Director’s Blog

It's been a tough couple of weeks for me. Our day to day can be a tough grind. Now and again we get to deploy something new and groovy but typically we're dealing with people under stress because thing's are broken. As a manager that means I have to steer a team that's under stress most of the time...most days before we can grab a coffee or say good morning to each other properly. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to sit down at the end of today and hang out, touch base and connect a little. I'm proud of us all. We fight for each other and battle on a daily basis to please our customers and I truly believe we do a great job. Thanks for all your hard work team! Enjoy your long weekend - Matty. ... See MoreSee Less

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I give you...... the i9! ... See MoreSee Less

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Backup? Problem? No way! Not only a VERY robust backup solution, but world beating support. If you really valued your data, You'd already know what I'm talking about. ... See MoreSee Less

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Hackers couldn't get anything on You. Or could they? ... See MoreSee Less

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XP. Still the greatest of all time? ... See MoreSee Less

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Valerie and Phil presenting a webinar for the Auckland District Law Society on the 2014 Food Act yesterday. Well done team. ... See MoreSee Less

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All Systems Go at the new local ? ... See MoreSee Less

Pretty excited about opening up Brothers Orakei today from 12. Tracy Island is in place! #brothersbeer #auckland #newbeer #newbar #launch #opening

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Thank you Tim Adams! I now have an amazing brother photocopier/printer that works with my pc, Mac, phone & iPad! Legend! Amazing same day service, installation & great deal! Now I can print the tooth fairy letter for my girl! You are my IT hero! All systems were go & I'll be choosing you every time because of the great advice & for the awesome price & service. Many thanks, Anna ... See MoreSee Less

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All Systems Go Ltd added a new photo to the album Timeline Photos. ... See MoreSee Less

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Need USB on your desk? Tape some loose change to an extension plug and secure with a magnet! ... See MoreSee Less

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Xmas is nearly upon us and what better way to celebrate the season than treating your PC or Laptop to a well deserved day out. Bring it along to the All Systems Go health spa where we'll help it unwind by gently massaging away any bugs and excess baggage it may have been carrying on it's shoulders all year. We can even spruce it up with a nice new SSD while it's with us (120GB\$135+GST, 240GB\$175+GST & 500GB\$245+GST including fitting and imaging costs). Call the team now on 095574200 and get your best friend booked in. ... See MoreSee Less

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Getting Ready for Christmas! ... See MoreSee Less

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Hi Team, I have been thinking about Christmas presents lately...any suggestions? ... See MoreSee Less

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AllSystemsGo - We now have the tools to help clean your Missile Casings, Submarine Control Panels and Jet Throttle controls! We really can help with ALL Systems! ... See MoreSee Less

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Mr Matt Perkins - Training with the best... ... See MoreSee Less

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At AllSystemsGo we sell cat beds? Not really, but we can do you an awesome Laptop and Bag combo deal. You know Moggy is going to sleep wherever she pleases anyway.... ... See MoreSee Less

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Printers! We got some excellent printers, at an EXCELLENT price. If you want to share our good fortune get in touch and we'll see what we can do you one for. Currently selling for over $1800 at some places. We can do them....for less.... get in touch and we can slash your printing costs! ... See MoreSee Less

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Got $1000's of computer equipment sitting on the floor in your office? $10K's worth of data and/or lost business sucking up carpet dust, overheating and vulnerable to theft or damage? Get ASG to scope out a cabinet to protect your investment and be the envy of the neighbourhood! ... See MoreSee Less

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Having issues with the MYOB upgrade to Premier 2016.1 ? Me oh my there's some pitfalls there to be found! Server 2012 TS and MYOB are an interesting combination, but we won in the end! ... See MoreSee Less

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Member of BNI for 10 years, cripes time has flown. ... See MoreSee Less

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IT Managed Services – Why?
One question often asked by our clients is, “Why should we use your Managed Services?” Many of these clients perceive that it would be better and more cost effective for them just to contact us as their technology issues arise. It is a common misconception that having their technology under a Managed Services agreement is like insurance and that they would be paying for something they may or may not use. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Just like larger companies, small businesses need technology to operate efficiently and effectively. In many small businesses, IT resources are limited and can be quickly overwhelmed. If you fall behind in keeping up with things such as backups, patches, security, etc., the odds greatly increase that you’ll face an IT outage or other technology problem further down the road that will negatively impact your business.
As a definition, managed services allows a business to delegate IT operations to a service provider. The managed services provider (MSP) assumes an ongoing responsibility for 24-hour monitoring, managing and problem resolution for the IT systems within a business.
In many instances, having a reputable MSP is far less expensive than hiring, training, and retaining your own IT staff. For the companies that do not have an IT staff, there is always a staff member that is the go-to “IT person”. Using an MSP allows that staff member to focus on the company’s business, instead of handling IT problems, which is always better for the bottom line.
Why break-fix doesn't work anymore
A Break-fix service fixes problems as they crop up. Meaning that something needs to go wrong before you receive any service, resulting in an inevitable reduction in IT performance while you wait for the problem to be fixed.
An MSP takes a proactive approach to managing your technology infrastructure. Vastly reducing the need to react to issues or put out fires. Being proactive allows many issues to be identified and corrected before they become problems. A benefit to this approach is your employees will be more productive, which will save your company time and money.
Today, no business can really afford the risk and uncertainty of relying on a “Break-fix” contract, because your business is too dependent on having a reliable IT set up. Furthermore, having separate suppliers responsible for different parts of your technology puts you in the difficult position of trying to decide who should be called when something goes wrong. You simply do not have time for this.

A well maintained, proactively serviced computer network will always run better than the alternative. With proactive network monitoring, patch management, and desktop optimization performed on a regular basis, you will notice a tremendous difference in operations and you will reap the benefits of preventing fires, rather than fighting them.
Companies with an existing IT staff can also benefit from an MSP. The MSP can complement the internal IT staff by off-loading some of the day to day operations and management of the network. This benefits your company by allowing the IT staff to focus on other internal needs. It also eliminates the necessity of making a large investment in infrastructure management tools since the MSP already has these in place.
Pricing?
Surprisingly most managed services cost less than traditional break-fix contracts, especially when including the true cost of downtime. Remote monitoring, remote maintenance and the prevention of major issues allow an IT managed services provider to be more efficient than a similar break-fix company who is constantly rolling a truck to visit customer sites. Therefore, the managed service company can offer a “better” service without charging more.
A typical Managed Services agreement is based on a consistent monthly fee, helping your company keep costs in line and makes budgeting much easier. With the consultative approach taken by an MSP, gone are the days of the unexpected expenses when dealing with your company’s technology.
Depending on the service(s) included in the contract, pricing is usually based on the number of users, devices and servers, with different packages priced at different levels.
The Benefits:
• Increased operational efficiency
• Reduced operating costs
• Cost-effective access to enterprise-level support
• Minimized downtime
• Allows the focus to be on running the business, and not the technology
• Peace of mind from knowing that the network is monitored 24/7/365
What’s important to keep in mind with an IT managed services contract is that it is preventative maintenance, not preventative breakage. While managed service providers can perform automated tasks, such as alerting when a backup has failed, pushing out patches, monitoring systems and generally optimizing the working environment, no amount of preventative maintenance can avoid hardware failures, database corruption, software crashes, or some virus/spyware intrusions. Managed services is about shifting the odds against a catastrophic failure into a more favorable position, so when a catastrophe does occur, backups will be verified and current, an inventory of the systems can be referenced, and repair time and data loss can be limited.
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Inaugural All Systems Go Anniversary Weekend Fishing competition! Post photos of your catch here, no matter how small!! (if you're not into fishing tell us how you are spending the weekend.) Enjoy the bonus summer weekend! ... See MoreSee Less

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How's your download speed? ASG downloaded a customers 29GB personal Ddatabase as a backup. Took less than 4 scheduled hours to come down! ... See MoreSee Less

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Our auditor extrodinare is back in the office. Ready for umm paperwork. ... See MoreSee Less

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Fun day yesterday. Hired out this bad boy to replace a WIFI AP for a new customer. Took it off 'turtle" mode and opened it up! ... See MoreSee Less

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Here's how it's done. A cabinet dedicated to software! It warms my heart. Do you know where all your disc's are? Get them together and ASG can help you sort out what you need to keep and get you organized so that next time we need them they'll be on hand quickly! ... See MoreSee Less

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No job's too big for the boys at ASG. Here's Michael installing a new antenna on a huge plasma cutter for one of our customers this week. ... See MoreSee Less

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There's no competition between our I.T. and Compliance deptartments....but if there was I.T. would definitely win hands down! Here we have Matty and Tiago training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. ... See MoreSee Less

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Ok so someone stole my chair and left an Ergotron standing console at my desk... maybe I should have kept quiet about office health and fitness. ... See MoreSee Less

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Ever needed to draw a tree structure? How does the chain of command work in your house? Office may have just the tool, hiding away from you! Open C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office 15\root\office15\ORGCHART.EXE and give it a go! ... See MoreSee Less

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Loving my new office setup! Come see me sometime!!!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Windows 7 to Windows 10 on a Mac? Sure no problem.. ... See MoreSee Less

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Word - It's a package deal! ... See MoreSee Less

Excel creates monthly shopping lists in order to preserve his summer energy for more important things. Like napping in the sun. off365.ms/supFtJ

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Just finished for the day with top bloke Andrew Nesham who's worked a 12 Hr day with very little down time to complete a couple of projects today. Good work Sir! - Matty. ... See MoreSee Less

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Here's a mid range Windows 7 PC we built this week with a 10 second boot time. If you're waiting any longer than this to turn your PC on it's time to give ASG a call. We can give your current PC a refresh or supply a new box that works as efficiently as you do. ... See MoreSee Less

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It might seem like we go on and on about backups. Maybe because they're the greatest thing since sliced bread. In how many other situations do you literally have a time machine to go back to before you stuffed something up?

How good are your backups? Really? Are you sure? When did you test them last?

We can not only set you up with a backup that will take your fears away we can monitor it too so you KNOW you have a safety net should things to astray.

GREAT SCOTT!
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The boss dealing it to Microsoft like...well...a boss!!!! ... See MoreSee Less

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ASG said goodbye to a long time friend today, ... See MoreSee Less

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If this happens to you - After seeing a vet, give us a call! We can replace your keyboard, good as new! ... See MoreSee Less

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Whoever stole my Microsoft Office, I'm coming after you...

You have my Word
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How's your backup? Our maintenance clients get the benefit of resting easy knowing their backups are running to schedule, without errors, and regularly restore tested.

Just had a customer lose their entire accounting database.

Within 10 minutes we had yesterdays backup from 5 past 5 restored, and everything up to date again with no data loss. Backup - one of the most beautiful words in the world!
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Quite possibly the most informative video you'll watch this year on statistics from the four biggest players in tech. 15 mins well spent - Matty. ... See MoreSee Less

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2nd Server in as many days deployed today. Existing OS imaged onto different hardware and expertly tweaked by our guru Andrew Nesham to get it to fit it's new skin, eradicating any outage to our customer. Bloody brilliant! ... See MoreSee Less

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New Server deployed against the odds today. Good job team! ... See MoreSee Less

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All Systems Go Ltd office warming party 2014. Thanks to all ... See MoreSee Less

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And we're off! Party time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Toshiba Encore WT8 64 GB Net-tablet PC - 20.3 cm (8") - Wireless LAN - Intel Atom Z3740 1.33 GHz - Light Gold - 2 GB RAM - Windows 8.1 32-bit - Slate - 1280 x 800 (LED Backlight) - Bluetooth

Normally $469+GST today only $399+GST
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The Toshiba Encore WT8 is an Atom powered 8" full on Windows 8.1 tablet device. Just what everyone needs to keep on top of their stuff. I'm sure there are some Mum's and Dads that have this on their Xmas stocking wish list. As a one day only special for the 7th you can take one home at a huge discount. ... See MoreSee Less

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Kicking off our New Office location celebration for the 7th, hope to see everyone who can make it there. 4pm Friday.

Brother products and consumables:
10% off for orders placed on the 7th - so take the usual excellent price we give you and trim the end off, just for orders placed on the day. Big thanks to Brother for this promotion.
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I have eaten far too much, ... See MoreSee Less

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Whats this persons password? ... See MoreSee Less

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1TB Online storage? Thanks! ... See MoreSee Less

What can you never have too much of? Storage. Thanks, OneDrive wndw.ms/2Tai6C

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ASG's new office move is in process. Here are the first glimpses of what is around the corner. ... See MoreSee Less

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Ever wondered what AllSystemsGo does with your old hard drives full of sensitive data?

Well, firstly we mixed them all up. To get to any specific drive you would have to find amongst 284 similar drives. Then we folded them all in half 🙂

Some statistics:
284 Hard drives destroyed
Hardware original min value $6000
Price for third party to securely destroy $1400 / $2800
About 140Kgs of drives
142TB of storage – enough to hold 2052023121390 Credit card numbers
1 Happy Mohsin who got the job of destroying them
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All Systems Go Ltd added a new photo to the album Timeline Photos. ... See MoreSee Less

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If you are having email delays, you may be a Vodafone customer!

We're having trouble getting some emails at the moment, and are digging for solutions. If you need reliable email though we are offering Office365 email subscriptions still!

Email that works when you need it to!
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Geez we have some cool customers. Just completed a job for an Uncle who contracted me to mod Minecraft for his Nephew. Top bloke. ... See MoreSee Less

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Today Office 365 saved my life! Backed up a customers iPhone before upgrading it to IOS7 but the restore failed. Luckily all his phone contacts were synchronised via 365. Brownie points Microsoft. Brownie points: www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtfZbj4J71A&feature=kp ... See MoreSee Less

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The next office Challenge is with Lynne Wright. She's not as cute or as fluffy as our pets!! 🙁 (and can sometimes been mean) ...but its all for the good of our health. Watch this space for updates. ... See MoreSee Less

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iPod just wanted to play with the other kids... ... See MoreSee Less

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