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Maximize Your Most Important Asset
“Our people are our greatest asset.” It would be cliché if it weren’t so true. Unfortunately, many companies pay lip service to the importance of their workforce but fail to provide an environment that really maximizes employee value. So ask yourself, “What am I doing to make the most of our company’s greatest asset?”

One of the most effective ways to maximize your people resources is to create a psychologically healthy workplace. According to studies by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the U.S. government agency that conducts research into what constitutes a healthy workplace, job stress is a serious and pervasive problem in corporate America, affecting from 25 to 40 percent of employees in various studies. Such stress results in absenteeism, lower productivity, and poor morale. Conversely, a psychologically healthy work environment can reduce sick days, boost employee output, and give workers a sense of control and empowerment that supercharges morale.

Clearly, creating a psychologically healthy workplace is to everyone’s advantage—employees, managers, and owners (including stockholders). The trick is how to do it. NIOSH cites a number of job conditions that can lead to workplace stress, among them lack of participation by workers in decision-making, poor communication in the organization, lack of support from coworkers and supervisors, and limited social interaction in the workplace. Address these conditions and you’ll have gone a long way toward creating a happier, more productive workplace.

Many companies have found that Yammer, a social networking application for the workplace, can play a vital role in helping to maximize employee value. Yammer is dedicated to transforming the way people work together, using social networking to foster team collaboration and enhance employee engagement. With Yammer, everyone in the company is connected through an application that’s as easy to use as Facebook or Twitter. And it’s proving its value in companies of all sizes, from corporate giants to midsize businesses, as can be seen in the video customer-success stories featured on the Yammer website.

These customer testimonials attest to Yammer’s power as a conduit for effective communications, providing a two-way dialogue between employees and the company brass. Executives extol Yammer’s capacity to bring them closer to employees who deal directly with customers. Others praise Yammer’s ability to connect employees with the information they need, and they advise their staff to use Yammer whenever they have a question and no idea who to ask. Still others laud Yammer’s facility for building communities that impact productivity and employee morale.

And Yammer seems ideally suited for those business that operate online—and really, what company today doesn’t have a presence online? With businesses increasingly relying on a highly engaged online customer community, management has come to understand the value of driving engagement through social networking. Today’s executives want a tool that can replicate such engagement within the company, seeking to make their internal communications just as good as their external ones. They found that company blogs are often too slow-footed, too rigid, and too one-directional to promote meaningful internal communications. Yammer, on the other hand, lets employees be more flexible and fluid with things they have to say, and it connects the entire organization, from employees to senior managers, helping ensure that there’s transparency at every level. This sense of connectedness can be especially critical for growing companies, promoting cohesion and commitment as they expand from dozens to hundreds of employees and spread from one location to multiple offices.

Yammer empowers employees, builds a sense of community, and breaks down workplace siloes—all of which can help boost productivity and innovation through maximizing employee value. So the next time you praise your employees as your greatest asset, back it up by giving them Yammer to help them maximize their potential.
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Manage your IT assets: Windows XP, Office 2003, SQL Server 2000 and Windows Server 2003 will reach end of support soon. /
Don’t be caught by end-of-life software support. We want to ensure you are up to date and able to take action to mitigate your risks as legacy technology that you may have installed reaches end of support. We are available to help you plan your upgrade so you can avoid the toughest challenges and reduce your risks. Here’s why the time to upgrade is now:

Reduce risks and costs. These products are currently in the Extended Support phase, already out of Mainstream Support and quickly approaching end of support.
  • After support ends, no security patches or hotfixes will be available from Microsoft, and many third-party Microsoft software vendors will also end their support.
  • When support ends, machines running these products will be more vulnerable to security threats—putting your critical business data at risk.
  • IT management costs may rise significantly.
  • Compatibility with new hardware will not be assured.
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Surface Pro brings together work hard, play hard in one awesome, new device. /
Run the full Office suite and your line of business applications, and choose from thousands of apps available in the Windows Store on the Surface Pro. From The Economist to The Wall Street Journal to OneNote, you’ll get amazing apps built specifically for Windows 8. The Surface Pro also allows you to run the legacy programs you’ve been using to manage your business. From a security standpoint, BitLocker encrypts your hard drive’s data, helping to keep your stuff safe while enabling you to join a corporate domain for full access to your work network.

Need some down time? A stunning entertainment experience awaits you on the Surface Pro with a 16:9 widescreen, ClearType full HD display with 1080p resolution. Movies and photos leap from the screen in bold color and sharp contrast. The Surface display is incredibly responsive to touch, pen and keyboard. Seamlessly switch between input modes in fluid motion.

A laptop in tablet form, Surface Pro brings together work hard, play hard in one awesome new device.
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Events /
Microsoft Technology Roadmap Webinar Series

We’re excited to announce the Microsoft Technology Roadmap Webinar Series, which outlines the benefits of the new Microsoft Office. These 30-minute webinars cover how you can help grow your business with topics such as: Office as a Service, Social Enterprise, Unified Communications, Business Analytics, and Email Security and Compliance. See demos and ask your questions with a Microsoft expert. Find a list of events and watch them on-demand today!

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This Week on Web TV - The New Office Garage Series for IT Pros and Tech Enthusiasts /
Grab a coffee, sit back and let the hosts of the new Office Garage Series entertain you while they tackle tough questions and common misconceptions between the two new commercial versions of Office: Office Professional Plus 2013 and Office 365 ProPlus. Fun and compelling viewing, Office Garage showcases what’s new, different and better with Office. The show features unique demonstrations, engineering commentary and XStream Installs – such as a skydiver installing Office 365 ProPlus without an internet connection during 90 seconds of free-fall.
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Windows Azure IaaS GA Offers the Best of Both Worlds /
On-premises hardware, OR cloud-based infrastructure? Low price, OR high performance? Stop choosing, and start doing with Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)! Now you can combine your existing on-premises investments with the flexibility and scalability of the cloud to create a hybrid solution that meets the ever-changing demands of your business—all at new, highly competitive prices.
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