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Damage in the Philippines from Typhoon Haiyan is widespread, with new information emerging daily. Insured losses, however, are expected to be low, with the greatest impact on smaller reinsurers, according to insurance industry reports.

A.M. Best said in a briefing that it expects insured losses to be minimal, as non-life insurance is less than 1% of the country’s gross domestic product.

“Insured losses in the Philippines will be spread across many segments, including per­sonal lines, fire and property, and marine hull. Fire/property and marine hull will be well reinsured through the major global reinsurers and through Lloyd’s, which will also absorb some marine losses on a primary basis. Net losses to primary insurers will be limited, and some commercial losses also may be covered through captives or other forms of self-insurance,” the report said.



CIO — With the increase in cloud computing and BYOD in the workplace, it's become increasingly difficult for IT departments to keep track of and manage software and hardware -- and maintain a secure environment.

So what can CIOs and other IT leaders do to identify and manage Shadow IT -- software and hardware not directly under the control of IT -- and mitigate the potential risks? CIO.com asked dozens of IT, mobile and cybersecurity professionals to find out. Here are their top six tips for managing Shadow IT in the enterprise.

1. Monitor your network -- to find out if or where you have a Shadow IT problem. "Regardless of whether employees use company-issued or personal (i.e., BYOD) hardware, organizations need to identify where all their data resides -- [in house], in the data center, at the edge or in the cloud," says Greg White, senior manager, product marketing, CommVault, a provider of data and information management software.



I’ve been thinking about the fight between Amazon Web Services and IBM for the CIA and other U.S. government business and it strikes me that something is really screwy. I’m not talking about the bid process, which both IBM and the General Accounting Office (GA0) called out. I’m talking about how, in the age of Manning and Snowden, no Web service provider should have made the cut for a CIA service no matter how benign. The very fact that Amazon had to go to war with the GAO, which you’ve got to believe will have implications for how supportive they will be to other CIA budgetary requests, points to a real failure to understand the dynamics here.

It should have been too politically risky and it suggests that the unique services that a company in IBM’s class provides were taken for granted or completely ignored, which likely goes to its complaint about the bid process, in which Amazon shouldn’t have been able to comply—not technically, but in terms of meeting the security and compliance requirements unique to the federal government.



DENVER – In the two months since heavy rains brought flooding, Colorado survivors have received more than $117.4 million in state and federal assistance and low-interest loans and an additional $35.1 million in FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) payouts.

To date, more than $52.7 million in Individual Assistance (IA) grants has helped more than 15,000 Colorado households find safe, functional and sanitary rental units or make repairs to primary homes and cover other disaster-related expenses, such as medical needs or personal property loss. Nearly $48.7 million of IA grants have been issued in housing assistance and $4 million in other needs assistance, such as medical or personal property loss. Flood survivors have also received disaster unemployment assistance and disaster legal services.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved $64.7 million in disaster loans to Colorado homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations. Of that amount, $54.3 million was in loans to repair and rebuild homes and $10.4 million in business and economic injury loans. Approved loan totals in some of the impacted areas are currently $40 million in Boulder County, $8.9 million in Larimer County and $7.7 million in Weld County.

In addition:

  • FEMA housing inspectors in the field have looked at more than 24,000 properties in the 11 designated counties for Individual Assistance.
  • In coordination with the State and local officials, FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance specialists have canvassed Colorado neighborhoods, helping 37,180 survivors connect with recovery services. Survivors have talked to local, state, nonprofit, nongovernmental and FEMA specialists at the Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs). At the DRCs, in the field and on the phone, FEMA provides information in Spanish and many other languages.
  • More than 50 national, state and local voluntary and faith-based organizations have spent 269,330 hours helping people as they recover from the flooding. The 27,655 volunteers are providing donations, volunteer management, home repair, child care, pet care, counseling services and removal of muck and mold from homes.
  • In the 18 counties designated for Public Assistance, 190 Applicant Kickoff Meetings have been conducted and so far FEMA has obligated $9,451,743 for eligible projects for debris removal, emergency protective measures and the repair of critical public-owned infrastructure.
  • FEMA and the State’s Private Sector team has contacted organization leaders from 33 Chambers of Commerce, six Economic Development Centers and 38 colleges and universities to share disaster assistance information.
  • The Federal Disaster Recovery Coordination group is coordinating disaster recovery across the entire federal family of agencies, facilitating long-term relationships among agencies, identifying technical expertise and funding opportunities; suggesting strategies for addressing specific needs, and generally encouraging a whole community approach to disaster recovery.
    • Coordinating agencies represented in FDRC include U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and U.S. Department of Commerce.
  • Speakers Bureau has received 71 requests from local officials throughout the affected area and 363 State/FEMA specialists and SBA representatives have spoken at town hall meetings and other venues. More than 7,600 attendees received information about FEMA’s IA program, Hazard Mitigation, flood insurance and SBA.
  • Mitigation specialists have counseled 15,250 survivors during outreach efforts at area hardware stores and more than 4,300 survivors at Disaster Recovery Centers in Colorado.
  • In the first 60 days of the Colorado flooding disaster, there have been 96,375 total page views on the disaster web page, fema.gov/disaster/4145, or an average of 1,606 daily. More than 500 tweets in the last 60 days were posted on the FEMA Region 8 Twitter feed, an average of eight daily tweets. The R8 Twitter feed has increased its followers to 9,000, an increase of nearly 600 new followers in the past 60 days.
  • At the request of the State, the 11 counties with FEMA IA designations are Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Clear Creek, El Paso, Fremont, Jefferson, Larimer, Logan, Morgan and Weld.
  • At the request of the State, the 18 counties with FEMA Public Assistance (PA) designations are Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Clear Creek, Crowley, Denver, El Paso, Fremont, Gilpin, Jefferson, Lake, Larimer, Lincoln, Logan, Morgan, Sedgwick, Washington and Weld.

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Register with FEMA by phone, 800-621-3362, from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., MST, seven days a week.  Multilingual phone operators are available on the FEMA helpline. Choose Option 2 for Spanish and Option 3 for other languages. People who have a speech disability or are deaf or hard of hearing may call (TTY) 800-462-7585; users of 711 or Video Relay Service can call 800-621-3362.

Register online: DisasterAssistance.gov. Register by Web-enabled device, tablet or smartphone: type m.fema.gov in the browser.

OKLAHOMA CITY – Nearly six months after the start of deadly tornadoes that struck the state, the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) and FEMA urge Oklahomans to continue to stay prepared for severe weather.

During this time of year, that means being ready for hazardous winter weather conditions. Wednesday, Nov. 13 is Winter Weather Preparedness Day in Oklahoma. As we near the winter weather season, this is a time for Oklahomans to become prepared for freezing temperatures and the snow and ice that may accompany them.


Before traveling, prepare your vehicle:

• Pack blankets, emergency food and water, flashlights, a radio and a cell phone with extra batteries in case you and your family become stranded due to weather.
• Make sure you have plenty of fuel; a good rule of thumb is to keep your fuel tank at least half full.
• Check antifreeze, washer blades and tire pressure.

Always heed the warnings of law enforcement and transportation officials regarding road conditions and refrain from traveling when possible.

If you must travel during a snow or ice event, allow extra time to reach your destination, and make sure you have plenty of fuel.

Be particularly cautious on bridges and overpasses as they will be the first to freeze. Stay back at least 200 feet behind salt and sand equipment in order to stay safe.

Always wear your seat belt.

Bring a cell phone with an emergency roadside assistance number. (In case of emergency, you can call the Oklahoma Highway Patrol at *55 or 911.)

If you must go out during a winter storm, let someone know your destination, as well as your route and when you expect to arrive.

If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle. After snowfall has stopped, hang a brightly-colored cloth on the radio antenna and raise the hood.

Carry extra clothing, blankets and high energy snacks, such as cereal or candy bars in your car for protection if car stalls.

Pack a kit that includes:

• A cell phone with extra batteries or two-way radio
• A windshield scraper, a shovel and small broom for ice and snow removal
• Blankets or sleeping bags
• Rain gear and extra sets of dry clothing, mittens, socks and a cap
• Water and non-perishable, high-energy foods
• A small sack of sand or kitty litter for generating traction under wheels and a set of tire chains or traction mats
• Jumper cables
• A first aid kit
• A flashlight with extra batteries
• A brightly-colored cloth to tie to the antenna if you get stranded.

Be Aware

Know what winter storm and blizzard watches and warnings mean:

• A National Weather Service winter storm watch is a message indicating that conditions are favorable for a winter storm.
• A National Weather Service warning indicates that a winter storm is occurring or is imminent.
• A blizzard warning means sustained winds or frequent gusts up to 35 mph or greater and considerable falling or blowing snow are expected to prevail for a period of three hours or longer.

Understand the hazards of wind chill. A strong wind combined with a temperature of just below freezing can have the same effect as a still air temperature of 35 degrees or colder.

Check for weather-related road conditions through the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety at dps.state.ok.us or by calling toll free, (888) 425-2385 or (405) 425-2385.

At Home

Check on friends, relatives and neighbors who live alone, especially seniors and those with disabilities.

Develop a family disaster plan for winter storms. Discuss with your family what to do if a winter storm watch or warning is issued. Everyone should know what to do in case all family members are not together when a winter storm hits.

Make sure pets have food and water and a place to seek shelter.

While indoors, try to keep at least one room heated to 70 degrees to prevent hypothermia. This is especially important for seniors and children.

Stay warm at night with extra blankets, a warm cap, socks and layered clothing.

To keep pipes from freezing, wrap them in insulation or layers of old newspapers. Cover the newspapers with plastic to keep out moisture. Let faucets drip a little to avoid freezing. Know how to shut off water valves if necessary.

Keep safe emergency-heating equipment, such as a fireplace with wood. Always be cautious in using a portable space heater and never leave the heater on when you are not in the room or when you go to bed.

Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning:

• Do not use an unvented gas or kerosene heater in closed spaces, especially sleeping areas.
• Do not use gas appliances such as an oven, grill, range or clothes dryer to heat your home.
• Do not burn charcoal inside a house, garage, vehicle or tent for heating or cooking, even in a fireplace.
• Look for carbon monoxide exposure symptoms including headache, dizziness, weakness, sleepiness, nausea and vomiting that can progress to disorientation, coma, convulsions and death.
• If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, open doors and windows, turn off gas appliances, and go outside for fresh air. Call 9-1-1 emergency medical services in severe cases.
• Install and check/replace batteries in carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.

Stay informed:

Find a full list of winter weather preparedness tips or sign up now to receive weather alerts on your cell phone or other email address at ok.gov/OEM/.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration provides additional information online about winter weather watches, warnings and advisories: srh.noaa.gov/ama/?n=wwad.

For more information on Oklahoma disaster recovery, visit the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management site at oem.ok.gov or fema.gov/disaster/4117.

Small to Mid-Sized Businesses Can Utilize BUMI for Public, Private and Hybrid Cloud Backup Implementations 

BUMI (Backup My Info!), the premium provider of managed online backup and recovery solutions for small to mid-sized businesses, today announced the availability of BUMI Here, There and Everywhere, three new data backup and recovery solutions designed to provide unmatched flexibility, scalability and security.

BUMI Here, There and Everywhere give organizations the flexibility to create a comprehensive data backup and recovery strategy that suits their specific business needs,” said Jennifer Walzer, CEO of BUMI. “Whether clients want to maintain their backups within their own infrastructure or replicate to one or both of our data centers, we now have the capability to provide a best-in-class data protection and disaster recovery solution that fits their needs.”

BUMI Here, There, and Everywhere solutions provide the capability to backup, protect and restore business-critical data, all backed by BUMI’s world-class engineering and support team.

BUMI Here includes software to create a private cloud for backup and recovery. It leverages existing IT infrastructure and provides complete control over backups and where they are stored. This solution is designed for organizations that need to keep backups in-house and have an additional site for replication. BUMI Here includes setup, software, hardware, remote monitoring and support.

BUMI Here allows us to retain control of our backups and where they are stored.  We also have the peace of mind in knowing BUMI is proactively monitoring the backups on a daily basis and that their team is available to address any issues that may occur,” said Kevin Lewis, VP of Technology at The Morét Group, an apparel design, sourcing and marketing company.

BUMI software is installed on a dedicated server on The Morét Group’s network and connects to a NAS device provided by BUMI.  When a scheduled data backup begins, data is transferred within The Morét Group’s own network to the server installed with the BUMI client software. After data reaches this server it is analyzed for any data blocks that have changed or are new since the last backup. Those data blocks are compressed and encrypted using military-grade encryption. The data is then transmitted over The Morét Group’s local network to the BUMI system server and stored in a compressed and encrypted format on the BUMI-provided NAS.  After the local backup is fi­nished, the encrypted data is then replicated to one of The Morét Group’s secondary off‑site locations that also runs the BUMI system software.

BUMI There is a cloud backup and recovery solution leveraging BUMI’s data centers. It requires no onsite equipment, enabling organizations to completely off-load their backup operations to BUMI.

“We needed the capability to back up our data off-site to provide an added level of data protection,” said Jeff Miller, Chief Technology Officer at Serengeti Asset Management, an investment firm based in New York City. “BUMI There is transparent to our business and allows my team to focus on other key initiatives.”

BUMI Everywhere is a hybrid cloud backup solution that combines in-house data protection with off-site replication, setup, remote monitoring and support. This solution is ideal for organizations with large amounts of data who are looking for an onsite backup solution but also wish to replicate to an off-site third-party facility.

“Our operation utilizes BUMI Everywhere to ensure data backup and recovery,” said Chris Bartlett, IT Manager at Premier Utility Services.  “The hybrid approach delivers the flexibility to manage backups on-site with the added layer of protection of the BUMI cloud.”

BUMI Here, There and Everywhere are available today. Contact BUMI for pricing and a free engineering consultation at (866) 444- BUMI (2864).

About BUMI
Founded in 2002, BUMI (Backup My Info!) specializes in delivering online backup and recovery solutions for small to mid-sized businesses. Based in New York City, BUMI provides an off-site data protection solution that addresses critical issues such as rapid growth of data, business continuity, and regulatory compliance. Every BUMI client is cared for by a team of senior-level engineers dedicated to providing proactive and personalized support. Clients include professional service organizations such as banking, financial, insurance, accounting, hedge funds and law firms. For more information, visit http://www.bumi.com, call (866) 444- BUMI (2864), or follow on Twitter at http://twitter.com/backupmyinfo.

Industry-leading data management software now coupled with world’s No. 1 data backup appliance

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –– STORServer®, the leading provider of proven data backup solutions for the mid-market, announces today that it is now offering backup appliances built on CommVault® Simpana 10 data and information management software. As enterprises of all sizes continue to embrace turnkey systems to solve backup and recovery challenges, customers can deploy scale-out data protection in minutes with the STORServer appliance pre-configured and pre-tested with Simpana 10 software. ­­

The STORServer Backup Appliance line, ranked number one in the world by analyst firm DCIG, is a family of purpose-built backup appliances designed specifically for the automation, performance and price-point demanded by growing companies. The appliance is composed of uniquely integrated hardware and software components in a quickly implemented, easy-to-use and fully supported solution. STORServer will also extend its reseller network and support services to provide point of sale and maintenance support for CommVault customers.Recognized as the industry leader in data protection software (by Gartner, Forrester and DCIG), CommVault has redefined enterprise backup and recovery by integrating data protection, intelligent archive and mobile access to speed recovery, reduce costs and simplify operations. Simpana software transcends traditional limitations of backup offerings and third-party point products by blending physical and virtual machine protection, hardware snapshots, workflow automation, endpoint protection, global deduplication, replication, search and intuitive reporting within a single platform. Gartner Inc. placed CommVault in the “Leaders” category of its 2013 Magic Quadrant of Enterprise Backup/Recovery Software.

“We’re excited to offer our customers the world’s best data backup appliance built on the industry’s leading software platforms for data protection,” said Bill Smoldt, President of STORServer. “We made the decision to expand our product offering because CommVault has taken a leadership role in the data protection industry, and it is in our customers’ best interest to support the Simpana software. CommVault’s growing market share comes as a natural fit for STORServer as we reach further into the enterprise.”

“The key to unlocking value from business data begins with having an easy way to instantly protect, recover and access current and historical information,” said David West, senior vice president of worldwide marketing and business development for CommVault. “Forward-thinking organizations now have more options to manage data differently with the integration of the Simpana software platform with STORServer’s amazingly simple to deploy backup appliance.”

The CommVault appliances will be available as options in the current STORServer product lines starting Nov. 15, 2013. The CommVault BA600 model is sized for IT shops, corporate departments or branch offices with 1-5 terabytes (TBs) of data. Appliances are also available in three of the Enterprise Backup Appliance models (EBA800, EBA1200 and EBA2200) and are ideal for customers with up to one petabyte of data to protect. Prices for the appliances begin at less than $10,000 with the addition of software offered in both capacity and client/application-based license options.

“The flexible data protection features of CommVault software and STORServer’s dedication to offer a backup appliance for every environment will save our customers a lot of time and money,” said Greg Jehs, director of data management for Meridian IT Inc. “We believe this new solution will radically simplify all aspects of data management and recovery for physical and virtualized infrastructure and the cloud.”

“The STORServer Appliance, powered by CommVault Simpana software now gives us the flexibility to provide the best solution to meet the needs of any organization,” said Chad J. Kuhar, vice president at Arkay Data Storage Solutions. “We can shorten the time it takes to provide full enterprise data protection, so that customers can focus their IT resources on creating value from the managed data."

The launch of the STORServer Backup Appliance, powered by CommVault, marks the first time the company has offered an enterprise data protection software engine other than IBM® Tivoli® Storage Manager (TSM). STORServer has found success in taking IBM TSM, the data protection software leader for Fortune 500 companies, and bringing it to the mid-market. The company’s appliance approach to backup removes costly implementation and lengthy installation common for getting enterprise data protection in place for mid-market operations. The full diagnostic support assures customers that appliance automation allows them to concentrate on their core business.

“STORServer’s commitment to deliver service and appliances on IBM’s proven hardware and software is stronger than ever with the delivery of our reengineered appliance models earlier this year,” notes Smoldt. “Both IBM and CommVault offer the proven elegant enterprise data protection solutions that our customers want and need in today’s competitive environment. In one sense, we’re simply adding the ability to have a second engine on our appliance. In another sense, we’re broadening our enterprise appliance reach with another robust data protection option.”

For more information on the company’s line of data backup solutions, visit http://www.storserver.com. To download the full DCIG Backup Appliance Buyer’s Guide, visit http://backupapplianceguide.com.


About STORServer®

STORServer, Inc. is a leading provider of data backup solutions for the mid-market. The company offers a complete suite of appliances, software and services that solve today’s backup, archive and disaster recovery issues once and for all, and reduce install and management time to just minutes a day. STORServer sells exclusively through a nationwide network of industry-leading backup partners. For press inquiries, contact Megan Lawler at (317) 202-2280 x13 or megan@dittoepr.com. For more information, visit www.storserver.com

SANFRANCISCOIObit, the world's prestigious developer and publisher of system utilities for Windows, Mac and Android OS, today launches a new and outstanding version of its reputable free uninstaller - IObit Uninstaller 3. With the release of IObit Uninstaller 3, IObit leads system utility's innovation by providing users brand new experience of uninstalling programs, removing toolbars and plug-ins in browsers thoroughly.

Why computers get slower? One of the reasons known to all is that there are too much remnants and unwanted program leftovers on computers, which consume a lot of hard disk space and overuse ram of PCs. What’s worse, it may slow internet speed or even probably cause privacy security problem if there are too many toolbars/plug-ins in browsers. To avoid those situations, a regular cleanup becomes necessary for every new and old PC.

With brand-new and redesigned user interface, IObit Uninstaller 3 gets evidently enhanced and improved to powerfully uninstall undesired programs, deeply detect and delete leftovers, easily remove undesired toolbars and plug-ins in browsers to save disk spaces and secure users' computers and browsers. Moreover, IObit Uninstaller 3 offers smart and convenient features by adding “Powerful Uninstall” to program's right-click menu and “Add & Remove Programs” in control panel. Also, File Shedder can help users remove files thoroughly and permanently. And if there's a potential threat in users' IE, Chrome, Firefox or Opera, IObit Uninstaller 3 will warn users by a red notification. If users are not sure whether they need to remove the plug-in/toolbar, IObit smart rating system will make suggestions.

“We are dedicated in providing easy-to-use tools to fix PC problems and enhance system performance. IObit Uninstaller 3 precisely demonstrates our mission. It offers simple, direct and firm service which is really helpful and necessary. What’s more, it does all the good jobs for FREE.” Said Antonio Zhang, Marketing Director of IObit.

Now IObit Uninstaller is available on IObit.com and CNET Download.com. It provides full support for Windows 8/ 8.1, IE 11, as well as 34 languages.

About IObit Uninstaller 3

IObit Uninstaller 3 is a portable and free clean-up tool that provides users with a simple, smart and effective way to powerfully scan and uninstall stubborn programs, clean leftovers entirely, and remove browser plug-ins/toolbars to enhance computers' performance. For more information and download, please visit:

About IObit

Founded in 2004, IObit provides consumers with innovative system utilities for Windows, Mac and Android OS to greatly enhance their performance and protect them from threaten. IObit is a well-recognized industry leader with more than 100 awards and 200 million downloads worldwide.


Cloud Security Leader’s Log Manager Tackles Compliance Scenarios via Collection and Management of AWS API Activity

HOUSTON, TX – Further elevating its reputation as the leading provider of Security-as-a-Service solutions for the cloud, Alert Logic (www.alertlogic.com) today announced the availability of expanded log management capabilities for Amazon Web Services (AWS). Alert Logic’s Log Manager is now ideally suited to proactively collect and manage account API activity using AWS CloudTrail.

Today’s announcement builds on Alert Logic’s extensive log management support for AWS environments, adding to the robust security and compliance capabilities Alert Logic already delivers to AWS customers through its Threat Manager and Web Security Manager products. With Log Manager’s new capability to track account activity on AWS, customers now have a unified approach to both proactively address their security responsibilities in their cloud infrastructures as well as meet compliance standards like Sarbanes-Oxley, PCI-DSS, and HIPAA.

“User activity and privileged access reporting is a particularly important part of addressing security in the enterprise,” said Dave Colesante, Alert Logic Senior Vice President of Product Development and CTO. “We are pleased to keep pace with AWS innovation in addressing that need within AWS today. Our expanded functionality now enables customers to quickly address auditor questions and requests for evidence – essential components to any security-as-a-service offering.”

Simple to configure, without the need for agents or add-ons, Log Manager with support for AWS Trail provides the ability to expose new trends or customer configuration deficiencies that need to be proactively addressed. 

With more than 2.2 petabytes of log data under management, Alert Logic has built the technology necessary to support the massive volume of information generated by systems and devices. Log Manager core functionality includes:

  • Collection, aggregation, and normalization of log data – originating in the data center, hosted environment, or the cloud.
  • A simple yet powerful web interface offering unified views into all data – with tools to rapidly uncover insight and alerts for full security and compliance.
  • Flexible data collection options – via physical appliances or remote collectors with agent-based or agentless approaches – providing low impact deployment options for the entire infrastructure.

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About Alert Logic
Alert Logic, the leading provider of Security-as-a-Service solutions for the cloud, provides solutions to secure the application and infrastructure stack. By integrating advanced security tools with 24×7 Security Operations Center expertise, customers can defend against security threats and address compliance mandates. By leveraging an “as-a-Service” delivery model, Alert Logic solutions include day-to-day management of security infrastructure, security experts translating complex data into actionable insight, and flexible deployment options to address customer security needs in any computing environment. Built from the ground up to address the unique challenges of public and private cloud environments, Alert Logic partners with over half of the largest cloud and hosting service providers to provide Security-as-a-Service solutions for business application deployments for over 2,300 enterprises. Alert Logic is based in Houston, Texas, and was founded in 2002. For more information, please visit www.alertlogic.com.

Leading Unified Communications Provider Delivers a Migration Path to New Technology

CROSBY, TX – Abletek, a leader in unified communications, announced today that the company is launching an initiative to help prepare small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs) migrate from Windows XP and the Office 2003 suite of programs to more sustainable solutions. Many SMBs have relied heavily on both these solutions to run their businesses, but after ten years of support these programs will no longer be supported.  According to Microsoft, Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 will completely go out of support on April 8, 2014.  
	This change has dramatic implications for the business world. It means that many businesses that were merely running outdated software will now be powering their businesses with obsolete technology. Aside from the inability to access support and solve software issues as they arise, this change means that businesses who continue to utilize these tools will be exposed to unnecessary security risks. For example, unsupported and unpatched environments are extremely vulnerable to outside threats and if a company is unable to assure that its customers' data is properly protected, it may result in public notification of the organization's inability to maintain its systems and data integrity. SMBs need customers more than ever and the absolute last thing an SMB would want to do would be to publicly inform their customers that they cannot promise that their data is secure. 
	Vendor support options will dwindle as well. Independent vendors, software and hardware, will become fewer and further between, leaving end users with more problems to deal with than capable service providers to choose from. With an ever-diminishing number of service providers, SMBs must chart a new course and pursue a new direction in order to maintain their competitive advantage.
	More than anything, this change is a call to action. Businesses need to understand where they are, where they need to be, and how to get there. The best way to make this transition is with the assistance of a Microsoft Certified Partner. These organizations have met rigorous standards and possess the technical capacity to bring an SMB from 2003 to 2013. Whether the solution is as simple as purchasing Windows 7 Professional and upgrading to a modern laptop, or as complex as deploying an enterprise solution to larger organizations with in-depth technical resources, tools and expert guidance, SMBs need to consult with Certified Microsoft Partners. 
	"We saw this transition coming and as a Microsoft Certified Partner we are proactively helping our customers make the transition," stated Bill Parker, President of Abletek. "It's inevitable for all technology to eventually deteriorate or become obsolete, which is exactly why we came up with C-TAP. Our Current Technology Assurance Plan (C-TAP) protects our customers from the risk of obsolescence and provides them with a unique competitive advantage in their industry. Essentially, we fix the cost of technology and establish a partnership relationship, so rather than 'nickel and diming' our customers when their technology expires, we continually work to keep them up to date with the latest software and hardware applications for a fixed, predictable cost. By partnering with our customers and adopting a more relationship-based approach, we've been able to maintain long term relationships and everyone is happier, not to mention more profitable."
Abletek is not your typical IT & communications company. We are a TECHNOLOGY SOLUTION PROVIDER and we care deeply about helping you maximize your productivity through effective Managed Services (MSP), IT, communications and related business technology solutions, and while a lot of companies may talk about increasing your productivity, Abletek actually delivers. 
ABLETEK will remove the burden of managing your network and communications infrastructures by providing everything needed to  maintain your servers, workstations, laptops, Pocket PCs/PDA/Treo, Switches, Routers, Email, Printers, VoIP, SIP, Digital & Analog Communications systems and more.  Leverage our team of dedicated professionals and proven  technology  management  resources  to:  CONTROL & REDUCE YOUR COSTS. 
For more information on Abletek, call (713) 455.1888 or visit www.abletek.com.