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Microsoft Excel Tips and Tricks
Lauren Christoff
Lauren Christoff

The Basics of Excel PivotTables

Microsoft Excel can be very intimidating especially when you’re not an expert, like me. I was asked to write a blog on a topic I was not familiar with.  I chose to challenge myself and learn more about Excel and the creation of PivotTables. What is a PivotTable? A PivotTable is a tool that helps … Read more

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Microsoft Office
Lauren Christoff
Lauren Christoff

Microsoft Announces the Retirement of Office 2010! Have you upgraded Yet?

With Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365) growing and expanding its capabilities rapidly, Microsoft announced they are retiring Office 2010 on October 13, 2020. What does that mean? It means you need to upgrade to Microsoft 365. Office 2010 will no longer be available for download, technical support or have any further updates on security. Office … Read more

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Teams Tips and Tricks
Lauren Christoff
Lauren Christoff

What is the Difference between Microsoft Teams and SharePoint? & How to Use Them to Help Locate Exactly What You Need

Microsoft Teams and SharePoint Here at Crestwood we’ve been using Microsoft Teams for approximately a year now and we’ve become very familiar with its features. Saying that, doesn’t mean we know it all, because we don’t, or at least I don’t. I can honestly tell you we learn something new just about every other week. … Read more

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Crestwood Associates New Office
Lauren Christoff
Lauren Christoff

Moving in the Midst of a Pandemic

After spending 15 glorious years in Mount Prospect, IL, Partners Tim Thompson and Brian McGuckin moved Crestwood Associates to their new home at the Schaumburg Corporate Center, 1501 E. Woodfield Road in Schaumburg, IL. Moving is not easy, packing up, donating and purging unneeded items is very time consuming, not to mention difficult when you … Read more

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Creating shifts in Teams
Lauren Christoff
Lauren Christoff

Office 365: Scheduling Employee’s Time Using the Shifts App in Microsoft Teams

If you’re looking for easier ways to schedule your employee’s time, check out the scheduling management tool now in Microsoft Teams called Shifts. It’s built mobile first for fast and effective time management and communication for teams. Shifts lets Firstline Workers and their managers use their mobile devices to manage schedules and keep in touch. … Read more

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Lauren Christoff
Lauren Christoff

Crestwood Associates is Awarded as a Top VAR for the Eighth Consecutive Year

Crestwood Associates has again been named to the Bob Scott’s Top 100 VARs for 2020 for the eighth year in a row. The Top 100 resellers are chosen from organizations that sell and implement Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and accounting software. “Wow, eight years in a row!” says Tim Thompson, Partner at Crestwood Associates. “We … Read more

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Teams Tips and Tricks
Lauren Christoff
Lauren Christoff

OFFICE 365 UPDATE: No Better Way to Collaborate Other than Chat

Update from January 2020 Post: No Better Way to Collaborate Other than Chat Microsoft is eliminating the ability to initiate a chat directly with a co-author of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint document. This change will take affect mid-April (across the web, Windows, and Mac versions of Microsoft Office). Moving forward, users can communicate with others … Read more

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Crestwood Work From Home
Lauren Christoff
Lauren Christoff

Working from Home – What to Expect and What to Keep in Mind

Now that “shelter in place” has swept the nation to curve the spread of the Covid-19 virus, most companies are adapting the Work from Home (WFH) model, allowing their employees to continue to work during the shutdown. Working from home is nothing new for Crestwood employees. This model was adapted almost a decade ago.  I … Read more

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Microsoft Word Tips
Lauren Christoff
Lauren Christoff

Does Anyone Do Direct Mail Anymore?

Most don’t know this about me, but prior to joining Crestwood Associates, I was the Mail Merge Queen of the world. 😊 I’ve supported both sales and marketing departments for over 20 years, serving law firms, transportation, and the manufacturing industry.  While in each of those positions, I’ve created hundreds of mail merges, from form … Read more

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Acumatica Cloud ERP
Lauren Christoff
Lauren Christoff

Give Your Employees the Gift of Anytime, Anywhere Access with Cloud Based ERP

2019 is coming to an end. However, leading up to the end of the year, there’s a holiday coming up, one that your employees may be heading home for. “Home” means different things to different people. For some, this may mean a few miles down the road, for others, it’s a cross-country flight away. Unfortunately … Read more

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Acumatica Training Video
Lauren Christoff
Lauren Christoff

Video How-To’s: Three Acumatica Features To Get Familiar With

Hopefully by now, you’ve upgraded to Acumatica 2019 R2! Acumatica is routinely adding new features and improving on current functions. Below are three quick how-to videos for previously added functions; one is exporting Generic Inquiry Parameters to Excel and Pivot Tables, another is Landed Costs and finally GDPR Compliance for Acumatica. Stay tuned for more short … Read more

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Top 10 Reasons to Upgrade from Quickbooks
Lauren Christoff
Lauren Christoff

10 Reasons Why It May Be Time to Upgrade from QuickBooks

As your business grows, you may find your organization struggling with the limitations of software designed for smaller concerns. Everyone has to start somewhere, so it’s only natural that you will eventually outgrow the systems you had at the beginning. This is particularly true of accounting packages. QuickBooks, for example, is a fantastic resource for … Read more

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Microsoft Word Tips
Lauren Christoff
Lauren Christoff

Hands-Free Typing in Microsoft Word

As I was searching for a new topic for our Productivity Tips & Tricks, I came across this nifty tool called Dictate. Similar to voice to text on your mobile phone, this feature allows you (actually your fingers) to take a break from typing. What’s not to love about that? First thing, Dictate is only … Read more

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