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Dahl-Chase Engages Winxnet as the Firm's Full Service
IT Partner

PORTLAND and BANGOR, ME - January 13, 2014 - Dahl-Chase Pathology Associates, P.A. and Dahl-Chase Diagnostic Services, Bangor-based physician group and state-of- the-art pathology laboratory providing outstanding anatomic and clinical pathology services, and Winxnet, an IT outsourcing and consulting firm that meets the complete technology needs of healthcare and other private and public sector organizations, today announced that Dahl-Chase has engaged Winxnet for outsourced IT services. Through the arrangement, Winxnet will assume responsibility for supporting all aspects of their information technology needs - everything from the firm's PCs, devices and network infrastructure to the EHR and custom software applications. A Winxnet Virtual CIO will also join Dahl-Chase's management team to ensure IT continues to be an enabler for the growth and success of Dahl-Chase.

"While our existing IT team was doing a lot of innovative work with limited resources, we realized that our IT needs were growing quickly and exceeding our capacity. We felt like engaging a health IT expert like Winxnet would really help take us to the next level for IT and provide us with a depth of coverage and a range of skills we lacked," said Orin Buetens MD, President of Dahl-Chase Pathology Associates.

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What business value does SharePoint provide?

In an earlier post (Do your organization need SharePoint?) I discussed some key considerations to guide you in making a decision about SharePoint and its fit for your organization.

This post will focus on the business benefit that a strategic, enterprise-wide SharePoint deployment can drive within a larger organization.

As a reminder, the needs that SharePoint can address for you include:
  • Knowledge Management/Document Management
  • Team collaboration
  • Workflow and process automation
  • Corporate communications/Intranet
  • Employee community-building
  • Personalized portal and workspace

With this vision, SharePoint provides a number of benefits to organizations:

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What the technology you're using says about your business
used with permission from Microsoft
by Cindy Bates

Did you know the technology you use has an impact on what current and potential customers think of your business? Those are the findings of a survey we recently conducted, in which 90 percent of respondents said they would - or would consider - taking their business elsewhere if a company uses outdated technology.

About 60% of respondents said they consider a 5-10 year old operating system or desktop computer to be "outdated." That means the estimated 30% of small businesses that are still using the Windows XP operating system (introduced over 12 years ago in 2001), are running their business on technology that definitely falls into the category of "outdated." Come April 8, 2014, businesses running Windows XP will no longer receive security updates or technical support, leaving them vulnerable to potential security threats.

Businesses that are using outdated technology are not only exposed to reputational and security risks, but are also missing out on some amazing capabilities that have finally become accessible and affordable to SMBs only in the last several years. There is a wide array of versatile, touch-enabled Windows 8 devices, from slates and tablets to All-in-Ones, now available to match every mobility and productivity requirement. And cloud services like Office 365 offer all of the well-known Office apps like Outlook email, Word, Excel and PowerPoint, as well as cloud storage, IM, and voice and video conferencing, for as little as $6 per user per month.

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What IT Can You Outsource?

used with permission from HTS

Outsourcing your IT (often called managed IT services) has many benefits for small- to medium-sized businesses. Businesses that want to reduce costs or lack all the necessary tech skills or infrastructure often choose managed services to take the place of or supplement their own IT professionals. This allows for
  • Flexibility when growing or moving: A managed services provider can give you temporary resources when upgrading your infrastructure, for example
  • Specialized resources when necessary: For a flat recurring fee, you get access to the managed service provider's entire staff and their specialists, whereas for that same cost you could hire only a single part-time person with a single skillset
  • Cost savings: By outsourcing your IT, you can realize significant savings, as IT providers can arrange services and hardware at a lower cost

There are many benefits to outsourcing your IT, but what exactly can managed IT services cover for you? What can you outsource? If you think managed IT services is just about getting IT phone support during afterhours or having someone else create new email accounts for you, then think again!

  • Data Processing and Storage: The space, maintenance, and power required for processing and storing your data can drain your time and resources. This can be outsourced to a provider's data center.
  • Hardware: With the rise of cloud computing, not only can your data be outsourced to a data center, you can often remove your on-site servers entirely and run your applications in the cloud, from a virtualized server. Such solutions and contracts are a form of outsourced IT.
  • Planning and Management: If you need a CIO (Chief Information Officer) or a project consultant, a managed services provider can do this for you. Managed services is proactive rather than reactive: strategic planning, project management, and consulting can be outsourced so that the growth of your IT infrastructure and your future projects benefit from expertise you may not have on staff.

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January 2014
              In this issue:
Dahl-Chase Engages Winxnet as the Firm's Full Service IT Partner
What business value does SharePoint provide?
What the technology you're using says about your business
What IT Can You Outsource?

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Upcoming Events:

Attend the February SharePoint Maine User Group Meeting
When: Tuesday, January 11th, 5:30-7PM
Where: VTEC Training at 1685 Congress Street, Portland
Registration: For more information, visit SharePoint Maine
Attend the Casco Bay .NET User Group February meeting
When: Wednesday, February 19th 6-9pm
Where: USM Portland, Glickman Library, Room 717
Registration: For more information and to register, visit the cbnug website

New Hires:

Rachel Justice
Rachel Justice joins Winxnet as the Vice President of Sales. Rachel has over 20 years of experience in information technology business development, sales and consulting, having worked for Dell/Perot Systems, McKesson's Provider Technologies group and SAS Institute. She brings strong process and sales management skills to Winxnet, which will be important as the company continues to expand its sales and marketing team to support aggressive growth targets for the coming years.

Hannah Dexter
Hannah Dexter joins Winxnet as a SharePoint Business Analyst. She comes to Winxnet from BlueMetal and brings 10+ years of SharePoint experience to the organization. Her SharePoint expertise and strong information architecture and project management skills will be a significant asset to Winxnet and its SharePoint clients.

Jared Simms
Jared Simms joins Winxnet, a Portland-based IT solutions provider, as the Service Manager. Jared brings 14 years of technical support and systems engineering experience to his new role. He came to Winxnet from Measured Progress, where he spent the last 12 years in infrastructure and systems management roles that have provided a great foundation for his role leading Winxnet's rapidly expanding Managed Services team.

Jessica Thurston
Jessica Thurston joins Winxnet as a Quality Assurance Engineer. Most recently, Jessica was the Verification & Validation lead at IDEXX Laboratories, where she was responsible for testing scientific processes & equipment. Jessica's intense focus on quality will benefit Winxnet and its clients as she works to ensure the software and applications delivered to clients provide them with the functionality they need.

Lee Stearns
Lee Stearns joins Winxnet, a Portland-based IT solutions provider, as a SharePoint Administrator. Lee has 6 years of experience with SharePoint, most recently as the Collaboration Lead at Cole Haan. Lee's expertise in SharePoint and background in programming and project management will be a great asset to Winxnet and its rapidly expanding base of SharePoint clients.

About Winxnet
Providing innovative IT solutions since 1999, Winxnet is a leader in IT outsourcing and consulting, software development, and strategic technical advisory services to the private and public sectors. With multiple offices in New England and the Southeast, Winxnet provides a broad reach with local expertise.
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