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Very exciting news for CMIT Solutions of Denver’s very own Debi Bush. Click on the link below for the story.

http://cmitdenver.wordpress.com/2010/12/22/bush-named-as-smb-150-power-player/

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3 Big Trends for 2011

Server Virtualization, Cloud Computing, And Ultra-Portable PCs Poised To Make Their Mark On Small Business

If you can sum up an entire year in a single word, the word for 2010 would be “uncertainty.” Was the economy recovering? Was it headed for a double dip? Was it time to start hiring again? What effect would health insurance reform, new financial regulations, and possible changes to tax law have on small business?

CMIT Solutions doesn’t have a crystal ball (not yet, anyhow – it’s on the product roadmap for 2012). However, we can identify with some certainty a few trends that have been taking shape over the past few years and show a lot of promise: virtualization, cloud computing, and ultra-portable tablet and notebook computers.

Now, we’re not suggesting that by the end of 2011 every small business will be fully virtualized, cloud-enabled, and running off a single tablet PC. But in the months ahead, we’ll see more businesses moving toward cost-effective solutions that make the most of existing hardware investments and enable more employees to be productive in more places.

Here are 3 big technology trends that we predict will affect your business in 2011:

  1. Server virtualization. Virtualization software basically allows you to turn one physical computer into many.  A virtual server can be handy in a number of different scenarios, whether it’s standing in for a failed server in a disaster recovery situation or doubling as an extra server so that you get more regular use out of an underutilized machine. Or maybe you have four or five old servers consuming a lot of power, taking up space, and turning your server room into a hot, noisy, crowded mess. Virtualization would let you consolidate all of those servers onto a single machine, freeing up space and potentially reducing your power bills.
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  3. Cloud computing. Like virtualization, this isn’t a new technology – it’s just begun to gain traction with the small business market over the past couple of years. Cloud technology refers to services or applications you access over the Web, rather than on your individual computer or your in-house server. What’s the benefit? A greater ability to share and collaborate; it’s potentially easier to access information when you’re out of the office; and you don’t have to spend a lot of money or time on upkeep, maintenance, installation, or administration.
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  5. Ultra-portables. The freer we are away from our desks, the less we miss working at them. Super-lightweight tablet and notebook PCs are quickly making old laptops look clunky by comparison. And while a notebook computer still can’t compare to laptops or desktops in terms of computing power or performance, it can be a good, affordable option for basic email and Web access.

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OK – It’s Not Just About The Computers.

Entrants into CMIT’s first-ever technology makeover contest shared some of the scariest, most spine-chilling IT horror stories we ever heard. Hundreds of entries later, we had a winner – but we learned something from everybody who submitted a story. Here are a few of the major takeaways:

1. A bad IT guy can be worse than no IT guy at all. When you’re paying somebody to look after your computers, you tend to assume they’re … looking after your computers. This can lead to major surprises when your server crashes, you look for your backup files, and your slacker IT guy tells you, “Those backups haven’t been working for months. Sorry, I meant to tell you that!”

2. You have to make your computers a priority. Computers, unlike people, tend not to complain or ask for help, so it’s easy to ignore them. But ignore them for too long and they’ll remind you who the boss is. You’ll always be able to find some better use of your business’ hard-earned money than computer maintenance – until you’re stuck with an astronomical repair bill.

3. Success can be your own worst enemy. When your business is growing, you might feel too busy to come up with a detailed IT plan. The next thing you know, you’ve created an ad hoc monster of a network that’s hard to monitor, hard to secure, and difficult to add on to – instead of one that’s transparent, secure, and scalable.

4. If you have a stupendously bad computer setup, you aren’t alone. Every small business has computer challenges. If they say they don’t, they’re probably lying. (Or they’re CMIT clients.)

5. A simple change to your IT systems can have a profound effect on your workplace. A business running massive CRM applications or complex databases obviously depends on technology and will clearly benefit from a tech upgrade. But even those businesses and organizations that might not appear to rely on computers can benefit hugely from a technology overhaul.

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In one of the many e-newsletters or e-zines that I get in my Inbox on a regular basis (daily or weekly), I found an article about tending to one’s stupid list with respect to a company’s technology. What in the world could be on my Stupid List – technologically or personally?

Top 5 on Debi's Stupid List

  1. Having my Outlook email program open way too often and letting it suck my time away from my MVAs (Most Valuable Activities) at work and at home.
  2. Putting off now what shouldn’t be postponed until tomorrow or later (this includes household chores)
  3. Reacting too quickly to something one of my kids does (or doesn’t do) instead of taking a moment to take a breath and think “what is funny about this?”
  4. Not calling my dear friend in Florence, Italy because I get self-conscious about messing up when speaking in Italian. She has always told me “Debi, your Italian is better than my American.”
  5. Being inconsistent in having weekly meetings with my business partner/husband.

So, what’s on your “stupid list?”

Just in case you were curious as to what the article that I read had on its list, here is the introduction to the article and 6 stupid things:

Dec 08, 2010

We focus so much time on the big and obvious things that we sometimes forget the small but critical things.

For example: Is the email link on your blog still working? Is your LinkedIn profile still listing you at your old job? Does your Twitter account display your new URL?

This is a plea to spend a moment on the little things that slip. I call it the “Stupid List” — a list of the common errors that we never notice when managing our everyday lives. In the digital era, one broken link could mean a lost opportunity.

In the spirit of tying up loose ends, I have compiled a starter “Stupid List,” and I encourage you to add to it in the comments.

  1. Your old URLs no longer redirect.
  2. Your old email addresses aren’t forwarding.
  3. Your bio is outdated around the web.
  4. You’re missing an important message on a forgotten social network.
  5. Your outdated resume is still visible.
  6. Your Facebook privacy settings aren’t effective.

Click here for the complete article written by Scott Belsky, Founder & CEO, Behance

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