NEWS AND CASE STUDIES

Hard Drive Signal Mirrors

By Brett

At Altitude Integrations, we do lots of Data Recovery.  When a hard drive fails, we wonder what we can make out of it.  Then the following thought occurred to us: When you go into the back-country, it’s important to bring emergency equipment.  One of the simplest and most effective back-country safety devices is a signal mirror.  Here at Altitude Integrations, we all have a background in backpacking as well as IT.  We realized one day that hard drive platters make excellent signal mirrors.  Not only are you doing your part to keep them out of the landfill, you are also…

How Often Should You Upgrade Your Smartphone?

By Brett

Nowadays, the smartphone serves so many functions for both personal and business needs that it’s hard not to become dependent on one to navigate through life. Sometimes this dependence becomes an issue, though, as technology advances so quickly that it can be hard to keep up with new systems and devices. When your smartphone becomes antiquated, you’ll find applications crashing more often, software updates won’t be compatible with your system, and you may not even be able to download new applications. So the question is, how often do you need to upgrade your smartphone? Even though millions of Americans stormed…

The Cloud: Virtual Workspace

By Brett

Implementing cloud services for our clients, allows them to create a virtual workspace which offers mobility and an overall increase in productivity. Altitude Integrations strongly suggests using cloud computing in and out of the office as it not only reduces IT costs, but provides easier transition when traveling or working from home. Our partner VirTerrus helps Altitude Integrations to ensure clients have the accessibility and usability of the cloud.  Top 10 advantages of a Virtual Workspace Business continuity Data security & compliance Accessibility & workplace flexibility Accelerate business velocity by moving process to the worksite Reduced equipment costs, smaller carbon footprint,…

Why You Shouldn’t Replace Your Own iPhone Screen

By Brett

Here is a typical email from one of our clients that shall remain un-named: So, I have a problem…I have an iPhone 3GS…that HAD a shattered screen. Well, I’m sure you have heard this story before, but here it goes.  I watched some YouTube tutorials, decided to fix it myself, bought all the necessary parts and went to town.  Well…..all was going fine until I had a hard time getting the LCD screen out after taking out the screws….and one tiny little pry in the wrong place…pop. There went the LCD screen.  I completed the re-install of the screen hoping…

Try out Google Docs

By Brett

Google Docs (now known as Google Drive) is a free, Web-based office suite and data storage service offered by Google. It allows users to create and edit documents online while collaborating in real-time with other users. Google Docs combines the features of Writely and Spreadsheets with a presentation program incorporating technology designed by Tonic Systems. Data storage of files up to 1 GB total in size was introduced on January 13, 2010, but has since been increased to 10 GB, documents using Google Docs native formats do not count towards this quota.[3] The largely anticipated cloud storage feature by Google is said to be replacing most of Docs’…

Five Tips to Consider When Moving or Opening a New Office

By Brett

Our business team is constantly working on new network build-outs for clients who are either moving their offices to a new location or opening up an entirely new business. Business IT Services Director and project manager, Christina Savage, has learned a lot about this over the years. Here, she compiled five tips to consider when opening up a new business or moving to a new space. Internet Service Provider (ISP) and Telco Options: This is the number one factor that goes overlooked. Before you sign a lease, contact your sales rep and see if the ISP will service the new area. If…

Prepare for any Data Recovery Emergency with These 5 Backup Tips

By Brett

Losing data is enough to send chills down the spine of even the toughest tech expert. Viruses, malware, corrupted files, accidental deletion, and hardware failure are just a few of the things that could cause a loss of important data. Rather than remain at the mercy of the technology gods, check out the following five backup tips that will keep you prepared for any data recovery emergency: Think About What’s Most Important Give yourself a moment to consider the most important data you want backed up. This includes personal photos and videos, music, documents, application data, and your system itself.…

Altitude Integrations is Finalist for IQ Awards

By Brett

Every year, the Boulder County Business Report highlights the most innovative products and services developed by companies and organizations.  Altitude Integrations is a finalist in the category of Business Products and Services. This just validates the unique way that we serve our clients.  It is not what you do that is important, it’s how you do it.  Our services provide companies with the full range of consultation and support services with a focus in technology innovation.  We focus on local business and sustainable practice. We are excited to be recognized by the Boulder County Business Report for this category.  This…

Does Your Business Need a Server? 3 Reasons Your Business Should Upgrade (or not) to Getting an In-House Server

By Brett

It is more common than ever for offices – especially for larger companies – to possess two different types of computers: a computer on which individuals perform their daily tasks and one centralized computer that stores the resources all other computers on the network can access. The second type of computer is known as a server, and its function is to hold the information that’s on all of the computers, allow and deny access of various files to appropriate parties, as well as to provide a high level of security for the company’s information. While servers are regarded as a…

Take Three Simple Steps to Devise a Social Media Plan

By Brett

Social Media Today stated in a recent blog post that 67 percent of small business owners who responded to a 2011 study are holding back on social media because they don’t know where to begin. For some, the first step toward getting involved in social media is often the most difficult. It can be overwhelming and many small businesses ignore it altogether. However, there are clear advantages to using social media for your business and you’d be throwing away potential revenue by ignoring it. Let me show you the best way to dive in. Step One: Choose a Social Media Coordinator The great…