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Washington Husky Football, IBM Lotus Foundation Start and newz…

This past weekend myself, family and out-of-town guests had the honor of attending the 102nd Apple Cup between University of Washington (Go Huskies!) and Washington State University. On the water taxi to the game, one of the attendees and I spoke. He had recently retired from a career at IBM in it’s Global Services area. I spoke about my friendship with the IBM’s open source Lotus Foundations group. We both remarked how IBM stands as an example of a large Fortune One technology company reinventing itself to become relevent and exciting again.

So when today’s news crossed the wire that the Lotus Foundation Start solution is now protected by Engate’s proactive botnet, phish, virus and e-mail security solutions, I stopped what I was doing and read the press release with great interest. You may recall that many of the attendees at the SMB Nation Fall 2009 conference in Las Vegas truly enjoyed the engaging conversations with the Lotus Foundations representatives. For many, it was the first time to not only see an open-source SMB server solution BUT to take this solution under serious advisement and consideration.

For your reading benefit, I have reported the entire press release so you can learn more about the Engate and Lotus Foundations security partnership.

(PS – I will have a technical review of the Lotus Foundations Start product very soon!)

Engate and IBM Deliver Proactive Botnet, Phish, Virus and Email Security for IBM Lotus Foundations Start

Best-in-Class IP Reputation Solution Empowers Small and Medium Size Businesses with Ease of Management, Improved Productivity and Reduced Costs

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Engate Technology Corporation, leaders in next generation reputation network profiling technology and proactive botnet, phish, virus and email security solutions, today announced integration of Engate’s security software suite with IBM® Lotus® Foundations Start line of software appliances for small and medium-sized businesses (SMB).

Lotus Foundations Start ‘plug and play’ appliances help companies with little or no in-house technical resources to focus on running their business rather than managing their computer systems. This Linux-based IBM solution provides staple collaboration tools such as email, file sharing, and remote access and affords peace of mind through automated network security features, data protection, backup and recovery. With Engate, Lotus Foundations Start will offer an industry-leading security suite that proactively protects SMBs from a diversity of email-borne threats.

“Email remains one of the most widely-used attack vectors against small and medium size business users, making email security essential to IBM Lotus Foundations Start,” said Caleb Barlow, Integration Executive for Lotus Foundations, IBM Corporation. “Together with Engate, IBM Lotus Foundations Start offers SMB customers an easy-to-use, best-in-class security solution that protects from the growing number of email-borne botnet, phish, spam and virus threats.”

“Engate provides organizations with proactive protection against the growing threat of phish, spam and botnet attacks,” said Wil Cochran, CEO, Engate. “Working together, we are combining our connection-level protection with Lotus Foundations Start to deliver a solution that helps SMBs mitigate resource-intensive email security administration by stopping malicious threats outside their network before they compromise their privacy, productivity and resources.”

“Botnet-based email attacks are the most prominent malicious security threat to my business customers today. My clients were dissatisfied with their conventional security products as they struggled to keep up with the high volume of sophisticated attacks that were secretly bypassing their filters, spreading new infections and stealing sensitive data,” said John Gray, Partner, Bentor Technologies. “I’m excited to be working with Engate and IBM Lotus Foundations Start as their integrated functionality offers my business customers the innovation, flexibility and reliability necessary in stopping these dangerous attacks at the edge of the network before they have a chance to damage resources and disrupt business productivity.”

Award-winning IP Reputation Solution Empowers SMBs to Focus on Growth

Botnets are one of the most dangerous online security threats today, where an estimated 40% of the 800 million computers on the Internet unsuspectingly distribute spam, steal private data, launch dangerous attacks, and spread new infections. In particular, SMBs face unique security and IT resource challenges that leave them vulnerable to email-borne attacks and botnet threats that can disrupt business productivity.

As email-borne threats continue to double annually, Engate’s advanced botnet, phish, virus and email security protects companies with a powerful solution that proactively protects networks from illicit hosts that are distributing threats. Engate’s innovative security suite employs patented reputation network profiling, source verification, and anti-forgery techniques to identify and block email-borne botnet attacks at the connection level, before they have a chance to compromise IT resources, invade privacy, degrade network performance, and waste user productivity.

Next Generation Reputation Network Profiling Technology for OEM Partners

With more than seven years of operational experience collecting and analyzing data on global networks, Engate’s reputation network profiling technology empowers strategic OEM partners to take advantage of the reputation of over 400 million ‘good and bad’ IP’s in Engate’s 17,000 rules database – known as GlobalRules™. By profiling entire networks beyond infected hosts, Engate has built a repository of intelligence on potential and unknown hosts that may become infected. This unique intelligence on unknown threats is a critical component to enhancing an OEM partner’s security portfolio today – as well as in the future – particularly as unknown threats continue to rise due to the growth of botnets. Engate delivers incremental value to security software, appliance, secure web gateway, unified threat management, intrusion prevention, firewall, and router partners in the following ways:

(1) Enhance 3rd party threat scoring systems with an extra layer of threat intelligence proven to achieve an additional 10-15% unique catches on top of existing content scanning, Real-time Blacklists (RBL) and reputation technologies.

(2) Improve connection-level security and the efficiency of 3rd party email security filters by radically reducing the large volume of unwanted traffic and malicious payloads from reaching the gateway.

(3) Augment multi-layer security strategy with proactive protection from known and unknown threats. Engate’s unique network profiling functionality gives OEM partners preemptive defense against botnet-based attacks, phish, spam, viruses and blended web/email threats.

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Recession Dividend: MSFT report: Majority of Recession-Bred Entrepreneurs – 70 Percent – Left Full-Time Positions to Start Own Business

I’ve been searching for both the words and evidence for something I know to be true: many successful companies are started in a recession. I wrote a cover story a couple of magazine issues ago on this topic – see Issue 4-2 on SMB STARTUPS!

I recently had a conversation with Jeff Connally at CMIT (leading computer franchise organization) who communicated that this recession is a prime recruitment time for his selling of franchise territories to former Fortune 1000 employees who have left their jobs and are seeking to start a business. Other anecdotal evidence exists.

But late last week, Microsoft released one of the best studies on this topic that I have seen in sometime. Headlined Majority of Recession-Bred Entrepreneurs – 70 Percent – Left Full-Time Positions to Start Own Business”

this study really offers an optimistic view I found refreshing.

According to a recent survey conducted by Microsoft Corp., the majority of entrepreneurs who started their business during the recession were employed. Roughly 70 percent of recession-bred entrepreneurs left their jobs to start their own business.

Despite their relative fearlessness to strike out on their own in a rocky economy, nearly one in three new entrepreneurs credit technology as a key catalyst in driving their entrepreneurial spirit.

“Technology is critical to a business owner’s success. It helps increase cost savings, supports innovation and, ultimately, contributes to growth,” said Christoph Wilfert, general manager of SMB solutions for Microsoft. “Many newer technologies, such as the cloud-based offerings of Microsoft’s productivity applications, promise great value but still have limited awareness among SMBs.”

According to the research findings, entrepreneurs picked technology as one of the top three considerations when starting their business, along with marketing, advertising and public relations, and capital funding. Furthermore, affordability (71 percent), security (37 percent) and overall technological capability (35 percent) were identified as the top three most important factors when evaluating technology purchases for their business.

Microsoft offers free or low-cost options for entrepreneurs who are just getting started. For example, Microsoft Office Live Small Business is a set of Internet-based tools that provides everything needed to take a business online, including a free Web site and services to market and manage a small business.

Evaluating and incorporating newer subscription-based technologies, often referred to as software as a service (SaaS), is a low-cost or free option for small and midsize businesses seeking to simplify and alleviate workloads so they can focus on growing their business. For instance, the Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite is an integrated set of messaging and collaboration solutions hosted by Microsoft. It consists of Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Office Live Meeting and Microsoft Office Communications Online. These online services give businesses streamlined communications with high availability and comprehensive security without the cost or hassle of managing onsite hardware and software.

Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 7, also addresses the business needs of SMBs with its new and enhanced features, including the following:

  --  HomeGroup enables small businesses without a server to build a basic
      network and easily share documents, printers and devices across
      multiple PCs.
  --  Advanced Backup schedules a periodic backup to save data or an entire
      system image to a network location or a local drive.
  --  Encrypting File System is a powerful encryption technology that
      encrypts files and folders and helps protect a business's confidential
      information, such as credit card numbers or employee information.
  --  Windows Aero enhancements (such as Aero Snap, Aero Peek and Aero
      Shake) help intuitively navigate, arrange and work with multiple open
      windows on the desktop.
  --  Windows Mobility Center makes mobile computing easier with access to
      all mobile settings in one place.
  --  Location-Aware Printing intuitively identifies and sends documents to
      the correct available network printer when working between home and
      office.

“Throughout the development of Windows 7, we asked small- and midsize-business owners what they regarded as their greatest technology considerations,” Wilfert said. “Overwhelmingly, we heard speed, reliability and security. Windows 7 delivers all those and much more. We are excited to say that we have responded to the needs of entrepreneurs and have taken the fear out of starting a business, regardless of the economic climate.”

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Going Rogue with VoIP!

A VoIP-ism a day keeps the H1N1 flu away in my eyes! Seriously – some news from our friends at Junction networks regarding rural exchanges and traffic pumping caught my eyes!!! Read on.

Junction Networks Offers Alternative to Blocking Numbers in Response to “Traffic Pumping” Practices

“Free” conference calling, adult chat lines and similar services “pump” traffic to rural exchanges to split the high fees rural telcos get for delivering calls. Most carriers on the sending side prefer blocking those numbers to overpaying at the pump. Junction Networks will let customers choose.

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New York, NY (PRWEB) November 17, 2009 — Free conference calling services, adult chat lines and other “traffic pumping” services are often reached through the telephone exchanges of very small, rural operators. In a legal but questionable arbitrage scheme, these calling services choose these rural exchanges precisely for their high termination charges — the fees that sending carriers pay them to complete (terminate) the calls. Charging as much as twenty times the typical domestic termination rate, the rural telco then splits the profits with the service. While carriers have responded by blocking calls to those numbers, Junction Networks has taken another tack, announcing that it will begin charging a higher fee for outbound calls to those exchanges.

The move allows Junction Networks’ customers to continue using these services at their discretion. They have the option to control access to any call costing more than 2.9 cents per minute by simply completing an online extended dialing form.

“Free conference calling and other ‘traffic pumping’ services exist because the current carrier compensation system allows rural carriers to pass extremely high fees on to other carriers, who often cannot come close to recovering the cost of calls,” said Rob Wolpov, president, Junction Networks. “As a result, we have been left with an overwhelming increase in fees for calls to a number of rural locations where these services operate.”

“In order to maintain our low-cost business VoIP options and at the same time, allow our customers to call any number they choose, we have decided to charge the market rate for calls to the designated areas used by these services.”

“We’ve all heard the saying, ‘There’s no such thing as a free lunch.’ Well, Junction Networks has chosen to take the approach of providing access, but also has chosen not to lose money by providing it,” said Andy Abramson, author of VoIPWatch (http://andyabramson.blogs.com/), a widely read industry site that covers all things IP communications. “Each side gets what it wants, and as the carrier, Junction Networks eliminates the subsidization that had been at play. I think it’s a model more access providers will embrace, and it means no one gets hurt. It also levels the playing field, as the user knows exactly what they are paying, end to end.”

Junction Networks Offers Alternative to Blocking Numbers in Response to “Traffic Pumping” Practices

“Free” conference calling, adult chat lines and similar services “pump” traffic to rural exchanges to split the high fees rural telcos get for delivering calls. Most carriers on the sending side prefer blocking those numbers to overpaying at the pump. Junction Networks will let customers choose.

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New York, NY (PRWEB) November 17, 2009 — Free conference calling services, adult chat lines and other “traffic pumping” services are often reached through the telephone exchanges of very small, rural operators. In a legal but questionable arbitrage scheme, these calling services choose these rural exchanges precisely for their high termination charges — the fees that sending carriers pay them to complete (terminate) the calls. Charging as much as twenty times the typical domestic termination rate, the rural telco then splits the profits with the service. While carriers have responded by blocking calls to those numbers, Junction Networks has taken another tack, announcing that it will begin charging a higher fee for outbound calls to those exchanges.

The move allows Junction Networks’ customers to continue using these services at their discretion. They have the option to control access to any call costing more than 2.9 cents per minute by simply completing an online extended dialing form.

“Free conference calling and other ‘traffic pumping’ services exist because the current carrier compensation system allows rural carriers to pass extremely high fees on to other carriers, who often cannot come close to recovering the cost of calls,” said Rob Wolpov, president, Junction Networks. “As a result, we have been left with an overwhelming increase in fees for calls to a number of rural locations where these services operate.”

“In order to maintain our low-cost business VoIP options and at the same time, allow our customers to call any number they choose, we have decided to charge the market rate for calls to the designated areas used by these services.”

“We’ve all heard the saying, ‘There’s no such thing as a free lunch.’ Well, Junction Networks has chosen to take the approach of providing access, but also has chosen not to lose money by providing it,” said Andy Abramson, author of VoIPWatch (http://andyabramson.blogs.com/), a widely read industry site that covers all things IP communications. “Each side gets what it wants, and as the carrier, Junction Networks eliminates the subsidization that had been at play. I think it’s a model more access providers will embrace, and it means no one gets hurt. It also levels the playing field, as the user knows exactly what they are paying, end to end.”

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Seattle Mayor Boots Microsoft for Macintosh – Sign my RECALL PETITION!

Minutes before my Monday night yoga class started on Bainbridge Island (across from Seattle itself), my iPhone rang. It was a colleague shockingly informing me that Seattle Mayor-elect was part of a radio story playing on the air. The topic? Mayor McGinn’s is pulling the PCs out of City Hall and converting over to Macintosh. The significance? This isn’t some liberal town anywhere. This is uber-liberal Seattle and home to, you guessed it, Microsoft. The mayor’s first act – before he has assumed office – is just wrong!

And don’t get me wrong. I am the first to poke at Redmond when it’s warranted. But Seattle is a company town. We fly on Boeing jets, drink Starbucks coffee, read Amazon books and run Windows 7!

You can learn more about the Mayor’s decision from this other news outlets.

Seattle PI

Stranger

And here is where the weird get strange. The City of Seattle will also replace BlackBerry devices with iPhones. I love my iPhone *but* the BlackBerry is a fantastic and capable business-class mobile device. Somehow doing a “rip and replace” seems so ’90s in the era of big IT budgets but somehow out of line with recession thinking.

If you’re not aware, the Seattle Mayor election was very close. Rest assured that McGinn’s narrow victory would have been a large defeat if he had disclosed his IT intentions prior to election day in Microsoft’s home town.

So add an agreeable comment as your signature to my “electronic recall petition” and I’ll lead the charge out here on the “left coast!”

cheers…harrybbbbb

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That’s just cool – airline travel itinerary scanner from TSA reads your mobile phone screen!

It’s Friday after a long and busy week. I was curios about what topic I would write about today. Then the topic jumped out at me. I was clearing TSA security last night at the Las Vegas airport after the Windows Connections conference and heading back to Seattle. At the checkpoint, there was a scanner device and I asked what was it for. This device scans the screen of your mobile telephone where you are displaying your boarding pass. So you can clear security and board your flight without a printer boarding pass!

I actually had an old fashioned printed boarding pass on this occasion, so I didn’t use this new gizmo techno.ogy but I will try it next time!

You can read more about this ticket scanner HERE.

TGIF!

cheers….harrybbbbb

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Reader mail – I love hearing from readers! ISA and SBS 2008

Today is Monday and it is the administrative day at work – sales meetings, operations meetings, accounting meetings, etc. So to break up the day, I did two things. First – I started streaming some public radio music so I could rock on. Second – I answered a reader’s e-mail regarding ISA and Small Business Server 2008 (SBS).

The reader wrote:

Hi Harry,

Do you have any idea why Microsoft removed ISA from SBS Premium?  I guess I was the minority but I ONLY sold SBS 2003 Premium because of ISA and loved it.  I did not have 1 installation hacked or any serious incidents and I attribute it to ISA.  Do they have any plans to reincorporate it or it’s newer version into SBS 2008?

Do you happen to have the Product Manager’s name and e-mail address for SBS 2008?  I’d like to give them my 2 cents worth!

Thanks in advance for your time….Vince

And I answered:

Hi Vince and thank you so much for the e-mail. I greatly appreciate it.

The short story on the ISA matter is that Microsoft really turned that over to 3rd parties – and I support that. To be honest – a firewall on the edge such as Cisco, Untangle, SonicWall, etc. is much better than a dual-NIC scenario from the legacy SBS world. :)

If you’d like to communicate with Microsoft about this – and I encourage you to – your community manager is Kevin Beares at kbeares@microsoft.com and tell him Harryb sent ya!

cheers…harrybbbb

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Sources report “End of Life” for MSFT Office Accounting

Sources close to the top have reported Microsoft has “end of lifed” the Office Accounting (OA) product aimed at the small business customer effective november 16, 2009. It is also closing its Microsoft Professional Accounting Network (MPAN) community program. I fondly remember OA and MPAN being big players in our 4th annual SMB Nation fall conference at the Microsoft Redmond campus, giving out amazing Eddie Bauer jackets (like $200 each) and holding an MPAN conference right before our event in order to “leverage up” the SMB channel partner community. For that, I am saddened.

Here is what was shared with me minutes ago:

Dear valued MPAN member:

 

We are writing to let you know that Microsoft® Office Accounting will no longer be distributed by Microsoft after November 16, 2009. As such, MPAN membership will also be closed to new members effective November 16, 2009 and the complimentary download of Office Accounting Professional 2009 and the Office Accounting Customization will be discontinued November 16, 2009. Some existing MPAN benefits, such as online on demand training, will remain.

 

We would like to thank the many dedicated users and partners who have been enthusiastic supporters of Microsoft Office Accounting and MPAN over the years.

 

As a registered Office Accounting user, you may continue to use Office Accounting after November 16, 2009 and Microsoft will continue to offer product support for Office Accounting in accordance with the terms of the support policy. Your current MPAN membership entitles you to unlimited phone support through January 15, 2011.

 

To learn more about other Microsoft offerings that can be useful to your business, please visit the following:

-   Microsoft’s Small Business site is a great resource for small businesses.

-   Microsoft Office is a great tool for small businesses, especially when used with our easy-to-use templates.

-   Microsoft Dynamics products offer adaptable business management solutions, and we invite you to visit the Microsoft Dynamics Community Web site, which offers role-based content, including a Finance sub-community, product forums and networking functionality.

 

Please refer to MPAN FAQs for more information on MPAN benefits going forward.

 

If you have further questions about Office Accounting changes, including changes to add-on services, additional information can be found on the Office Accounting FAQ page.

 

Again, we thank you for your support of MPAN and Office Accounting.

 

MPAN US Team

 

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From the world of telephony and VoIP: Telephonation 2.0

Many readers know that we’re on a journey here at SMB Nation to reach out and extend our conversations to include VoIP.

So let me introduce our “sister site” Telephonation (www.telephonation.com) where we have a robust SMB VoIP conversation occurring daily. In fact – you’d be pleased to know that the web traffic at Telephonation now exceeds the core traffic at SMB Nation. Led by many Cisco, Fonality, and Response Point fans, the Telephonation site is all about supporting what I call (A) to (B). That is, SMB data networking consultants (read SBSers) who want to embrace VoIP-related sales and services into their consulting practices. Please join me NOW at the Telephonation site and post away – it’s fast and furious – so hold on!

BTW – we have just updated the back-end software at this site and Telephonation also has a new logo, look and feel (logo below).

Join us at Telephonation!

Join us at Telephonation!

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Don’t be a SMB “twit” get off your duff and TWEET!

Folks – I have just left a MSFT Redmond meeting on BPOS and one of the topics at lunch was the need for consistentcy in blogging/Tweeting/Facebook, etc. I couldn’t agree more and I try to “do all the above” each day. When the following story crossed the wires that only 9 percent of SMB folks Tweet caught my eye – I had to blog it.

I think you’ll find the following information to be both interesting and motivational. Read on and go TWEET!

cheers…harrybbbb

9% of SMBs Currently Use Twitter to Market Their Businesses, According to BIA/Kelsey

Latest wave of BIA/Kelsey’s Local Commerce Monitor study reveals 32 percent of small-business advertisers plan to include social media in their marketing mix in the next 12 months

CHANTILLY, Va., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ — According to the latest wave of BIA/Kelsey’s Local Commerce Monitor study, 9 percent of small and medium-sized businesses currently use Twitter to market their businesses. In addition, 32 percent of SMBs indicated they plan to include social media in their marketing mix in the next 12 months by using a page on a social site such as Facebook, LinkedIn or MySpace. Furthermore, 39 percent of SMBs plan to include customer ratings or reviews on their own Web sites, and 31 percent plan to include links or ads placed on social sites or blogs.

“Social media is clearly gaining traction among SMB advertisers,” said Steve Marshall, director of research and consulting, BIA/Kelsey. “As local consumers increasingly gravitate to social networks, local businesses understand they need to be part of the conversation. This opens up a market opportunity for local media companies that offer products and services that enable local advertisers to easily integrate social media into their marketing efforts.”

The study revealed adoption of social media by SMBs is more prevalent among younger businesses. The percentage of SMBs by age of business currently using Twitter for promotion is as follows:

  --  16 percent of SMBs in business three years or less
  --  11 percent of SMBs in business four to six years
  --  6 percent of SMBs in business seven to 10 years

  --  2 percent of SMBs in business 11-plus years

The use of social media by SMBs will be examined at BIA/Kelsey’s upcoming conference, Interactive Local Media 2009 (ILM:09), Dec. 9-11 in Los Angeles, California. A session titled “Local/Social: Better Engagement Than Search?” featuring Tim Kendall, director of monetization, Facebook, and Kara Nortman, senior vice president of publishing, Citysearch, will explore the role of social media relative to local search advertising, and how social media can translate into effective leads for local businesses.

ILM:09 is BIA/Kelsey’s annual conference devoted to digital media with a local focus. The theme for this year’s event is “Monetizing the Local Opportunity,” and the agenda will cover a range of important topics, including local social media, local search and mobile search. Conference sponsors include 3L System Group, Acxiom, AgendiZe, Exalead, Local.com, Local Matters, Localeze, Marchex and MatchCraft. Association partners include International Classified Media Association (ICMA) and Yellow Pages Association (YPA). Media partners include AIM Group, TVover.net and YP Talk. For more information, visit http://www.kelseygroup.com/ilm2009.

About Local Commerce Monitor

Local Commerce Monitor is BIA/Kelsey’s annual tracking survey of small and medium-sized businesses, conducted with research partner ConStat since 1999. The survey measures where SMBs are spending their advertising and promotional budgets and how their media usage and spending habits are evolving. Local Commerce Monitor draws its sample of business respondents from a mix of nationally scoped MSAs, which include first- and second-tier markets. Local Commerce Monitor Wave XIII was conducted in August 2009 via an online survey of 1,092 SMBs, comprising a core sample of 302 SMBs, plus SMBs from three “super vertical” categories — home/trade services, professional services and financial services.

About BIA/Kelsey

BIA/Kelsey advises companies in the local media space through Consulting and Valuation Services, Research, Continuous Advisory Services and Conferences. Since 1983 BIA/Kelsey has been a resource to the media, mobile advertising, telecommunications, Yellow Pages and electronic directories markets, as well as to government agencies, law firms and investment companies looking to understand trends and revenue drivers. BIA/Kelsey’s annual conferences draw executives from across industries seeking expert guidance on how companies are finding innovative ways to grow. Additional information is available at http://www.bia.com and http://www.kelseygroup.com. The company’s blogs are located at http://blog.bia.com/bia/ and http://blog.kelseygroup.com/, and it can be found on Twitter through http://twitter.com/BIAfn.

Source: BIA/Kelsey

CONTACT: Eileen Pacheco for BIA/Kelsey, +1-781-556-1026,
eileen@tango-group.com, or MacKenzie Lovings of BIA Financial Network,
+1-703-818-2425, mlovings@bia.com

Web Site: http://www.bia.com/
http://www.kelseygroup.com/

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All together now – Jennifer and Carl team with WatchGuard on case study

I like it when friends play nice. Such is the case with Jennifer and Carl Mazzanti teamed with our mutual friends at WatchGuard to produce a computer security case study. This cooperation really embodies the spirit of James Kernan’s speech at SMB Nation Fall 2009 on how to work with vendors. It reflects a certain maturity and change in the industry I’ve personally seen over the past few years where the vendor is an ally, not an enemy.  Read the details here!

BTW – the video shown HERE [http://www.prweb.com/releases/eMazzanti/WatchGuard/prweb3059774.htm] was produced in conjunction with Varvid and the relationship Carl and Aaron developed at SMB Nation Spring 2009.

cheers…harrybbbb

Hoboken, NJ (PRWEB) October 20, 2009 — Computer security is on the minds of most businesses these days and it’s no different for schools and administrators. Andover Regional Schools needed a better security solution for its network and eMazzanti Technologies, Hoboken, New Jersey, provided the right answer. The solution included several WatchGuard product solutions–a story unique enough to garner both a written and video case study opportunity for the school under the direction of WatchGuard.

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WatchGuard selected eMazzanti and Andover for this special case study treatment because of the great implementation of our technology that solved several critical network problems at the same time,” said Linda Schnell, senior field marketing manager, WatchGuard.

For Andover Regional Schools, there were four network priorities it wanted to address as it looked to improve its computer network according to Bill McNeir, director of technology. “We needed to protect students from bad web content, improve internet performance and setup policy-based routing which virtually doubled the internet capacity.”

The fourth area of concern for Andover was budgetary restrictions. eMazzanti Technologies had a powerful solution for that issue as well. “eMazzanti’s eCare service provided 24×7 managed support for a predictable, fixed-price. This approach worked perfectly with Andover’s three-year budgeting cycle,” said Jennifer Mazzanti, president, eMazzanti Technologies.

Andover Regional Schools were able to solve both its network and fiscal issues with a powerful WatchGuard security solution designed and implemented by eMazzanti Technologies.

About WatchGuard:
Since 1996, WatchGuard® Technologies, Inc. has been the advanced technology leader of network security solutions, providing mission-critical security to hundreds of thousands of businesses worldwide. The WatchGuard family of wired and wireless unified threat management appliances and WatchGuard SSL VPN remote access solutions provide extensible network security, unparalleled network visibility, management and control. WatchGuard products are backed by WatchGuard LiveSecurity® Service, an innovative support, maintenance, and education program. WatchGuard is headquartered in Seattle and has offices serving North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America.

About eMazzanti Technologies:
eMazzanti Technologies works with businesses to provide strategies for growth through the use of intelligent technology tools. From business process analysis to network design, security planning to preventative maintenance, the firm’s services all aim to reduce costs, mitigate risk and drive revenue for its clients. eMazzanti also offers an extensive portfolio of network products from the leading technology manufacturers such as Microsoft with Windows 7 operating system and Watchguard Technologies. The best advocates for eMazzanti Technologies are its clients. The firm services businesses throughout the New York Metropolitan area and in three countries worldwide ranging from home office environments to multinational corporations with mission-critical needs. These organizations rely on eMazzanti as their technology management partner. As clients grow and needs change, eMazzanti’s flexible, scalable customer engagement model adapts to meet the aspirations of each business. eMazzanti forms long-term relationships with clients that value stability and reliability in their IT partners. An innovative and comprehensive approach to technology services has earned eMazzanti the trust of a rapidly growing client base and recognition by many of the industry’s foremost publications. For more information or to download a free copy of the complete case study, please visit emazzanti.net.

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