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Apr 20
2018

What’s In It For Me?

By Russ Levanway, President

As I shared last month, TekTegrity is merging with Santa Barbara County’s CIO Solutions. So, what’s in it for our clients?

In past posts, I’ve talked about the cloud: what it is, the technology behind it, its status in the San Luis Obispo & Fresno regions, and what all of that means to our clients. Currently, a relatively small percentage of our clients use cloud services as core infrastructure. That means, instead of building infrastructure in their office, these clients choose instead to move it to a hosted environment or data center off-site. The switch to cloud services for infrastructure (often called in tech jargon an IaaS or Infrastructure as a Service) has great benefits.  Instead of large capital outlays for new equipment every few years, the infrastructure is typically available for a monthly service that is rolled into IT support.  Dedicated server closets and air conditioning are no longer necessary.

Much simplicity is gained. 

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Mar 22
2018

CIO Solutions Brings TekTegrity Onboard

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Santa Barbara based firm expands through merger with San Luis Obispo company

March 22, 2018 (Santa Barbara, Calif.)— CIO Solutions and TekTegrity have announced the merger of their business operations to offer unsurpassed IT management and consulting services to Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Fresno Counties. The combined company will operate under the CIO Solutions brand and will be one of the largest information technology providers in Central California with nearly 100 employees.

“We are excited to continue with TekTegrity’s vision of enhanced productivity by bringing new capabilities to customers in San Luis Obispo and Fresno,” said CIO Solutions CEO, Eric Egolf. “Most notably, TekTegrity clients will benefit from new services related to cloud computing and a fanatical focus on first-call resolution. Equally important is our shared passion for community involvement and providing employees the best work-life balance.”

Egolf will remain in the position of CEO for CIO Solutions, focusing on strategic initiatives, organizational growth, and community engagement, while TekTegrity co-founder and CEO Russ Levanway will act as President, overseeing the smooth operation and integration of the combined company.

“Our combined forces complement each other to better serve clients across the Central Coast and Central Valley,” said Levanway, “And because no one is leaving their position, our clients can count on the same people, strong relationships and high quality they always received.”

CIO Solutions will continue to put an emphasis on client education and brings a wealth of expertise in the changing technological landscape, including forward-thinking cloud solutions, information security services, and major project and support solutions for small businesses, government, and large enterprises.

For more information, please contact Jamie Shearn, Marketing Associate at CIO Solutions at jshearn@ciosolutions.com or (805) 596-0135.

About CIO Solutions.

Throughout CIO Solutions’ 32-year history of providing premier IT support to the Central Coast, the company has maintained a commitment to thoughtful innovation, security, and client partnership. CIO Solutions serves its clients as a trusted advisor ensuring solid advice and the technological support to help businesses grow.

CIO Solutions has developed a world-class help desk with technically proficient, experienced and helpful agents who have become experts in managing and maintaining IT networks. In addition, CIO also provides consultation, implementation and support for Private Cloud Services, Enterprise Storage, Virtualization, VoIP Phone Systems and other solutions.


Mar 22
2018

Exciting Changes at TekTegrity

By Russ Levanway, CEO

Two years ago, I started up a conversation with Eric Egolf, CEO of CIO Solutions, a tech company not unlike our own, established in the late ‘80’s and based out of Santa Barbara. At the time, we were friendly competitors sharing a border between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties, but through the course of conversation, we discovered that our businesses are very complementary. For instance, CIO Solutions is very strong in areas including cloud technology, security, and first call resolution, while TekTegrity’s strengths include operations, administration, and managing the life cycle of issues our clients experience. Soon, we were talking about how compelling a combination of our strengths might be; before long, we were talking more seriously, and last August, Eric approached me with a well thought out proposal.

That’s the exciting news I’m sharing today: Effective the beginning of April, TekTegrity will be merging with CIO Solutions and the combined organization will be known as CIO Solutions.

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Feb 27
2018

Fork-lifting Into The Cloud vs Optimizing In The Cloud

By RubyRuby Nahal, Engineer Nahal, Senior Engineer

 If you are a business who has decided to dive into the countless benefits of the “cloud approach” to boost innovation and thus boost productivity, growth and profitability, the next decision is the migration approach. Many different methodologies can be used to migrate to the cloud. Normally you want to really plan this sort of a thing instead of diving head first and using the lowest effort method of fork-lifting your current infrastructure into the cloud. more


Feb 26
2018

Foundation versus Fixtures

By Russ Levanway, CEO

We’re in the midst of remodeling our 4,500-square foot Fresno office right now, and if you’ve ever remodeled anything, you know it’s a long process. Our staff is temporarily relocated into a really small office in a neighboring building within the same business complex, in addition to some folks who work in a portable trailer that stands in our parking lot. Conditions are quite challenging for our staff, but they willingly embrace the upheaval because they know what they have to look forward to in about a month’s time: a brand-new, beautiful building to call home. more


Feb 23
2018

Update and Go

John Lim, CTOBy John Lim, CTO

So one of my exciting weekend projects was wiping a used laptop from work. I use a Mac predominantly and have a PC on my desk, but I thought hmm, maybe I could use a laptop. Conveniently, we had a Windows laptop that was no longer in use.

Now, working with Windows, after the machine has been running for a while you’ll typically notice what is called Bit Rot (basically slower performance). One thing I and other techs have done in the past is to wipe and reload our computers with a fresh, new operating system.

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Jan 25
2018

Trust: Truly Keeping Core Values at the Core

By Russ Levanway, CEO

We’re spending some time revisiting our core values this year to ensure we don’t lose sight of their true meaning. I think that, for core values to be meaningful, they need to be reflected upon often, to be explored for new ways to model and apply them. In a healthy company, core values tend to manifest naturally because they’re integrated, but even in a healthy company, you may find, if you’re honest with yourself, certain elements of your core values might not be applied consistently. You need to reflect on that and find out how to make them part of your core again.

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Jan 23
2018

We’re under attack! Because of a computer screen?

False Alarm

By John Lim, CTO

Over the weekend, the residents of Hawaii got some crazy alerts about a missile that had launched. People were in a panic…but it was a false alarm. How can clicking one button immediately send out an alert like this, causing a state-wide panic, with no precautions in place and no “false alarm” alert handy just in case? How does a mistake like that happen? more


Jan 23
2018

Backing Up Your Cloud

By Ruby Nahal, Senior Engineer

Pretty much Ruby Nahal, Engineereveryone agrees that IAAS and SAAS is the future for IT as more and more traditional infrastructure is being converted into cloud infrastructure, and more and more businesses are choosing SAAS over in house applications.

As such, there may be less stress imposed on the backups for infrastructure housed in these cloud offerings (Amazon web services, Azure). Yes, the cloud offerings do give us the luxury of scalability, flexibility, and redundancy.

That does not, however, take away the necessity of having a proper backup solution in place.

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Jan 9
2018

How TekTegrity is addressing Spectre and Meltdown

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By John Lim, CTO

As you may have heard, there are two major security vulnerabilities in the wild coined Spectre and Meltdown.  These two vulnerabilities may impact computer, phone and tablet processors dating back to 1995.  TekTegrity is working with major technology vendors to immediately address this situation.

What is TekTegrity doing for you?

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