for anything we can and everything we can. 

Project management for small businesses
September 20, 2017

One of the things I’m most proud about in my business is my stackability to manage projects and not have a full-time or a dedicated project manager. We basically have me the owner in sales, we have what we call a dispatcher and...

What is your line of business software?
September 13, 2017

Today, I want to talk a little bit of the business talk. We use a term in our industry called line of business software. So, a line of business software might be any kind of unique piece of software that was written specifically for your industry...

Small business project meetings
September 6, 2017

Today, I want to talk about managing projects with a small team. At ACS, we have a team of four and we’ve managed to push through approximately 15 to 20 projects a month with this small team. 

Business tip- Mentors
August 30, 2017

I’m Albert Steed with Advanced Computer Solutions talking small business again. Earlier, I talked about having a business coach and peer group. I mentioned in that podcast and that article about getting mentors. So, a mentor is different, I think. 

Small business software tips.
August 23, 2017

I’m Albert Steed with Advanced Computer Solutions. I want to talk about some business stuff today and I want to talk about what ACS does for software. 

Microsoft license audit
August 15, 2017

Today, I want to talk about licensing Microsoft, specifically. We’ve been providing IT services to small businesses for over 15 years and we’ve never had a license audit until recently. 

The value of your businesses data.
June 12, 2017

Today I want to talk about the value of your data.

Small Business Software Tips
May 19, 2017

Learn about the software ACS uses to run its business!

Does Your Network Security Provide Peace of Mind?
April 7, 2017

Data breach continues to be a major topic of concern for business owners in all industries.  In 2016 the number of reported data breaches grew from about 600 million to a startling 4 billion according to IBM Security’s X-Force Threat Intelligence Index.  This is more than the total number of breaches from the previous two years.

The quest to find the businesses who need me
September 13, 2016

I look at sales as a process by which I try my hardest to communicate with people who need my services. I'm not really selling anything other than a way to fix someone's problem. With that said, it's a real challenge to get before everyone when they need you. That's why I'm working really hard at getting better at putting my business in front of the right people, at the right time.

Disaster Planning - What to Consider First?
January 21, 2014

Now that we know WHO will be helping your business recover, its good to have a plan about what needs to be done first.

Disaster Planning - A Well-Written Game Plan
December 31, 2013

In November, we talked about how crucial having back-up's of your data will be in the event of a disaster.  This month, we will be talking about how to make write and distribute your game plan in case of emergency.

GTD & Goal Setting for the New Year
December 23, 2013

I have been knee-deep in setting goals for this year.   Let's be honest, they aren't lofty goals -- I have 3 under 6 years old including a baby. Without well-written goals that have an end and get me closer to what I want out of life, I won't get anywhere-- I'll just be treading water. 

Best of November - Social Media
December 12, 2013

Do you follow us on social media?   If not, you are missing some great articles from all over the web that will help you with technology and running your business.

Disaster Planning - Protect Your Data
November 25, 2013

There are various aspects of business continuity plans (disaster planning) but the easiest to implement is backing up your data.   Having this aspect of your disaster planning completed will cover you in the case of both small disasters (computer theft or breakage) and large one (fires or natural disasters).  

Disaster Recovery Plan & Business Continuity - Intro
October 14, 2013

While there isn't much in the way of natural disasters in Michigan, we do get blizzards that can knock out power, even in the middle of the town, for a week or more.   Not only can snow or electrical storms damage your computers, the life-blood of your business, but fires or floods can bring your business to a screeching halt.   Do you have a disaster or business continuity plan in place? 

What Does Free REALLY Cost?
October 11, 2013

The other day, I read an article on FutureLawyer that I read to see if it was worth sharing -- The Frugal Lawyer- Free Software That You Can Use.   In it, he links to an article in PC World article listing free software for everything from malware & antivirus to recording software.  

Why the Cloud is an Essential Piece of Small Business Disaster Planning
October 9, 2013

Even though Michigan is not well known for it's natural disasters, we are frequent recipients of blizzards and thunderstorms which can wreak havoc on your computer systems. 

Getting Back to Getting Things Done (GTD)
September 25, 2013

So you've been on vacation. Or maternity leave (ahem). Or maybe just out sick for a few days without notice. You've been accustomed to having a mind like water and now that you are back to work, you are in over your head -- pun intended. So how do you get back to getting things done?  

15 of the Most Used Tech Tools by Entrepreneurs
September 6, 2013

I recently found this great infographic on 15 of the most used tech tools by Entrepreneurs covering Sales, Technology,  Marketing, Accounting, and legal.   

4 Ways to Set Up GTD
August 29, 2013

There are several different ways to set up a GTD system that works for you.  Since the whole premise behind GTD is that its a very fluid and very personal system, there are almost infinaite possibilities.

6 More Mistakes Businesses Make When Doing Their Own IT {SlideShare}
August 20, 2013

Do you have all the tools you need to do your own IT?   Are you sure?    Here is a short slide show we made titled 6 More Mistakes Businesses Make When Doing Their Own IT.

Book Review -- Taking Flight! Master the DISC Styles to Transform Your Career, Your Relationships...Your Life
July 3, 2013

I was introduced to DISC personality profiling through my professional sales trainer.  He stressed the importance of knowing your own profile, and using the skills learned in our sales training to ascertain the personality of the people we were communicating with. 

GTD for Evernote {Book Review}
June 6, 2013

While researching different ways to Get(ting) Things Done (GTD), I stumbled across a book that struck my interest since we are big fans & users of Evernote:  Evernote: The Unofficial Guide to Capturing Everything and Getting Things Done.   I emailed Mr. Gold who was gracious enough to send a copy so that I could review it and share it with you.

Cloud Computing - Are You More Prone to Attack on the Cloud or In Your Office?
June 4, 2013

Do you think your data is more likely to be hacked on the cloud or on your local office computers?   While security has long been cited as an obstacle of adopting more cloud computing services, this article shows that cloud data is actually attacked less than your local computers.

Getting Things Done - Business Classics Book Review
March 7, 2013

I'm not sure if you know this, but Albert & I are both business majors.   Our passions are business and technology and helping making your business better through the use of technology.