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Your Local Chamber and You

Posted by Tammy Wellbrock on Mar 23, 2017 9:47:24 AM

In order to have a vibrant, growing area in which to live and work, progressive communities must have an organization like the Chamber of Commerce. Each Chamber includes a powerful team…a team of members, volunteers, and community leaders working together to constantly help area businesses and their employees be as successful as possible.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks

5 Simple Things to Protect Your Online Identity

Posted by Steve Riat on Mar 13, 2017 3:49:43 PM

Daily, we see news reports about companies that are hacked and had information leaked.  While large companies that are compromised make the press, your devices could be compromised and take you quite a while to realize that the leak is your device.  I created this simple list to help mitigate your risks.

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Topics: Business Technology Watch

Tech Edge 2017

Posted by Steve Riat on Mar 13, 2017 3:37:48 PM

Every year we learn and get better.  And, 2017 is no different.  We will put on the best Tech Edge ever, including some of the best from the past:

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Topics: Business Technology Watch

The Major Advantage of Digital Marketing

Posted by Olga Detrixhe on Mar 13, 2017 3:21:34 PM

If you are implementing any marketing at your business, have you ever had a problem deciding how you were going to track it?  After all, you don’t just want to blindly throw money where you cannot track an ROI, do you?  A lot of times this is what marketers are doing…casting a huge net to see if they can catch anything.  Tracking and targeting is a lot more cost-effective and gets your message to the correct audience.

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Topics: Insider, Business Technology Watch

3 Must-Have Technologies for Small Business

Posted by Megan Hawks on Mar 13, 2017 3:11:16 PM

When you own a small business, you wear so many hats that you can’t see straight most days. The amount of responsibilities seems endless. With handling all of the marketing, accounting, payroll, inventory, scheduling, customer service and ordering, among other things, it can be difficult to manage it all. Below are three must-have technologies that will make running your business much easier.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Business Technology Watch

Better Business Processes Equal Greater Efficiency

Posted by Justin McClung on Mar 13, 2017 1:29:15 PM

For the majority of my life, I have been a shoot from the hip kind of a guy. Don’t get me wrong, I like plans and to know where things are going and how we will get there. But, sometimes the details didn’t interest me. This is great if you can get away with it. For many years it worked out well. As our company has evolved, we have had to take a different approach and really dig in to see where we could gain efficiencies.

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Topics: Insider, Business Technology Watch

Don’t Listen to Them, Keep it Going!

Posted by Steve Riat on Mar 13, 2017 1:20:32 PM

Recently, I flew out of Wichita Eisenhower Airport which is a great experience if you haven’t tried it.  Close parking, quick check in, fast security and you are quickly at your gate.  For this trip, I was flying Southwest Airlines which is known for their amazing culture and this trip did not disappoint. 

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Topics: Business Technology Watch

The Switch Whisperer

Posted by Doug Kuntz on Jan 16, 2017 11:53:09 AM

It was nearly 20 years ago and I had just started with Nex-Tech, or at that time Rural Telephone Service.  While touring one of our central offices, I was introduced to Ed.  Ed was a seasoned Central Office Tech that had been with the company for what I believed forever.  With a strong German accent, he told stories of “back in da day”.

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Topics: Telecom Industry

Carrier Ethernet: SOAM Toolkit for Verification of Service Level Specifications

Posted by Dane Weaver on Jan 16, 2017 11:49:58 AM

Ethernet emerged in the 1980s and 1990s as the de facto layer 2 protocol for LAN networks but distance restrictions, technology limitation, and customer traffic primarily composed of voice services limited Ethernet expansion as a WAN network service.  However, 21st century has shifted primary WAN traffic from voice services to packet-based data services which has led to new implementations and standardizations of technologies and protocols by organizations - International Telecommunications Union-Telecommunication Standards Bureau (ITU-T), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) - to support the increasing demand of packet-based data services including VoIP, video services, wireless backhaul, and data center interconnect.  This has led to the 21st century emergence of Ethernet as a viable carrier service based on the protocol’s capabilities of supporting packet-based data services and the reduction of limitations when integrating Ethernet on a WAN. To further reduce the complexity of Ethernet integrated services on the WAN, Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) was formed as a global industry alliance with a mission to accelerate the worldwide adoption of Carrier-class Ethernet networks and services.  The MEF distinguishes Carrier Ethernet (CE) services from traditional LAN-based Ethernet services based on five attributes:

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Topics: Telecom Industry

We Built It, Why Don't They Come?

Posted by Doug Kuntz on Jan 15, 2017 7:44:32 PM

If you’re like most independent telephone companies investing to deliver bigger and better broadband services, you may also be seeing special access revenue slowly replaced with Virtual Private Network Service (VPNs) over Internet, or even point to point wireless service.  This has been a common challenge within the industry, as many cost recovery Telco’s only have Interstate Tariff’s and investing into their networks may be driving rates higher.  As these rates climb, it pushes IT personnel from local banks, hospitals and businesses to give up their reliable T1 or Ethernet Transport Services (ETS) to less expensive VPN over Internet service.

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Topics: Telecom Industry