eGuide Tech Allies Tops the List of IT Service Providers in Chicago!

 
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We are thrilled to announce that eGuide Tech Allies have been named one of Chicago’s top B2B companies in their 2019 report.

 Clutch is a B2B ratings and reviews website located in Washington, D.C. Their mission is to connect business buyers with service providers through a transparent and efficient process. Clutch analysts interview clients to get an objective and verified account of what it is like to work with each company. The ratings are determined by the reviews along with a number of other factors, including market presence, capabilities, and results. Here’s a quick look at one of the reviews you can find on our profile:

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Because of quality work like this previous job, we have scored among their top IT consulting services in Chicago.

 We also rank highly on a second site run by Clutch called The Manifest. It focuses on helping businesses grow by publishing business news and surveys and providing industry insights. The Manifest lists us among Chicago’s top web design companies.

 Clutch’s third site, Visual Objects, allows companies to present a portfolio of their past work. This can prove helpful to web designers by giving a quick glimpse into the work that they produce. Companies are divided by category and location to help buyers find the best fit.

Once again, it is an honor to be recognized as one of the best at what we do. We are looking forward to another year of successful business partnerships facilitated by Clutch. Contact us today to see what solutions we can provide for your company!

 

Work Smarter, Not Harder With These Free Apps

Work Smarter, Not Harder With These Free Apps

New Year, New…

New year, new you, right? It’s the mantra that’s chanted from every Starbucks loving millennial (including myself — literally sipping from a Starbucks cup as I type) from just before the ball drops to the the end of January. It’s the time where we focus on going back to the gym, improving ourselves, trying a diet, doing a health challenge, the list goes on. But what about your technology habits?

When’s the last time you’ve backed up your device?

When’s the last time you’ve update your apps?

Shouldn’t healthy technology habits hit somewhere towards the top of the priority and resolution list as well?

Squarespace Putting Skin Into The Email Marketing Game

Squarespace Putting Skin Into The Email Marketing Game

Watch out MailChimp...

Squarespace announced in June that it would be adding email marketing tools to its already design-focused platform, allowing users to seamless turn their subscribers into buyers through a few clicks of a button. 

So instead of having to integrate your subscriber list to MailChimp, familiarize yourself with another platform, and then try to remember yet another password to login and send an email blast, you can do it form the comfort of your Squarespace dashboard. 

Google’s Infamous Cloud & GSuite

Google’s Infamous Cloud & GSuite

What is the cloud?

By eGuide's Omar Hutchens

It’s 2018 and people are still not sure what it is. To put it short, it’s a hard drive in the sky. A remote location that has your data that you can access from anywhere ( depending on the service and the application you are using). That’s it! Nothing complicated and no IT jargon that is hard to understand. That being said, let’s talk about services...

New iPad More Organization!

New iPad More Organization!

What does a busy day look for you? 

By Omar Hutchens

The second we wake up, and before we even decide to get out of bed we instinctively look at the clock. Time is a driver in our lives and getting the things on our agenda done is very important. Staying on top of that agenda is difficult when there are many moving parts with a small business or busy life...

eGuide Takes You Through Trello

eGuide Takes You Through Trello

We've talked about the features and functionality (http://www.eguidetechallies.com/blog/trello) that Trello has to offer, and now you can see us actually walk through the program! 

In the video below you will see eGuide Tech Allies owner, Gregory Perrine walk through how to set up an account, and get going with Trello

Trello | Project Management Made Easy

Trello | Project Management Made Easy

With emails piling up in your inbox, apps pushing notifications through every few moments, and group text conversations blowing up from last weekend's festivities, it's no wonder why many people have technology paralysis and can't seem to complete a simple project or task. 

Enter Trello.

Google Chrome - Activating Your Home Button

Cracking the Chrome Code

Sometimes settings in Google's Chrome Browser are a little less than intuitive. Say you want a home button, something that used to be standard on all browsers. Well on Chrome it's a little hidden depending on how your account is set up. 

Chrome Home Button - White Paper

We've created a white paper to walk you through the steps of activating your home button, and also assigning a specific website to open upon clicking. The directions are below, and you can also download the white paper HERE

  1. Click the setting button at the top of your chrome browser (three dots on top of each other at upper right hand side beneath your user name)
  2. Click Settings within the drop down menu
  3. Scroll to Appearance in the new page that appears
  4. Enable the home button
  5. Click on the second option
  6. Type in the link you would like to open when the home button is clicked
  7. Click the home button to test the link

How To Wipe an Apple Computer

Start From Scratch

If you are a small business owner and are utilizing Apple laptops and systems for you team, you may find yourself in a position to completely clear a computer for a new employee. 

Follow our step by step instructions on your White Paper HERE or below: 

1. Restart Computer & Hold ‘Command & R’

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Make sure to do this before the computer chimes the restart sound. This will access “recovery mode”

2. In macOS Utilities Select “Disk Utility”

  • In Disk Utility Find the Hard Drive (Should be the first thing listed on the panel on the left side of the screen)
  • Select the second option listed (this has all of the files that are currently on the hard drive)
  • Find “Erase” on the top bar and click
  • Rename Hard Drive the same name as it was prior
  • Leave all other fields as is
  • Click “Apply” This will erase all files on the computer.
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3. Restart Computer & Hold ‘Command & R’ Again

This will bring up the MacOS Utilities Again

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4. Reinstall MacOS

  • In macOS Utilities Select Reinstall macOS
  •  Choose the hard drive you would like to install the OS on (should be the one you just named) and press next.
  • Follow on-screen prompts
  • Will take roughly 30 - 40 minutes

NOTE

Wiping a computer this way will remove ALL files and programs from the system including Microsoft office, adobe programs, and mac office programs.

Techweek Chicago 2017

An evening with CEO of Tech Week: Amanda Signorelli

Amanda Signorelli, CEO Techweek

Amanda Signorelli, CEO Techweek

Amanda strikes me as a person who cleaned house on the debate team in high school. Extremely poised, well-spoken, realistic and quick to answer, this new CEO of Techweek could talk circles around anyone on what seemed to be any topic thrown her way.

Amanda grew up in Vegas, attended Washington University in St. Louis, took a job selling booths for a trade show at a venture capital firm, and climbed her way up to CEO all before the age of 30. 

To be able to sit in an intimate setting for some Q&A with this incredible woman, was an absolute honor. The evening was hosted by Ivy: The Social University at PianoForte Studios in Chicago. 

The Takeaways: 

  • There is most likely a tech bubble. People are using venture capital, manipulating the numbers on paper, but if you look behind the numbers of some of these big tech start ups, there is no possibility for long term profitability
  • The idea of tech is changing -- what used to be systems, wires, servers, and electronics, is now becoming something used for everyday by everyone. 
  • When expanding into other markets, the on the ground research -- getting to know the community before launching, is vital. Success comes from being able to rely on community advocates to add credibility to your cause. 
  • Tech is still a male driven industry, and it may be partly because a lot of the teachers are male. Increasing the amount of female teachers in tech, could allow female students to identify better with instructors. 
  • Sometimes venture capital is not the answer. Venture capital does not care about the business it cares about the results. It's up to the business owner(s) to achieve the results even if those results are way beyond reach.