January 2012
In this issue

Technology Trends and Must-Haves for 2012

How Free Antivirus Software Can End Up Costing You

Simple Formulas in Excel:

Business Continuity Tip
Continuity Tip

Be Ready in the New Year

It's a new year. It's a time for new beginnings and new opportunities. Everyone is optimistic and motivated to achieve new goals. But what would happen if a winter storm knocked out power to your building? What would you do if your staff were struck with an illness? How would you react if your office was burglarized and your equipment stolen?

Take some time at the beginning of this new year to answer questions like these. Create a disaster recovery plan so that interruptions and disasters don't slow you down — and so that you always stay safe and prepared.

Quote for Today

Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.

 Dale Carnegie

Just for Laughs

The Network Top 10:
Technology Trends and Must-Haves for 2012

used with permission from the Cisco Small Business Resource Center

Anyone who manages a network is embarking on an exciting ride. Maybe you've already strapped on your seat belt and are underway, riding through:

  • A steep climb in Internet traffic and network access from smartphones and tablets

  • Increased traction in cloud services and virtualization

  • The growing popularity of IP voice and video

  • Challenging twists and turns in security, including international hacking

We'll do a flyover tour of the ride at 30,000 feet, then take a ground run for 2012.

The Vision: Five Future Technology Trends
Cisco CEO John Chambers and CTO Padmasree Warrior say the role of the network is transforming from foundation to the center point that enables the connections of people, devices, and information. Some of the top trends that they see in the coming years are:

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How Free Antivirus Software Can End Up Costing You
used with permission from Symantec

Free antivirus software may seem like a bargain, but it’s not. Learn what issues you need to consider before you download this particular "freeware."

In this tough economy, getting something for free is always a good thing, right? Short answer: It depends on your tolerance for risk.

Take free antivirus software as an example. It may seem like a bargain, but it’s not. Here are the issues to consider before you download this particular “freeware.”

First and foremost, free antivirus software doesn’t provide the comprehensive protection you need against today’s biggest online threats. So when you trust your computer, applications, files and identity to free antivirus software, it can end up costing you more in time, aggravation, and money than you ever imagined.

Most free antivirus software is really just bait that some software companies use to lure you in. It’s usually a “light” version of one of their paid products that offers only limited protection against today’s online threats.

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Simple Formulas in Excel: SUM and AVERAGE

Excel can be a powerful tool for your business, but it can also be daunting with its formulas, charts, and formatting. This month we’ll take a look at two simple but very useful formulas, and how to make them work for you.

You can also view the quick video version of this tip, that demonstrates all the methods of summing and averaging numbers.

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