Despite a few stubborn sun showers that blanketed the morning sky, the Cracking the Code: Business Technology half day seminar got off to a brisk start at Jungle Island as attendees streamed into the event to learn about current trends and best practices in business technology, how to go virtual, and how disaster proof their business. With opening remarks from the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce President, Bill Diggs, and an introductory address from seminar host Kevin V. Michael, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of managed IT services company Invizio, the stage was set for yet another engaging and interactive Business Empowerment Networking Series.
Title sponsor representative Sandy Sloane of Comcast Business Class took the stage to introduce a few of their services to the audience of entrepreneurs, business owners, tech enthusiasts and the like, after which the first workshop topic of the day was led by Kyle Hurst, Co-Founder of Invizio. Mr. Hurst discussed the importance of data backup as a key component of disaster recovery and preparedness. Stressing that all business owners should have 3 copies of their data, Kyle provided tangible strategies that business owners should employ to protect themselves.
In an economy where every company is being asked to do more with less, Kevin V. Michael followed with the workshop topic on “Communication and Collaboration Technologies of Tomorrow” and outlined the importance of online collaboration platforms like Google Apps, Office 365, and also discussed the growing trend of online meetings and videoconferencing for business use. Attendees took the time to share their experiences using these various tools, and before long it was clear that everyone was happy to weigh in on the discussion.
Next, Mico Yuk, CEO of Benchmarkers, took the stage to share her real world experiences in scaling and streamlining the processes of her Business Intelligence consulting firm. Engaging the crowd with her stories of, let’s just say, eventful online meetings, Ms. Yuk focused in on the effective use of time in a small business and demonstrated how business owners could leverage technology to improve the time spent building their capability in each functional area of their business.
Coming on the heels of Mico Yuk, Kevin V. Michael kicked off the second half of the workshop session by introducing the topic of cloud computing. Kevin keenly described what cloud computing involved and discussed software-as-service tools for accounting, project management and other tools with which the audience should make themselves familiar. Mr. Michael outlined the use of infrastructure-as-service as a viable technology for reducing capital investment in technology hardware and informed the audience of how to incorporate all the solutions discussed to create a business that has the freedom of being virtual. Closing out the workshop, Kyle Hurst took to the task of explaining various options that the busy professional has at their disposal for Internet connectivity while on the go.
After a decadent lunch, Greenberg Traurig super lawyer and managing shareholder, Jaret Davis, CEO and founder of law firm delancyhill, Marlon Hill, CEO of Benchmarkers Business Intelligence, Mico Yuk, and Co-Founder of managed IT services company Invizio, Kyle Hurst, took the stage to engage in an interactive panel discussion best practices in business technology. Trading ideas on the importance of making sure that organizations are psychologically prepared for the change that new technology represents, each panelist shared experiences from their own organizations.
Kevin V. Michael of Invizio and Jessica Geter of the MDCC wrapped the Cracking the Code: Business Technology by graciously thanking the audience for coming and encouraging them to “Crack the Code” by fearlessly implementing technology into their business practices. Attendees then lined up to give video testimonials of what they liked and learned at the seminar. Video clips of the event are available upon request.
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You will NOT want to miss this one!
“Cracking the Code: Business Technology”
Invizio, Comcast Business Class & the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, August 18th at Jungle Island
Invizio will host and moderate the Cracking the Code – Business Technology half-day seminar in an interactive, engaging and energetic setting. We’ll be talking about the latest and greatest advancements in technology that you and your business should take advantage of.
Connect with like-minded business owners and entrepreneurs in this relaxed and educational session while learning from the best of the best in business technology. We look forward to having you!
LEARN HOW TO:
· Virtualize and disaster-proof your business
· Maximize workforce communication & collaboration
· Work on-the-go from anywhere in the world!
Cracking the Code – Business Technology is especially designed for small to medium businesses. Kevin and Invizio will host and moderate the seminar and present strategies on integrating new tools in technology to streamline business operations and positively impact productivity and profits.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
8:30 AM – 1:30 PM
1111 Parrot Jungle Trail
Miami, Florida 33132
Parking $5 with validation
We want to give each participant the personal attention they deserve, so space is limited. Don’t delay, take 5 minutes to register NOW:
This will be an interactive seminar, so remember to bring your laptops. Lunch will be provided.
[July 28, 2011] Miami, FL – Leading South Florida IT services provider, Invizio, announced today that it has earned Microsoft’s Small Business Specialist Partner designation and is now an active member of the Microsoft Small Business Specialist Community. This designation, awarded to Microsoft Partners who demonstrate the capability and commitment to implementing and supporting technology solutions for small and medium-sized businesses, places Invizio at the forefront of the IT provider community in South Florida.
The “Microsoft Small Business Specialist” accreditation was established by Microsoft in July 2005 and is designed to help small businesses identify the technology partners best suited to support them. The Small Business Specialist Community is available as a competency designation within the Microsoft Partner Program. In order to qualify as a Small Business Specialist, Invizio has proven its competency in marketing, selling, planning and managing network solutions for small and medium-sized businesses.
“We’re very proud to have earned the Small Business Specialist designation. Deepening the partnerships we have with industry vendors such as Microsoft gives us access to insider insights and resources that will help keep our staff and clients at the cutting edge of technology developments,” said Kevin V. Michael, Co-Founder & Managing Partner of Invizio.
As it turns out, it’s a tenant’s market for commercial real estate in Miami. The combination of a 20% vacancy rate, 1.2 Million square feet of new construction within the Central Business District, and an unemployment rate still above 10% translates into users of office space wielding more power than at any time in recent history. For us as IT consultants, this means we’re seeing a lot more of our clients move office space, and as a result, either leaving behind or inheriting IT infrastructure.
This is a topic I’ve been meaning to address for quite some time, but it really came to the forefront again last week after helping a client determine the value of IT assets before signing a lease. Far too often during lease negotiation I find that the value of IT assets are overlooked when the brokers get to the table. Whether you’re a tenant or a commercial real estate agent about to perform a transaction, here are a few things you should look for:
Cabling Infrastructure (Network Wiring)
A well wired office with properly labeled network jacks (at least two per jack) is a the foundation for a stable IT infrastructure. If you’re in an older building, look out for wiring that may have been installed 15 or more years ago, as it may consist of retired CAT3 cable standard and will need to be replaced. Also, keep in mind that it’s common for landlords to request the removal of the previous tenant’s wiring, so this may be a portion of the lease you may wish to negotiate if you feel confident in the wiring as it is.
Switches, routers, wireless access points and network equipment racks go hand in hand with that well wired office. Unless you have equipment to bring along, these items are simply a must have and will save you the money and hassle of having a vendor redo the work. We prefer to see a well ventilated dedicated room that can be safely locked in order to maintain the physical security of networked systems.
If you’re lucky the previous tenant may have left a phone system in place that you can use. If you’re even luckier, they might leave a modern VoIP system packed full with features. A few years ago we had a client (law firm) move into a space with a very capable Avaya voice over IP (VoIP) phone system and over a dozen phones. Since we were asked to inventory which IT assets we could re-use ahead of time, our client was able to acquire the system and phones at a reasonable price.
If possible, avoid hanging on to an old analog or digital phone system that is not IP capable. The newer the system, the more likely it will have modern features like voicemail to e-mail, find me/follow me, and integration with contact management and instant messaging applications.
That’s all I have for now, but if you’re involved in a lease transaction where IT infrastructure is involved and not quite sure what to make of it, feel free to reach out to us and we’ll help you figure it out.