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What Are the Issues Around Cloud Computing?

commissum explain all the issues of cloud computing, and explain all about the benefits it can bring small companies.

When we mention cloud computing to our SME clients as a possible solution for the cost effective management of their services, we often get asked “but what are the risk of trusting our information to someone else?” At commissum we believe that many of the issues relating to cloud computing are not new and should be considered for all relationships with service providers, although there are a few specific considerations to be made.

Using cloud computing, organisations can contract service providers to provide infrastructure, platforms and, presently more commonly software. These services enable convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable resources such as networks, servers, storage, applications and other services, provided and released with minimal management effort or interaction of the service provider. The advantages of scalability, reduced lower overhead costs and flexibility are clear and allow organisations to focus on core competencies instead of devoting resources on IT operations.

Most companies have policies and processes in place to deal with commercial relationships with IT service providers. Although these policies and processes will equally work well with cloud services many still do not sufficiently cover the risk related to the security of information.

Applications which are to be provided by a cloud service require the same risk assessment considerations as those provided by a traditional service provider.
What if the solution is:-
· failing to deliver the required business value;
· not performing to the levels agreed;
· not integrated with the existing in-house services;
· unavailable and causes delays and reputational damage;
· suffered from breaches in integrity and confidentiality of information.

But commissum’s Principal Assurance Consultant André Coner suggests that the following considerations specific to cloud computing should
he added:
· Maturity of the cloud service provider and service provider on-going concern issues;
· Complexity of compliance with laws and regulations;
· Legal issues around liability and ownership relating to different hosting countries;
· Storage of personally identifiable information in other countries;
· Consider the much greater dependency on third parties and reliance on external interfaces;
· Greater reliance on Internet connectivity;
· Security issues of public, community and hybrid cloud environments;

With 20 years of experience, commissum is adept at offering practical advice and recommending cost-effective solutions, to deliver a joined-up, coherent approach to protecting an organisation’s information assets.

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BT Business Direct Introduces the HP TouchPad – Works Like Nothing Else

Featuring WebOS, Beats Audio and Adobe Flash, the HP TouchPad, now available at BT Business Direct, is the perfect solution for ultra-portable computing in meetings and day to day business use.

With Tablet PCs now becoming more prevalent and boasting impressive statistics they have always been a potential business tool, whether demonstrating web designs or note taking. Now, leading Computing brand HP has launched the HP TouchPad – the first tablet PC with business use at heart.

Multitasking is one of the unique selling points of the HP TouchPad for business. It allows businesses to work with multiple applications at once, and effortlessly switch between them thanks to the intuitive WebOS and the Calendar App that provides an at-a-glance overview of all of the essential information business users will need.

With collaborative work made possible with Google Docs and wireless printing to a wide range of compatible HP printers, the HP TouchPad’s abilities help make many common tasks effortless and convenient.

The HP TouchPad also works seamlessly with the HP Pre3 Smartphone. With HP’s Touchstone technology it is easy to share emails, web pages and text messages by simply touching the two devices together. In situations where users find a useful website on their Pre3 mobile phone they can touch the HP TouchPad and instantly view the same page on a much larger 9.7” vibrant display.

Jade Tomlinson, Category Manager at BT Business Direct said, “The HP TouchPad has been highly anticipated for some time now, since the initial announcement many business owners have looked on the HP tablet PC as one that suits business use down to the ground.

“At just 1.6lbs and using the Qualcomm Snapdragon Dual-CPU the HP TouchPad is an entirely acceptable business laptop replacement and looks great in meetings, presentations or checking emails on the go thanks to Wireless-N WiFi capabilities.”

There are two versions of the HP TouchPad in stock and available to order from BT Business Direct, the 16GB and 32GB versions, priced at £332.49 Ex VAT and £399.00 ex VAT, respectively.

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Affordable Netbooks from BT Shop Mean Mobile Computing For Every Home

BT Shop now has a wide range of Netbook computers for under£250 as the popularity of these ultra-portable computers reaches new levels, with more models available and many operating systems now designed specifically for these smaller laptops.

Since their introduction a few years back netbook computers – laptops that were powerful enough to carry out most typical usage such as browsing the internet and checking emails – have soared in popularity with many of today’s top brands such as Asus, Acer and Samsung all offering multiple different iterations to suit any needs.

The smaller form factor suited this type of machine due to the less demanding nature of the machine and has quickly become popular for families that would like an additional computer in the home or anyone looking for a small and portable computer that won’t break the bank.

BT Shop, the UK telecommunications company’s online shop has recently introduced a range of attractive and capable netbooks all under £250, with many including standout features such as Windows 7 Starter, fast Wireless 802.11n connectivity and enhanced ergonomic designs letting the user forget about the smaller size of the netbook computer.

Caroline Hodgson, BT Shop Executive at BT Shop said, “The Netbook is a convenient and ‘quick access’ form of the laptop computers we all know and use either at home or at work on a day to day basis.

“However many laptops can be large and expensive, with netbooks though, much more people can easily afford a computer that performs the most common tasks such as emailing friends and family, run office programmes and browse the internet.

Caroline added, “We have made a selection of the latest and most impressive netbooks available for under £250 in hope to encourage those who may have shied away from buying a personal computer based on the price or not having the space to dedicate for a desktop computer in their home”

The range of netbooks included in BT Shop’s deal includes the Asus Eee PC 1015P Seashell, Acer Aspire One D255E, Asus Eee PC 1005PX and the Samsung N145+. Each model comes with the powerful and lightweight Microsoft Windows 7 Starter and battery life spans between 4 and 11 hours. Further details about these and other netbooks and laptops can be found at the website, http://shop.bt.com.

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Get £100 Cash Back On A Top-Rated Toshiba Satellite Pro Laptop with BT Shop

Online communications and computing retailer BT Shop is now offering customers great savings with £100 cash back on the Toshiba Satellite Pro C660-1T1 laptop as well as bundle offers too.

The Toshiba laptop, selected for its ‘performance, reliability and value’ is the perfect solution for most home computing needs with the power of an Intel Core i3 processor and 6GB of RAM all encased in a compact and portable 15 inch size.

The laptop is available at BT Shop currently for £465.60 (inc VAT) and with a £100 cash back offer direct from the manufacturers, Toshiba customers who buy this great valuelaptop could save even more money once they have filled out the claim form. (Claim form available here)

Raved about by independent reviewers who bought it, the C660 earned particular praise for being “a joy to use, and perfect for working, surfing the net, and gaming,” while another happy buyer said: “The screen size is just right and clarity is superb.” It has received five-star reviews on all the major review websites.

Caroline Hodgson, BT Shop Executive at BT Shop said the following about the laptop and generous offer, “Toshiba’s Satellite Pro range has always been a popular choice with our customers, with the addition of the generous £100 cash back from Toshiba themselves it makes this model all the more appealing.

“The Satellite Pro C660-1T1 in particular has a wide range of favourable specifications that a lot of our customers are looking for in a mobile computer: Windows 7 Home Premium for ease of use, 500GB of storage for files, photos and music and of course the Intel Core i3-380M processor to make sure you get the power and performance when it counts”

The specifications on the C660-1T1 make it the perfect solution for a family computer or even as a work laptop, with the performance to be able to take on more demanding tasks such as video editing and gaming the laptop is the right choice when looking for a compact computer but not wanting to compromise on the performance.

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Magic Micro: One Stop Shop to Making Custom PCs

Magic Micro makes it possible for you to get the custom pc that you have always wanted, the easiest way possible. Magic Micro shifted selling to computers and computer parts that are of high quality. This makes it a whole lot easier for the buyer as they would not have a hard time in choosing because the customer is assured that whichever he or she chooses, he or she will get the best brands there are in the market.

Since Magic Micro has improved on their products, it is now easier for the buyer to get their very own custom computer that they have always wanted. With their easily navigable website, you can purchase your pc in no time. Magic Micro now sells Barebones PC‘s, Laptops and Notebooks, Desktop Computer Systems, Computer Parts, and Softwares. All of which are of very high quality. All these you can get in the easy to use Magi Micro website.

Magic Micro also sells pre-made computer packages that are of very reasonable price. These pre-made packages are made from the top quality computer parts. However, if you decide to purchase these, you can put additional customizations to that you can be able to get the custom pc that you have always wanted.

For each computer part there are different leading brands sold. First off, for the CPU case, you can choose from among the following brands: Antec, Apevia, Cooler Master, Super Talent, and Thermaltake. All of which are state of the art and have a design that is unique from each other.

For the Central Processing Unit, Magic Micro sells only the best there is. If you try to search the internet for the best processors, it would take you to the websites of AMD and Intel. What’s so good is that, only these brands are being sold in Magic Micro, to get your ultimate custom pc. When it comes to processors, you will never go wrong in Magic Micro.

Next stop is the motherboard. To get you ultimate custom pc, you are gonna want to get the best brands there are, and they could be found in Magic Micro. Again, the AMD and Intel own this arena. Whichever of the two that you choose, you are assured of the best performance in all of the motherboards in the market today.

Magic Micro also sells Video/TV cards that are also of great value. Of course, if you want to get an extreme custom pc, you’re gonna want to get a high-performance Video/TV card. In Magic Micro, you can find the Radeon and the GeForce. Ask any person who is an enthusiast in computers, and they’ll say that these video/tv cards are two of the best card there are in the market today.

Other brands for other computer parts include the following: Creative for Sound devices, Logitech for input devices and many, many more.

As what one could see, Magic Micro has filled itself with the best there are in the market today. This is making sure that you can never go wrong in your decisions because you are assured of the best. With very reasonable prices too, you can maximize the power of your dollar. Magic Micro is the best place to go when you decide to make your custom pc.

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Effortless and Productive Business Printers from Samsung Now Available At BT Business Direct

Businesses of all sizes need a printer that can keep up with their fast pace and produce high quality documents. With the new ML-5510ND and ML-6510ND mono laser printers from Samsung, printing has never been so easy and effective.

With business printers used frequently throughout the working day and by many members of staff, a common complaint from business owners is that their printing solutions are not as effective as they should be. Paper jams, limited connectivity and high costs are just some of the problems that they have cited as being real drains on productivity and funds.

“Our business customers have often said to us that their printing costs could really do with being lower or that the number of problems they have had with their current printers have caused many problems, from low quality documents that reflect poorly on their businesses to delayed document printing that can make them late for meetings or miss postal deadlines,” said BT Business Directs Print Category Manager, Nadine Roache.

“With a reliable brand in Samsung we are certain the latest line of business-focussed mono laser printers are up to the task. They have many beneficial features, chief of which being a printing speed of 54 pages per minute on the ML-5510ND.”

The printers have a wide range of money and time saving features such as a one touch‘Eco mode’ that with the touch of a button prints using less toner, prolonging the lifespan of toner cartridges for internal or draft documents.

With an onboard 700mhz dual-core processor, the Samsung printers are built with speed in mind, and with Gigabit network connectivity they are perfectly suited to a networked environment with multiple workstations and employees printing from the one printer.

As well as speed, the ML-5510ND and ML-6510ND both boast large paper capacities, with some configurations able to store over 1,000 pages, meaning less time spent on adding paper to the printer and less delays when staff are trying to get documents printed quickly.

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CDL Repeats Green IT Awards Success

Leading IT disposal company CDL has triumphed for the second year in a row at the Green IT Awards, winning Recycling Project Of The Year in recognition of a highly successful strategy devised for The Co-operative Travel.

CDL helped to refresh 1,900 systems for the travel industry giant by devising an effective scheme to collect old computer equipment and deliver new hardware, by visiting multiple sites in close proximity on a daily rota. CDL’s security-cleared drivers and vehicular satellite tracking ensured that data security was not compromised.

The ingenious project not only produced fantastic results for The Co-operative Travel, but also succeeded in attaining CDL’s environmental objectives.

The delivery and collection schedule created by CDL reduced the projected timescale of the overhaul by six weeks and cut anticipated fuel use by an enormous 500 per cent (approximately), slashing both the expected cost and carbon dioxide emissions.

CDL Director Jean-Pierre Naylor said: “We are thrilled to be honoured by the Green IT Awards for a second year and proud of our achievements with regard to this project.

“As well as making huge savings in fuel and pollution, we were able to refurbish and reuse 100 per cent of equipment collected from The Co-operative Travel – and we also reused all packaging. We were so pleased with the outcome that we have implemented the project’s principles in our daily business practices, which also include printer recycling.”

Demonstrating the kind of innovative thinking that has led the company to awards success, CDL also used the opportunity to experiment with cutting motorway speeds by 5 per cent, which resulted in a fuel saving of 12 per cent.

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Janicom.com Offers Custom Built PC – Perfect Way To Purchase A Computer

Janicom.com is an online store specializing in barebone PCs – an online store where you can choose from plenty of custom built PC systems and components, picking the ones that will match your requirements and the sum of money you have at your disposal best. Being a considerably cheaper alternative to readymade systems, barebone PCs give you the opportunity to assemble a quality computer for yourself without overpaying for the brand, under which this or that system is assembled.

The Catalog section at Janicom.com is split into three main groups, namely: Barebones, Desktop Computer Systems and Components. Barebone computers prevail here even though the choice of pre-built desktop computer systems is rather wide as well. The good thing is that Janicom.com doesn’t charge too much for the assembled systems, so if you are not sure you can choose all the right components for your custom built PC, you can always resort to readymade solutions.

Alternatively, if you want to build a computer system yourself, you can always visit the Barebones section where you are offered to choose a barebone computer matching your preferences best – and to equip is with components of your choice. Everything you have to do is specify the chosen components and the techies in Janicom.com will assemble your PC, back it up with a 1-year full warranty and ship it to you wherever you are.

The convenient navigation system used at Janicom.com allows you to sort the offered products by price or by the name of the manufacturer. By registering at the site, you get the opportunity to tag products as well as to add them into your wish list.

The barebone PCs as well as pre-built computer systems offered by Janicom.com are grouped into subcategories depending on the manufacturer of the components (Intel or AMD) as well as depending on the type of processor/RAM. Separate components are grouped by type and, often, manufacturer. The grouping makes the process of navigating the site considerably easier for the customers.

Janicom.com also offers you a lot of useful information delivered in articles in Company section. Those articles are very likely to help you in the process of choosing components for your own custom built PC as they contain valuable advice on how to build a custom system depending on your needs, should it be office work, Internet surfing or gaming. Besides, the Company section contains the contact information that you can use to get through to the company’s support service.

The special offers that Janicom.com makes to its customers from time to time are listed in the Promotions section as well as right on the site’s index page. This online store also offers its customers to shop for its gift certificates of practically any amount between $50 and $1,500. A gift certificate can also include particular free products that you can specify when purchasing it. A gift certificate can be sent to the recipient by email or by regular postal service.

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BT Business Direct Launches New R-Series Toshiba laptops with Serious Power under the Hood

Toshiba’s latest business laptop offering is set to be a big hit at UK business IT and computing specialist BT Business Direct, thanks to its thin and light design, and incredible power and performance that can help workers on the move achieve more away from the office.

The new Toshiba R Series of laptops designed with business users in mind are the perfect fit for workers out of the office and ‘road warriors’ who need to touch base with head office and colleagues.

“For a long time laptop users have had to strike a balance between the power and productivity of a desktop machine and the portability and flexibility of a laptop computer. Now our customers can look forward to the best of both worlds,” said Jade Tomlinson, Laptop Category Manager at BT Business Direct.

“The R Series is the latest and undoubtedly best offering from Toshiba, a leading name in consumer technology and business laptops in particular.”

The laptop range has been designed to create the ideal mobile computing solution, containing powerful components including either Intel Core i3 or i5 processors, Intel HD Graphics 3000 and Windows 7 Professional. The specs of the machines reflect the fact that professionals will be using these Toshiba laptops on a day-to-day basis.

With the security of data and information being a key concern for all businesses, the R Series of laptops include fingerprint and smart card readers, coupled with Toshiba’s own EasyGuard management software which makes sure all data is kept safe and confidential, protecting businesses and employees.

All of this comes inside the ultra thin and light casing that includes screen sizes of 13.3″, 14″ or 15.6″ (dependant on model of laptop) with an outstanding battery life of up to 10 hours, meaning you won’t need to worry about your laptop imposing limits on you. “Unlimited productivity and performance” are the key impressions that BT Business Direct has gleaned from the R Series of laptops from Toshiba.

BT Business Direct now has a number of configurations available on the website at www.businessdirect.bt.com/ across four ranges: Satellite Pro R850, Tecra R850, Tecra R840 and Portege R830 with prices starting from £458.60 (ex VAT).

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BT Business Direct Recommends Companies Use HP’s ePrint Mobile Printing Solutions for Printing on the Move

UK Business computer and technology retailer, BT Business Direct, stocks a large range of ePrint enabled printer products from leading print manufacturer – HP, allowing users to print from any mobile device, wherever they are.

BT Business Direct, one of the UK’s leading business laptop and business printer providers has urged companies to consider the new range of LaserJet and OfficeJet printers that include HP’s innovative ePrint technology, providing total flexibility when it comes to printing documents.

The technology allows mobile workers to print from practically anywhere. Users can email the documents they wish to print directly from any computer or mobile device, as well as many popular smartphones including IOS, Blackberry and Nokia all of which have an HP ePrint app available.

The new printers address the concern that many businesses have that users need to be in the office or using a particular computer to be able to print documents, photos or charts. With ePrint you can get documents printed from anywhere at any time.

To ensure security, each printer is given an email address that is completely random and is not publicised in any way, ensuring only staff are able to send documents to a printer.

Nadine Roache, Category Manager at BT Business Direct was enthusiastic about the new HP ePrint solutions, commenting: “The new ePrint range of both OfficeJet and LaserJet printers have helped to address a common frustration that our customers have shared – not being able to print easily when out of the office.

“The ePrint system provides a number of options for users to send their documents to their printers whether it is via the ePrint software for PC or Mac, the dedicated smartphone app or by emailing the printer directly.

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BT Business Direct introduces New Range of Samsung Laptops That Mean Serious Business

The new 200 and 400 series of business laptops from Samsung, now available at BT Business Direct, are designed with business users in mind and have plenty of appealing features for workers on the go…

BT Business Direct, one of the UK’s leading computer and technology retailer for business customers has recently added Samsung’s new range of business laptops to their product portfolio. The 200 and 400 Samsung Business laptops series boast some of the latest technology in processing power and storage, meaning they are uncompromising on performance for business users that need to get work done on the move.

The new range has been designed from the ground up to meet the various demands of the modern mobile worker. Its toughened Duracase Pro chassis, reinforced metal hinge and spill-resistant keyboard will all help to ensure the laptop lasts, no matter what’s thrown at it.

Samsung’s attention to the needs of business users is also present in the technology used for the battery in the new range. The PowerPlus battery is guaranteed to last up to 3x longer than standard laptop batteries and a secure biometric fingerprint reader to help lock down and secure files.

Speaking about the new laptops, Kimberley Beck, Samsung Specialist at BT Business Direct, said: “This new range of laptops from Samsung is all about business. With the demands of the mobile worker in mind they have produced one of the best business laptops we’ve ever seen.”

“Many of the models we have the available to purchase on site include the Intel Core i3 processors, so they are definitely no slouches, and with up to 4GB of RAM, multitasking is no problem and intensive programs run smoothly.”

Kimberley added: “All of this may seem like it would cost a large sum but our range starts from just £343.99 (excl. VAT) making it ideal for companies looking to buy replacement or new laptop computers for their workforce affordably.”

BT Business Direct is now selling a selection of the 200 and 400 series laptops along with the Samsung Docking station made for the 400 series, when users need to connect to external peripherals such as monitors, keyboards and company networks.

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Sony Makes A Slim New Addition To Their VAIO Laptops Line At BT Business Direct With The VAIO E Notebook

With first impressions being important in business the latest Sony VAIO E Notebook now available at BT Business Direct has every angle covered and offers a total mobile computing solution for businesses looking to impress.

A brand well known for producing some outstanding business laptops, Sony’s latest release, the VAIO E notebook, has the power needed for mobile workers whilst still being lightweight and portable. The Intel Core i3 processor ensures that there is no waiting around and that the notebook is ready for the demands of business use.

As well as some of the leading mobile computer processors, these compact notebooks also include the Intel HD Graphics chipset that, coupled with the 16:9 HD display, makes watching HD videos and video editing easy. Plus the HDMI output makes connecting to external displays such as HD TVs effortless. With workers in the field or meeting clients it’s important to get quick access to the internet and the VAIO E is able to do this, literally at the touch of a button. With a WEB button users can instantly power up the notebook and browse the internet or read emails in seconds, perfect for quick email checks or finding information in an instant.

BT Business Direct is now selling the Sony VAIO E series in three forms to suit regular business use or more heavy duty specifications, providing more storage space and an increase in RAM. Prices start at 394.17 (excl. VAT) going up to £496.43 (excl. VAT) depending on your business’ needs.

Jade Tomlinson, Laptop Category Manager at BT Business Direct said, “The Sony VAIO range has always been a favourite with business users, both compact and powerful the VAIO E range looks the part and still packs a lot of computing power for such a lightweight notebook.

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HP Announces New Appointment for Carl Boustany

HP announced that Carl Boustany has been appointed HP IHPS segment specialist for Middle East, Mediterranean (Turkey and Greece) and Africa (MEMA).

Based in Dubai, Boustany will provide support for the IHPS team within the MEMA region, promoting the HP T200 and the T300 Inkjet Web Presses. Following the success of these products in Europe, Boustany’s role will be to further increase sales for IHPS and boost the conversion of analogue to digital in this region.

“The digital printing industry is growing rapidly and there is great potential for the adoption of Inkjet Web Press technology in MEMA. I wanted to be a part of a company that is at the forefront of driving this growth,” said Boustany. “I felt that this role would be a great opportunity and I’m really looking forward to providing this region with the technology it needs. Over the coming months, I will be looking for new business partners to support the developments planned and the growth of this market.”

Boustany has spent 15 years in product and sales management within the printing industry and by taking his new role at HP, he was looking to further develop his experience and learn more about digital technology.

“I believe there are exciting times ahead as this is a new side of the industry for me, and it’s still relatively fresh for the region of MEMA,” continued Boustany. “Installing an HP T200 or T300 press brings fantastic business opportunities to companies producing books, transactional print, direct mail or newspapers or considering moving into these areas of business, and I am eager to start communicating these benefits to the marketplace.”

Since its first commercial installation in December 2008, the HP T300 Color Inkjet Web Press has accelerated the advance of digital printing from niche to mainstream applications by offering cost-effective, high-volume digital colour production. The press prints a 762mm (30-inch) wide roll with 1,200 x 600 addressable dots per inch four-colour-process printing at a speed up to 122m/min (400ft/min).

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Trade-in Plan for RSA’s SecureID Customers

Made4Biz Security Inc . has announced today a trade-in plan for RSA’s SecureID. Each SecureID customer can switch their SecureID devices to IDentiWall while using their SecureID’s past investments as credit against the IDentiWall license fee.

Such trade-in is guaranteed to be financially compelling and technically superior.

The innovative trade-in plan makes sure that switching customers enjoy:

  • Better, newest security technology that protects its users against all latest attacks even if their computer is contaminated with malwares or even if their ID is exposed.
  • Wider security coverage, which includes not only two-factor authentication, but also combines transaction verification, anti-phishing, anti-farming, as well as breach attempt notification.
  • All platform coverage including Desktops, Tablets, Smartphone
  • VPN and SSL-VPN user authentication
  • E-Banking, m-Banking, e-Health, e-Government web application protection with special ‘application agnostic’ mode by which, not even one line of code needs to be changed.
  • Polite implementation including co-existence with SecureID for the transition period and built-in implementation risk elimination measures.
  • No physical devices to be distributed and yet out-of-the-box support for such token devices and smart-cards does exist.
  • Lowest TCO. This trade-in plan was designed to ensure cost savings for the whole duration of the IDentiWall usage.
  • Cloud or on-site implementation options are supported.

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South East Labels Comments That Consumers Are The Latest Group To Benefit From The Barcode

The barcode was born from an alliance between manufacturers and retailers. South East Labels, a leading supplier of labelling services and systems, today commented that barcodes are increasingly being used by consumers to further their own ends. It seems that the data contained in a barcode is no longer just owned by the unholy alliance of those who make and those who sell. So, exactly what are those who buy using barcodes for?

When the barcode was patented in America in 1949 retailers and manufacturers had to wait for computer science to catch up before its full potential could be realised. At its heart it is not the barcode per se that does the work but the data that can be attached to it. With such data a simple barcode scan can help track, pick and deliver stock. Once in store this stock can be counted, monitored and automatically re-ordered. Using this data checkout waiting time can be reduced – helping goods sell quicker and getting more paying customers out the door. Furthermore a barcode’s data facilitates the smooth operation of complex and varied price promotions throughout the store.

According to South East Labels, however, the barcode may be striking back. It appears it is no longer serving as the hand-maiden for the efficient supply and sale of goods. Recent events suggest the barcode may also now be a tool for consumers to use, and in ways that may not be how the manufacturers and retailers ever dreamt of.

Stroll down a supermarket aisle. Stop at the soup – keep going past the dried stuff till you reach the tins. Locate a well-known variety of Tomato Soup. Now find the 300g tin. The barcode on this if scanned by a mobile device has provided thousands of music fans with a free mixtape from The Streets’ Mike Skinner. That will be without the manufacturer’s permission. Perhaps not since Warhol appropriated the image of a can of soup as an artwork has pop culture shamelessly plundered soup tins packaging to its own advantage. If this seems too absurd to be true – download the free Mike Scanner app and try for yourself. The barcode seems to have taken on a life of its own beyond its original intentions.

Another example of the barcode being made to strike back is slightly less obscure. Fooducate is an app for mobile devices that reads the barcodes of food packaging. It provides not supermarket cost prices or stock levels however. Instead it aims to cut through the fudged wording and smoke and mirrors that can characterise food packaging. It gives each product a simple to follow health rating and suggests alternatives if you find your health snack is actually a health hazard.

The barcode, it seems, strikes back – the rich data it enables are increasingly being used by consumers as well as by retailers and manufacturers. This merely serves to underline the on-going importance of the barcode. A spokesperson for South East Labels commented that “it’s interesting to see the uses that are being made of barcodes. We have been providing labelling services, software and products since 1988. If your business needs security labels, printed labels or barcodes we can help ensure they are provided in a timely manner. We can’t, however, stop Mr Skinner from attaching a download to a scan of them.”

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The new PCI DSS version 2 is effective. What now?

The PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) is a global, open industry standards body providing management of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), PIN Transaction Security (PTS) requirements and the Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS). The PCI SCC has released the new version 2 of its PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) which has become effective on 1st January 2011.

The new standard begins the three year lifecycle that allows for validation against the previous version of the standard (1.2.1) until 31st December 2011. This provides stakeholders time to understand and implement the new version of the standard as well as provide feedback. The PCI SCC encourages organizations to transition to the updated version as soon as possible.

The changes in version 2.0 introduce no new major requirements. The majority of changes are modifications to the language to clarify the meaning of the requirements and make understanding and adoption easier. Many of the revisions reinforce the need for a thorough scoping exercise prior to assessment in order to: understand where cardholder data resides; reduce the infrastructure and applications subject to the standard; allow organizations to adopt a risk-based approach when assessing; prioritizing vulnerabilities based on specific business circumstances;

commissum’s Principal Assurance Consultant André Coner commented that many organisations fail to adequately segment the cardholder data environment from the remainder of it’s network and therefore are significantly increasing the complexity and cost of their PCI DSS compliance. Because, without adequate network segmentation the entire network is in scope of the PCI DSS assessment. Segmentation is therefore strongly recommended as it will reduce the scope and cost of the PCI DSS assessment. It also reduces the cost and difficulty of implementing and maintaining the PCI DSS controls.

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New Year Opens With Free Offers On The Purchase Of Image Printers At SEL

Kick start this new year with a fantastic offer from South East Labels (SEL). Customers who buy the Image TTP247 Plus Series desktop label printer, will walk away with a free, fully professional label making software. With this combination, customers are getting not only a coveted range of printers but also a fully integrated software programme. The Plus series ensures fast label processing and output, as it’s equipped with a 32-bit microprocessor. LabelDirect is a fully professional labelling software that includes the advanced features of other labelling software such as print job management and data storage. It is also 100 per cent WYSIWYG and produces exemplary print performance.

The latest in label printing technology is available via SEL’s large network of inkjet and laser printed labels. In addition to paper labels, SEL also supplies vinyl and polyester. The assortment of label materials extends to their many diverse uses. From pharmaceutical (cryogenic and anti-microbial), and horticultural, to fashion (bubble and resin) and high security demands, SEL’s range is overwhelming.

The Image Plus TTP247 series printer is also one of the strongest thermal transfer label printers in the market. The printer also comes equipped with a standard memory of 2MB Flash, 8MB SDRAM, and a slot for an SD card. Its print speed can go up to 5 ips with 203 dpi and 3 ips with the 300 dpi version. SEL also has printers that are available in a wide selection. Customers can choose from desktop, industrial, digital, and portable printers as well as barcode printers, scanners, verifiers, label printing software and printer ribbons.

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Organisation Essential For Business Success

Of all the aspects to consider and focus on when starting and running a company, organisation is one of the most important, and South East Labels helps businesses prioritise and handle organisation. From the first steps of starting a new company to running the day-to-day operations, organisation is always essential. It is what keeps a business running efficiently. It is also what keeps profits flowing and employees happy. Organisation is key to a business functioning smoothly and progressively.

South East Labels is a company that provides a variety of goods and services that assist the organisational aspects of a company. On the most basic level, South East Labels provides basic labelling and label-related products required for many companies and industries. Having everything labelled and grouped is the first step to organisation within companies – from there, employees know where to place and retrieve necessary products or information. The more organised a company is, the faster business gets done, and that means more profit. Time is money when it comes to any business, and even the most simple organisational efforts will have extremely positive results on productivity, not to mention sanity, among staff.

About South East Labels: South East Labels is the company to seek out if you are serious about getting your company or business organised. It is a specialised and renowned company that offers quality products, which include labels and label printer supplies. Whether it is a bar code you want printed, or you are looking into purchasing your own barcode equipment to be able to produce the products on your own, all of it is taken care of and handled professionally by South East Labels. In addition to offering reliable and speedy label printing, the company also has selected top-notch printers available for sale directly to clients who have a large demand for regular or continual label printing, or who want to make the organisational investment. If you are unsure of what type of printer or product you are looking to buy, it is simple and efficient to use one of the company’s customer service options, including the free quote, free samples and standby online query or phone call.

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Stock Management At Your Fingertips

Barcodes were first invented after the second world war as a way of putting information about a product neatly on a small label. In this way, stock can be labelled effectively, with more information in the barcode than would otherwise be possible to put on the product. Barcodes mean that items can be tracked, and this not only helps with the inventory, but also with stock management.

There are many keys to running a successful business, and one of them is not to disappoint the customer. Building a business requires growth, which inevitably means reaching higher sales – to achieve this, a company needs to be aware of the demand to ensure they can generate sufficient supply – this is where barcodes come in handy. As a product is sold, data can be registered on the system so managers are aware of exactly when, where and who sold the product. This is not just important for supply and demand – it also goes further by recognising which products are the most and least successful. New products in line with successful ones can be developed, while others that clearly aren’t working can be discontinued. Additionally, one can see variations in regional and seasonal sales. All this information can help businesses tailor their products to customers and work out how best to boost sales.

This kind of effective labelling is the area of expertise of the company South East Labels. This is a company with over 20 years of experience in producing labelling solutions. Whatever your product, South East Labels can provide the labelling facilities. If you have a growing business and are looking for further success, then barcodes could be a useful tool – for everything from barcode printers to labels, get in touch with South East Labels for some advice.

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Smarter Systems, Charlotte High Growth Technology Company Names Former Consulting Firm Executive To President Role

Barry Whaling, Chief Executive Officer, Smarter Systems, announced today that Theresa Ulyatt has been named President, effective today, December 1, 2010. Both Whaling and Ulyatt will be working together to lead the company. Collectively, with the team, they will forge a strategic plan focusing on continued growth, product and service expansion and infrastructure scalability in the business.

Barry Whaling, CEO, said, “We are very excited to have Theresa Ulyatt join the Smarter Systems team. She is the exact combination of experienced executive and quality leader that we were looking for, and we are pleased to have attracted such outstanding talent. The Smarter Systems team is united in the vision that her energetic management style, along with a proven track record of driving growth, is exactly what we need to achieve our full potential. I believe Theresa is the ideal person to assist me in leading Smarter Systems forward and I’m honored to get the chance to work with her. As far as I’m concerned, the best is yet to come.”

Prior to joining Smarter Systems, Ulyatt held an executive leadership role with NouvEON, a management-consulting firm based in Charlotte where she led Strategy and Talent. Theresa also spent time with Wachovia/Wells Fargo in IT and HR Recruiting leadership. While still in the Northeast, Theresa was the Founder and CEO of two Executive Search firms in the NY/NJ metropolitan area.

Ulyatt commented about her new role, stating, “The opportunity to co-lead this young, successful organization is exhilarating. I believe in Barry Whaling and what he has built and in this company’s potential. The Smarter Systems technology solutions are leading edge and add such tremendous value; I am excited about being part of that. The team is hard working and ‘in it together’.”

Whaling noted that during the lean, recession years Smarter Systems pushed hard and worked to serve their customer needs, delivering on promises, watching expenses and staying close to their core company values. These fundamentals served the company well. In its first year of business the company far exceeded all benchmarks for revenue set at inception. In its second year, it doubled in gross revenue and kept expenses impressively low. In these challenging economic times, Whaling feels grateful to a committed team of employees and loyal customers who make it happen.

Whaling commented, “We are ready to take Smarter Systems to the next level. Theresa and the rest of the management team possess a vision for Smarter Systems that makes me very proud. I couldn’t be more excited about 2011 and beyond.”

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