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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.

Capitalize on CHAOS!

capitalize on CHAOS photoWe’re nearly halfway through our current Q4 segment of the “Million Mile Migration Madness” tour that encourages you to migrate away from Windows XP, Server 2003 and Office 2003. I feel like I’ve seen extremes in the weather pattern, but that’s a whole another story. The other day in Denver, with the temps below zero, a handful of hearty SMB IT Pros braved the elements to attend our event in an empty southwest Denver mall.

Pictured: These folks traveling in -10F weather on a weeknight to attend the Denver workshop! It was a night fit for neither man nor beast.

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D&H Distributing Reports 11% Growth This Quarter

dandhjpgEarlier today, D&H announced that is has seen an 11% growth rate in Q4 2013. Trends such as Mobility, and devices including tablets and servers have driven this high growth rate at D&H. The company is currently celebrating their 95th year.

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Million Mile Tour – Life on the Road

xpm-logo-xp-bgbigWe did it once. We’re doing it again. In the middle part of the first decade--between 2004-2007--it was an honor and a privilege to travel more than 1 million miles evangelizing Windows Small Business Server (SBS). Guess what? We’re back, and for some very important reasons.
First – you the partners have asked for it. Not a single conversation occurs today where an SMB IT Pro asks me what to do next. With the SBS life cycle complete and the alternatives seemingly spooky, I can report that you should strongly consider embracing the here and now: Windows XP and any Server 2003 migration opportunity.

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Urgent: Download Our XP Migration Guide Now!

Q3 CoverSeriously – this is our PhD thesis on the Windows XP migration matter. It looks at the situation from the obvious market measurement and deadline perspectives to the cost of keeping an aging PC to look forward alternatives such as, eeek, cloud solutions.

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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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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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Master Certified Migration Expert (MCME) Program Announced!

CME XP MigrationsToday we have announced the Master Certified Migration Expert title based on the overwhelming demand for our Certified Migration Expert (CME) certificate.

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Windows XP Migration Thought Leader Series: Eric Townsend (Intel)

Eric Townsend IntelWho better than Eric Townsend (pictured) to offer observations on the Windows XP migration matter? Widely recognized as the busiest man in the channel, his professional life mirrors that of the George Clooney character who travels 1 million+ miles in the movie “Up in the Air”! Even with his super busy schedule, we were able to corner Townsend earlier this week for a wide-ranging conversation about April 8, 2014 and the Windows XP migration matter.

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Develop Your Hybrid IT “Hedge Strategy”

XI Icons BSHHSOur apologies in advance for interjecting a “sophisticated investor” conversation into the SMB IT Pro community. However, those of us serving small businesses on Main Street can learn something from Wall Street. It’s true, as you will discover.

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Fall Conference Highlight: Migration Madness and April 8

In business, there is a work-a-day concept called “bread and butter” work. Highly trained lawyers stoop low to write wills to pay the rent. It’s understood and a necessity to running a small business.

So when I introduce the concept of performing Windows XP migrations before the April 8, 2014 end-of-life (and support) deadline, I want you to listen to me with an open mind and heart. Now hear this: WINDOWS XP MIGRATIONS ARE YOUR GREATEST REVENUE OPPORTUNITY FOR THE NEXT YEAR!  (Do you understand what I just said?)

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