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When does Outsourcing fit right in?

Posted By Sheryl Pass, Project Improvement Experts, Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Businesses eventually get to the crossroad where a business system, or a business process is no longer viable. Perhaps your software Vendor says the version you are using will no longer be supported – you must upgrade or risk a system failure.  Maybe your suppliers (or customers) insist that your purchase order/invoicing can longer be mailed or faxed – but must be sent electronically.

Your Vendors will provide resources to install software, and provide training but they generally have little influence over your Team. Your Team will have tasks to do, perhaps reviewing configuration options or updating internal processes brought about by system changes. And you need to consider how your employees will not only accept the changes, but champion them.

Wow! That’s a lot of work – do you have someone on staff with the time & skills to lead your company through these changes?

Outsourcing, or hiring a Project Manager “on demand” can be an effective solution.  When you hire a Project Management Consultant for a specific project or initiative – the associated costs are direct costs and can be easily included in a cost benefit analysis.  While hourly rate may be higher, ancillary employee costs like insurance, vacation time, and payroll taxes are not applicable.

Project Management Consultants are experts in facilitating Team discussions, and keeping people on task to deliver as promised. Having broad experiences across many industries, your Project Manager will bring fresh perspectives to the table, avoiding pitfalls they have seen with other clients.

Most recently coined Project Management as a Service (PMaaS) – outsourcing on a project by project basis will allow you to access experts, while easily scaling your Team to meet the extra demands.

Do you want to discuss how a Project Management Consultant can improve your project outcomes?  Schedule a no obligation review with Sheryl Pass with Project Improvement Experts.  Sheryl can be reached at 602-923-2345 or sheryl@projectimprovementexperts.com

Tags:  Outsourcing  Project Management Consulting 

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Microsoft Acquires Professional Social Networking Site Linkedin for $26.2

Posted By Gabriel Salcido, Arizona Small Business Association, Monday, June 13, 2016

Micosoft buys Linkedin 

Tech giant Microsoft reaches a deal to acquire the professional social networking site Linkedin for $26.2 billion in cash raising LinkedIn shares up 47%.

Sources say that the companies and respective board members had a unanimous approval of the deal and is excited to accelerate the group of the network.

The $26.2 billion deal would be Microsoft’s largest ever and marks the third biggest merger of 2016. With 430 million members LinkedIn’s ensemble of enterprise productivity tools like Lynda, and Slidesare, the add merger of Microsoft creates and opportunity to leverage Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure and engineering talent becoming a more creditable space in the social community.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella mentions in a video, "Connecting with the professional network and really having that entirety of what is your professional life be enhanced, more empowered, where you are acquiring new skills and being more successful in your current job and finding a greater bigger next job. That’s that vision.”

Tags:  linkedin  merger  mircosoft  social media 

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Cyber Criminals- Holding Small Business Data Hostage For Money

Posted By Matt Maggiora, TeamLogicIT, Friday, April 15, 2016

Attend our Free April 27th Event on cyber security for small businesses and learn how to protect yourself.

Event Time- April 27th, 20016  from 11:30 to 1:00pm

Where: 2730 W. Augua Fria Freeway ( the café downstairs)

Who Should Attend: Businesses with 6 or more employees

Contact: Matt Maggiora at 480-436-7747 or email him at mmaggiora@teamlogicit.com

 

Criminals are targeting small businesses 

Extortionists have again stepped up their global assaults, this time unleashing an especially elusive and destructive bug called Locky. It didn’t take long for February’s large-scale attack to claim victims, including medical facilities in California and Kentucky.

Seasoned IT pros will recognize Locky’s malicious attack-mode, which mimics the poisoned document macro-attack of Dridex, a notorious bank-industry Trojan.

In Dridex fashion, a Locky-laced document arrives in the inbox as an invoice or other “urgent” correspondence. If users click, and macros (usually disabled by default) are turned on, Locky quickly spreads to all connected drives. A single infected text-document can hijack your entire system, paralyzing operations until a ransom is paid.

Locky also does something that makes its smarter and scarier than other programs.

“It gathers detailed statistics about each victim, which is highly unusual for ransomware,” reports security company Kaspersky. Crooks apparently use this information to determine the value of encrypted files so they can set the ransom amount for maximum profit.

Interestingly, the California and Kentucky hospitals reportedly paid less than $2,000 each to liberate ransomed data, perhaps signaling something of a “volume” strategy. Instead of demanding large amounts from just a few victims, attackers could have been going for smaller payments from more companies. Even if only a quarter of those extorted paid up, at two-grand each, the crooks’ take would still be a cool two-hundred-mil. That’s a lot of Bitcoin in anybody’s book.

Keeping Locky Outside

Regardless of their MO, Locky and thousands of its ugly cousins are clearly getting smarter and more destructive since we began reporting on the ransomware plague, which means that businesses should also be getting smarter in response.

Security experts, such as TeamLogicIT Managed Services providers, recommend that any organization that relies heavily on data–especially those in the healthcare, financial, legal, education and professional-service sectors–be more vigilant and proactive in two key areas: regular complete, system backups, and ongoing email-security training. These two precautions, (plus these others), can significantly reduce your risk of infection, and keep Locky and its cohorts outside your networks, where they belong.

Does your team need a hand updating company security policies, practices or cybercrime training curriculum?  Come to the free event and learn. Contact Team Logic IT today

Tags:  broadcasting  estate planning  events  hackers  small business  tech 

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A Conversation about Facebook New LIVE VIDEO feature

Posted By Gabriel Salcido, Arizona Small Business Association, Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Conversation on the new Facebook live video update and options. Featuring:

Brian Fanzo

Vincenzo Landino

Tags:  broadcasting  facebook  live streaming  live video  periscope 

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Facebook Introduces New Ways to Create, Share and Discover Live Video

Posted By Gabriel Salcido, Arizona Small Business Association, Wednesday, April 6, 2016

 

Source: http://newsroom.fb.com

By Fidji Simo, Product Management Director

With Facebook Live you can use your phone to share a moment instantly with the people you care about. This means your friends, family or fans can be there with you, and you can respond to their comments and see their reactions.

Since launching Facebook Live last summer to public figures via our Mentions app and more recently to everyone in the US using our iOS and Android apps we’ve been surprised and delighted with how people are using live video to connect and interact with each other all over the world. People are letting their friends discover their hobbies. Parents are using it to share moments in their kids’ lives with their extended families. Athletes are giving people a window into their training. Chefs are bringing their fans into their kitchen. Journalists are hosting global conversations on topics they care about. Aspiring musicians can now put on a live concert for their friends. Many people all over the world are using Facebook Live in many different ways to talk to and interact with the people that matter most to them.

That’s why today we’re excited to announce new features for Facebook Live to give you more ways to discover, share, and interact with live video, and more ways to personalize your live broadcasts.

Live for Groups and Events

“Going live” on Facebook feels special because you are going live with the people you care about. Today we’re rolling out the ability to go live in Facebook Groups and Facebook Events. Live in Groups allows you to broadcast to just the people in the Facebook Group – so you can go live in your family group, or share a workout plan in a fitness group. Live in Events means you can go live from a birthday party to allow those that can’t make it to join the fun, and a performer can go live backstage to the people who’ve RSVP-ed to the event to give them a sneak peak. You can even use Events to schedule a live Q&A session. We hope this new ability to both broadcast and watch live video within Groups and Events enables people to connect more deeply with their closest friends, family and the communities of people who share their interests.

Live Reactions Android

Interactive Features: Live Reactions, Replay Comments, Live Filters

Facebook Live is interactive and fun: Live reactions, replaying comments made while live and Live filters will make it even more so. Live Reactions makes it easy for your viewers to express their feelings in real time during a live broadcast. Using the same reactions we launched in News Feed, viewers can select Love, Haha, Wow, Sad or Angry, and the reactions animate right on top of the video. Live Reactions appear in real time and disappear quickly so broadcasters and other viewers can get a sense of how people are feeling at different points during the live video – it’s like hearing the crowd applaud and cheer. When your friend reacts to your video or to a video you are both watching together you’ll see their profile pic and a little starburst before their reaction appears.

Live video on Facebook is truly interactive as broadcasters engage with their commenters and respond to their suggestions and questions. In fact, from initial data, we’ve seen that people comment more than 10 times more on Facebook Live videos than on regular videos. We want people watching the broadcast after the fact to feel “in” on the action. To achieve this, we will replay comments as they happened during the live broadcast when people watch it later.

Live Creative Tools iOS

Facebook has also heard that people want more creative ways to personalize their live broadcasts. Today we’re starting with a set of five Live Filters, and coming soon we’ll add the ability to draw or doodle on your video while live.

Discover more live videos: Invite Friends, Live Video Destination and Live Map

Live Invite Friends Android

We’ve heard that people are having a lot of fun watching live with friends. That’s why today we’re also adding the option to send an invitation to a friend to watch with you right from the live video. Simply tap on the invite icon and select the friend you want to invite and they will receive a push notification with your invitation.

Video Home iOS

People don’t want to miss out on great broadcasts that are live right now. So today, we’re starting to roll out a dedicated place on Facebook’s mobile app where you can discover live video that the world is talking about, live video from the friends and creators that matter most to you, and live video on topics you’re interested in. From that place, you can also search live and non-live videos, and choose to go live yourself. Simply tap on the new video icon in the app to navigate to this new space.

Live Map

Finally, if you want a visual way to explore public live broadcasts that are currently happening around the world, today we’re releasing a Facebook Live Map on desktop. People in more than 60 countries can now share live video, and we’ve been inspired by all the different global broadcasts. The Facebook Live Map gives you a window into what’s happening in the world right now.

We’re also introducing new metrics for Pages sharing live video; read more on our Media blog.

Facebook says it's humbled by all the amazing and creative ways that people have used Facebook Live so far, and we’re committed to creating the best experience for everyone who wants to create, watch and interact with live videos on Facebook. These features will be rolling out on iOS and Android over the coming weeks. They plan on working to bring you the best ways to broadcast, interact with, and discover live video. Stay tuned.

Watch Facebook’s Chief Product Officer Chris Cox go live to answer questions about what’s new with live video:

 

Join the Q&A with Chris Cox about Facebook Live.

Posted by Facebook on Wednesday, April 6, 2016

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