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Ease Technologies, Inc. Ranked Among Top 501 Managed Service Providers by MSPmentor

10th Annual MSP 501 Ranking and Study Identifies
World’s Most Progressive MSPs in Information Technology

DATE JULY 14, 2017: Ease Technologies, Inc. (Ease Tech) ranks among the world’s most progressive 501 Managed Service Providers (MSPs), according to MSPmentor’s 10th-annual MSP 501 Worldwide Company Rankings. The top MSP 501 companies ranked this year include organizations from around the world and from diverse technology and business backgrounds. Collectively, they amassed $14.48 billion in total revenue (based on 2016 results), up more than 15 percent from a year earlier. 

iphone beachThe complete 2017 MSP 501 list is available at MSPmentor.net. In addition to honoring Ease Tech, this year’s MSP 501 list and study showcases the top ranked MSPs worldwide. Over the next few weeks, MSPmentor will unveil additional lists showcasing:

• The top MSPs in Europe, Middle East and Africa
• The top MSPs in Asia, Australia and New Zealand
• The top Small Business MSPs’ list, comprised of organizations with 10 or fewer employees
• The top vertical markets pursued by MSP 501 companies
• The leading tools they leverage to run their businesses
• And the top technologies they provide to customers

"We are excited to be recognized as one of the top three MSP’s in the region," said Chuck Bubeck, President & CEO, Ease Technologies, Inc. "Being part of this global list of providers reflects the hard work and commitment of the fiercely dedicated team of professionals here."

“On behalf of MSPmentor, I would like to congratulate Ease Tech for its recognition as an MSP 501 honoree," said Aldrin Brown, Editor in Chief, MSPmentor. “The managed service provider market is evolving at a rapid pace and the companies showcased on the 2017 MSP 501 list represent the most agile, flexible and innovative organizations in the industry.”

The 2017 MSP 501 list is based on data collected by MSPmentor and its partner, Clarity Channel Advisors. Data was collected online from Feb. 16 through May 15, 2017. The MSP 501 list recognizes top managed service providers based on metrics including recurring revenue, growth and other factors.

About Ease Technologies, Inc.
Ease Technologies is an IT consulting and services firm founded in 1993 that supports clients and markets seeking flexibility, creative talent and high reliability in a partner. Services include managed IT services, the Ease Tech Cloud and education consulting. For over two decades the company has been servicing clients throughout the Baltimore, DC and Virginia region.

About Penton Technology’s Channel Brands
Penton Technology’s channel brands define emerging IT markets and disrupt established IT markets. They are a division of Informa. The channel brands include: MSPmentor (www.MSPmentor.net), The VAR Guy (www.TheVARguy.com), Talkin’ Cloud (www.TalkinCloud.com), the WHIR (http://www.thewhir.com) and WebHostingTalk (http://webhostingtalk.com).

About Informa
Penton Technology, Think Tank, MSPmentor, The VAR Guy, Talkin’ Cloud, the WHIR, WebHostingTalk, Channel Partners Online, Channel Partners Conference & Expo and Channel Partners Evolution are part of Informa, the international business intelligence, academic publishing, knowledge and events group. Informa serves commercial, professional and academic communities, helping them connect and learn, and creating and providing access to content and intelligence that helps people and businesses work smarter and make better decisions faster.
Informa has over 7,500 colleagues in more than 20 countries and a presence in all major geographies. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a member of the FTSE 100.

MEDIA CONTACT: 

Dave Kile
Senior Vice President, Ease Tech
dkile@easetech.com

Aldrin Brown, 
Director of Content, MSPmentor 
Aldrin.Brown@penton.com
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7 Summer Travel Tech Tips

Summer vacations and traveling are a great way to relax and unwind.  For many though, work follows them no matter how far they try to get away.  Before setting out the airport or hitting the beaches, here are a few ideas on keeping your technology in order while on the road. 

iphone beach1. Backup Before You Go
Make sure you have a good backup of all your devices.  If something were to happen to your technology while you are traveling it would be much easier to recover that data when you return.  Cloud-based backup systems can also provide some limited access to files that you may have forgotten while traveling.

2. File Your Travel Documents
Keep your travel plans, hotel confirmation, the contact information of your credit card company, phone numbers and other important trip information stored in a secure cloud notes program.  I like to use Evernote because I can add PDFs, emails and text notes, but you may already be using Apple’s Notes or Microsoft’s OneNote Online.  If your gear gets lost or stolen you’ll have access to your information online in one of these cloud-based apps from any device.

3. Stay Protected
Some travelers are required to get vaccinations before they go overseas.  In the same way, tech-savvy travelers should get the latest virus updates installed for their systems too.  Be sure to turn on the password protection options for your electronic devices, as this will ensure the data on your devices is much safer if they were to get lost or stolen.

4. Mark Your Stuff
Your name was written all over your personal items back when you went to summer camp.  Well, your mom had it right, so be sure to label your equipment with your cell phone number.  That number on your electronic devices will be the easiest way for that Good Samaritan to call you with your lost gear. 

5. Track Your Stuff
Along with marking your stuff, there are a host of inexpensive tracking devices for your bags, gear and personal possessions.  One of the simplest ways to do this is with the Tile products.  They are Bluetooth enabled trackers that work with your iPhone and provide a way in busy areas for you to keep an eye on important items you are carrying with you from place to place. They can be used with a camera bag, suitcase and even your wallet.  

6. Find Your Friends
Apple iPhones and iPads have a feature called Find your Friends.  Once enabled the software provides an easy way to keep track of family and friends, provided you are within cell coverage.  Knowing the location of members of your group can be useful at the airport, amusement park or at the beach.

7. Power-up
Remember to bring all the proper power cords and an extra extension cord for your smartphone, cameras and laptops.  Being properly equipped for power during your vacation can make a big difference in getting that access you expect versus blowing a few hours of your precious time looking for Dell power adapters near Old Faithful.  If you do lose a power cord, just ask the hotel front desk or housekeeping for a replacement.  You won’t be the first to do so, and it’s likely that they will have a pile of cords in a box with housekeeping. 

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Ease Tech Talk on Office 365 [Webinar Recording]

Join members of the Ease Technologies’ Support Team as we cover some of the best and latest features for Office 365.  We’ll be sharing ways for your organization to communicate better with Teams, Microsoft’s latest collaboration platform. Are you looking to take better control of your notes and personal organization?  We’ll be introducing you to OneNote, Microsoft’s free-form information gathering and multi-user collaboration application. 




For more information on the Office 365 or the Ease Cloud Workspace, give the experts at Ease Technologies a call today at 1-888-327-3911.


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WannaCry Ransomware Update

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Announcement to our clients:

We wanted to take a second to update you on the ongoing ransomware threat reported in the news starting Friday (reference article at bottom of this email), and you will be glad to hear that we already have all your systems under management updated to protect your equipment and data from this ransomware as much as we can. The main vector of attack is a recent vulnerability, which we have had patched for you for 3 weeks already. 

Specifically, this is Microsoft Security Bulletin MS17-010, which released March 14, 2017, and we patch within 2 weeks across the board continuously, so this has been fully patched for your protection since the 21st of March. We delay push of new updates by a week to catch potential bad patches, but deploy it shortly thereafter to protect for short-term hacks.

 

The patch prevents the spread of the ransomware across an internal network, not the initial infection, so please reiterate to your staff the importance of extreme vigilance when opening files from email or the internet. If in doubt, simply contact your support staff and we can assist with evaluating the safety of a file and its source.

This specific ransomware was halted accidentally by a security researcher looking into it, but please be assured we are continuously managing your security to minimize your exposure, to ALL threats, and running security measures in the background to maximize your safety and productivity.

 

BBC article explaining the ransomware:
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-39920141

Do you want to learn how a cloud solution can help improve your own disaster recovery and security?  Contact Ease Technologies today at (301)854-0010 to learn how our Ease Cloud Workspace can provide you peace of mind.

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Are you using Outlook on your iPhone yet?

Microsoft just recently updated Outlook for iOS.  Business users that have Exchange or Office 365 mail servers will see the new mobile Outlook as a solid addition for their iPhone and iPad.  Outlook unifies mail, calendaring and files into one app making it easier to keep your business tools aligned.  If you area business user of Office 365 you really need to try this app out for mail on your iPhone.

"The best email app for the iPhone." - The Verge

PC Outlook users will appreciate the unified suite of applications that Outlook for iOS brings into one mobile app. Access to your files in OneDrive, Dropbox, Box and Google Drive is an option too.  No need to jump back and forth between Mail and Calendar on your iOS devices.  You can add other mail services like your Google and Yahoo accounts as well. 

There are a solid base of features already built into the app and was very well thought out by the Microsoft development team.  For example you can customize swipes from your preference settings to delete, archive, flag, move, or mark your mail.  Quick links to share files in mail from your cloud drives.  The calendar view is easy to navigate and straightforward to edit. The app launches quickly and is very responsive.  

Users will like how easy the app is to setup and will find the user interface very intuitive as they get started.  Once I had it running on my iPad, I was anxious to install it on my iPhone.  

In addition, ActiveSync can be used for remote wipes and uses a passcode to encrypt all the data stored on your device.  There are a surprising number of features to make any current PC iOS user happy, but of course room for some improvements with contacts in future releases. 

In addition, if you are an Office 365 user be sure to check out Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and One Note for iOS.  Microsoft is really serving up a strong suite of apps that work very well together and now with Outlook it really completes the package. Better yet this is free to all Office 365 subscribers. You can download all of these apps in the iTunes store today.



For more information on the Ease Cloud Workspace and other cloud services, give the experts at Ease Technologies a call today at 1-888-327-3911.





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