New Article Names 6 Technology Options to Improve Service and Enable Growth for SMB Retailers


Hoboken, New Jersey (PRWEB) July 23, 2014

A new article from eMazzanti Technologies discusses rapidly changing retail technologies and identifies the benefits of adopting affordable, emerging technology options. The article helps businesses evaluate which changes are practical and their potential impacts on growth.

With todays rapid adoption of mobile technology and increased data security threats, five year old retail technology doesnt cut it, stated Carl Mazzanti, CEO eMazzanti Technologies. Retail businesses can do more to promote growth, increase profits and ensure survival with a technology refresh than almost anything else.

The informative article, 6 Technology Options to Improve Service and Enable Growth for SMB Retailers, lists options available today and already in use in some forward-looking SMB retailers. Below are a few excerpts. Click here for the complete article.

6 Affordable Retail Technology Options to Grow the Business

Here are six technology improvements a retail business can affordably implement to get ahead of the competition and position the organization for growth.

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Fusion PPTs Article Zen & the Art of Service-Oriented IT published on InformationWeek.com


Vienna, VA (PRWEB) May 28, 2014

Fusion PPT, a recognized strategy and technology consulting firm, announced today that its article Zen & the Art of Service-Oriented IT, written by CEO Michael Biddick, has been published in the cloud computing section on InformationWeek.com. Biddick, an expert in the field of cloud computing who has authored a book on Federal Cloud Computing and written over 50 articles on cloud-related topics, discusses the benefits and challenges of getting on board with IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS).

Cloud computing is rapidly becoming yet another revolutionary step in the progression of technology in the U.S., and globally. With the introduction of the cloud, came public cloud providers all touting their products as the best, cheapest, and most mature. To say the least, competition is stiff. So, how can an IT service provider compete and succeed in this difficult market? According to Biddick, the way forward is ensuring quality, tailored solutions for customers through ITaaS. IT needs to evolve from sole service provider to service strategists that compete on quality.

However, according to the latest InformationWeek Services-Oriented IT Survey of over 400 businesses and technology professionals, not all service providers are adopting ITaaS. The survey reveals a gap between those providers who do embrace the concept, and those who are resisting the paradigm shift.

To do IT-as-a-Service well, CIOs must keep process, technology, and cultural aspects in equilibrium. Biddick remarks. ITaaS is not a plug-and-play. It takes a long-term commitment, and unless the organization is open to change, it will fail.

In his article, Biddick discusses the aspects of ITaaS that are essential to ensuring that ITaaS initiatives are successful, and provides best practices for creating a successful ITaaS strategy. If done right, ITaaS can provide long-term positive benefits to an organization, such as cost transparency, improved IT governance, better alignment with an organizations corporate strategy, as well as giving leaders the freedom to make smart investments.

Biddick continues, The customer-centric culture must permeate the entire IT group. I promise you that user satisfaction levels are a lot higher in IT organizations that are service-based.

To read the entire article, please click here.







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eMazzanti Article: To Buy or Not to Buy Technology


Hoboken, New Jersey and New York City, NY (PRWEB) December 31, 2013

How do businesses know when the best time is to buy new technology? A recent article from eMazzanti Technologies, an IT support expert in the New York City area, provides some guidelines. The article is entitled: To Buy or Not to Buy.

If every business bought the latest computer technology as soon as it was available, it would probably waste a lot of time and money, said Jennifer Mazzanti, president, eMazzanti Technologies. That said, wisely choosing the right technology, at the right time, can be a real boost to productivity.

Consumer vs. Business Purchasing

Often theres no clear-cut answer as to which technology is best. For consumers, adopting a new technology is usually a low-risk behavior. If they buy something they dont like, theyll simply replace it with something different during their next purchase. Its a lot trickier for businesses, though. Rarely does it buy just one product at a time, so purchases need to benefit the employees and the company as a whole.

Does it make sense to be an early adopter? Here are several questions to ask:

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Fusion PPTs Article on Application Consolidation Featured on the Cover of InformationWeek


Vienna, VA (PRWEB) December 10, 2013

Fusion PPT, a recognized strategy and technology consulting firm, announced today that its article on Application Consolidation, written by CEO Michael Biddick, has been featured on the cover of the December issue of InformationWeek Magazine. Biddick, an expert in the field of cloud computing who has authored a book on Federal Cloud Computing and written over 50 articles on cloud-related topics, examines the issues surrounding application consolidation, and provides suggestions for tackling consolidation efforts within your organization.

For years, CIOs have attempted to streamline their organizations application portfolios to ease application management and increase efficiency. Trying to manage multiple systems for services such as email, human resources, and business analytics, can over-complicate normal business operations, and cause IT governance headaches. Application consolidation has some serious benefits too it promotes interoperability and information sharing, and cuts down on IT costs. It also can free up IT to focus on those business applications that are critical to driving revenue. However, despite this, application consolidation has become increasingly difficult, as many employees are either insistent upon keeping the functionality of their current software, or are simply resistant to change. Add cloud computing to the mix, and things get even more complicated.

In InformationWeeks recent Application Consolidation Survey, 45% of respondents said that they currently manage multiple applications that provide duplicate functionality. Furthermore, only 13% of companies who are currently in the consolidation process believe that their top barrier application consolidation is that each application offers unique functionality. So whats stopping them from consolidating? Cutting applications stirs strong emotions, writes Biddick. Just 12 percent of the IT pros in our survey say employees at their companies accept [application] consolidation readily, while 57 percent say theyre uneasy, and 31 percent say theyre resistant or openly hostile.

Despite these obstacles, 56% of respondents report that they have implemented some application consolidation within the last 12 months. The problem, continues Biddick, is that IT organizations must build credibility as they cut [applications], because [application] sprawl is often due to unmet needs. ITs task is to remove duplicate software while demonstrating to users that the company is trying to address their needs.

In his article, Biddick explores the current state of application consolidation and gives some best practices for successful consolidation efforts. Arbitrary and opaque wont win employee hearts and minds, remarks Biddick. Instead start by validating your organizations application requirements [and] seek feedback from a wide range of application users as you consider which system[s] to consolidate on.

Biddick continues, Its important for IT organizations to understand why their application huggers want to hang onto an [application] and to consider legitimate functional needs versus simple resistance to change.

To read the entire article, please click here.







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XSolutions’ Article On Transitioning To The Cloud Helps Managers Understand Implications


Pomona, NY (PRWEB) August 31, 2012

In an effort to help those businesses who are thinking of converting to a Full Cloud IT infrastructure, XSolutions has posted a new blog article intended to serve as a decision tool that business owners and corporate executives can use to determine whether they should, in fact, make the transition.

The article Pros and Cons of Going to the Cloud a Decision-Making Tool gives the pros and cons for each basic IT configuration: Full Onsite, Hybrid Cloud, and Full Cloud.

The decision to convert an onsite setup to a Full Cloud environment is a complicated one, and managers need to know the pros and cons for each configuration and match them to specific company goals, says Joseph Imperato Sr., Managing Partner at XSolutions Consulting Services. The purpose of this blog post is to clarify the situation, helping managers to make a sound decision.

XSolutions advises all businesses to do their due diligence before making a final decision. Doing so will save companies from the nightmare of reversing a decision once implementation has begun.

About XSolutions Consulting Services LLC

XSolutions is a full service IT Company located in Rockland County, New York specializing in providing Managed IT Services, Web Design and Custom Software Development. XSolutions has extensive experience in the installation and maintenance of Microsoft products such as MS Server, MS Small Business Server, and MS Office products. Through their partnership with Microsoft, XSolutions is able to bring clients the latest in high-value software to help them compete in a constantly changing business environment. XSolutions’ range of services include Managed IT Services, Web Design and Hosting, Cloud and Hosted Services, Microsoft SharePoint installations, Backup and Disaster Recovery, Custom Software Development, and general IT Consulting. XSolutions also issues an informative newsletter, The Letter X, providing feature articles addressing current computing issues. For more information visit the XSolutions’ Website or call 845-362-9675.







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New eMazzanti Article: Advanced Disaster Prep a Must for SMB


Hoboken, NJ and NYC, NY (PRWEB) September 03, 2013

eMazzanti Technologies, an IT support and network consulting firm, has published an article about the critical nature of disaster preparation for small and medium size business and specific steps they should take. Why? Because smaller businesses, though they are the backbone of the US economy, tend to not have an emergency plan and resources in place to quickly recover from a natural or man-made disaster.

According to the 2012 Ad Council Survey, notes Jennifer Mazzanti, president, eMazzanti Technologies, 56 percent of small businesses lack an emergency plan. Worse, 40 percent never reopen.

Get a Plan, Now

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in partnership with the Ad Council and the American Red Cross, has public service advertisements (PSAs) to encourage small- to medium-sized businesses to prepare and plan in advance of an emergency in order to reduce the risk of losing their businesses. The PSAs direct audiences to Ready.gov/business for online resources to help businesses identify the people, operations, documents, records, customer and supplier information needed in a business disaster plan.

A full version of the article can be found here.

Tips for an Emergency Preparedness Plan

Businesses will find that every emergency plan includes information about securing computer data for backup, duplication and recovery. It has to consider the many ways something bad could happen to data. For example, a computer could be lost or damaged and the business might not be able to access the files. Or without electricity, it may not be able get into an office building because of electronic locks or garage gates. If a small business had to set up in a temporary location, could it? Would the business have online access to important documents like employee contact information, payroll and banking accounts?

Here are a few additional tips:

1. Make sure all computers for a small business have the latest versions of their operating systems and have full internet security installed and up-to-date.

2. Ensure that virus system scans and system updating is set to run automatically.

3. Ensure that every employee has a way to backup their files and does so regularly. Provide a method for storing backups of the most critical system information offsite; consider cloud storage as one method of duplicating company information and defending against a natural disaster that might impact a whole community. Designate someone to double check backups and restore data, and keep a log of when each system is fully backed-up.

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About eMazzanti Technologies

eMazzanti Technologies team of trained, certified experts provide 24×7 outsourced IT support to help ensure business productivity, address challenges of growth, cloud computing, mobility, critical business continuity and disaster recovery demands. The consultancy has special expertise in manufacturing, distribution, retail, financial, architectural, engineering, construction, government, educational, legal services, accounting, marketing communications, and healthcare market segments, while maintaining high customer satisfaction levels. Flexible support plans range from fixed-fee, around-the-clock network management where eMazzanti functions as an extension of a businesses IT staff to a custom-solution provided on an as-needed basis. eMazzanti serves the Hoboken, NJ and NYC area markets as well as regional, national and international business support requirements. The IT firm is Microsoft’s 2012 Partner of the Year and on-going Gold Partner, Microsoft Northeast Region Partner of the Year, a four-time recipient of WatchGuard’s Partner of the Year and has achieved the Inc. 5000 list for the fourth year in a row. Download the free article: [How to Select an IT Provider. More than 400 companies trust their IT support needs to eMazzanti Technologies. For more information contact: Carl Mazzanti 201-360-4400 or emazzanti.net. Twitter: @emazzanti, Facebook: Facebook.com/emazzantitechnologies.







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eMazzanti Firewall Article: Dont Skimp on Business Security

Hoboken, NJ and New York City, NY (PRWEB) July 23, 2013

A new article entitled: Dont Skimp on Business Firewall Security is now available from eMazzanti Technologies, an IT and computer expert in the Hoboken, NJ and New York City areas. The article is free and is available here.

Todays consumer-grade firewalls may not be robust enough to protect a small business, noted Jennifer Mazzanti, president, eMazzanti Technologies. Because the workplace environment has changed with more collaboration and remote workers, the opportunities for malicious-hacking have skyrocketed.

Security: The Most Important Concern

Security is quite possibly the most important concern for any business. You need to know that your critical data both internal data and customer information is secure. If that information is hacked or accessed by the wrong person, you may be opened up to a world of legal and financial trouble.

Businesses today need more than a traditional firewall to protect their assets. As business collaboration increases and employees increasingly use the multitude of tools available to them many of which were never designed for business use enterprise data security and compliance requirements become a challenge. People work in a way thats faster, easier, and more intuitive whether theyre on the road, in the office, at an airport, or at home. And applications that werent designed for business can and do bypass traditional firewalls and enter a network, regardless of how carefully the IT staff may have tried to lock down the environment. This means it is essential that businesses implement security tools designed with todays environments in mind.

Next-Generation Firewalls for Next-Generation Bad Guys

A next-generation firewall (NGFW) understands real-world corporate network traffic in order to reliably secure it against hackers, malware, network attacks, intrusion attempts, data theft, and other cybercrime, said Mazzanti.

Consumer-grade firewalls only provide a level of data protection via packet filtering or stateful filter, late 1980s and early 1990s-based technology. Packet filter firewalls (first generation) act by inspecting the “packets” which transfer between computers on the Internet. If a packet matches the packet filter’s set of rules, the packet filter will drop the packet, or reject it.

Firewalls based on second generation technology or stateful filters examines the transport layer of the message and retrains the packets until enough information is available to make a judgment about its state. Known as stateful packet inspection, it records all connections passing through it and determines whether a packet is the start of a new connection, a part of an existing connection, or not part of any connection. Though static rules are still used, these rules can now contain connection state as one of their test criteria.

The third-generation of firewalls looks at the application layer of the message. The key benefit of application layer filtering is that it can “understand” certain applications and protocols (such as File Transfer Protocol (FTP), Domain Name System (DNS), or Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP)). This is useful as it is able to detect if an unwanted protocol is attempting to bypass the firewall on an allowed port, or detect if a protocol is being abused in any harmful way.

The next-generation firewall has the deepest and widest inspection of the application-stack, said Mazzanti. This approach provides some of the highest level of firewall security available.

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About eMazzanti Technologies

eMazzantis team of trained, certified experts provide 24×7 outsourced IT support to help ensure business productivity, address challenges of growth, mobility, cloud computing and critical business continuity and disaster recovery demands. The consultant has special expertise in financial, architectural, engineering, construction, government, educational, legal services, accounting, marketing communications, and healthcare market segments. Flexible support plans range from fixed-fee, around-the-clock network management where eMazzanti functions as an extension of a businesses IT staff to a custom-solution provider on an as-needed basis. eMazzanti serves the Hoboken, NJ and NYC area markets as well as regional, national and international business support requirements . The IT firm is Microsoft’s 2012 Partner of the Year and on-going Gold Partner, a four-time recipient of WatchGuard’s Partner of the Year award and has achieved the Inc. 5000 list for the third year in a row. For more information contact: Carl Mazzanti 201-360-4400 or emazzanti.net. Twitter: @emazzanti , Facebook: Facebook.com/emazzantitechnologies.







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24 Computer Disaster Recovery Tips Article from eMazzanti

Hoboken, NJ and New York City, NY (PRWEB) July 18, 2013

Natural or man-made disasters often destroy business from both a physical and data point-of-view. A new article from eMazzanti Technologies, a Hoboken, NJ and NYC area IT support expert, spells out a number of ways a business can avoid being irretrievably harmed by a surprise event such as a hurricane or tornado. The article is entitled: 24 Disaster Recovery Tips for Computer Networks.

According to researchers in Colorado State University, the chance of the US being hit by a major storm are about 70% greater than last year, said Jennifer Mazzanti, president, eMazzanti Technologies. That means businesses need to get prepared to make sure their data and networks survive. [Source: New York Daily News, April 11, 2013]

For the complete article click here.

Disasters Waiting to Happen

Businesses disasters are usually classified in three categories: natural, such as hurricanes and earthquakes; technological failures; and human, either on purpose or by accident. But no matter what causes a disaster, the need to recovery and get a business back up and running is paramount.

As recent events such as Hurricane Sandy have shown, not only can catastrophic events devastate a natural environment, but they can leave a companys IT infrastructure in ruins as well. That is why it is extremely critical for a business to initiate or enhance on a comprehensive disaster recovery plan (DRP) to protect its business and the livelihoods of employees in the event of a disaster.

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New eMazzanti Article: 5 New Tips on How to Find an IT Partner That Will Cut Your Costs


Hoboken, NJ and New York City, NY (PRWEB) May 21, 2013

Where can a business go to find the IT expertise it needs to help lower costs? eMazzanti Technologies, in conjunction with Cisco, have published a new article that answers the question. Its entitled: Five New Tips: How to Find an IT Partner That Will Cut Your Costs.

If an IT consultant cant identify and implement specific cost-cutting solutions, you should probably find another vendor, said Jennifer Mazzanti, president, eMazzanti Technologies, an IT support consultant in the Hoboken, NJ and New York City area. Increased productivity and profitability is what great IT solutions are all about.

For the complete article click here.

Businesses that lack the staff IT expertise or time that a technology requires can outsource the need to a qualified IT professional. However, a sea of techies will claim that their know-how is whats needed; theyll certainly take your money, but may not get the results expected. Below are two examples of what can be found in the aforementioned article.

Article Excerpts

Many businesses choose to outsource IT expertise and support to a professional partner, such as a:

eMazzanti Publishes Mobile-Devices Security Threats Article

Hoboken, NJ and New York City, NY (PRWEB) May 14, 2013

A new article entitled: The Secret Security Threat: Mobile Devices is now available from eMazzanti Technologies, an IT and computer expert in the Hoboken, NJ and New York City areas.

The free article is available here.

According to MobiThinking.com, there will be over 6.9 billion cell phone subscribers in the world by the end of 2013. And according to CNET over 84 million iPads have been sold by Apple representing 68% of the tablet market. Another 350 million iPods have been sold as well.

The number of mobile devices is on the rise as are numerous security threats, noted Jennifer Mazzanti, eMazzanti Technologies, president. Unless much care is taken, security breaches in mobile devices can be the port of entry for cybercriminals.

Mobile Myopia

Consumers and businesses alike are adopting a very casual attitude toward downloading mobile apps powerful computer programs that could potentially contain malicious code from unknown authors, something few people would do on their PC.

However, 96 percent of smartphones and tablets do not have third-party security software installed, according to Canalys and Juniper Research. Further, in the case of music devices, the security threat can actually get worse. There may not be any security software commonly available for them.

Mobile device users may not recognize the potential security threat, said Mazzanti. They suffer from a type of mobile myopia which leaves their device the perfect malware gateway.

Specific Mobile Device Vulnerabilities

The eMazzanti article outlines a number of specific mobile device security threats. Following are some examples: