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Mitel, a global leader in the world of business communications responsible for more than 2 billion connections worldwide, recently announced the arrival of its rebranded portfolio of onsite and cloud solutions for North America. The updated portfolio comes only a few months after Mitel purchased ShoreTel to help it deliver the broadest range of communication and collaboration strategies to consumers moving forward.
The ShoreTel acquisition allowed Mitel to offer its customers a broader range of choices when it comes to selecting the best path to the cloud.
The integrated and rebranded portfolio for the North American market has been designed to provide simplicity, efficiency and reliability to enterprises and companies across the nation. The flagship solutions delivered to North America include:
For UCaaS customers, Mitel will now be offering “MiCloud Connect”, which is the rebranded form of the ShoreTel Connect CLOUD product, combined with Teamwork and contact centre. What’s more, there’s also “MiCloud Flex,” which is the rebranded MiCloud Enterprise product, with MiCloud Contact Center and MiCollab.
Alongside the flagship products Mitel is bringing to market, the company will also offer a range of onsite and cloud solutions and applications that have helped it to earn its position as a leader in the UC marketplace.
Mitel is already recognized as a UC market leader by the Gartner Magic Quadrant and the number two market share holder for Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS). Today, thanks to the recent ShoreTel acquisition and the decision to rebrand a powerful range of exciting UC products, Mitel’s portfolio has never been more competitive.
According to experts, Mitel can now offer its customers a broader range of onsite and cloud strategies designed to help them choose their own path to the cloud depending on the unique needs of their end-users and customers. This means that you can select the flexibility package that suits you, at a time that makes sense for your business.
Today’s businesses in North America are making the move to the cloud more rapidly than ever before to keep pace with other brands in the process of digital transformation. However, it’s important to acknowledge that different companies embrace the cloud environment at different rates. The customers that Mitel is working with today need plenty of choices available to them if they’re going to make confident decisions about their future communication portfolio, and the recent update allows Mitel to offer this versatility on a deeper level.
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MENASHA, WIS.: It was a unique and oddly enviable position for an A/V integrator to be in: Scott Tomashek, director of A/V design engineering at Camera Corner Connecting Point (CCCP) of Green Bay, Wis., was called on to design and install a new sound reinforcement system for a church where he had served as technical director. The church was Christ the Rock Community Church in nearby Menasha, Wis., and Tomashek designed a great system for its 1,200-seat sanctuary with SLS loudspeakers and subwoofers. Because the church already had a DSP unit with Dante™ output, he found the “buffet of possibilities” afforded by Ashly Audio’s nX-Series would give him the power, footprint and Dante interface he needed without wasting money on unneeded DSP.
“I was hired as technical director at Christ the Rock Community Church just after its current building was completed in 2001,” Tomashek said. “We were all excited about a brand-new sanctuary and a brand-new sound system. However, we came to learn that although the sound reinforcement system had great components, they weren’t the right system for the room. The speakers had coverage patterns that were too tight so not everything got covered, and there was weird lobing on top of that. It was rewarding to be on this project because I got to design the system we always felt we should have had from the start.”
Tomashek and the church’s current technical director, Andy Cox, auditioned three loudspeaker/sub systems, settling on the SLS Audio Ribbon line array.
Christ the Rock Community Church recently put in a new sound system in the lobby with a beefy BiAmp DSP, and Cox wanted to use that processor for the sanctuary system, with a Dante feed for the amps.
“I needed an amp that would accept a Dante input but that didn’t have DSP built in – because why spend money on DSP the church didn’t need,” Tomashek asked. “I also needed a high-quality amplifier that would be reliable for the long run. Ashly’s nX-Series of amplifiers was perfect. Ashly’s got the history and the reputation, and I could order amps with Dante and no DSP.”
The system uses nine SLS CPA7600 loudspeakers in a central cluster with two side arrays of eight CPA660 SLS loudspeakers each. Two four-channel Ashly nXe8004 network amplifiers drive the high components of the central cluster and all the components of the side clusters. A more powerful four-channel Ashly nXe1.54 network amplifier drives the low-mid components of the central cluster. A final four-channel Ashly nXe1.54 network amplifier, bridged to form an effective two-channel amplifier, powers two SLS dual 18 subwoofers.
As global cyberattacks persist, cybersecurity is becoming a main focus in the C-suite. Gone are the days where it’s just a concern for IT teams. These rapid, sophisticated attacks across industries have demonstrated that cybersecurity is the responsibility of the entire organization as they seek to avoid the crippling effects associated with data breaches.
This is especially true of finance teams and financial executives. Financial executives are tasked with the job of ensuring consistent fiscal well-being and driving economic growth within their organizations, while determining and avoiding risk factors. Additionally, 38 percent of employees in financial roles claimed CFO as the role responsible for cybersecurity at their organization. To this end, corporate finance teams have to be concerned with, and take ownership of, cybersecurity initiatives within their organizations.
These breaches can result in non-compliance fines and reputational damage that can have lasting effects on the bottom line, with 85 percent of managers at financial institutions stating damage to reputation as the most prominent consequence of a data breach. With GDPR taking effect in May 2018, the consequences of not following regulations and compliance standards will take on a new level of financial and reputational penalties, including damage to the digital trust that you have with your customers, employees, investors and other stakeholders.
Due to the various types of monetary transactions and data that go through the finance department – bank account information, money transfers, invoices and more – these teams are prime targets for cyberattacks. As financial executives get proactive about cybersecurity, here are some of the top attack methods and vectors, along with mitigation strategies to consider.
To mitigate the financial risks posed by these and other threats, financial executives should work with leaders and departments across the organization to build a secure environment, both in terms of personnel and IT infrastructure.
One way to do this is to ensure your organization is aware of common cyber threats. Being aware of your own susceptibility to cyberattacks will make your organization more equipped to handle them. Financial executives can do this by having employees participate in cybersecurity training that will make them more cautious when opening emails from unknown sources, or emails that contain suspicious content.
Additionally, executives should encourage IT to administer cyber threat assessments at regular intervals to understand where the business is vulnerable and build defenses accordingly.
With a cyber-aware culture, executives must then ensure that the organization has the proper security architecture in place to detect, isolate, and mitigate any breach in real-time across distributed environments.
By implementing a fabric-based approach to security, organizations can get real-time intelligence of data movement across their network from endpoints to the cloud. The integration of security tools ensures that each solution is up-to-date with the most current threat intelligence, and provides single-pane of glass management.
Finally, financial executives need to make sure there is a clear understanding of which data is the most critical, where that data is stored, and who has access to it. Among the most effective ways to do this is with internal segmentation and access management. Internal segmentation isolates sensitive data behind a special-purpose firewall, ensuring that in the event of a breach this data is not compromised while giving greater visibility into lateral data movement. Access management ensures that only necessary employees are able to access this data, reducing internal threats.
Cybersecurity is no longer just a job for IT teams. With sophisticated attacks that can do permanent damage to an organization’s bottom line, C-level executives, especially in finance, have to take a leading role in cybersecurity initiatives. The most effective way to do this is by building a culture of cybersecurity awareness and ensuring the correct tools are in place to detect and mitigate threats.
Original article published in Global Banking and Finance and can be found here.
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The holidays are one of the busiest times of the year. The last thing you want to worry about is the safety of your photography gear when you’re flying or driving to visit family!
Here are some tips and tricks to keeping your load light and safe:
How many of us have a photo album full of Christmas morning pictures, but it’s always missing one person? Whether it’s you taking the photos, or another special family member, someone is missing out on the memories from behind the view finder! Why not use the interval timer on your DSLR to take those photos with you in them!
If you have a tripod this is a great time to use it to mount your camera in just the right spot, at the right angle, to capture those perfect shots.
Once you have your camera set in the right place, set your f/stop a bit shallower than you typically shoot. Once you’ve adjusted your f/stop, have someone sit in front of the tree to focus on. Once you’ve got the focus set you’ll want to go from auto focus to manual so it stays where you set it rather than changing when people move from the spot you set.
After your focus is set, it’s time to setup the interval shooting mode. You can have your camera take a photo anywhere from every 30 to 60 seconds for quite a while. You know your family best, so just estimate how long it will take your family to open gifts and set the interval timer for every 30 to 60 seconds for that length of time, such as an hour. You can always set it to be longer and stop it, this way you don’t have to reset the interval shooting mode up.
If your camera doesn’t have an interval mode, you can also pick up a remote and take a photo by clicking the button when you want a new photo taken! Stop by for more tips or to pick up a remote.
Camera Corner Connecting Point announced Nov. 30 it has added unified communications leader 8×8 to its portfolio of VoIP providers.
8×8, Inc. (NASDAQ:EGHT) is the trusted provider of secure and reliable enterprise cloud communications solutions to more than 40,000 businesses operating in over 100 countries across six continents. 8×8’s out-of-the-box cloud solutions replace traditional on-premises PBX hardware and software-based systems with a flexible and scalable Software as a Service (SaaS) alternative, encompassing cloud business phone service, contact center solutions, and conferencing.
8×8 offers a cost-effective, reliable alternative to complex, on-premises phone systems. The 8×8 Virtual Office, Virtual Office Pro, and Virtual Contact Center solutions meet the critical performance requirements of your customers. Call recording, virtual faxing, built-in security compliance (including HIPAA, SOX and FISMA) and disaster-preparedness functionality supports the growing demands of today’s mobile, BYOD, anytime/anywhere work environment.
About Camera Corner Connecting Point
CCCP is a third-generation IT, AV, Physical Security and VoIP value-added reseller and specialty electronics retailer, serving customers since 1953 throughout Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. CCCP’s mission is to provide the latest in technology, backed by best-in-class customer service and support. With a full staff of engineers, designers, technicians and installers, CCCP expertly serves virtually every area of IT, AV, Physical Security and VoIP. For more information, visit www.cccp.com.
We hear this question many times. Is it worth the cost? Will I really use it or will it just become a dust-collector on my nightstand?
Here are the features (and advantages) to having the Apple Watch, or wearable technology for that matter!
First and foremost, you no longer have to pull your phone out of your pocket to tell the time. A simple turn of the wrist will light up the screen, showing you a customizable wallpaper from your recent vacation or your child, as well as the time (of course!). The time is customizable in that you can have digital or analog, 12-hour time or military 24-hour time.
Another way this device saves you from pulling your phone out is by sending notifications right to your wrist. Your calls, texts, emails, even Facebook notifications go straight to your watch. So if you don’t want to seem rude while talking to someone and pull your phone out to see who’s calling you, simply turn your wrist slightly toward yourself to see who it is. You can also answer or decline calls right from the watch, as well as respond to emails or texts. This gives you the ability to go about your day with less distractions (let’s be honest, we all know once we pull our phone out we’re checking more than just that last text). In addition, you get the notification center by dragging down from the top of the screen (just like on your phone) that will show you all the notifications you have from any app on your device.
Many also use this watch for tracking their movement throughout the day. With the Apple Watch’s built in step and calorie counter, you no longer have to wear a health and fitness band AND a watch, because it’s all in one. The watch automatically tracks your standing hours and encourages you to stand at various times through the day, increasing your movement and metabolism. It also will automatically show you your progress throughout the day, and based on your movement will set slightly increasing goals for your calorie count so you are working toward a goal you don’t even have to set yourself! In addition, there is a Workout app that allows you to tell your watch what kind of exercise you’ll be doing, i.e. running, walking, indoor, outdoor, biking, etc. You can also challenge your friends that have an Apple watch and see each other’s progress. Cheer each other on toward a goal or, if you’re more competitive, set a prize for who gets the most movement by the end of the week! With the latest Apple Watch you can now go swimming, allowing you to track your laps in the pool and your calories burned during that time.
Apple also allows your Watch to act as a remote, whether it’s for your Apple TV or your phone’s camera, even your smart home items like your thermostat. Pretty innovative and intuitive, right?
Questions about your Apple Watch? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org! We’d love to help you along your technology journey.
When the video wall at the University of Wisconsin’s Whitewater campus atrium needed an upgrade, a video wall made up of Sharp monitors was installed in less than a week. It proved to be, not only bigger and brighter than the previous design, but also able to display clearly despite the ambient light in the atrium.
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New Englanders who settled in Whitewater, WI in the early 19th century brought with them many of their values including a passion for education. Today, the academic tradition persists at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (UW-Whitewater) as it offers 47 undergraduate majors and 13 graduate programs, with more than 1,000 courses for its 12,000+ students.
The College of Business and Economics is the largest and newest building on campus. The focal point of the building is the atrium with a video wall designed as a communications hub. However, after 10 years of use, the monitors began showing signs of aging, and the school was becoming concerned about reliability as some began to randomly fail and had to be replaced. The way the video wall was set up, if one screen went down, the entire system needed to be shut off, causing downtime.
After the school’s supply of spare monitors became depleted, UW-Whitewater needed an immediate, reliable solution that wouldn’t get in the way of the school’s schedule. A project plan was created to have a new video wall installed during spring break while classes were not in session.
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Local Pro AV integrator Camera Corner Connecting Point (CCCP) was contracted to construct a new video wall within the week-long break. The company suggested using Sharp monitors due to previous successful installations.
“We showed the Sharp devices because in the past they have proven to be very reliable,” said Scott Tomashek, director of AV Design Engineering. “Also, the warranty is wonderful.”
CCCP successfully removed the former video wall and installed the new one within the week-long break. The company built the new system out of 16 Sharp 55″ Class (54.6″ diagonal) PN-V551 professional LED monitors in a 4×4 configuration. In comparison, the 16 former screens were each 46″ diagonal. With full-HD (1,920 x 1,080-pixel) resolution and a brightness of 700 cd/m2, the new monitors are bigger and brighter. They also offer exceptionally thin 3.5 mm* ultra-slim bezels.
In addition, CCCP used third-party solutions to give Sharp monitors additional capabilities. For example, a Crestron-powered control system and video switcher give users easy access to adding content and switching screens. Because the atrium is three stories high, sound needed to fill the space as well, so an audio controller was also installed. Microphones are also connected into that system, so if anyone is holding an event in the atrium, the school can show presentations and use the microphone to let everyone in the room hear the speaker clearly. In addition, content from Rise Vision gets piped into the Crestron switching system and then gets sent out to the screens.
* 3.5 mm is the minimum combined frame width for neighboring monitors, excluding the gap between the monitors.
Many school faculty members commented on the difference between the old monitors and new ones according to UW-Whitewater Technology Specialist Senior Adam Lynch.
“There were quite a bit of people that noticed the screens were bigger and the bezels were smaller,” Lynch said. “It is significantly brighter than our old video wall. We didn’t realize how dim our monitors were getting until we put on the new ones. Our old monitors were 720 pixel resolution. The new ones are 1080s. The PN-V551 monitors proved to be bright enough to handle the ambient lighting shining through three stories of glass windows in the atrium.”
UW-Whitewater received not just a newer, bigger, brighter video wall, but also upgrades in connectivity that are easy to control and allow the school more flexibility in presentations.
“The Crestron Control System makes it simple to control the monitors because they are all linked together, so there is only one serial command that we’re sending out to control all of them,” Lynch explained. “The setup is extremely easy and that has worked very well for us.”
For content, the school typically runs business and economic related news throughout the week. Since the stock market is closed on the weekends, the screens are often running sports programming during that time.
The types of content displayed is virtually limitless. The monitors can show one image across all screens or designated monitors can show other content. A media player typically runs academic-related advertising on the far left screens. The campus has a pool where people can submit items related to the College of Business and Economics on those left-side screens. The bottom screens have been used as welcome messages for guests, among other content.
During graduation ceremonies, the building serves as an overflow area for visitors. They can view the video wall in the atrium if they have little kids that become restless in the adjacent auditorium.
But one of the greatest advantages of the video wall setup is how easy it is for students and faculty members to add their own content to the screens.
“We have a computer sitting in the back control room where any students or faculty members can request access,” Lynch said. “They can load up their own PowerPoint® presentations, videos or other content that can be displayed across all screens. We have a system that lets us control and switch between any content we want.”
University of Wisconsin, Whitewater
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