Over the past eight years, JB Systems has been building the core of our business around Linux – an operating system just like Mac OS X and Windows. In 2008, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer admitted that over 60% of all webservers globally were Linux-run.
Linux is known for its stability (unlike other operating systems out there, eh hem) and has been the mainstay platform of not only our webservers, but also our dedicated email and database servers. We are qualified to maintain RedHat and CentOS distributions of Linux and use them on a daily basis.
Starting in January 2010 – JB Systems is offering a dedicated server administration service – allowing clients to have JB Systems manage a dedicated Linux server to support their internal email, file sharing, and web-application needs.
Do you have an old LAMP project that needs support?
JB Systems has been chosen by numerous companies to “adopt” their LAMP-based web application built in the past and to continue supporting it, if not upgrading it altogether. Contact us today if you think you may benefit from this service.
A detail often overlooked by many companies is DNS or Domain Name System – which typically is handled by your ISP (Internet Service Provided – ex. AT&T, Charter, etc). Sorry for all of the acronyms everyone!
The problem with DNS that is provided by ISPs is that they are slow, they do not update as regularly as others, and typically do not provide services such as web content filtering, anti-phishing, malware site protection, and other services.
As of 2009, JB Systems has recently adopted the use of OpenDNS – a FREE service provided by OpenDNS.com. With a couple of minor changes to your DNS settings (yes, even all you techno-phobes can change this too!) you can browse the web faster, safer, and more reliably.
For a list of features and reasons to consider OpenDNS – see the following link:
For steps on how to get started, see this link (use the link for OpenDNS Free):
Just another tip from JB Systems. Stay in touch.
JB Systems had the opportunity to sit on the CVTC advisory board this past week, and provide input for curriculum for students interested in programming, database designing, web development, and more.
“This opportunity is great and allows the employers of the Eau Claire area to provide some input for instructors to hopefully incorporate into their material.” – Gerald Bauer, owner of JB Systems.
JB Systems is currently considering a partnership with CVTC to allow their students to work on “real life” projects – direct from industry.
Check back for more updates!
JB Systems will be operating on minimal staff today due to the adverse weather conditions. If you need technical assistance, please send your requests to firstname.lastname@example.org
As weather permits, we will be working at full capacity tomorrow.
Regardless of industry, be it website development, video project, product development or implementation – one of the most important components of the entire process is often rushed, if not skipped altogether.
That component is, you guessed it, PLANNING. At JB Systems, we cannot stress the importance of planning, and moreover – the importance of budgeting for that plan both in terms of budget and timeframe.
We are frequently asked, “How long does a website project take?”
This question can have several answers – all dependent upon the project itself. But, a general rule of thumb for certain projects can be found below:
A Branding Package or Identity Design:
- 2-3 Week Project Lead Time (Time Developer Needs To Start)
- Initial Meeting With Client, Planning, Creative Development: 2 Weeks
- Review of Concepts, Determine Creative Direction: 1 Week
- 2-3 Rounds of Revision, Meeting To Discuss: 1 Week
- Final Tweaks, Digital File Preparation: 2-3 Days
As you can see, it’s not unrealistic to budget 7 weeks or so for the entire process. On average, most people think 3-4 weeks is ample. For a larger development company or creative agency, that might be true – but at JB Systems – we feel that not rushing the process allows for more creative development, which in turn means a better product (design) for you. Again, the example above is heavily affected by a project’s lead time – and this could greatly decrease (or increase) the time needed for development.
Tune in later for an example of a identity package and more project planning tips for Website Development.
If you’re looking for an E-commerce solution – look no further than JB Systems. Our state-of-the-art e-commerce solution integrates not only with over 30 merchant account providers, but we’ve recently unlocked the power of UPS Worldship – allowing “2 Click” integration. What does this mean? Simple – when your website takes in an order – you’re emailed a confirmation receipt (as well as the customer). That receipt has an invoice number. When it comes time to ship – simply open up UPS Worldship and enter the invoice number from the receipt. Our solution will “talk” directly with our database (housed on JB servers) and fill in ALL OF THE SHIPPING INFORMATION for you. Now that’s time saved!
For a good demonstration of one of our E-commerce stores in action – visit www.armynavywisconsin.com.
More to follow…