GEEKNOTE: I mentioned last week that I have a bunch of webinars coming up. Three of them were this past Tuesday and I supplemented them on Friday and Saturday with additional training courses.
Several of the courses were interesting, including a series on email archiving. Archiving is no big deal for most of our clients, but some of them have specific requirements because of the type of business they are in. I picked up some in-depth information on solutions that allow automatic archiving and indexing of email. The solutions vary in price, but if you are in a business (eg. securities) where archiving is the law, the solutions are important.
Another webinar introduced a new backup appliance and we’ve now got one on order for one of our client to try out with a 30 day free trial. If it performs, I’m sure the client will be thrilled. If not, we will ship it back.
Continuing education is an important part of any job. In my case, it is how I keep up with the latest solutions in the marketplace. It isn’t always easy to separate the self serving promotion by some of the vendors from the usable nuggets that may be of value for our clients down the road.
In addition to webinars and live training sessions, I also spend some time working with new gear. I built out a low cost system last week with a new motherboard and I’ve got a second test system I plan to build out as soon as I get a few more parts. Whether or not these two new systems will join our product mix will depend on how they perform here in the shop.
Stay cool and drop by the store and say “hello”.
Rob Marlowe, Senior Geek