Archives for January 2012

Partnerships Support Local Schools

It is not easy running a school.  Managing the logistics of a medium-sized business, the politics of a small town and a budget under stress challenges all principals. Principals need perseverance and confidence to tackle the opportunities that each day brings, but they balance it with hugs, hall art, smiles and the desire to succeed. And in each classroom, teachers are the glue providing instruction, guidance and inspiration. A school is an energetic place.  In business, we expend great deal of thought, energy and resource to make our employees enthusiastic.  For the young, enthusiasm is natural.  Just imagine if we could capture that energy and make that enthusiasm last into adulthood, the world would be a lovelier place. Undoubtedly, children are the future or more accurately – the hope of the future.  They need every advantage we can off to make them competitive, informed and … [Read more...]

The best offense is a good defense: Disaster preparedness essentials

Guest blog by Cindy Bates, Vice President of Microsoft’s US SMB Organization Planning for “the worst” isn’t quite as fun as refining a business plan or coming up with new ways to market your products or services, but doing so just might make the difference between the success or failure of your company. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that more than 40 percent of businesses never reopen following a disaster; and, of the remaining companies, at least 25 percent will close in two years. Yet, small businesses that take time to develop a disaster preparedness plan that includes preventive measures as well as actions to be taken in the event of disaster greatly increase their odds of withstanding catastrophe. To get started with creating a disaster preparedness plan, I recommend small- business decision makers consider the following: Insurance plans and policies – … [Read more...]

Top IT Trends for 2012

In keeping with our new year’s tradition, we have compiled our list of the top technology trends for 2012. We scanned the available data, reviewed our previous predictions and made some leaps of faith. We are optimistic about the economy and expect many delayed IT expenditures to be completed this year. Advances in business technology continue their steady progression with many smaller businesses adopting leading edge technologies.  This year will be interesting for consumer electronics.  Maybe Steve Jobs left his next great invention in the Apple pensieve. Local Data Centers – As Cloud Computing gains acceptance and market share, more business will move their equipment and applications to their own private cloud.  Companies will look for neighborhood data centers that are accessible and provide boutique services. This provides an opportunity for IT service providers and managed … [Read more...]