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Webex has revolutionized the world

Mark Stallard of Yellow Dog Networks, and John House love using Webex for clients and technical help desk and remote customer service jobs for its ease of use and seamless connections.

Collaboration, support calls, and universal platform to launch on their laptop or desktop. You can connect with end user and give them desktop control to fix quickly and setup properly so much faster than the end user trying to help you with something. Webex has revolutionized the world.

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Marketing Round-table on DIY Video Development

Watch our video as our panel discusses what you need to know about preparing do-it-yourself (DIY) videos. Tim Fahey of Dirigo Agency will moderate and — Margaret Doan of GKA Advertising and Eric Peguero of ENS Media Pros as panelist. Together they will discuss using a storyboard/script, planning, lighting, camera positing, dos and don’ts, including knowing and using your equipment, tips to use during your videos, and editing. This is a round-table you don’t want to miss!

Hi I’m Tim Fahey i want to invite you to our what you need to know about developing do-it-yourself videos the panelists will be Margaret Doan and Eric Peguero.

We’ll be talking about how to set up how to light how to use the microphones and different features within the the actual iphones and the android we’re going to go over how you actually produce these types of videos through the different social media channels including some of the tips and tricks with some of the editing software as well good morning everybody welcome to the marketing roundtable series um i’d like to introduce you to tim fahey who will be our moderator today.

For more information, contact me, info@dirigoagency.com

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Things to consider when leasing IT equipment

According to a recent Gartner report, worldwide IT spending is projected to total nearly $4 trillion in 2019 as companies race to keep up with the latest technology. Staying ahead of the technology curve is critical. However, the balance between getting the latest tech to remain competitive and keeping a healthy cash flow can be tricky, especially for small businesses. 

The solution for more and more businesses is to lease—instead of purchase—their IT equipment. In fact, the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association reports that eight in 10 businesses finance equipment.

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Growth in Leasing

Small businesses must invest in a more robust and secure network that protects their data and allows them to better serve their customers through digital services.

Keeping pace with the rapidly evolving digital transformation is key to staying in business, yet it can be expensive.

So how can small businesses–many with limited resources to spend on new technologies–compete? They join the growing number of companies that view IT as an investment instead of an expense. That changes the equation.

With the right approach, IT investment is an opportunity to make your business more competitive and efficient to manage. When a small business chooses to lease, it will save on upfront expenses to reinvest in innovation and boost growth or to focus on other priorities.

Cisco surveyed IT professionals in the Spiceworks community about their experience leasing IT networking equipment.

Here is what Robert Hummel, with 43 years experience as the IT Director at Cheshire County Keene, had to say.

 “There are many factors from an IT perspective to consider. In times of rapidly advancing hardware, leasing makes sense. It gives you the opportunity to upgrade your hardware at set intervals. Doing one-third or one-fourth of the company at a time can help with IT workload planning as well.”

Why you should consider leasing IT equipment

Leasing delivers an almost cost-neutral technology refresh capability. It keeps your equipment up-to-date and secure, which is important when comparing the long-term value it brings to the overall organization. Your business can start benefiting from the technology instantly, realizing increased productivity, without waiting for the budget to become available. 

Other benefits to leasing include:

  • Predictable monthly expenses
  • Pay nothing upfront
  • Stay on top with the latest technology, gaining a competitive edge

No one knows Cisco better than Cisco

Many small businesses turn to Cisco for technology innovation, but few know that Cisco can also help with financing. Our goal is to help customers get the best technology to optimise their business in the most cost-effective way. Leasing lets small businesses, such as yours, match their technology and business needs. In addition, leasing helps you take advantage of the full benefits of the technology whilst staying in control of your cash flow and investment needs. With flexible payment plans, no upfront costs and predictable monthly payments, leasing provides immediate value and helps optimise cash flow for years to come.

A payment plan gives your small business immediate access to the latest Cisco innovations – to upgrade to the next-gen firewall, enable your network to keep pace with new digital needs, enhance your data center platform, and allow people to collaborate more effectively across your organisation.

Buy now, pay over 3 years as low as £1,000

Let us help you get the latest Cisco tech at no cost to you and future-proof your business! Save your valuable cash and use our funds–cost-free. You can spread the cost over 36 months with the option to add more solutions to the agreement as your business grows–so you always stay up-to-date.

Find out just how easy it is, and reach out to learn more.

*Financing products provided by independent third-party financiers. Terms and conditions may apply.

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Keeping One Step Ahead – things to consider when leasing IT equipment

Why 8 in 10 Small Businesses Lease IT Equipment

According to a recent Gartner report, worldwide IT spending is projected to total nearly $4 trillion in 2019 as companies race to keep up with the latest technology. Staying ahead of the technology curve is critical. However, the balance between getting the latest tech to remain competitive and keeping a healthy cash flow can be tricky, especially for small businesses. 

The solution for more and more businesses is to lease—instead of purchase—their IT equipment. In fact, Equipment Leasing and Finance Association reports that eight in 10 businesses finance equipment.

Worldwide IT Spending Forecast (Billions of U.S. Dollars)

  2018 Spending 2018 Growth
(%)
2019 Spending 2019 
Growth
(%)
2020
Spending
2020
Growth (%)
Data Center Systems 210 15.5 204 -2.8 207 1.7
Enterprise Software 399 9.3 427 7.1 462 8.2
Devices 667 0.3 655 -1.9 677 3.5
IT Services 982 5.5 1,016 3.5 1,065 4.8
Communications Services 1,489 2.1 1,487 -0.1 1,513 1.7
Overall IT 3,747 4.0 3,790 1.1 3,925 3.6

Source: Gartner (April 2019)


Growth in Leasing

Small businesses must invest in a more robust and secure network that protects their data and allows them to better serve their customers through digital services.

Keeping pace with the rapidly evolving digital transformation is key to staying in business; yet it can be expensive. (link to Couchbase)

So how can small businesses–many with limited resources to spend on new technologies–compete? They join the growing number of companies that view IT as an investment instead of an expense. That changes the equation.

With the right approach, IT investment is an opportunity to make your business more competitive and efficient to manage. When a small business chooses leasing, it will save on upfront expenses to reinvest in innovation and boost growth or to focus on other priorities.

Cisco surveyed IT professionals in the Spiceworks community about their experience leasing IT networking equipment. Here is what Robert Hummel, with 43 years experience as the IT Director at Cheshire County Keene, had to say.

 “There are many factors from an IT perspective to consider. In times of rapidly advancing hardware, leasing makes sense. It gives you the opportunity to upgrade your hardware at set intervals. Doing one-third or one-fourth of the company at a time can help with IT workload planning as well.”

Why you should consider leasing

Leasing delivers an almost cost-neutral technology refresh capability. It keeps your equipment up-to-date and secure, which is important when comparing the long-term value it brings to the overall organization. Your business can start benefiting from the technology instantly, realizing increased productivity, without waiting for budget to become available. Other benefits to leasing include:

  • Predictable monthly expenses
  • Pay nothing up front
  • Stay on top with the latest technology, gaining a competitive edge

No one knows Cisco better than Cisco

Many small businesses turn to Cisco for technology innovation, but few know that Cisco can also help with financing. Our goal is to help customers get the best technology to optimize their business in the most cost-effective way. Leasing lets small businesses, such as yours, match their technology and business needs. In addition, leasing helps you take advantage of the full benefits of the technology whilst staying in control of your cash flow and investment needs. With flexible payment plans, no upfront costs and predictable monthly payments, leasing provides immediate value and helps optimize cash flow for years to come.

A payment plan gives your small business immediate access to the latest Cisco innovations – to upgrade to the next-gen firewall, enable your network to keep pace with new digital needs, enhance your data center platform, and allow people to collaborate more effectively across your organization.

Buy now, pay over 3 years as low as £1,000

Let us help you get the latest Cisco tech at no cost to you and future-proof your business! Save your valuable cash and use our funds–cost free. You can spread the cost over 36 months with the option to add more solutions to the agreement as your business grows–so you always stay up-to-date.

Find out just how easy it is, and  reach out to learn more.

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Turn your Shopify e-commerce site into a powerful operational tool.

What types of information can your Shopify e-commerce site consume via APIs exchange from your trading partner?

Basically, everything that you would need to do to continue to do business with your distributor will be available is available via the API’s and information on those like an invoicing credit order information quote information pricing availability.

  1. Order Summit – that’s pretty straightforward. The ability to push an order from the distributor
  2. Order information – Status of the Order the details of what order has in it.
  3. Pricing and availability call – asking for updated live updates on pricing and availability, the ability to
  4. Request quote information – So let’s say a quote is in the Distributor’s system and you want to get the details of that quote you can request it the
  5. Ability to create a quote -available in the API’s. The information concerning Freight costs, I should say
  6. Invoice information – invoice information they can pull into an ERP system.

For more information about how to set up your Shopify site and the APIs to turn your site into a powerful operational tool, contact Tim Fahey at info@dirigoagency.com

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Cisco’s Fanless Catalyst 2960-L Switch for Unleashed SMB Performance


May 29, 2018 – 8 Comments

Making an investment in IT is more critical today than ever before for a small- to medium-size business. With so many open-air business settings and anywhere, any location workspace bring technology up close and personal. Cisco’s insight into saving space and reducing noise makes everyone—from librarians to your coworkers—happier than ever. We live in a connected world of phones, laptops, and tablets in our hands, and we’re surrounded by our technology of whiteboards, routers, wireless access points, and switches that connect multiple devices on the same network within a building or campus. A switch is necessary because it enables connected devices to share information and talk to each other.

Cisco’s Catalyst 2960-L fanless switch.

Why does a feature like fanless matter? Fanless means quiet and compact. Compact because the use of fans requires airspace and airflow. A fanless switch can be put in smaller spaces that wouldn’t normally work. A typical network switch is a bit noisy. Some networks range from a hum to what is best described as “helicopter-like whirling. That can be distracting in offices, retail, hospitality or clinics where noise can be an issue.” Being fanless opens up options for smaller organizations to create a robust network in smaller spaces than before.

The Cisco Catalyst 2960-L has been designed for just an environment. The Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series switch isn’t just any fanless switch: it’s the industry’s first 24-port and 48 port 1 Gbps, POE, fanless switch.

Reliable, Secure and Intuitive

The Cisco Catalyst 2960-L includes a host of reliability and security features that come with Cisco IOS. And the Cisco Catalyst 2960-L is preloaded with Cisco Configuration Professional for Catalyst (CCPC) built-in. CCPC provides users with an easy-to-use and intuitive graphical interface to configure, manage and monitor a standalone, stack or cluster of Cisco Catalyst switches.

Key features that solve problems for SMBs:

  • Quiet and cool operations — You won’t even know it’s there
  • Small form factor — Great for mounting in confined spaces to be inconspicuous for hospitality, cruise ships, healthcare or retail locations.
  • Perpetual PoE — Power over Ethernet for all connected devices avoids unnecessary power cabling to connect to the switch.
  • Automatic switch recovery — No touch recovery. You can also configure automatic recovery on the switch to recover from the error-disabled state after the specified period of time.
  • Bluetooth connectivity — You can access the Command-Line Interface (CLI) through Bluetooth connectivity by pairing the switch to a computer.
  • Cost-effective connectivity — Ideal for branch offices, wired workspaces and infrastructure networks; conventionally wired workspaces with PC, phones and printers; building infrastructure networks to connect physical security, sensors and control systems; and any application requiring fast Ethernet connectivity and a low total cost of ownership.
  • Enhanced limited lifetime hardware warranty — Next-business-day delivery of replacement hardware where available and 90 days of 8×5 Cisco Technical Assistance Center.
  • Built-in web-based GUI: Catalyst 2960-L supports a day-zero GUI called Cisco Configuration Professional for Catalyst (CCPC) to help with easy deployment of the switch without the need for a CLI.
    — Simple provisioning
    — Easy-to-use diagnostics
    — Performance at-a-glance dashboard

With these features, we believe our small business customers can affordably expand their IT reach.

For more information about the Cisco Catalyst 2960-L, please visit cisco.com/go/2960l.

read, Why is the New Cisco ISR 1000 Important for Small and Medium-sized Businesses?

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