Inflection Point

Inflection Point By Russ Levanway, President Throughout the course of a human life, our brains are constantly changing. This neuroplasticity is very good news for anyone hoping to take up the ukulele or overcome a phobia. But at certain stages, the brain makes especially big leaps. One of those leaps happens in adolescence, between childhood… Read more »

Employee Spotlight- Keeth “CrowHawk” Hershman

NAME Keeth “CrowHawk” Hershman Crow, which later evolved to CrowHawk, was a name given to me while I was focusing on healing, introspection, and re-connecting in a spiritual way.   JOB TITLE Remote Support Specialist   LOCATION San Luis Obispo Tell us a little about yourself! Outside of work my main passion has always been… Read more »

Where Planning Has Its Limits

Where Planning Has Its Limits By Russ Levanway, President With the new year, I’ve been thinking a lot about where we are now versus where we were this time in 2020. This might be stating the obvious, but many assumptions we had going into 2020 have been turned on their head.  Going into 2020, everything… Read more »

Employee Spotlight- Hass Sadighi

NAME Hass Sadighi JOB TITLE Senior Systems Administrator LOCATION Santa Barbara Tell us a little about yourself! When I was growing up, playing sports was my favorite thing to do. Now that I am getting older, I am trying to learn to play piano. Where are you from? Glastonbury, CT How long have you been… Read more »

ShoreTel and Microsoft Teams Phones – Lessons From First Customer Implementation

Early on in the pandemic all we were hearing about in the IT world was about collaboration and distributed workforce tools, i.e. Slack, Teams, Zoom, One Drive and Sharefile to name a few. To keep ourselves busy during that uncertain time(March/April 2020) myself and Josh from CIO Solutions took it upon ourselves to learn the… Read more »

Zoom for Cloud Desktops

Zoom for Cloud Desktops As work from home has become the new standard and we rely on video more than ever, we would like to ensure all of CIO Cloud clients have the best experience possible when joining Zoom meetings. To enhance the video and audio quality in your cloud desktop to HD level, please… Read more »

Holiday Tech Refresh Guide

Recommendations- Tech Refreshes & Holiday Upgrades Why would CIO Solutions, a managed service provider for business, be giving suggestions for personal technology devices? WFH has put consumer devices into corporate environments. Although we would love for all WFH environments to have business class devices we recognize that this isn't always possible. Accordingly, we can help... Read more »

Case Study: Ghitterman, Ghitterman, and Feld

Ghitterman, Ghitterman & Feld The law offices of Ghitterman, Ghitterman & Feld enjoy increased productivity due to CIO Solutions effective and friendly support team. THE COMPANY Ghitterman, Ghitterman & Feld was founded in 1956 in Santa Barbara, CA. For the last 63 years, their mission, ‘Relentless commitment to protect our clients’ rights. Always.’ has been... Read more »

Employee Spotlight- Mike Shinn

NAME Mike Shinn JOB TITLE Support Manager LOCATION Santa Barbara Tell us a little about yourself! I enjoy living in Santa Barbara with my wife and two kids Where are you from? I grew up in Upland, CA but went to UCSB – the path many take who move to Santa Barbara How long have… Read more »

An unexpected trick to becoming a successful manager

An unexpected trick to becoming a successful manager By Russ Levanway, President In January, when our leadership team picked up the book Under the Hood: Fire Up and Fine-Tune Your Employee Culture by Stan Slap, we had no idea how important it would become later in the year. The book addresses how to keep a… Read more »