SmartThinking || Fall 2018

SmartThinking || Fall 2018 Newsletter

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2018 is fast coming to a close, and is shaping up to be the best year in the history of The Smart Panda. We have many exciting projects being managed, several PeopleSoft products developed and being developed, the cloud continues to be a hugely successful area of focus, and the team continues to grow.

Last week, we successfully became an AWS (Amazon Web Services) Partner, our Oracle Gold Partnership was renewed, and we are expanding our Microsoft Partnership into their CSP (Cloud Solutions Provider) program. Basically, we can manage your Enterprise Applications on-premise, and in the cloud.

 

SmartThinking || March to June 2017

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SmartThinking || March to June 2017 Newsletter

Message from Wade

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Oh my, how did Canada day get here so quickly? I had the March newsletter all ready to send and I was just waiting on some pictures and now it’s almost Canada Day. So what can we learn from this? Clearly, I am good at managing computer systems, but managing communications on a schedule – not so much. Verne Harnish, who has a great book on “Scaling Up,” talks about this in great detail. Focus on what you do well and for the rest of the stuff get people that are good at those things and let them focus on getting those tasks done.

Smart Panda - OurOnline.Company - Panda with SignI am not sure why I tend to forget that all the time, but it couldn’t be more true.  If you are great at managing projects, development, administration, day to day operations or something other than technical managed services and you are doing technical managed services duties – maybe it’s time to get somebody that can do technical managed services for you?!

 

SmartThinking || February 2017

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SmartThinking || February 2017 Newsletter

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It’s February — Right?  It’s hard to believe we have been outside running in shorts this month. Talk about things being different, is it global warming, is it just a weather quirk? Funny thing is I remember as a kid playing soccer in shorts in February at elementary school, so maybe, its nothing more than a warm weather pattern right now.
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So that leads to this months question. Are you identifying the patterns of today for your business and changing to meet those patterns or are you working with patterns of yesterday? Technology is changing so fast today if you are still working with plans that were laid out 5 or 10 years ago you are fast approaching a decision point that could be costly for you and your organization.

A good example is this months article about the little problem at Amazon this week. Some may think that problems in the cloud is a reason not to move to the cloud, however, ask yourself this, if your organization had a major hardware failure how would that impact your business? How long would your business be disrupted? Could you recover?  Not sure how to even answer?  Maybe you should Ask The Panda.

 

SmartThinking || January 2017

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SmartThinking || January 2017 Newsletter

Message from Wade

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Finally! The newsletter is back. 2016 was an absolutely off the hook year. Things started off with going back on the road to help a major client get re-focused on implementing a huge ERP system which went live in October! Throughout the year, we helped many clients manage their systems with architecture reviews, migrations to the cloud, managed hosting solutions, maintenance (oh, the joy of PUM), upgrades in the lab and on-premise, and a slew of other items (even workflow) that when put together produced the best year ever for us and made many clients extremely happy. Do you need some help getting refocused? Click To ReFocus!

Last year, the new business OurOnline.Company was extremely well received, with hundreds of customers using the excellent domain management services, web hosting, email services, and custom hosting solutions. If you are tired of feeling lost in the world of the big providers with crazy weird fees, limited unlimited this or that, fast speeds that aren’t fast, or you just can’t shake that feeling that you aren’t getting good value for your money — It’s time to “Own Your Web” and get with a trusted organization that will work with you. Click If It’s Time!

 

Smart Panda Newsletter – June 2016

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For the past 10 days, I have been working on getting the June Newsletter out.  Things are super busy with clients going live, new clients coming on board and ourOnline.Company continuing to grow! And then you get this:

Not my normal Message, today I need to ask each every one of you that read this newsletter to help me! Last Year, I joined the Butt Ugly cycle team that raised $50,000 dollars to help end MS.  In less than 2 weeks, the Uglies and myself will be back out on the roads cycling 100 miles (160km) from Grand Bend To London and back to help end MS.  I am challenging everybody that reads this to support the Panda.  Seriously if everybody on this newsletter donated just 2 dollars we would make a noticeable impact. Read about last year’s ride here! Seriously $2.00 makes a difference, Support The Panda!