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Aegis in the News:
Aegis to Launch New IT ServicesDemocrat Staff Report June 9, 2011
Aegis Business Technologies of Tallahassee is preparing to launch Microsoft 365, a new line of Microsoft cloud applications, the company announced. Cloud computer technology enables users to store files and access programs on off-site servers via the Internet through a web browser or other application.
Aegis said it will offer an array of cloud options for both small and large companies. The typical approach is a hybrid one, using the best on- and off-site solutions to give users a stable network that functions the way they want, said Blake Dowling, Aegis chief of business development.
Businesses need disaster plans, tooBy Dave Hodges / Democrat Business Editor
June 1, 2011
For businesses, agencies and associations, planning for hurricane season must take into account not only precautions beforehand, but how to recover and restart operations once a storm has passed.
Business continuity planning is part risk assessment, part strategic planning and, specifically, figuring out how your workplace will function and what you need in place to do so.
For small business owners, it’s a matter of survival. Officials of the Federal Emergency Management Agency have observed that anywhere from 40 to 60 percent of affected businesses do not reopen following a major disaster.
“There are many things that can happen to a business that can be a disaster to it,” said Diana McClure, business resiliency program manager at the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety in Tampa. The catastrophes can range from lightning strikes and burst pipes that flood your building to weather events elsewhere that shut down the suppliers you count on.
“The more prepared you are to resume operations, the better off you are,” McClure said.
First, start with taking care of your people, she recommends. Give them time to secure their homes, and find out how they can be contacted later. Your recovery plan should have multiple means of communication (phone, text, email), plus a telephone “tree” that organizes the phone calls and who makes them in your organization.
Determine what you need to function. “We are about to the point where no business can afford to be down, especially in this economy,” said Blake Dowling, chief business development officer at Aegis Business Technologies. Onsite backup of computer data is standard practice, but make arrangements for redundant files to be kept somewhere else. “Redundancy is the key. Back up your data and have it stored off site,” he added.
One option is cloud computing, or the use of a remote server you access via an Internet connection or other means. Dowling said certain functions are well suited for a cloud environment, such as off-site backup of critical files. Aegis’ own approach is a hybrid one, using the best on- and off-site options so customers have a stable network to keep operations going.
“Your computers are full of expensive software. Make a separate, secure copy of the product keys for all of the software licenses you own so that if your main office is destroyed, you can download copies of the software without having to pay for it twice,” said Ralph Ross, deputy district director for the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Depending on the resulting damage from a hurricane or other disaster, your recovery plan may require temporary operations from another site. If so, determine where you will set up shop and alert your vendors.
www.disastersafety.org — This site of the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety has an “Open for Business” link that gives plan templates and other tools to organize your disaster recovery.
www.preparemybusiness.org/planning — This site has forms that can be downloaded for emergency communications plans and tabletop exercises so employees can be involved in the planning process.
Eye on Business: AEGIS Business Technologies
Posted: 11:41 PM Mar 3, 2011
Reporter: Lee Gordon
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Helping businesses help themselves. That’s what AEGIS is all about. In 1997, the idea came about to start a full service outsourced I.T. company, essentially a company that takes over your computer and fixes it if anything goes wrong.
“We saw small businesses that did not know how to use their computers and they didn’t know how to back things up–and didn’t know how to keep things secure,” said AEGIS CEO Pam Butler.
From a local doctors office to a manufacturing facility, AEGIS is on call, 24 hours a day, whether it’s something as small as your computer locked up, to as advanced as your entire system shuts down.
“Hey our computers don’t work, the servers are crashing. They call AEGIS. We have a full time help desk and a staff of 10 technicians that take care of 200 organizations in North Florida,” said Blake Dowling, Chief Business Development Officer.
The AEGIS name was derived from the greek word shield, appropriate for what the company does. And as for the reason they used it?
“It’s an old basic marketing concept. Start your company with the first letter of the alphabet, it’s a good idea.”
AEGIS caters to the small businesses They are a Microsoft Gold and Dell partner, giving them the credentials to walk into any company and prove their worth.
“What you can say to people is when you have a small business and got a computer and can’t afford to have your own folks because you are a small business, then you can have AEGIS do that.”
Announcing- Aegis Business Technologies
August 14, 2009 Tallahassee, Florida
“Technology changes constantly and our customers demand the highest level of expertise and service on each piece of new technology. Our name change reflects the depth of what we offer today. Aegis’ customers can rely on us to bring complete, powerful and logical solutions to their business process needs. Aegis had to find faster ways to serve the companies that trust us. So we are even more proactive, detecting potential problems and taking corrective action. We once waited for our customers to call to relay an issue; today, with new technology, we call our customers to let them know that everything is fine. Aegis staff can now address most issues remotely, saving resources and improving the response time to a problem. We have added new levels of quality control, documentation, and innovation because we have the time to devote to those needs.” says Aegis CEO Pam Butler. Aegis Business Techno logies is the logical I.T. Solution for your business.
Aegis Computer Services, Inc. has attained Gold Certified Partner status in Microsoft Partner Program
Tallahassee, Florida, USA – May 21, 2009
Aegis Computer Services, Inc., today announced it has attained Gold Certified Partner status in the Microsoft Partner Program with a competency in Networking Infrastructure and Information Worker Solutions, recognizing Aegis’ expertise and impact in the technology marketplace. Aegis’ excellent customer recommendations also helped the company achieve the Gold Partner status. As a Gold Certified Partner, Aegis Computer Services, Inc. has demonstrated expertise with Microsoft technologies and a proven ability to meet customer’s needs. Microsoft Gold Certified Partners receive a rich set of benefits, including access, training and support, giving them a competitive advantage in the channel.
Aegis was formed in 1997 as a networking and infrastructure services company with an emphasis on Microsoft technologies. Aegis provides service and support to any size organization in all areas of technology. In 2005, Aegis extended its reach further to include application development and web design. Aegis has won Technology Company of the year by the Chamber of Commerce in 2004 and 2006, Best of Tallahassee in Technology 2007, and Best Computer Service Company in 2008. In 2009, customers nominated Aegis for the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Technology Small Business Excellence Award which will be announced on June 2, 2009.
“We are extremely pleased to have attained Gold Certified Partner status in the Microsoft Partner Program. This allows us to clearly promote our expertise and relationship with Microsoft to our customers,” said Blake Dowling, Director of Sales and Marketing. “The benefits provided through our Gold Certified Partner status will allow us to continue to enhance the offerings that we provide for customers in all areas related to their technology needs.”
Aegis Computer Services, Inc. is headquartered in Tallahassee, Florida with a mission to help its clients propel their business to the next level with the use of today’s technology. Aegis specializes in assisting small to enterprise businesses in the discovery, design, and implementation of technology solutions. With strategic partnerships, Aegis has the ability to assist their clients in a wide range of solutions in computer networking, information security, desktop support, remote monitoring and support, and application development.