Next Normal: IT Efficiency

3T@3 Webcast Series: Tuesday, Feb 23rd at 3:00 PM

COVID-19 and the events of the past 10 months have, and continue, to change the way we run our businesses.  While some of these changes are temporary, many will become part of our next normal. For many of us, these changes came in a scramble to work from home. With respect to IT, this has many businesses using new, often redundant apps and systems.

Are the IT choices made during the crisis the best for your business in the long term?

This month’s 3T@3 Webcast, is the first in our “Next Normal” series looking at how we adapt, prepare, and respond to economic, social, and business changes.  We start the series exploring “IT Efficiency.”  We see where many small businesses signed on to services in order to adapt to mandatory closures, reduced office capacity, and parents’ need to be present for children learning remotely. Many of these service duplicate features in other systems, resulting in excess cost and lost productivity.  Join Cumulus Global CEO Allen Falcon to identify how you may streamline your IT services, reduce costs, and improve efficiencies.

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Data Protection & Security

Risk and Reward: Cyber Threats and Insurance

3T@3 Webcast Series: Tuesday, Jan 19th at 3:00 PM

With the number and severity of cyber attacks growing by more than 400% over the past year, the risk of loss is greater than ever.  While employee education, protection and prevention technologies, and continuity and recovery solutions can minimize the impact, cyber attacks and breaches can trigger liabilities that can damage or destroy your business.

Understanding Cyber Insurance can save you time and money, and can save your business.

In this month’s 3T@3 Webcast, Cumulus Global CEO Allen Falcon is joined by Cyber Insurance experts Bill Perrier from Charles River Insurance. In addition to an overview of the risks and liabilities of cyber attacks and data breaches, the team will discuss the role of Cyber Insurance in your protection and recovery strategy. We will also present an overview of the underwriting process and discuss steps you can take to manage costs, coverage, and contingencies.

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Data Protection & Security

Work from Home Action Plan

3T@3 Webcast Series: Tuesday, Dec 15th at 3:00 PM

The COVID-19 pandemic changed the way many of us work. And while vaccines appear to be on the horizon, many still expect some employees will continue to work remotely at least part of the time. The pandemic accelerated our acceptance of remote work and work from home, with many businesses realizing equal or greater productivity.

The fundamental shift to remote work, work from home, and hybrid work models creates new requirements for technology and services.

In this month’s Third Tuesday at 3:00 (3T@3) Webcast, Cumulus Global CEO Allen Falcon discusses the shift to “WFH” models and the impact on your employees, business, teams, and technology. He covers topics, such as:

  • Governance: policies, access, and security
  • Collaboration: increased need and changing tools
  • Well-Being: Social connections, emotional health
  • Innovation: Casual communications and knowledge sharing
  • Ergonomics: The employees’ environment

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Google Workspace Action Plan

3T@3 Webcast Series: Tuesday, Nov. 17th at 3:00 PM

Google’s recent announcement of Google Workspace is a fundamental change to the current G Suite service and is designed to better align capabilities and pricing with your business. Google is making it easier to match collaboration features to how your team works and can be most productive.

At the same time, the transition to Google Workspace may impact your features and pricing. Through December, we have the ability to manage your options and costs, with Google-sponsored incentives.

Now is the time to understand your options and decide how and when you want to move.

In this month’s Third Tuesday at 3:00 (3T@3) Webcast, Cumulus Global CEO Allen Falcon will

  • Provide an overview of the new range of Google Workspace subscriptions
  • Discuss migration paths and options, including pricing and incentives.
  • Cover the impact of end of life for Vault Former Employee licenses

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Lift and Shift – Your Next Cloud Move

3T@3 for Tuesday, Oct 20, 2020@ 3:00 PM EST

Many of us have seen the beneficial impact of cloud-based services for our small and midsize businesses and organizations. Starting with email and expanding into broader communication and collaboration, we have seen how direct, secure access to information and features improves workflows and efficiencies and empowers our teams to succeed at their jobs. And yet, for many, the move away from on-premise file servers and locally running applications is not complete. Moving these services to the cloud improves security and access, further empowers your team, and enables your business to survive, thrive, and grow.

Now is the time to explore Lift and Shift as your Next Move in the Cloud.

In this month’s Third Tuesday at 3:00 (3T@3) Webcast, Cumulus Global CEO Allen Falcon explores how a Lift and Shift strategy means that you do not need to reengineer and replace your applications and systems. Allen defines the lift and shift process and covers user access, security, operations, and cost. He also illustrates how Lift and Shift can provide on-site and remote workers equal access to business applications and information.

Please join us for this informative and thought provoking presentation.

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Getting Back to What Comes Next

3T@3 Webcast Series: Tuesday, Sept. 15th at 3:00 PM ET

This spring, and for most of the summer, we have been adapting how we run our businesses to meet the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of these changes were quick and easy to implement, but may not be the most effective or efficient way of doing things. Little inconveniences, such as extra steps to complete a task, difficulty accessing files, more complex procedures, the need for more IT support, are acceptable when temporary. As the need or preference for remote work continues, we should not let inconveniences hurt productivity or morale.

We cannot wait for things to return to the way they were before. Nor should we expect they will.

Now may be the time to step back, assess, and streamline your IT services for remote and hybrid operations.

In this month’s Third Tuesday at 3:00 (3T@3) Webcast, Cumulus Global CEO Allen Falcon explores several factors that, in the need to quickly go remote, may be hurting productivity and morale in your organization. He will walk through an assessment process and discuss ways in which you can simplify, streamline, secure your IT services with team members working remotely and/or on site.

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Pandemics, Politics, and Planning for What’s Next

3T@3 Webcast Series: Tuesday, July 21st at 3:00 PM

Economic cycles are normal. While not within our control, we plan for, adapt to, and manage the impacts as best we can. It is not unusual for unexpected events to disrupt markets (short term impacts) and economic cycle (longer term impacts). These disruptions and their impacts on our economy, markets, and business conditions can be for better … or for worse.

As owners of small and midsize businesses, we are in the middle of the worst global pandemic in 100 years, a social justice movement the size of which we have not seen in 50 years, record unemployment, and an economic recession. We are also living with a level of societal divisiveness in which political posturing is taking form in policy decisions that can cripple many businesses.

Our decisions impact our businesses, customers, employees, and communities.

In this month’s Third Tuesday at 3:00 (3T@3) Webcast, Cumulus Global CEO Allen Falcon explores the many factors creating challenges and how we, as leaders within our organizations, can drive adaptation to meet these challenges and achieve our goals and objectives. Exploring a range of factors, from employee health and welfare and public health guidance to recovery programs and changing immigration policies, Allen looks at how businesses can adapt, how technology can help, and how technology is only part of the solution.

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Webcast Recordings

Protect with Tech

3T@3 Webcast Series: Tuesday, June 16th at 3:00 PM

The way we work changed out of necessity. Beyond the COVID-19 crises and recovery, these changes will have long term benefits for our businesses. In PwC’s fifth COVID-19 CFO Pulse Survey, we see what CFOs are thinking:

  • 72% see long-term improvements in business resiliency and agility
  • 60% expect long-term benefits from recent technology investments
  • 80% see cutting facilities and capital expenditures in favor of scalable solutions as operating expenses.

We expect remote and at-home work, cloud computing, and team collaboration to be part of our business operations and technology strategies. As such, we need to ensure we protect our business, data, and people.

In June’s Third Tuesday at 3 (3T@3) Webcast, Cumulus Global CEO Allen Falcon dives into the security, privacy, compliance challenges facing small and midsize businesses (SMBs). With limited IT staff and financial resources, Allen will focus on practical, affordable solutions to address a range of issues, including:

  • Prevention and response to increased cyber attacks
  • Legal and industry regulatory compliance
  • Company policy enforcement
  • HR and labor regulation and policy compliance
  • Staff management, monitoring, and oversight

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COVID-19 Response & Recovery

3T@3 Webcast Series: Tuesday, May 19th at 3:00 PM

As we learn more about how our economy will restart, we need to prepare our businesses and adapt to what comes next. The need to prevent future outbreaks means not all of our teams will be returning to our offices … at least not immediately … and we will continue to face new and unpredictable obstacles.

A comprehensive Recovery Road Map will help ensure your business’ survival.

In this 3T@3 Webcast session, our CEO Allen Falcon will discuss and assess:

  • Current changes to the business climate
  • Ways in which we can help our businesses survive and thrive
  • Targeted cloud solutions that can help you achieve your business goals
  • Drafting your Recovery Road Map

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Succeeding in our “Now” Normal

3T@3 Webcast Series: Tuesday, April 21st at 3:00 PM

This month’s 3T@3 Webcast is different. By the 21st of April, many of us will have been operating under “stay at home” or similar conditions for 3 to 5 weeks. This is not our “new” normal, since it will end at sometime in the future. It is, however, our “now” normal.

So, instead of a set topic, we ask you to let us know your near-term and long-term challenges and goals … as they stand now. We will present the data, share issues, and discuss solutions.

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