DP Solutions Newsletter

September 2016 Newsletter

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What's New


We are pleased to announce that DP Solutions now offers MobileFirst Mobile Device Management (MDM). This powerful tool helps clients ensure secure and efficient mobile device use within their organization. With MDM, mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, are centrally managed by IT administrators. This allows business management to determine the level of control and security they have over their staff’s devices, including the ability to remotely locate, lock & wipe; enforce security policies; determine access restrictions, and more. Contact your DPS representative for more information.



The Difference Between Data Backup And Disaster Recovery


Here’s a big (and scary) misconception you might have about your data backups: backing up your data guarantees a fast recovery. It does NOT! In short, data backup is nothing more than copying files. There are a number of ways data can be backed up, both manually and automatically—and you don’t need to know all the technical ins and outs of them. But what you DO need to know is whether your current backup is set up in a way that would allow for the fastest possible recovery time in the event of a disaster or data-erasing event. You might be shocked to find out it’s not as fast and easy as you’d like to think.


Disaster Recovery Vs. Data Backup


Let’s start by defining what “disaster recovery” is. Disaster recovery is the process by which you will RECOVER the functionality of your data, software programs, devices and business operations in the event of a “disaster.” A disaster can be as simple as a server crashing or a more catastrophic event such as a tornado. But here’s the real kicker: MOST data loss is not due to a natural disaster such as a flood, hurricane, tornado, etc. Most data is lost because of simple human error, such as employees accidentally deleting files, faulty hardware or even a virus or hacker attack that brings down your entire network.


Because most businesses believe “that could never happen to me,” they are caught completely off guard when there’s a major outage or files get deleted or corrupted beyond recovery. They THINK because they have things “backed up” they can instantly get those files back and start working again. Not so.


Here’s a perfect analogy: Let’s suppose you could back up all the personal items you have in your house—your clothes, furniture, valuables, etc., and somehow maintain a copy of everything in a warehouse 1,000 miles away from your current residence. Now let’s suppose (and God forbid) your house burns down, destroying everything with it. You’d be relieved that you had a copy of everything somewhere else, so it’s not a total loss (which, by the way, is why your backups need to be OFF-SITE, not on devices in your office).


But here’s the problem: If your house burned down, you might have a copy of everything you own, but you no longer have a place to put it. So, for starters, you have to rebuild the house. Next you have the project of getting everything out of that storage unit into your NEW house. Then you have to rearrange everything. This is exactly how most backup systems work UNLESS you are running “image” backups. An image will allow you to restore your server, PC, device, etc., FAST because you’re not backing up single items but, instead, the ENTIRE HOUSE.


Will Your Backup Allow You To Recover FAST?

If you want to learn how you can use image backups for faster disaster recovery, sign up for our Free Data Security Analysis at www.dpsolutions.com/secure to reveal just how fast you could be back up and running again in the event of a disaster.



Guest Article


5 Essential Rules Of Being A Great Leader

Mark Sanborn


1. Expand Your Vision. If you had to choose, wouldn’t you rather expect too much than expect too little? A small vision of what’s possible limits you AND your team. When Daniel Burnham famously said, “Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood,” he was pointing out that the size of the motivation is directly proportional to the size of the leader’s expectation. Little visions create little motivation.

No leader wants to think unrealistically, but I believe more leaders are limited by their thinking too small than by overreaching. My friend Erwin McManus says it well: If you’re big enough for your dream, your dream isn’t big enough for you.

  1. Invest In Learning. The wider your intellectual bandwidth, the greater your leadership potential. Ideas and the ability to act upon them are the fuel of those who lead large. What one skill, if you mastered it, would create the greatest payoff in your life? What does your team most need to learn to power up its performance? What original sources of information and ideas can you find to get you out of the mainstream of common thought that produces only common results?
  2. Narrow Your Focus. No matter how big the vision, you can only truly concentrate on one important thing at a time. Distraction is a killer of accomplishment. The danger isn’t just in trying to do too much, but in trying to do too much at one time. Rid yourself of the obsession to do the trite, easy and expedient. Instead, focus on those activities, relationships and events that will move you most quickly to achieving your vision.
  3. Upgrade Your Team. Leaders frequently quote Proverbs: Without a vision, the people perish. Less often considered is that without people, the vision perishes. You will be as successful as the people who work with you. Have you surrounded yourself with the right people? Are they clear on the vision? Have you created shared focus for each team member so he or she isn’t wasting time on the insignificant? As a leader, you need to be able to make tough calls and cut underperformers from the team.
  4. Enjoy The Process—Good And Bad. If you’re not having fun in achieving your goals, those around you probably aren’t either. Remember, you can’t get “inspired” results from “uninspired” people—so it’s critical that you maintain a positive, enthusiastic outlook and focus on you and your team’s strengths, opportunities and the people who matter to prevent you from burning out. 




Mark Sanborn, CSP, CPAE, is president of Sanborn & Associates, Inc., an idea studio dedicated to developing leaders in business and in life. Mark is an international best-selling author and noted authority on leadership, team-building, customer service and change. Mark is the author of eight books, including the best seller The Fred Factor: How Passion in Your Work and Life Can Turn the Ordinary into the Extraordinary, which has sold more than 1.6 million copies internationally. Learn more about Mark at www.marksanborn.com



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    Client Spotlight:
    Cambridge Pediatrics


    Cambridge Pediatrics is your child’s medical home! They are a Southern Maryland-based patient centered/family centered medical home that improves the health of patients and all children. They accomplish this because they CARE for their patients and families through: Care, Advocacy, Research and Education.  


    Cambridge Pediatrics is committed to being the best pediatric medical home in Southern Maryland by providing the best pediatric care in the area, being an advocate for children and their families, providing training for future pediatric clinicians and participating in research to advance the practice of pediatrics.


    Cambridge Pediatrics has been a client since 2005 and most recently joined DP Solutions roster of Confidence Plus Managed Network Services clients. With consistent and proactive monitoring of backups, Confidence Plus allows Cambridge Pediatrics to safeguard their patient and practice data, while ensuring they can access those records in the event of an unplanned outage.


    To learn more about Cambridge Pediatrics, visit www.cambridgepeds.com.