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                   Born Again – IoT Evangelist (Part I of II)
image   Story by Harry Brelsford, CEO, SMB Nation - 

So where did I stray? I started my geek life as a young ham radio operator in Alaska. Yep – had to pass the test having memorized Morse code (kids won’t get that!). Then it was a software lifestyle and all that brought including a 15-year run with Small Business Server (SBS). All good.

But lately, since the demise of SBS, myself and other SBSers have been lost in the wilderness, asking huge questions about the meaning of life and why are we here? We’ve lost a few brothers and systems along the way. But I’m here to say that I’ve been saved by the Internet of Things and you can too!

What led to my being saved by IoT? It was a simple email from Tcat. Many readers recall Tcat is a frequent SMB Nation speaker and author over the past ten years (“New Success Secrets” and “Success Teams”). But there’s more to the story. Tcat was on the original SBS development team in the mid/late-1990s at Microsoft Redmond and owned the early Internet Connection Wizard (ICW) that allowed you to select approved local ISPs for your (ekks) modem-based Internet connection. We become fast friends and have stayed in touch ever since. Tcat always seems to land on his feet whether he is living in Egypt, Mexico or Georgia (true stories).

Tcat’s email was simple. He was in Seattle at an IoT conference called AllSeen (hosted by the AllSeen Alliance). It was a next generation geekfest just a few blocks away and AllSeen had selected Seattle this year for its big show. So I strolled over at Tcat’s recommendation and obtained a press pass so I could attend and report back to my loyal readers.

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                    Deploying Windows 10 Webinar / Thursday Nov 12, 2015 1 PM - 2 PM PST
image   Presented by: Harry Brelsford CEO of SMB Nation & Grant Thompson Founding Partner of MG Technology Group

Want to learn more about Windows 10? Wondering where to find the information? Sign up here

Join us on Thursday for an educational webinar on Deploying Windows 10. 

This webinar will take you through Windows10 deployment from an outside-looking-in independent expert viewpoint. Needless to say, there are new and updated ways to deploy Windows 10. In this session, we review new recommendations for upgrading existing devices using a simple in-place upgrade process, provisioning tools for transforming new devices into ones ready for enterprise use, as well as updates to traditional deployment tools and techniques (ADK and beyond).

We also talk about application compatibility, hardware requirements, and other common deployment questions.

Bottom Line: You’ll learn about the new release cycle, Azure AD, upgrade paths and scenarios, dynamic provisioning, and more. And can you really run Windows 10 on a stick? 

Be sure to invite your customers to show them how the Windows 10 solutions can help them operate more efficiently and empower them to grow their business.

Also remember since your customers are attending, you can register this event with Microsoft Community Connections and receive giveaway software and materials.

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to become fourth richest city in U.S.
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In this East Coast vs. West Coast battle, it looks like the West Coast is winning.

According to a review of data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Bloomberg found that the tech boom is shifting the richest cities in America to the West Coast. Three out of the top five land here with San Jose topping the charts.Seattle

Bridgeport, Conn., an ultra-wealthy suburb outside New York City where many in finance live, comes in No. 2, but San Francisco and Seattle follow, with Boston rounding out the top five.

Bloomberg looked at the nation’s 100 largest metro areas to crunch the numbers to see which city had the “highest output per resident” in 2014.

Apparently, tech is the new gold rush, with the gross metropolitan product, or GMP per capita in Silicon Valley at $105,482 — which Bloomberg cites is “more than double the national average.”

Seattle’s GMP came in at $75,874, but our neighbor to the south, Portland, is also seeing a large jump.

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with CumulusPro
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Many small professional service organizations, such as law offices, accountants, and realtors rely on customized solutions to address industry specific workflows and technical requirements. As cloud services place enormous pricing pressure on the channel, these custom apps and workflows present an opportunity for VARs and MSPs to go beyond the one-time planning and onboarding revenues of Office 365 deployments to deliver long term value and become more deeply embedded in the business processes of their clients.cumuluspro logo

As Harry has noted time and again, “Cloud just fundamentally resets the economics. Smart VARs and MSPs need to adapt new revenue models quickly or see their future vanish with every business that transitions to the cloud.”

CumulusPro is one of the subset of cloud service providers focused on enabling channel partners. Our solutions allow you to offer completely rebranded document capture and workflow solutions or embed them directly into Sharepoint and Office365 for your clients.

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                   The Evolution of The Way We Work
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Changes in the interplay between technology, location, culture and business are transforming where, when and how we work. 

Workers are taking control of their work / life balance with traditional ‘nine to five’ commuting patterns changing. Employees are also seeking more control over the communications devices and applications they use. 

There is also an interesting sub-trend involving the development of portfolio based careers. 

These trends are confirmed by evidence from SMB Group about the changing use of business communication technologies with 92% of SMBs using at least one cloud solution, 60% saying that mobile solutions are critical and 86% using mobile applications.

Rob Charlton, CEO of Space Group said “As a company we are moving towards keeping and managing everything in the cloud…Whatever we need, whenever we need it, accessible from whichever device is most suitable and available at the time.”

Small and medium sized business today face the challenge of providing workers with flexibility while at the same time maximizing their productivity, controlling costs and ensuring that teams retain good interaction.

Stephen Tanner, Founder of OfficePOD Ltd commented “An organization cannot promote the idea of flexible working and merely cover the provision of a desk and a chair in a spare room. Employers have a duty to provide staff with the tools they need to work effectively and productively; this should include a suitable working environment, wherever that happens to be.”

To explore these issues further the team at global business communications vendor Mitel asked business users, leaders in innovation, architects, psychologists and human resource experts for their perspectives in four key areas:

•    How technology trends are setting the agenda
•    Next generation workplaces
•    The impact of a global market
•    Cultural changes and the impact on work.

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November 8, 2015
Issue 10-17

This Issue:
bullets Born Again - IoT Evangelist (Part 1 of 2)
Deploying Windows 10 / SMB Nation Webinar
Tech boom drives Seattle to become fourth richest city in U.S.
bullets Deliver Vertical Cloud-based Solutions with CumulusPro
bullets The Evolution of The Way We Work

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