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Bellwether Sponsors Music Under the Oaks

March 21, 2017

Bellwether is once again proud to sponsor Music Under the Oaks this year!

Join us this Sunday, March 26, 5 - 6:30 pm at the Newman Bandstand in Audubon Park for the first concert of the Spring 2017 series.

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Woodwind Quintet will be performing. Everyone is welcome, and admission is FREE.

There will be a cash bar and food options, but you may also bring your own. Blankets and camping chairs are encouraged!



Not Just Numbers

March 1, 2017

The ability for businesses to crunch data and produce useful information has never been better.

The combination of improved data sources and improved visualizations makes data more useful for businesses.

Read Bellwether vice president Steven Ellis’ article in Biz New Orleans​ here.



Bellwether Named to CRN's MSP500 for 4th Consecutive Year

February 21, 2017

We are thrilled to announce that Bellwether is listed on CRN’s 2017 MSP500 list for the 4th year in a row.

The MSP500 is CRN’s annual list recognizing the top IT companies in North America.

Bellwether is in the “Pioneer 250” category, which represents companies that have a business model heavily weighted toward managed services.

More information available here.

It's Time: The New Year is the Perfect Time to Update your IT Policies

January 12, 2017

New Year’s resolution: Update your IT policies to keep up with the times.

Bellwether vice president, Steven Ellis, has some tips. Click here to read more.



Cybersecurity

December 23, 2016

Cybersecurity for businesses is not a one-size-fits-all proposition.

What works for large enterprises is not always a good fit for small businesses.

Read more information here for how to develop a sound, comprehensive approach for your small business.



Happy Thanksgiving!

November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at Bellwether!

This week, we give thanks to our AWESOME team of employees.

We also give thanks to our clients. It is a privilege to work with you, and we sincerely appreciate your business.



Expand Your Toolbox

November 18, 2016

From making better use of Excel, to deploying complete cloud-based analytics environments, businesses who embrace the new world of analytics tools have a major advantage in the marketplace.

Bellwether’s Director of Consulting John Marshall provides an overview in Biz Magazine of different tools small businesses and enterprise level businesses can both use to their advantage.

Read the article here.



The New Role of IT

October 26, 2016

How does the cloud change the IT department’s role in the business?

Bellwether’s Steven Ellis answers that question in Biz Magazine. Read the article here.



Music Under the Oaks Kicks off This Week

October 4, 2016

Bellwether is thrilled to once again sponsor Music Under the Oaks this fall at the Newman Bandstand in Audubon Park.

The first concert is this Friday, October 7, 5-6:30 pm featuring the Polymnia Quartet.

Food and drink will be available to purchase. Bring your lawn chairs, and enjoy some great live, free, classical music!



Bellwether Summer Intern Completes YouthForce NOLA Internship Program

September 29, 2016

We are tremendously proud to recognize our 2016 summer intern Iyara Pittman!

A senior at Warren Easton Charter High School, Iyara spent her summer shadowing both our administrative staff members and our crew of IT engineers. She also helped our company complete several important tasks.

Iyara is one of 17 high school students who completed the YouthForce NOLA Internship program this summer.

More information is available here.



Bellwether Sponsors 2016 Tulane Business Forum

September 6, 2016

Bellwether is thrilled to be the Technology Partner of the 2016 Tulane Business Forum, this Friday, September 9 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

The 37th annual forum features both national and local speakers who will address a variety of topics of general business interest.

There will be 750+ business professionals on hand representing over 200 companies. See you there!



Hurricane Season in Full Swing

August 24, 2016

The tropics are heating up! We are closely monitoring activity in the Atlantic that could potentially develop into a named storm.

While it’s still too early to tell if this will threaten the Gulf Coast, we are fully prepared to implement our disaster recovery plans if necessary.

Stay tuned for more updates.



A Look at Office 365

August 23, 2016

Microsoft's Office 365 offers a variety of programs beyond the traditional Office suite.

Here are some tips from Bellwether on a few of those programs, and how they may or may not help your business.

Click here to read more.



Pop Up Happy Hours

August 4, 2016

Bellwether is proud to partner with the Greater New Orleans Foundation for their annual Pop Up Happy Hour series.

There will be a happy hour every Thursday this August. The first happy hour is TODAY at Roux Carre, 5:30-6:30 pm!

Come meet leaders of the New Orleans nonprofit community and enjoy music, food, and complimentary specialty cocktails.



Disaster Recovery: Now's the Time to Review Your Plan

June 14, 2016

With hurricane season underway, now is the time to make sure your company has a disaster recovery plan in place.

In Biz Magazine’s June edition, Bellwether’s Steven Ellis explains the importance of a disaster recovery plan and what to consider when preparing a strategy.

Click here to read the article.



Bellwether Welcomes New Additions

May 25, 2016

We are thrilled to announce the newest additions to the Bellwether team -- Erika Avila, Nico Denzl, Corey Crossman, and Edwin Jones!

Erika joins our bi-lingual service desk for one of our international clients; Nico joins our application development team; and Corey and Edwin join our managed services team.

Welcome aboard!



The Mobile Risk

May 16, 2016

Have you thought through the implications of allowing organizational data on mobile devices?

In Biz Magazine’s May edition, Bellwether’s Steven Ellis explains the importance of a mobile device policy for businesses.

Click here to read the article.



Bellwether Sponsors GiveNOLA Day

May 2, 2016

Bellwether is proud to sponsor GiveNOLA Day TOMORROW, May 3.

Every dollar donated to participating nonprofits from midnight to midnight tomorrow will be increased with additional “lagniappe” dollars provided by the Greater New Orleans Foundation and ‪GiveNOLA‬ Day sponsors like us.

Let’s all come together and support our local nonprofit organizations! Click here to donate.



Files in the Cloud

April 12, 2016

Cloud-based file sharing for businesses is more popular than ever.

Here’s Bellwether’s take on what to consider when choosing a provider.



Bellwether Sponsors The Boar's Nest at Hogs for the Cause 2016

March 31, 2016

Bellwether is a proud sponsor of "The Boar's Nest" at this year’s Hogs For The Cause.

Featuring founding member and Bellwether employee Gustave Fitzpatrick, The Boar’s Nest is one of 95 teams to compete in this fundraiser to help families affected by pediatric brain cancer.

Stop by our team's tent, and help support this great cause!



Music Under the Oaks presented by Bellwether Technology and IBERIABANK

March 23, 2016

To continue our tradition of supporting local music, Bellwether is sponsoring “Music Under The Oaks” this year, a free spring and fall concert series at the Newman Bandstand in Audubon Park.

The first concert is Sunday, April 3, 5:00 – 6:30 pm featuring the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Brass Quintet.

Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy!



The Internet of Things

March 15, 2016

As the world of technology continues to evolve, what’s next?

Bellwether’s Steven Ellis explains the Internet of Things and what we can look forward to. Click here to read more.



Bellwether Named to CRN's MSP 500 for Third Year in a Row

February 23, 2016

We are delighted to announce Bellwether’s placement on CRN’s 2016 MSP 500 list.

This is our third year in a row on the MSP 500, which recognizes the top IT service providers in North America.

Click here to read more about this fantastic recognition.



Rush to the Cloud

February 12, 2016

Amidst all of the talk about "moving to the cloud,” how should we actually implement cloud strategies in a business environment?

Read here to find out the questions you should be asking.



Bellwether Sponsors NOPD Adopt-A-Cop Program

February 4, 2016

Bellwether is proud to support the New Orleans Police Department through the Mardi Gras Adopt-A-Cop program.

These men and women put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe. Show your support, and make a donation today!

Click here for more information.



Think Before You Click

January 22, 2016

Are your employees your biggest cybersecurity vulnerability?

In Biz Magazine’s January issue, Bellwether’s Steven Ellis explains the importance of formal IT security awareness testing and training and how to do it.

Read the article here.



Happy New Year!

January 4, 2016

We hope everyone enjoyed the holidays and had a safe and fun New Year’s celebration.

From everyone here at Bellwether, here’s to a great 2016!



Bellwether VP Steven Ellis is New Tech Contributor for Biz Magazine

December 11, 2015

We are thrilled to announce that Bellwether vice president Steven Ellis is the new technology contributor for Biz Magazine.

Check out Steven’s first article in Biz Magazine’s December issue. The article focuses on the use of apps in everyday life and for business use.

Stay tuned for Steven’s next article in January!



Happy Thanksgiving!

November 25, 2015

This week we take the time to reflect and thank everyone associated to Bellwether.

To our vendors, partners, and employees, thank you for everything that you do. To our clients, thank you for trusting us with your business, and thank you for working with us.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!



Welcome to Bellwether!

September 14, 2015

Please join us in welcoming the latest additions to our team.

Chris Harty joins us as an associate systems engineer working full-time at one of our clients’ offices. Gavin Robinson is the newest member of the Bellwether service desk. And Brett Wakefield is our project manager who coordinates and oversees all projects to their completion.

Welcome aboard!



Happy Birthday, Bellwether!

August 12, 2015

Happy Birthday, Bellwether! This month we celebrate our 35th birthday.

With another great year in the books, we look forward to serving Greater New Orleans and the Gulf South region for 35 more!




























Bellwether Technology Named to Managed Service Provider 500 List by CRN

June 25, 2015

We are thrilled to announce our placement on CRN's 2015 MSP 500 list. This list distinguishes the top technology providers and consultants in North America.

For the second consecutive year, Bellwether is the only company from Louisiana on this list.

Click here for more information.



Bellwether is Proud Sponsor of GiveNOLA Day

May 4, 2015

Bellwether is proud to sponsor GiveNOLA Day.

Starting tonight at midnight through tomorrow at midnight, donations to over 550 participating nonprofit organizations will be increased with additional “lagniappe” dollars provided by the Greater New Orleans Foundation and GiveNOLA Day sponsors.

Show your support by visiting GiveNOLA.org tomorrow to donate!



Bellwether Sponsors Hogs For The Cause

March 26, 2015

Bellwether is a proud sponsor of "The Boar's Nest" at Hogs For The Cause 2015.

Featuring founding member and Bellwether employee Gustave Fitzpatrick, The Boar’s Nest is one of 82 teams to compete in the fundraiser to help families affected by pediatric brain cancer.

More information about this great event available here.



Bellwether Welcomes News Additions

February 12, 2015

We are delighted to welcome the newest members of the Bellwether team — Parker Bordeaux, Andrew Wimley, Reese Duplantis, Jen Christopher, and Garrett Greene.

Parker and Andrew join our application development team; Reese and Jen reinforce our service desk; and Garrett fills the role of field engineer.

Welcome aboard!



Bellwether Earns Two Additional Microsoft Competencies

January 20, 2015

Bellwether recently earned two additional Microsoft competencies – the Gold Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions competency, and the Silver Cloud Productivity competency.

Gold competencies demonstrate best-in-class capability within a specific Microsoft solution. Silver competencies represent consistent capability, expertise, and commitment. As technology continues to evolve, Bellwether is committed to embracing Microsoft’s latest developments to make sure our clients take advantage of what they have to offer.











Bellwether Completes SOC 1 SSAE 16 Type II Audit

December 8, 2014

We are thrilled to announce that Bellwether has completed the SOC 1 SSAE 16 Type II Audit, which assesses the design and operating effectiveness of a service organization’s control environment.

Our headquarters, data center, and overall managed IT services underwent a comprehensive, detailed examination to ensure our operations meet the highest standards associated with the audit.

The audit is issued by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.



Next "Music Under the Oaks" Concert is September 19

September 12, 2014

Last week's Music Under the Oaks concert was awesome! We lucked out with the weather, and The John Mahoney Big Band put on a great performance.

Next week's concert features the Loyola Jazz Alumni Jam. We look forward to another great concert in Audubon Park next Friday, September 19th!























Bellwether Presents "Music Under the Oaks" in Audubon Park

September 4, 2014

Tomorrow, September 5 from 4:30-6 pm, Bellwether presents "Music Under the Oaks" at Audubon Park in partnership with Loyola University's College of Music + Fine Arts and WWNO.

This is the first of four free concerts in the park this fall. The John Mahoney Big Band will perform tomorrow at the Newman Bandstand in Audubon Park.

Bring your lawn chair. Food and drink will be available to purchase.



Blood Drive is Today

August 28, 2014

The Bellwether Technology blood drive is underway!

The Ochsner Bloodmobile is parked in the 700 block of Poydras St. outside of our building in between Carondelet St. and St. Charles Ave., and will be here from 10 am - 4 pm.

Gift the gift of life today!






















Bellwether to Host Blood Drive August 28th

August 19, 2014

Bellwether is partnering with the Ochsner Blood Bank and the New Orleans Saints to host a blood drive Thursday, August 28th, 10 am - 4 pm.

The Ochsner Bloodmobile will be parked in the 700 block of Poydras St. outside of our building in between Carondelet St. and St. Charles Ave.

All donors are welcome and will receive a Saints/Blood Bank t-shirt. Click here for more information.



Happy Birthday, Bellwether!

August 1, 2014

Happy birthday to US! Today is Bellwether's 34th birthday.

We look forward to another great year as we strive to be the best at what we do.



New Hires Ring in the Summer

July 10, 2014

We are thrilled to announce several recent hires at Bellwether – Ken Lulue, Manuel Beltre, Cosme Santos, and Geovany Antunez.

Ken serves as a systems engineer and heads our security practice, among other responsibilities. Manuel, Cosme, and Geovany make up a new bilingual service desk for one of our clients that has offices in the U.S. and 21 countries throughout the Caribbean Sea and Latin America.

Welcome to the team!



Bellwether rolls out new division -- Bellwether Advisory Services

June 13, 2014

We are pleased to announce the launch of Bellwether Advisory Services, a new division focusing on business process improvement and business analytics.

Advisory Services helps clients align business processes, people, and technology to operate more profitably.

Call us today to see how Bellwether Advisory Services can help your organization.



Today is GiveNOLA Day; Support a Local Nonprofit with a Donation

May 6, 2014

Today is GiveNOLA Day!

Hosted by the Greater New Orleans Foundation, GiveNOLA Day is the community’s first one-day, online giving event to inspire people to give generously to nonprofit organizations who are creating a thriving community for all.

Bellwether is a proud supporting sponsor of this event. Make your donation today!



Cheers for Charity fundraiser is this Thursday at The Rusty Nail

April 22, 2014

Bellwether is sponsoring Cheers for Charity, a fundraiser hosted by Health 2.0 New Orleans and Team Gleason. The event is this Thursday, April 24, at The Rusty Nail (4-8 p.m.).

All proceeds benefit The Gleason Initiative Foundation. Click this link to buy tickets!



Bellwether Welcomes New Employee John Marshall

March 28, 2014

Please join us in welcoming our newest employee, John Marshall. As Director of Consulting, John will develop our newest line of business, which will advise clients on process improvement and business intelligence.

Having worked at Ernst & Young and Iberiabank, he brings deep experience and an excellent understanding of how to help organizations operate more efficiently. Welcome to the team, John!



Bellwether named to CRN's Managed Service Provider 500 list

February 24, 2014

We are thrilled to announce that Bellwether is the only company from Louisiana named to CRN’s Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list. The list recognizes the top technology providers and consultants in North America.

Within this list, we are one of the “MSP Pioneer 250” IT service providers.

Click here to read more about this fantastic recognition.



Bellwether Remains Open Through Winter Storm

January 27, 2014

Bellwether will be open with full remote support capabilities throughout the inclement winter weather expected in the New Orleans area over the next couple of days.

On-site support will be limited in those areas where icy roads make travel unsafe, but we will respond to all support requests as quickly as conditions allow.



Bellwether Attends "Stake Out For Justice" Luncheon

January 13, 2014

Bellwether had a great time last week at the Stake Out For Justice luncheon, which benefits the New Orleans Police & Justice Foundation.

A classy event for a fantastic group -- we're proud to be a sponsor!






















Bellwether Welcomes New Employees

December 12, 2013

We are proud to announce Bellwether's three newest full-time employees – Andy Campise, Marie Luke and Brendan Ring.

Andy is the latest addition to our service desk team; Marie serves as our internal process manager; and Brendan is our project engineer-integration specialist, focusing on application-driven projects for our clients.

Please join us in welcoming these fantastic additions!



Bellwether Qualifies for Microsoft Cloud Accelerate Program

November 11, 2013

We are thrilled to announce that Bellwether has qualified as a member of the Microsoft Cloud Accelerate Program.

Bellwether is one of less than 1,000 Microsoft partners to qualify for this program. With more than 640,000 total Microsoft partners, Bellwether is ahead of the game and now a proven expert in cloud services.

For more information about how we can help your organization with cloud solutions, contact us today.



Bellwether Sponsors Harvest the Music Concert

October 24, 2013

The Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans & Acadiana hosted a fantastic Harvest the Music concert yesterday.

Bellwether had a great time, and we are proud to have been a sponsor!



Bellwether Welcomes New Additions

September 9, 2013

To support our continuing growth, Bellwether has recently added three new employees.

Virtual CIO Jack Clements and account executive Thomas Diano have joined our account management team; and associate systems engineer Gabe Pinto is the latest addition to our field support team.

In addition, Michael Leach has been promoted to virtual CIO to meet the expanding demand for strategic planning and consulting.



2013 Hurricane Season Begins Tomorrow

May 31, 2013

The 2013 hurricane season officially starts tomorrow.

If you have any questions on whether your business is prepared to handle any situation, contact us today.



YLC's "Wednesday at the Square" Kicks off Tomorrow

March 5, 2013

Don't forget, YLC's Wednesday at the Square concert series starts tomorrow.

The weather is supposed to be great, so come out and enjoy some awesome live music, and feel free to stop by our VIP tent and say hello!



Bellwether Renews Membership with Stay Local!

January 25, 2013

Bellwether is all in for New Orleans as we anticipate Super Bowl XLVII and Mardi Gras 2013. We just renewed our "Placemaker" membership with Stay Local! for another year.

Join us in supporting Stay Local! and the city we love.



Happy New Year!

December 31, 2012

Happy New Year from everyone at Bellwether!

2012 was another great year, and we hope everyone has an even better year ahead.



















Bellwether Available Throughout Isaac

August 30, 2012

We continue to be fully operational and fully staffed in the wake of Hurricane Isaac. Clients are free to contact us for any reason by phone at 504-588-2005 or 866-423-0788 or by email at helpnet[at]belltec.com.



Bellwether Contact Information Throughout Isaac

August 28, 2012

All clients can reach us throughout the duration of Hurricane Isaac at the following phone numbers and email address: (504) 588-2005; (866) 423-0788; helpnet[at]belltec.com.

Stay tuned for more updates.



Bellwether Monitoring Tropical Storm Isaac

August 26, 2012

Bellwether is closely monitoring Tropical Storm Isaac, and we are preparing DR (disaster recovery) systems in the case of a possible emergency.

Stay tuned for more updates.



NOLA Motorsports Park Provides Outstanding Company Event

August 14, 2012

Bellwether had a great company event at NOLA Motorsports Park last week. The facilities were in tip-top shape, and the karts drove as fast as predicted. Everyone had a blast, and we're all looking forward to making another trip out there.

Thanks NOLA Motorsports Park!












NOLA Chapter ALA's 2012 Expo is Great Success

July 24, 2012

As the 'King of Mardi Gras' sponsor, Bellwether thoroughly enjoyed the New Orleans Chapter's Association of Legal Administrator's 2012 Expo. It was great touching base with all the various administrators and vendors at such a top-notch location.

Many thanks to all involved in putting the event together.



Bellwether Attends 2012 LCPA Tech Conference

May 29, 2012

Bellwether is proud to have been a sponsor of the 2012 Society of Louisiana CPAs Tech Conference.

The conference was a great experience, and it was great to meet all the accountants and discuss their current and future technology needs.



Bellwether Sponsors YLC's Wednesday at the Square Concert Series

March 14, 2012

Bellwether is thrilled to once again be a supporting sponsor of the YLC's Wednesday at the Square concert series. So you know where to find us, here is a picture of our tent.

Make sure to stop by Lafayette Square every Wednesday (5-8 pm) and enjoy some great food and free live music!



Multiple Displays Likely to Increase Productivity

February 9, 2012

According to recent research, if you're still using a single computer monitor, you could be losing 16 minutes of productivity every day.

Learn more in this article from The New York Times.



Rooney Wins Bellwether MVP Award

February 2, 2012

Congratulations to Rodney Rooney for being named Bellwether's Most Valuable Player of January, 2012.

A member of our service desk team, Rooney's nomination for MVP came after a client singled out his work and sent a cookie bouquet to thank him for a job well done. Keep up the good work, Rooney!



Bellwether Teams up with Stay Local!

January 17, 2012

Bellwether is proud to support Stay Local! with an annual "Placemaker" membership.

Check out Bellwether's profile page here, and do your part to support New Orleans businesses today.



Season's Greetings

December 21, 2011

Happy Holidays from everyone at Bellwether! Wishing you the best for a happy, healthy, and successful new year.

Click here to see this year's Bellwether holiday pictures.



Bellwether Sponsors Harvest the Music Concert

November 3, 2011

Many thanks to the Second Harvest Food Bank and Buckwheat Zydeco for the great Harvest the Music concert last night. Bellwether is proud to have been a sponsor!



Microsoft, Google Outages Display Advantage For Local, More Personalized Cloud Providers

September 12, 2011

Over the past week, two of the cloud industry's leaders have shown that their services are vulnerable and somewhat unreliable.

Read more info here regarding Google and Microsoft's separate outages, which display the advantage of having a local, more personalized cloud provider.



Is the LiquidKeyboard the Future of Tablets?

August 26, 2011

Maybe the day will come when we can type well on a tablet without lugging additional accessories and doubling its size.

Read more info here.



HP's Recent Changes Not Expected to Affect Partners

August 24, 2011

Whether HP spins off its personal systems group or keeps it in house, we don't expect much change to the products, support, or partner relationship. It's business as usual for SMB's working through partners like us.

Read more info here regarding HP's recent changes.



New Addition Launches Application Development Department

July 1, 2011

Preston Emory is the latest addition to the Bellwether team.

A University of North Carolina graduate, Preston is the first member of Bellwether's newly formed Application Development department. Stay tuned for future announcements regarding new offerings centered on SharePoint and business intelligence.



Join us at the YLC Wednesday at the Square Concert Series!

April 14, 2011

The YLC Wednesday at the Square 12-week concert series this year has been great so far.

Feel free to stop by our tent and say hi!








Bellwether Makes New Additions to Service Team

April 11, 2011

Bellwether welcomes Tim McCann, Jacques Fortier, and Jacob Frye to our service team. These additions will help us continue to deliver the responsive and knowledgeable support that our clients expect, and we're glad to have them on board.

Visit our team page for more information.



Bellwether is Supporting Sponsor of Wednesday at the Square

March 16, 2011

Bellwether is proud to be a supporting sponsor of the 2011 Wednesday at the Square 12-week concert series presented by the Young Leadership Council.

For more information or to see this year's lineup, visit www.wednesdayatthesquare.com.



Bellwether discusses Cloud Computing on WWL-TV's "Digital Gumbo"

February 25, 2011

Ever wonder what cloud computing is?

Watch Bellwether's Steven Ellis discuss the commonly heard, yet commonly misunderstood IT service on Ch. 4 WWL-TV's "Digital Gumbo."



Bellwether is 2011 NOLA ALA Platinum Sponsor

January 27, 2011

Bellwether is proud to be the 2011 Platinum Sponsor of the New Orleans Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators.



Happy Holidays from Bellwether!

December 20, 2010

Happy Holidays from everyone here at Bellwether!





New Addition to Bellwether Team

December 14, 2010

Bellwether is proud to announce a new hire.

Brad Rosenberg, project manager, will bring his knowledge and experience to our professional services department.

Visit our team page for more information.



Windows 7 Turns One Year Old

October 22, 2010

As of yesterday, Windows 7 is now officially one year old. If you're still waiting to adopt Windows 7, now is the time.

Here is some information about the one-year anniversary of the operating system's release along with some interesting stats provided by Microsoft.



Office 2010 Migration Guides

September 10, 2010

Thinking about upgrading to Microsoft Office 2010? Often, a software upgrade can be a bit overwhelming and downright complicated.

Here are some guides that will help make the transition easier for those who use Microsoft Access, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word.



Office 2010 Quick Access Toolbar

August 25, 2010

Upgrading to Office 2010 is not a bad idea, but some people may find that it takes too many clicks to perform standard functions, such as opening and printing files. The answer: The Quick Access Toolbar. Learn more here.



Bellwether Reaches Milestone

August 2, 2010

Bellwether Technology is celebrating its 30th anniversary. The official anniversary was yesterday, August 1st.

Founded in 1980, we attribute our continuing success to a continuous client satisfaction focus and outstanding, long-term employees.



Be the one. Support the Gulf. Sign the petition.

July 20, 2010

Support Gulf Restoration.



New Additions to Bellwether Team

July 19, 2010

Bellwether is proud to announce three new hires: Patrick Beahm, Marvin Guillory, and Christopher Sanders.

We are happy to have these new additions to our team, and we look forward to continuing to grow in the years to come. To find out more information, visit our team page.



Making the Cloud Real for Small Businesses around Southeast Louisiana

July 1, 2010

How can the cloud benefit your organization? No upfront hardware costs, 24x7 monitoring, highly redundant hardware, unlimited storage expansion, high-speed internet access, and enterprise-level security--all for an easy-to-budget, fixed, monthly fee. Doesn't that make sense?

To find out more about Bellwether's new offering, activenet Hosted Desktop, contact us today.



Hurricane Preparedness Week

May 25, 2010

With the official start of the 2010 Hurricane Season less than a week away, Bellwether would like to remind everyone that it is Hurricane Preparedness Week and now is the time to prepare.

Don't forget to keep yourself up-to-date with our interactive hurricane tracking map, and for some good general information about hurricanes, check out this website.



Cloud Computing's Gaining Prominence

May 19, 2010

Cloud computing has gained significant popularity over the past year or so. Some people associate it with the struggling economy, while others believe it has more to do with the agility it creates in an IT environment.

Here is an interesting take supporting the latter argument on why cloud computing is becoming more and more prominent in the IT world.



Microsoft Finalizes Office 2010

April 19, 2010

The next version of the Microsoft Office family has officially been "released to manufacturing," and Microsoft will hold the launch event on May 12th in New York.

Office 2010 will be made available to busineses next month and will officially hit store shelves in June. Additionally, Microsoft is promising those buying Office 2007 a free upgrade to Office 2010.

For more information about Microsoft's big release, click here.



Introducing Bellwether@Home

April 7, 2010

Do you suspect that viruses and spyware have clogged your home PC? Do you wish there was someone out there who would protect and maintain your home PC?

Now, there is. Introducing Bellwether@Home, a new computer maintenance solution from Bellwether, now tailored for your home PC.

Click here for more details on our new offering.



FBI Releases Annual Report on Internet Crime

March 16, 2010

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has officially released its annual report on Internet crime. Included in this report is the FBI's analysis on the top internet scams of 2009.

Some of the more popular scams included fake anti-virus scams, hitman scams, job site scams, and economic stimulus scams. Click here to read more information about the report.



HP Releases New Notebooks, Business Tablet

March 1, 2010

In its third such product launch since October 2009, HP introduced its new ProBook S-series today.

The chief characteristics of the launch include more "power and storage; stronger, lighter bodies [thanks to new aluminum casings]; improved, near-high-definition graphics, and some useful new software options."

Click here for more details.



Congratulations to the Super Bowl XLIV Champion New Orleans Saints

February 8, 2010

Bellwether congratulates the Super Bowl XLIV Champion New Orleans Saints.

Who Dat?!



Report Shows Cyberattacks Rampant; U.S. Companies not Prepared

January 28, 2010

A recent survey conducted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies shows that cyberattacks are rampant worldwide, and that organizations in the U.S. are at great risk despite having some of the most secure networks in the world.

Click here to read more about the report.



Congratulations to the 2009-2010 NFC Champion New Orleans Saints

January 26, 2010

Congratulations to the New Orleans Saints for their thrilling victory in the NFC Championship over the Minnesota Vikings this past weekend.

We wish our boys in Black and Gold the best of luck in Miami for Super Bowl XLIV. Finish strong, New Orleans! Who Dat!!



Microsoft Offers SMBs Promotional Discount to Upgrade

January 7, 2010

In an attempt to wean small and mid-sized businesses away from its "older, 'good-enough' releases," Microsoft is now offering SMBs a new liscensing promotion to upgrade to Windows 7, Office 2007, and Office 2010 (once it is officially released).

The promotion is good through June 30th. Here are the details.



Happy Holidays from Bellwether Technology

December 23, 2009

From everyone here at Bellwether Technology, stay safe and happy holidays!

We wish everyone a great end of the year and an even better 2010. We are looking forward to a great year next year, our 30th year in business.



Windows 7 Addresses Many Compatibility Issues

December 10, 2009

Since its release to the public late in October, Windows 7 has received very positive reviews for the most part.

One interesting aspect of the new operating system is its option to use "Windows XP Mode," an option meant to encourage businesses to make the transition to Windows 7 by permitting the use of old Windows XP business software.



IT Industry is Key Player on Road to Economic Recovery

December 4, 2009

According to a recently conducted survey of global business executives on IT investments, the majority of executives today stresses the importance of information technology significantly more than before the economic crisis, mainly because these executives "view IT as an important part of their economic recovery efforts."



Phishing Attacks on the Rise

November 25, 2009

Chances are good that you've heard of the term "phishing," but you're not exactly sure what it means. Chances are also good that you're not sure how to recognize an attack or how to avoid one.

With phishing attacks on the rise this year, here's some good advice to keep you safe.



Ten Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 7

November 18, 2009

Have you been thinking of upgrading to Windows 7?

If you're using Windows Vista, you're probably desperate for a change; if you're using Windows XP, you might just be looking for something new. Here are ten good reasons to take that step forward.



University IT Budgets Dwindling, Likely to Affect Student Recruitment

November 10, 2009

Information technology is a top priority for most universities today; however, now more than ever, many of these institutions are hitting major obstacles trying to fund IT projects--posing a serious threat to student-recruitment efforts for these schools.

Here is an interesting article discussing the IT budget issues institutions face today.



Report Shows Colleges are Increasingly Outsourcing IT Services

October 29, 2009

Educause, the higher ed technology group, recently released a report disclosing that in a survey of 930 colleges and universities, 70% of colleges outsourced at least one IT service in 2008. Moreover, many universities are thinking about "dropping institutionalized email addresses altogether."

To read more about this report click here.



Study Reveals Vulnerability of SMBs

October 16, 2009

A recent study conducted by Symantec Corp. surveyed over 1,600 small and medium-sized businesses around the world--nearly 300 of them in the U.S.--leading to a very troubling conclusion: the majority of small to medium-sized businesses are not prepared for any type of disaster.



Bellwether Attains Microsoft Hosting Solutions Competency

October 6, 2009

Bellwether is proud to announce today it has attained the Microsoft Hosting Solutions Competency. This is the third competency achieved by Bellwether under the Microsoft Gold Certified Partner Program.

The company's previously fulfilled competencies include the Advanced Infrastructure Solutions Competency and the Networking Infrastructure Solutions Competency.

As a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, Bellwether has repeatedly demonstrated expertise with Microsoft technologies, and this latest achievement further cements the company as an industry leader.



ALA Vendor Appreciation Party Great Success

September 25, 2009

Special thanks to everyone who put on the ALA Vendor Appreciation Party at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville last night--great location, great food & drinks, and great people!



Report Shows Managed Services Generating Significant Interest

September 8, 2009

A recent report finds that small to medium-sized businesses have recently displayed a very noticeable spike of interest in managed technology services.

This article by Nathan Eddy discusses the report's findings.



Windows 7 already Exhibiting Leg-up over Vista

September 2, 2009

As Microsoft gets closer to officially launching Windows 7 on October 22nd, the information technology giant recently displayed at a demo in San Fransisco last week one of the new operating system's obvious benefits...better battery life!

Ina Fried explains in depth the details of the demo's findings.



Study Shows SMBs Struggling with IT Support

August 18, 2009

Here is an interesting article written by Tim Wilson discussing the struggles SMBs are enduring with day-to-day IT support. The study reveals that one of the main problems SMBs have with IT support revolves around disaster recovery protection, leaving these organizations in jeopardy of going under if anything were to happen.

Wilson states, "that SMBs should outsource their IT and security capabilities and focus less on do-it-yourself strategies that require capital expenditure."



Bellwether enters 30th year in Business

August 13, 2009

August 1st marked Bellwether's 29th anniversary.

Poco Sloss, President of Bellwether, divulges his feelings on entering the company's 30th year. "I can tell you that I have seen an amazing amount of change over the last 30 years at Bellwether. From retailing PCs in a strip mall in Metairie to supporting major enterprises from the Federal Reserve Building in the CBD, it has been a terrific journey and success story."

"Although I cannot attribute our success to any one thing, the most important factor has been our employees, many of whom have been with us for well over ten years. I judge their loyalty and longevity as a hallmark of our success."



SMBs "Virtualizing" at Higher Rate than Big-Business Adversaries

July 29, 2009

According to a study done by senior analyst Greg Schultz of The StorageIO Group, SMBs are becoming the leaders in server virtualization, "at least in percentage terms."

Watch Schultz explain why SMBs have become the leaders in server virtualization.



Bellwether Proud to be Part of ALA, New Orleans Chapter, Vendor Fair

July 22, 2009

The Association of Legal Administrators, New Orleans Chapter, held its annual Vendor Fair last night.

As the New Orleans ALA's Platinum Sponsor, Bellwether would like to thank everyone responsible for successfully putting the event together. The event was a great success.



Bellwether on Facebook and Twitter

July 6, 2009

In an effort to better service our clients, Bellwether is now on Facebook and Twitter. You can Become a Fan of "Bellwether Technology" on Facebook, and you can also Follow "BellwetherTech" on Twitter.

We will provide company news and updates through these social media outlets. Additionally, these outlets will allow us to better communicate with our Disaster Recovery clients if the region undergoes any future evacuations.



Bellwether Mourns Death of Christopher Gaudet

June 24, 2009









Christopher Gaudet, one of Bellwether's longest-tenured employees, passed away on Sunday, June 21st. A model employee and an even better person, Chris will be missed dearly by those who had the privilege of working with him.

In remembrance, the Chris Gaudet Fund has been opened at Capital One Bank, and all donations can be made at any Capital One location. Please keep Chris and his family in your thoughts.



"Green Team" Makes Strong Headway

June 15, 2009

The "525 St. Charles Ave. Green Team," a group consisting of representatives from both the Federal Reserve and Bellwether Technology, one of the bank's main tenants, has reported positive results from it's initiative to promote a "greener" work environment throughout the building.

The group is reporting that the building has ordered an additional 96-gallon container because the existing ones were consistently getting filled up before the pick-up day. This is a testament to all of the employees in the building who fill up their personal (desk) recycling bins on a daily basis.

The building has also added paper/plastic/metal collection bins in each conference room, as well as plastic/metal collection bins at the bottom of each stairwell and also in the cafeteria. Additionally, a bike rack has also been added to the building's main parking lot, accomodating those who choose to ride their bikes to work.

Bellwether is proud to be part of this initiative, and the building's "Green Team" will continue it's efforts to be part of a growing trend throughout the region.



Hurricane Season Begins Today

June 1, 2009

Today marks the first official day of the 2009 hurricane season. Projected by experts to be an average hurricane season, now is the time for businesses, firms, and all other organizations of all sizes to start preparing for the unthinkable.

To stay updated on all current storms as well as Bellwether's business continuity efforts, check out our 2009 hurricane season alert page.



Bellwether Prepares for Approaching 2009 Hurricane Season

May 22, 2009

With the 2009 hurricane season looming less than two weeks away, Bellwether Technology is ready to implement its clients' business continuity plans if our region is threatened by tropical systems again.

Considering there is already a weak disturbance approaching our area this weekend, this year is bound to be another active hurricane season.

Is your organization prepared to take on another round of storms? Don't risk any downtime. Let Bellwether protect you from the storm.

For regularly-updated information regarding the 2009 hurricane season, check for tropical updates on our 2009 hurricane season alert page.



Bellwether Technology and Federal Reserve Bank go "Green"

May 7, 2009

In an effort to become a better corporate citizen, the Federal Reserve Bank has reached out to one of its main tenants, Bellwether Technology, and put together a workgroup charged with implementing an environmental program within the building.

The building's "Green Team" will be asked to seek out opportunities to increase recycling efforts within the building, establish environmental education and communication programs to encourage staff to employ sound environmental practices.

Bellwether is proud to be a part of this effort in hopes of being a part of a growing trend throughout New Orleans.



New Benefit Added to Advanced and Complete Plans of activenet

March 11, 2009

We have added regular Virtual CIO (vCIO) meetings to the benefits of our activenet complete and activenet advanced managed service offerings. The purpose of the vCIO meetings is to start a continuous dialog with our clients to ensure that they employ information technology strategically and successfully.



Whitney National Bank Presents Bellwether Technology with Award

January 9, 2009

Bellwether Technology is proud to announce it has been presented with the 2008 Making a Difference Award presented by Whitney National Bank. Bellwether received this award for superior service while participating in the bank's business continuity plan during Hurricane Gustav and its aftermath.

Whitney National Bank is one of Bellwether's most valued clients, and everyone at Bellwether looks forward to assisting the New Orleans-based bank with keeping its systems and networks running smoothly throughout 2009 and for many more years to come.



Worldox Certification Update

October 9, 2008

We are certified in Worldox document management software and are official authorized resellers of this powerful product. Please contact our sales department @ 504.588.2000 if you are interested in how Worldox can get you the right information at the moment you need it.



Branch Office Grand Opening

October 7, 2008

Bellwether is pleased to announce the opening of our new satellite office on the Northshore in Covington, LA. Many of our clients have offices on the Northshore, and our new office allows us to serve them more efficiently than ever. This opening marks one of many targeted markets that Bellwether will be expanding into during the near future.



Hurricane Gustav Update

September 4, 2008

Bellwether's Disaster Recovery plans were executed very well, and we are now operating normally. All of our DR customers experienced little or no unexpected downtime due to Hurricane Gustav. Call 504.588.2000 if you would like more information about what we can do for your company before the next hurricane heads our way.



Hurricane Gustav Preparations

August 29, 2008

Bellwether is closing at 5 PM today in preparation for Hurricane Gustav's arrival Monday. Our Disaster Recovery clients have received instructions regarding their DR plans. If you are a client and have not received any communication, call us ASAP at 504.588.2000. If you are not a client but would like more information about our Disaster Recovery options, contact us via phone or email. Please stay safe.



Microsoft Truck Across America Tour

April 22, 2008

We will host the Microsoft Truck Across America vehicle on Wednesday, May the 7th from 5-8 PM at Lafayette Square. The Zydepunks and Porter-Batiste-Stoltz will be playing at the "Wednesday at the Square" concert series. The truck will be on Camp Street behind the concert. If you are interested in touring this impressive truck, please register by clicking here.



Cisco Certification Update

March 4, 2008

Today, we are proud to announce that Bellwether Technology is now a Cisco Premier Certified Partner. Bellwether Technology is proud to be working with Cisco, and we look forward to a great partnership between both companies.

 
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