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Tech Review: Google Nexus 7
Tech Review: Google Nexus 7 150 150 Patrick Ciccarelli Patrick Ciccarelli

We’ve had some recent inquiries regarding the use of tablets for everyday work. One tablet in particular interested us so we thought we would pilot it—Google’s Nexus 7.

What we found was that given the flexibility of the Android OS, the size, and the cost, we think the Nexus 7 is a viable candidate for business use.

Tech Review: Adobe Echosign
Tech Review: Adobe Echosign 150 150 Patrick Ciccarelli Patrick Ciccarelli

Adobe Echosign is an e-signature service that allows traditional documents in Word and PDF to be formatted to be electronically signed. Originally a standalone service, Echosign was acquired not too long ago by Adobe.

Over the past two decades of being in business, I’ve found the process of managing legal documents (contracts, offer letters, etc.) to be stuck in a different time period. That is until we decided to move to an electronic process for getting those documents signed.

What’s Next, Microsoft?
What’s Next, Microsoft? 150 150 Patrick Ciccarelli Patrick Ciccarelli

There has been a lot in the news lately about Steve Ballmer’s retirement from Microsoft. And many are asking what this will mean. I’m excited for Microsoft. With change comes an opportunity to create a new era of technology innovation. I’ll be waiting to see what these changes mean to Microsoft products and then in…

Managing Social Media With HootSuite
Managing Social Media With HootSuite 150 150 Patrick Ciccarelli Patrick Ciccarelli

Over the past several years we’ve been contributing to our social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter. We have felt compelled to increase our social media efforts with a belief that they will help to improve our SEO and that some of our clients might like to interact with us online. Although some of our efforts have been fruitful, we are still figuring out how more consumer social media apps like Facebook can be used effectively in business-to-business relationships.

WordPress for Education and Nonprofits
WordPress for Education and Nonprofits 150 150 Patrick Ciccarelli Patrick Ciccarelli

Varsity recently completed a re-branding process that included migrating our website to a new host. Our former site was quite dated (in appearance and content) but it still had some life in it when we moved to HubSpot a little over a year ago. We saw some improvements in our social media and creation of new content. The investment improved some of our marketing metrics, and helped us to understand where we should be focusing our efforts.

Tech Review: Microsoft Surface Pro
Tech Review: Microsoft Surface Pro 150 150 Patrick Ciccarelli Patrick Ciccarelli

The market has provided its fair share of reviews and scoring of the Microsoft Surface Pro tablet. Although the feedback has been overwhelmingly negative, I didn’t think I should immediately rule it out before getting my hands on it. I also think that the needs for education and nonprofit organizations can be different, so it…

Really, Someone Shot the Fiber Connection
Really, Someone Shot the Fiber Connection 150 150 Patrick Ciccarelli Patrick Ciccarelli

In IT, there are always important discussions and investments regarding Disaster Recovery. Just like companies around the world, we take disaster recovery seriously, which is reflected in our thorough investment in things like our data center. Varsity has two data centers. One is located in the central valley near Sacramento and the other is near Salt Lake City. We selected our data centers based on the level of redundancy.

Should You Upgrade to Office 2013?
Should You Upgrade to Office 2013? 150 150 Patrick Ciccarelli Patrick Ciccarelli

Recently I was pulled into a conversation between our technical staff and my client. The client had decided to migrate to Office 365, and was considering whether to update their local version of Office to 2010 or 2013. After several comments back and forth I decided to jump in. Here are some of the questions that came up and my responses.

Some Limitations to Consider When Using Outlook with Gmail
Some Limitations to Consider When Using Outlook with Gmail 150 150 Patrick Ciccarelli Patrick Ciccarelli

I want to take a moment to write a short post about using Outlook with Gmail. The decision on what is right can be a difficult one to make for many organizations. The information can be overwhelming to sift through, and confusing when trying to determine what might be best for your organization’s specific needs.

Tech Review: The Nook
Tech Review: The Nook 150 150 Patrick Ciccarelli Patrick Ciccarelli

I’ve never been much of a book reader. My mom would often say, “don’t worry, you’re not a slow reader, you read for content.” She was right. I loved all the details. Maybe too much so, as I could not satisfy the reading schedule for my English Literature professor my freshman year of college.