Ease Your Security Headaches With Two Factor Authentication

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The tech world is abuzz with news this week about Heartbleed a critical programming flaw in OpenSSL—an open source implementation of the SSL/TLS encryption protocol. This flaw had gone undetected for the past two years and might have allowed  leaks of data from a server’s memory, which could include SSL site keys, usernames and passwords, and even personal user data such as email, instant messages, and files.

You’ve probably received multiple notices from sites to change your password. These notices are being sent out of an abundance of caution. While there’s no proof that anyone exploited this bug the severity warranted recommending a password change for just about every online account.

Now that password security is in the spotlight let’s review two things you can do to significantly reduce your chances of a security hack.   [Read more...]

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Sage Summit Vegas – Sponsorships Now Open to Sage Partners

In what I believe is a first – Sage North America will allow partners to sponsor and exhibit in their trade show area. Previously the show only accepted sponsorship from those companies selling software products to end users. During the first few iterations of Sage’s inaugural customer conference partners were barred / discouraged from attending unless they also were accompanied by one or more of their customers.

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Sage Summit 2014 Session Catalog

Sage have just published an abbreviated version of their Summit 2014 conference agenda. According to their website this is only a sampling of the courses and more details are to be made available in May.

 

Sage Summit Registration Opens April 9, 2014 – Sans Full Agenda

According to this Tweet from the official Sage Summit account partners will be registering on April 9, 2014 for the annual Sage North America Summit conference with only a limited view of the conference agenda. According to Sage more details on the agenda will then be revealed in May.

And, no, we don’t have any  details to share about the conference.

 

Let Me Try Your Services For Free

Here’s one way to respond to prospects who request free services.

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BrainSell Buys Sage Accounts From Bonadio Group CPA Firm

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More acquisition activity in the Sage channel this morning as Topsfield, Massachusetts Sage Partner BrainSell announces that they’ve purchased the Sage 100 ERP practice of The Bonadio Group a Pittsfield New York CPA firm and reseller of Sage Software products since 1998.

This is the first acquisition for BrainSell in 2014. BrainSell has 11 office locations in the United States. BrainSell has offices in Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Boston, Virginia, Georgia, Illinois, Florida, Colorado, Minnesota and Utah.

BrainSell’s focus is  on CRM and Marketing Automation as well as Sage ERP products.

 

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So This Is Why I Haven’t Gotten A Reply To My Sage Email

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Today is apparently “No Email Day” at Sage UK. This is the third year for the stunt which apparently makes people more productive.

No Email Day, a 24-hour period freed from the demands of the inbox, is being held tomorrow and it’s founder Sage’s content and social media specialist, Paul Lancaster, hopes it will allow people to get on with some work.

Already big names like Microsoft, conference call software company Powwownow, IBM and business confidence monitor, Grant Thornton, have pledged their support to the concept, which simply means avoiding email for 24 hours.

All other methods of communication including phone, text messages, social media, hand-written notes and face to face conversations are allowed.

It was created by Paul in 2011 when he realised that email was making him less productive. The first no email day on November 11, 2011 and his online manifesto received 30,000 views.

The Journal

Tire Kicker Management 101

Do you have prospective customers who find you on the Internet and call asking  all sorts of free “quick questions”?  These are often people who’ve dropped maintenance, dropped their consultant and are moving to another solution  - but have one quick question.

Do they want the bottom of the barrel service level with no pre-planning yet they keep sending questions outside of the scope of what they’ve requested.

I found a 100% foolproof method to get around this. I call this the Schulz Qualifying System (SQS) for short.

Send them a proposal with an invoice. You’ll never hear from them again. Works every time for me.

The State of Project Planning

How many times have you been in this meeting? Or one reasonably close.