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  • July 21, 2016

    5 Smart Tips To Know Before Moving Your Data To A Cloud-Based Application

    Cloud computing is all the rage these days, and while some companies are moving their whole IT infrastructure to the cloud, many others are choosing to streamline their businesses by moving individual business applications. If you are thinking about moving any of your company’s software applications ‘to the cloud,’ make sure to think through these […]

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  • July 19, 2016

    Video Update: S100C v20 Upgrade – The Real Story

    Watch our president’s video about the new version of Sage 100 Contractor – why there is an upgrade, what to expect from it, and when to expect it. Then read details about the upgrade in the blog below. Sage released the official upgrade to version 20 for Sage 100 Contractor in May 2016.   This release and […]

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  • July 11, 2016

    Video Update: Can’t Resist the Windows 10 Upgrade?

    Watch our president’s short video on why we recommend waiting to upgrade to Windows 10, but if you just can’t resist – get some tips on how to best plan for the upgrade and possible issues that might come with it. We know you just can’t resist the ‘Free’ upgrade offer to Windows 10, and time […]

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  • May 18, 2016

    Video Update: New Email Scam To Watch Out For

    Email scams are so tricky, it’s best to not take any chances.   Watch our president’s short video about an email scam she just got and what you can do when you get one. Bonus: Click here to see the actual email referenced in the video

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  • May 06, 2016

    Video Update: Over Under Billing

    Contractor Clients and Friends, Tax Season brought a renewed interest in using Over Under Billing or WIP (Work In Progress) reports to track jobs.   Watch our president’s short video with some client examples and info on reports that integrate with Sage 100 Contractor.

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  • April 29, 2016

    Video Update: Team Building Tips

    Our Tech Team meets on a regular basis, but it’s not always about tech business. Sometimes it’s to focus on team building. We recently went through the book Five Dysfunctions of Team.   Watch our president’s short video of the recent team-building activities our tech team went through. Hope you get some good ideas!

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  • February 11, 2016

    Video Update: Syscon’s 30th Anniversary!

    Syscon is celebrating 30 years in business. We have a personal Thank You from our President, about 1 1/2 minutes – take a look and learn how you can help us celebrate.

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  • February 01, 2016

    Backup versus Redundancy!

    We’ve watched businesses get burned many times on this issue. A backup is a separate ‘copy’ from which to restore. A RAID array or other redundant systems are important, but if they fail, there is nothing to restore. We recommend having a RAID array, especially on a server. This allows drives to ‘mirror’ data across […]

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  • January 30, 2016

    Sage 100 Contractor software tip

    I often get questions about managing old Jobs and old Vendors in the look up screen. It’s annoying to have so many on the list that are not used right now. We put a specific bracket in front of the name and short name to move these out of the regular look up list without […]

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  • January 15, 2016

    Password Security – There has to be an easier way!

    And there is… I’d like to introduce you to the Pass- word Vault, but before I start, let me clarify some password Best Practices. Recently, a friend was tricked; they got an email from what looked like a known vendor asking to confirm their password; so they clicked the link, typed the user name and […]

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  • January 07, 2016

    Anti-Spam— Can’t Live with it, Can’t Live without it!

      Anti-Spam services are absolutely necessary. We have clients whose filters capture 99.98% of the mail that comes into their firewall, allowing the rest to go through to their staff. Imagine the chaos if all this junk actually got through! We also have clients who feel a little annoyed when they have to check their […]

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  • January 01, 2016

    2016 Resolutions

    We’ve been assisting clients for 30 years and we have helped with a variety of business issues. Here are a few places we might be able to help you meet your 2016 resolutions! Goal: Increase Office Efficiency Maybe it’s double-entry of time, or manual spread- sheets with allocations of overhead, but there are usually some […]

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  • December 21, 2015

    Video Update: ACA Compliance with Sage 100 Contractor

    We encourage you to watch this short video if you have 50 or more Full-Time-Equivalent employees, even if some of them are union members. There are some questions you need to ask your broker, and some significant data to be entered/updated in Sage 100 Contractor in order to get the reports you are required to […]

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  • December 10, 2015

    Sage 100 Contractor – What do we ‘fix’?

      We see all kinds of data errors and have some pretty special tools to fix them. Some of our clients are not familiar with what can be done, so we thought we’d share some recent things we took care of; what do you need? -A payroll check run was posted to the wrong period; […]

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  • November 23, 2015

    Video Update: The Cloud and S100C Year End

    Are you ready for S100C (Master Builder) year end? Do you know the difference between a public cloud and private cloud? Check out this message from our President and get the information you need.

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  • November 20, 2015

    Updates and Tips from Syscon

    Did You Know? Sage 100 Contractor I’m always surprised to see people enter the numbers on their calculator, then re-type into the software; it’s just too easy to invert a digit or make an error. Have you used the internal calculator? In any number field, enter the first number, hit an operator key ( + […]

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  • October 02, 2015

    20 Years with Master Builder/Sage 100 Contractor

    In our May/June newsletter, we included a list of ’interesting’ experiences we’ve had with this product, the original owner, and the changes in ownership—Intuit, then Sage. As promised, we have a series of five short video interviews with Larry Wendt. They include the very first training in California which ended with emergency surgery when Larry […]

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  • September 30, 2015

    Cloud Hosting—News and Reminders September 2015 Edition

    Where do you store your computer disks? So, this is a first! We opened up an HP workstation and found the installation disks inside. I suppose that means they’re not lost, but this is not a good way to keep track of them. However, we have a great Syscon duffel bag that we’d love to […]

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  • September 27, 2015

    Updates and Tips from Syscon – September 2015 Edition

    Did You Know? Sage 100 Contractor Vendors Spending a few extra minutes during Vendor setup in 4-4 can save a lot of time in the day-to-day entry process and at yearend. Due Terms: On the Invoice Defaults tab, take a minute to enter the Due Terms, Discount Terms, and Discount Rate. You’ll click-through the 4-2 […]

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  • September 25, 2015

    Is Your Website Mobile-Friendly?

    What is a ’mobile-friendly’ website? It’s a site that has a responsive layout that adjusts to the width of the screen. Sections of the website are designed in blocks that can stack on top of each other, rather than next to each other, so you don’t have to slide the image back and forth to […]

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  • September 18, 2015

    Windows 10 Upgrade – Now or Wait?

    We strongly encourage you to wait to do this upgrade. We’ve had some experience with the upgrade, and we’ve done some research on it, confirming our recommendation to hold off for now. With the release of any new software version, the first adopters are helping with the testing process (like it or not). Based on […]

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  • September 04, 2015

    Video Update: Should You Upgrade to Windows 10?

    Are you considering upgrading to Windows 10? Check out this message from our President before you make your final decision.

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  • July 31, 2015

    Client Update Video August 2015

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  • July 15, 2015

    Updates and Tips from Syscon – July 2015 Edition

    Did You Know? Sage 100 Contractor When you have to void a record, you can copy-paste, to avoid re-keying but with multiple job costs, it’s a pain to re-enter that screen since it doesn’t come over. Option1: Before you void the original record, copy the cost grid to Excel (without the record #’s), then copy […]

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  • July 13, 2015

    Backup Disaster Recovery – our Partner, Datto

    In early 2014, Syscon began a search to replace our backup disaster recovery fleet. Through each round, the Datto Siris units came up on top. We were very excited, so we decided to begin with our own equipment. We replaced our BDR’s, attended their annual Partner conference, and started the training process. We have successfully […]

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  • July 06, 2015

    Emergency Planning for Computers

    It seems like every time you turn on the news, there’s another disaster somewhere—flooding, tornados, hurricane winds, fire, earthquake. No one expects a disaster to happen to them; then again, that’s why we have insurance, backup our data, have a spare key with the neighbor, and so on. Passwords—many of our clients click ‘remember my […]

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  • June 27, 2015

    What is the Technical Structure of Sage 100 Contractor?

    What is the Technical Structure of Sage 100 Contractor? One of the questions I get repeatedly is about the technical structure of Sage 100 Contractor. This question is often generated by mis-information that is suggested or stated by Sage 100 Contractor competitors. While some of the information is a bit technical, it should clear up […]

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  • April 29, 2015

    Master Builder to Sage 100 Contractor; The Journey, 20 Years…

    Syscon has been working with this product for 20 years! This all started when Louis, one of our clients who uses Sage 100 Contractor even today, approached Larry and asked about Construction-specific software, and since we did his computers, could we help with this ‘Master Builder’ software. This started our investigation into the Construction Account/Project […]

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  • April 28, 2015

    Anti-Virus Services – What Changed?

    Anti-Virus Services – What Changed? These days, good anti-virus is absolutely mission critical for all business and home computers. Black Hat Hackers and virus/malware writers have been stepping up their game, and have been launching very successful attacks on large and small organizations and home users worldwide. It seems like every time we watch the […]

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  • April 28, 2015

    May Updates and Tips for Sage 100 Contractor

    May Updates and Tips for Sage 100 Contractor Did You Know? Sage 100 Contractor In any date field, hit the plus sign ( + ) to move forward one day, or minus sign ( – ) to move back. This is handy when entering 3-3 deposits made yesterday, since the date defaults to the current […]

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  • April 19, 2015

    Ready to Archive 2014 for Sage 100 Contractor?

    Ready to Archive 2014 for Sage 100 Contractor?

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  • April 13, 2015

    Interview With The Founders

    Interview With The Founders The Business Ledger recently featured an interview with Syscon founders Larry and Cathy Wendt. Check out their article to read more: Tech service firm grows with changing industry posted by Syscon

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  • April 01, 2015

    Master Builder Solutions from England; Be Careful!

    Master Builder Solutions from England; Be Careful! Earlier this week, one of our clients reported an odd call – the caller ID number comes up as their own phone number, and the people on the other end have a British accent. They say they’re calling on behalf of Master Builder Solutions with a survey and […]

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  • March 12, 2015

    Google Apps / Sprint – Buyer Beware…

    Google Apps / Sprint – Buyer Beware… When something sounds too good to be true, we all know that chances are, our gut is right and we should just walk away. I recently had the experience of sitting through a presentation by a national wireless carrier who ‘offered the world’ to one of our clients […]

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  • February 27, 2015

    March Updates and Tips from Syscon

    March Updates and Tips from Syscon DID YOU KNOW? Syscon offers Payroll Processing Services with Sage 100 Contractor We offer payroll processing We’ll create the Payroll records, process the payroll, and get it ready for you to print at your office We can even make the EFT payments We can assist with Certified Payroll reporting […]

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  • February 27, 2015

    Patch Management Microsoft Updates

    Patch Management Microsoft Updates On a regular basis Microsoft releases updates for its active Operating Systems, both PC’s and servers. Many of these are directly related to security. Some of these updates might interfere with other products used by many of our business clients, so each week, our techs evaluate the updates and go through […]

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  • February 27, 2015

    Anti-SPAM Services – Changes Coming

    Anti-SPAM Services – Changes Coming Many of our clients have anti-SPAM services to ‘scrub’ the incoming email before it gets to your inbox. This is an important step in protecting your entire system from malware of all types (see our Jan/Feb newsletter). For our Exchange Hosting clients, we also provide Outbound email scrubbing to protect […]

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  • February 27, 2015

    Sage Paperless Software

    Sage Paperless Software Thank you to Vincent Pate from Sage for his presentation of Sage Paperless software during Syscon’s webinar on February 12th. Sage has introduced a paperless product that integrates with Sage 100 Contractor. Mr. Pate performed a live demo focusing on the AP Invoice process. Many of our clients have expressed interest in […]

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  • February 02, 2015

    Sage 100 C Version 19.5.27 Upgrade and Tax Tables

    Sage 100 C Version 19.5.27 Upgrade and Tax Tables Sage 100 C 2015 Tax Tables – it’s here!! Sage has released the 2015 Federal Tax updates in version 19.5, which includes various State Tax updates. Sage indicates they are not expecting any other State updates, so it’s time to upgrade to the most recent Sage […]

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  • January 13, 2015

    GoDaddy Scam Alert

    GoDaddy Scam Alert Scam looks like GoDaddy; but it ISN’T This one looks pretty good – an email arrives and looks like it is from GoDaddy. It says your account has Error 4174 and you need to reactive your account due to ‘Major Security Protocols.’ DO NOT CLICK ON THIS LINK – it directs you […]

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  • December 31, 2014

    Virus or Malware – What’s the Difference?

    Virus or Malware – What’s the Difference? You can’t own a computer for long these days without having heard the terms malware, spyware, or viruses. Malware is a commonly used term, but viruses are actually a particular type of malware, as are trojans, spyware, and many other types of attacks. A virus can attack through […]

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  • December 30, 2014

    Updates and Tips from Syscon

    Did You Know? Computer memory comes in different speeds, really! When comparing hardware specifications and pricing, make sure you know why there is a price difference, as well as the difference between the products and what you can expect in your day-to-day experience. Syscon Hosting Improvements We added more, and faster memory Both Internet Service […]

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  • December 30, 2014

    Sage 100 Contractor Year End Planning (Continued)

    Sage 100 Contractor Year End Planning (Continued) Thank you to those who attended our webinar regarding the yearend closing changes in version 19. All attendees were provided a checklist to help with the tim-ing and planning of the yearend process, which is very different than in previous years. Some things to know and update after […]

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  • December 30, 2014

    Sage 100 Contractor Yearend Updates

    Sage 100 Contractor Yearend Updates In prior years, Sage has sent yearend emails direct to you with guidelines for the closing process, various tax updates, etc. In some cases, the wording may lead you to believe you will not be able to function – run your first check in 2015, close your year – if […]

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  • December 16, 2014

    Calls Claiming a Computer Virus; do not talk to them

    Calls Claiming a Computer Virus; do not talk to them It continues to amaze me how creative and persistent the attackers continue to be! Here’s the latest, and it’s good: They CALL your office, tell you there may be an infection on your network, ask you to go to the internet or somewhere on your […]

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  • October 31, 2014

    Hosting Data and Servers with Syscon

    Hosting Data and Servers with Syscon Sage 100 Contractor Hosting Clients can log in from anywhere with an internet connection. Please remind your staff to Log Off of the program after each session. This allows all the files to close correctly, reducing data corruption. It also releases licenses which may be needed by other users, […]

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  • October 31, 2014

    Year End File Clean Up

    Year End File Clean Up Year End File Cleanup …not just the paper As the year end approaches, many offices order bankers boxes in anticipation of cleaning out file drawers. Some things are shredded; others are moved to an attic or off-site storage location. We would like to suggest that your electronic files need the […]

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  • October 31, 2014

    Sage 100 Contractor Year End Planning

    Sage 100 Contractor Year End Planning Year End Planning Reminder: If your 2013 Journal Entries have been posted, and you have checked any custom software for compatibility with version 19, upgrade before the year end closing . Changes… Close the Payroll separately—with the rolling accounting years, you will not create an archive of the year […]

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  • September 09, 2014

    Zenith closes 10/15/14; Datto is selected by Syscon

    Zenith closes 10/15/14; Datto is selected by Syscon When Syscon needed a better disaster recovery and backup solution for the tapes our clients were using, Zenith was ground breaking in its technology and offerings, at a price point that met our clients’ needs. These BDR (Backup Disaster Recovery) units have served our clients well over […]

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  • August 29, 2014

    Network Maintenance

    Network Maintenance Anyone who has owned a car knows how important regular maintenance can be. Changing the oil on a regular basis, checking coolant levels, tire pressure and tread, air filters, and so on. When these things are not maintained, fuel efficiency suffers, the engine may burn oil or overheat, tires become worn resulting in […]

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  • February 25, 2014

    Windows XP; Microsoft retires this Operating System

    Windows XP; Microsoft retires this Operating System Do you love Windows XP? If you said Yes, you’re not alone. One article indicates 34% of the computers on the Internet are running it. After 14 years, Microsoft will officially retire WindowsXP as of April 8 th , bringing an end to patches. A computer with WindowsXP […]

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  • December 07, 2013

    Outlook 2013 Crashing/IE-10/Windows 7

    Outlook 2013 Crashing/IE-10/Windows 7 Many new workstations and laptops are shipping with Internet Explorer 10 (IE10), Outlook 2013, and Windows 7. Internet Explorer 10 – Many business-related websites such as banking sites have limited functionality through IE 10, and in some cases, these sites do not work at all. We recommend downgrading to Internet Explorer […]

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  • November 20, 2013

    New Threats Require Strong Passwords

    New Threats Require Strong Passwords We recently sent an update to all our clients regarding the ‘Ransom virus’ attacks. This is a follow up email regarding passwords. With the success of this new attack, it is a good time to insist that all of the users in your company change their password. Some of our […]

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  • June 19, 2013

    Verizon Phone Scam – Be Careful!

    Verizon Phone Scam – Be Careful! Today our office received a very professional call from ‘Verizon’ regarding an over charge on one of our phone numbers. The person knew all the right phrases, just like other calls we have had with them, knew the phone number, account number, key contact person on the account, etc. […]

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  • August 14, 2012

    Syscon Receives Sage Gold Development Partner Award

    Syscon Receives Sage Gold Development Partner Award Syscon, Inc. Named a Sage Gold Development Partner of the Year for 2012 Hinsdale, IL (August 14, 2012) – Syscon, Inc., a Sage North America development partner specializing in developing add-on solutions that extend the functionality and value of Sage 100 Contractor (formerly Sage Master BUilder), has been […]

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  • July 18, 2009

    Syscon Completes 4th Annual Charity Bike Ride

    Syscon Completes 4th Annual Charity Bike Ride Hinsdale, IL – July 18, 2009 Syscon, Inc. of Hinsdale completed its fourth annual 200 mile bike ride. The ride – known as the “Syscon Double-Century (Almost)” – was from Elmhurst to Utica, IL on Saturday, June 27th returning to Elmhurst on the 28th. The total distance is […]

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  • January 23, 2009

    VIRUS ALERT! Conficker Worm – January 23, 2009

    VIRUS ALERT! Conficker Worm – January 23, 2009 Security Alert: Conficker Worm Also known as: Trojan.Downloader.JLIW ( BitDefender ) Win32/ Conficker .A (CA) Win32/ Conficker .A ( ESET ) Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Agent.aqfw ( Kaspersky ) W32/ Conficker .worm ( McAfee ) W32/ Conficker .E (Norman) W32/ Confick -A ( Sophos ) W32. Downadup ( Symantec ) Trojan.Disken.B […]

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  • October 16, 2008

    Syscon Founder Named to Twenty Influential Women in Business for 2008

    Syscon Founder Named to Twenty Influential Women in Business for 2008 October 16, 2008, Hinsdale – Catherine Wendt, Vice President and co-founder of Syscon, Inc. has been named as one of the twenty “Influential Women in Business” for 2008 by The Business Ledger of Suburban Chicago. This is the 11th “class” of women to be […]

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  • May 11, 2007

    Syscon, Inc. President Honored as ASA Chicago Outstanding Professional Member

    Syscon, Inc. President Honored as ASA Chicago Outstanding Professional Member Hinsdale, IL – May 11, 2007 Larry Wendt, President and co-founder of Syscon, Inc., was named this month as “Oustanding Professional Member” by the Association of Subcontractors and Affiliates of Chicago. The award was presented to Mr. Wendt during the annual awards dinner for ASA […]

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  • August 18, 2002

    Local Firm Wins National Award

    Local Firm Wins National Award Hinsdale, IL, August 18, 2002 – Syscon, Inc. earned recognition last week as one of the top five (5) sales organizations for Intuit’s new Construction Software Division. Syscon has been providing technology solutions to the Construction Industry since 1986, supporting networks of various sizes, providing needs analysis, as well as […]

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