With the creation of Biztranet.com, I’ve been doing more research into Intranets including their impact on businesses, adoption among small businesses, and overall awareness. I was surprised to find that among small businesses, Intranets are still unknown.
If you have worked at a company that has more than 100 employees, there is a good chance that you have used an intranet. It can go by many names including: portal, intranet, extranet, internal website, and also creative names that are only relevant within the company walls.
The benefits of an Intranet are much needed, especially at the small business level to decrease confusion, increase collaboration, and improve overall capture of knowledge. One user of intranet software cited that they saw a reduction of email sending by 40% because of their Intranet. This is because it acts as a central repository for information.
My main goal when creating Biztranet was to be able to offer a hosted Intranet service to small businesses that was affordable, but still very powerful. Now I don’t do plugs on my blog that often, but if you go to http://www.biztranet.com and fill out the contact us form at the bottom of the page, mention this blog post and I’ll give you a 20% discount off any of the plans (monthly or annually). This offer is only valid until June 15th 2011.
Spread the word and increase awareness of Intranets. They can help you save time and money.
Pam told me today about a guy that was hitting on her, this happens often, and in this case and previous cases when the guy sees that she has a wedding ring they immediately back off and say, sorry I didn’t realize that you are married.
Now Pam wasn’t leading them on, she is just nice like me. But it is nice to see that chivalry isn’t dead from the standpoint that people respect the institution of marriage and won’t disrupt it. Now I know that not everyone is like this, but it is refreshing to see that there are people out there that still act this way.
For Pam’s birthday we went to Catalina. Neither of us have been to the island and I have to say it was amazing. Imagine a beach community that is stuck in the 50s. No new developments via real estate, streets are clean, food is good, views breathtaking, things to do abundant, and a general overall feeling of happiness. That is Catalina in a nutshell.
We went to the Casino (not in the gambling sense, but in the old italian term sense). In the building was an old theatre decked out with an organ that we were fortunate enough to hear being played before the movie we went to see. Here is the exterior of the Casino:
The highlight of the trip was of course being able to have time with Pam, but the 2nd highlight was getting the top score for a football throwing game in the arcade. My legacy will stand on that island.
We also made it over to the island museum which had an exhibit on photos of the beatles and eric clapton as photographed by Pattie Boyd.
We made it up to the Wrigley Botanical Gardens too. For those of you who don’t know, Catalina island was once owned by William Wrigley Jr, who also owned Wrigley’s Gum and the Chicago Cubs.
We didn’t get a chance to see the bison on the island, but since it was really easy to get there (1 hour north to Dana Point, hop on boat, 1 hour 20 min boat ride) we’ll most likely go back again.
I put in my notice to leave MindTouch to start my own business in the beginning of April. A part of my new business is providing contract services to my clients. One of them being MindTouch. After a few webinars and trainings for MindTouch, they decided to offer me a new position at the company along the lines of a Sales Engineer for the sales team. After giving it some good thought, I decided to return to MindTouch in addition to running my company. My life goal is to be autonomous with my own company, but this is a role where I can have a big impact on the adoption of MindTouch and continue to help the company grow which is important to me.
I look forward to this new position and to working with the great people at MindTouch again.
This is a conversation that I had this morning with a customer service rep from a company who will remain nameless:
Rep: How are you doing today?
Me: Pretty good, it is overcast here but that is expected in May
Rep: It is raining here at the moment
Me: Oh yeah, where are you located?
Me: Oh, ok
Rep: You know where that is?
Rep: Have you been here before?
Rep: How do you know where it is?
Me: from a map
Glad my cartography classes didn’t fail me 🙂 I at least know that the green stuff isn’t water (for those readers that have seen arrested development)
I’m setting up some servers that are restricted but still need to be monitored. In order to do this I setup an .htaccess file that denies traffic by default expect for IPs that are allowed. Here is the file that you can use to allow servers from pingdom but restrict everything else. Note you’ll have to add your own IP address and anyone else that wants to access the site:
deny from all
allow from 22.214.171.124
allow from 126.96.36.199
allow from 188.8.131.52
allow from 184.108.40.206
allow from 220.127.116.11
allow from 18.104.22.168
allow from 22.214.171.124
allow from 126.96.36.199
allow from 188.8.131.52
allow from 184.108.40.206
allow from 220.127.116.11
allow from 18.104.22.168
allow from 22.214.171.124
allow from 126.96.36.199
allow from 188.8.131.52
allow from 184.108.40.206
allow from 220.127.116.11
allow from 18.104.22.168
allow from 22.214.171.124
allow from 126.96.36.199
allow from 188.8.131.52
allow from 184.108.40.206
allow from 220.127.116.11
allow from 18.104.22.168
allow from 22.214.171.124
allow from 126.96.36.199
allow from 188.8.131.52
allow from 184.108.40.206
allow from 220.127.116.11
allow from 18.104.22.168
allow from 22.214.171.124
allow from 126.96.36.199
Pingdom may change server IPs periodically so please confirm that the IP addresses are correct before adding them.
A lot has happened in the past 8 months. I had a great christmas and birthday 🙂 Most recently I started my own company and have left MindTouch. I worked at MindTouch for 5 years and they were a lot of fun, but I have a degree in Entrepreneurship and needed to get out and conquer the world. I started the company Collective Fruitions which I offer services for IT, training, tech writing, and more: http://www.collectivefruitions.com
I’ll also have an Intranet hosting site that will be launched very soon, shooting for end of this week. I plan on doing a little bit more blogging as I go through the process of setting up my company. Most of the posts will be quick and will probably have some technical sample in them. Note that I intend on quick updates so I apologize in advance for poor grammar/spelling.