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Get Connected: Online Broadcast August 4th to 5th 2015
The fact is, our current roadshow featuring independent Office 365 workshops in a handful of NFL cities is going swimmingly. We’re ahead of our plan for 100+ engaged and excited IT Pros per city, soaking up the fountain of knowledge from our hot shot speakers. ‘Nough said.
But we’ve had some learning along the way. One lesson is that traffic in every major city is a problem. It’s our biggest competitor to having you attend our workshop. So, we have a simple solution: a Connected Event that you can participate in from your office (even your home office!). Our online event is interactive, with video streaming from a Puget Sound studio, featuring live experts before a small studio audience, and YOU online. Your participation, including questions and comments, is paramount to the success of the connected event format!
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SMB Nation Webinar: Lync, Skype and Skype for Business
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What’s the difference and why should we care? The portfolio of options for business communication solutions is bursting at the seams, yet it often feels more difficult than ever to find the solution that’s best suited for each business. Microsoft’s rebranding of Lync and introduction of Skype for Business affected the entire community of users and Microsoft partners as business and personal communication tools mixed and integrated. This shift has created a new ecosystem filled with both dangers and opportunities. Join SMB Nation and Greg Plum from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, July 30 to learn...
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WPC Wrap
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I’ll take one last look back at the recently completed Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) held in mid-July in Orlando, Fla. Then it’s forward to the future. First the fun, and then the facts. As usual, it was non-stop merriment clouded only by the summer humidity. As always, there were too many parties to attend. I didn’t have to pay for nourishment for nearly a week as I ate my way through the WPC party circuit! The party scene is worth the price of admission alone and not just for the fun. I’d offer it’s where relationships start, strengthen and legends are born. I often say th...
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Pinpoint perfection for Microsoft Pinpoint: Join Nurture Marketing at WPC for ‘Winning with words’
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The Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference is less than three days away, and presenters and attendees alike are gearing up for the annual event. This year, Nurture Marketing will provide a standout session on the newly redesigned Microsoft Pinpoint platform, “Winning with words—how to capture customers online and convert them with Pinpoint,” at 3:30 p.m. July 13 in N310H. Presenter Eric Rabinowitz, Nurture Marketing CEO, will share search ranking criteria and tips for maximum long-term lead capture. Attendees will also hear from Jeff Goldstein, Queue Associates World Wide managing director,...
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MSFT hires one, fires 7,800 = 7,799 Net
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Welcome to Christmas in July. It’s like clockwork: With the start of Fiscal 2016, heaps of Microsoft minions have been axed. Early today, Microsoft announced 7,800 layoffs worldwide, primarily related to the Nokia mobile phone business. It makes sense, as the new CEO Satya Nadella found Ballmer’s legacy telecom tattoo to be repugnant and outside his vision for a new Microsoft. Believe it or not – I support Microsoft’s right-sizing strategy as it’s still too top heavy with people running around having meetings to plan for more meetings. Throw in the new efficiencies associated with cloud comput...
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Panasonic produces SIP phone system for SMBs
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Panasonic System Communications Company of North America announced July 2 availability of the KX-TGP600, a SIP cordless phone system optimized for small to midsized businesses. KX-TGP600 features include support for up to eight phone lines simultaneously, compatibility with a variety of handsets and voice clarity functionality, "The combination of quality, flexibility and overall low-cost make the KX-TGP600 one of the best SIP phone systems we've brought to market to-date," said Kim Murtagh, senior product manager for Unified Communications, Panasonic System Communications Company of North A...
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SkyKick launches CMaaS product category
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SkyKick, a Seattle-based cloud management software provider, announced today the launch of its new Cloud Management-as-a-Service product category. CMaaS is designed to help IT solution providers manage cloud-based applications from a unified platform through migration, backup and central management capabilities for cloud products including Dropbox and Office 365. “We are excited to usher in the next era for SkyKick—a global software company delivering cloud management solutions for partners,” said Todd Schwartz, SkyKick co-founder and co-CEO. “Cloud usage is expected to double in the next...
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Is Amazon Evil?
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A prominent Amazon Web Services (AWS) customer has just sent me an unapologetic missive that doesn’t take ownership for service degradation. Read on. The Crime This customer has a dependency on with its core line-of-business knowledge application. I’ve been told some of its features and functionality disappeared recently (a widget). While investigating “what the hell happened…,” as the client put it, an unsolicited excuse arrived from AWS that I have reprinted below. What concerns me is that Amazon doesn’t say “we’re sorry” and it hardly takes ownership of the malady. Here is the bottom li...
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Harrybbb at the US Open – Lessons Learned
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