Email Campaigns Essential Part Of Marketing Strategy

Last month Halifax hosted the annual conference of the American Association of Port Authorities and wasn’t it a first class event! The Cunard Centre was packed with delegates from throughout North America, and from as far away as Brazil and Africa, for a week of business sessions and Maritime hospitality.

Since my company sells IT services to seaports and given that a large part of our export marketplace was coming to our home town, it was natural that we would be a sponsor. We needed to prepare for this conference in advance because we wanted to make sure we had plenty of visitors to our booth and events.

My colleague Alexandra Fricker, an expert in Internet marketing, took the lead in that regard and came up with a very effective blend of online and traditional marketing, and I was blown away by how effective it was.

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ASP.NET and SharePoint Security Vulnerability

An important message to my IT contacts, thanks to Mike Hatfield, Nicom’s Chief Technology Officer, regarding a security vulnerability…

On the 17th of September, a security vulnerability was announced that affects all versions of ASP.NET and SharePoint web sites/applications that can allow someone to access very sensitive information if exploited.

For Technicians:
A security update has been released today to address the problem. Please, make sure this Windows update is applied to your web, SaaS and SharePoint servers. Please see this article from Microsoft for more information: http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2010/09/30/asp-net-security-fix-now-on-windows-update.aspx.

For Developers:
As a developer, you normally cannot control updates that are applied to servers hosting your applications. You can, however implement the web.config work around that has provided by Scott Gutherie from Microsoft as documented on his blog here: http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2010/09/18/important-asp-net-security-vulnerability.aspx.

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