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.
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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Editor's Note - Every business and organization that we are in contact work are strategizing how best to have their employees return to work. Everything from 100% in-person to full remote to some kind of hybrid are in play. And as has been the "norm" for the last 18 months, NOTHING is staying the same. This article talks about the basics of return to work with the key being staying flexible.
Smart business leaders take time to plan successful return to work strategies. They know many employees don’t want to come back, either out of caution or because they’re just plain loving their new freedom.
For the smoothest “back-to-office after work-from-home” transition, communication is everything. Do your due diligence on the ever-changing COVID-19 laws and guidelines, and make sure to familiarize yourself with some common return-to-work setups that can ease the change for your most valuable assets: your employees.
This article provides strategies for SMBs going back to the office after working remotely during the pandemic. As you get ready to bring your employees back to the office, keep these things in mind:
Assess your workforce
- Future-proof your office
- Support hygiene and distancing as you move forward