August 2012
In this issue

> Aging IT Networks
> Is Consumer Grade Good Enough?
> Premise Virtualization
> Are You Ready to BYOD?
> Publish Slideshow
> Business Continuity Tip
> Cartoon/Quote

How to Publish Your Slideshow as a YouTube Video

Picture this: you€ve just given a great presentation about your company€s latest product. People loved it and you€ve been asked if you could share your slides. You love the idea of sharing your presentation € but how? Enter the PowerPoint €save as video€ feature! All you need to reach a global audience is a few clicks in PowerPoint and a video host like YouTube.

Publishing your PowerPoint slideshow as a video is a great, easy, and free, way to share your information with other people across the globe. In this how-to, you will learn how to do it with the most popular way to host and share videos - YouTube.

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Business Continuity Tip

Power Play

What is the #1 risk for business disasters?The main culprit of business downtime is. . .power loss 

Just last week we saw nearly 4.25 million people lose power following the violent storms that whipped through the Mid-Atlantic States. For residences, power outages like these can be a tremendous inconvenience. . .but for businesses, the loss of power for an extended period of time represents not only an inconvenience, but a direct impact on their profitability.

Don't let a power outage bring your business to a grinding halt. 

Please forward this newsletter to anyone else in your organization who might be interested!

3 Hidden Costs of Aging IT Networks

Network refresh. . .I€ll give you a moment to stop cringing.

Better? Ok.

It€s something that most business leaders don€t want to think about, but needs to be considered when your network reaches the three year mark. A network refresh is an investment, there€s no doubt about that, but the cost of doing nothing and continuing to work on an aging network most likely has greater costs that you may not even realize.

Consider the fact that network components begin to deteriorate after 3 years. That means they require more maintenance than new equipment. Add in that the demands on today€s networks are much higher than ever (stop and think about how much more work do you do using technology than you did a few years ago!) and will only continue to go up, and that you€re asking equipment designed for a previous age to deliver on these increased demands, and you have a recipe for a network break down.

Let€s take a look at some of the underlying costs associated with an aging network:

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Computers: Is Consumer Grade Enough for Your Business?

Sure, it's enticing. You€ll save money right now if you run out to your local big box store or hop online and purchase that computer or that combo firewall/wireless router that's on sale. But is that money saved really worthwhile for your business in the long run?

They say that a penny saved is a penny earned, but when it comes to your business technology, that penny saved may cost you a lot more later on down the road.

The main reason is that the majority of equipment sold at the big box stores is for home users and aren't made for the higher demands of a small business. Think about it€is that combo firewall/wireless router really going to stop a professional hacker from accessing your critical business or customer data, or provide the security to protect your network? It's not.

Let's start by taking a look at the most widespread piece of technology throughout any business in the country€the computer.

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Premise Virtualization: What Is It and Why Do I Need It?

Recently, there has been a lot of talk about virtualization. It's definitely one of the rising trends in the business world. Premise virtualization is a more efficient way to manage the resources you have in motion and uses the traditional data center approach, where the virtualized servers are hosted on-site at your own data center, and you own and maintain your own servers. Lower cost of ownership and more control are just a couple perks from going the virtualization route.

Lower Costs

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Are You Ready to BYOD?
reprinted with permission from the HP Technology at Work

As business becomes more mobile, tablets and smartphones are taking an active role in the technology shift. BYOD (bring your own device), where employees use their personal devices to complete work tasks, is becoming common practice€sometimes sanctioned and sometimes under-the-radar. It's inevitable that people will want to consolidate devices and make work as easy as possible, but can a tablet or smartphone really be used as your primary computing tool?

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Quote of the Month

"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life. It goes on."

- Robert Frost

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