What's Mike Digesting?

The Antithesis to What's Eating Gilbert Grape

February’s Edition of:

A monthly look at what Pendello President, Mike Jackson, is currently reading or listening to:

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F#*@

A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

Thought of as his best book yet, master blogger, Mark Manson’s, modern “self-help” book delves into life’s challenges through a great deal of humor and teaches that life is not all about learning to make lemonade out of lemons but instead how to better handle the lemons!

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We Have the Need for Speed

A Microsoft Tip to Help Speed Up Tasks

Time crunches, we are all under them and are typically looking for ways to more efficiently use our time! The Sheet Tab Bar may not add hours to your day nor will it serve you fruity cocktails, but it can add seconds to your life and we know, those seconds add up! Here is an easy tip that will help you easily add worksheets, rename or change the color of existing sheets, move them, or delete them in Microsoft Excel with incredible ease!

Here’s what you do:

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Breaking News: Unicorns are Real

Meghan, our Service Manager: Aka, a real-life Unicorn

As far as Managed Service Providers (MSPs) go, service managers are quite common. As normal as it is to have a service manager, our service manager is actually one of the aspects that sets Pendello Solutions apart from its competitors! Her name is Meghan and we call her the unicorn. This nickname was derived not because she has a horn, four legs or has a sparkly mane but because of who she is and how she handles the fast-paced world of technology! I spent a little bit of time with this beach loving, foodie who is Meghan. During our time together, I got a peek inside her world and attempted to understand how she does what she does while still keeping her contagiously happy attitude and sparkly spirit.

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Get quick and Easy Forecasting and, I’m Not Talking Gary Lezak, Folks!

One-Click Forecasting, the new Microsoft Excel Tool

Our need for data is growing exponentially. We want any and all information we can get our hands on to analyze our health, our spending and especially our business. The question is, what do we do with this telling data once we have it and how do we use it to our benefit? Microsoft knows that this can be a struggle and released a new Forecast Sheet button in Excel 2016. This new button allows you to use historical time-based data to easily create a forecast visualization that predicts things like future sales, inventory requirements and consumer trends.

Here’s how you do it:

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The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). How it will affect your business?

On May 25, 2018, a European privacy law is due to take effect that sets a new global bar for privacy rights, security, and compliance.

The General Data Protection Regulation, also known as the GDPR, is fundamentally about protecting and enabling the privacy of individuals. (Who can’t get on board with that!!) The GDPR establishes strict global privacy requirements governing how you manage and protect personal data while respecting individual choice – no matter where data is sent, processed or stored.

Pendello Solutions along with its strong partner, Microsoft, is committed to help its customers achieve the privacy goals of the GDPR.

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Geospatial Visualization Tool…. Something in a video game or a new tool in Excel?

Discover Geospatial Patterns with 3D Maps

Data. We love it, we can’t enough of it! But, the challenge can be, how do you decipher it? 3D Maps which, used to be called Power Map, is now available to all Excel 2016 customers. This incredible tool helps you discover patterns in your data and then shows you how these patterns relate to locations, time and geopolitical context. Here is a quick tutorial on what 3D Maps looks like and how to use this awesome tool!

Here’s how you get started:

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Is it all about the Silicon?

What’s the Silicon Prairie and how does it compare?

We’ve all heard of Silicon Valley. The area in synonymous with exaggerated cost of housing, dining and overall living. It has Busy streets and sidewalks and unless you’ve already “made it”, it can be a grinding place to live. Your work life may be the only life you have as you try as hard as possible to be one of the millionaire elite. For years, it has been the only “place to be” if you are trying to make it in the world of technology. Fortunately, many wised-up and many companies like Google shed a little light on these so-called “fly-over” states and we now have what is called The Silicon Prairie!

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