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Cogitate Inc Blog

Our company blog, full of information about Cogitate.


Pro Fund Accounting website updated

The Pro Fund Accounting website has been updated to include social media links at the top of every page. Having these links at the top of each page allows you to more easily access our social media pages on Facebook, Google +, Twitter and Linked In. Hopefully you will enjoy easier access to our social media presence. If you have any suggestions to improve our websites please feel free to leave a comment below.

Pro Fund Accounting website now integrates with Facebook!

As part of our social media integration, we are pleased to announce that a few pages on our Pro Fund Accounting website integrate with the Facebook link sharing mechanisms! The current webpages that integrate with Facebook link sharing are as follows:

  1. The PFA Highway page at: www.profundaccounting.com
  2. The PFA Municipal page at www.profundaccounting.com
  3. The PFA State Trunkline page at www.profundaccounting.com
You can expect to see more pages on the Pro Fund Accounting site become enabled with Facebook link sharing links in the near future. Also, our other websites: www.9gbackup.com, www.cogitateinc.com, and www.utilability.com will eventually integrate with Facebook link sharing as well. So stay tuned to these and more exciting updates to Cogitate's social media presence!

Cogitate Incorporated Helps Michigan Road Commissions Control Finances Through Extensive New Budget Package

Cogitate Incorporated, announces the release of their new Budget Package specifically designed to help Michigan Road Commissions control their tight budgets. Included in the budget package are individually designed Excel reports for line item budgeting, along with Monthly Reports through Pro Fund Accounting that give Managers and Department Heads up-to-date financial information, thus allowing them to make needed adjustments to the budget in a quick and efficient manner. “At Cogitate, we are all about helping our clients. We saw the need for complete budget control, and are so happy to be able to offer this new product to our local road commissions,” remarked George Loescher, President of Cogitate. This Budget Package will help Road Commissions keep tight control of the limited financial resources they have. Dan Medina, Director of Maintenance at the Saginaw County Road Commission commented, “This user-friendly spreadsheet provides multiple options from start to finish in creating and monitoring an annual County Road Maintenance Budget. This spreadsheet allows you to compare the history for 3 or more years to see what your final expenditures were in previous years by line item. Once your budget is developed you can monitor it by comparing monthly expenditures to what you've historically spent during the same time period.” To learn more about this new, extensive Budget Package, visit our product page at http://www.profundaccounting.com. For further information, contact George Loescher at president@cogitateinc.com. Cogitate, Incorporated is rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau and has been in business since 1966. You can find out more about Cogitate Incorporated and the products we offer at www.cogitateinc.com. If you enjoyed this post, please feel free to leave a comment below.

Top 10 Reasons to Use 9G Backup For Your Online Backup Needs

There are so many different online backup providers out there, that it is difficult to know which one should I choose for my small business or for my personal use? I hope that with this top ten reasons you should be using 9G Backup for your online backup needs, that you will see the benefit of 9G Backup over some of the competitors. So here we go:

  1. Speed: The underlying issue that a lot of online backup providers have is the speed at which the data is transferred to their data center. 9G Backup uses highly advanced compression algorithims to speed up the data transfer, which in some cases can increase the data transfer speeds by 50% over the competitors.
  2. Multiple Versions of Files: A lot of online backup solutions will only backup an individual file or folder once. This can be dangerous as if the file at the data center gets corrupted, then you have lost your backup. With 9G Backup, that isn't an issue since 9G Backup allows you to save multiple versions of the same file or folder. You can have as many copies of the data as you want.
  3. Dual Data Centers: When you backup with 9G Backup, your data is being stored twice in two geographically different locations.
  4. 9G Backup Alerts: In my experience, most of the competitors never really told me when my backup was completed or even if it was completed successfully. They just assumed that since they were always running, they would complete the backup eventually. With 9G Backup, you get a full range of customizable alerts which can notify you to such things as: the backup was completed, the backup was completed but had some issues with certain files, or if your 9G Backup account is low on disk space. Alerts can also get sent to your phone via SMS text message, or get posted to your Twitter account.
  5. Fully HIPAA - HITECH Certified: Now this is probably not necessary for the average small business owner, but if you are a doctor or if you deal with medical records; then HIPAA is a huge deal! 9G Backup is one of only a handful of online backup providers that can safely and legally handle medical information. We are fully HIPAA - HITECH certified, so we can definitely handle backing up all kinds of medical records.
  6. Low Impact on Your Computer: When 9G Backup is running, it takes very little resources away from other tasks that your computer may be performing. When a backup is running, it usually doesn't bog down your computer so much that you cannot even use it until the backup is done. 9G Backup is very light on its feet as I like to say.
  7. Awesome Technical Support: When you sign up for 9G Backup, you are signing up for a service that is backed by a company who has been in business creating software since 1966. We don't use outside services for our technical support, you are speaking to live people who are based in the United States.
  8. A Superb Online Control Panel: One of things that I really like about 9G Backup, besides the speed at which my backups go, is that the service has a superb control panel website which gives you access to all parts of your account. From here you can setup different computers to backup to your account, you can see a dashboard view of how much disk space you have left in your account, and you can see a detailed history of your payments. These are just a few of the features that the online control panel offers you.
  9. Multiple Computer Backups: Sort of hand in hand with multiple versions of files, you can also specify different computers in your organization to backup to your account. This is useful if you have a small office of 20 computers, you can buy 100GB of storage on 9G Backup and then setup all 20 computers to have 5GB of storage each. Again the average home user may not find this all that useful, but an IT administrator definitely will.
  10. Runs on Windows XP: With the advent of Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft has been slowly killing off Windows XP, however, 9G Backup is not a casualty of this. 9G Backup can run on Windows XP just fine.
Hopefully, this top ten list provides some insight into the benefits that 9G Backup can provide your small business. If you enjoyed this post, feel free to leave a comment in the comments section below.

A major upgrade for UtilAbility is now available

Cogitate Incorporated, today announced the release of the next version of its premiere utility billing software, UtilAbility. Included in the update is the latest version of Cogitate’s Report Viewer which uses SAP’s Crystal Reports, and several other operating enhancements.

The printing problem was particularly knotty. “This was a tough one since we had to solve the Crystal Reports legal-sized printing issues,” remarked George Loescher, president of Cogitate. “Our customers had been reduced to having to export legal-sized reports to a PDF file and then printing them from there. This release of UtilAbility has uniquely solved that problem for them.”

UtilAbility operates on all versions of Microsoft Windows®, from XP up to and including Windows 8.

To learn more about UtilAbility, visit our product page at http://www.utilability.com.

Cogitate, Incorporated is rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau and is the recipient of the “Best of Ypsilanti 2013” award. Cogitate has been in business since 1966.

We will contact our current UtilAbility customers to help them apply this upgrade.

For further information, contact George Loescher at president@cogitateinc.com

Cogitate Inc has been selected for the 2013 Best of Ypsilanti Award!

We are excited to announce that we have been selected for the 2013 Best of Ypsilanti Award in the Computers category by the Ypsilanti Award Program! Each year, the Ypsilanti Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Ypsilanti area a great place to live, work and play. Learn more about Cogitate at our website: http://www.cogitateinc.com.  

Cogitate Incorporated is on Manta!

We are proud to announce that we now have a profile on the corporate growth website Manta. You can check out our Manta profile here: http://www.manta.com/c/mx0vwf1/cogitate-incorporated. If you are interested in what Manta has to offer your business, you can visit them at http://www.manta.com to learn more. Do you have any success stories from using the Manta platform? If so, feel free to leave a comment below this post.

Cogitate integrates with BillFlash for UtilAbility

In May 2010 we integrated with NexTrust Inc's Bill Flash service directly into UtilAbility. This means that you can easily send out bills using the Bill Flash service from your UtilAbility software without having to leave UtilAbility and go to a website or run another program. Are you currently using this feature of UtilAbility? If so we would love to hear about how it is going for you, feel free to drop a comment or send an email to marketing@cogitateinc.com. You can read the press release here: http://www.przoom.com/news/70057/ You can find out more about UtilAbility here: http://www.utilability.com

Cogitate chooses Online Tech to host 9G Backup

In 2012, we made the key decision to move our 9G Backup servers to Online Tech's datacenter in Ann Arbor Michigan. We decided to partner with Online Tech because they are one of the only datacenters in Michigan that are HIPAA HI-TECH compliant, and since 9G Backup is HIPAA HI-TECH compliant; we needed a datacenter that was as well. You can read more about the partnership between Cogitate Inc and Online Tech here: http://www.onlinetech.com/news/press-releases/2012/cogitate-selects-online-techs-soc-2-compliant-michigan-colocation   If you are the type to just watch a video instead of read an article, you can watch the video which accompanied the article here: http://youtu.be/9LxTbDXk2To