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Robert Crane Reviews the 2014 Fall Conference
  By Robert Crane, Director,
Computer Information Agency

Although I am still recovering from the jet lag, my vision has cleared enough now that I can pen my thoughts on Office 365 Nation 2014 recently held in Seattle.

The event was put together by Harry Brelsford and in another way is really SMB Nation 2014, however this time the theme has been ‘rebooted’ to focus on Office 365 and the cloud.

(Pictured: Tom Moen delivers a presentation at SMB Nation Fall)

The first thing I must do is thank Harry for the opportunity to conduct four formal and one informal session. You can download the slides from the my formal presentations here:

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New Office 365 Plan Changes Impact SMB IT Pros
image   By Harry Brelsford, Founder and Chairman,
SMB Nation

Today, Microsoft released a new Office 365 licensing scheme that I offer positively impacts O365ers in our community. At a minimum, the new plan reduces Office 365 friction. Here’s why.

Looking back To understand the delta plan changes, you need to understand where we’ve been. The slide below summarizes the Office 365 plans we have known to date. Start from the left and read across. The impact of the separate small business and mid-size plans was inflexibility in my opinion. What if the small business grew and added a 26th employee?

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Twenty Years Later – Is Windows 10 the
new Windows 95?
  By Harry Brelsford, Founder and Chairman,
SMB Nation

Yesterday, Microsoft announced the next version of Windows, known as “10,” at an event in San Francisco. Optically, it appears to be a hybrid between a traditional Windows paradigm and the “eight era” emphasizing touch and mobility. I have reason to believe it’ll emerge as a best of breed and be the most significant release since Windows 95 in terms of favorability ratings. Why?

Click the image to watch my blog video!

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Author Karl Palachuk Heads to Australia
  By Monica Caraway

Long-time community member and author Karl Palachuk is packing a big suitcase and getting ready to head to Australia and New Zealand in November. Palachuk will take his “SMB Roadshow” Down Under with stops in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, and Auckland, NZ.

Karl will be accompanied by Jenifer Novak Landers, a life coach and business coach who also presented at Karl’s SMB Nation Preday seminar last week. That event was very well received and packed the room with eager attendees.

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Community Corner: Seattle Give Camp this Weekend
image   Good day, SMB Nation Community! The team is coming off the heels of our 12th annual SMB Nation Fall Conference, and we wanted to pass along an interesting bit of news we heard at this year’s event.

Jim Palmieri, CEO, Agitare Technologies, spoke to the registration staff about his latest initiative: The Seattle Give Camp. This event is designed to connect a volunteer group comprised of over 30 non-profits with 200+ IT professionals (developers, graphic artists, etc.) who can help them with their tech needs. The Seattle Give Camp will take place on the Microsoft Campus, in Building 37 from October 3-5.

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New White Paper Available: The Business of
Cloud Communications
image   SMB Nation is pleased to host a new, informative White Paper from CoreDial. Here's a short excerpt from the publication, available here:

Cloud has changed how communications services are delivered and at the same time changed the potential of each service provider’s business. Interconnects, Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and Carriers that adopt cloud communications are not just tapping a new technology, they are transforming their businesses to compete in today’s market.  

Download the White Paper here

The Week that Was: September 28
By Alex Anderson, Contributing Writer, SMB Nation

It’s easy to think that the only IT news worth knowing to start the week starts with the new iPhone 6, continues with Microsoft layoffs (probably carefully timed to coincide with the iPhone news so it would get drowned out of the news cycle) and finishes with the new iPhone again. That would be a misperception though. Sure, what Apple CEO Tim Cook gushed about his “better in every way” and “best iPhone yet” device which sold more than 4 million pre-orders in the first 24 hrs of availability – making a moderate splash. But other things did happen this week in IT Land.

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October 1
Issue 9-13

This Issue:
bullets Robert Crane Reviews the 2014 Fall Conference
bullets New Office 365 Plan Changes Impact SMB IT Pros
Twenty Years Later – Is Windows 10 the new Windows 95?
Author Karl Palachuk Heads to Australia
bullets Community Corner: Seattle Give Camp this Weekend
New White Paper Available: The Business of Cloud Communications
bullets Week that Was: September 28
Upcoming Events
October 2, 2014: Webinar: PowerShell – Level 200-300


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SMB Nation Kitchen

Scrumptious Salisbury Steak in Mushroom Gravy


1 pound ground beef
1 egg
3 tablespoons crushed buttery round cracker crumbs
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
2 (4 ounce) cans sliced mushrooms with juice
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 cups milk
3 cubes beef bouillon


In a medium bowl, mix together the ground beef, egg, cracker crumbs, onion, salt, pepper and poultry seasoning using your hands. Shape into 6 patties about 1 inch thick.

Fry the patties in a large skillet over medium-high heat for 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until browned. Drain off grease, and remove patties to a platter; keep warm.

Melt the butter in the same skillet, and add the mushrooms. Cook and stir for about 2 minutes. Sprinkle the flour over, and mix in until blended. Stir in the milk and beef bouillon. Cook and stir over medium heat until smooth and starting to thicken. Return the patties to the gravy and cook over low heat, uncovered, for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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October 1, 1891: In California, Stanford University opens its doors.


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