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Thank You Fans!

Thank You_WebsiteWe want to extend a HUGE Thank You from the entire Howard Family to our 10,000 fans for joining our Facebook community!  We could not have reached this incredible milestone without you.  To show our immense gratitude, we are giving away a FREE iPad mini along with some very special discounts on your favorite products.

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A Simplified Explanation of “The Cloud”

By Kathy Green

“The Cloud”

Every day, millions of people all over the world spend time playing, shopping, chatting, e-mailing, searching and surfing the Web.  In fact, the Web, Internet, or “The Cloud,” as it is often called, has been described as the quintessential expression of modern globalization.  But in more definite terms, what is it?

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What is the cloud?

“The cloud” actually refers to the multitude of public and private, academic, business, and government infrastructures (servers and hardware) and IT services (software and applications) that are connected through an extensive array of networking technologies and accessible by computer.

Being able to access this great ‘cloud’ of servers/software/applications is like having the ultimate supercomputer at our fingertips-information and resources any time we need them.  It’s called “cloud computing”, and it has real advantages.  It gives us (people and businesses) access to an almost unlimited amount of storage and computing power that can be accessed from any place in the world that has Internet connectivity.  So, exactly where is it?

Where is the cloud?

This mammoth “cloud,” which supports the never-ending flow and processing of digital information, is housed on servers in blocks of office buildings and warehouses throughout the world, with the largest data centers in the US and Europe.  But beyond that, location is not really important.  To illustrate, let’s consider electricity.  We don’t have to understand precisely how it works or know where the particular grid that services our area is located in order to have electricity.  All we have to do is plug-in to an outlet, and it works!  It’s the same with this shared, super-computer in “the cloud.”  We don’t have to understand all the technical aspects or know where the servers are located in order to access it, all we need is a properly configured computer.

The key is access, which, aside from hardware and configuration, is governed by types of clouds-public, private, and hybrid.  Email is an example of a public cloud service.  When you access your email account, you are accessing secure servers that have been set up to host email services for your particular provider and made available to you-the public.  Conversely, private clouds are built exclusively for an individual enterprise, allowing access to only a select group of individuals (e.g. employees, customers, etc.).  Hybrid clouds, on the other hand, offer increased flexibility by combining elements of both public and private clouds.

How can you benefit from the cloud?

Different clouds (within “The Cloud”) do different things.  For instance, the Facebook “cloud” enables you to give yourself an online identity and connect to friends and family; Google Apps, a cloud-based productivity suite, is designed for business operations, and Amazon’s Kindle cloud computer provide storage and syncing for ebooks.  Some of these clouds are free and some are not.  How you use “The cloud” depends on what you want to do.

For most of us, cloud computing has become and integral part of daily life.  We used the cloud to store data, in case our laptop or smart phone is lost, gets stolen, or becomes damaged.  We use the cloud to auto-synchronize things like email, pictures, music and contacts between our devices.  And because cloud computing can maximize accessibility and increase our bottom line by reducing equipment acquisition, management, and operating costs, we use it for business.

So what can you do in “the cloud”?

We say “The sky’s the limit!”

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25 Items for the 21st Century Classroom

The new school year is quickly approaching! Do you have everything you need for back to school?

Don’t panic!  We have put together a detailed checklist of all the essential items you need for your 21st Century Classroom, so you can be fully prepared for the upcoming school year.

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Download your printable version here: Back to School Checklist

Be sure to check out our 21st Century Interactive Classroom for all of your back to school needs in one stop.

The Howard Advantage

Custom Built Computer and Custom Computer: Howard Computers

Work faster than ever before with a Howard customized computer. Our sytems are powered by the latest Intel® Core™ i7, i5, and i3 processors, so you know it′s fast! With options like integrated gigabit NIC, SuperSpeed USB 3.0, SATA-600, eSATA, FireWire, DDR3 and Microsoft′s Windows® 7, your productivity will soar. Your custom computer from Howard Technology will provide a high performance machine that is also a pleasure to use.

We Offer Superior Product Quality:

  • Howard products are made and assembled here in the USA and are thoroughly testedMade in America for quality assurance. 
  • We use high quality components from manufacturers such as Intel, Kingston, LG, Samsung, Coolermaster and Foxconn.
  • Howard is an Intel Authorized Integrator

You Get a Better Customer Service Experience with Howard: Warranty

  • We have 100% U.S. Based Customer Support
  • No automated phone system to get to your Dedicated Account Manager
  • 24/7 Tech Support for LIFE!
  • Remote OnCall Support
  • Professional Services
  • Warranty

We Also Offer a Selection of Complimentary Benefits:

  • Custom image deployment and maintenance
  • Lifecycle management
  • Customers who are enrolled in HTTP (Howard Technical Partnership Program) and perform in-house repairs to Howard-branded systems may be eligible for reimbursement.

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Thank You for Another Successful ISTE Exposition!

From the moment you stepped off the plane in San Antonio, you could sense the excitement leading up to the annual ISTE 2013 Conference.  Educators, administrators and exhibitors gathered from around the world all with one common goal in mind, to further enhance the learning and teaching through the use of technology.

ISTE ExpoOn Sunday afternoon, the Howard Technology team gathered together to enter the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center to begin setting up for what would be yet another amazing experience exhibiting at ISTE.  After hours of collaboration and teamwork our empty section of carpet in the grand exhibit hall was transformed into an interactive one stop shop technology booth.

image (2)The group was filled with excitement about the next 3 days that would be spent sharing and engaging with individuals from all over the world who holding various roles in the education industry.

Monday morning quickly approached, and with the group full of energy and eagerness, the Exposition began!  Individuals were able to approach our booth to interact and ask questions about our broad display of products and solutions.

The Mimio board was set up in front of our comfy orange chairs, where educators were invited to take a rest and learn about the interactive system.  We had a variety of individuals eager to discover more about the software options associated with Mimio and theMimo Demo importance of incorporating interactive boards into a 21st century learning environment.

On one side of our booth displayed a table full of our mobile devices, featuring brands such as Lenovo, Howard, Acer, and HP.  The table was also filled with literature detailing our numerous options of solutions and open for the public to interact and become familiar with our products.

On the other side, our booth was dedicated to our Audio Visual and Instructional solutions as well as our Wireless options.  This table held our BenQ projector, AVer video server and ISTE_Collagedocument cameras as well as our Enterasys wireless network solutions.

Standing alone, but attracting an array of publicity, sat our brand new AVer cart.  With it’s ability to charge, sync, secure, store and transfer 32 iPads at one time, it became a very popular product among many educators.

The front of our booth displayed a variety of thin clients, computers and monitors. Our NComputing Virtual Desktops (aka Classroom in a Box) were a fan favorite of individuals looking for desktop virtualization.

Around our booth were our digital signs from ViewSonic displaying messages about our endless amounts of services, solutions and products. Intermixed with our Howard Technology messages, were the fabulous iRover stands displaying signs introducing the new Microsoft Office and the innovative EPSON projectors.

Throughout our 3 days at the Exposition, we had the opportunity to talk with educators about their ideas and questions around integrating technology in the classroom.  The ISTE_Customersconference allowed us the time to learn about their concerns and put their minds at ease by explaining our array of solutions, software, and products offered.  We mingled with existing customers and discussed their thoughts and excitement about their flipped classrooms.

Overall, the conference was extremely successful!  We loved the opportunity to engage with new and existing customers.  We want to thank all of our partners for helping to make the conference a huge success and a BIG thanks to all the educators around the world.  Without your excitement, interest, and dedication to education none of this would have been possible.

We really enjoyed hearing everyone’s thoughts and ideas about education technology at the conference and we encourage people to continue to share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

Howard Technical Partnership Program

What is the Howard Technical Partnership Program?

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Howard Technology Solutions realizes that many organizations handle basic hardware service and support in one of two ways: either make a significant investment in establishing and maintaining a group of local service providers, or they use their own internal support staff.  For this reason, we have developed the HTPP so we can satisfy either option by facilitating timely, cost-effective, quality service in conjunction with our high standards for customer satisfaction.

Managed by our 100% US-based support engineers and technicians, HTPP is an integral part of our strategy to establish direct, personal relationships with our customers to ensure we meet all of their organization’s needs.  Participation is easy; simply complete a HTPP application here.

HTPP Highlights:

  • No annual subscription fee 
    • We do not charge any fee for participating in HTPP
  • No certification requirements
    • We do not require you to have or maintain any type of professional certifications such as COMPTIA A+, COMPTIA Network, or Professionals2Microsoft certifications. However, we do encourage you to obtain certifications as appropriate and do weight these certifications
    •  when reviewing your application.
  • Labor reimbursement for authorized repairs
    • Receive labor reimbursement for qualified repairs performed on Howard branded systems during the on-site warranty maintenance period. The labor reimbursement is for touch-labor on a per incident basis regardless of the number of components or sub-assemblies replaced. The reimbursement amount is dependent upon geographic location and negotiated prior to execution of the Howard Technology Solutions Warranty Service Agreement.
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    • You may order spare parts via email or the web directly from the factory without any requirement to call us. As a HTPP member, we are assured your organization has the skilled, technical staff to properly troubleshoot and diagnose system problems and issues. Your technical
    •  staff is only required to provide exact error message and accurate diagnostic steps in determining the actual problem of the faulty hardware.
  • Recommended spare parts list
    • We will provide a recommended spare parts list to assist your organization in maintaining the correct number and types of spare parts. This will help you keep spare parts costs to an absolute minimum. And because we maintain an exhaustive
    • Professionals history of all ordered parts, we can provide you with a very precise spare parts inventory recommendation.
  • Free consultation to determine your optimal parts inventory with on-site parts inventory available to qualifying organizations
  • You NEVER pay for defective parts and shipping is FREE

For additional information please contact our Technical Support Department at 888.323.3151

To learn more about Howard Industries visit our website.

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