We have all seen the reports this year about various hacking groups getting into large banks and other publicly held companies computers. This happens on a daily basis to smaller companies who may not have the high level of security on their websites and servers. Most companies are able to afford business network support that is typically from outside vendors because of the changing risks that take place when you have your company online. I was reading some interesting statistics from the National Archives & Records Administration in Washington where they have shown that approx. 60% of companies who have their data lost will cease to exist within 6 months. The most recent it outsourcing statistics also point to the fact that over 90% of companies that lose their data for more than 10 days will eventually file for bankruptcy within a year of the disaster.
It is now earnings season and we are getting a inside look into some of the most successful companies in 2011 and how they are doing against shareholder expectations. The most notable sectors that are being reported this week and next are tech companies and the banks. The banks have been under the microscope on how they have been managing their assets and mortgage debts. The tech companies like Google and Apple have been a mixed bag of results and their stock has reflected these issues. All these large companies have separate departments for keeping documents around sales, acquisitions, and financial information. Whether you are storing IPO documents due to a recent stock announcement having a solution that is accessible and secure is critical to business success. This allows you to share your documents with business partners and potential investors on as needed basis helping you get business done faster. It is vital that these financial documents and customers database be protected and we have seen that not even the largest of companies are immune from data loss and breach of systems. So no matter if you are a high tech giant or SEO consultant that does business on the internet having partners that will help identify potential weak spots in your companies online security can be a huge life saver.
A well-organized document management system setup around the office can make life easier on everyone where they can convert documents to a more secure format that allows for easier storage and sharing across multiple platforms. There are Document Imaging solutions that enable you to scan your hard copy documents in large batches and have them prepared in a digital format. From the top of the ladder with the company boss or president, all the way down to the working-class of employees, these organized documents can help all who are involved in any company or small business. It may not be too easy getting to the point in which your office is organized, but once you do get there, everyone can see how much better and faster things can run in the 21st century.
The year of 2011 is almost over with and this gives all offices everywhere, a 1 month head start, on getting things right for the start of the new year in 2012.
If you are like millions of bloggers on the net you probably have your blog on either a free service or have your own domain on a web site hosting account. Either which way you want to make sure that your provider can support you and your customers and minimize any downtime. If you are with a unreliable host and your site is constantly unavailable it will cost you more than customers. There are many things that you can look for when deciding on a hosting account some of which include customer testimonials, industry awards, and live support. While you are on their site call their 1-800 number and see who picks up and what the wait time is. This can be a huge factor when you are starting your account and need some help. You can search the web hosting review section at Hostingposting.com to receive insight into what actual customers are saying.
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Guest post of the week by Deangelo Spencer
I have really been hurting for home Internet and satellite ever since I moved to this new place, so last week I did some research on Clear Bundle systems and found a bundle package that has everything I need for my home. Since I work from home, I often keep the TV on in the background, so it’s important to me to have a lot of channels to choose from while I’m working. The TV noise definitely makes it seem less lonely around my house! I really feel like the characters on the TV are my coworkers, even though I know that’s silly, but either way, it keeps me from going crazy here by myself all day long. I had toyed with the idea of not getting cable or Internet at home, but in retrospect there’s just no way I can not be connected to the outside world, even if it would save me a little bit of money in the long run. Thankfully, there are some good deals out there and cable won’t bleed me dry.
In order for businesses to compete in today’s fast paced world you need to be accessible at any point during the day. With the 24 hour access that customers want through websites, blogs, and social networking sites a company has to plan for these ways to interact with their customers. Your Business Phone Service should be able to accommodate your employees and customers the same way by allowing them to work and engage you from anywhere necessary. With solutions from Easy Office Phone you can now reduce your overall telecommunication costs while giving your employees and customers access 24/7. Imagine being able to conference with your team at the same time no matter where they are in the country through one simple solution. Using your smartphone to answer your business line even when you are away from the office. You can give your teams and your company a national presence to make your customers feel closer your company.
With simple solutions that can allow you to use your existing telephone equipment or simply using your PC you can have a number that interact no matter what medium you are using. Your sales people can have their extension ring out to their cell phone even if they are thousands of miles away while giving a local presence. Small to medium sized businesses can benefit from this solution while cutting their overall costs and helping to improve their customer interaction.
In today’s competitive business environment connecting with your customers is even more critical with all the channels they have to gain information and make purchases. Equipping your sales people with the latest data and marketing objectives so that when they are interfacing with their customers can make the difference between a losing or gaining a sale. This is why many small to medium sizes companies are turning to CRM tools like Salesforce.com, Act, or Sales Logix. There are so many different CRM Software solutions that knowing which one will work for your particular business needs can make or break your strategy. Teaming up with a partner who knows the top CRM software solutions like Quality Integrity can help save you time and money.
Experts in the field of CRM solutions can help you uncover needs that you may not have thought of and help provide recommendations that are more closely aligned with your business needs. With some of the top CRM solutions now available as a off the shelf solution it may seem simple just to go with the hottest product on the market. There are various benefits that each one offers and being able to test and understand which benefits are right for your company can cost valuable time and money. Let the experts at Quality Integrity help you and your teams make the right choice and beat your competition before they beat you.
For many of us that own a smartphone and need to call abroad there is a new option that covers your phone and allows you to save money on international calls. Now international calling from iPhone devices is as simple as downloading Voxofon’s app and dialing the international number. The process is simple on any smarthpone and Voxofon now covers up to 98% of smartphone users. Android users get the added bonus of being able to call home while traveling abroad because you are able to take advantage of their VoIP services so every call becomes local. Either using 3G or wireless using your iphone, blackberry, or android phone for mobile international calls is now easier and less expensive. You will love the sound quality that you get and the great prices. You can check out Voxofon sites and you can see the current rates for calling abroad. So if you are planning that family vacation to Italy, or that all important business trip to Southeast Asia, download the app for your phone so that you can stay in touch with family and friends.
I have to travel quite a bit for my work and I am always looking for a great laptop bag that can not only carry my laptop but also my iPad and important papers. My idea of the best laptop bag is made of a high grade leathers and offers at least three compartments to be able to separate files and papers while on the road. I have seen one that has a front panel in the front with compartments for keys, flash drives, and various other items. I love the look of the tan leather bag pictured here and feel this type of bag is current and will stay in style for a long time. You also need to have a comfortable shoulder strap so that you can easily carry the laptop bag and have your hands free to check out your phone while you are traveling to customers offices.
If you are like many people that have created a blog online you are aware of the pains of selecting a reliable host. There are so many factors that go into selecting a host provider and basing your selection primarily on price can cost you more than your hard earned dollars. There are many providers that claim unlimited bandwidth with their web hosting accounts which can be deceiving. You have to keep in mind whether your customers are connecting via broadband or mobile smart phones so keeping in this mind when choosing a host and site design. Most of these claims are based on the assumption that most will only use about 5% of their actual bandwidth. So you can exceed your allotment and then in most cases they will close off access to your site and make it unavailable to your customers. This can be detrimental to most websites and blogs if your customers or readers are unable to access your site.
Finding a company that offers true managed hosting where they provide services to match your current traffic levels and then add resources when needed so that your site or blog is always available to your customers. There are several sites that provide a great insight into hosting and service providers so doing your home work beforehand will save you a lot of frustration in the end. Some companies offer managed hosting, colocation service and, Dedicated hosting for your blog to just name a few. So if you are looking to obtain a new hosting provider be careful to not just shop on price or promotional claims, but do your research and in the end you will be glad that you did.
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The Class of 2011 is officially moving onto the next level. Whether you had a recent high school graduate graduating ready to move onto college or a and elementary school child moving up to middle school you want to cherish those memories. You can use your Sony Bravia Camcorder to capture the moments. There is something about simple home made movies that can now be made into productions with the technology that we have now. With the new Sony camcorders you can record right to disk or hard drive and simply transfer to your laptop or PC for some simple editing. We have used our Sony camcorder for the last three years to capture graduations, soccer games, and even a wedding or two.
Our kids love to put the DVD’s in and watch how they have grown up and remember what they looked like even just a few years ago. I remember using 8mm camera to capture our early years and you would have to go through multiple steps to try and record the tapes out to CD or DVD. Even when you did get them copied over there was no guarantee that they would play on a DVD player. With today’s technology and camcorders like the Sony Bravia all this is now done at the touch of a button. On certain video camera models that make easy to publish your videos to file sharing sites like YoutTube with one simple push of the button. And now many of the video cameras record and publish in 1080p so that you can see all your memories in beautiful HD.