aNb Media Joins Winner's Circle in Microsoft Acqua Contest

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aNb Media, an eMazzanti Technologies’ customer, lands one of the runner-up spots in the recent Microsoft Acqua Contest

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Our best guess was that we were losing up to $200,000 per year in productivity because of a hodge-podge of disparate technologies

aNb Media, a toy-tester and licensing company with national publications has claimed one of the runner-up spots in Microsoft’s recent Acqua contest. The contest sought out small businesses that needed a technology make-over. eMazzanti Technologies, the firm’s IT support consultant, nominated the toy industry publisher for the contest. aNb Media was one of five who took top honors in the overall competition. For more information about the Microsoft Acqua contest and winners, see:

http://www.igniteyoursmallbusiness.com/contests/acqua/Pages/default.aspx?said=10

“Our best guess was that we were losing up to $200,000 per year in productivity because of a hodge-podge of disparate technologies,” noted Jim Silver, editor-in-chief, aNb Media. “After two years in business, we needed to re-think and re-do the way we were using computers.”

Disparate Technologies Create Productivity Problems
As aNb Media grew to 13 people, the firm’s network, was a jumble of old and newer computers, mixed operating systems, and different software versions —just a few of the problems slowing down aNb Media’s work flow. Other technology-related issues such as ineffective firewalls, spam filters, slow internet access and sporadic failure of backup-protection dramatically impeded productivity in and out of the office. The technology problems also flooded employee computers and mobile devices with spam. The end result: IT issues were costing the company hundreds of thousands of dollars annually and hurting their public outreach efforts as well.

New IT Super Hero Sought
Though aNb Media had an existing IT partner, the company was not solving the problems that persisted within the toy publisher’s operation. It decided to start the search for a new IT super-hero consultant by interviewing three firms, eMazzanti Technologies being one of the candidates. eMazzanti was hired on the spot. “We had three reasons to hire eMazzanti: they came highly recommended by their clients, immediately won our trust with their knowledge and talked specific solutions to problems noted,” said Silver.

Super Solutions Delivered
eMazzanti Technologies’ solved spam and email virus problems with its MXINSPECT email protection service, delivered 24x7 support as needed and provided seamless, automatic backup. These services make it easier for aNb Media to maintain its network, protect intellectual property and files as well as collaborate and share information more efficiently.

“eMazzanti’s MXINSPECT email filter solution instantly removed 99 percent of the spam from our network and mobile devices,” said Silver. “That alone gave us back 13 man-hours a day valued at more than $13,000 per month.”

eMazzanti also repaired and updated aNb Media’s existing tape backup system that had been non-functional for periods of up to 60 days. The company’s entire operation is now more secure against catastrophic data loss due to internal or external related disasters. “In less than 10 minutes, eMazzanti had sized up our key IT problems and proposed solutions,” said Silver. “No other IT consultant even came close to grasping our situation and providing real answers to our problems.”

About eMazzanti Technologies
With a company name that sounds more like a purebred, high-performance sports car than a IT support and consulting firm, eMazzanti Technologies is all about delivering powerful solutions such as computer network management, network troubleshooting, business continuity and disaster recovery, green computing, mobile workforce technology, information security and business information optimization in the most efficient manner possible. The Hoboken, N.J., firm is located in one of the most densely populated - and competitive - regions in the U.S. It provides business technology consulting services for companies ranging from home offices to multinational corporations throughout the New York metropolitan area and in three countries. For more information contact: Carl Mazzanti 201-360-4400 or emazzanti.net

About aNb Media
aNb Media, publisher of Toys & Family Entertainment, Royaltie$: The Journal of the Licensing Industry, and TimetoPlayMag.com, launched in fall 2005. Industry veterans Andy Krinner, Nancy Lombardi, and Bob Glaser, who have a combined 40-plus years of toy and licensing industry experience, created the company. It quickly grew to include Christopher Byrne, Jim Silver, Chris Adams, and Jeff McKinney, adding another 60-plus years of industry experience to the staff.

The monthly trade magazines cover all aspects of the toy and licensing industries, offering today’s leading retailers all the most pertinent news, trends, and in-depth feature stories. TimetoPlayMag.com offers consumers an in-depth look into the newest and hottest products, produced by the best team in the industry. For more information contact Jim Silver, Editor in Chief, jim(at)anbmedia(dot)com

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