Myths About Moving to the Cloud…

What does it mean to “move to the cloud”? In this eBook, we break down myths about the cloud and detail what you really need to know when considering Microsoft Office 365.

Download the eBook and get answers to questions like:
• Can Office 365 only be used online?
• Is on-premises data safer than data in the cloud?
• Does all of your data need to be migrated to the cloud?
• Will you still have control over your technology?

Then once you’ve had a chance to review, give Office 365 a test-drive to determine the value of this platform in your situation.

Spring clean your business for a fresh start

Spring is a great time for a fresh start. For sweeping away the cobwebs, cleaning out the closet, and starting new, good habits. Many people take advantage of the season to give their homes a good scrub. Why not spring clean your business?

Here are some helpful spring-cleaning tips to give you a jumpstart on the season:

1. Make everything sparkle – Office 2016
2. Clean out your closet: Innovative Devices
3. Neat, Tidy and Protected: Microsoft Edge
4. Read on for more details…

Employee devices bring added security concerns

The explosion in recent years of mobility solutions and ‘bring your own device’ policies has had a big impact on small businesses.
In fact, 52 percent of information workers across 17 countries report using three or more devices for work, according to research from Forrester and 61 percent of workers mix personal and work on their devices.
On one hand, there are huge benefits for organizations and employees — employees can be far more productive and work on the go with untethered access to the information they need.
Business owners can also realize cost savings while reducing the time spent managing IT.  Yet, there are risks: namely, how do businesses protect confidential information from leaking outside of the organization when employees can access and store data in a multitude of ways across devices.  Read more.

The business of cybercrime

Cybercrime is a rapidly growing criminal business, impacting millions of people and organizations around the world. Cybercrime costs the global economy up to USD$500 billion annually. Consumers will spend USD$25 billion and 1.2 billion hours dealing with security issues from counterfeit software in 2014. And one in five small- and medium-sized businesses have been targeted by cybercrime.

Microsoft launched the  Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) to proactively work with law enforcement to combat cybercrime. Picture an international dream team of technology, legal, and forensics experts, working with top organizations around the world — including Europol, the FBI, Interpol, academia, global governmental agencies, and nongovernmental organizations — to combat some of the most widespread, intricate, and organized cybercriminals.

Tackling IT budgeting for small and midsized businesses

The typical SMB manager’s approach to IT budgeting used to be pretty straightforward. Keep it lean. Keep it simple. Avoid change as much as possible. Fix what’s broken, and upgrade when only necessary.

And since there’s often a vocal group outside of IT that’s unhappy with change, you would think twice before you made a major investment into a project that might have a disruptive effect. That doesn’t work too well anymore.

‘What Would Happen if the TV Disappeared’

Everyday we sit and wait to see what the news will bring. Or, we watch the TV incessantly to see who will win the primaries. But does this do any good? Could it be that all the power we use watching TV could be used for the betterment of mankind? What if we were to stop watching TV all together, what would happen?

Source: ‘What Would Happen if the TV Disappeared’

Anatomy…Cloud Based Business

From sales to operations to inventory and distribution – it’s time to embrace emerging and disruptive technologies.   The digital economy requires unfettered connectivity, regardless of your circumstances. Employees need access to their data at all times, from any location, using any device in order to quickly respond to customers, close a big deal, and handle daily operations.  Would you prefer 100 percent uptime and legacy technology or 99 percent uptime with constantly evolving, innovative features?  Make the right choice – choose the latter!

Tackling IT Budgeting for SMB’s

The typical SMB manager’s approach to IT budgeting used to be pretty straightforward. Keep it lean. Keep it simple. Avoid change as much as possible. Fix what’s broken, and upgrade when only necessary.
And since there’s often a vocal group outside of IT that’s unhappy with change, you would think twice before you made a major investment into a project that might have a disruptive effect. That doesn’t work too well anymore.
Learn more from Red Level’s COO, Janet Tyler on how “disruptive” is no longer a bad thing in order to stay competitive.

What is social selling?

Social selling is when you use social media to interact directly with your prospects. You provide value by answering their questions and offering thoughtful content until the prospect is ready to buy.

But what do you actually do?

Pay attention to the customer’s buying and service history. Listen to social networks to gather content created by customers and prospects. Provide relevant and helpful information.