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  • 2016: The Year the Cloud Goes Personal for Business

    , Vice President, Marketing, All Covered IT Services from Konica Minolta

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    It seems the past few years have all been proclaimed “The Year of the Cloud.”

    It’s no surprise that the functionality provided by cloud services has grown increasingly important to individuals, and such services — like Google Drive, Dropbox, iCloud, and mobile banking — have gained increasing market share. In their personal lives, people have grown accustomed to accessing their data and files wherever they may be, and have even started to take the convenience and reliability of the cloud for granted.

    Now we believe that 2016 is looking to be the year where enterprises will finally recognize this and we’ll see the cloud go personal for business. (more…)

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    How can a Hosted Workspace Benefit You?

    , Vice President, Marketing, All Covered IT Services from Konica Minolta

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    In today’s business environment, portability is everything. Smartphones, tablets and ultrabooks have allowed executives to stay connected at all times, even in the middle of a flight!

    Smart workplaces implement BYOD (bring your own device) policies to encourage their staff to stay productive even when outside the office. But they represent a minority at this point in time: most workplaces haven’t yet made the leap to BYOD, citing worries about security and problems with provisioning data to every device as their last stumbling blocks.

    These quickly become non-issues with the adoption of a hosted workspace – a desktop environment provisioned from a remote server. To help you achieve a smart workplace, All Covered will launch a new service called All Covered Workspaces. This is a fully managed Desktop as a Service (DaaS) solution allowing you to access your business desktops, applications and data remotely.

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    3 Reasons why Online Collaboration is Your Sales Team’s Secret Weapon

    , Vice President, Marketing, All Covered IT Services from Konica Minolta

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    For your sales team, the Internet can be a double-edged sword. The connection between the customer and your sales team is now stronger than ever, but so is the potential for mismanaging the relationship.

    The right online collaboration software can spell the difference. With more sales calls done virtually instead of face to face, online collaboration – particularly using CRM (Customer Relationship Management) software – is the new status quo for sales teams and clients to reach a consensus.

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    Mastering the Mobile Workplace

    , Vice President, Marketing, All Covered IT Services from Konica Minolta

    15-KON-0377_Mobility_eBook_F.inddHow much time do you spend on your smart phone each day? Probably a lot. And, for the majority of us, it’s increasing. A 2014 study from mobile measurement and advertising platform Flurry revealed that on average, Americans spend 162 minutes on mobile devices each day.

    With so much time spent on smart phones and tablets, it’s not surprising that employees use their mobile devices for work-related tasks. While this trend offers a number of benefits in terms of productivity and flexibility, it doesn’t come without risks. Allowing a host of unmonitored devices to connect to a company’s network can make it many times more vulnerable to security breaches, non-compliance issues, data loss or corruption.

    So how can organizations encourage a mobile-friendly work environment while addressing these risks? If you’re going to allow mobile devices to connect to your network, you need to manage them properly, which involves an enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution.

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    The Facts about Windows Server 2003 End of Support

    , Vice President, Marketing, All Covered IT Services from Konica Minolta

    WS-EOL-Campaign_500You may remember the buzz last year when Microsoft pulled the plug on its support of Windows XP. Less publicized, but perhaps even more critical, is the end of support for Microsoft Windows Server 2003. That is scheduled for July 14, 2015. Many businesses may be unaware, but there’s a good chance their most important computers are running on this soon-to-be-outdated operating system. They may be equally unaware that hanging on to Windows Server 2003 after Microsoft ends support in July will cost them plenty and could put their business at risk.

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    How Vulnerable Is Your Business?

    , Vice President, Marketing, All Covered IT Services from Konica Minolta

    Customers, regardless of size or vertical industry, continuously tell us that security remains a top concern. It’s easy to see why when the news is filled with data breach stories regarding Kmart, Target, Dropbox, NATO, JP Morgan Chase, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services and St. Joseph Health System (just to name a few).

    No business or organization is immune. Cyber security has become such a big concern that the Department of Homeland Security has declared October National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

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    More Companies Looking Up to the Cloud

    , Vice President, Marketing, All Covered IT Services from Konica Minolta

    Have you joined the cloud revolution? If you use Salesforce.com to connect with customers, Dropbox to share large files or Concur for travel expenses, you are using the cloud. If you use a smartphone or tablet, you are using the cloud.

    The maturity of the technology has led more businesses to embrace the cloud. A 2013 study reveals that 75 percent of IT managers report they are currently using or evaluating using cloud computing. 77 percent of enterprise businesses (with more than 1,000 employees) polled are using the cloud. 73 percent of SMB businesses with less than 1,000 employees are also in the cloud. The return on investment for the first year of cloud storage deployment is 58 percent. ROI reaches 433 percent by Year Five. (more…)

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    The Benefits of Moving to Cloud Services

    , Vice President, Marketing, All Covered IT Services from Konica Minolta

    Adopting cloud services is a great way to decrease your organization’s overall cash outlay for IT investments, but did you know that cloud services offer many more benefits? Here are just a few ways that our Konica Minolta and All Covered customers are leveraging cloud services. (more…)

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