eMazzanti Offers Four Methods to Reduce Downtime Risk for SMBs

Blog post on SMB Nation A new article today from noted BDR company eMazzanti sheds light on security concerns and best practices to help SMBs keep their uptime high. The article, titled “When Times Are Tough, There’s No Room for Risk” highlights 4 ways SMBs can avoid potentially disastrous situations. Jennifer Mazzanti, President of eMazzanti offered an explanation for the latest surge in security concerns: “The bad news is that the financial impact of data loss and security breaches has been estimated to cost US businesses over $4.7 billion each year. The good news is that the impact can be…

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Back to Business and Talking Business

Fall is here! It’s great! About Town loves cursing at cold mornings and having to wear extra layers. We got back to business last week. Lots of events. On Monday we watched the new Ibby’s Falafel cut its grand opening ribbon. Councilwoman Jennifer Giattino, who represents the city’s falafel district, was there. Also in attendance were Councilman David Mello and nearby residents Joe Branco, owner of Room 84/Scotland Yard, as well as Housing Authority Director Carmelo Garcia. You might have read the recent article on Patch about the so-called Hoboken falafel wars written by About Town’s less handsome alter ego….

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10 Years Later: 9/11 Changed The Lives And Businesses Of New York VARs

By Scott Campbell, CRN It’s been 10 years since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a period that seems like it was both yesterday and long ago for many New Yorkers. Every day in the city there are reminders of the tragedy – “In Memoriam” car window stickers, the rising Freedom Tower near Ground Zero, and the birthdays and anniversaries of friends and family members never celebrated the same way for the 2,000-plus people who died that day. Here are the stories of three New York solution providers and how those tragic events saw their lives and their businesses change…

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HP partners blast tablet, PC decision, Autonomy buy

The Hewlett-Packard partner channel is reeling from news that the company may sell or spin off its huge PC business and cut loose unprofitable products including the just-launched and much-hyped TouchPads. The blockbuster news, which leaked Thursday and was detailed later that day on Hewlett-Packard Co.’s third-quarter earnings call, was particularly painful to loyal HP partners that heeded the company’s call over the years to “double down” on HP technologies. Former CEOs Carly Fiorina then Mark Hurd repeatedly pushed them to sell more of the computer giant’s diverse product lines. If they sold printers, they were encouraged to sell PCs…

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SMBs Weigh Security Risks of Facebook, Social Networking

By Stefanie Hoffman, CRN These days, small organizations with limited marketing dollars are faced with increasing pressure to open up their doors and enable access to sites such as Facebook, Twitter and other social networking tools. But with the increased publicity and access come untold privacy, productivity and security challenges. And while organizations in all market segments suffer, the cash-strapped, resource-bereft SMB usually gets hit the hardest when incidents arise. A Symantec (NSDQ:SYMC) “2011 Social Media Protection Flash Poll” found that the typical organization experienced nine social media incidents — such as an employee posting confidential information on his or…

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Microsoft Windows Intune debuts as business cloud service

Taking a step deeper into the cloud, Microsoft will start selling Windows and computer management as a cloud service for businesses. The service, Windows Intune, launches Wednesday in 35 countries at the Microsoft Management Summit, which started Monday in Las Vegas. Intune represents another evolutionary leap by Microsoft, taking the company from selling software in boxes to offering software delivered remotely from the cloud — large data centers Microsoft runs. Last year, Microsoft launched Azure, a cloud platform for software developers. Later this year, it will start selling Word, Excel and PowerPoint as a cloud service called Office 365. Microsoft…

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Multimedia Tours: Offering “360-Degree” Views of Your Company

As soon as a prospective customer walks into the offices of eMazzanti Technologies, CEO Carl Mazzanti uses a multimedia tours approach to sell the capabilities and personal touch of the Hoboken, New Jersey networking firm. First, the prospect’s logo and name appear on a monitor in the firm’s welcome area. “It impresses customers and adds an incredible level of class to the image of our company,” Mazzanti says. As the customer tours the facility, material rotates on other screens scattered in different rooms, including video case studies and testimonials from satisfied clients. All this is achieved using Windows Media Center,…

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Choosing Partner Programs: How Many? Which Ones?

With all the programs out there, how do you decide which to join and how many memberships make sense? Channel pros weigh in. By Carolyn Heinze February 14, 2011 How many calls a week do you receive soliciting your firm to join a new partner program—three, five, 15? With so many vendors in the IT community, it’s inevitable you will receive numerous partnership offers. And with start-ups popping up like daisies, the volume of invitations can be overwhelming. But there are benefits to partnering up, as long as you make your commitments wisely. “The most important aspect of a partner…

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