Unapologetic Luxury at The Breakers Enhanced by BOSS Solutions

 

The Breakers located in Palm Beach Florida is a luxury Resort & Hotel offering unapologetic luxury, seaside glamour and world-class service.The Breakers is a 5 star Resort & Hotel that also has four sets of High End Apartments .The Breakers has been a customer of BOSS Solutions for many years.

 

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Their IT department has been using BOSS Support Central our fully integrated on premise ITSM solution to manage and track incidents and requests at the Hotel. The BOSS Support Central suite includes modules for IT Service Desk, Asset Management and Lifecycle Management.

 The Breakers Apartments are owned by high end clientele and can also be rented out by the month or year.  This section of The Breakers is called Breakers Row.  There are four separate buildings that each contain around 20 apartments each.  The Breakers employees take care of all the maintenance, landscaping and security for this section.  All these years, Security and Maintenance employees at the Breakers Row were using manual time consuming pen and paper processes to record all their tasks. They were hand writing all work orders to track what was being done inside each apartment.  However tracking information manually was very difficult and getting a report was impossible. They contacted the Breakers Technology Department for suggestions on how they could better handle their work orders and asked if they would be able to use BOSS Support Central in some form to help them.

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Ensure Safe and Reliable Operations with effective Lifecycle Management

 

Keeping an inventory, tagging and tracking assets from the cradle to the grave is not easy! Lauren Graviet of Limestone County explains how they keep up with their inventory with the help of BOSS Solutions.

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"Limestone County, AL has been a BOSS customer for more than five years, and as such, have been very satisfied with their products and customer service. Over the past year we have begun the process of implementing the BOSS Asset Management System. We have found it extremely helpful in keeping up with our inventory, which in turn assists with maintenance renewals, support contracts, and product life-cycle. 

We have equipment in various locations throughout our county, so it is crucial that we have an effective system in place to keep up with the equipment. We began using the asset tags recommended by BOSS. They are small and have a QR code for easier scanning. When we receive a new piece of equipment we immediately assign it an asset tag. Once the tag is assigned to the equipment we tape it to the box, so that when the equipment is removed from the packaging for installation, it can immediately be tagged.

One of our main concerns was the tagging of equipment that was currently on location. To efficiently tag every piece of equipment, we decided to give our technicians a few asset tags to take with them when they went to a location. They could simply add the tag to the equipment, scan the QR code, and assign it to the correct department. Tagging every piece of equipment is still a work in progress, but we have found this to be the best way to ensure everything is tagged correctly."


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How one US state got much needed Elections TLC from BOSS Solutions

 Elections.jpgElections can be a busy time for the State Departments and the sheer number of requests from county precincts can be
overwhelming. The Elections Division of the GA Secretary of State’s Office organizes and oversees all election activity, including voter registration, municipal, state, county, and federal elections. They are responsible for certification of election results as well as certifying the qualification of candidates and preparation of ballots and election forms and materials. State departments have multiple zonal officers who manage various geographical areas to address incidents and requests quickly and efficiently.  It is the dream of every Secretary of State to have one efficient solution that will handle county request submissions, workflow routing based on the business process, escalations on pending requests beyond SLA, email notifications, and dashboard reporting. 

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You know you've been in trouble a lot when you and the cop know each other by first names. True?

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Not with BOSS Solutions and the Lexington County Sheriff's Office!

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, SC a BOSS customer implemented BOSS Support Central to improve efficiency and save time and effort in accomplishing day to day tasks. Whereas all their tasks earlier involved verbal and written communication, with BOSS Support Central they are now extremely organized and a ticket is raised for every task however big or small. It is then assigned to the people in charge and can be tracked and acted upon every step of the way.
Due to the flexibility of the BOSS solution they were able to put it to multiple uses such as submitting and tracking financial requests, equipment orders, travel requests, office supplies requests, keeping track of ID cards and Jail maintenance issues.
All this was taken care of manually earlier and requests sometimes were
lost, delayed or fell through the cracks.
With the BOSS solution, they can now log in and instantly verify the action
taken on the request. With 400 users, they are dependent on the BOSS
solution for their day to day functioning .They love that the tickets can be
accessed using their smart phones as they are always on the go. They do
not have to go back to their desks to resolve issues and can just click on the
phone# on the ticket and take care of the issue wherever they are. They are
finding new uses for the BOSS solution by fine tuning it in innovative ways
to cater to their needs.

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Addressing the pains of systems migrations and infrastructure changes - Part 3

Blog_part_3.pngIn part one of this series, we examined the increasing security risks faced by organizations running outdated operating systems. While many businesses still rely on Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 environments, the implications of unsupported architecture can have a major impact on business operations. In part two of the series, we explored the system requirements and configurations that should be considered as you to prepare your environment for operating system migrations.

In this final installment of the series, we will delve into the best practice considerations that should be applied to assist with the smooth and successful completion of operating system migrations.

As any IT professional or service desk technician knows, with changes to an organizations IT infrastructure, be it a new phone system, a new network or in this particular case new operating systems, comes the inevitable end user issues. To be fair this needs to be expected as these users have for the last few years been using systems they are familiar with navigating on a day to day basis. Then, the introduction of the new operating system that they are expected to use, with its increased functionality and alternative interfaces that many of these users have never worked with before now.

However, before the flood gates open of helpdesk tickets from end users requiring assistance with the new operating system, a proactive stance can easily lessen the burden on your IT department by providing training on the new systems before the upgrade. Often the simplest approach leading up to the new software roll out is to schedule a series of dedicated training sessions that are conducted by the IT team, where end users can learn about the new operating system and become familiar navigating the new interface of the product. Coordinating such training sessions in conjunction with your HR department will also assist in staff participation and reinforce the importance of the training.

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Addressing the pains of systems migrations and infrastructure changes - Part 2

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In part one of this blog series, we looked at the security risks faced by organizations running outdated operating systems. While many businesses still rely on Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 environments, the implications of unsupported architecture can have a major impact on business operations.

In this part of the series, we will explore the system requirements and configurations that should be considered as you to prepare your environment for operating system migrations.

More often than not, when IT departments are conducting large operating system migrations or the roll out of new a new OS, the hardware requirements of the new software can be easily overlooked. This common oversight can lead to failure with installations of the new operating systems and result in disruption to business continuity. Poorly planned migrations often leave IT support technicians scrambling to resolve the system failures while end users are left without functioning machines. These impacts to productivity trigger a domino effect as IT gets inundated with incoming support issues from frustrated end users and critical departments such as accounting, finance or production facilities.

 

Not exactly the most efficient way of accomplishing the new operating system roll out or making friends! Additionally, who's going to take the flak when management starts asking some rather difficult questions?

So how do we prevent this situation - or more realistically - reduce the number of failures when conducting OS upgrades on a large scale? While some obstacles should be expected when migrating complex environments, appropriate planning can significantly reduce downtime and unnecessary stress on resources.

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Addressing the pains of systems migrations and infrastructure changes - Part 1

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One of the most daunting, challenging and time consuming projects for IT teams is the upgrade and roll out of a new operating system. Migrations drain resources and can be disruptive to business operations if not planned for in advance. That said, in today’s landscape of increasing security risks, it’s imperative that IT teams respond to these updates in a timely manner in order to prevent introducing unnecessary risk to corporate assets.

In the last year alone we have seen the end of life for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, and Microsoft has released a sunset date for Windows Vista in 2017 and Windows Server 2008 in 2020. Still, nearly 17% of internet users worldwide are using XP and they are dreading the impeding force to a new operating system. Governments, large corporations and health care systems have been clinging to their dying XP OS while they waited for the long anticipated Windows 10 release before investing the effort and cost into migration.

The resistance to migrations isn’t isolated to user machines. Windows Server 2003 houses millions of business applications. Gartner estimates that there are still 8 million of these servers in operation, most of them running mission critical infrastructure like ERP and CRM systems. Whilst the number of machines running Windows Server 2003 might be much smaller by comparison, taking the “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it” approach leaves companies exposed to the looming threat of security breaches.

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BOSS Solutions helps you go GREEN

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Going Green with BOSS Solutions!

 

Save TreesReplace all your paper based purchase requisition processes with the BOSS Support Central service desk workflow module.

Save TimeThe BOSS Support Central service desk web portal for customers helps you submit requests anywhere in the world and get automated updates while minimizing back and forth calls and emails.You can also take care of your service requests on the go with the BOSS Help Desk mobile app.

Save Energy — Identify older equipment, generate Asset maintenance reports and decommission systems.BOSS Support Central Remote Admin module helps you schedule daily PC Shutdown of user computers.

Save GASBOSS Support Central Remote control provides customer support remotely and helps you reduce fuel costs, travel time etc.Use the BOSS Mobile App to take care of issues anywhere anytime.

Save Maintenance Dollars- BOSS Support Central Asset management module automatically identifies under performing assets and generates asset maintenance reports. This helps reduce the TCO and improves overall efficiency.

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School District uses the BOSS Asset Management module to provide evidence in burglary..!

Who would have thought?

BOSS Solutions to the rescue.. School District uses the BOSS Asset Management module to show evidence in crime..!

 

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Anderson School District Three (SC) has 3 Elementary schools, 1 Middle school and a High School..

Located in rural South Carolina bordering GA, this school district is supported by parents who are very friendly and proud of their heritage. Iva is known as the 'Gateway to the Fresh water course' and has some beautiful lakes and rivers. Students get quality education enabled by good infrastructure and equipment provided by the school district administration.

The winter of 2013 will be remembered by local folks as there was a break-in at the school and burglars stole Computers, Printers, iPads, etc. from a school facility. Who would steal from a school?? The same question was asked by many and law enforcement needed some evidence on the systems that were missing. This is a general requirement from law enforcement . The school had to prove ownership using purchase orders, contracts, etc. while placing the complaint about thefts in their premises. You could also provide a list of systems [Make, Model, Serial#, Location, Last Used By information] that would help the investigators expedite their search.

 
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BOSS provides AdCare Health an IT Cure!

BOSS provides AdCare Health an IT Cure!

AdCare Challenge

Whenever a workstation had a problem in one of AdCare's facilities, one of three IT people would have to travel to the site to resolve the issue, says Carol Groeber, Vice President Management Information Services and Corporate Secretary. With such a small staff, the ability to control workstations remotely became very important. Says Groeber, “When there was someone out of the office all the time, it really made it difficult. We needed the ability to assist our people more quickly and more than one person was needed to be able to help.”

Although AdCare did not have any money specifically set aside for an asset management tool, it did not take Groeber much to convince management of the need. "The problem got so large in the middle of the year that it was like “Find something!” says Groeber.
Solution

At that time, she received a serendipitous call from Suri Anantharama of BOSS. “He called and gave me the Web site (www.boss-solutions.com) and ,"I just went out and looked around. He provided some of their current clients to look at and to talk with. It just was a good fit,” says Groeber. She did look at and reviewed many other vendors but “BOSS was far ahead regarding features offered for the price,” says Groeber. “I thought the price was very reasonable. I had expected it to be a lot more.”

Benefits
Because we are a publicly traded company, we have to meet SOX compliance,” says Groeber. And when the company did its initial SOX audit,the use of BOSS Support Central for reporting and to control the deployment of applications to workstations “showed that we were incompliance.”

The impact was greatest for those employees who were recording data into workstations for patient records. “When they had issues, we were able to respond to them quicker to keep them going.”

Groeber likes the level of support she gets from BOSS: “I think the support from BOSS is a big strength; whenever we have any questions, they are always there.”

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