Posts Categorized: Small Business

Microsoft Office Licensing

Microsoft Office | Ripple IT

Yes, we know the world is steadily moving to online office applications like Google Apps or Office 365, but some huge percentage of computer users still need or use Microsoft Office. Here are some licensing tips for business owners:   You cannot use Office Home & Student in any commercial, nonprofit, or revenue-generating activities. Nor… Read more »

Migrating to Google Apps

Ripple + Ignition A while back, our friends at ignition knew they wanted to improve their email and calendar system. At the time, they had a hybrid of hosted exchange and POP email, which made communication between their people a lot more complicated than it needed to be. After a lengthy discussion between our man… Read more »

Coffee & IT: Our Atlanta Roots

Octane Coffee Latte | Ripple IT

Some people might wonder what a semi-automatic espresso machine is doing in the office of an IT company. The truth is, that silver beauty says as much about our values as a company as it does to our roots as an Atlanta startup. During Ripple’s formative years, Mike met Tony Riffel, a fellow transplant to… Read more »

Social Networking for Business: Yammer

Yammer | Ripple IT

Being in a Results-Only Work Environment company means that the lines of communication between coworkers must always be open, particularly when people are working both in and outside the office. Ripplers not only have to stay in communication with each other, but we’re always aiming to improve our processes for finding information and solving problems. Part of… Read more »

Pardot is the best place to work in Atlanta

Pardot | Photo by AJC.com

If you haven’t seen, Pardot was awarded the Best Workplace in Atlanta by the AJC last week. It was no fluke – they earned it. I have known David Cummings (one of the Pardot co-founders) since 2007. I’ve watched as he built – with great discipline, the culture that makes Pardot such a great place… Read more »

The Stages of IT Service: Part Three

IT Assessment Score

We’ve already talked about IT in the lean years (Part One), and discussed some of the more traditional options for startups and small companies (Part Two). So, this is where we get right down to what makes the most sense to us Ripplers. That is, providing IT services that are proactive about potential problems, upfront… Read more »

The Stages of IT: Part Two

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POST-STARTUP I.T. In Part One of The Stages of IT, we discussed the options for very small businesses and beginning startups. But what’s best for those companies that have made it past the lean years? Well, there are two traditional options:   Hire an IT technician that can be in the office all the time…. Read more »

The Stages of IT: Part One

IT Is An Investment

WHY INVEST IN I.T.? This morning my roommate asked me, “So, why do these companies hire you guys? Don’t any of your clients have people that know about IT?” It’s a valid question if you’ve never been part of an office structure. But before I could start babbling at him about what Managed IT is,… Read more »