October 2013
In this issue

> Which Type of Cloud is Right for Your Business
> The Phenomena of Hashtags
> Introducing the New Windows 8.1
> Excel Tips for Handling Lots of Data
> Business Continuity Tip
> Cartoon/Quote

Business Continuity Tip
The Unknown
Risk Ahead

With nearly 80% of its staff still furloughed, the Center for Disease Control is forced to watch this year's start to flu season from the sidelines. As a result, it's unclear how many Americans have been infected, how badly, and which bugs are to blame. To make matters worse, the Mayo Clinic reports the repercussions will continue to impact the season well after the government reopens, stating the CDC is now, "behind the curve."

More than ever, the importance of being prepared this year cannot be overstated. A flu outbreak can have a huge impact on your organization's ability to operate. 

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


Which Type of Cloud is Right for Your Business?
used with permission from Technology at Work

OK, you€ve made the decision to move to the cloud. It€s now time to determine which cloud solution and set of supporting services is right not only for you, but potentially for your clients. After all, you€re also working with and safeguarding their data assets.

As we€ve previously touched upon, numerous public, managed, private and hybrid options abound, with varying levels of data privacy, security, flexibility and ready accessibility. Whichever solution is best for you, your business stands to benefit through lower hardware maintenance, faster access and lower support costs. Cloud computing enables you to budget and spend less on IT and focus more on delivering value.

Choosing the right type of cloud service shouldn€t be daunting, as the differences between the various types are relatively clear.

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The Phenomena of #Hashtags
used with permission from Technology at Work

It€s a simple symbol € two lines intersecting two lines. It€s been known as the number sign, the pound sign and the hash mark. It€s used for different purposes in linguistics, mathematics and computing. Of course, we€re talking about the # symbol. It€s a simple sign, but one with growing influence.

Today, the # symbol is used to create €hashtags€ in social media posts on sites like Twitter and Facebook. A hashtag is the # symbol followed by a word or phrase.

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Introducing the New Windows 8.1: Frequently Asked Questions
used with permission from Microsoft

What is the difference between Windows 8 and Windows 8.1?

Windows 8.1 provides the best user experience on all types of devices:
  • Personalize your Start screen with the people, apps, and information that matter most to you and with unique designs, colors, photos, and live tiles that give you instant information.

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Excel Tips for Handling Lots of Data
used with permission from Technology at Work

Managing huge amounts of data in Excel can be painful if you don€t know how to handle it properly. These tips* will boost your effectiveness and will make you feel more confident with hundreds of rows and columns.

1. Freeze Panes

Have you ever dived into the unexplored depths of Excel spreadsheet in search of a specific cell or value?

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Quote of the Month

"No medicine cures what happiness cannot."

- Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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