June 2013
In This Issue:

Brian's Blog
Business Referral Program
Protecting Your Phone and Tablet
Phone Ethics for Business
Upgrade to Windows Server 2012?
Using Outlook Calendar
Business Continuity Tip
Quote and Cartoon
Tips for using Outlook Calendar

Like most people at my company, I use Outlook Calendar to remind myself and everyone else (who cares to know) when I am and am not available. Outlook Calendar is an invaluable tool if you’re in the habit of checking if someone is available first before you call them or send them a meeting invite.

What are the basics of Outlook Calendar?

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Business Continuity Tip

Tornado Alley

"Tornado Alley" typically includes the Plains states from the Dakotas to Texas. However, a new study shows that the frequency and severity of tornadoes are actually much more widespread. As you can see here, tornadoes can touchdown just about anywhere. For more interesting tornado maps, click here to visit one of our favorite blogs. Warning: it may become addictive.

While the peak time for tornadoes tends to be in the spring, there is no defined tornado season like there is for hurricanes. And given their unpredictable nature, it is vital you prepare your organization now.

Need help getting started? Download Agility’s free Tornado Checklist for tips on how to prepare your business before, during and after a storm. In addition, we encourage all employees to review the Be Red Cross Ready - Tornado Safety Checklist for helpful tips on how to protect yourself, your friends and your family in the event of a tornado.

 Laugh a Little


 Quote of the Month

I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.

Mahatma Ghandi

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Brian's Blog
by Brian Gregory, President

I don’t know why, but vacation season surprises me every year. I’m busy working along, trying to get through the to-do list, and all of a sudden no one is around to work with. I never mind though when it is my turn (which is coming up after the 4th)!

We get kudos all the time, but there is one fresh in my mind this week. We had a client unexpectedly evacuated from their building, and it looks like this might last awhile. With their AltiGen system, we instantly routed the calls from that office to another location – literally as they were walking out of the building – with basically no downtime. We had them up and running the next morning with employees working both from home and an alternate office. At the end of the day, the client remarked “Wow, this new phone system has certainly paid for itself today!”. If your phone system isn’t that flexible, let me show you what we can do!

Continuing our cloud discussion, this month we will discuss Private Cloud. This is currently a very popular option to consider. With Private Cloud, you are moving your application or data offsite to a data center. This gains you the cloud benefits of lower up front capital costs, and easier “anywhere, any device” type access. However, with Private Cloud, the servers remain under your control. This negates the CONS of loss of control and security concerns. You and your IT company do remain responsible for maintaining and supporting the infrastructure. However, since it is not shared, you maintain the current level of flexibility and privacy. For many firms subject to regulation such as financial institutions and healthcare organizations, this may allow them to explore cloud solutions while remaining compliant. If you have questions about the cloud, give me a call and I’m happy to help. Next month we will continue the discussion with Hybrid Cloud solutions.

Business Referral Program

Send your referrals to www.netinn.com/referral
or e-mail sales@netinn.com

Your personal referrals are the greatest compliment we can receive. Referrals are one of the primary reasons we have been successful for over 20 years. Our business referral program thanks you for assisting us in finding new clients in need of IT resources. If one of your referrals engages with us for projects or services, you may be eligible to receive a $50 Visa gift card. For more information, visit www.netinn.com/referral or give us a call!

Protecting Your Phone and Tablet from Loss, Theft and Attacks
used with permission from Norton by Symantec

Our phones are not just phones anymore. That ‘phone’ that you use to stay in touch with people is actually a little computer (let’s call it a ‘mobile device’) containing valuable information about you, your family, your friends, and your life. Can you imagine losing your mobile device?  Or, what if your mobile device or tablet is attacked by a virus or a phone phishing attack? Because many daily activities were previously done on your PC, the information on your mobile device is now as critical and confidential as data on your laptop or desktop. It’s time to start thinking about protection beyond the PC.

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Phone ethics for business
used with permission from HP Technology at Work

Cellphones are a visible symptom of our addiction to technology. We use them for everything; we can’t be separated from them and we clutch at them constantly – even obsessively. Since habits and addictions often become automatic, it’s important to do a bit of self-analysis sometimes. Our all-important interactions with our cellphones can have a big impact on our professional image. Consider that colleague who is constantly rushing to the office bathroom or kitchen to have “personal” conversations which everyone can overhear anyway.

Here are a few simple office phone ethics to consider:

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Time to upgrade to Windows Server 2012?
used with permission from HP Technology at Work

Do you feel like you spend as much time evaluating new technologies as you do performing your job responsibilities? An over-exaggeration for sure, but carefully choosing network and computing technology obviously helps to determine whether your business operates as efficiently, productively or competitively as possible. That said, what’s the deal with Microsoft® Windows Server 2012?

Introduced last September in Datacenter, Standard, Essentials and Foundation editions—the latter two specifically targeted at small businesses with a maximum of 15 and 25 users, respectively—Windows Server’s sixth release has received mostly favorable reviews for its installation options, user interface, task manager, IP address management and active directory. It’s also received high marks for its inclusion of Microsoft’s newest Hyper-V, resilient file system (ReFS) and Internet Information Services (IIS) 8.0, as well as its overall scalability.

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