April 2008

April  2008
In this issue:

  New Partnership
  CIO Technology Forum
  Security for SMB’s
  Tax Code Changes
  Broadband Blues
  Case Study
  Tips for a Paperless Office
 Opportunities

5 Key Tax Code Changes Affecting Small Businesses
by Joseph Anthony
Reprinted with permission from the Microsoft Small Business Center

The tax bill signed into law by President Bush in late October 2004 was widely derided by editorial writers as a special-interest giveaway, an early “corporate” Christmas tree. Indeed, many provisions of this bill apply to larger companies or specific industries.

But there’s also a lot in this tax bill — formally known as the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 — that applies to small businesses. While some of the changes simplify tax issues for small businesses, many of the new rules could complicate tax planning and preparation, even if they cut your tax burden.

Here are five major features that small-business owners should be aware of — and should be ready to consult with their tax advisers about.

4 tips for Troubleshooting your Broadband Blues
by Kim Komando
Reprinted with permission from the Microsoft Small Business Center

Many small-business owners shell out big bucks for high-speed Internet access. The savings in time are usually rewarded with higher productivity.

If your high-speed system happens to be running slower than a clogged drain, don’t complain just yet. Before you pay for an expensive in-office visit from your Internet service provider’s tech support, here are four things you should consider.

1. Know your speed. You can sit at your computer with a stopwatch to see how long it takes to connect to your favorite Web site. But this is not a very good indication of download speed. Believe me, I’ve tried it. There are too many variables involved. I suggest you call the ISP and ask. The ISP probably can check download speeds on your line remotely. The number you get from the technician will probably be a best case figure; real-world Internet traffic can be bogged down.

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eMazzanti Technologies and
New York Red Bulls Enter Partnership
HOBOKEN, NJ – March 23, 2008
Today, eMazzanti Technologies, a leader in computer technology to drive business growth, announces its sponsorship of the New York Red Bulls Major League Soccer (MLS) club for the 2008 MLS season. As part of the agreement, eMazzanti will utilize New York Red Bull matches at Giants Stadium for customer events, eMazzanti company information will be included in the GameDay Magazine alongside a prominent Red Bull player, and an on-field presentation of a signed Red Bull player jersey will be presented to an eMazzanti at a customer event.eMazzanti Technologies - Red Bulls New York SoccereMazzanti Technologies, a Hoboken, New Jersey based business, works with businesses to provide strategies for growth through the use of intelligent technology tools. From business process analysis to network design, security planning to preventative maintenance, eMazzanti services all aim to reduce costs, mitigate risk, and drive revenue to their clients. The firm services businesses throughout the New York Metropolitan area and in three countries worldwide. Few venues offer a setting like a Red Bulls match at Giants Stadium, and we look forward to combining education about computer networking with the enjoyment of a Major League Soccer match and some good old-fashioned tailgating.

eMazzanti will host events at Red Bulls matches at Giants Stadium that educate customers on the latest technology. Giants Stadium, home of the Red Bulls, offers distinct opportunities to learn about eMazzanti’s services while being entertained by one of the fastest growing sports in the United States. With the addition of some of the sports greats to Major League Soccer, the overarching popularity of the “World’s Game” in the United States is now growing exponentially. The combination of the growth of the sport, alongside the continued growth of eMazzanti Technologies, forms a unique synergy.

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eMazzanti Technologies presents:
Microsoft CIO Technology Forum

eMazzanti Technologies - Microsoft ProductsTechnology is constantly evolving. As an IT Executive, embracing the latest technological advancements is critical in order to maintain a competitive advantage. Microsoft’s CIO Technology Forum was designed to help you examine the solutions currently on the market and explore how these solutions can benefit your business.

At this free half-day event, we’ll discuss how Microsoft solutions can help you secure your IT environment, improve workforce productivity and increase collaboration across your organization.

Our technology specialists will share insight, demonstrations and product roadmaps on our upcoming product releases including Microsoft Forefront comprehensive line of business security products, System Center Essentials, Windows Vista, The 2007 Microsoft Office System, Exchange Server 2007 and Office SharePoint Server 2007.

Come prepared to learn how to:

  • Optimize and secure your core infrastructure and increase customer satisfaction

  • Find, use, and share information for maximum productivity and collaboration

Microsoft’s CIO Technology Forum is also a great place to connect with your peers and share best practices. You’ll have the opportunity to network with other IT Executives in your area and discuss the current trends in your industry.

Seating is limited so register now for this exclusive event!
Location: eMazzanti Tower, 701 Grand Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030

Register for this event


Ten Security Recommendations for SMBsSmall and mid-sized businesses can be the hardest hit by new malicious code, spam, and phishing. Disruptions and down time can be avoided, however, by following the measures outlined in this article.

eMazzanti Technologies - Network SecurityThe security landscape is constantly changing, so the threats your business faces today are different from the threats of a year ago – or even six months ago. The latest Symantec Internet Security Threat Report gives an overview of threat activity for the first six months of 2007.

Here are a few important trends noted in the Report:

  • In the first half of 2007, 212,101 new malicious code threats were reported to Symantec. This is a 185 percent increase over the second half of 2006.
  • Between January 1 and June 30, 2007, spam made up 61 percent of all email traffic monitored at the gateway.
  • The Symantec Probe Network detected a total of 196,860 unique phishing messages, an 18 percent increase over the last six months of 2006. This equates to an average of 1,088 unique phishing messages per day for the first half of 2007.
  • Threats to confidential information made up 65 percent of the top 50 potential malicious code infections reported to Symantec.

What you can do
There are a number of measures that business owners, IT staff, and end users can take to protect themselves against malicious activity. With today’s threat landscape in mind, here are our top ten security recommendations for your small or medium business:

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Public Relations Firm Boasts Server Performance Increase by 50%

The public relations firm, Litzky Public Relations, was in dire need of a network facelift. Windows Server® 2008 and Terminal Services were right for the job. The firm realized a 50% increase in server performance, WAN efficiency improved, and productivity rose as employees were now able to access desktops from multiple locations to work confidently anytime, anywhere.

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6 Tips for a ‘Paperless’ Office
by Joseph Anthony
reprinted with permission from the Microsoft Small Business Center

eMazzanti Technologies - Pile Of Papers

Many people who use computers — whether it’s for their home or business — are moving toward a “paperless” office. Simply, they are tired and overwhelmed by scraps of paper, clunky old file folders, envelopes — and they want to reduce the clutter.

Don’t believe me? Take a look at how many messages are stored in your e-mail’s in-basket. Now imagine how much paper would have been generated if they hadn’t come to you from cyberspace.

Many folks have made at least a partial move to a paperless office. They’re doing so this way: by using scanners instead of copying machines, sending electronic faxes instead of paper faxes, storing information electronically instead of in filing cabinets, giving friends, clients or vendors information on CDs or through Internet attachments instead of in bound folders.

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Opportunities at
{e}Mazzanti

eMazzanti seeks bright
minds to join the team.

Refer a Network
Engineer to
www.emazzanti.net/jobs
and be eligible for a
shopping spree at
eMazzanti’s online store,
www.emazzanti.net/store.
Qualifying applicants
must receive full time
employment and have
referenced the referring
friend on the original
application in order for the
referrer to be eligible for
the annual drawing.
Shopping spree is limited
to $1,000 in merchandise.

 

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