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One-Quarter Of Companies Fall Short Of Business Transformation Goals

A report from KPMG found that while the nearly all of U.S. companies are transforming their businesses (98 percent), about 25 percent fail to realize the optimal value of their initiatives.

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EXECUTIVE COMMENTARY

  • 7 Steps To A Seamless Email Marketing Campaign
    7 Steps To A Seamless Email Marketing Campaign

    Email marketing campaigns can be extremely effective, and are a relatively inexpensive marketing tactic. Assuming you’ve built up your prospect database, an email marketing campaign ensures you’ll reach a large audience with your message — whether you’re sharing educational “thought leadership” content, unveiling a new product offering, or following up after an event.

  • 6 Considerations That Make Or Break Business Continuity
    6 Considerations That Make Or Break Business Continuity

    The term disaster recovery conjures images of widespread flooding or a fire destroying data centers or rendering workplaces unrecognizable. Natural disasters and accidents are concerns, but the reality is disasters in enterprise IT are more frequently caused by mistakes or accidents unrelated to the weather or any other kind of large-scale accident.

  • 3 Things IT Solutions Providers Should Include In A Successful Email Marketing Campaign
    3 Things IT Solutions Providers Should Include In A Successful Email Marketing Campaign

    When it comes to building an effective email marketing campaign, it’s been my experience that it’s best to first ensure that you develop a plan and campaign that’s not only unique enough to grab the user, but will also effectively accomplish what you are trying to promote.

  • Big Data Can Boost HR For Your IT Clients, But Are HR Reps Being Left Behind?
    Big Data Can Boost HR For Your IT Clients, But Are HR Reps Being Left Behind?

    Big Data has already become a common sight in nearly every aspect of business, so why not human resources? After all, Big Data can introduce some tremendous benefits to business areas such as marketing, finance, and sales. Those same benefits can be applied to the human resources department at companies all over the world, giving HR representatives a boost in their work.

  • Efficiency, Productivity, Lower Turnover Costs: The ROI Of Employee Reviews
    Efficiency, Productivity, Lower Turnover Costs: The ROI Of Employee Reviews

    In my last post I spoke about the need to have quarterly “un-reviews” and why they can be an effective and useful tool in managing your employees. I also mentioned that annual reviews are an equally important part of any organization’s performance management strategy.  From increased employee satisfaction to an increased bottom line, properly executed reviews can absolutely be utilized to maximize your return on investment.

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WHITE PAPERS & CASE STUDIES

  • Defending SMBs With Cloud-Managed Security
    Defending SMBs With Cloud-Managed Security

    Technology is a two edged sword. On one side, the introduction of new applications, devices, and web services makes people’s lives and jobs easier and more productive. On the other, the increase in user mobility, the migration to faster data pipes and the exchange of more information open businesses up to new threats and increased susceptibility to cyber attacks.

  • SMBs: The Attacker’s Target

    Cybercrime is increasing at epidemic proportions, from consumers, to SMB organizations to large enterprises. According to avtest.org, an independent service provider of anti-virus research, more malware was found in the past two years than in the previous 10 years combined. From 2013 to 2014, new malware jumped just over 71 percent from 83M to 142M new strains being introduced. And it turns out Small to Medium Business (SMB) organizations are becoming the cybercriminal’s “sweet spot”.

  • The Plastic Breach: Protecting The Retail Sector

    Who would have thought that a small piece of plastic measuring a mere 2.125 inches by 3.370 inches could open a window to so much mayhem? For the past three years, cybercriminals have been targeting the retail industry. During 2014, we saw large- name retailers like Michaels, Neiman Marcus, PF Chang’s, Staples, Dairy Queen, Goodwill, UPS, Target, and Home Depot all make headlines.

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MANAGED SERVICES INDUSTRY EVENTS

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May 19-21 Greenville, SC    
ASCII Success Summit      May 28-29 Chicago    
LabTech Automation Nation June 1-3 Orlando, FL    
Channel Transitions -  Mid-Atlantic June 4 Newark, NJ    
D&H Distributing Mid-Atlantic Summer Technology Show June 4 Hershey, PA    
D&H Education Back-to-School Show June 17-18 Lancaster, PA    
ASCII Success Summit      June 25-26 Newark, NJ    
         

ABOUT NETWORKING

Networking refers to the range of hardware, software, processes, regulations, and protocols that make up computer and other networks. A network is a telecommunications system that allows connected devices to exchange data via cables or wirelessly (Wi-Fi). Networks provide shared access to systems, services, applications, and devices such as the World Wide Web, servers, printers, storage devices, email, messaging, and many more.

Security on networks is controlled by a network administrator through a set of provisions and policies that prevent unauthorized access to the network and network-accessible resources. Access to secured networks requires authentication usually via username and password (one-factor authentication), but can be augmented to include additional steps based on something a user 'has' such as generating a code via a security token, card, or mobile phone (two-factor authentication), and further augmented to include something a user 'is' such as a retinal or fingerprint scan. Firewalls enforce access policies on the network and anti-virus software or intrusion prevention systems (IPS) help to detect and inhibit malware and other potential threats.

Networks can be connected by electrical cable, radio waves, and optical fiber which are defined as layers 1 (physical layer) and 2 (data link layer) in the OSI model. Types of wired technologies include twisted pair wire, coaxial cable, ITU-T G.hn, and optical fiber. Wireless technologies include terrestrial microwave, satellite, cellular and PCS, radio and spread spectrum, and infrared. The basic hardware components of a network include network interface controllers (NIC), repeaters and hubs, network bridges, network switches, routers, and firewalls.

Ethernet is the most widely-adopted and used family of communications media used in local area networks (LAN), encompassing both wired and wireless network communications. IEEE 802 defines the standards and protocols that enable networked device communications. Networks can be classified by physical capacity or purpose such as personal area networks (PAN), local area network (LAN), storage area network (SAN), wide area network (WAN), virtual private network (VPN), and others.

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MULTIMEDIA

  • CloudFounders Equips MSPs To Offer Cloud Solutions
    CloudFounders Equips MSPs To Offer Cloud Solutions

    At Channel Transitions Midwest on October 7, 2014 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Chicago-Oak Brook, Jonathan Kos, VP of sales at CloudFounders, tells how managed services providers can leverage CloudFounders’ white-labeled products to offer privately hosted cloud solutions. 

  • WorldPay Tells How Payment Solutions Can Lead To Recurring Revenue
    WorldPay Tells How Payment Solutions Can Lead To Recurring Revenue

    At Channel Transitions Midwest on October 7, 2014 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Chicago-Oak Brook, Chester Ritchie, senior VP of strategic partnerships at WorldPay, displays payment solutions and discusses how solutions providers can establish recurring revenue streams.

  • GFI MAX Demonstrates Patch Management Feature
    GFI MAX Demonstrates Patch Management Feature

    At Channel Transitions Midwest on October 7, 2014 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Chicago-Oak Brook, Nadia Karatsoreos, community manager for GFI MAX, introduces sales engineer Andrew Crihfield who demonstrates the platform’s patch management feature.

  • Plantronics Displays Headset Options At Smart VAR Healthcare Summit
    Plantronics Displays Headset Options At Smart VAR Healthcare Summit

    Brad Barnes, sales manager of specialized channels for Plantronics, displays USB-based, wireless, and Bluetooth headsets at the Smart VAR Healthcare Summit, powered by ScanSource and Business Solutions magazine on August 21, 2014, at the Westin Chicago Northwest.

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