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March 2013

March 16, 2013 | By | No Comments

Thanks to all that came out for our Seminar at Bass Pro a couple of weeks ago! We had over 40 attendees and a great discussion!

Lots of talk about tablets, cell phones, and “BYOD” or “Bring Your Own Device”, the practice of allowing employees and/or clients to use their personal devices on your network. There are LOTS of advantages to BYOD, in particular convenience and cost savings, but MANY pitfalls as well – all dealing with security. If this is a challenge you are facing, let us help! There ARE answers out there!

One item we discussed where the interest surprised me was Xerox solid ink printers. These are phenomenal devices but I was blown away by the response. All Xerox solid ink printers are fast and print phenomenal documents. One big advantage is that the consumable is literally just a block of wax – a big crayon. There are no big toner cartridges to throw away (or save in a big stockpile) and no messy toner to spill and get all over your hands. They are super efficient with a low cost per page – but in particular, the 8870 model prints COLOR for the price of Black & White! That’s about 3 cents per page. I use one in my office and we love it. We don’t print a ton of color, but with this printer we don’t care if it’s color or black and white. Most color printers cost more like 20 cents per page and some are over 50 cents per page – those costs are eating at your bottom line. Even with our small print volume, this printer was worth the investment and will pay for itself quickly in consumable savings! Let me know if you would like to learn more.

16 Feb

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February 2013 – Lunch & Learn

February 16, 2013 | By | No Comments

Please join us on March 13th for our Lunch’n’Learn!  We will have the latest info on wireless networking, network security, and the latest updates from Network Innovations!  We are way overdue and haven’t done one in quite some time.  This should be a unique experience at Bass Pro Shops in Olathe!  I’ll spend part of the session showing you all of our free tools you have at your disposal that you might not know about.  See below for more info and I hope to see you there!

There is a lot of information in this month’s newsletter about BYOD and mobility.  Do you have employees that want to attach iPads and cell phones to the company network?  Are you wondering if these tools might make some employees more productive?  Are you reeling from the effects of 4 snow days in the past two weeks – with a huge backlog of work?  Remember, this is what we do – let us help!  Contact me and I’ll be happy to meet with you to discuss.  We’ll be touching on some of these topics at our lunch’n’learn as well.

NEW AltiGen Feature:  Sometimes it’s the little things.  AltiGen just added in a new feature I’ve been wanting for quite some time!  If your phone is ringing, you can hit the release button and the call will go to voicemail and your phone will stop ringing!  This is similar to hitting decline on your cell phone.  If you are on AltiGen’s software assurance, you can have this feature now!  Send me an email, you may already have the update and if not we can schedule it asap.

31 Aug

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BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), Facebook Statistics

August 31, 2012 | By | No Comments

The lead article this month is about “BYOD” or allowing users to Bring Your Own Device to the company network.   Properly managed, BYOD can bring significant cost savings while allowing each user to choose the device they prefer.   AltiGen’s MaxMobile app is a key component for BYOD.  This allows an employee to use their personal cell phone, but giving your clients a company-owned phone number.   All calls go through the company phone system, so they can be re-routed, recorded, reported on, etc.  The employee has the full power of the business phone system, with the ability to transfer a call from their cell directly to another extension, conference calls, music on hold, call recording, etc.  They can also see who’s on the phone and their status, right on the smart phone.  Ask for a demo of this amazing product!

Speaking of smartphones, the chatter has increased significantly in the past few weeks about viruses targeting Android phones.  Just this week, an outbreak in China affected over 500,000 phones.  Most android attacks are still social-engineering based, meaning that the user installs the infected app.  Sometimes they are tricked, often times they are installing an app from an unreliable source.  For this reason, I’ve resisted anti-virus for my phone, but at this point it seems inevitable.  I’ve been testing an app on my phone, and it’s probably time for everyone with an Android phone to consider anti-virus.  The good news is, many AV apps include other features such as lost phone finders, remote wipe and other security measures, backup and privacy enhancements.  Let us know if you would like more information.

I’m sure you’ve seen the scams on Facebook “Find out who’s stalking your profile” and of course those apps aren’t real.  However, I have found a very insightful analytics tool from Wolfram Alpha.  This tool will analyze your friends and posts, and gives a very detailed report.  Follow the read more link for more!

To run the free app, visit wolframalpha.com and search for “Facebook Report”.  Some of my favorite information:  Word frequencies (with a cool word cloud – see below), Top Commenters, Most Liked Post, Most Commented Post, LOTS of friend demographics, etc.  If you use your Facebook profile for business, you can use this app to really tune your message.words