"The Ansel Adams Gallery” Upgrades to Konect Elite + Windows Server 2008 R2 with Ease

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desktopsites, Inc.: In April 2008, “The Ansel Adams Gallery” purchased Konect Elite™ when migrating from UNIX® based accounting and POS systems to Windows® based systems. In March 2013, once the various applications were no longer being supported on Windows® Server 2003, they upgraded to Konect Elite™ + Windows® Server 2008 R2 with ease.

“Konect software was an integral part of the solution to simplify and cut administrative costs. Migrating from our legacy system cut our annual administrative overheads by more than 75%. Konect also enabled us to use our systems remotely, which allows us to hire the optimally skilled (high, mid, low as needed) administrative employees where they are, rather than drawing from a limited pool (in terms of size and range of skills) in a remote, rural area.” – Matthew Adams, President

THE CHALLENGE
“The Ansel Adams Gallery” has been in business under the same family ownership since 1902. What started as a painter’s studio is now a destination for photographers and aficionados of Ansel Adams worldwide.

Operating out of Yosemite National Park, CA, the client has an interesting combination of requirements: they have a complex POS system that needs to be onsite, while NPS (National Park Service) requires that administrative functions be housed outside the national park. The client also has many multi-site workers – the website is administered remotely, general administration is done remotely, accounting and bookkeeping are administered remotely, and high end art sales operates remotely.

The client had a VPN connection in place, which had created several complexities: regular communications interruptions, a much slower connection to workers at remote locations due to large amounts of data being pulled across the network, and the POS and accounting software were recommended to be on same server for optimal performance, which wasn’t possible with that delivery model. It soon became clear that they needed a more robust solution that was able to handle all of these requirements, and yet still be simple to use and manage.

THE SOLUTION
Back in April 2008, “The Ansel Adams Gallery” purchased Konect Elite™ when migrating from UNIX® based accounting and POS systems to Windows® based systems. Konect allowed the client to use software that is much more simple and ubiquitous (Quickbooks in particular), which allowed them to easily hire qualified bookkeeping and accounting staff, gaining optimally skilled staff at competitive rates. With the simplified management console, the KMC, they could easily provision resources to their remote workers. Once the various applications were no longer being supported on Windows® Server 2003, they upgraded to Konect Elite™ + Windows® Server 2008 R2 with ease.

THE RESULTS
Using Konect Elite™ over the years has resulted in a 75% reduction in accounting, bookkeeping, and administrative costs. All users have the same seamless experience: a faster and secure connection to their individual business resources, regardless of where they are connecting from. Remote capabilities also allow the client to hire optimally skilled employees, boosting staff expertise and further increasing productivity.

About desktopsites
desktopsites, Inc. is a leading developer of innovative and cost effective cloud computing solutions for Small and Mid-size Businesses (SME’s). desktopsites’ serverware software, Konect Elite, is a cloud computing delivery and management solution which centralizes application and desktop management and delivers Windows® applications and desktops as an on-demand service to any user, anywhere on any Windows® client device.

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