Windows Server 2003 Set To Expire July 14th! Is Your Business At Risk?

alertIf your organization is currently running either Microsoft Windows Server 2003 or Exchange 2003 on any servers in your office, you need to know about a dangerous security threat to your organization that must be addressed very soon.

Windows Server 2003 and Exchange 2003 Replacements MUST Be Made By July 14, 2015

Microsoft has officially announced that it will retire all support on the Server 2003 operating system on July 14, 2015. That means any business with this operating system still running will be completely exposed to serious hacker attacks aimed at taking control of your network, stealing data, crashing your system and inflicting a host of other business-crippling problems you do NOT want to have to deal with.

This is such a serious threat that the US Department Of Homeland Security has issued an official warning to all companies still running this operating system because firewalls and antivirus software will NOT be sufficient to completely protect your business from malicious attacks or data exfiltration. Running Server 2003 will also put many organizations out of compliance.

Unless you don’t care about cybercriminals running rampant in your company’s computer network, you MUST upgrade any equipment running this software.

FREE Windows Server 2003 Migration Plan Shows You The Easiest, Most Budget-Friendly Way To Upgrade Your Server

During the month of April, we are offering a FREE customized Windows Server 2003 migration plan to all businesses still running this operating system on any computers in their office.

At no cost, we’ll conduct a full analysis of your network to help you determine what specific servers will be affected by this announcement. Additionally, we will provide a detailed analysis of all upgrade options available to you, along with the pros and cons of each option. While there, we will also assess other security, backup and efficiency factors that could be costing you in productivity and hard dollars. We will then put together a customized Server 2003 Migration Plan specifically for your office.

To schedule your FREE on-site assessment and Windows Server 2003 Migration Plan today, contact us to get started.

Not sure if you need an upgrade or what server you are running?

We can help with that too!

Just contact us today and say:

Help! Is my business at risk?

 

Juicy Read: Spark

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Spark

By  John J. Ratey

Did you know you can beat stress, lift your mood, fight memory loss, sharpen your intellect, and function better than ever simply by elevating your heart rate and breaking a sweat? The evidence is incontrovertible: aerobic exercise physically remodels our brains for peak performance.  Better your business with exercise!

 

 

 

Extra Spark This Spring

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This spring I’ve got a secret weapon to make my business better, and it’s not technology.

My secret weapon – exercise!

The real reason we feel so good when we get our blood pumping is that it makes the brain function at its best.   

~John J. Ratey

After a long winter, on top of recent recovery from a knee surgery, I was ready to get moving this spring! I have been extra dedicated to my morning workout.

My key to success? I put on my workout clothes first thing in the morning. That way there is no excuse when it’s time to workout, I am already dressed and ready to go! It was a simple habit change that has made exercising just a little bit easier to make happen everyday.

How does exercise help make my business better?

This month’s juicy read from the CIO book shelf explains the science behind how exercise remodels our brains for peak performance. “Spark,” by John Ratey is the first book to explore comprehensively the connection between exercise and the brain, and investigate the transformative effects of exercise in all areas of life—including work. You can transform your performance levels and function better than ever, simply by elevating your heart rate and breaking a sweat.

Research in “Spark,” shows that regular aerobic exercise helps beat stress, lift your mood, fight memory loss, sharpen your intellect, and function better than ever for peak performance.

What extra “spark” will help to make your business better this spring?

 

 

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The Right Stuff

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We’ve been hiring recently, adding staff, and I’d like to think we get better at it each time. Finding employees with “the right stuff” is critical but never easy, and you sure have to kiss a lot of frogs.

I hire people brighter than me and then I get out of their way.

~ Lee Iacocca

What gets me about the process…it would be ridiculous to marry someone after a one-hour date, but somehow, in business, we are taught that a one-hour interview of boring questions prepares us for a long-term business relationship. I recently read that most people are so bad at the interview process that it’s better to use assessments only—no interview at all.

We’ve got some great and unusual questions we ask during our interview, but we rely on assessments to validate our initial impressions. The Kolbe Index helps us evaluate fit and keep our team balanced. Tests from Brainbench confirm technical skills. Our HR company, Insperity (formerly Administaff), does a variety of screens before they present candidates to us, and they follow up with thorough background checks and drug screens before hiring. For our most senior hires, we turn to CMA, a local business consulting firm. Their process goes into even further depth, and they can compare candidate profiles with those from our existing team to make sure our candidate is both the “right stuff” and the “right fit.”

A lot of work? Yes, but not as much as correcting a hiring mistake. Learned that one the hard way. A thorough vetting process makes all the difference—no frogs here! Email me at wendy@cioservicesllc.com for our interview questionnaire.

 

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Fresh-Picked Gadget the Withings Activité Pop

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The Withings Activité Pop is a classy watch on the outside, but on the inside it’s an activity tracker verging on smartwatch. From the smartphone app, you control everything, from the analog dials to your activity goals.

 

Want to see these gadgets in real life? Come visit our “gadget grove” of tech toys you can try out yourself.

 

Juicy Read: Scaling UP

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Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make It and Why the Rest Don’t 

By  Verne Harnish

Scaling Up is the first major revision of business classic Mastering the Rockefeller Habits. In Scaling Up,  Harnish shares practical tools and techniques for building an industry-dominating business. This book is packed with wisdom; a single chapter contains more than most entire books!

 

 

 

Juicy Read: Profit First: A Simple System to Transform Any Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine

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Profit First: A Simple System to Transform Any Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine

By Mike Michalowicz

A simple yet effective accounting solution that will transform your business from a cash eating monster into a money making machine. This new method is the easiest and smartest way to ensure that in your  business, profits come first.