More about Synergy - The Hybrid Office

 WIth The Computing Center joining with Synergy IT Solutions, we are able to offer all the same products and services that we've offered for the last 43+ years AND leverage Synergy's size and 50+ years of experience working with clients of all sizes, but in particular larger clients.  This is an opportunity for us to showcase some of the enhanced technologies and solutions that we now can offer together.

The Hybrid Office is officially "a thing".  Many clients had it before - people who could work or access company systems from home or while "on the road".   In 2020, it became evident that people working remotely was hugely important, but as we've moved into 2021, company and organization employees being able to do both, essentially on demand, became table stakes - something that is is a requirement - day in and day out.  Synergy's "Technology Needs for the Now Normal" encapsulates what we are all trying to accomplish.  See the link below to receive this important guide.

Technology needs for the Now Normal

This guide will help you prepare for a smooth return-to-the-office by diving into:

  • Modern digital foundations

  • Bring-your-own-device burdens

  • Tech refreshes

  • The hardware-software blend

  • Today's unified communication

  • ...and more!

Here's a link to the guide:  innovate.synergyits.com/now-normal

The Computing Center Acquired by Synergy IT

 After 43+ years from our founding of The Computing Center, we are thrilled to announce that The Computing Center has been acquired by Synergy IT Solutions of Buffalo, NY.

For Mary Stazi and Larry Baum the acquisition provides continuity and enhancement of the products and services for all our clients.
For our employees, they will become owners of the combined company through Synergy's 100% employee owned ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan). This will allow all employees to share in the upside of the company's performance.


Mary Stazi will join the executive management team of the combined company: "I'm very excited to take on this new role that will allow us to continue to serve our many Ithaca and Central New York clients while expanding what Computing Center and Synergy will be able to offer clients throughout our region and Western NY".
Larry Baum will be retiring from The Computing Center, but will still be very active in the community: "While I'm stepping down from direct roles with The Computing Center, I'll continue being involved in championing existing businesses, startups, and not-for-profit organizations in our wonderful community. Over the years, I learned that our business thrives when everyone else does. That all will continue."
Mary, Larry and the entire staff want to thank every one of our clients all for your business and trust in The Computing Center since 1978. Here's to the future where our locally based employees can leverage the entire Synergy ecosystem to provide the best in technology products and services to all.

As of this morning, Synergy acquired The Computing Center of Ithaca and will continue to focus on providing leading technology solutions into Upstate NY. Joe Klimek, CEO of Synergy stated: “We look forward to extending the capabilities offered to The Computing Center clients including locally sourced help desk and system monitoring services, increased product offerings, and enhanced cybersecurity protections. We are excited for The Computing Center staff to join the Synergy team as employee-owners, increase our geographic coverage, and serve the technology needs of companies throughout the Finger Lakes region.”

Full Press Release

BUFFALO, NY and ITHACA, NY – Synergy IT Solutions, Inc., of Buffalo, has acquired Baum Control Systems, Inc. dba The Computing Center of Ithaca. The combined companies are positioned to provide leading technology solutions throughout upstate New York. Synergy has additional offices in Rochester and Syracuse. The companies share a history of each being founded in the 1970s and enabling technological innovation to the most prominent companies in their respective areas.

“Our two firms share common values of prioritizing client success and employee engagement,” said Joe Klimek, CEO of Synergy. “We look forward to extending the capabilities offered to The Computing Center clients including locally sourced help desk and system monitoring services, increased product offerings, and enhanced cybersecurity protections. We are excited for The Computing Center staff to join the Synergy team as employee-owners, increase our geographic coverage, and serve the technology needs of companies throughout the Finger Lakes region.”

Mary Stazi, CEO of The Computing Center will stay on following the transaction and serve as Vice President of the combined firms. “We have worked directly with the team from Synergy for many years and knew they were the right partner to bring our firms forward. The combined companies will help our clients to take advantage of the latest technologies and protect them against cyber security threats.”

“Over the past 43 years, The Computing Center has been a trusted technology partner throughout Ithaca and New York’s southern tier. Working with the Synergy team leading up to the acquisition has confirmed that our place as a trusted partner in the community is in good hands,” offered Larry Baum, Founder of The Computing Center.

While many similar companies are being absorbed by large, private equity funded conglomerates, this transaction is different. Synergy is a 100% employee-owned company, creating unique value for The Computing Center staff as the companies come together. Rather than reducing staff and putting client relationships at risk, Synergy expects to retain the staff and include them in the employee ownership program. By retaining staff, clients of The Computing Center continue to benefit from long-standing relationships.

The Computing Center will remain at its current location at 15 Thornwood Dr, Ithaca.

 
 

 

Scam, Spam, & More Fraudulent Email

Fraud and scams delivered via spam email. Just when we thought this type of fraudulent email spam might be easing and our anti-spam and anti-malware software providers have tuned their algorithms "just right", we received two more just this week!  Ugh. 

Usually, we don't even read them, but the last name of the sender caught my eye:  GADDAFI in all caps.  As in Lybia's deceased strongman - Colonel Gaddafi.  Couldn't be, but I was curious (yes curiosity can get you into all kinds of cybersecurity hell, but I took some safety precausions).  Turns out the email itself was clean, but the intent was not! Here's the first couple paragraphs of the email:

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Are you not happy about how low your sales numbers are? You aren’t alone. Reports show that 79% of marketing never leads to sales. The question is, is there any way that your team can beat that average?

If you want to make the most of your outbound sales strategy, eliminating mistakes is a significant first step. Below are five common outbound sales mistakes that are easy to avoid.

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