AQB, an Austin-based small business consulting firm, today announces new corporate blog, Facebook and Twitter accounts to increase customer engagement on the latest Intuit Quickbooks offerings and SMB news. Well-known for offering comprehensive QuickBooks training videos, AQB will now offer the blog, Facebook and Twitter weekly to feature upcoming training videos, as well as company and client news, press releases, system updates and Intuit news.
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SugarOutfitters, a SugarCRM module discovery service and marketplace, today announced the launch of its platform. Dedicated to SugarCRM modules, themes, integrations, and other similar solutions, SugarOutfitters has built an ecosystem around the popular customer relationship management (CRM) application.
“We take the hit-and-miss experience with finding solutions for various needs and turn it into a can’t-miss experience backed by our Satisfaction Guarantee,” said Chad Hutchins, Co-Founder of SugarOutfitters. “With every product on SugarOutfitters being automatically scanned, manually reviewed, and peer verified, users are assured to the quality of each product.”
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Glassbeam Inc., the leading provider of Big Data applications for machine data analytics, is launching a new product at the O'Reilly Strata Conference, that simplifies analyzing log and other multi-structured data. Glassbeam Search enables IT and Business users to search on application and machine logs with powerful metadata derived from combining its patent pending SPL™ language with a distributed search platform.
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The new Lilitab Counter iPad Kiosk swivels, tilts and rotates for easy customer interactions in retail, restaurant, hotel, medical and tradeshow settings. Engage and educate customers across the counter using the versatile and customized features.
Customers prefer to do it themselves, and the new Lilitab Counter iPad Kiosk puts them in control for the best touch screen interaction. The Lilitab Counter pivots freely or with hard stops set at 90˚ or 180˚ to allow for multi-angle viewing. The convenient tilt feature lets staff and customers achieve best viewing angles for individual height and maximum glare reduction. Provide customers with control to set the tilt to their best angle, or fix the angle with an easy turn of a screw in this versatile self service kiosk.
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| True Vision Technologies is all set to re-launch their company’s website www.truevisiontech.com by end of February 2013 with whole new set of features. It showcases the services and solutions which company provides in the field of Information Technology, especially cost effective yet high quality Website Design, Development and Internet Marketing. The website describes in detail about each and every service that the company offers in addition to their work portfolio. The information on the website is classified in a user friendly and convincing manner.|
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FurtherEd has launched “The Education Technology Incubator,” where top NYC education start-ups can work for free and receive access to all of FurtherEd’s resources in its Financial District office. FurtherEd’s announcement is a timely response to Mayor Bloomberg's initiative that the "We are Made In NY" promotional campaign will now include NYCs booming technology industry.
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The Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) has named the recipients of its Outstanding Technology-Using Teacher, Technology-Using Educator, Technology Coordinator of the year and the Frank Miracola 21Things Educational Excellence awards. The awards recognize and honor MACUL members who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in the use of technology to improve education. MACUL will honor the six educators during its annual conference on March 20-22, 2013 at Cobo Center in Detroit.
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New AccelOps software bundles enable Fine Tec channel partners to offer best-in-class integrated security, performance and availability monitoring solutions.
AccelOps, Inc., the leader in integrated Security Information and Event Management (SIEM), performance and availability monitoring for on-premise and cloud-based data centers, today announced a strategic distribution agreement with Fine Tec, an award winning value added distributor specializing in network security and data integrity products. Through its distribution agreement with Fine Tec, AccelOps expects to reach more businesses and to open new sales opportunities for Fine Tec’s channel partners.
Based in San Jose, California, Fine Tec’s customers include systems integrators, service providers, and value-added resellers that serve the aviation, education, financial, government, health care high technology and other US markets.
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Desktop deployment, management and support are dramatically simplified with virtualization, automation and centralized administration. Frank Johnson delves more to find out how desktop optimization is redefining the very way people work In an era where the significance of flexible and cost effective business operations is increasing everyday, technology has to be used in the optimum way to achieve maximum efficiency. Imagine the benefits that you reap in the following scenarios:
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Top Priority for Those Currently Renting Office Space:Seriously Consider Ownership
Almost on a daily basis, news reports detail the marketplace factors that can affect businesses large and small. No matter what the potentially game-changing info coming out of Washington, D.C., or China, though, there are winning strategies that not only endure but should be part of every workplace’s culture, says financial expert and small-business advocate Chris Hurn.
“With some merit, analysts are always reviewing contingencies that may change investments by businesses; most recently, the ‘fiscal cliff.’ But there are many ways to invest in your own business regardless of the economic climate,” says Hurn, author of “The Entrepreneur’s Secret to Creating Wealth: How the Smartest Business Owners Build Their Fortunes,” (www.TheEntrepreneursSecretBook.com).
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The organizations today work in highly networked environments and the confidentiality, availability and integrity of information can only be protected if all employees have the basic knowledge of management, operational and technical controls required to protect the IT resources of their organization. Frank Johnson explains the strategies for designing an IT training program in corporate world. With the use of automated systems and advanced software in organizations, business operations and daily tasks have become highly computerized and programmed. The so called ‘manual work’ has considerably reduced.
However, the audit reports, periodicals and conference reports generally show that people are still one of the weakest links in attempts to secure the IT systems and networks. A robust and company wide IT training program is integral to ensure that all employees associated with the organization understand their duties, responsibilities, organizational policies and the secure use of the resources entrusted to them.
A successful IT Training Program comprises:
- Developing IT security policy that reflects the business requirements tempered by known risks
- Informing the users of their IT security roles and responsibilities as mentioned in the organization security policy and procedures.
- Establishing processes to monitor and review the IT security program as per changing needs of organization The IT security program must focus on the entire user population of the organization. IT training is crucial for all departments including Operations, Finance, Administration and HR.
The higher management needs to set an example for appropriate IT security behavior in the company. The awareness program should start with an effort that can be deployed and implemented in different ways and must aim at all hierarchal levels. Designing the IT Awareness and Training Program The IT training has to be planned and designed as per the organization’s mission. The program must support the business needs of the organization and must be relevant to its culture and IT architecture. The model of the program can differ as per the size and geographic dispersion of the organization, the budget allocation and policy and the pre-defined rules and responsibilities of the organization.
The program may be Fully Centralized, Partially Centralized or Fully De-centralized. Let us now examine these three designs in further detail:
A- Fully Centralized IT Training Program – With Centralized Policy, Strategy and Implementation In this model, the responsibility and budget for entire organization’s IT security awareness and training program is entrusted to a central authority. All directives, strategies, development, planning, and scheduling are coordinated through this authority for IT security awareness and training. The central authority conducts needs assessment of different departments to determine the appropriate strategy for the training program. The IT training plan and the actual material for training is also devised by this central authority. For this, it may need to liaise with senior managers or representatives from different departments to cover their specific requirements in the training. They can also provide feedback to the central authority on the efficacy of training material and the relevance of methodology used for training. This helps the authority to fine tune and make required modification in the training material and/or methodologies employed for the program. The centralized approach is good and feasible for organizations that are relatively small and have a high degree of centralized management for most business operations and functions.
B. Partially Centralized IT Training Program - With Centralized Policy and Strategy but Distributed Implementation Under this approach, the policy and strategy for the IT training program are outlined by a central authority but the task of implementation is delegated to the line management officials in the organization. The budget allocation, material development, and scheduling are the responsibilities of these officials. The central authority does communicate the organization’s directives concerning IT security awareness and training, the strategy for conducting the training program, and the budget limits for each organizational unit. The authority also works to analyze and assess the training needs of different units and provides all required guidance to line managers. However, the actual implementation of the program and the responsibility of training staff members in every unit rest with the line management officials.
The central authority can ask for periodic inputs from each organizational unit with reports on training expenditures, the status of unit training plans, and the progress reports on success of implementing the IT awareness and training policies. The central authority may also require the organizational units to report the number of attendees at awareness sessions, the number of people trained on a particular subject, and the number of people yet to attend awareness and training sessions. The partially centralized model for IT Training is appropriate for large organizations that have units and functions spread over a wide geographic area. An organization working for more than one business domain would also have separate IT training requirements in different units and the partially centralized approach can be tailored to meet the specific requirements of those units.
C. Fully Decentralized IT Training Program – With Centralized Policy and Distributed Strategy and Implementation In this model, the central authority only disseminates a basic IT policy and the expectations regarding IT security awareness and training benchmarks in an organization. It is then the responsibility of individual unit heads to execute the entire IT training program in their departments. The need assessment and analysis is done within the organizational units and the strategy for the awareness and training program is also chosen by the unit heads or senior managers. Based on these strategies, they devise their own training material and methodologies which are then deployed in the units to train the staff. The central authority also allocates the budget limit as per the policy, though the appropriate utilization of this budget has to be planned by the different units. Like the other two models, there is a two way communication between the central authority and the individual units and the authority may ask for periodic reports on the budget expenditure and progress of IT training in terms of the number of people trained successfully and the pre-training and post-training difference in level of IT security awareness in the organization.
This approach suits large MNC organizations with decentralized management structure. It can also be followed by organizations with separate and distinct businesses where training needs may differ considerably. To ensure the success of an IT Awareness and Training Program in any organization and optimum utilization of training funds, it is imperative to assess the exact needs of all units. The system administrators and executive managers need to be consulted for this assessment and analysis. Also, it should be remembered IT Training is not a one time requirement. Periodic updates and refreshers through objective E learning tests also need to be arranged for, to ensure that the right IT awareness is always maintained.
About the Author: This article by Frank Johnson is the first in his series on ‘IT Training’. Frank is a regular editorial contributor on technology products and services that helps small to mid size businesses. To know more about IT Training strategies and implementation, you may interact with him here
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