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sharepoint and synergy combined grahpicSynergy Announces… The Continuous Improvement Tool Webinar

Short of a magnet or the debate on mayonnaise and Miracle Whip, few things are as polarizing as Microsoft SharePoint. Developers say it’s too difficult to make it adaptable to end users. End users say it makes day-to- day tasks too difficult to make it a mainstay. Management often says it’s too time consuming to be valuable which then leads to low adaptation company wide.

With these short comings in mind, how then is it that Microsoft has sold over 120 million licenses for SharePoint? The reason that SharePoint is so often purchased is not just that it is included in the Microsoft 365 suite of products, but rather when used correctly, say, in a manufacturing setting, the program can drastically reduce labor hours and save companies hundreds of thousands of dollars. Yes, let me repeat that. When utilized properly in a quality control/ focused improvement manufacturing environment, Microsoft SharePoint could save a medium sized manufacturing business hundreds of thousands in labor hours alone.

So, this begs another question: how is it some can benefit so greatly from the program and others reap no reward greater than a massive headache? The answer is simple. It’s all about where your organization puts the investment. With this in mind, you should be checking out Synergy Computer Solutions. At Synergy, we know SharePoint, and we can back that statement up with our new Continuous Improvement Tool.

That’s right, Synergy is here and ready to help your company by showing how utilizing a SharePoint-based application can pay massive dividends by making data organization and report generation hassle free. We are so excited to show you just how simple generating useful analytics can be that we have organized an entirely free webinar. This webinar will demonstrate how a properly functioning SharePoint application can save you hassle, hours and money.  All this while it will be providing useful information to employees and executives alike.

Join us on Thursday, July 14th to learn more about Synergy, SharePoint, and our Continuous Improvement Tool. Register on our website at www.synergycom.com/webinar. Leading up to the event you will then receive a reminder and further instructions telling you how to log in on the day of the event. The webinar will begin at 12PM EST and run until 1PM EST. There will also be a section dedicated to questions and feedback.

Synergy looks forward to this participation in this event and is excited to show everyone the benefits of  a properly implemented SharePoint solution – specifically, the Synergy Continuous Improvement Tool.

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Jeff Teper mentioned the 3 ‘G’s [ office groups, office graph & governance ] in the SharePoint 2016 event few weeks back. https://blogs.office.com/2016/05/04/the-sharepoint-framework-an-open-and-connected-platform/ In this event, one of the themes was Intranet in your pocket. SharePoint is going to change by way of ease of user experience in terms of smooth handling of the document […]

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Synergy Hits its Stride at MMPC

IMG_3092Each year during the first week in May we are reminded again why diversity is so important. No, I’m not referencing a national holiday or even a news story making headlines, but that does not diminish the importance of the events that take place. From May 4-7, the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council, (MMSDC), hosted an event that brought Minority Business Enterprises together and served as an intermediary to those companies seeking to allocate their minority spend. Together, minority suppliers and purchasers alike, participated in an amazing three days of celebrating diversity and promoting commerce amongst the business owners in Michigan.

As in previous years, Cobo Hall was bustling like the auto show was on a reunion tour – and at the center of it all was Synergy Computer Solutions. Synergy, as always, participated in the show’s many events and even sponsored a booth at the MMSDC Minority Procurement Conference’s Opportunity Fair. Everything appeared to be status quo, however, what did change was what Synergy has to offer. This year Synergy Computer Solutions debuted its Continuous Improvement application and it created some buzz!

Armed with a digital media display, Synergy’s Business Development Managers and Sales Reps were busy all day long showing off the new innovation to interested individuals from all walks of industry.  The booth was not the only place Synergy was drawing a crowd. While walking the floor with our new Microsoft Surface Pro, Synergy employees could hardly take a step without being approached to explain what the interesting application was that scrolled across our tablet screen. By day’s end and almost 20 requests for product demonstrations,  Synergy left the MMPC with validation that the application was a hit. From robotics to automobiles, warehouse management to coating applications, Synergy had successfully engaged several companies servicing multiple verticals.

All in all, the MMPC served as a reminder to Synergy, its staff, and its customers that we continue to be on the cusp of new and innovative solutions that help our clients “solve IT problems.” We are truly grateful for the opportunities the MMPC and the MMSDC have presented and we look forward to continuing to support MBEs and expanding diversity in the IT realm. Working to improve our clients’ workplace while promoting diversity? WE DO THAT!

Synergy Finds Its Center

It is no secret that the American workplace has rapidly changed and the “Madmen” office culture from the 50’s, (you know, the chain smoking cigarettes and having midafternoon drinks), is gone. Now-a-days, the 40-hour work week is all but history. The stress of keeping a job has never been higher and the American worker is momindful mind birdsre physically and emotionally taxed than ever.

We all know stress is bad for our health but what you may not know is that stress is terrible for the bottom line – not just your company’s but it’s detrimental to your own checkbook as well. This comes to fruition in two ways. The first is rather obvious, that being healthcare costs. Stress related diseases cost Americans and the businesses they work for an astronomical amount. Healthcare spending has soared as high as 300 billion dollars according to the World Health Organization, proving many employees and companies are spending more on healthcare than ever before. Unfortunately the cost isn’t predicted to drop anytime soon either. Within the last 30 years, stress levels in women have grown 18% and they’ve grown 25% in men. These elevated levels have resulted in the American worker being exposed to an increased risk of high blood pressure, diabetes or heart disease. In fact, two thirds of all doctors’ visits for employees are due to stress related conditions. You might not expect stress to affect your performance or the company’s output but it is, without a doubt, doing so. U.S. employees spend 200-300 percent more on indirect healthcare in the form of absenteeism, sick days, and above all lower productivity.

The second way stress robs us blind is by cutting into productivity. While you may be putting in extra hours, the benefit of each additional hour spent working while stressed yields a lower quality of work. While the “work yourself ragged and squeeze ‘em for all they got” mentality might have been the approach that kept butts in seats for more hours, studies have shown it doesn’t always mean more revenue generated. We are seeing that happier employees produce more in less time than individuals who are stressed out due to working longer hours. Like some economist said way back when, the law of diminishing marginal returns is always at play. The time you spend at your job will not be valuable if you are overly stressed out and in this case it’s not only supported by economics, but science too.

However, all hope is not lost. We as employees must find balance in our lives…a “center” if you will. For many Fortune 500 companies that center is coming in the form of meditation. It is widely known that one of the best and least expensive ways to become healthier and happier is through meditation. In fact participants in a mindfulness program displayed “an increased sense of purpose and had fewer feelings of isolation and alienation.” Combine this with the decreased symptoms of illnesses related to stress and you get a Grade A solution according to the Huffington Post.

The benefits don’t stop there. According to an additional study done by the National Institute of Health, benefits can be even more dramatic than these aforementioned ones. Individuals that participated in frequent mindfulness meditation saw up to a 23% decrease in mortality and a 30% decrease in death due to cardiovascular disease. To those who thought working yourself to death was just an expression, and to those who thought meditation was simply some breathing exercises…you couldn’t be more wrong.

The wonderful thing about mindfulness is that there is no overhead. There is no equipment needed to indulge in enlightenment. All you need is yourself and an open minded approach. While there are studios available and an increased number of classes popping up around the United States, mindfulness can be practiced in your own home or cubicle. According to http://www.helpguide.org, mindfulness lies in practicing techniques to achieve a state-of-alert, focused relaxation by deliberately paying attention to the thoughts and sensations without predetermined judgment. These steps allow the mind to refocus on the present moment.

To practice mindfulness on your own (courtesy of helpguide.org):

Sit on a straight-backed chair or cross-legged on the floor

Focus on an aspect of your breathing, such as the sensations of air flowing into your nostrils and out of your mouth, or your belly rising and falling as you inhale and exhale

Once you’ve narrowed your concentration in this way, begin to widen your focus. Become aware of sounds, sensations, and your ideas

Embrace and consider each thought or sensation without judging it good or bad. If your mind starts to race, return your focus to your breathing. Then expand your awareness again.

 

These exercises practiced and incorporated into a daily routine can be extremely helpful for individuals in high stress positions or for anyone seeking to reduce the amount of stress in their lives. In this new business landscape, companies recommend their employees try to find their center and practice mindfulness.

Encouraging our employees to lead physically and mentally healthy lives? WE MINDFULLY DO THAT.

Synergy bridges the gap in IT diversity.

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International Women’s Day, March 8th, is observed by multiple countries across the globe to celebrate the efforts of women both in the home and in the work place. It is important we recognize how far the women’s suffrage/rights movement has come. From women not being able to vote as early as the start of the 1900’s to now being in contention to become president of the United States of America in 2016, the rights of women both domestically and abroad have grown leaps and bounds.

Prior to the 1900s, women did not have many rights, not just in terms of voting, or the ability to influence change, but in the work place as well. Conditions and privileges for women in the factories and various other occupations were considered substandard at best. That is what paved the way for the demonstration in New York City 1908 where on February 28th the seeds were planted for International Women’s Day. It was here that the female garment workers of New York organized a strike to protest the atrocious working conditions. When these atrocities were brought to light, change soon began to follow leading to the celebration of the holiday in New York a year later in 1909. This series of events set in motion the organization of women around the globe. In the following year, 1910, spurred on by the strike in New York City, the Socialist International Women’s Organization met in Copenhagen and established a definitive International Women’s Day to honor the movement for women’s rights and garner support for universal women’s suffrage.  This movement would gain additional steam in communist Russia and other Soviet states until Moscow officially recognized the day in 1917.Ironically the west didn’t observe the popular and widely accepted event until 1977 when the United Nations General Assembly invited member states to proclaim the March 8th date as the UN Day for women’s rights and world peace.

International Women’s Day is momentous in that it helps bring to light many problems women have faced in the work force and now we have started to see major progress. One of those issues is the startlingly low percentage of women in the tech field, but even with this effort, the male dominated IT world has started to change things up. The current work force is comprised of 56% women; however they only hold 25% of jobs in the IT field. This number is slowly but surely starting to grow. Not just at the entry level either, 11% of women are in C-level positions in Fortune 500 corporations, and 5% of tech startups are women owned and this number too is on the rise. The Carly Fiorinas of the world will soon have company in those managerial roles at top level IT corporations, and we could not be more excited about that.

Synergy Computer Solutions is a certified Minority Business Enterprise who supports diversity in IT, but did you know that at Synergy’s Detroit Headquarters alone, half of our employees are women?  Many of them are from different backgrounds and because of that at Synergy we have five languages being spoken in the office at any given time. Synergy has female employees with roots tracing back to countries from Europe, multiple Indian representatives, some from Mexico, and also those of African American descent. With all these cultures represented, it is easy to see how Synergy is doing its part to buck the trend and celebrate women in IT. We are proud to promote diversity in the workplace and firmly stand committed to gender equality. Celebrate International Women’s Day by having an extremely diverse work force? WE DO THAT.