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David Byrd
Chief Marketing Officer/EVP of Sales for CloudRoute

Microsoft World Partner Conference 2016

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Microsoft World Partner Conference (WPC) in Toronto Canada. We stayed at the Toronto...

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Zang to Grow Communications PaaS offerings at All About the API

Here at the All About the API 2016 show in Las Vegas I got a chance to catch up with keynoter Davide...

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PlumUC Pipes in on Skype4B for Partners

On Microcorp's weekly agent call, the first topic was the Office365 opportunity for channel partners. (One slide from that call shows...

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Business Continuity is a Conversation

I think about Business Continuity all the time. In the past two months, my cable service has gone out 3 times...

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What Your Life Might Look Like In An IoT World

In an IoT world, you’ll have a connected car. Your connected car has all kinds of sensors to detect when to brake,...

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SD-WAN Fuels Aryaka 150% Growth

Aryaka just announced another great quarter in Q2 - 150% growth. These are the highlights: Over 150% year over year growth for...

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API of the Week: Scribe Software Powers Integration

One of the biggest challenges developers have to deal with relate to managing all the programming interfaces from various systems and solutions....

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Microsoft World Partner Conference 2016

July 21, 2016

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Microsoft World Partner Conference (WPC) in Toronto Canada. We stayed at the Toronto Eaton Centre Marriott and I walked from there to the convention center each day. Great weather! Great food!

Certifications Support a Winning Sales Strategy

July 5, 2016

Recently, CloudRoute received a Gold Certification from Microsoft. We were very proud to announce it to our Channel Partners and Media Contacts. The Gold Certification was in addition to five other Silver Certifications that we've achieved over the course of less than a year with Microsoft.

The Newfound Fave Five Office 365 Features

May 24, 2016







                            



It is very popular for various writers to research new applications and produced lists of new features or functions. My favorite are lists that inform us of features or functions on familiar products that we have never used or were unaware. From time to time I read an article on smartphones that introduces me to a feature that I actually find practical and of value.









Why Office 365: 10 Excellent Reasons

April 7, 2016

The reasons to buy Office 365 are many and varied depending upon the business legacy software technology, experience level and overall business strategy. However, there are some specific things to keep in mind when considering Office 365.

Office 2016 is the core of Office 365 delivering Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive and Outlook. These solutions have been effective for many years, and as a result, the products have a substantial following.

Enterprise Mobility: Analysis and Threat Identification

March 8, 2016

The need for the enterprise mobility suite for Microsoft continues to grow every year. While many small business owners or SMBs do not believe that they are the target of hackers because most media reports concern large enterprises, it is important to note that 36% of SMBs are targeted every year by hackers. It's not because the individual business are worth a lot but because there are many more of them and the security is a lot weaker than that of large enterprises. And while the cost to a small business for being hacked is relatively low at $9,000 per incident, the damage to the brand and customer loyalty is much greater.

Information Security and Protection with EMS

February 25, 2016

Microsoft’s approach to handling Identity and Device management along with Information security and protection is to build and enhance an integrated solution, rather than offer point products. The result is an increased value that is much stronger than the piece parts. It becomes easier to implement, manage and ultimately gain adoption by the users. Over the last few weeks I have discuss the importance of employee mobility, the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) and Identify Management and Access.

EMS - Identity Management and Access

February 16, 2016

While it is always news when a larger corporation or retailer is hacked, there are many more untold stories of SMBs suffering from unwanted intrusions. According to the National Small Business Association, 44% of small businesses in 2013 were attacked. More recently, Travelers noted that 60% of all hacking target attacks struck SMBs. Moreover, the cost of such attacks has been estimated at $8,700 each for small businesses. Therefore, it has become important for SMBs as well as enterprises to strengthen their ability to prevent unauthorized access.

The Next Chapter for Mobility - Enterprise Mobility Suite

February 9, 2016

To begin, I am not a fan of the name “Enterprise Mobility Suite”. It seems to infer that it is both not required by SMBs (not true) and that it is only for enterprise size companies (also not true). According to Forrester Research, 29 percent of the global workforce or approximately 1 billion people are now “anytime, anywhere information workers” who use three or more devices. Specific to the US, IDC notes that in 2015 there were 96.2 million mobile workers.

The Building has no Walls...Enter EMS

February 2, 2016

Today’s business environment often reminds me of the Hans Christian Andersen fable about two weavers who promise an emperor a new suit of clothes. However, the clothes are invisible to those who are unfit for their positions, stupid, or incompetent. The story of the “Emperor’s New Clothes” notes that people can be duped into acquiring new things at great cost that deliver no value. Given the many technology choices available, it is difficult for a business to select and implement solution strategies that always lead to success.

Cloud Computing, Telecom, the Internet and SOTU

January 13, 2016

I have been writing a blog covering technology and telecommunications for seven years and each year I listen to the State of the Union (SOTU) address with an ear towards how the industry, to which I have dedicated many years, will be referenced.

Last night, the SOTU given by President Obama did not mention our industry. That was nothing new as it has been left out more times than not. However, the speech was not the administration’s usual litany of accomplishments and open agenda items for the coming year.

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