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March 2016 – CCSiT now has a partnership running the show!

Johannes (Joh) Breytenbach has finally consented to joining the team as a co-director.

Joh brings a wealth of experience to CCSiT both managerially with decades of executive management experience, and technically with decades of Web, Database and E-Learning platform design and delivery experience. And if that is not enough, Joh also studied law and practised as a Queens Prosecutor for 3 years before being lured by the intricacies of code development…

Having worked with Joh for just over 12 months on another project, I quickly realised that I really needed his skill and experience to help develop CCSiT into a Premier Support Provider with an impeccable reputation for doing what is right and responsible.

With Joh, we have now developed a Company Mission and 5 year plan that retains and builds on our core values of Honesty, Integrity, Fair dealings and a Relationship-based support model.

Back in 1998 when I started ITM Solutions (long before our name change to CCSiT), there were 3 sayings that I strongly believed in and tried to live my life according to.

This company was built based on these sayings and has now, with Joh’s assistance, brought them very much back to the forefront of our Company values and behavioural standards.

The first saying was borrowed from a famous identity “Charles Swindoll” who is an author, educator and Christian pastor that is relating to behaviour and attitude.

  1. According to Charles, “Life is 10% about what happens to you, and 90% about how you react to it”
  2. The second saying is simply “Treat others as you would like to be treated”, and the final saying is
  3. “You are 100% responsible for your own decisions and actions. There is no reason you should ever leave anyone worse off for having come in contact with you”

Joh strongly shares in my passion for delivering support to our clients based on these three tenets of behaviour and social responsibility.

As our existing clients are already aware, we do not overcharge in comparison to our direct competition and we operate with our clients in finding the right compromise between cost and quality to suit their needs and budget.

What mostly stands us apart is the proven track record of doing what it takes to rectify mistakes. To err is human. To admit it, apologise for it and rectify it, is what makes the difference between a responsible adult and a self-centred egocentric.

So, in conclusion, please join with me in welcoming Joh to our team and enjoying the rewards his expertise brings.

Kind Regards

Thomas Hayes


CCSiT Pty Ltd

Windows 10 – Do you Love it? … or hate it?

Well, for the first time ever, there is plenty to “love”,

a bit to “hate”

and a bunch of “getting used to”

involved in this latest operating platform from Microsoft.


What we have all been told however, is that this is the last major change of how it works. From now on, we will just be getting upgraded releases of Windows 10 instead of having to re-learn an entire operating system every time Microsoft decides to release a new version.

In Microsoft’s words,

“Windows 10 is the first step to an era of more personal computing, one in which Microsoft is moving Windows from its heritage of enabling a single device – the PC – to a world that is more mobile, natural, and grounded in trust. With Windows 10, applications, services, and content move across devices seamlessly and easily. Windows 10 features a universal app platform and universal store, providing a consistent experience across devices.

Windows 10 helps make people more productive and have more fun, with a personal, natural experience that works across all of their devices. Windows 10 delivers ongoing feature innovations and security updates, and it is available as a free* upgrade to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users.”

Personally, I (once I got used to it) loved Windows 7. Before that, Win XP.

I could not stand Win 8! I was forced to uninstall it before I lost my temper and ‘rebooted it through the windows’ (get the pun?)

Windows 10 has come along and I must be fully upfront in saying that it took me a little while to venture out and test it. I mean really, who wants the hassle of re-installing an entire computer just to find it is worse than what you already had?

But, with my entire tech team calling me a techno-phoebe (including casuals I had only just hired 2 weeks earlier) along with other terms and phrases I probably cannot print, I finally took the plunge and got one of the team to load it for me (I know, right! Huge commitment on my part!).

And the result? I actually am pretty happy. I have finally become used to it and find a lot of things I knew and loved from Win7 being re-added and some of the really stupid and horrible things from Win8 being removed. ‘My Computer’ is now ‘My PC’. I can live with that.

In reality, I don’t have a choice about using Windows 10 – unless I want to go Apple or Linux for a business platform – and that I do NOT want to do, but I am really quite happy with Windows 10 and would probably have migrated to it even if I did not have to.

Warning with regards to upgrading to WIN 10: Some older Laptops (Pre 2011) have not supplied drivers for the graphics and result in a black screen. It becomes a bit more difficult to fix an issue if you cannot see it so please backup important data before attempting it. Even a quick Google search “<Laptop brand and model> with Windows 10” will give you a fairly good idea if yours is going to be okay before you start.

For more information, see the Windows 10 Upgrade page on Microsoft’s website.

For now, enjoy the new windows and give yourself enough time to get used to it before you start having to meet deadlines. I found a glass of wine to be especially helpful with my first explore of it.


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