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What Does Hosted Exchange Mean to Small Businesses?

What Does Hosted Exchange Mean to Small Businesses?

Once again, I heard a colleague complaining about having issues accessing his e-mail while he was doing extra work from home. He couldn’t call his IT person as it was late in the night and most of the input he required was in his Outlook software – on his faulty computer. Have you ever encountered such issue?

As a business decision maker in a small business, you want your employees to have the necessary IT tools to allow them to perform well. My advice to this unlucky colleague was to ask for his company to move to Hosted Exchange 2010 – with a Hosted solution, he would have been able to finish his project that night simply by using another computer.

Challenges a business owner may face when using an in-house Exchange solution

From the small business owner’s point of view, installing and managing his own exchange server can be expensive: he has to hire an IT person (or assign the IT-related task to someone else, thereby lowering the quality of service that will be provided) and then he has to budget for acquiring software licenses as well as buying high-end servers. As if that wasn’t enough, after approximately three years he’ll have to upgrade everything and reinvest again. Moreover, as technology is evolving, users (the sales team for example) would require access to their collaboration tools from other devices such as their smartphones or other computers. While that would help attaining best sales results, the small business owner would have to hire a specialized service provider for implementing that feature, this means additional cost to bear.

What does Hosted Exchange mean to you?

What if, as a small business owner, you could find a solution where all the techie things would be done for you, while keeping your budget requirements low and foreseeable? As a bonus, you can even get your employees to access your collaboration tools from anywhere and everywhere and from any device – forget about that failing computer that prevented you from finishing a late-night catch-up project. Wouldn’t it make your business efficiency higher? You can have a Hosted Exchange 2010 solution that deploys all the features that you need without the technical headache. Do you remember that project that my colleague couldn’t finish late at night? With a Hosted Exchange solution, my colleague could have used another computer, resumed his work and if it was an issue with his mailbox, he could have called an excellent support team to get the problem fixed asap. He’d be back on track in a matter of time. Finally, your employees can have secure access to the Exchange’s collaboration tools even when they are traveling, or visiting clients – they can even do it from any device: their laptop, a smartphone or a tablet- all with no additional cost.…

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Web 2.0 – Communicating With Your Tenants in the 21st Century

Stay Connected to Your Tenants: Effective Communication Through the Use of Web 2.0 Tools & Technology
Facebook. Web 2.0. Twitter. Buzz. Text. Blog. IM. Social Bookmark. Tag. Youtube. Consider this list of words for a second and ask yourself, “are these nouns, verbs, adjectives, or a combination of all three? Do you know what more than half of these words mean?” If your answers to any of these questions are a little fuzzy or unsure, your next move should be to find out what these terms mean, what role they play in the lives of your tenants, current and potential, and how they can help you as a landlord.
The 21st Century is upon us, as are the technological changes that are currently shaping a generation of students, families, and workers, as well as the education and business worlds. Many places we go these days provide some form of technological support, such as internet cafes, coffee shops that provide wireless networks, and businesses, schools, and college campuses which are bubbles of wireless signals and internet ready workstations. As you head to work or walk through a busy city street, students and adults alike are ‘wired’ into texting on their phones, instant messaging through their iPhones, checking email on their Blackberries, or social networking on their laptops (or any of these devices for that matter). The bottom line is this, technology has helped us to evolve our manner of communicating, socializing, and doing business.
What does any of this have to do with being a landlord and running a real estate business? It has everything to do with being able to communicate and connect to your audience, whether that be current or potential renters. My partners and I have been managing rental properties for close to six years, now, and the difference in how we advertise and work with our tenants has changed dramatically, especially my role as a landlord. When we first started, almost all of my communication with our tenants was through phone calls, an occasional email, or face to face encounters. At the time, this seemed to work. As our properties multiplied (as did our tenants), efficiently and effectively communicating became tough. Playing phone tag became a common occurrence, and trying to find common times when both the tenants and landlord were free to meet on a regular basis was next to impossible. After some time discussing, with both my partners and the tenants, the purposes of all these contacts, we began to has out plans for more efficient and more effective communication. I found out some tenants hate email and rarely check it (this was a huge eye-opener for me and something I took for granted), yet they text message all the time, so like to get their information that way. Other tenants were constantly on email and had their instant message box or Skype account up on their computers at all times and preferred to hear from me through ‘IM’ or video chat. While there were still a few who always preferred a phone call and occasional face to face meeting. As I began to figure this out, I realized that what was important in all of this was finding a method that worked, and what I may not have considered effective (ie- my assumption was texting was too impersonal a method to deliver spectacular service), actually worked best for some.
While the options out there seem endless and overwhelming, the key is to not try to use all of them all of the time or just one of them all of the time. What has worked for me is to find a few that fit certain purposed for contacting the tenants, and matching these up with the tenant preferences. For example, I would use a text message to remind one set of tenants about the monthly walk through coming up, yet I would meet face to face with the same group to discuss something as important as them possibly re-renting. At the end of the day, what is important to realize is that technology is not changing so much of ‘what’ we do (we still need to communicate with our tenants), but ‘how’ we do these things.…

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Back to The Future – Meet Your Network Equipment Gear Demands

Network Communications are expanding rapidly, and this is changing the way we all work, live and entertain. We are now truly able to stay connected virtually anywhere and at anytime. The market and its associated technological advancements are moving quickly and companies need to stay ahead of the curve to be able to satisfy the demand for speed and data space.
In order to provide the ultra-fast data speeds necessary to stay ahead of users’ rapidly growing online video demands and to set the foundation for a whole new way of networking, Cisco unveiled a new Internet technology that is simply futuristic. Known as “CRS-3,”A� this new network routing system will be able to offer downloads of up to 322 Terabits per second, according to the company. To give an example, in Cisco terms, the router will be able to download the entire printed collection of the Library of Congress in 1 second and stream every movie ever created in less than 4 minutes.
Cisco said the CRS-3 will triple the speed of its predecessor, the CRS-1, and it will offer speeds of up to 12-times faster than the next fastest product on the market. The company invested $1.6 billion in the technology and will begin selling the routers at $90,000.
The foundation for the CRS-3 was based on rapid proliferation of smart-phones and the growing popularity of advanced applications that circle around how mobile providers will be responding to this change in service types and rising expectations of their users.
Additionally, the business and technical landscape is changing dramatically – expanding competition, shift in revenue streams, next gen. broadband technology deployments and move to all-IP architecture. These forces require mobile operators to build networks in new, “smarter” ways in order to be prepared to meet future demand.
Even though some say that the expansion of those speeds and network capacity are not necessary at the moment, many argued that the fast-growing media usage on mobile phones, mobile data and need for high-bandwidth mobile applications is exploding and will ultimately demand it.
The bottom line is that even if you do not require such a vast technological breakthrough at the moment, Cisco is definitely the company, one should look at, when considering what brand of networking to use. Satisfaction is guaranteed and you can be sure you are always staying ahead of the curve even with older models, since they are always designed and manufactured to meet prospective needs.…