Jun 16, 2020
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-This week we welcome back Richard Wingfield, Head Geek at Envision Design in Houston, TX.
-Richard has talent in photography and has taken a picture a day on Instagram @rbwaia
-Joe recommends a guided meditation app on iOS called Waking Up by Sam Harris.
-Sam has experienced float tanks as a form of meditation and relaxation.
-Working to calm your “monkey mind” can take practice.
-Currently, Envision is only working with their clients in a remote capacity.
-On the topic of photography, Joe mentions the Front Steps Project in Neeham, MA.
-Richard discusses some of his key components in working with his clients in a managed services capacity, like Synology, Dropbox, Barracuda, etc.
-As more of our clients work from home, we discover just how many only use their iPhone as a hotspot or those who are just stealing their neighbor’s wifi.
-Most of Richard’s clients have been respectful of not having his team in and much of their staff is still mostly remote as well.
-He did have one that needed onsite work to set up surveillance system for a client that just completed a new space as the pandemic hit.
-Sam has a client that has had a very tough time with video conferencing, even though their network and ISP speeds are very stable.
-Richard had suggested a device called Domotz to Sam, to investigate network related issues at his client. Richard installs Domotz at all of his clients as part of his services to them. Domotz has a hardware device that can be installed but even more handy is their Synology app.
-Domotz charges $19/month per site and includes a powerful feature set for reporting, network topology, and device priority.
-Richard put considerable effort into making billing changes in his company. In part, it was in response to clients not understanding what his monthly charges were for. In these changes, he split out costs for actual support time, called Consulting & Support and costs for items they may resell, called Software & Services.
-These changes to his billing procedure helped, especially when clients may look to shop around.
-Richard talks about minimum standards for signing and working with any new client.
-Some clients only learn after something happens.
-Syncing is not backup!
-As a gesture to his clients, Richard and his company gave many hours on top of MSP support to assist remote setups.
-Give a listen to Richard Wingfield’s new podcast, The Black Hole Cafe. He records the show with his daughter and the first episode is dedicated to coffee: https://www.theblackholecafe.com