December 2014
In this issue

> Are you ready for the New Year? Here's a 2015 checklist!
> Get ready for 2015!
> Hurricanes, water, earthquakes, and flares: How the cloud protects your data
> Take the risk out of working-on-the-go
> The Importance of General Software Updates and Patches
> Cartoon/Quote

Business Continuity Tip

Unexpected Weather Conditions

Recently, 7 feet of snow hammered the southern part of Buffalo, NY. With an average snow fall of over 3-5 inches an hour, many residents were left with little to no time to prepare. Click here to see the incredible photos.

This type of sudden event and those like last year's southeastern snow storm that left thousands stranded on major highways are excellent reminders that the time to prepare is always before the storm. Here are some tips to help you get ahead of an unexpected storm:
  • Hold a meeting to ensure you and your employees know how to respond and communicate in such an event. 
  • Update your recovery plan today, including important contact information.
  • Pack a winter emergency kit for your car. Encourage your employees to do the same.
Learn more tips on how to prepare: Download the Winter Weather Preparedness Checklist.

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We will be closed Thursday, December 25th and Thursday, January 1st in observance of
Christmas and New Year's Day.

During this holiday season, we are so thankful for all of the businesses, organizations, and individuals we have had the opportunity to do business with this year. We have enjoyed working with every one of you and look forward to continuing the relationship in the new year. Here at Databranch, we have been making the most of the holiday season including: decorating our office, adopting a Gift Tree family, eating too many cookies to count, and participating in a murder mystery luncheon for our annual Christmas party. Our office will be closed Thursday, December 25th and Thursday, January 1st in observance of Christmas and New Year's Day. We would like to wish all of you joy and happiness throughout the rest of this season and an even brighter new year!


Are you ready for the New Year? Here's a 2015 checklist!

As we near the end of 2014, it's time to start thinking, planning, and budgeting for the New Year. We have a short checklist of four key areas we think you should consider when making your plan. If you have any questions about these key areas for your business, please reach out to Databranch! 

>  Outdated Software: Are you running programs or hardware that are out of date and unsupported? Are you still running Windows XP, which lost support from Microsoft in April 2014? Is your network still running on Windows Server 2003, which will hit end of life in July 2015? It's important for your company's security and productivity to upgrade, and we recommend making the move now. Upgrading from Server 2003 is not a quick process! Learn more here: http://www.databranch.com/blog/windows-server-2003-is-end-of-support-in-july-2015

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Get ready for 2015!
used with permission from HP Technology at Work

The end of the calendar year is more than just a time for your business to tie up financial strings, address HR matters, and host holiday parties. It's also a great opportunity to assess your organization's technological standing.

Here are six things that should be on your end-of-the-year technology checklist to help ensure your organization is at the top of its technology game in 2015 and beyond:

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Hurricanes, water, earthquakes, and flares: How the cloud protects your data
used with permission from Microsoft For Your Business

When faced with hurricanes, earthquakes, geomagnetic storms, and floods, company data is safer in the cloud than anywhere else.

Traditional data centers are built strong to protect against natural disasters, but when it comes time for your data to evacuate, it needs to have somewhere to go. The cloud offers that protection with multiple levels of redundancy across the world, so your data will survive even if one location is hit or damaged. Here are four scenarios the cloud protects you from:


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Take the risk out of working-on-the-go
used with permission from Microsoft For Your Business

The future of work is mobile. But you may be worried that working from anywhere, on any device, could expose you to added security risks. Whether you're a road warrior or remote worker here are some simple tips to stay protected.

Bring your own WiFi

Working on the go can sometimes make you feel tethered to public WiFi. But free access points can be slow, unreliable, and worst of all, unsecured. Thankfully, you can use your smartphone as both a WiFi locator and a hotspot to get connected on the go.

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The Importance of General Software Updates and Patches
used with permission from Norton by Symantec
by Nadia Kovacs


We all get them from time to time- those little windows that pop up, notifying us that there are software updates available for our computer. Chances are, these always seem to present themselves right when we are in the middle of doing something seemingly important, so it's all too convenient to click on that "Remind Me Later" button. Later eventually rolls around, and our little pop-up friend is back once again, nagging us to install these updates and restart our computer. And just like during their last visit, we're right in the middle of something, and the cycle continues. However, that notification is not there just to pester us. There is actually significant importance in updating our software.

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Quote of the Month

"Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand."

- Mother Teresa


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(716) 373-4467 - Olean    |    (607) 733-8550 - Corning/Elmira
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