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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.

Survey Reports Slow Progress in Patient Knowledge of Electronic Health Records

Infographic-Xerox-4th-Annual-EHR-SurveyWith the first day of enrollment for ObamaCare kicking off today, it’s only fitting that a recent Xerox survey revealed that even though more healthcare providers continue to adopt Electronic Health Records (EHR), there is still a need for doctors to educate consumers about digital medical records to comply with upcoming federal mandates.

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Help Needed: Complete Our Partner Survey

We are a vibrant community that has no problems offering advice and opinions. That’s great because we need your help now. In preparing for the SMB Nation Fall Conference (Oct 10-12), Scott Bekker (Editor, Redmond Channel Partner magazine) and myself are going to deliver a speech on “Why Most Partner Programs #FAIL!” In order to develop the absolute best content for this speech, we need to gather your input on what’s the partner program landscape in our community.
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The Top 5 Roadblocks to Successful XP Migrations (and how to Overcome them)

XP infographicAccording to a recent survey sponsored by Quest Software and conducted by Dimensional Research, companies of all sizes are grappling with a host of migration issues and concerns. A poll of nearly 500 IT professionals with responsibility for corporate desktops and laptops at global organizations revealed that 47 percent still haven’t completed their migrations off Windows XP. As industry averages for the time needed to complete an OS migration range between 12 to 24 months, it’s clear that many in-process migrations won’t be completed before Microsoft’s April 2014 end-of-support deadline for Windows XP.

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Survey Says: 60% of Cloud Users Recover Apps, Data 24 Hours Post Disaster

DR Infographic finalTwinStrata has released the the results of its 2013 Cloud Storage and Disaster Recovery survey. Conducted between May to August 2013, the report analyzes responses from 288 IT personnel. According to the survey, the results indicate widespread acceptance of cloud storage and demonstrate the tangible impact cloud storage can have on disaster recovery strategies.

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Work Market Study Reveals: Demand for US-Based Freelancers is on the Rise

9.18 WM infographic - August 2013 final-02Our friends Jeff Leventhal and Co. at NYC-based Work Market today announced the results of a study on the freelance economy, which is good news for freelancers and self-employed individuals working in the U.S. Based upon data from Work Market’s online marketplace and enterprise management platform, demand for freelancers and wages earned are expected to increase through the end of this year.

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CompTIA Study: Big Data Promises Businesses to Evaluate Data Needs

Comptia logoCompTIA’s second annual Big Data Insights and Opportunities study confirms growing familiarity with the concepts surrounding big data, which has sparked greater levels of interest across the C-suite. A full 78 percent of organizations say they feel more positive about big data as a business initiative this year compared to a year ago.

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Techaisle Survey Uncovers 15 Keys for Successful SMB Cloud Biz Management

techaisle logoWe heard today from our friend and contributing writer Anurag Agrawal, CEO, Techaisle, regarding his firm’s most recent study results. The survey, which was developed to understand the winning strategies for selling Cloud to SMBs, uncovered 15 best practices and critical differences between the activities and approaches of successful and unsuccessful SMB Cloud computing channel partners.

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Survey Says: 94% of SMBs to Use Tape as Part of Hybrid BDR

iron logoIron Mountain today released a study noting that almost all (or plan to) use magnetic tape cartridges as part of their BDR strategy.

Titled “Perception Versus Reality: The Role of Tape Backup in SMB,” the survey asked more than 400 North American IT professionals in March 2013 to assess the role tape backup. With 91 percent of the survey respondents coming from organizations with fewer than 250 employees, the results offer a unique glimpse into the IT landscape of today’s small and mid-size business. The survey was conducted by Spiceworks, the network for more than 2.5 million IT professionals.

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Survey Reveals Top 5 SMB Concerns, Worries

Yodle logoYodle has released the results from its inaugural Small Business Sentiment Survey – a study that examines American small business owners' perspective on work-life balance, professional and personal worries, and government and institutional support.  The study also reveals the rate at which small business owners are adopting modern technology and marketing approaches.  The survey, which was conducted in June 2013 through a third party research firm, polled 306 small business owners nationwide across a large variety of industries.

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Survey Says: Current MSP Challenges Include Adapting to Customer Needs, Employee Shortage

GFI MAX revealed today the results of a recent survey, which explored the agility, utilization and profitability of software solutions used by managed services providers (MSPs), as well as the business challenges facing the MSP community.

According to the survey, nearly two-thirds of respondents said that demand for managed services has increased over the last year, revealing a growing need for the services that MSPs provide to address their customers’ current and future requirements.

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Survey Says: One-Third of SMBs Don't Test BDR Solutions for Effectiveness

According to a recent survey by GFI Software, SMBs are losing critical business information as a result of failed backups, and have suffered significant impacts as a result.  Many IT administrators surveyed revealed that a failed backup has led to a loss of revenue and important company documents, including financial records, employee emails and confidential information such as social security numbers. As a result, respondents indicated that failed backups have affected customer relations, business operations and brand reputation.

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Survey Says: SMB Partners Stepping up Cloud, Mobility, Virtualization, Data Center Offerings

Analyst firm Techaisle today released its 2013 SMB Channel Partner Trends study, which demonstrates that there has been a big leap in percentage of SMB channel partners offering cloud computing services to SMBs in the last year.

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CompTIA Study: Vendor, Channel Partner Conflict is on the Upswing

Challenging economic times, new technologies and new methods for selling IT solutions have contributed to an increase in conflicts between vendors and their channel partners, according to a new study released today by CompTIA.

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D&H Experiencing 8% FY 2013 Growth Bolstered by Mobility, Tablet Sales

D&H Distributing reported today that is has experienced more than 8% growth for the 2013 Fiscal Year (ending April 30, 2013), fueled by sales of mobility products.  This figure is more than three times the organic growth rate achieved by IT distribution in general over the past year.  Tablet sales at D&H have tripled year-over-year, driven by strong showings from Android models in the seven- and 10-inch formats.  This year’s overall growth figure adds to D&H’s tally of more than 380 consecutive profitable quarters.

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Survey: Cloud, SaaS Channels More Important than Ever

Avangate yesterday announced the results and availability of a commissioned Technology Adoption Profile (TAP) conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Avangate. The research highlights the increasing role resellers will play, with 66% of surveyed companies indicating that channel partners are strategically important to growing revenues from their SaaS products.

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Alert Logic: Web App Attacks Remain one of the Greatest Security Threats

Alert Logic released today the findings from the latest Alert Logic State of Cloud Security Report. The report highlights that Web application attacks are the most significant security threat for IT infrastructures.

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Rackspace Survey: Demands for Cloud-Centric IT Skills are on the Upswing

New research, including a survey of 1,300 companies commissioned by Rackspace, has found that more than half of organizations’ cloud deployments are being hampered by a shortage of cloud computing skills.

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Survey Says: 88% of Cloud Users Report Cost Savings, Increased Profits

Rackspace Hosting reported in a study released today that 88 percent of cloud users point to cost savings. In addition, 56 percent of respondents agree that cloud computing has helped them boost profits.

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Dell Survey Reveals: Embrace BYOD or Be Left Behind

In keeping in tune with our theme of Voice/Mobility Tuesday, we heard yesterday that Dell Quest Software announced the results of a global survey of IT executives to gauge the level of organizational maturity with existing BYOD strategies, along with realized and anticipated benefits and problems. The findings conclude that approximately 70% of companies believe BYOD can improve their work processes and help them work better in the future, while an estimated 59% believe they would be at a competitive disadvantage without BYOD.

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