August 2013
In this issue:

Why You Need a Managed Services Provider

Free Antivirus Software

Decisiveness Brings Success

Unsung Heros

Services/Quick Links

Monthly Trivia

Quote and Cartoon

Unsung Heroes - How Routing & Switching Keep the Business Going
used with permission from the Cisco Website

Routers and switches are the building blocks for all business communications from data to voice and video to wireless access. They can improve a company’s bottom line by enabling your company to increase productivity, cut business costs, and improve security and customer service.

Specifically, routers and switches support:

Sharing applications
�Provide staff access to business applications
�Improve employee productivity

Using routing and switching technologies allows your staff, even those located in different locations, to have equal access to all your business applications, information and tools. Keeping everyone connected to the same tools can increase employee productivity. Routing and switching also can provide access to advanced applications and enable services, such as IP voice, videoconferencing and wireless networks.

Speeding access to information
�Manage information efficiently
�Review what is happening across your business

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Why You Need a Managed Services Provider

Information technology (IT) systems are expected to meet high standards of operation, while offering 24/7 availability, security, and performance. In today’s environment, you have to keep pace with the constant changes in IT, performance demands, and pressure to deliver competitive IT functionality. To meet these challenges, many organizations consider outsourcing their IT activities to be an attractive option.

What is a Managed Services Provider?
A Managed Services Provider (MSP) lets you delegate specific IT operations to them. The MSP is then responsible for monitoring, managing and/or problem resolution for your IT systems and functions.

Managed services providers offer services such as:

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How Free Antivirus Software Can End Up Costing You
used with permission from Symantec

Free antivirus software may seem like a bargain, but it’s not. Learn what issues you need to consider before you download this particular "freeware."

In this tough economy, getting something for free is always a good thing, right? Short answer: It depends on your tolerance for risk.

Take free antivirus software as an example. It may seem like a bargain, but it’s not. Here are the issues to consider before you download this particular “freeware.”

First and foremost, free antivirus software doesn’t provide the comprehensive protection you need against today’s biggest online threats. So when you trust your computer, applications, files and identity to free antivirus software, it can end up costing you more in time, aggravation, and money than you ever imagined.

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Decisiveness Brings Success
by Craig Kitch,

One trait you will find consistently with successful people is their tendency to make decisions quickly. Whether you are an independent business person or managing a department in a major corporation, the ability to analyze a situation, make a decision and then stick to it is a key ingredient for success.

I have been coaching a man who is launching his own business and he has really struggled with what market to target and how he will approach them. Truth is, his business will fit several specific markets and he has been changing his mind constantly for the last few months regarding who he wants to serve. I finally asked him to write down every potential target market he could think of for his service. I then had him scratch off the names of anyone he did not want to do business with, which left a short list of people who would benefit from his product and whom he felt like he would enjoy working with. Then I simply said: “Pick one”. This man has floundered in his business because of indecision. Failure to make a decision, ultimately, constitutes a decision in and of itself. That decision is one of inaction and ultimately will result in total failure.

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Services/Quick Links

� Managed IT Services
� Network Design
� On-Site Support
� Remote Connectivity
� Microsoft Exchange Email
� Server Virtualization
� Hardware & Software Sales
� Internet Bandwidth Security
� Cloud Computing
� Virus Detection & Removal

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Monthly Trivia

First person to submit the correct answers by email to will receive a $25 Starbucks gift card!

Entries are judged by date/time received and correctness. Include your name and phone number, the question number and the answer.

1) How much hay was eaten daily by Jumbo, showman P.T. Barnum's famous 6-1/2 ton elephant?

2) How many pounds of fish can a pelican hold in its pouch?

3) Which character made his debut in the silent film Plane Crazy in 1928?

4) In medieval days, how much did the average suit of armor weigh?

Cartoon of the Month


Quote of the Month

"Is freedom anything else than the right to live as we wish? Nothing else.

 - Epictetus


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