Blog Posts by Kerri Padgett

Is Hosted Exchange a Good Fit for your Company? (And 50 More Questions to Ask)

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Businesses of all sizes are realizing cost savings, improved security and other benefits of hosted Exchange. Is hosted exchange a good fit for your company, too? Windstream’s “The Case for Hosted Exchange” white paper helps answer this question, and offers more than fifty other questions to ask when evaluating your Exchange options.

Summer Reading Series Assignment #6: Small Business Technology


This is the final post in the “Summer Reading” series—which clearly means they saved the best topic—Small Business technology reads—for last!

Since the SMB customer segment is my primary focus, I feel the only way I can create technology products that provide value for small businesses is to really understand what SMB’s are all about. I need to understand their challenges, their successes, their customers, their competitors—I need to know them, not just know about them. 

Windstream’s Professional Bundle Relieves Tech Headaches for Small Business


Business phone. Voicemail. Wi-Fi. Broadband. Ethernet. Network security. IT network and telecom technology and services can all seem a bit overwhelming for small businesses just trying to balance day-to-day needs and costs of meeting them all. And to add to the ever-expanding list, business websites need constant updating and management, requiring both resources and know-how. Small business on average may spend $2,700 annually on website design and maintenance—not counting unexpected computer repairs or replacements. 

What’s Your Stance on Malware Prevention, SMB’s? “Malware Schmalware” or “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”?


Increasingly, non-malicious employee activities are cited among top network security risks. Picture this seemingly innocuous scenario? It’s 3:00 p.m., you’re sitting in your grey cubicle hunched over your laptop. You’ve been at it steadily since 7:30 a.m., your back hurts, your eyes are red and your brain is mush. “Just one minute of distraction,” you tell yourself—and click over to your guilty pleasure, to see how big the royal baby is today, or to check in on the latest sports scandals.