Productivity Suites: Google and Microsoft Revisited

3T@3 Webcast Series: Tuesday, May 18th at 3:00 PM

Cloud productivity suites, particularly Google Workspace and Microsoft 365, have evolved from leading edge concepts, to mainstream solutions. Along the way, both services have evolved with multiple iterations of branding, features, and subscription options, adapting to the growing use and needs of businesses adopting the solutions.

Which productivity suite is right for your business, today?

In this month’s 3T@3 Webcast, we take a fresh look at Google Workspace and Microsoft 365 and how each might best serve your business. Rather than a feature-by-feature comparison, we take a strategic look at positioning, architecture, services, subscription options, and integrations. Our objective with this session is to help you assess which suite best supports your business goals and priorities, best enables productivity, and best empowers your team to succeed.

Whether you are in the cloud or getting ready to move, join Cumulus Global CEO Allen Falcon and gain a better view of your future.

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Data Protection & Security

Next Normal: WFH and Remote

3T@3 Webcast Series: Tuesday, April 20th at 3:00 PM

COVID-19 and the events of the past year 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.

Now part of the norm, Work From Home and remote work changes your IT service needs.

This month’s 3T@3 Webcast, is the third in our “Next Normal” series looking at how we adapt, prepare, and respond to economic, social, and business changes. To some extent — small or large — employees working remotely and from home will continue to be part of how we run our businesses.

With “WFH and Remote”, we explore how Work From Home and remote workers alters your IT service needs.  Taking a holistic view, we look beyond using apps and accessing files. In this session we look at factors that protect your business and support productivity.  We use our PARS model (performance, availability, reliability, and security) as a framework to explore how to effectively create, manage, and support your team — wherever they may be working.

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Data Protection & Security

Next Normal: Apps & Servers

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

COVID-19 and the events of the past year 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.

What IT changes best position your business for the future?

This month’s 3T@3 Webcast, is the second in our “Next Normal” series looking at how we adapt, prepare, and respond to economic, social, and business changes.  

With “Apps and Systems”, we explore how your team accesses the applications, systems, and data they need to succeed, whether in the office or working remotely. We will compare the pros and cons of on-site systems, hosted servers, and cloud solutions with respect to performance, availability, reliability, and security. In doing so, we will discuss options and roadmaps for modernizing your apps and systems infrastructure. 

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Data Protection & Security

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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Google Workspace

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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