How Do I Decide if the Cloud is Right for My Business?

It seems as if the cloud is quickly becoming the norm for most businesses, which suggests that every workload which businesses have on their premises could be served by one cloud-based feature or another. That’s not always the case, especially for smaller companies.

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So, how do I decide if the cloud is right for my company? And if I do choose to turn to the cloud, it’s essential I choose the right provider. Remember, there isn’t one perfect provider that is right for every business. Entrusting applications to a third party requires more than just trust. It requires planning.

Some cloud options work for some businesses, while others are more suited to different industries. There are clouds which offer self-service features, and providers which offer more of a managed service plan. The right provider could be one that gives me a mix of cloud services, those that match up to my needs.

Challenges of the Cloud and Business Continuity

The cloud is an economically feasible choice for most businesses, providing them with a comprehensive data protection solution for all of their workloads.

This solution provides data backup and replication as well as disaster recovery at a much lower price than a physical disaster recovery site.

Cloud protection is so economical it has become an option for every business, no matter how big or small. The only problem, though, is that clouds don’t deliver business continuity. Each individual company is responsible for adopting their own tools, processes and plans to manage their own infrastructure. With a plan, a business may be setting itself up for failure.

How important is it to choose the right provider?

It’s important to choose the right cloud provider. This is one of the most important decisions a company can make. No one cloud provider is right for every business. Some plans offer a wider portfolio of features, while some are essentially self-service. What’s right for me may be a mix-and-match of cloud services; depending upon my workload and support needs. And as those needs change over time, it’s important to have a cloud provider that can change with you.

First, I need to make sure that I evaluate the services based upon my operational needs. Looking at my current state of affairs can help me figure out what the cloud can do for me.

I need to know what my company’s demand is throughout the year. Does it vary? For companies such as those in the accounting business, the demand will be very high at certain times of the year which is something the cloud provider I choose needs to address.

The provider I choose also needs to provide security, reliability and flexibility, to meet the needs of my business. If I need to make changes, I need to know that my provider allows for those.

It is also very important to look at my current security policies and guidelines for my clients’ data, and find a provider that matches (or goes beyond) what I already have in place.

And when it comes to cloud providers, it’s important to know how many other users there are, as well as what the costs may be. Costs should be transparent; what are the benefits of a managed plan versus a mix-and-match plan?

It is extremely important to shop around for the best provider rather than just choosing one because someone I know uses them. A cloud provider that is perfect for a hospitality company might not be perfect for an accounting business.

What’s Happening With L.A. Creative Technologies?

LA IT SupportJune has been quite a month for us here at L.A. Creative Technologies. We’ve got one client working on building six new offices, two others completely revamping the way their employees access files while they work and one more revamping an 8-year old network supporting a few teachers & students.

In short, we’ve been busy helping our clients make important decisions about their technology, ensuring their companies’ scalability and ensuring their employees have a more productive day at work – every day.

We also launched a new blog series “Digital Creative Spotlight” where we’ll be interviewing designers, musicians, event producers, architects and more about the ways technology enables their creation and their professions. Our first spotlight is with Val from Run & Hop, the same company currently helping us develop part of our own brand concept. Watch for this article soon.

I want to leave you with a list I’ve been working on: the 10 ways traditional IT might be hurting your business.

10 ways traditional IT is hurting you

Traditional ITIs your I.T. adding real value to your operations – or holding you back?

“Traditional” I.T. providers are detracting from their clients’ business goals by narrowly focusing on their client’s tech infrastructure. Without a business-first I.T. strategy developed by a Virtual CIO (VCIO), many companies are missing out on the opportunity to leverage technology in the pursuit of streamlined workflows, successful projects, improved marketing & sales, and much more

Here are 10 ways your traditional I.T. provider is holding you back:

  • Hardware Focus – A focus on only the workstations and servers of your I.T. environment ignores both the unique ways our users work and also the broader strategies of your business that can be served by technology.
  • Collaboration Catastrophe – Lack of a properly defined collaboration policy results in mismatched files versions, insufficient access controls and files missing when they are needed most.
  • Lack of Accountability – Without properly implemented task & project management systems, employees experience lack of ownership and accountability in their daily work.
  • Islands of Isolation – When new systems are chosen and implemented without the proper strategic planning, business departments are isolated from each other, resulting in lack of clarity and missed opportunities for automation.
  • Data Leaks – When basic access is all that is necessary to discover and steal confidential information, security is at risk and executives never know when their sensitive data will be exposed for all to see.
  • Online Marketing Road Block – Online marketing is not a priority for traditional I.T.: analytics, email, and landing pages are tools that cannot be ignored in a successful growth plan for a modern business.
  • Lack of Business Intelligence – Various business systems (Quickbooks, CRMs, Marketing & Web Apps) are gathering data about your business and its customers, but without dashboards and reporting this data gets lost and you aren’t’ able to act on it!
  • Sluggish Productivity – Constant errors, applications that don’t work, and employees without the proper productivity training are wasting minutes and hours every day, chewing up huge amounts of payroll while getting nothing done.
  • Zero Executive Control – Companies without the proper automation in executive workflow & reporting lack the data need to make decisions and grow their company to the next level.
  • Chewing Up Capital and Operating Expenses – Traditional I.T. focuses on CAPEX, selling software and hardware upfront and missing out on tax savings and convenience of ongoing OPEX models. Explore these options to increase convenience and save money.

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Ransomware Will Soon Appear on Everything

A new form of ransomware called “RAA” is, unfortunately, making the rounds. It’s getting attention for its unusual design, which makes it a possible glimpse into the future of cybersecurity risks in the “Internet of Things.”

Ransomware

Why RAA Works

At first glance, RAA looks like a run-of-the-mill ransomware scam. It arrives in your inbox looking like an email attachment. When opened, it scans your computer for documents, spreadsheets and other business-related files. It locks what it finds with enterprise-grade encryption, and a note written in Russian appears on your desktop explaining how to transfer $250 to RAA’s developer in exchange for the “key” to unlock your files. That’s frustrating and costly, but, so far, typical of ransomware.

What makes RAA different is that it was written entirely in something called JavaScript, which is computer code normally meant to run inside the web, in browsers and web apps. That makes it an odd choice for a program designed to infect personal computers. But RAA unfortunately succeeds because in the interest of being tightly connected with the web, Windows computers allow JavaScript to run right on their PC.

The Internet of Things and the Future of Ransomware

Windows allows this by default, because having a device tightly integrated with the web is otherwise incredibly useful and powerful. Just look at your smartphone and all its features that rely on web connectivity. That same level of connectivity is coming to more devices every day. Our near future is about to be filled with cars, business electronics, home appliances, even clothing connected via the Web. IT experts call this the Internet of Things.

So take how RAA exploits our growing reliance on web-connected technology and look into that future. Ransomware could infect a retail business’s cash registers and lock them down until a criminal is paid. Malware designed to target commercial vehicles could shut down a whole web-connected shipping fleet. A criminal could threaten to take over connected factory equipment and ruin millions of dollars in materials.

This might all sound like science fiction, but every day, more and more commercial products ship ready to connect to the Web. It’s only a matter of time before criminals find a way to exploit all of them.

Protecting Your Business Against Ransomware

Many incidents of extortion go unreported, but earlier this year, the FBI published estimated statistics on the recent costs of ransomware to American businesses. In the first three months of 2016, criminals collected more than $206 million from ransomware scams, on pace to pass $1 billion by the end of the year. Ransomware is a lucrative criminal business, so it’s worth knowing how to protect your business.

Having reliable security software usually protects against known ransomware programs, but almost every new one relies on deceiving someone into running it. Train your staff to only open attachments or connect devices with trusted contacts. If someone sends you an attachment or tries to connect equipment out of the blue, it’s always worth confirming the request’s legitimacy first.

Always have a contingency plan in case you are infected. Have a reliable backup system in place for your business’s files and equipment configurations. If you can restore mission-critical documents or reset your equipment with a clean configuration, then the criminals have no leverage with which to extort your business, and you’re back up and running that much faster.

Keep Your Business Protected

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How to Protect Yourself from Social Engineering

For those concerned about identity theft, it’s worth considering that some of the most effective techniques don’t rely on computer hacks or cutting-edge technology; instead, they are a more analog approach to the digital world.

To a sophisticated fraudster, it doesn’t take a social security number to hijack someone’s life, and in their quest for personal information, many would-be thieves are going back to basics. For the security-conscious, many people have taken steps to batten down the hatches on their computers and online accounts. However, social engineering relies on tricking people rather than machines, so different safeguards are required.

What Is It?

Social engineering is a process through which thieves gain access to confidential information by manipulating the person holding it. Thieves use several paths to get to the individual they’re targeting, but most commonly, they use the individual himself, his friends and family, or a customer service representative who works for a company with whom the target has an account.

Each channel requires different tactics, but each involves tricking an unwitting participant into sharing information that helps to further penetrate the victim’s life. Password hacking relies on brute force to test countless combinations, but this form of exploitation is more nuanced and can often be far easier and quicker for a seasoned con artist.

Common Scams

Scammers want to make money, so the goal is almost always accessing the victim’s finances, but while their paths are limitless, they can typically be broken into a few categories.

Pretexting is the process of gaining information useful in context to impersonate a legitimate person. Common examples include uncovering an email address, phone number, account number or a bill payment. With this information, thieves can reach out to a company and impersonate the victim in the hopes of gaining login credentials, or of being granted permission to reset the login credentials. This information might lead to a stored credit card, or it can be tested on other platforms, considering the tendency of the general public to re-use passwords.

Social EngineeringSome thieves use the pretext information on the victim directly, posing as a representative of the company through which they hold an account. This data helps bolster legitimacy, and it encourages the victim to divulge more than he or she typically would with a stranger. Again, the desired goal is usually payment information.

Once a thief accesses an account, he can try these login credentials on other sites, such as email and social media accounts, to reach the victim’s contacts in a phishing scam. By sending messages impersonating the victim and sharing malicious links to an unsuspecting target from a trusted source, the cyberthief may install keystroke loggers that record every key the user presses and uncover login credentials. Alternatively, the thief may install a form of malware that takes the computer hostage, allowing access only after a fee is paid. These “ransomware” attacks can be extremely costly, even though the cyberthief never gains access to the victim’s bank account.

Baiting is a similar tactic; scammers install malicious software without targeting a specific victim. A media device such as a USB drive, CD or music player is left in the open for a victim to find and plug into a computer, thinking that by doing so, she can uncover the identity of the owner or to explore what’s inside. Doing so can immediately load malicious code that’s pre-installed on the device, infecting the finder’s computer as if she had clicked a link.

How to Protect Yourself

  • In a business setting, be sure to provide proper training on handling sensitive information. Establishing a known protocol creates a security-conscious environment in which employees are informed and accountable.
  • Don’t click unknown links or plug in unknown devices. Employ healthy skepticism, so if a friend sends a suspicious message that contains links, reach out to him through another channel to confirm the legitimacy without relying on the potentially compromised account.
  • Two-factor login verification requires a user to confirm his identity through multiple devices. This is most commonly done by online login and confirmation with a cellphone text message, and it decreases the likelihood that a thief can gain entry by forcing him to gain access to another area of the victim’s life.
  • Inquire with your bank, utility and telecom services about adding additional security to your account. While not mandatory, many companies offer the option of adding a PIN number or verbal password that adds another barrier between your information and the outside world.

Leveraging Technology to Increase Your Accounting Firm’s Productivity

Small- and medium-sized accounting firms are judged by their efficiency, talent acquisition and retention, and the ability to carve out a niche from the competition. The leverage that any accounting firm has today does not depend on staffing; any firm can increase its productivity without adding manpower. Technology is the new arbiter in determining winners and losers in the accounting field.

Cloud Computing

Small- and medium-sized accounting firms now have the ability to handle huge tax returns that would normally be the exclusive job of enterprise-level firms. Even with client expectations higher than ever, cloud computing allows firms with limited manpower the ability to match the workflow, compliance and efficiency of large firms.

Cloud technologies considerably improve the QuickBooks culture that dominated accounting in the 1990s and 2000s. Instead of having to look in many places to prepare engagement letters, organize source documents and prepare the final return, everything from organization to fulfillment can be completely processed through the cloud in the same workflow.

Accounting Technology

Most importantly, cloud technology aggregates data entry and information in the same place. The user interface that usually involves only the tax preparation firm is now a collaborative place for the accounting firm and the client to meet. Portals allow both sides to exchange files in real time and communicate their meaning extremely quickly. Once trust is built, cloud technology gives the firm access to client data remotely from mobile devices, increasing the efficiency of the process even more.

High Tech, Low Cost

Aside from the improved workflow, cloud technology also costs much less than traditional accounting software packages. This added leverage can be put into the purchase of efficiency, a luxury that most clients are willing to pay for. Additionally, cloud technology is usually the safest, most protected data storage location to place important information. The latest disaster recovery and malware protection techniques come to the cloud first, freeing both the client and the firm from having to deal with the logistics of security.

Moving to the Cloud

Although cloud technology has countless advantages over traditional software accounting, the move into the cloud should be done strategically. First of all, an accounting firm must assess its current bandwidth and other logistics to determine if it can support this new technology without pickups.

Secondly, an accounting firm must determine the workflows that will inevitably change because of a move to the cloud. Vital employees must be trained in the new technology as well.

Leveraging Technology for Marketing

A savvy accounting firm can also use the cloud and social media to help automate the marketing process, freeing up even more time to provide to clients. With techniques such as programmable marketing and social listening, accounting firms can redirect a great deal of their resources into the actual fulfillment of their services, while automated procedures take care of the inbound marketing programs. Current clients are happier because more time is spent on their accounts, and future clients can trust that the accounting firm has the latest technological resources to employ on their services as well.

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Data Breach and Cybercrime in California: What You Need to Know

If you are a business owner with any kind of IT infrastructure in place, you should make sure you’re protected against cybercrime. Even though cybercrime sounds like something that only happens to governments or major corporations, more often than not, it actually takes place on the back-room servers of small businesses. Literally any computer with an Internet connection is liable to be targeted, and data breaches of this nature are surprisingly common. For this reason, businesses in California are required to report data breaches as soon as they notice them. The Office of the Attorney General calls this “Data Security Breach Reporting,” and it applies to small businesses and large ones alike.

California Breach Notification Law

Two Types of Data Breaches

The Office of the Attorney General categorizes data breaches into two broad types:

  • Those that expose unencrypted personal information on more than 500 California residents at a time, and;
  • Those that expose unencrypted personal information on fewer than 500 California residents at a time.

It’s important to know that these rules apply to each individual data breach. The actions that the company has to take change based on whether the breach affected a large number or a small number of residents.

What You Need to Do in the Event of a Data Breach

Apart from the obvious — renovating your IT security infrastructure and hiring a third-party IT management firm to address the damage — California law requires you to notify each individual affected. If you accidentally exposed the information of fewer than 500 people, your obligation ends there. If the number was more than 500, then you need to submit a sample of that notification directly to the Attorney General.

What Are Data Breaches and How Are They Detected?

Data breaches can take a wide variety of forms, but they are typically defined by attempts to gain unauthorized access to personally identifiable information for criminal use. This can be for identify theft purposes, such as opening lines of credit under false names, or even for corporate espionage. Managed IT providers catch data breaches by monitoring their systems constantly. If your business does not have such monitoring in place, the breach may go completely unnoticed until the authorities step in.

This was the case of Cate Machine & Welding, a small family business whose tiny office server became a focal point for cyberattacks from Chinese hackers who used their computer as a jumping-off point for additional attacks against American law firms, manufacturers, financial service providers and electronics companies. These attacks were traced back to that computer, and a proactive web security firm began monitoring its activity in order to predict further attacks.

This example illustrates that cybercrime is not just in the realm of huge corporations and government agencies — it can happen anywhere, to anyone. This is why even small businesses who never gave second thought to IT infrastructure need to invest in cybersecurity. In fact, these types of small businesses are especially encouraged to invest in secure infrastructures because they make much easier targets than the major firms do.

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New Government Rules Mean Nursing Home CMS Need to Bolster IT Networking

New government rules implemented in 2016 mean that greater scrutiny will be heaped upon nursing home Medicare and Medicaid services that concerns staff time-keeping records. Nursing home CMS will be one of the big targets of this new scrutiny, so if this means you, then you will have to back up your data so that, in the event of a security breach or other type of disaster, you can still provide employee records. This is in keeping with new regulations, but it is also in keeping with good practices that concern data recovery and business continuity. If you are a healthcare provider of any type, make sure that you have the maximum cybersecurity measures in place as well, because hackers are now targeting hospitals and healthcare providers, as evidenced in the case of the Kansas, Kentucky and California hospitals who even paid the hackers, but did not have their data returned.

Nursing Home IT Services

Multiple Reasons for Keeping Data Safe and Accessible

Staying aligned with government regulations is merely one reason to stay compliant and up to speed with your data storage. Multiple reasons exist these days for having full data center security and accessible record-keeping for nursing home CMS and other private healthcare providers. Patient liability is another reason to have full and clear access to time-keeping records for nursing homes. Data recovered and shared with authorities in a timely manner can clear CMS employees of any wrongdoing; whereas, if the data proves lost or inaccessible, it can look far worse — the liability then lying upon administration executives. The proper data center security system will prevent loss, theft or misappropriations of employee time-keeping records along with patient medical records and other sensitive data that could cost administrators in multiple ways should it become compromised.

Unfortunately, even your own nursing home employees may put you at risk. You will want to have PCs and mobile devices managed in order to both safeguard sensitive data and keep records of their time-keeping, for compliance. This may seem like a lot to worry about, but it isn’t if you have a trusted IT partner in your corner who will advise and implement the proper cybersecurity and data recovery measures that your organization requires.

How Data Security Helps You Be Government-Compliant

A lot of talk is in the press regarding the new government rules on nursing home time-keeping compliance — and even more regarding healthcare facilities as targets of hackers, as well as their own employees! For these reasons and more, an impenetrable IT security system and data center is the key to doing business today and into the future. The best defense is a good cyber-defense: cloud backup, antivirus protection, malware and spyware countermeasures, virtual phone system security, as well as mobile device management (MDM). The right IT specialist will act as a partner or outsourced team member who will work with your administrators, CIO, CISO, APs and other executives to custom-make a virtual data security plan that puts sensitive data — such as employee time-keeping records — under lock and key, with you as the keymaster.

Track Your Nursing Home Employees Beyond Record-Keeping

Comprehensive data center and mobile device management not only keeps track of your employees’ company time, but also their habits as well. With a good data center management system in place, you will be able to know your employees’ every move when they are on the clock. The government will not only appreciate this when it comes time to turn in employee time-keeping sheets, but so will nursing home CMS directors and administrators.

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Why Businesses Need An Acceptable Use Policy

Does your business have an acceptable use policy regarding office use of the Internet? More importantly, is your acceptable use policy (AUP) enforced, or is it a document that’s only seen upon the point-of-hire? Learn exactly why your company needs an AUP, even if you are just a small company with a handful of employees.

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What’s In an Acceptable Use Policy?

Acceptable Use PolicyAcceptable use policies outline when and how employees can use the business’ Internet access. Typically, these policies cover:

  • Purpose – The reason for the policy, from a business perspective.
  • General expectations – Here, place any general rules for Internet usage.
  • Acceptable use – This explains how employees are allowed to use the Internet.
  • Unacceptable use – This specifically calls out unacceptable uses of company Internet. It may focus on banning specific sites (i.e. social media) or on prohibiting behaviors.
  • Confidentiality and disclosure – Any business policies around confidentiality and disclosure of data go here.
  • Network use – Here place policies regarding user accounts, general accounts, and network boundaries.
  • Enforcement – The “teeth” of the AUP, this section lists when and how the enterprise will monitor network usage and punish violators.

Now that you have a refresher on what goes into an acceptable use policy, review why it is critical that you have one – even if you are a small business.

Why Small Business Need an AUP

The acceptable use policy protects your business from any legal actions, while clearly communicating to employees your expectations regarding their behavior.

It is far better to lay out acceptable usage and get employees on board early than to have to backpedal if something goes wrong. In a worst-case scenario, a staff member could introduce malware into the office environment visiting a site that would have been blacklisted – if you had an AUP in place.

An AUP may limit your liability around illegal file sharing. If your staff download ebooks, music, or video files from an illegal site, your business may be legally liable for this behavior. Can you afford to fight a file-sharing lawsuit?

Even if all downloaded media files are legal, your business may be paying to back up items that are personal in use. Additionally, if users are downloading large files, this hogs bandwidth. It may prevent staff from completing needed tasks quickly, by reducing the bandwidth available for legitimate uses. From a cost perspective, it’s worth the time to lay out policies regarding storage of file downloads.

It may seem obvious to block staff access to online gaming sites or pornography sites. Yet legitimate sites – YouTube, for one – can pose a big problem by hogging bandwidth and distracting staff from their duties.

Consider carefully which websites to specifically block. Aim to strike a balance between allowing staff access to information needed to do their job and enjoy a happy work culture and maintaining office productivity.

The best policies are not so specific that employees can easily loop around prohibitions, yet not so vague as to block or allow almost anything. Work with IT to create an AUP that is not only effective at reducing unwanted behavior and limiting your risk but can be enforced. To increase buy-in, consider sharing draft policies with staff and asking their opinion.

Once the AUP is final, distribute copies at an information session, answer any questions, and get staff signatures.

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Microsoft’s SQL Server 2016 Is Available

The newest Microsoft database platform, known as SQL Server 2016, was recently released to the general public. The platform was previously available in the form of test versions used by beta testers, developers, and IT professionals. These techies have actually been using preliminary versions of the software for over a year. The new database platform’s features were initially released through Microsoft Azure and put to the test in “real world” situations across nearly two million Azure SQL DB databases. Plenty of customers have already successfully conducted on-site production workloads with the software. This past Wednesday marked the official release of final version of SQL Server 2016.

SQL Server 2016

What SQL Server 2016 Brings to the Table

The updated Microsoft SQL Server provides users with a myriad of improvements over previous versions. It incorporates an array of new features that are designed to streamline enterprise data management tasks. These features and improvements were recently outlined in detail in a blog post made by Microsoft’s corporate data group vice president, Joseph Sirosh. Sirosh also wrote about how the new version of the popular database platform will ameliorate data analysis similar to how databases ameliorated enterprise data management. This simplification is now possible as analytics can be moved toward areas data is managed. The exact opposite approach has been taken in the past. This “new paradigm” as Sirosh describes it, will enable an analysis of real-time transactions with incredible efficiency as machine learning, aggregations and joins will all be securely performed within the database itself. There will no longer be a need to move the data outside of the database.

Another alluring aspect of SQL Server 2016 is the addition of open source software R. This feature allows for the immediate analysis of data mining. It will no longer be necessary to extract such information throughout the period of analysis. As a result, users will be able to adhere to a single SQL Server interface throughout the entirety of the process.

Microsoft Has Ramped up Security for SQL Server 2016

Microsoft should be commended for its renewed focus on security. The company placed a strong emphasis on building and maintaining safeguards for the updated version of SQL Server. This hyperfocus on security is quite refreshing in light of the recent data breaches and hacks that have reared their ugly heads in the first half of 2016. SQL Server 2016 safeguards include Always Encrypted, Transparent Data Encryption, Dynamic Data Masking and Row Level Security. Always Encrypted allows for the protection of data through encryption regardless of whether it is static or on the move. Transparent Data Encryption offers an efficient means of protecting data on the page level. Row Level Security and Dynamic Data Masking empower developers with extensive control of apps that connect to SQL Server 2016.

Why the Release of SQL Server 2016 Is Big News

Microsoft executives are anticipating that SQL Server 2016 will become one of the company’s most important product releases. Its abundance of new features and expanded scope will help the tech giant obtain a portion of Oracle’s enterprise database market share. Some customers are especially intrigued by the Enterprise Edition of SQL Server 2016. This variation provides all of the add-ons and is about one-tenth the price of Oracle’s database packages. Prospective customers will also be happy to know that Microsoft is providing free SQL Server licenses to customers who make the transition to the new SQL Server from a competing database. In terms of price, the Microsoft comprehensive pricing chart states that the Enterprise version of the software will be sold at a little over $14,000. Microsoft is also providing a no-cost evaluation version of the database platform, known as “SQL SERVER 2016 Developer”. This version contains the entire feature set and permits for the generation and testing of apps for those who have subscribed to either MSDN or Visual Studio.

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