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postheadericon Nevada Voters Push For Background Checks On Private Firearm Sales — The FBI Admits It Doesn’t Have The Funding To Enforce It

CARSON CITY, NEVADA — Last month, voters approved a measure which would require a federal background check prior to the transfer of firearms between private parties. The Nevada Attorney General admitted in his recently published opinion that the ability to enforce such a measure wouldn’t be feasible.

According to the Reno Gazette-Journal, the FBI responded with a formal admission it would not conduct background checks on the private transfer of firearms. Despite the passage of Nevada’s Background Check Act of 2016 by voters, the mechanisms in place to enforce such an action would prove to be impossible at this time.

The Nevada Attorney General conceded that, “citizens may not be prosecuted for their inability to comply with the Act unless and until the FBI changes its public position and agrees to conduct the background checks consistent with the Act.”

So, as of right now, the FBI is unable to comply with the state of Nevada’s request. That means the private transfer of firearms, as of this moment, is not governed under the newly minted Background Check Act.

This is another example of people wanting to enact legislation that “shoots first, asks questions later”.

You’ve probably run into such a conversation at least once on social media. Someone says, “hey, why can’t we do (X)?”

Where “X” may signify anything restricting the sale or transfer of firearms, the answer is “lack of funding”.

And it’s no exaggeration. To enforce such a measure in Nevada, where guns are not registered, would be nearly impossible.

Say if you have a Glock 19 Gen 4 you’re looking to transfer to your cousin. That firearm isn’t necessarily registered in any official way to your name. If you transfer that firearm to your cousin, the only thing you’d need is probably some written bill of sale (if sold) or confirmation of transfer. This would be predominantly for your records so, should that firearm be stolen or lost, you can demonstrate that the firearm was not in your custody.

But even in that outright unlikely scenario, in the state of Nevada you are not required to maintain any paperwork related to the private transfer of a firearm so long as that transfer doesn’t require you to mail it anywhere and the person you’re transferring the firearm to has every right to possess a firearm.

Out of good habit, I always recommend keeping some sort of evidence of a transfer out of custody. I live in a state that is also unregulated in the private transfer of firearms. Any time I’ve sold a gun to a family member, friend, or known acquaintance, I’ve always done my own due diligence to ensure I’m on the right side of that transfer.

You do your business as you see fit.

And in Nevada, you can do it without the necessity of requiring a NICS check for the present time.

Should the FBI decide it DOES have funding or IS ABLE to comply with the Background Check Act, then it will be a different story.

I can see where this bill would have been needlessly cumbersome.

Imagine the scenario where you’re transferring a hunting rifle to a family relative that you know is able to possess a firearm. Now you have to run that family member through a background check — added money — on top of the fact you’re gifting that person a working firearm.

Firearms are expensive! The act of giving a firearm to someone who has every right to possess one shouldn’t cost you a dime more than you’ve already spent.

In either case, the federal government is presently unable to enforce a measure passed by voters. Hopefully it will be a lesson to future administrations to not attempt to restrict the private transfer of firearms amongst people who have every right to possess them.

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postheadericon Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online selected by HP to transform sales and partner engagement

REDMOND, Wash. — Sept. 12, 2016 — Microsoft Corp. has entered a six-year agreement with HP Inc. to deploy Microsoft Dynamics to thousands of employees across HP, dramatically enhancing collaboration across marketing, sales and service operations. With Dynamics, as well as Azure, Office 365 and other Microsoft Cloud solutions, HP has invested in the sales and service collaboration platform it needs to deliver a seamless sales experience for customers and partners while increasing the company’s performance and economies.

“We have chosen Microsoft Dynamics as our CRM solution for our direct selling, partners and services,” said Jon Flaxman, chief operating officer, HP. “This brings us a cloud-based solution that delivers a more effective and efficient collaboration engine across our business.”

HP is undergoing a journey to transform its sales and partner environment, driving increased productivity and collaboration in a virtually all-digital world. As part of this transformation, the company is moving to a more integrated sales experience for both HP sales reps and the channel partner community.

Complementing Dynamics CRM, Office 365 provides worldwide sales, service and marketing professionals at HP with an immersive, connected productivity experience for teamwork and collaboration. In addition, Power BI will empower HP marketers to uncover powerful business insights and predictions. Azure will provide the IT organization with a global, open, hybrid cloud for all of the solutions, while also giving HP a platform for new capabilities and services at a low total cost of ownership.

“HP continues to innovate in its customer engagement, with the tools and business processes it provides to its employees and partner community and, of course, the products and services it delivers,” said Judson Althoff, executive vice president of Worldwide Commercial Business at Microsoft. “We share this dedication to digital transformation with HP and are incredibly proud to work with it as it delivers amazing technology experiences to people around the globe.”

In July, Microsoft unveiled plans to introduce a new approach to business process applications with Microsoft Dynamics 365, a move that evolves its current CRM and ERP cloud solutions into one cloud service with new purpose-built apps to help manage specific business functions. Customers can register for a webcast series about maximizing productivity and delivering great customer experiences with Dynamics here.

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

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postheadericon Facebook, Instagram Ban Private Sales Of Firearms On Their Social Networks: Let’s Hear Your Thoughts

In an effort to “updating our regulated goods policies”, the massive social networks Facebook and Instagram have banned the private sales of firearms on their networks. This ban only applies to peer-to-peer transactions and does not affect any FFL holders, … Continue reading
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postheadericon Microsoft and Dell partner to deliver Windows 10 devices and unmatched sales, services and support to the enterprise

ROUND ROCK, TX and REDMOND, WA – Microsoft and Dell today announced an expanded partnership to deliver premium Windows 10 devices and word-class services and support to enterprise customers. This partnership kicks off Microsoft’s new Surface Enterprise Initiative, focused on bringing greater mobility and productivity to organizations to help them transform their businesses with Windows 10. Built for the enterprise with unmatched security and management options, Windows 10 will roll out new enterprise capabilities this month following a strong first month of availability with 75 million devices already running Windows 10.

Starting in early October in the United States and Canada, for the first time, Dell will sell Microsoft Surface Pro tablets and Surface accessories through its North America commercial sales organization and later in the year on Dell.com/Work. This will be rolled out to the remaining 28 markets of Microsoft’s Surface commercial channel starting in early 2016. Additionally, Surface Pro devices sold through Dell will include the option of Dell Services, including Dell Hardware Warranty (up to 4 years), ProSupport with Accidental Damage Service, and Configuration and Deployment Services. The Surface Pro will be sold alongside Dell’s existing Windows tablet portfolio including the Venue Pro and Latitude 2-in-1 devices, meeting a wide range of customer needs with Windows devices from mobile productivity for knowledge workers to application-driven tablets that are purpose-built to meet specific customer use cases like in the hospitality, healthcare, retail or education sectors.

“We want to move people from needing, to choosing, to loving Windows and so do our partners,” said Satya Nadella, chief executive officer, Microsoft. “Our global enterprise customers have asked us to match the Surface Pro 3 and Windows 10 experience with enterprise-grade support and services – and our partnerships like this one with Dell will do just that.”

“Windows 10 is off to a great start, and we’re ready to help make the transition to Windows 10 as easy as possible for all of our customers,” said Michael Dell, chairman and chief executive officer, Dell. “Together with Microsoft, we are giving our customers great products, including Surface, with the best sales, service and support in the world.”

Many businesses are choosing Surface and Windows 10 to improve productivity, and this partnership will make it easier for large enterprises to deploy Surface at scale – providing a way to purchase Surface Pro devices and world-class enterprise support and services, in one transaction and have devices deployed all over the world. Organizations will also be able to take advantage of improved enterprise grade security and management features with Windows 10.

New Enterprise Features Coming to Windows 10

Built for the enterprise, feedback from millions of IT Pros helped shape Windows 10. Ready for corporate deployments today, Windows 10 will introduce new key enterprise features to Windows Insiders this month, with broader availability later this year. For the first time, enterprises will be able to experience features like Enterprise Data Protection (EDP), which provides personal and corporate data protection wherever data flows; Microsoft Passport for enterprise, which helps business workers securely login to applications, websites and networks without the need for a password; and Windows Store For Business, which delivers business customers a unified Windows app store experience including a choice of Windows store apps alongside company-owned apps, and allow IT administers to acquire apps in bulk. As part of delivering Windows 10 as a service, enterprise customers can expect ongoing feature innovations that will keep them up-to-date with the latest technology and ongoing security updates for a secure experience they can trust.

More information regarding today’s announcement, including videos from Satya Nadella and Michael Dell, can be found on the Windows blog.

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postheadericon Adobe and Microsoft partner to transform customer engagement across sales, service and marketing

London and Redmond, Wash. — April 29, 2015 — At Adobe Summit in London, Adobe’s annual European Digital Marketing conference, Adobe (Nasdaq: “ADBE”) and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: “MSFT”) today announced a strategic partnership that will redefine how enterprises manage their marketing, sales and service to better engage with customers across touch points. The partnership will include the integration of Adobe’s industry-leading Marketing Cloud Solutions with the best-in-class Microsoft Dynamics CRM solution and will allow brands to deliver experiences that take all customer engagements into account — from reach and acquisition to retention and loyalty. This new integration will help eliminate the frustrating customer experiences that result when marketing, sales and service interactions are siloed.

“Helping our customers reinvent productivity and business processes is one of our top priorities. Partnering with Adobe enables us to deliver a comprehensive set of customer engagement processes to enterprise customers to help them be more productive and better engage with their customers,” said Kirill Tatarinov, executive vice president, Microsoft Business Solutions, Microsoft. “The integration of our industry-leading Microsoft Dynamics CRM solution with the Adobe Marketing Cloud will enable business professionals to maximize their investment in technology and deliver breakthroughs in marketing, sales and customer care.”

“Adobe and Microsoft are creating the industry’s first large-scale solution for connecting the customer experience across all touch points,” said Brad Rencher, senior vice president and general manager, Digital Marketing Business at Adobe. “We are making it possible for the long-held promise of the customer-centric enterprise to become a data-driven reality.”

Microsoft Dynamics Marketing, Microsoft’s integrated marketing management solution, includes capabilities like marketing resource management that are complementary to Adobe Marketing Cloud to provide added value to customers. The partnership will bring an integrated CRM-marketing solution to marketers across many industry segments including financial services, travel and leisure. This partnership offers customers the ability to:

  • Align sales and marketing activities by tightly integrating audiences and their behaviors, which can help guide sales or service calls, identify sales opportunities or inform lead scoring.
  • Find high-value audience segments and provide them with real-time offers on the website or enable targeted display ads.
  • Combine Web behavior data with order history, return history, loyalty status and call center history to not only identify where in the sales life-cycle stage a customer is, but then also deliver the right content at the right time, whether that content resides on a landing page, in a service follow-up email or as an alert in a mobile app.

Both companies are committed to expanding other areas of collaboration and product integration including Adobe Marketing Cloud Solutions running on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. Adobe Campaign and Adobe Experience Manager are now certified on Microsoft Azure. Adobe already partners with Microsoft Azure to deliver streaming of major sporting events including the Olympics and Super Bowl through Adobe Primetime. The companies are also working on a connector that would enable data and insights from Adobe Analytics to appear in Power BI, Microsoft’s business analytics service that enables people to see all of their data through a single pane of glass, providing a consolidated view across a business.

About Adobe Marketing Cloud

Adobe Marketing Cloud empowers companies to use big data to effectively reach and engage customers and prospects with highly personalized marketing content across devices and digital touch points. Eight tightly integrated Solutions offer marketers a complete set of marketing technologies that focus on analytics, web and app experience management, testing and targeting, advertising, social engagement and campaign orchestration. The tie-in with Adobe Creative Cloud makes it easy to instantly activate creative assets across all marketing channels. Thousands of brands worldwide including two thirds of Fortune 50 companies rely on Adobe Marketing Cloud with over 30.5 trillion transactions a year.

About Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe is changing the world through digital experiences. For more information, visit www.adobe.com.

About Microsoft Dynamics

At the heart of every successful business are the people who make things happen. Microsoft Dynamics designs modern business solutions that empower individuals with intuitive tools that allow them to do their best work. Our proactive, easy-to-use business applications adapt to the way people and systems work, enabling businesses to rapidly deploy and be forward-looking in an ever-changing world.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

 

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postheadericon Retailers’ heavy handed fraud prevention leads to loss of sales

Online retailers battling with fraud prevention are losing out on genuine sales by treating their customers like criminals, according to a new report by ThreatMetrix.

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postheadericon New Microsoft Dynamics CRM breaks down silos between marketing and sales

REDMOND, Wash. — Sept. 16 , 2014 — Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq “MSFT”) on Tuesday announced that Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015, as well as updates to its Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online and Microsoft Dynamics Marketing services, will be generally available in the fourth quarter of 2014.

The new updates revolutionize the way sellers and marketers unite and collaborate by bringing outside-in insights to sales and marketing professionals so they can understand the impact of their campaigns to customers, giving them more personalized experiences. Salespeople now have the visibility to impact campaigns and targeting with unprecedented insight into marketing calendars and campaigns. The updates also enable marketers to more effectively plan and execute marketing campaigns and better track their impact, while strengthening synergies with the sales process. Microsoft Dynamics CRM continues to deepen its interoperability with Microsoft’s leading productivity applications, including Microsoft Office 365, Yammer, Lync, Skype, SharePoint and Power BI for Office 365.

The new release is designed to address ongoing needs for businesses to collaborate among different divisions and groups to better take advantage of opportunities and to meet the evolving needs of their customers.

According to Ray Wang, principal analyst, founder and chairman at Constellation Research Inc., “Closing the gap between marketing and sales is required for a successful customer experience. Organizations need tools to track the customer interactions from marketing to sales and back, collaborate on leads and opportunities, and measure the metrics that matter to both sales and marketing.”

“Unlike vendors that want to separate businesses by selling them countless different clouds and solutions, we have designed Microsoft Dynamics CRM to facilitate the kind of collaboration that businesses need to thrive and grow,” said Bob Stutz, corporate vice president, Microsoft Dynamics CRM. “This means that marketers and sellers can work more closely together to engage customers, bridging the chasm between marketing, sales and service to truly deliver end-to-end experiences that customers will love.”

Uniting m arketing and s ales

To break down the silos between sales and marketing, Microsoft Dynamics Marketing introduces the new Sales Collaboration Panel, which allows sellers to provide input into campaigns and targeting. The release also gives marketers the ability to streamline campaign creation and improve segmentation with graphical email editing, A/B testing, integrated offers and approval workflows. Marketers can more effectively collaborate with the click-to-call feature in Lync and easily schedule and execute webinars as part of their marketing initiatives. The new Interactive Marketing Calendar allows marketers to visualize and manage their end-to-end marketing plans. Microsoft Dynamics Marketing will also be available in Japanese and Russian.

In addition to providing salespeople with the ability to more effectively collaborate with marketing, the new release of Microsoft Dynamics CRM provides the ability to recommend products to up-sell and cross-sell across product families, improving their selling effectiveness. The new release enhances the Guided Sales Processes to help steer sellers toward desired outcomes and ensure the enforcement of business rules across all devices. New mobile sales capabilities across mobile platforms increase productivity with flexible RoleTailored dashboards and analytics, as well as personalized home pages.

Continuing to enhance capabilities to Microsoft Social Listening, the company added Italian as a sixth native language for sentiment tracking and analysis and expanded listening capabilities to include news sources. These capabilities give people access to real-time insights so they can see what is happening and make the right decisions to take advantage of opportunities the moment they arise.

Expanding into new markets, Microsoft announced that Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online is available for purchase in 17 new markets in Latin America on Tuesday, making the service globally available in more than 65 markets worldwide. The company confirmed that the global expansion of Microsoft CRM Online will continue and is expected to reach over 130 markets and in 44 languages by the end of calendar year 2014. The company, which recently announced the opening of a Brazil datacenter to service the Latin American region, also noted that in calendar year 2015, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online would expand into additional Microsoft regional datacenters. More capabilities and features of the new Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015 and Microsoft Dynamics Marketing, such as productivity improvements, automated business processes and real-time forecasting data, are detailed in the Release Preview Guide. A blog post series by Bob Stutz is available on CRM Connection. In addition, all can follow and engage with the Microsoft Dynamics CRM community @MSDynamicsCRM at http://www.twitter.com/msdynamicscrm, #MSDYNCRM.

About Microsoft Dynamics

At the heart of every successful business are the people who make things happen. Microsoft Dynamics designs modern business solutions that empower individuals with intuitive tools that allow them to do their best work. Our proactive, easy-to-use business applications adapt to the way people and systems work, enabling businesses to rapidly deploy and be forward-looking in an ever-changing world.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

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postheadericon Microsoft announces winners and finalists of 2014 Sales Achievement program

REDMOND, Wash. — July 29, 2014 Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday announced the winners and finalists of the Sales Achievement program. Winners and finalists were recognized at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2014, the company’s annual event for industry partners, July 13–17 in Washington, D.C. The Sales Achievement program recognizes global Microsoft partners for achieving exceptional sales results in fiscal year 2014.

“Partners that won this year’s Sales Achievement recognition have demonstrated extraordinary commitment in transforming their businesses to support customers worldwide with Microsoft technology,” said Phil Sorgen, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft. “As customers’ needs evolved, these partners made the right investments to grow their businesses with Microsoft and are now well-positioned to take advantage of new opportunities in fiscal year 2015 and beyond.”

Categories, winners and finalists appear below:

Azure Sales Achievement
Winner: Softbank
Finalists: ATEA and NEC Corp.

Cloud LSP Sales Achievement
Co-Winners: Insight Enterprises and SoftwareONE
Finalist: Bytes Technology Group

Corporate Accounts LSP Sales Achievement
Winner: Crayon
Finalists: Comparex and PC Connection

EPG Global ISV Sales Achievement
Winner: Redknee
Finalist: Jeppesen, A Boeing Company

EPG System Integrators Sales Achievement
Winner: Hewlett-Packard Company
Finalist: Dimension Data

Office 365 Sales Achievement
Winner: CDW LLC
Finalists: Adelior France and Phoenix Software Ltd.

OEM MNA Sales Achievement
Winner: Fujitsu
Finalists: Dell and Panasonic

OEM Named Sales Achievement
Winner: Trigem
Finalists: Seiko Epson and Wortmann

SMB Distribution Sales Achievement
Winner: Tech Data Europe
Finalists: ComPortal and Synnex, US

SMB RESELLER Sales Achievement
Winner: PERSPICUITY
Finalists: CCB and Palmetto Technology Group

About the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference

The Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference provides Microsoft’s partner community the opportunity to interact with leaders from around the globe: innovative partners, Microsoft team members and tech visionaries. Partners have access to key marketing and business strategies, leadership, and information regarding specific customer solutions designed to help partners succeed in the marketplace. Along with informative learning opportunities covering sales, marketing, services and technology, the Worldwide Partner Conference is an ideal setting for to network with thousands of partners from across the world. Attendees come from over 150 countries and represent many of the most successful, top-tier Microsoft partners. More information can be found at http://www.digitalwpc.com.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

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