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2017 Annual Company Picnic

What a great day for bbq, a scavenger hunt and the playground. Perfect weather for a picnic!

April Newsletter

Check out what happened at Acropolis in April!

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Company Happy Hour

Everyone had a great time celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at Fallon’s Irish Pub!

March Newsletter

Check out what happened in March at Acropolis!

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2017 Chili Cook Off

It was a spicy day here at Acropolis Tech! Thanks to all who participated in the 2017 Chili Cook Off!

Annual Kickoff Meeting - 2017

Everyone had a great time at the Annual Kickoff Meeting at Dave and Busters! We ate, we drank, we played games, oh and we talked about our 2017 goals. Cheers to 2017!

February Newsletter

February was a great month at Acropolis!

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January Newsletter

Check out what’s happening in January at Acropolis!

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December Newsletter

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Company Holiday Party 2016

Everyone had a great time at the Annual Acropolis Holiday party! From the Ugly Christmas Sweater contest, to the delicious food and karaoke, it was a night to remember. Thanks to all who were involved and who braved the weather to get there!

Ken Bone visits Acropolis

Special thanks to Ken Bone for his guest appearance in our holiday card this year! Ken is an advocate of the St. Patrick Center for the homeless and has helped them raise money with his public appearances. What a guy!

Acropolis Newsletter - November 2016

November Newsletter

20 year anniversary of Acropolis Technology Group!

Wow, it is hard to believe it has been 20 years at Acropolis. 

As Acropolis Technology Group celebrates twenty years in business, my brother (Brad) and I would like to thank both our employees and the thousands of client’s who have been here over the years. We want to make an honorable mention to the people who began this journey with us over 15 years ago: Gary Sanner, Kevin Geiger, Sugi Rule, John Yarborough, Barton Olney & Pat Shansey. It is difficult to put into words the impact you have made on our Acropolis Family. Your loyalty, compassion, and dedication are the foundation for all of the greatness over the years.

It is impossible to adequately describe what these 20 years have been like. Exciting, challenging, scary, humbling, and awesome are just a few that come to mind. We have experienced every adjective listed in the English language yet we still achieve improvement above all else. We are in the business of facing challenges and look forward to it every day. Here’s to never forgetting the past 20 years and reinventing the next 20 with all of you!

Best Regards,

Tracy Butler     Brad Butler
Co-Founders

Small Business Monthly Award

Acropolis was awarded for “Top 5 IT Companies in St. Louis” listed by the St. Louis Small Business Monthly. We were very honored to accept this award. It was a tremendous luncheon.

Miles For Meso Race

The Acropolis team had a great time running and volunteering at this awesome charity event to support cancer research and the victims of mesothelioma. We will be back next year Simmons Hanly Conroy!

Company Day at Six Flags

It was a great day to combine our work/home families together for some food and fun!

Acropolis Pictionary Tournament

We had a great time bonding over beers and bad drawings!

Acropolis Annual Family BBQ/Picnic

The Acropolis team had a great time bonding with family and co-workers at the annual BBQ over at Shaw Park.  Thanks to everyone who came out and helped make the evening a success!

Acropolis re-certifies PCI compliance

Merchant Services Company Clearent has re-certified Acropolis Technology Group as PCI DSS compliant. 

PCI DSS is a company specific certification that looks not only at your handling of credit card information but also the processes and security in the handling of payment data.  PCI compliance is a company by company standard.  Acropolis hosting services are PCI friendly meaning that our security and services will never be the reason that our clients are not PCI compliant.  We are SSAE16-Type II certified validating that Acropolis operations adhere and follow strict policies regarding security and operations.

Acropolis 3rd Thursday at Elijah P's

Monthly happy hour!  Good eats & drinks!

Acropolis 2016 Kickoff Party

The Acropolis team recently celebrated the start of 2016 at our annual Kickoff Party at Dave & Busters in St. Charles, Mo. Click here for some photos from the event.

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Five Windows 10 Tips and Tricks

Whether you’re getting ready to move from Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10 or have been up and running on the new operating system for some time now, there are a ton of great features - some obvious and some not-so-obvious - that can make your experience much better. Click through for five features you should add to your arsenal.

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Acropolis adds capacity to the Acropolis Business Cloud

We’ve recently expanded the capacity of Acropolis’ Business Cloud. Read on to see if our cloud (or any cloud) is right for you.

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Paint Night at Acropolis 8/20/15

A special thank you to the entire ESOP Committee and especially Sugi and Peggy for planning Paint Night at Acropolis.  We had 25 participants and many spectators (beer and wine consumers) getting together last Thursday for the August Night Out.  Come to find out, some are pretty artistic and….. some are not…  We are all looking forward to next month’s event touring haunted houses in Alton, Il.

Acropolis Technology Group implements ESOP

Mr. Tracy Butler, and Mr. Bradley Butler, Founders of Acropolis Technology Group, announced that their company has formed an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) and has joined the growing list of companies whose employees are stakeholders.  When the transaction is completed, Acropolis President Mr. Tracy Butler stated that the employees of Acropolis will own 30% of the Company.

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Understanding USB Security Risks

Think about how many devices you connect via a USB port daily. Cell phones, tablets, keyboards, mice, thumb drives are just to name a few. How secure are these devices?

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IRS and US-CERT Cautions Users: Prepare for Heightened Phishing Risk This Tax Season

As the tax deadline approaches, the IRS and US-CERT have cautioned users on heightened rish of phishing this tax season.

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Acropolis March 2014 Newsletter

In this issue, we discuss handling a major data breach, reducing workplace distractions and how to crop a photo in Photoshop CS5.

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Acropolis February 2015 Newsletter

In the February Acropolis newsletter, we discuss how to remove duplicates in Excel, best practices for email, and preparing for risks and disasters.

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Five Cloud Considerations for 2015

The cloud, once hyped as the latest technology trend, is now considered an essential IT system component. Rather than cloud adoption being an “if” conversation, it has shifted to a matter of when and how.Read on for five considerations for the cloud in 2015.

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Plan Ahead for Data Protection

When protecting your data, preparation is key. Read on for why you should plan ahead to step up your data protection.

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7 Common Misconceptions of Outsourcing IT

To outsource IT, or to not outsource IT? That is the question.

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16 Handy Tips, Tricks and New Features for iOS 8 Users

With iOS 8 making its way to users, here are 16 tips, tricks, and new features below that’ll help you make the most of your iPhone or iPad.

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Acropolis October 2014 Newsletter

In this issue, we discuss who now is the right time to migrate away from Windows XP, protecting yourself against social media scams, using PivotTables in Excel and tips for putting your disaster recovery plan into action.

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Acropolis September 2014 Newsletter

In the September issue, we discuss Office 365, combating bad email habits, presentation tips and more.

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E-Cycle to Help Reduce Waste and Hazardous Materials in Your Community

Electronic waste is growing exponentially and currently contributes 70 percent of the toxic materials in landfills. Here, Acropolis outlines opportunities to e-cycle in the St. Louis area.

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Acropolis August 2014 Newsletter

In this issue, we discuss Windows XP security, maintaining engagement in virtual meetings, developing forms in Microsoft Word 2014, and protecting your organization from various disasters.

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Get Fit - Acropolis completes the Warrior Dash and Wood River Triathlon

August 9, 2014 - Several Acropolonians trained for and competed in two events over this past weekend;  The 29th Annual Wood River Sprint Triathlon and the Warrior Dash.  Tracy Butler, James Turnbaugh, John Yarborough and Scott Ramage all completed the triathlon.  For two members it was their first event since having surgery on a shoulder and an ankle. 

Laura Jacobs competed in the Warrior Dash with her teenage son.  Everyone is sore but very pleased with their performances with several significantly lowering their times from last year.

Great Work to all!

Acropolis July 2014 Newsletter

In this issue, we discuss the dangers of counterfeit software, the benefits of workplace wellness programs and utilizing read receipts in Outlook 2010 and 2013.

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Understanding How Security Compliance Impacts Your Business

Our ever-expanding online world requires constant vigilance to keep cyber criminals at bay. As new systems and software updates happen, hackers are hard at work searching for security flaws to break into networks and compromise data.

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Acropolis June 2014 Newsletter

In the June issue of the Acropolis newsletter, we discuss best practices for effectively giving employee feedback, information on protecting yourself from “deceptive downloads,” and technology trends that your business can’t afford to ignore.

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Acropolis May 2014 Newsletter

In this issue, Acropolis announces its Service Organization Control (SOC) 1, Type II Examination, security habits of highly effective PC users, how develop talent in your organization across generations and more!

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Acropolis successfully completes its Service Organization Control (SOC) 1, Type II examination

We are pleased to announce that Acropolis Technology Group has successfully completed its Service Organization Control (SOC) 1, Type II examination in accordance with the Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) 16. SSAE 16 provides globally-recognized guidelines for companies to assess the integrity and effectiveness of their provider’s internal service controls and processes.

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Encrypt Text Messages and Phone Calls on your Android

Here we review two apps designed to secure text messages and phone calls on Android devices.

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Understand the Internet Explorer Security Vulnerability and Minimize Your Risk

You may have heard about a critical security vulnerability affecting Internet Explorer.  Our team at Acropolis would like to make you aware of the issue and provide recommendations as Microsoft and Acropolis work to remedy the issue.

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Acropolis April 2014 Newsletter

In this issue, we discuss the importance of modern technology for small businesses, smartphone security, and tips for managing your passwords.

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Common Viruses and Healthy Habits to Avoid Them

Viruses are like the secret agents of the cyber world; always pretending to be something they are not in order to get information from you (spyware anyone?). To help you deal with these sneaky pests, we have compiled a list of ways to counter them, so you can be your very own cyberspy.

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Acropolis March 2014 Newsletter

In this issue, we discuss the future of Windows XP, dealing with chatty coworkers, how to manage clutter in your inbox and mobile security tips.

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4 Privacy Tips for Your iOS 7 Device

Original Author: Dennis O’Reilly, CNet.com

Keep your location to yourself; block people in Phone, Messages, and FaceTime; give Safari trackers the boot; and see a link’s URL before you follow it.

If you haven’t upgraded your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to iOS 7 yet, there’s only one question: What are you waiting for? That’s not to say the new version of Apple’s mobile OS is perfect. Here are four iOS 7 privacy settings you may want to review.

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Acropolis February 2014 Newsletter

In this issue, we discuss the future of Windows XP, our top 5 security tactics and a comparison between Windows 7 and 8.1.

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3 Multitasking Features in Windows to Maximize Your Screen Space

Original Author: Ian Paul, PCWorld.com

There’s an old saying that the more money you have, the more you want. That’s how I feel about external monitors. I’ve got two, but three sure would be useful. And four? Don’t get me started.

But when you don’t have enough monitors in your life, you start learning how to maximize the space you do have. Here’s how to get the most out of your PC’s “desk space” using three features built into Windows.

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Acropolis 2014 Kick Off Party

Acropolonians celebrated the start of 2014 with our annual Kickoff Party at the Brunswick Zone in St. Charles, Missouri. We discussed plans for the upcoming year, bowled (we’re still better at IT than bowling) and played some laser tag.

The Acropolis team celebrated the holidays at the Lemp Mansion

The Acropolis team recently gathered at the Lemp Mansion in St. Louis to celebrate the holidays and a successful 2013. They enjoyed an interactive mystery theater show during dinner.

The evening began with Acropolis President Tracy Butler announcing the annual MVP awards, designed to recognize exemplary employees who went above and beyond the call of duty in the past year.

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The world's worst Viking - "Logan the Kiwi" conquers another service request

In an epic battle of good versus evil the world’s only viking born on a tropical island conquers another client request.  “There was a moment where I wasn’t sure who would survive” says Josh Nicholson at Acropolis.  ” I thought he was going to ask a fellow NOC engineer for help or worse, consult Google but with a bold move closed the ticket.  Truly Epic!”

Great work Logan!  Now, about the dragonship in the parking lot?

Congratulations to several Acropolonians in completing their first triathlon

Acropolis Technology Group is proud to announce the completion of our wellness initiative for 2013.  Acropolis partnered with the Metro East Tri Club in the Fit to be Tri’d triathlon challenge.  The challenge was for anyone at Acropolis who wanted a jump start to fitness could sign up with training support from the tri club culminating in the completion of the longest running triathlon in the area, the Wood River Triathlon.  Acropolis had 8 complete the event this weekend with several being first timers.  At the same time, a fellow Acropolonian, Jeff Harris, was competing and completed his first Olympic distance triathlon at Carlyle Lake! 

Congratulations to Barton, Kevin, Brad, Tracy, Scott, Laura, James, and John!  All have said they want to do it again next year!

Acropolis Fit to be Tri'd

Kevin, Brad, Scott Wood River Triathlon

Acropolis opens our new break room

Today Acropolis would like to thank EVERYONE that has worked so hard to give us the opportunity to add our new improved break room.  Our hope is that our team accepts this very small token of our success and know how much we appreciate what the Acropolonians do each and every day.  On behalf of everyone on the executive team we hope that our staff enjoys a nice area to take a breather, grab a soda & enjoy a snack.

Thank You!  Your input on making this an even better place to work is appreciated.

 

We are soo much better at IT than bowling

It’s a good thing we are better at technology than we are at bowling because aside from a few, we aren’t that good at bowling!  The service team spent the evening bowling at Tropicana Lanes on April 24th.  If pitchers of beer, pizza, and chicken bites were a sport we would hold our own. 

Great time had by all and I would like to attest for the fact that the pin guard does withstand a 16 pound ball thrown by MIke Scott.

2013 Acropolis Ranked in Global Managed Service List for the third consecutive year!

February 19, 2013: Acropolis Technology Group has landed on Nine Lives Media’s sixth-annual MSPmentor 501 Global Edition (http://www.mspmentor.net/top501), a distinguished list and report identifying the world’s top 501 managed service providers (MSPs). This year’s report has been expanded extensively to include:
• MSPmentor 501 Global Edition
• MSPmentor 100 Small Business Edition (top MSPs with 10 or fewer employees)
• MSPmentor 200 North America Edition


“To be recognized as an industry leader once is a great honor, but three times in a row is a great testament to the hard work and contributions that everyone makes everyday at Acropolis!”

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Interchange Technologies joins Acropolis Technology Group

Today we are pleased to announce that Interchange Technologies, Inc has merged with Acropolis Technology Group. The combined teams of Acropolis Technology Group and Interchange would like to welcome you! We truly feel that combining our two organizations will provide services previously unavailable and together we are a better organization than we were apart. Interchange has provided consulting, technology management, and large project based services to the St. Louis community for 18 years. In addition to the services and engineers that Interchange clients have come to rely on, Acropolis brings a team of professionals recognized nationally as a leading Managed Service Provider. Acropolis has been in business servicing the region since 1996 and has been serving many of the areas finest businesses and organizations for over 15 years. Our combined organization of over 50 professionals are here for you when you need us.

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Acropolonians Get Fit by doing ToughMudder

On 10/14/2012 16 Acropolonians attempted and conquered an 11 mile endurance event held in Poplar Bluff, Missouri called the ToughMudder (http://toughmudder.com).  The ToughMudder is a race that is held throughout the country that challenges it contestants both physically and mentally and focuses on teamwork and your ability to overcome. 

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We are pleased to announce Sextant Technology Partners has merged with Acropolis Technology Group

Today we are pleased to announce that Sextant Technology Partners has merged with Acropolis Technology Group. The combined teams of Acropolis Technology Group and Sextant Technology Partners would like to welcome you! We truly feel that combining our two organizations will provide services previously unavailable and together we are a better organization than we were apart. Sextant has provided consulting, technology management, and disaster recovery services to the St. Louis community for thirty years. In addition to the services and engineers that Sextant clients have come to rely on, Acropolis brings a team of professionals recognized nationally as a leading Managed Service Provider. Acropolis has been in business servicing the region since 1996 and as a Gold member of the St. Louis ALA Chapter we have been consulting the legal community as well for over a decade. Our combined organization of nearly 40 professionals is here for you when you need us.

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Acropolis Day @ Six Flags

Acropolis Technology Group spent the day at Six Flags.  Click on the link for some pics of the day!

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Congratulations Justin on passing the CCNA Exam

Acropolis is pleased to announce the System Engineer Justin Henn passed his Cisco Certified Network Engineer exam with a near perfect 973/1000 score! 

Great Job Justin!

Acropolis Seclected as 2012 Best in Business Award Winner (July 2012)

Acropolis Technology Group was selected as one of the Best IT Firms in St. Louis.  Each year, the Small Business Monthly polls their readership to select the best companies across many industries.  Acropolis was selected in the category of “Best IT Firm”.

We would like to thank all of our dedicated employees for their tireless effort.  We would also like to thank our clients for not just enjoying our relationship but taking the time to vote.

A link to the entire list can be found here.

Acropolis Technology Group Supports 8th Annual Simmons Foundation Golf Tourrnament (June 2012)

For the 8th straight year Acropolis Technology Group is a proud Eagle Sponsor of the Simmons Foundation Golf Tournament Benefitting the Burns Recovered Support Group.  This organization was formed in 1983 by a group of of burn survivors with the assistance of members of the burn care team at St. John’s Mercy Medical
Center. 

Tracy Butler, Brad Butler, Steve Schweizer, Jim Howard

 

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Acropolis gives a sincere thanks with Pappy's BBQ open house event

Acropolis welcomed over 80 clients, vendors, and friends of Acropolis on June 28th with an open house and BBQ.  We served Pappys Smokehouse (bovted best BBQ in St. Louis). 

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Acropolis June 2012 Newsletter

In this issue we invite you to our Open House and Barbecue event, we discuss mobile security, a business continuity plan gives you one less thing to worry about, and a business continuity tip.

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Acropolis Supports Saint Anthony's Foundation 12th Annual Charity Golf Tournament 6/4/2012

The Saint Anthony’s Foundation held their 12th annual Charity Golf tournament and Lockhaven Country club on Monday June 4th, 2012.  Between both morning and noon starts there were over 60 teams participating to help raise funds to benefit Saint Anthony’s Cancer Services.

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Butler selected to the 2012 100 St. Louisans to know list by Small Business Monthly Magazine

Tracy Butler, Acropolis Technology Group, Selected to the 2012 list of 100 St. Louisans To Know.
Almost 16 years ago, Tracy Butler and his brother, Brad Butler, started Acropolis Technology Group to provide high-quality IT services and IT support to St. Louis businesses. Today, Butler and his team have been active in building the concept of managed services in St. Louis. Butler has been one of the pioneers of the concept of remotely watching computer systems and helping to fix issues before they break. Whether it’s through managed services or other technical capabilities, Butler is dedicated to helping other business owners grow their businesses.

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Acropolis Technology Group is pleased to announce the addition of office space to our Clayton location

Due to our unprecedented growth, Acropolis Technology Group has added an additional 50% to the square footage of their Clayton office. This expansion will primarily be used to make room for additional Managed Service, Account Management, and Project Management staff.

This additional space will allow us to continue to focus on providing flexible on-premises, private cloud, and public cloud hosting and management solutions to our St. Louis-based clients and St. Louis regional small business customers.

We are excited about the continued growth and expansion of Acropolis Technology Group.

Our address remains unchanged:
Acropolis Technology Group
300 Hunter Avenue, Suite 103
St. Louis, MO 63124

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Acropolis Ranked in Global Managed Service List for a second time in a row on MSPMentor.net

Acropolis Technology Group has landed on Nine Lives Media’s fifth-annual MSPmentor 100 Global Edition, a distinguished list identifying the world’s top 100 managed service providers (MSPs).

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