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December 2014

The New Normal

If you've been waiting for the right moment to formally adopt cloud services in your organization, that time is probably upon you. As we reported to you throughout the year, cloud adoption has greatly outpaced the ability of IT departments to track it, let alone manage it, and we have reached the point now where analysts tracking the space are referring to the cloud as "the new normal." Translation: If you're not on the cloud train, you're being left behind.

In fact, new research from IDG finds that 24% of enterprise IT spending for 2015 already has been allocated to the cloud.

Desktop Cloud Security

In this month's blog, we offered some tips for desktop cloud security that you'll find useful, including discussions about:

  • Not believing the hype (there are far more problems on-site than in the cloud)
  • The importance of trustworthy provider selection
  • Getting SLA-level guarantees and protection
  • Hosting desktops and apps that make sense
  • Restricting desktop instances to workers that need those instances

More details are available in this month's blog.

Three Year-end Tax Tips for Small Businesses

If you run a small business, budgeting for next year probably isn't the only expense planning you're undertaking. There's a good chance you're also looking at opportunities to maximize your tax savings this year. CPA Practice Advisor just published three planning tips from the National Society of Accounts. Here's a snapshot:

  • Expensing and bonus depreciation: Code Sec. 179 allows you to deduct the costs of certain types of property as an expense. For tax years 2012 and 2013, the dollar limitation was $500,000 and the investment limitation was $2 million (both are inflation indexed). These incentives expired after last year but, according to the article, Congress is likely to extend them, as well as bonus depreciation.
  • Using expired tax breaks: The research tax credit, credit for employer-provided child care and other breaks also expire but may be renewed at the end of this year or the beginning of next (presumably retroactively). Other tax breaks that expired after last year include the work opportunity tax credit, the employee wage credit activated military reservists and others (see the article or speak with your accountant for more details).
  • Affordable Care Act requirements: Businesses with fewer than 50 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees are exempt from the ACA employer mandate. Large businesses, however, must offer health insurance to employees and midsized employers (50 to 100 FTEs) are exempt from the mandate for 2015. Small business owners with less than 25 FTE employees and average annual employee wages of less than $50,000 per FTE may be eligible for tax credits for premiums under a qualifying arrangement.

Supercharged Ethernet

We've enhanced our Ethernet ecosystem with an advanced platform that's "supercharging" our Ethernet services. We're proud to be "expansion ready" for your business with our Ethernet service offering, which delivers Ethernet over fiber, copper, TDM and fixed wireless. This is a significant differentiator for our firm — when most connectivity providers out "Ethernet everywhere" they mean Ethernet everywhere they have fiber. We're also bullish on fiber (we have more than 50,000 lit buildings), but we know that your locations are not always accessible by fiber. So we've developed Ethernet solutions that you can pick up across multiple mediums. And they're cutting-edge, also. In our wonky world of telecommunications, products developed over our Ethernet ecosystem win awards.


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