Microsoft Tablet Could Be Only Machine You Will Need

After a four-month drum roll, Microsoft is releasing the first of its tablets – a new family of devices called “Surface”, and we’ve got one on order.

Microsoft is betting the farm on its success. Before I explain why, let me say that this initial release is not the extended version, the “Surface for Windows 8 Pro”, which will debut next year. Read more

It’s Not Just Data You Need, it’s Business Intelligence

I keep telling you, it’s all about the information. If you want a competitive leg-up, you’d better find out what data is relevant to your organization, where to get it from, and how to display it in a timely and effective fashion.

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Even Smart Business People Need to Protect Themselves Online

I received an email the other day saying I could get 68% off luxury watches. Then a few seconds later I received another email saying I could get 88% off luxury watches, and both emails pointed me to the same web site! So for fun I went to the web site and it told me I could get luxury watches for 85% off.

All this to say that you can’t really trust emails from people you don’t know. In the past twelve months alone, I must have run across fifteen distraught widows of world leaders who had huge sums of money to deposit if only they could find a bank account number with which to do so.

Now those are obvious things to avoid, but there are some pretty sophisticated scams out there on the Internet, and I read all the time about people being taken in.

Even smart people like you. So maybe it’s time for a refresher course on how to protect yourself online.

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Landing Pages Keep Your Website Working Even If You Are Not

Now is the high-tide of the year,
     And whatever of life hath ebbed away
Comes flooding back with a ripply cheer

 ─ From What is So Rare As a Day in June, by James Russell Lowell

There is something about June that makes living in Nova Scotia worthwhile. The browns of late winter transformed to greens and our spring cleanup out of the way, we can now look forward to warm lazy summer days.

But while things start to slow down for you, there is no reason for your website to hold back. To keep it working effectively for you all summer, you can do a bit of website “spring cleaning” by setting up landing pages.

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Organizations, Certifications Keys to IT Professionalism

What makes a good Information Technology professional? Is it simply good training, gritty determination, logical thinking, and the ability to put in long hours alone at the keyboard?

That may be part of it, but a more complete answer would include communicating effectively, understanding business needs, dressing smartly, belonging to professional organizations, and acquiring certifications.

My company, Nicom IT Solutions, pays particular attention to these organizations and certifications and I will summarize the ones that exist in Nova Scotia. If you are in IT, you’ll want to check these out. If you want to find good IT organizations and individuals who can help your business, this article is a good place to start.

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