CMIT Solutions of St. Charles and Chesterfield

CMIT Solutions of Chesterfield is the small business IT support and IT services company for St. Charles, Chesterfield, St. Louis, Wildwood, Hazelwood, Maryland Heights, Bridgeton, Earth City, Saint Ann Black Walnut, and Cottleville, Missouri.

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Barry and Michelle Herring

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Missouri in Columbia and a Master’s in Project Management from Keller Graduate School of Management. Michelle offers over 20 years of software development and Information Technology experience. Her dedication and passion for what she does makes her a very valuable member of the CMIT Solutions of Chesterfield team. Michelle approaches problems and projects given to her with unmatched enthusiasm.

Barry Holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Technical Project Management from ITT Technical Institute in Earth City Missouri. Barry is retired military, and has over 30 years of project management experience, with 20 years of that experience in the Information Technology arena. His enthusiasm and desire to earn client trust and loyalty is unsurpassed by his peers. Barry’s motto is “Making I.T. Happen”.

So What Is SharePoint, Anyway?

Many small businesses have huge problems when it comes to managing processes and sharing information. With every worker wearing multiple hats, it’s often difficult to keep track of who’s in charge of what, to say nothing of where all the information on a particular project is stored. So what do people do? They either have a short conversation by the water cooler, or they say, “Shoot me an email with the status update and your newest version of that contract.”

These approaches will get the job done – and for your average small business struggling to stay on top of a growing workload with limited staff and resources, just getting the job done is an accomplishment in itself. But if you want to get ahead by actively managing your work processes and sharing information efficiently, you’re probably going to need something like SharePoint.

What it is: In a nutshell, it’s the guts behind a good intranet. Think about your ideal company intranet. It would probably include:

  • Information sharing, so that common documents like time-off request forms or expense forms were all in one place;
  • Document management, so that you could all work off the same version of the employee manual instead of the sixteen revisions you have floating around the office;
  • Collaborative capabilities, so that people could discuss individual projects or business issues in an open forum;
  • Client access, so that clients could review contracts or other documents online instead of trading endless emails.

SharePoint gives you all of that in a single package. And it’s highly customizable to fit in with your company’s structure and work processes.

What it does: It centralizes all that information that’s been floating around in email, on hard drives, on various servers, and on paper so that everybody in your organization can find what they need in one place. It helps preserve institutional knowledge so that you’re not left in the lurch if a key employee leaves your organization. It can serve as the go-to bulletin board for company announcements. And it can foster lively discussions and the exchange of ideas.

What it won’t do: Like any collaborative tool, SharePoint thrives on participation and suffers when it’s ignored. In other words, it won’t work if you don’t use it. You have to actively post documents and participate in discussions. People may resist using SharePoint at first, preferring to just email documents or do whatever their old work habits dictate. But the more you can steer people toward it, the more they’ll use it, and the more value they’ll build into it. It’s a virtuous circle.

Sign me up: Not so fast. First you need to decide whether you’re going to go with a server-based, in-house SharePoint solution, or if you’re going to go with a hosted option. Both have their benefits and drawbacks. Talk with CMIT Solutions about which option is best for you – whichever one you choose, we can help you set up and customize SharePoint to fit your business.

  • Thursday, April 10, 2014

    PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- Port Chester's Don Bosco Community Center has launched a new computer lab to teach kids the digital skills they will need to compete later in life.

  • Thursday, April 10, 2014

    EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY

  • Thursday, April 10, 2014

    The end is near for Windows XP.

    Microsoft Corp. has said that after April 8, it will cease putting out security upgrades and providing support for the popular personal computer operating system. WIndows XP hit the market in 2001 and was for a time the backbone of multitudes of workplace computers across the globe.

  • Thursday, April 10, 2014

    SAN ANTONIO — From a large screen in her small home office, Devi Mazumdar each morning scans the computer systems of some two dozen clients — doctors' offices, churches and small businesses in San Antonio and as far away as the Eagle Ford Shale.

    Color-coded alerts tell her when something's not quite right, letting her know if she needs to make a site visit or dispatch one of her two part-time technicians.

  • Thursday, April 10, 2014

    Microsoft isn’t relenting on its plan to end security updates for Windows XP on April 8, even though it appears that hundreds of thousands of XP PCs will be left vulnerable to hackers.

  • Thursday, April 10, 2014

    GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The death knell for one of the most popular computer operating systems in the world is just days away.

  • Thursday, April 10, 2014

    Cheryl Nelan was enjoying a prosperous corporate career, but wanted a change.

    After 11 years at Eastman Kodak Co. and two-and-a-half more with an elearning firm, Nelan bought into a tech-support business. She opened a local franchise of CMIT Solutions, an IT service provider for small- to midsize businesses. Nelan, a Penfield resident, now oversees a staff of six.

  • Thursday, April 10, 2014

    The end is near for Windows XP.

    Starting tomorrow, April 8, Microsoft Corp. will no longer provide upgrades or support for its Windows XP operating system that came out in October 2001.

  • Thursday, April 10, 2014

    After April 8, Microsoft is pulling the plug on technical support for Windows XP, the highly popular operating system that debuted 12 years ago.

  • Thursday, April 10, 2014

    If you're running Windows XP at home or at your business Wednesday, April 9, is an important day – and not necessarily a positive one.

Let’s face it. Computer purchases can be time-consuming, daunting, and above all expensive – so it’s no surprise that we often put them off until we’re totally desperate. Well, it doesn’t have to be this way! Here are a few steps you can take to demystify the computer purchasing process.

1. Consider the purpose of the computer. If all you need is a computer with an up-to-date...

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If you run a small business, you might not want to spend a lot of money on a dedicated public relations agency. At the same time, local PR can be an effective way to increase brand awareness in your community and potentially generate sales leads down the line. So how can you be your own PR agency?

Your primary objective is to get your business mentioned in print newspapers and magazines...

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Chances are that when you decided to run your own business, it wasn’t because you loved hanging around a hotel conference room holding a glass of warm Chardonnay and trying to keep a HELLO MY NAME IS sticker from falling off your shirt. But networking plays a crucial role in building your business and defining your position in the community. So how can you make the most of your networking time...

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Google's a lot more than a search engine, and its numerous free tools can help you raise the online profile of your business without spending money. Here's a list of the four must-have Google tools that every small business owner should be using:

1. Google Alerts: Monitor your company's online presence by receiving notifications whenever your...

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The cloud computing wars heated up at the beginning of the summer when Microsoft announced that Office 2010 would come with free Internet-based versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. You don’t have to purchase the Office 2010 suite in order to use them. But unlike Google Apps, which are also free, Microsoft’s cloud-based programs aren’t really intended to be a replacement for the word...

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"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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