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February 2017

What's new at Innovative

They say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. The surest way to drive yourself crazy running a business is to do the same thing over and over again with a lack of innovation or reinvention. How do you challenge yourself to examine new ideas for the betterment of your organization? By leveraging the knowledge of a network of peers in your industry!

This month, we highlight the excellence of the companies in our peer network, the Next Level Group. In addition, we discuss the benefits of upgrading to Windows 10 Enterprise, are introduced to our non-profit of the month Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, and we meet technician Jason Crews, who recently enjoyed his 20th anniversary with Innovative. Enjoy!
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Dave DelVecchio, President

The value of peers
Peer Learning Reinventing the wheel is no way to build efficiency. So what's the best way to avoid the mistakes others may have made while learning best practices that can be emulated and built-upon to drive innovation and value for our clients? By associating with peers from around the country, of course!

Since 2009, Innovative has been part of a peer group of IT service providers from around the US, each bringing expertise in best-of-class hosting solutions, managed security solutions, and service delivery modeling. From the four corners of the U.S. and many points in between, learn more about the incredible companies in our peer network.

Why Windows 10 Enterprise makes sense
Windows 10
As mentioned in a recent newsletter, the availability of Windows 7 and 8 on new PCs is waning, requiring all businesses to develop a Windows 10 upgrade plan. As with most desktop operating system versions, there are multiple editions available, each with a unique combination of features.

Windows 10 features four editions, Home, Professional, Enterprise, and Education, with Professional being the most common pre-loaded on new, business-class machines. However, for those clients in regulated industries, such as finance, health care, insurance, legal, accounting, and just about any other industry Innovative supports, there are many benefits to upgrading to the Enterprise version. For example, there is support for enhanced management and advanced security features, such as DirectAccess, AppLocker, and more advanced Group Policy support. In addition, what's missing is just as critical, as integration with Xbox Live and other online services is restricted.

For more information, reference this handy comparison guide or ask a member of our sales team for more information.

Introducing Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation
Girls Inc. Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation builds stronger communities by inspiring charitable giving in Berkshire County, Mass., northwest Litchfield County, Conn., and Columbia County and northeast Dutchess County, NY. A nonprofit public charity, Berkshire Taconic offers donors, nonprofits and community groups the tools and expertise to achieve their philanthropic vision and goals, and identifies critical areas where the foundation can leverage its leadership for lasting impact.

Now in its 30th year, Berkshire Taconic manages $130 million in assets and in 2016 distributed a total of $8.8 million through grants and scholarships to nonprofits and individuals in the arts and education, health and human services, and environmental protection. A partner for 10 years, Innovative is proud to work with BTCF staff to facilitate their positive impact on our region. To learn more about BTCF, visit the Berkshire Taconic website.

Meet Jason Crews
Jason CrewsFirst joining Innovative in January 1997, Jason recently celebrated his 20th anniversary with Innovative! Well versed in PC technologies, after many years supporting Innovative clients in Berkshire County and throughout western Mass, Jason transitioned to our TechCavalry support team in 2013. Jason has previously earned certification as a Symantec Technical Specialist (STS) in Backup Exec and has successfully completed service training on HP LaserJet printers and Craden passbook printers, a specialty printer used in the banking industry. He is also very proficient in all Microsoft desktop operating systems and many niche banking applications.

When not wrangling kids on the home front, Jason is an avid gamer and enjoys taking rides on his motorcycle in warmer months.

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