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Technology Outlook for 2016

What drivers will shape 2016 technology trends? Businesses using customer facing technology for competitive advantage will fuel demand for Cloud Computing, in particular, Software as a Service. The Internet of Everything will amplify the number of connected devices in our world leading to additional needs for data protection and CyberSecurity defense. Mobile computing and Cloud Computing adoption will increase the adoption of fast, affordable and secure broadband networking. Here is the short list of what to expect from the biggest trends in technology for 2016.

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Is Your Business PCI Compliant?

Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a common sense standard based on good IT Security policy. The objective is to protect customer credit card information from compromise. With the holiday season upon us, eCommerce and credit card processing activities will ramp through the end of the year. Trillions of dollars are transacted via credit card every year. So what can you do to ensure your business is PCI compliant?

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Growing Your Cloud Services Business: 3 Tips for Success

The idea of starting a new business is hotter than ever. The rapidly growing segment of small to medium sized businesses are contribute significantly to economic recovery and the adoption of Cloud Services. At the same time, margins on Cloud Services may be low, while competition for new Cloud business is relatively high. What can a Cloud Service Provider do to build a profitable and scalable Cloud business? Use these three tips to help grow your Cloud Business.

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Mobile Hotspots – Is Your Business At Risk?

With almost one billion mobile connections in place, it is easy to understand why these devices are targeted by hackers. Employees connecting at Starbucks, in airports, on planes and in hotels open themselves up to additional security breach risk by accessing information through mobile hotspots. Mobile hotspots can be easy targets for hackers by setting up spoofs to get your employees to unknowingly log into unsecure networks, making them vulnerable to Man in the Middle (MitM) exploits. As an employer, it may be impossible to prevent employees from using hotspots, so it is very important to take steps to protect your business.

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Does Your Business Need Network Monitoring?

Does Your Business Need Network Monitoring?

According to a recent Trends in Information Security report by CompTIA, malware, hacking, privacy and data loss/leakage top the list of serious concerns over security threats. Companies large and small have been victims of these security threats. While large corporate security breaches makes the news, smaller companies may not have the vigilance to detect, and the resilience to survive a network security breach. Hackers have evolved and are now more sophisticated than ever. Network Monitoring can identify security exploits before it is too late.

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5 Tips to Tune Your Cloud Sales and Marketing Strategy

If you are building a profitable and scalable Cloud Business, you know that times are changing for Cloud buyers. In the past, it may have taken six months to start a business. Now you can start a business in six days, or less. Small to medium businesses are keeping up and surpassing big enterprise when it comes to Cloud adoption. Is your Cloud sales and marketing strategy in line to take advantage of the opportunity? A 2015 International Data Corporation (IDC) report on Building a Cloud Practice, sponsored by Ingram Micro Cloud, offered five tips to tune your Cloud sales and marketing strategy.

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Is Network Security Your Priority?

Everyday there are reports of businesses being targeted with security attacks. The list of large companies being hit is long. Small businesses are equally vulnerable to security hackers and may be less resilient. To say that security is a top business concern seems unnecessary. Most companies understand that security is not something to be taken lightly. In a recent CompTIA survey, 74 percent of business leaders said that security is a higher priority today than it was two years ago.

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Is Your Network Ready for Windows 10?

Since the July release of Windows 10, the tech world has been talking about the latest update from Microsoft. According to Microsoft, within one day of its release, more than 14 million users had downloaded Windows 10. Microsoft is rolling the new product out in phases, so how will you be sure your network is ready for the new Windows?

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Is Your Head in the Cloud?

Are you ready to embrace the benefits of the Cloud? Whether your company is ready to acquire new software-as-a-service (SaaS) capabilities or in need of infrastructure upgrades via infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), Cloud has now reached new heights in the small and medium-sized business (SMB) world. According to current research by International Data Corporation (IDC), fifty percent of all companies are using at least one public SaaS offering, with a further 20% planning to implement such a service within the year. Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and (IaaS) are less used today, but there is interest and growth in that direction.

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Wearables are Fashionable, But Are They Secure?

Wearable technology, especially Smartwatches, including the Apple Watch, the Samsung Gear, and the Microsoft Band, are all the rage and are expected to become even more popular over the coming years. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), 2015 will see as many as 72.1 million wearables shipped. They are popular and fashionable, but do they leave your network open to potential security breaches?

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10 things to expect in your 1st month as a ClikCloud Client

Thank you for signing up with ClikCloud, your new Digital Marketing Department. We get asked all the time about what to expect when you sign up. We have a streamlined onboarding process designed to take the hassle out of digital marketing for you and your company. Here are 10 things to expect when you take your first step and sign up:

1. Place your credit card on file with our secure, PCI compliant website or call at +1.866.474.8515 us and we will be happy to take your order over the phone. Your card will be charged for your first month’s subscription fee less any promotions or discounts you may be eligiblelgible for. This is your anniversary date. Your subscription will automatically be billed for your monthly services fee on that day going forward.

2. Upon sign up, you will receive a welcome email that includes our on boarding survey. We will build a “wire frame” of your site based on the onboarding information you provide (e.g. what products and services you offer, what makes you unique, client and customer testimonials, partnerships and other information about your company.) Please complete this right away.

3. Your account manager will be assigned and will ask you to provide us a high resolution version of your logo. We prefer photoshop or illustrator file formats. If you don’t have a logo or are ready for a change, we can develop a new logo for you. Contact us for pricing on express logos, standard logos and complete identity systems.

4. Once we have your onboarding survey and your logo, you will receive a fully functional website designed around your brand within 5 to 7 business days. This site is available for your review and feedback. We use an automated ticketing system for you to submit comments and changes to your site. You can submit your feedback at https://clikcloud.zendesk.com/home or Email support@clikcloud.zendesk.com. Please be as descriptive as possible with your changes or additions. Attach files (e.g. team photos, bios, partner logos etc.) to your ticket. Please open a separate ticket, per page, if possible. Note: we will make changes to your site as long as you are a customer so you do not need to feel locked in upon launch.

5. Upon your approval of the staged site, you will receive launch instruction from your account manager. To launch your site you will update your DNS settings to point to our servers. Please open a ticket when you switch your DNS so we may monitor the progress of the launch.

6. After your site is launched, we perform additional on page SEO and submit your site to Google, Yahoo and Bing. We set up website analytics with reports that automatically run each week providing you insight to visitor traffic, latest visitors and referring websites. We also set up a RSS feed of your blog for your site, email newsletter and micro blogs. In addition, we set up your Ggoogle Pplaces account, if you have not done so already.

7. After launch we provision your email newsletter. We create a template for you that feeds from your blog and also links back to your optimized landing pages and calls to action on your new site.

8. We request that you submit a ticket including a CSV file with your newsletter list. We recommend you include customers, prospects and suspects that you have a commercial relationship with. (No purchased lists please). We need first name, last name and email address in your CSV file. If you provide your list by the 3rd week of the month, your first newsletter will go out by the end of the month. Nnote: You can add to your list every month. We automatically track unsubscribes and duplicates.

9. On an ongoing basis your blog, site, newsletter, micro blogs will be updated bi monthly with blog articles. These articles are written around IT Best Practices in topics that range from IT Security, bBring your own device policy, cloud computing, business continuity, compliance and other thought leadership topics. These articles are vendor neutral and typically focus on the business user versus cs. consumer or technical user.

10. After you are up and running, if you need changes, updates, new testimonials, newadd white papers, data sheets, team photos, or new services simply open a ticket and we will complete the task for you within 3 to 5 business days.