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How the cloud has made SMBs more efficient, adaptable and successful
used with permission from Microsoft for Work
by Chris Chute

As an IT industry analyst, I report on how cloud IT adoption has grown with US small and medium businesses. Historically, the smaller business space has been more conservative when approaching new IT services that are hosted offsite. However, the results of my most recent surveys were startling: 2014 served as a great awakening for SMB IT managers, owners, and CIOs to the benefits of cloud IT.

Our most recent SMB surveys indicate that small businesses (firms with fewer than 100 employees) now understand how to harness the cloud to reduce costs associated with basic office functions like payroll, accounts receivable management, or productivity software like Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Medium businesses (firms with between 100 and 1,000 employees) looked to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trends to increase employee productivity, driving a whole new wave of growth in B2B app adoption via mobile payments or workforce enablement with mobile applications used on tablets. Microsoft SharePoint and other collaborative platforms also found traction while a Microsoft Office 365 cloud delivery model reduced barriers to server deployment, usage, and maintenance.

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Low-tech ways to protect your business
used with permission from HP Technology at Work

Pop quiz: what's a simple thing you can do to improve your business' IT security? Update your antivirus software? Use secure passwords? Here's one that many small- and medium-sized businesses rarely think about: enhance your physical security.

While often an afterthought, physical IT security is no small matter. Of the over $48 billion lost yearly in the U.S. as a result of data breaches, 28 percent resulted from stolen laptops or other portable devices [1]. In all, 60 percent of business failures can be attributed to internal theft [2].

But protecting your IT investments from theft or damage doesn't have to be difficult. In fact, many measures are relatively inexpensive and easy to set up. To help you get started, here are six of the most effective—and simple—physical security measures you should consider.

1. Lock up the server room

The server is the heart of network and data security, and unauthorized access to it can mean unfettered access to every other piece of hardware and data in your company. Limit server room access to employees who specifically need it. This should help protect you from both malicious behavior and potential accidents.

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May Newsletter
In this issue
Angry at Spam Calls & Faxes?
How the cloud has made SMBs more efficient, adaptable and successful
Low-tech ways to protect your business
Start Here with Windows 10
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Start Here with Windows 10
used with permission from Microsoft for Work

Windows 10 is the productivity software that individuals and corporations have been asking for. It has been built collaboratively with customers, and embraces its history while learning from the past to create something that's both functional and familiar. With this combination, Windows 10 is the operating system that takes us from the modern day into the future.

The different facets of Windows 10 fall into three categories: what's back, what's familiar, and what's new.

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