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SMB Nation has been serving the Bainbridge Island area since 2001, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Office 365 Security Blues – Roadshow Content Added

When having conversations with long-time SMB Nation peeps, those steeped in Small Business Server (SBS), the mere mention of Office 365 brings a response focused on security concerns. We got the message and received the memo. So based on popular (and I’d add populist) demand, we’ve added a security lecture to our popular Office 365 and Windows 10 roadshow.

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So building a wall to keep the bad guys out isn’t completely realistic (although a firewall is LOL), our expert speaker Grant Thompson does touch on important Office 365 Officesecuritysecurity topics (listed below) that you might not have considered. In fact, I’ll go so far as to assert we are offering content that includes something for everyone and more importantly, something YOU DO NOT KNOW! In fact, if you honestly knew everything in this lecture, we’ll refund your workshop fee. That would be very easy as the workshop is complimentary LOL!

Office 365 security topics:

  • Encrypted Data at Rest and in Transit 
  •  Automated operations and Just-In-Time Access
  • Everything is designed to Fail
  • Customer LockBox
  • Data Loss Prevention 
  •  Information protection using RMS
  •  RMS OneDrive for Business Sync 
  •  Sync block for non-domain PCS
  •  Enteprise Mobility and Security Suite: Discussion and Demo! 
  •  Four Layer End-to-End Security 
  •  Compliance – CJIS standards 
  •  Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics
  • Hybrid Identity
  • Common Identity and Access Problem 
  •  Manage your external identities 
  •  Windows Azure Active Directory Premium
  • Device and Application Protection via Intune

We take our responsibility as a independent ombudsman seriously representing you. Therefore, we hope we’ve earned your trust and more importantly your desire to attend one of our workshops traveling the US this spring.

You can learn more here: http://2016roadshow.smbnation.com/.

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D&H Mid-Atlantic Fall Show to be Held Oct. 30 in Hershey, PA

DH-80px round 95thD&H Distributing said today that is has finalized plans for its annual Mid-Atlantic Fall Technology Show. The event, which will be held near D&H headquarters in Hershey, PA, will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 11am-8:30pm.

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ChannelPro SMB Wraps Up Successful East Coast Event

CP LogoLast week, we reported on and attended the ChannelPro-SMB event in New Jersey. During the event, which included sessions on Adapting Your Business to the Cloud, Where the Money Is in Mobility, and Winning Sales and Marketing Strategies for MSPs, also featured a hardware trends session that provided attendees with a hands-on look at the latest hardware innovations.

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SMB Nation Firms up Sessions and Pre-Day Content for its 11th Annual Fall Conference

conference logoSMB Nation has firmed up its pre-day and conference content for its 11th Annual Fall Conference. Set to kick off with the pre-day programming on Wednesday, Oct. 9, the conference will be held Thursday, Oct. 10-Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Rio Conference Center in Las Vegas.

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Industry Convenes at ChannelPro East Coast Event in New Jersey

Rich Mike EdRight now, as we speak, I am live and on site at the ChannelPRO SMB Forum event in New Jersey. If you remember, the group hosted its spring event this past April in California, which Harrybbb attended.

Pictured (L to R): Rich Papaioannou of HP, Michael Siggins of ChannelPro, and Ed Mana of Technology on Demand, on the show floor at today's ChannelPro event in New Jersey.

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Tech Industry Convenes this week for CompTIA ChannelCon

340392879On its third and final day of its annual industry event, CompTIA’s ChannelCon (formerly Breakaway) featured meetings of several CompTIA member communities and advisory councils. These groups of industry thought leaders help shape the association’s initiatives, programs, education and research.

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D&H to Host New England Tech Show August 6

D&H Distributing told us today that they will conduct their New England 2013 Technology Show on August 6 at the Boston Marriott Quincy Hotel, Quincy, MA.  The distributor said they will expect close to 500 attendees and more than 60 participating vendors for this event.  Registration begins at 11:00 a.m., with seminars initiating at 12:00 p.m. The exhibit floor opens at 3:00 p.m.  

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Register for Karl Palachuk’s SMB Online Conference, Win a FREE Micro Machine Star Trek

Trekkies on alert! Click here to view this cool video from our friend Karl Palachuk of Great Little Book Publishing Co., discussing his SMB Online Conference. In the video, Karl discusses this fantastic promotion that you must take advantage of (whether you are a Trekkie or not)…simply refer one of your friends to the SMB Online Conference and tell them to be sure to put your name in the "How did you hear about us" box.

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SMB Nation Announces Theme, Agenda via New Web Site for its 2013 Fall Conference

SMB Nation announced that it will hold its 11th Annual Fall Conference Oct 10-12, 2013, at the Rio Conference Center in Las Vegas. With the conference kicking off officially with pre-day sessions on Wednesday, Oct. 9, this year’s theme is based on “LivExperience” and will be touted as an event that will give attendees the opportunity to master emerging technologies, explore the industry trends impacting their MSP practices and customers, and will feature numerous opportunities to network and meet potential business partners.

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Creative Strategist John Armato to Speak at Karl Palachuk’s SMB Online Conference

Technology author Karl Palachuk encourages Managed Service Providers to reboot their business for the current economy – and his guest keynote speaker Creative Strategist John Armato challenges the IT community to think INSIDE the box to do it. With that being said, Palachuk has invited Armato to address the community during his SMB Onlinie Conference that will run 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Pacific on June 25-27, 2013.

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They wore it well! SMB Forum Review…

SMB Forum Polite ImageA tip of the hat to our partner ChannelProSMB for its recent SMB Forum in Long Beach, CA. SMB Nation happily supported this second year show. The show presented a balanced attendee/sponsor mix fortified by top speakers. My expectations as a sponsor on the floor were managed and I will repeat. Just my little “Yelp” to get this party started.

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D&H Show Recap: OOMA

Some things never get old. Attending one of D&H Distributing’s live events is one of those things. Always good food and lectures, the show, held four times per year in different North American cities, just completed it West Coast show in Los Angeles, last Wednesday, March 14.

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Geek Week

Last year we declared “Geek Week” in Seattle to be the convergence of the long-time MVP Summit, our own conference and the MacTech Boot Camp that all occurred in a seven-day period. This year, the situation was slightly different with Microsoft Research’s TechFest and the MacTech Boot Camp II occurring last week in Seattle. I’ll report on both here.

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Is Convergence Finally Here? Mac and PC Worlds…

Over the past two days, the MacTech Boot Camp in Seattle has brought together a robust audience of Apple aficionados. So intrigued was I that I attended part of both days. The first day (Tuesday) focused on an Office for Mac accreditation. Yesterday was the full-on robust workshop featuring a variety of Macintosh-centric topics including mobility, storage and Office as seen here: http://www.mactech.com/bootcamp/sessions.

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CompTIA’s Rebrands Annual Breakaway Event as ChannelCon

CompTIA announced today that its annual Breakaway event is undergoing a new name and identity change. The industry trade association says that the conference, which will now be known as ChannelCon, will build upon the current Breakaway legacy with additional education, training and networking opportunities.  The inaugural CompTIA ChannelCon is scheduled for July 29-31 at the Peabody Orlando Hotel in Orlando, Fla.

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D&H West Coast Tech Show Next Week to Feature Windows 8, Cloud Topics

D&H Distributing is opening its 2013 trade show schedule with the 11th Annual West Coast Technology Show next week on Thursday, March 14, at the Pacific Palms Resort in Industry Hills, CA.  Registration starts at 12:00 noon and seminars run from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  The exhibit floor, holding booths from more than 65 D&H vendor partners, will be open from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  The distributor expects upwards of 500 VARs in attendance.

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ASCII Events - How do they do it?

One thing clients like is managed expectations. In that category, I’d give the 2013 ASCII Success Summit a big thumbs up. You can count on a quality venue, great catering, approximately 100 engaged attendees, and a wide range of industry solution sponsors. You will also find the event is lacking the hyperbole or ethical conflicts plaguing other IT tours resembling aggressive time-share seminars. All in all, ASCII remains relevant and energetic “after all these years” with Jerry K at the day-to-day helm.

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Thank You Small Business Campaign Launches Tonight in NYC

It’s no secret that the U.S. economy (and in turn) U.S. small businesses have been hit hard over the past few years.  Despite a lot of discussions from the government, corporations and the media, it is not getting easier to grow a small business, and our economy has a long way to go before we fully recover.  As efforts continue to stimulate the economy with huge corporate bailouts and the ongoing frenzy to find and fund the next big start up, the true backbone of our economy- small businesses- continue to fight every day to keep their businesses alive and, as a result, our economy going--and they don’t get a lot of appreciation or support.

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BlogWorld Snaps Up Ramon Ray’s Small Biz Summit, Small Biz Tour Events

Last week, right after everyone returned to their desks following the holiday break, and in time for the New Year, Ramon Ray (pictured at right), a self-proclaimed Technology Evangelist, and Editor, Smallbiztechnology.com, announced that he sold his popular Small Business Summit and Small Business Technology Tour to BlogWorld. For the last few years, Ray, and his co-host Marian Banker, business growth consultant at Prime Strategies, hosted the Small Business Summit in New York City.

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