In this issue
Hardware as a Service?
6 Tips to Save Time WIth Outlook
Better Budgets for 2012
The Big Distraction
Business Continuity Tip
The Big Distraction:
Not Enough Time
Marlene Chism, www.stopworkplacedrama.com
When you see someone making a mountain out of a mole-hill, one thing you should know for sure: It’s not about the mole-hill. Even when the mole-hill really is a mountain, it’s usually not about the mountain either.
The mole-hill is just a
distraction. . .an excuse that prevents you from looking at your
choices and being responsible for them.
Business Continuity Tip
Assess, Adjust, Improve
Audit season in finally coming
to a close. What a relief! While many of us dread being audited, it is an
important exercise that adds value to your organization by providing insight
and valuable recommendations for improvement.
In addition to your annual financial audit, regulators and corporate risk
managers often require an annual test of your disaster recovery plan.
Similar to an audit, exercising this plan identifies problems or weaknesses
that can necessitate appropriate modifications to the plan.
To learn more about putting your disaster recovery plan in motion, you can
visit the Agility Archives and
watch recorded educational webinars on testing.
Quote of the Month
We make a living by what we get, but we make a
life by what we give. He that does good to
another does good also to himself.
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Bismarck, ND 58501
Welcome to the spring edition of the NRG
hope your spring is going well. All of us at
NRG have certainly been enjoying the nice
weather. What a nice break from years past.
the year continues, many clients have begun
to execute on their IT equipment replacement
strategies. Do you have a plan for keeping
your IT equipment refreshed at set
intervals? Waiting to replace older hardware
or trickling down older machines is not
always an appropriate strategy. Many times
the cost to obtain manufacturers support or
repair on older devices can be cost
prohibitive. One such example is previous
generation SonicWALL firewalls. SonicWALL
has set their maintenance renewal pricing on
previous generation devices fairly high. We
have helped clients upgrade their SonicWALLs
through trade-in programs, thereby allowing
them to access to the latest technology at
lower than normal costs. If you have an
older SonicWALL device you would like to
obtain upgrade pricing on, let us know by
firstname.lastname@example.org. Steve or I
will get back to you with options.
Speaking of options, did you know that
Managed Print services are available for
your printer fleet? Managed Print Services
are new, but with an old formula. Most
likely you have a service contract on your
copier/MFP device that covers service,
toner, parts, etc... Basically everything
but paper, for a monthly cost and may
include a per page fee. These same services
are now available for your everyday
printers. NRG can provide you with options
to put some or all of your printers on a
maintenance agreement where all repairs,
toner and parts are included.
Typically these agreements can save you
money over purchasing support, parts,
service and supplies on your own. Give us a
call to learn more.
Have a great spring and take care until next
Chris Brown, Vice President, NRG Technology
What is Hardware as a Service?
Hardware as a
Service, also known as HaaS, allows you to convert a large
capital expense into a manageable operating expense by
leasing you the hardware that you need. The hardware is
placed at your site and a service provider remotely monitors
your hardware and software. This gives you many of the
benefits of an on-site system without the need to fund and
maintain an IT staff. HaaS, in conjunction with other
services, provides your business with a complete managed
Hardware as a Service allows you to have quality
solutions without the high cost.
Everything your network needs without a large upfront
capital expense. Instead of the usual upfront cost, all
of your network hardware and service costs become a
monthly fee for which you can budget.
Control of Your Network
From billing to standardization of components, to
warranty and support, you maintain complete control of
your network but still have a staff of experienced IT
professionals at your disposal.
- No More
Worrying About Your Technology
HaaS allows you to focus on the important aspects of
running your business without having to worry about your
If you are
interested in how you can get your business the new
technology it needs in a convenient way by working with a
HaaS provider, please contact us.
6 Tips to Save
reprinted with permission from the HP Small Business Center
shortcuts are the key to efficiency when it comes to
e-mailing clients, customers and co-workers.
Responding in a timely manner is crucial to business, so
keep these Microsoft® Office Outlook® tips at your disposal
to stay current and organized.
1. Keep a tidy inbox
most important thing to maintain is also sometimes the most
difficult: a clean inbox. Don’t be afraid to delete! Having
a spring cleaning session once every few months is good for
the soul—It gets rid of clutter. Deleted items can be
permanently removed from your account by clicking Empty.
Just be sure there’s nothing you will need in the
You can also archive old items with the Auto
Archive option. Having organized topic folders is
helpful, as long as there aren’t so many subdivisions that
it gets confusing. You can also store mail in the vault,
which will automatically archive messages.
2. Never see “Your
mailbox is almost full” again
Folders are a
great way to maintain organization; however, unless folders
are stored on your hard drive, they will still clog your
Better Budgets for
Four Ways to Save on Security Essentials
used with permission
from the Cisco Small Business Resource Center
Information security risks
are up, but IT budgets at many businesses are down.
What can you realistically do this year to better protect your
Now Is The Time
Making IT security a business priority is urgent in 2012 for these
- Employees will
increase their use of wireless hotspots and cloud applications
-- and handheld devices (a practice known as "bring your own
device," or BYOD).