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Palm Beach IT Association – January 2009 Meeting

January 11, 2009

This coming Tuesday the PBIT meeting will be hosting Tish Boyles and Jose Gomez from D-Link. If you haven’t already done so and are planning on attending, please sign up so we have an accurate head-count.

NOTE: The meeting will not be held at our normal location due to a scheduling conflict. We will be meeting at Panera Bread in the meeting room, directions and map are available on the PBIT site.

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Palm Beach IT Social Meeting

December 6, 2008

Next week is the last meeting of the year for the Palm Beach IT Association. Rather than our normal meeting we’ll be gather at a local restaraunt for a more enjoyable evening. There’s a couple surprises planned as well but only for those who actually signed up!

Palm Beach IT Association – December

November 15, 2008

The November meeting for the Palm Beach IT Association we hosted Doug & Amado from SonicWall to talk about their new products, partner program, and how they fit into the Windows Essential Server solution. One thing they showcased which I thought was a great idea is the Live Demo site that lets you see and learn about their products first hand by getting to explore the configuration of real systems. I currently don’t use any of the SonicWall products but the live demo site is a great way to get to look at the products and get a better idea of what they can and can’t do rather than trying to read into marketing material that almost always tries to make things appear better than they are.

Currently working on a couple plans for the December meeting. We’re planning on having a special meeting in conjunction with the Miami & Broward group to host J.J. from the Microsoft TS2 team. He’s generously offered to come down and meet with us since there are currently no other MS events in the area this quarter.

October’s Palm Beach IT Association Meeting

October 14, 2008

Today the Palm Beach IT Association is hosting Linda Barnette from ProActive Training and Consulting, a sales training and consulting firm. She will be discussing some of the challenges businesses face today including how to grow your business and how to get more referrals.

If you would like to attend and haven’t done so please register using the link above.

SBS 2008 Partner Tour

September 12, 2008

So tonight we had the Microsoft Small Business Server 2008 Partner Tour. I’m still not sure why I’m still awake after going through about 6 hours of Power Point slides!

The start of the show, the vendor portion, was kinda slow as the vendors who were here really didn’t fit the crowd and it was obvious. I think I actually heard crickets when one was talking. I don’t want to mention them because they were all nice people but were just talking to the wrong crowd.

The actual Microsoft portion on SBS 2008 was really good. I will say that Kevin was one of the best people from the marketing side to present from Microsoft because he didn’t try to offer the Microsoft is perfect pitch but did admit to short comings in the products. I do wish the marketing/licensing part would have been shorter as there wasn’t really any new info but we spent a lot of time on it…a good portion was due to so called IT Pro’s who kept asking stupid questions that really made me wonder if they had ever looked at let alone used SBS before.

During the tech side we did get to hear about some neat little tricks and features that I hadn’t seen before. Just wish people didn’t keep asking the same questions over and over so we could have gotten through a lot more.

PBIT and SFLTech.NET Meetings

September 8, 2008

This weeks IT meetings consist of the Palm Beach IT Association on Tuesday featuring Alex Raskin of ADTRAN who will be talking with us about the routers, switches, WAPS, and IP-PBX systems that ADTRAN makes. Alex was actually the first presenter for the SFLTech group when it started several years back.

And speaking of SFLTech, this week there are actually two meetings, first is a small vendor meeting for all SFLTech members which will be immediately followed by the Microsoft SBS 2008 Partner Group Tour. Both are being help at the Microsoft office.

For details or directions and to register for any or all three of the meetings, please see the respective group sites.

Microsoft Response Point SP1

June 10, 2008

After going through a great presentation and Q&A session with Jerry Moore from CMPTel, I have to say that Response Point has improved tremendously since the initial release. It’s well on it’s way to being a real phone system I would want to deploy.

Notice I said on it’s way…there’s still those features that most business owners would consider essential that are missing from Response Point. While most of them are on the plans for version 2 due out early next year, why would you buy something that is planning on having some of the features you want when, for the same price or less, you could get them all now?

I’m really looking forward to seeing Response Point make it…I think it’s a great system with lots of potential but for most businesses I know, it’s still missing a few key features that would make me wait.

Some examples of what’s still missing:

  • Remote phone support (ability to have a phone at home as well as the office)
  • Time of day routing (day/night mode essentially.)
  • No support for QOS in the phones (no VLAN support or ability to prioritize traffic if utilizing the network pass through port.)
  • SIP Trunking – While I realize this is in SP1, it’s apparently limited to two vendors so unless this changes it will be a non-feature just yet.