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Astricon Asterisk Videos Posting

November 26, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving 2010 From TMC!

November 24, 2010

Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Impresses

November 14, 2010

TMC’s Tom Keating reported the fact that Microsoft OCS will be called Lync going forward and the name is much more conducive as a Skype alternative as asking someone to Lync you sounds much better than asking them to OCS you. Tom and I recently went to Manhattan with a group of analysts and other media to get a demo of the system at Microsoft's Technology center and put it through its paces. We had a chance to see about a dozen or more machines with various endpoints and spent time listening to Jamie Stark the Senior Product Manager walk us through what this new release will do for customers.

Happy Halloween 2010 from TMC

October 29, 2010

Time to Alert Your Workers About Tax Increases

October 27, 2010

A few recent articles reminded me it makes sense to warn our TMC team members about the pending tax increases which will take place next year. It is unclear if the Bush tax cuts will expire at this point but I believe it makes sense to prepare everybody for the worst. You may want to adapt this letter I sent to the TMC team for your company.

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Team, readers of my blog know I have pointed out how many business leaders have complained about massive regulatory uncertainly is keeping the economy from healing.

Part of the problem is tax uncertainty – it seems we are scheduled for perhaps the largest tax increase (details) in our lifetimes.





TMC Robotics News Becomes Robotics Wire

October 18, 2010

TMC's robotics coverage has just evolved with a new look and name. We've been covering the space for many years but now this coverage area has become Robotics Wire and can be found at roboticswire.com.

 

Robotics technology is evolving and while not quite mainstream (except perhaps for vacuum cleaners) the technology is making a difference for the disabled, military and many industrial and manufacturing applications. Check out some of the latest news from the site and we hope you like the site enough to bookmark and follow its RSS, Twitter feed or Facebook page:

 




ITEXPO West 2010 Video Update With Dave Rodriguez

October 4, 2010

ITEXPO West 2010 Show Guide Available

October 1, 2010

The ITEXPO West 2010 Show Guide is here and if you are flying to the show - you may want to download it to your Kindle/laptop/iPad/netbook/smartphone or print it. I am on the plane now and we have the equivalent of a 300 baud modem's worth of bandwidth so I can't download it but as I recall it is over 100 pages and gives you a solid overview of the dozen conferences taking place next week.

In addition it shows you the exhibit hall with over 200 exhibitors and which sections correspond to which technology.

I have this dream that I will have enough time to go through the directory and point to some of the interesting highlights in a blog post.

We'll see how that works out.

Here is the PDF and it is fairly compressed down to 5 Megs as I recall - we may be getting a higher res one soon as well in case you have the bandwidth.







Reseller 2.0 Session at ITEXPO West 2010

September 30, 2010

Check out this reseller session at ITEXPO next week in LA... I haven't written about this before and I wanted to bring you up to date. Here are the details on our reseller panel taking place next week. It should be great.

I am blogging on an iPad with complex HTML code so I'm crossing my fingers to make sure this comes out ok.

Free Workshop at ITEXPO

Reseller Day 2.0:
Blueprint for Success in the Next Decade

Tuesday, October 5th

Introducing: Reseller Day 2.0: Blueprint for Success in the Next Decade.

On October 5, 2010, Reseller Day 2.0 provides you with a forum for you to learn about cutting edge new solutions you can represent, to meet with many new potential partners, and to study proven sales techniques to help improve your team's performance.

Always one of the most popular workshops at ITEXPO, Reseller Day has been completely revamped to increase value for you.






Billions Lost to Business Disruption

September 29, 2010

CDW recently performed a survey discussing just how much money is lost by business to disruption. Here are some of the findings:

  • 200 businesses completed the survey
  • Half (51 percent) experienced problems connecting to their IT network from other locations
  • Half (50 percent) had problems connecting from inside their business locations 
  • Nearly half of respondents (46 percent) said employees could not access the necessary company resources to do their jobs
  • Almost one-third (29 percent) said employees had problems communicating with each other via internal phone systems and/or e-mail 
  • 28 percent said their networks were slower than expected and could not support the increased traffic from remote locations
  • Hardware failures caused 29 percent of network outages, followed by a loss of telecom services to facilities (21 percent)
The survey reinforces the importance of of business continuity planning and moreover as we become more connected and our applications continue to rely more on the cloud, outages which used to cause minimal damage can become downtime disasters.

Here is more on the report (PDF) and how CDW plays in this area.



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