August 2012
In this issue

Are You Ready to BYOD?

Costs of Aging IT Networks

How to Publish Your Slideshow as a YouTube Video

Business Continuity Tip
Continuity Tip

Power Play

What is the #1 risk for business disasters? Well, for those of you who missed this week's webinar, here it is. The main culprit of business downtime is. . .power loss 

Just last week we saw nearly 4.25 million people lose power following the violent storms that whipped through the Mid-Atlantic States. For residences, power outages like these can be a tremendous inconvenience. . .but for businesses, the loss of power for an extended period of time represents not only an inconvenience, but a direct impact on their profitability.

Don't let a power outage bring your business to a grinding halt. Download Agility's Power and Generator Checklist and start preparing today.

To see what other events have caused some of the biggest power outages in the past year, click here.

Quote for Today

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life. It goes on.

Robert Frost

Just for Laughs

Are you ready to BYOD?
reprinted with permission from the HP Technology at Work

As business becomes more mobile, tablets and smartphones are taking an active role in the technology shift. BYOD (bring your own device), where employees use their personal devices to complete work tasks, is becoming common practice—sometimes sanctioned and sometimes under-the-radar. It's inevitable that people will want to consolidate devices and make work as easy as possible, but can a tablet or smartphone really be used as your primary computing tool?

BYOD: right or risky?

For workers who need to be on-the-go, smartphones and tablets can truly increase your overall efficiency. Employee productivity increases, and so do budgets. But before you can reap these benefits, there are some risks and considerations to recognize, especially when employees are using their own smartphones and tablets, instead of ones provided by your IT team:

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3 Hidden Costs of Aging IT Networks

Network refresh. . .I’ll give you a moment to stop cringing.

Better? Ok.

It’s something that most business leaders don’t want to think about, but needs to be considered when your network reaches the three year mark. A network refresh is an investment, there’s no doubt about that, but the cost of doing nothing and continuing to work on an aging network most likely has greater costs that you may not even realize.

Consider the fact that network components begin to deteriorate after 3 years. That means they require more maintenance than new equipment. Add in that the demands on today’s networks are much higher than ever (stop and think about how much more work do you do using technology than you did a few years ago!) and will only continue to go up, and that you’re asking equipment designed for a previous age to deliver on these increased demands, and you have a recipe for a network break down.

Let’s take a look at some of the underlying costs associated with an aging network:


If your network continually goes down or needs maintenance, your team is losing work time.

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How to Publish Your Slideshow as a YouTube Video

Picture this: you’ve just given a great presentation about your company’s latest product. People loved it and you’ve been asked if you could share your slides. You love the idea of sharing your presentation – but how? Enter the PowerPoint “save as video” feature! All you need to reach a global audience is a few clicks in PowerPoint and a video host like YouTube.

Publishing your PowerPoint slideshow as a video is a great, easy, and free, way to share your information with other people across the globe. In this how-to, you will learn how to do it with the most popular way to host and share videos - YouTube.

  1. To start, open up your presentation slides in PowerPoint.
  2. Click on File > Save As.
  3. In the window that opens up, select Windows Media Video (*.wmv) from the Save as type drop-down list. 
  4. Click Save.

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