CMIT Solutions of Manasota

CMIT Solutions of Manasota is the small business IT support and IT services company for Sarasota, Bradenton, and Lakewood Ranch.

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Any small business that handles sensitive personal information needs to make sure it’s taking the proper steps to protect that information. Given that “personal information” extends to employee Social Security numbers, customer credit card numbers, and bank account numbers, it’s hard to think of many businesses that don’t have this headache to worry about.

Before you put into place a...


If you’ve noticed that Outlook has slowed to a crawl or it’s just acting a little funny lately, check the size of your mailbox. (In Outlook 2007, go to the File menu, select Folder, then select Properties for Mailbox – Your Name. On the General tab, click the Folder Size button and look on the Local Data tab in the window that pops up.)

A lot of users are shocked to discover how bloated...


Many small business owners have legitimate reasons for sending bulk emails. Unfortunately, a good number of those folks end up getting blacklisted as spammers. Here are five ways to make sure your communications actually reach your customers and prospects instead of ending up in spam purgatory:

1. Work with a reputable email marketing service. This is probably the most important...


Here’s a quick, easy way to enhance your business’s profile online: make sure people have access to the right contact information.

Out-of-date or just plain incorrect information can keep customers from finding you. And often, all it takes is one phone call to a wrong number, or one drive by a vacated office, for a prospective customer to sour on your business for good. If they found...


Entrants into CMIT’s first-ever technology makeover contest shared some of the scariest, most spine-chilling IT horror stories we ever heard. Hundreds of entries later, we had a winner – but we learned something from everybody who submitted a story. Here are a few of the major takeaways:

1. A bad IT guy can be worse than no IT guy at all. When you’re paying...

"For our [clinical research facility], it was better to have a preventive plan in place so that if something did break, we would be ahead of it, and it wouldn’t break instead of waiting for something to happen and then fix it. So, now CMIT is monitoring everything, and we haven’t had any issues so they can catch the problem before it even happens. "
"CMIT is all about peace of mind, and literally, it doesn't cost you anything because you are saving the money on me working on the computer when I'm losing business. In today's economy, you don't want to be late sending bills out, you've got to be out there because if you start falling behind you're going to see the amount of income drop dramatically. So, Greg and CMIT make us look more...
"Whereas our systems were originally only getting backed up on a monthly basis, CMIT was able to come in and now they are automatically backed up to the server. We had a center in the DFW area that did lose everything. They made a phone call to CMIT, and CMIT was able to restore their data within a couple of hours. We’re monitored on a 24/7 basis, so even if there was something that were to...
"The way CMIT does business is just much more suitable for our type of business environment. We have deadlines and critical schedules to meet, and we need to be moving forward at all times. CMIT provides data on a monthly basis, which allows us to look at trends and be proactive with our decisions and our methods for improving our system. Every time my system improves, that means my efficiency...
"CMIT dealt with my local backup needs so that if I just need to get one specific piece of information, they can actually do it remotely from their office and get my people back and going. If I do have a catastrophic disaster that takes my entire building, I have laptops and everything else that I can have up immediately. I can use my web-based information storage and be back up and running...
"We pride ourselves that we are the company that gives instant customer service. We were getting to a point where it was extremely difficult, and we didn't want to lose our customer base. We wanted to also expand. I said, 'I need somebody to do something to allow us to be the company that we started out to be and to continue and to grow.' CMIT has helped us to do just that.   "
"Since partnering with CMIT, I can now not worry about whether or not my computers are working. I've got backups, monitoring, I can get reports, and I know where I'm having risks and threats. I now can rely on my IT people (CMIT) to take care of my IT problems and to keep that IT system up and running in an appropriate manner. That is something before I couldn't rely on. I now have a system!...
"We didn’t initiate offsite backups in the beginning, but with the start of the hurricane season we said, 'OK guys, we now have this wonderful system, but it's not really complete yet.' We're now able to back up our data, it's safely transported and stored offsite, and it’s all HIPAA compliant. And the NAS device can actually work as our server so we can continue to use our systems and do...
"With other IT service providers, we felt that we only got assistance when we requested it, and we normally came up with any ideas for improvements on our system rather than them. I was not impressed with the service, the communication or the end product at that point. Our experience has really set CMIT and Sue and John who run the show for them here apart from the others. They are more...
"We use large aerial imagery that can sometimes be 30 or 40 GB in size. There would be times that I would wait 30 seconds to a minute and a half for an image to appear. CMIT Solutions helped us rehabilitate the computers on hand, put in a network infrastructure, and put in faster switches. Now, it can be instantaneous to 15 seconds for a map to load. I kind of feel like I'm spoiled!   "

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