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GO HAWKS!

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Jenny and Edna 12th ManAs many of you know, SMB Nation has its HQ in western, WA, just outside of Seattle. This means that we are throwing our support behind our own Seattle Seahawks to win the 49th annual Super Bowl, taking place this Sunday at 3:30 pm PST.

Pictured: Jenny and Edna showing 12th Man Pride

GO HAWKS!

 

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appriverAppRiver, an email messaging and Internet security solutions provider, announced today its selection as a finalist in the 2015 Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service.

“In a world of off-shore call centers, detached IT Help and increasingly complicated solutions, AppRiver has given tech a name, a face, a personal touch- qualities that are increasingly rare in the Digital Age,” said James Wirth, director of support at AppRiver. “We try to create a positive customer experience from first contact to post-op support.”

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Decisive  Logo White BackgroundCanada-based Decisive Technologies announced today it has further extended relationships with myriad industry companies, including Cisco, HP and VMware, which contributes to its position as one of Canada’s largest specialized Enterprise IT Infrastructure providers.

“It has been an interesting year to say the least,” Decisive Technologies President Mike Smith said. “The hard work and dedication of everyone at Decisive has been instrumental in growing this company into one of the largest specialty IT infrastructure companies in the nation. Our relentless and ongoing focus on building a tremendous team of specialists, one that has such extensive real-world experience solving real-world problems, is an investment that continues to deliver returns—both for us, and for our clients. Their pride and dedication in designing, building, and implementing enterprise solutions that help our clients grow their business is what will continue to separate us from our competition.”

Decisive underwent a full rebrand within the past few months, creating a communication infrastructure designed to better cater to its clients.

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sage logoI recently had the opportunity to speak with Connie Certusi, Executive Vice President of Small Business Solutions at Sage about a blog she posted to a women in business site. Connie opened our conversation by saying that, as people are making individual resolutions, the start of the new year is a great time for SMB owners to take stock of their business and look at key focus points for the year.

In the Sage blog, the four key recommendations for SMB owners in 2015 are: Embrace the Cloud, Keep an eye on regulatory issues, Go mobile and Don’t forget your customer. Let’s take a look at each one of these in a bit more detail.

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Voxox Introduces Cloud Phone Pro

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voxox2Voxox, a cloud-based rich communication service, announced today Cloud Phone Pro, a hosted VoIP solution designed to serve both SMBs and large businesses.

Cloud Phone Pro provides a fully-hosted solution that allows customers to replace existing phone service and continue use of the same devices.

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Unitrends Releases Version 4.0 of ReliableDR

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Unitrends logoUnitrends today announced that the Unitrends ReliableDR 4.0 solution is now generally available. This version extends recovery capabilities to Microsoft Hyper-V environments.

“With ReliableDR 4.0, we now offer storage replication, Microsoft Hyper-V as well as VMware vSphere replication, and integration of ReliableDR with Unitrends Recovery-Series, Unitrends Enterprise Backup, and Unitrends Virtual Backup platforms,” said Mark Campbell, Chief Marketing and Technology Officer, Unitrends.

Unitrends ReliableDR 4.0 is available via a certified reseller, and is positioned as an add-on to the company’s virtual and physical backup appliances. Key features include:

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pivotalPivotal announced 2014 marked record growth worldwide in adoption and sales of Pivotal Cloud Foundry, booking about $40 million in software sales.

“2014 marked a new era of enterprise cloud innovation, driven by tremendous business demands on IT to deliver next generation consumer services and industrial technologies,” said James Watters, Pivotal Vice President Cloud Platform Group. “Cloud Foundry became the world's fastest growing open source product ever with companies in all major geographies and vertical markets moving to an open cloud platform.”

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Digium Announces Availability of Switchvox Rescue

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digium logoDigium, Inc. today announced Switchvox Rescue, a business continuity solution to protect Switchvox on-premises business phone system customers against unexpected phone system unavailability or failure.

“Switchvox Rescue offers customers an easy way to maintain communications continuity in the face of disaster,” said Adam Kramer, product manager for the Switchvox product line. “Digium’s Switchvox platform is unique in that the same core software is shared between the on-site and hosted versions. By adding our SIP Trunking services to the equation, we can offer a temporary, cloud-based recovery option in a way that is both reliable and effortless for our customers.”

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jan 27 o365 tour bellevue1Welcome to new world of Office 365 critical mass. Yesterday at Microsoft Advanta, over 100 IT Pros gathered for the kick-off Office 365 Nation community group workshop. Bright and early, subject matter expert Grant Thompson started with well-received lectures on Click-to-Run Deployments and Line of Business application deployments and Migrations. Later in the day, Melanie Gass delivered speeches on Office 365 Licensing, SharePoint and OneDrive. She concluded later with a “night school” session on how MSPs can make money with Office 365.

The “Best of Show” award went to SkyKick with its audience wowing academic conversation on the hot topic of the day: Office 365 migrations. Other highlights included a largely paperless conference experience where surveys and alerts were handled by a dedicated mobile app.

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Dell Logo smallDell announced today release of Dell KACE K1000 Systems Management Appliance version 6.3, which includes increased functionality and visibility, as well as the addition of systems management support for Chromebook.

“With the proliferation of mobile and smart devices connected to corporate networks, it is imperative for organizations to make systems management a top priority,” said David Kloba, vice president and general manager of Endpoint Systems Management for Dell. “We’re redefining systems management by delivering a comprehensive, easy-to-deploy anypoint management solution for hundreds to tens of thousands of computers and devices, helping IT to significantly reduce costs.”

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Spiceworks logoSpiceworks recently announced the results of its 2015 IT Budget Report, a survey of 600 IT Pros in the US and EMEA countries, conducted between September and October 2014. Participants were asked a few questions regarding their predictions for 2015 budget numbers, as well as allocation details. Interestingly, most respondents said that End of Life deadlines in 2015 are driving their IT spending for the year.

Going deeper into this point, the Spiceworks survey showed that 67% of IT pros said EoL is the driving factor for new hardware and software purchases this year. It is important to note that “Additional growth/need” was tied for first place with IT Pros, signaling an uptick for the channel. “Project Need” took second place for 57% of overall respondents.

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RobertCraneWe recently received news from Robert Crane, Director, CIAOPS, and well-respected speaker at past SMB Nation events, that he is starting a new email course for SharePoint. This course is in conjunction with his newest Getting Started with SharePoint Online template, for consumers and resellers. The course itself is available for resellers, and includes a series of daily templates.

This course has 23 lessons in all things SharePoint. You can learn more about it on Robert’s site: http://blog.ciaops.com/2015/01/free-sharepoint-online-email-course.html

Robert also plans to release a lesson plan for Azure later this year.

 

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I Can’t Wait For Win10

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win81 crahsBy now, you are familiar with the Windows 10 conversation that reached a new peak a week ago Tuesday with a public-facing webinar. Shouts out included product features and function, such as the Start button, and a conversation about Windows as a Service (think in some ways how Google Chromebooks works). I’d implore you to read this PC Magazine article for your Win10 speeds and feeds fix.

What I want to do with this blog is provide more context.

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inhouseIT Offers ShoreTel Sky Solutions

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inhouseIT, an IT solutions and services provider based in California, announced today it is offering ShoreTel Sky solutions to customers, joining ShoreTel’s Enabled Tier of the Champion Partner Program—Cloud track. ShoreTel provides phone systems and unified communications solutions.

“Having been a ShoreTel Champion Partner for many years, we have never been more excited about this latest cloud solution.” said inhouseIT ShoreTel Practice Director, Toby Turko. “ShoreTel Sky is an end-to-end cloud phone system. The inherent flexibility allows companies to add unified communications, contact center capabilities, and CRM and ERP integrations as they need them. Our customers have been waiting for an amazing experience like ShoreTel Sky.”

ShoreTel’s partner programs are designed to educate solution providers on how to best deliver Shoretel products and services. 

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We recently received news that Microsoft Community Connections has unveiled a new program for its IT Pro partners. The Simple Tech Tips Program is aimed at empowering IT Pros with the latest tech content.

These IT Pros can then use any of the prewritten content in their marketing communications, such as newsletters and blogs. As Harry said earlier this week: “Knowledge is Power.” This prewritten content from the MCC program will be updated twice a month, and will feature new tips and tricks for SMB solutions. In addition, the new program allows access to 10% off software and 5% off of all other items.

SMB IT Pros can register for the program for free by filling out the short form here.

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Continuum Launches “Company News” Blog

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continuumContinuum, the channel-exclusive provider of fully-integrated managed IT services, announced today the launch of its “Company News” blog, which will spotlight its MSP partners and update the partner community on news, products and resources.

“At Continuum, we believe we’re only successful as long as our partners are successful, and that’s the power of great people,” said Jeanne Hopkins, Senior Vice President & CMO at Continuum. “We want to celebrate all of their big wins as well as help to educate our entire partner community to become more successful. In 2015, we continue our commitment of making a wide variety of educational resources available. Our new company blog is just one example of helping our partners to succeed with lots more resources to come this year.”

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Check out new Office 365 Nation Mobile App!

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It’s been asked of many: “given the chance to do it again, would you do it differently?” The answer is a resounding yes. The idea of building an independent Office 365 community is now a reality with Office 365 Nation (o365nation.com). And our momentum is accelerating. There is a hunger for an “outside looking in view” of the Office 365 world. Thus, we have a mobile app to accelerate the experience.

First – scan the QR code pictured and download the mobile app for your Android, Apple or Windows phone. Okay – now that you have done that, we can continue.

Today the application is focused on our seven city independent Office 365 tour traversing NFL cities. It all starts next Tuesday, January 27th followed by the Silicon Valley on January 29th. Wanna learn more, “old school” style? Then visit our traditional tour site at o365tour.smbnation.com. But we’d actually prefer you use the mobile app.

Tomorrow, the application will be an integral part of the day-to-day Office 365 Nation community motion. We’ll have the ability to alert you to important news. We can survey you on the fly, as we want to be your independent Office 365 Ombudsman, keeping a watchful eye over Microsoft. Imagine that I’m in a meeting with the Office 365 product team in Redmond and I instantly survey the community about some pending proposition or initiative. You get the point, I hope. The Office 365 Nation mobile app is an enabling technology bringing us closer together to accomplish more goodness.

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IBM announced availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 through its Power Development Platform, Innovation Centers and Client Centers.

IBM said it hopes the move will enable independent software developers, in-house client and open source developers.

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verizonToday, four northern California schools announced that they have received $20,000 in grant funding from Verizon, as part of the Verizon Innovative Learning Grant. This grant is designed for K-12 schools to earn funds and develop STEM education programs. This is a strong initiative by the wireless company to foster the love of science, technology, engineering and mathematics to build a strong tech workforce in the future.

“We created this program to support the integration of innovative STEM initiatives in schools across the country, and we are pleased to recognize these schools," said Russ Preite, region president for Verizon Wireless. "The proposal submitted by these schools exemplifies the type of initiatives that will provide exposure to students around STEM fields, and also offer [the] students hands-on project-based learning opportunities that will help increase their interest and achievement in STEM.”

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Free Good!

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BI RideIn the study of economics, there is an academic debate as to whether a “free good” truly exists. It’s not that something is just “free,” but there is the discussion of the whole opportunity cost.

But I’ve discovered what I’d consider to be a free good, and you should take advantage of it if you live in my community of Bainbridge Island. Think of it as a publically-financed UBER. It’s called BI Ride (pictured) and I recently used it. The driver told me he wishes more people would use it.

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DataBank Passes Strict Security Compliance Exams

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DataBank, a Texas-based operator/builder of data centers, today announced that it has completed its compliance exams, conducted by third-party firm, 360 Advanced P.A.

The exams showed that DataBank has a superior level of compliance with HIPAA, SoC 1 and 2 and PCI standards at its Dallas and Richardson, TX centers, as well as at its Edina, MN data center.

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datamotionNeoDeck Holdings Corp., a Puerto Rican provider of healthcare solutions, announced today a partnership with DataMotion, a SaaS and health information service provider. 

Through the partnership, NeoDeck will provide its customers with access to DataMotion’s portfolio of cloud-based encryption technology. Products including Secure Messaging and SecureMail will allow for clinical and non-clinical exchange of PHI while maintaining full compliance with HIPAA and HITECH.

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Hybrid Right Here, Right Now

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fac-jan2016 editedLast week, I spoke with Zynstra executive Andrew Morlidge, days before the company’s US launch of its SMB Hybrid IT solution (and just days before the Seahawks won the NFC Championship to go to the Super Bowl). In a wide-ranging conversation, we focused on a few core conversations: demographic, segment and opportunity.

Demographic

I offered that Zynstra, who previously announced its forthcoming SMB hybrid solutions at our SMB Nation Fall 2014 conference last October, stands to benefit in this way. If you look at the SMB Nation community as a whole, I believe it breaks down this way today:

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Datapipe Acquires GoGrid

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datapipeDatapipe, which provides managed hybrid IT solutions for the enterprise, announced today its acquisition of GoGrid, a multi-cloud solution provider for Big Data deployments.

“GoGrid has made it easy for companies to stand up Big Data solutions quickly,” Datapipe CEO Robb Allen said. “Datapipe customers will achieve significant value from the speed at which we can now create new Big Data projects in the cloud. This acquisition advances Datapipe’s strategy to help our enterprise clients architect, deploy and manage multi-cloud hybrid IT solutions.”

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appriverEarlier today, Florida-based SaaS provider, AppRiver, LLC, released its Global Security Report for 2014. This report covers the top malware and spam trends in the world from last year, as well as the numbers of malware trapped by the company.

To begin, AppRiver reported that it trapped 893 million messages with viruses in the attachments, as well as 30.5 billion spam messages in 2014. The amount of messages with viruses in the attachments was nearly double what the company saw in 2013. Also interesting is that, for the first time, 69% of the spam messages AppRiver saw last year originated in Europe and North America. All in all, there were 761 unique cyber breaches during the past year that led to theft or compromise of 83,176,279 individual records.

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