Over 18,000 Global Readers and Growing! April 10, 2012 - Issue 7-4 GeekSpeak
Spring is in the air! So it’s time to geek out and honestly, get your geek on. Spring is in the air! So it’s time to geek out and honestly, get your geek on. So I had some fun with my BlackBerry PlayBook; we are now offering the entire online 2012 MVP Nation conference online to anyone for $99 and we made the Windows 8 Expert Panel lecture for FREE. I wrap with top 5 BDR tricks.
A special in memoriam to Bob Nelson, who passed two years ago, April 2010. He was one of the early Microsoft Small Business Specialist Community (SBSC) program managers and one helluva bike rider. He used to ride 100-mile centuries up to his passing at the age of 69. Miss ya, Bob!
SAVE THE DATE and sign-up for the SMB 150 awards dinner, May 16th in LA, CA! Learn all about is at www.smb150.com. Shout out to BlackBerry for being our premier sponsor for this event and providing a BlackBerry Playbook (64GB) for each of the incumbent winners.
Have a greeaaatttt daaayyy!!!
When I write about something technical, I have to get my “head” into “it” so I speak from the heart. In this case, I went deep into the world of the BlackBerry PlayBook and emerged much wiser. I’m using it for my e-mail, schedule and contacts as you would expect. But more importantly I have expanded and extended its capabilities to fit my needs. For example, the HDMI output (the cable was under $5 USD on Amazon) allows me to attach to HDTVs in my home, office, visiting offices and even hotel room. I can make business presentations, watch movies or videos and flat out have fun!
The figure below shows a cool lecture from Jason Davidson at Intel. The lecture is on the Intel Hybrid Cloud Server and you can find that lecture here on YouTube on the IntelHybridCloud channel.
And remember, that all of the SMB 150 award winners will receive a BlackBerry PlayBook (64GB) at the SMB 150 awards dinner, May 16th in LA, CA. You are invited! Visit www.smb150.com.
ChannelEyes | Reduce Information Overload
ChannelEyes is the first free and secure social network for the IT channel to use every day. It’s kind of like Facebook, but instead of friends – it’s a filtered group of Vendor feeds on a Social Wall. (See a 2-minute introductory video at right.)
Channel Partners will have a single place to see a snapshot of new channel information every day. You’ll cut through the noise and clutter because you control who you follow, filter the relevant information and build social conversations around it.
Vendors, manufacturers and distributors of all types will have a single place to engage with their entire channel, targeting the right person with the right information at the right time. The net result is better engagement, sell-through, and access to potential new partners.
The ChannelEyes team has talked to hundreds of Channel Partners and most of them agree it’s virtually impossible to continually read and disseminate industry information. In fact, only 5% regularly use vendor portals and less than 17% open vendor emails.
The patent-pending ChannelEyes platform is ridiculously simple to use and differentiates itself from consumer tools such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn in areas such as security, relevance of people and content, filtering, and managing important information that is time sensitive.Sign up today for free: http://www.channeleyes.com
MVP Nation/Windows 8: Everyone Deserves A Second Chance!
You can now watch the entire MVP Nation 2011 conference via our OVERTIME OFFER. For $99 USD, you get to see the exact same conference that the online attendees witnessed live March 3-4, 2012. No travel, no schedule, from the comfort of your office and home. This opportunity is based on POPULAR DEMAND!
First, learn about the entire conference focused on Windows 8 HERE
Here is what you get:
Time is passing you by. Hurry and sign-up for the special $99 MVP NATION 2012 OVERTIME
PS – You can sample the MVP Nation 2012 online event by first watching the Windows 8 Expert Panel HERE to see if you like it before you purchase the $99 overtime package!
PPS – A special shout out to our friends at Intel for providing two guest speakers and promoting our online replay here
Positive Disaster Recovery
Since StorageCraft is a backup and disaster recovery company that sells mainly through the channel, we often hear partners complain about how hard it is to sell backup and disaster recovery solutions. Of course, to those of us in the industry, backup and disaster recovery is a no-brainer, but the people with the checkbooks often struggle to justify the spend. So where’s the disconnect?
One culprit is the fact that while the IT industry has grown and flourished rapidly over the last fifteen or twenty years, the way companies talk about backup and disaster recovery hasn’t. Look around and you’ll still see images of lightning bolts and demolished server rooms and so on. In the old days, IT was often separate from a main business, one feature, but not the whole. In those days, selling backup and disaster recovery was like selling car insurance. It was about fear, and a company had to generate enough fear to see the loss of their data as the end of the world.
Today, that fear is more grounded in the truth. Today, most companies survive almost entirely on their data and other IT resources and a true disaster could be fatal. But the message of fear has become bland. Executives have been overwhelmed with imagery that doesn’t reflect their day to day lives. Natural disasters, after all, account for only a small percentage of data loss.
Luckily, this new, fertile plain of IT offers an alternative to fear. Because so many businesses rely so completely on data, it’s time to start talking about backup and disaster recovery as a positive thing, as a way to save and make money, as a way to build a better business. For more information, check out our new StorageCraft white paper.
Top 5 Tips on Easy Disaster Recovery Methods
By Regina Ciardiello, Editor, SMB Nation, Inc.
Even though one would think disaster recovery is a likely plan that most SMBs already have in place, this is not the case for most SMBs. According to Symantec’s 2011 SMB Disaster Preparedness Survey, 41 percent of SMBs said that they currently don’t have a disaster recovery plan in place. Further, 40 percent stated that disaster preparedness is just not a priority for them.
The main reason why these SMBs do not have a plan in place is not because they are lazy, or don’t have time, it’s more that they don’t understand the critical impact that a proper disaster preparedness plan can have on their business. With today’s current weather patterns of devastating tornadoes in the Midwest and hurricanes on the East Coast, it now more important than ever for SMBs to have a recovery plan in place.
-- Written by Drew Robb
Nearly all large enterprises have sophisticated disaster recovery plans in place. They create secondary sites in remote locations that come online if anything should go wrong with the primary data center. They replicate data so that additional copies are available should hardware fail. And they have data backups of everything, store tapes offsite and institute numerous other safeguards.
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SMB 150 Awards Gala!
Voting is closed and the list is almost complete! Be sure to RSVP to the Awards Gala on May 16th, 2012 at the beautiful Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites in Los Angeles, CA.
All SMB 150 Awardees will be honored at this event. You can register for the Awards Gala here!
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