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Make Life Easier with Atiba Network Services and Office 365

By admin|October 27th,2013|IT,Managed Services|No comments

With the need for greater mobility, agility and better data management increasingly driving the dynamic workplace, SMBs today are learning to appreciate the benefits cloud computing can bring to their businesses.  Yet, some SMBs still struggle to understand exactly what cloud computing can do for them.  Enter Microsoft Office 365, an all-inclusive productivity solution that delivers familiar Office applications coupled with powerful enterprise class communications and collaboration capabilities in a cloud-based subscription service you can easily use.

Give your business a productivity boost with the new Office

Today, you can acquire Office 365 Small Business Premium or Midsize Business through Atiba Network Services, as a standalone solution or bundled with our managed services offering and no matter which you choose, you’ll still receive the same support and service you’ve come to expect from Atiba Network Services.

Office 365 for SMBs is a completely modernized platform designed to meet your constantly changing business needs. It delivers rich features and cloud service innovation that SMBs are adopting at an accelerated rate.

Benefits include:

  • Letting you take your personal office experience with you – across tablet, PC or phone – wherever you are and whenever you need to get work done.
  • Saving documents to the cloud by default. When you sign into Office 365, you get roaming settings and quick access to your documents in SkyDrive, SkyDrive Pro and SharePoint online.
  • Scheduling a meeting, sending an email, starting an IM, as well as initiating voice and video calls right from your contact list.
  • Easily hosting more effective online meetings, with multiparty HD video conferencing, document sharing and real-time note taking with OneNote.
  • Connecting Lync and Skype services, so you can connect with millions of Skype users right inside of Office 365.
  • An enterprise-grade cloud solution with robust security, guaranteed reliability and compliant with world’s industry standards, including ISO-27001, EU Model clauses, HIPAA and FISMA.

 

Most importantly, with Microsoft Office 365 you get an always available secure and reliable cloud service from a trusted partner. We manage the billing and support for your subscription service so you have a one stop shop for all your support needs.

For more details on Office 365, check out www.office.com or email us at info@atiba.com.

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Unified Communications: The end is near for desk phones

By admin|September 25th,2013|IT,Lync,Unified Communications|No comments

By J.J. Rosen
For The Tennessean

“Mr. Watson, come here — I want to see you.”

With those famous words that Alexander Graham Bell uttered in 1876, the telephone was born. It was an amazing technical advancement that changed the future.

Now, nearly 140 years later, with many new features, there is still a physical telephone sitting on almost every office desk in the world. As other technologies have come and gone (e.g., telegraph, desk calculator), the desk telephone has remained a steadfast companion in our daily work lives.

But as they say, all good things must come to an end. The desktop phone is slowly going the way of the dinosaur, and your office desk is about to feel a bit roomier.

There is a new breed of telephone communications that will make your current phone feel like an old rotary model. With wireless, cloud and mobile technologies converging, there is a rapid shift in the way communications occur, especially business communications.

The new paradigm for businesses to communicate internally and externally with their customers and vendors combines voice, email, chat, video conferencing, text messaging and more, all in one device. With a global economy and a highly mobile workforce, employees in the office, on the road and even in their homes need to be able to communicate efficiently in a variety of ways — something the typical office desk phone is not capable of handling on its own.

The term “unified communications” (UC) is the catchphrase for the new approach to consolidating all of a company’s and individual’s communications needs into a single, manageable, easy-to-use platform. Using your mobile phone, tablet, and/or computer, you can have all the power of a traditional phone system, with the added advantage that all of your emails, voice mails, texts, chats, meetings, address books and video conferences are well organized in one spot.

The desk phone’s days may be numbered, if you consider all the bells and whistles of the current crop of UC offerings such as presentation sharing, HD video conferencing, inter-company chat, presence status (like an in/out board on steroids), archiving and more. And these features are often easier to use than transferring a call on a desktop phone.

So, how does this all work and how much does it cost?

There are several good UC software vendors. One of the most compelling offerings is from Microsoft. Using Microsoft Lync Server, Microsoft SharePoint Server and Microsoft Outlook, companies small and large can optimize and organize their communications for less than the cost of a traditional phone system. The desktop phone becomes optional. Users can utilize voice, instant-messaging chat, online meetings, presentations and email (or all of the above simultaneously) using either their mobile device or a headset and computer.

Since UC can work on any mobile device, laptop or desktop, it does not matter where an employee is located — the only requirement is an Internet connection. Companies with remote offices, telecommuters or an outside sales team can keep in touch efficiently, as if they are all sitting in the same room.

Implementation of a UC system is usually cheaper than a conventional phone system setup because you no longer have to spend hundreds of dollars for each desk phone. Your computer or mobile device becomes your phone and much more. In addition, a unified communications system can be hosted in the cloud, so no more phone closets to worry about and support.

Companies using UC software report saving anywhere from 10 to 50 percent on their phone budgets while at the same time improving their productivity and communications. While your desk phone may be saying, “I’m not dead yet,” with the pace of progress, its demise is imminent.


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5 Tips To Keep Your Mobile Data Safe and Secure

By WillD|August 11th,2013|Mobile,Security|No comments

Remember the classic old-school wallet chains? There are still a few around. The idea was to keep your wallet protected from would-be thieves with a chain attached between your wallet and belt loop.

Today, although it’s bad to have the contents of your wallet stolen, having the contents of your smartphone stolen is even worse. And unfortunately, the “wallet-chain approach” will not help — a thief does not even have to physically steal your smartphone or tablet to get its contents. Unlike your wallet, a mobile device’s contents can be swiped wirelessly via viruses and hacks, creating additional opportunities for cybercriminals to steal your sensitive information.

From both a personal and business perspective, our mobile devices are central information stores containing confidential information on whom we communicate with, what we say, where we go and what we buy. Theft of your mobile device’s contents, either physically or electronically, can have dire consequences. Aside from the risk of identity theft, most of us have all kinds of confidential business data buried in emails and documents stored on our mobile devices, exposing us to significant impact from theft.

Given that mobile devices are in many cases supplanting laptops, it’s safe to assume that more and more confidential data will be placed on our mobile devices.

The best cybersecurity starts with proactively managing risks without hindering productivity.

There are some important best practices to follow when it comes to your smartphone and tablet that will allow you to balance the productivity gains of having your important data in the palm of your hand with keeping that information secure.

Here are five tips to keep your mobile data safe and secure:

• Turn your home screen password on. About three in 10 mobile device users are not using any password at all. The first step in mobile device security is activating the password feature of your device. Any password is better than none, but depending on your device, ideally use a password rather than a PIN and make sure it’s not easy to guess.

• Install a mobile security app. The newest security apps include virus protection, remote lock and erase capabilities, lost-phone finders and privacy protection features that can keep your data safe. Check out Lookout for Android platforms and Find My iPhone for iOS platforms.

• Be cautious when using public Wi-Fi. If you don’t have a secure connection, avoid doing any online banking or shopping, and be careful not to access any websites or corporate resources that require you to log in with a password. Investigate using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) on your mobile device to keep your connection secure.

• Keep your device up to date with the latest patches. Most phone/tablet updates address security vulnerabilities, so it is important to always accept and install them and be proactive by making sure your device is running the latest and greatest operating system.

• Keep your phone out of jail. “Jailbreaking” and “rooting” are techniques some users leverage to bypass a device’s limitations. This also bypasses many of the device’s security features, making your data more vulnerable to theft.

With any computer-based system, there is always a trade-off between security and productivity. Proactively following these basic tips will allow you to use your mobile device the same way you use your laptop while keeping your data safe.

Call/Email Atiba Network Services  today to discuss your Mobile Security 615-353-1921 ext 200  |  network@atiba.com 

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