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Email: Your Business’ Forgotten Intellectual Property

Email: Your Business’ Forgotten Intellectual Property

Small businesses depend on their email more than ever, and too often when we’re introduced to a new client, we find considerable weaknesses in their email systems.

One of the best things we bring to our new SME (Small and medium-sized enterprise) clients is a kind of standardization of their email infrastructure– essentially introducing “commercial grade” systems to replace “consumer grade” systems.

In our experience, costs for these kinds of systems, specifically some flavour of “in-house” Microsoft Exchange server, would start at about the $5,000 mark for equipment, and would come with some requirement for oversight in the form of an I.T. employee or an expensive maintenance contract with a traditional I.T. company. And if your business needs any form of archival for it’s incoming and outgoing email, the costs increase greatly. If we estimated the cost of the I.T. oversight at $500 per month (which is uncommonly conservative), and the cost for an archival solution at $1,800 per year, that puts the 3 year amortized cost at about $25,000.

Our Rackspace Hosted Exchange Complete bundle, a truly “Best of Breed” solution, changes all that. For a 10 user small business, 3 year amortized costs would be about $5,400. But there are a bunch of things about this approach that make it even more remarkable:

  • 1 Terabyte of Storage for mailboxes
  • Worry free backup and redundancy
  • Unparalleled availability (that is, you’ll never have to worry that your mail server is offline because your local internet provider is janky).
  • No need to interact with a grumpy I.T. guy

And possibly one of the most compelling things is the ability to have complete insight into all the Intellectual Property assembled inside your email system. Every email message, replete with all the attachments– budget spreadsheets, customer quotes, legal documents, etceteras, all become easily searchable by anyone in your organization that needs that capability.

Contact us today to talk about making your email system serve you better.

Alberta Gains a Cloud Accounting Expert

Alberta Gains a Cloud Accounting Expert

Xero: Beautiful Accounting Software

In today’s competitive business world, companies must evolve if they are to survive and thrive.

Today, 1 week after attending the annual Xero conference in Denver, Above Studio 1 attained Bronze Certified Partner status from Xero, maker of the world’s most beautiful accounting software for small to medium sized businesses.

Edmonton based Above Studio 1 is a hybrid Accounting and Technology firm. As Apple Certified Consultants, Xero certified partners, and Cloud experts, they can help reinvent a company’s processes and technology for growth, efficiency, security, and happiness.

“We know business and technology, and we can get you off those PCs and onto gorgeous equipment, beautiful accounting software, and smart cloud integrated systems” said Michael Reinhart, Above Studio 1 founder. “We’ve seen so many clients suffering pain and bleeding money because of stodgy, decrepit, and restrictive PC based systems. We liberate you from the old world.”

Suzanne Morter (CMA), Above Studio 1’s lead Consulting Accountant and Certified Xero Advisor will guide clients on the journey to Cloud based accounting.

Xero announced on June 4th, 2015 that they’re involved in a strategic partnership with Apple, Vend, and Deputy to provide specialized solutions aimed at revolutionizing the business of retail using Apple’s iOS devices.

About Xero

Xero​ (@Xero; ASX/NZX: XRO) i​s beautiful, easy to use online accounting software for small businesses and their advisors. Xero has over 500,000 su​bscribers in more than 180 countries, and seamlessly integrates with over 400 third­ party tools. Xero was ranked No. 1 by Forbes as the W​orld’s Most Innovative Growth Company​i​n 2014 and 2015.

About Above Studio 1

Above Studio 1 is Alberta’s best consultancy for evolving the Information Technology systems of small to medium sized businesses. Above Studio 1 uses modern techniques and products to help businesses get the most bang for their IT buck, allowing business people focus on the things that make them happy.

Suzanne Morter (CMA, B.Mgt.) Joins Our Team

I’m delighted to announce that Suzanne Morter (CMA, B.Mgt.) has joined our team.

Now, our clients can benefit from “turn-key” accounting setup, bookkeeping counsel, and “business intelligence”– and they’ll also love her warm, energetic and tactical approach.

From Suzanne’s LinkedIn page:

At the end of the day, your life will be easier, you will have more time on your hands and you will know, at any moment, exactly how your business is fairing.

Ultimately, we believe that Cloud technology and innovation will change the way business is run forever.

Contact us today to talk about how Cloud integrated software will change your business. We’re ready to help you grow!

Backup, before you wish you had.

Backup, before you wish you had.

We recently added Backblaze to our toolkit and you should too. It’s possibly the most affordable way to backup your entire Mac to the cloud. It’s simple, efficient, and even hooks into our Monitoring system so we can oversee it for you.

An added feature is the ability to access any file you’ve backed up using your iPhone or iPad.

You can read more about Backblaze for Mac here.

Or you can immediately download and install Backblaze for Mac here.

Accounting and Bookkeeping!

Accounting and Bookkeeping!

We will make your Mac based accounting simple. From start to finish, our team will implement your accounting system, and even do your periodic bookkeeping work such as entering receipts, generating invoices, recording time-sheets, and more.

We use industry leading technologies such as Xero, Receipt Bank, Vend and SimplePay.ca to make your system user friendly, intelligent, flexible, and collaborative. Your accountant will love you.

Our Code of Ethics

Our Code of Ethics

We:

  • Conduct our work in an ethical manner so we earn the confidence of colleagues, clients, and the public.
  • Seek to extend public knowledge and appreciation of the consulting profession and its achievements.
  • Do not misrepresent our skills or experience.
  • Abide by law.
  • Do not engage in contracts that violate laws or that might reasonably be used by a client to violate the law.
  • Safeguard confidential information or documents entrusted to us and do not divulge any confidential information without the consent of our client.
  • Honor intellectual property rights and explain to clients what their obligations may be.
  • Only use, install, or support fully licensed software.
  • Complete all services for our clients in a professional and timely manner.
  • Comply with clients’ established business practices, including those policies relating to gifts and gratuities to client employees.
  • Strive to avoid improprieties, as well as the appearance of improprieties.
  • Always show respect for clients, consultants, and competitors.
  • Protect the safety, health, and welfare of the public and speak out against abuses in these areas affecting the public interest.
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  • Encourage colleagues and co-workers to act in accordance with this code and support them when they do.
  • In all circumstances, use good judgment.