December 2014
In This Issue:

Brian's Blog
Business Referral Program
Get Ready for 2015
Windows Server 2003/R2 End of Support Is Coming
7 steps for safer surfing
Business Continuity Tip
Quote and Cartoon

Business Continuity Tip
Unexpected Weather Conditions

Recently, 7 feet of snow hammered the southern part of Buffalo, NY. With an average snow fall of over 3-5 inches an hour, many residents were left with little to no time to prepare. Click here to see the incredible photos.

This type of sudden event and those like last year's southeastern snow storm that left thousands stranded on major highways are excellent reminders that the time to prepare is always before the storm. Here are some tips to help you get ahead of an unexpected storm:
  • Hold a meeting to ensure you and your employees know how to respond and communicate in such an event. 
  • Update your recovery plan today, including important contact information.
  • Pack a winter emergency kit for your car. Encourage your employees to do the same.
Learn more tips on how to prepare: Download the Winter Weather Preparedness Checklist.

 
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Mother Teresa
 

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Brian's Blog
by Brian Gregory, President

Reminder: Our AltiGen Users Group Meetings start this week. We have an in-person session at Microsoft's office in Overland Park, and we also have webinar versions if you can't attend in person. If you have an AltiGen system, you should come! If you are interested in learning more about all of the latest choices in communications, you should also attend. This area continues to see rapid change and there is lots to learn about. Feel free to bring a friend. AltiGen CEO Jeremiah Fleming will be there to answer your questions. You can RSVP to Starr at starr@netinn.com, or contact any of us for more information.

In Person: This Thursday, 12/18, 8:30 AM. Breakfast and great prizes provided. 10801 Mastin, Overland Park KS

Webinars:
Friday, December 19, 10 am Central; Thursday, January 8, 2 pm Central; if needed, we are happy to schedule a discussion to fit your schedule!

Intel put on a virtual trade-show last week. I had always wanted to check one out so I made time for this one. It was interesting. Much to my surprise, I actually ran into several friends and had conversations while visiting the virtual booths. It was a good way to get new information without all the travel, and I will certainly be attending more in the future. They are becoming pretty common in the technology industry, but I'm sure they will be catching in others soon.

Of course, any technology discussion today includes the Internet of Things (IoT), which everyone believes is going to explode over the next few years. My favorite quote, still giving me a chuckle, is that eventually, "everything will be a thing". At this point, that seems to be the case. There was fascinating discussion by Intel's "futurists", who are very excited about IoT. An example discussed was HVAC systems. The vast majority of systems today are completely unmanaged, and any management done today is very rudimentary. When all of those systems are online and actively managed, the energy savings could be astronomical. We actually can't really predict the savings because we have so little data available today. The same thing with self-driving cars. For one thing, self-driving cars will be an order of magnitude more efficient than when we are in control. But bigger than the energy savings (and resulting monetary savings), more efficient routing will save unfathomable amounts of time for drivers. The expectation is that the early impact of these technologies will be so great, that massive modernization will take place. What will the next 10 years bring?

Thanks,

Brian Gregory, President
Network Innovations Inc.

Business Referral Program

Send your referrals to www.netinn.com/referral
or e-mail sales@netinn.com

Your personal referrals are the greatest compliment we can receive. Referrals are one of the primary reasons we have been successful for over 20 years. Our business referral program thanks you for assisting us in finding new clients in need of IT resources. If one of your referrals engages with us for projects or services, you may be eligible to receive a $50 Visa gift card. For more information, visit www.netinn.com/referral or give us a call!

Get ready for 2015
used with permission from HP Technology at Work

The end of the calendar year is more than just a time for your business to tie up financial strings, address HR matters, and host holiday parties. It's also a great opportunity to assess your organization's technological standing.

Here are six things that should be on your end-of-the-year technology checklist to help ensure your organization is at the top of its technology game in 2015 and beyond:

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The Importance of General Software Updates and Patches
used with permission from Norton by Symantec
by Nadia Kovacs


We all get them from time to time- those little windows that pop up, notifying us that there are software updates available for our computer. Chances are, these always seem to present themselves right when we are in the middle of doing something seemingly important, so it's all too convenient to click on that "Remind Me Later" button. Later eventually rolls around, and our little pop-up friend is back once again, nagging us to install these updates and restart our computer. And just like during their last visit, we're right in the middle of something, and the cycle continues. However, that notification is not there just to pester us. There is actually significant importance in updating our software.

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Convert your document to a fillable PDF form

If you have Adobe Professional instead of Adobe Reader (the latest version is Adobe XI Pro), you can edit PDFs and create and edit PDF forms.

If you've ever seen a PDF form with fillable fields, like below. . .

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