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Educating, collaborating, and sparking ideas for maximizing the technology that matters.


Print Pacesetter: In-House Production Offers You Control at Every Turn

 

With capable production print systems and the right technology partner, in-house production offers you complete control over your price, your processes and your final product.

In the Indy Car racing circuit, road courses require superior braking systems that are able to handle intense, repetitive braking as cars approach sharp, hairpin turns.

Often times, outsourcing your production print is a lot like racing behind the wheel of a 700-horse power,  2.2-liter twin turbo Indy Car with inferior brakes: It runs like clockwork until the unexpected happens (deadline change, color issue, mark-up fee) and you completely lose control.

Topics: Color Printing Productivity Tips and Tools Print Management Production Print

HIPAA: Failure to Comply Could Mean Goodbye

Your plan should begin with a Security Risk Analysis. It should also continue with the construction of a long-term compliance framework, one that offers visibility into current risks and reinforces firm security-related policies and procedures. 

When it comes to your healthcare organization and HIPAA, failure (to comply) is not an option.

Topics: Network Security HIPAA Healthcare Solutions Network Management Managed Compliance Services

SMB Competitive Advantages that Reach the Cloud

The cloud has become an increasingly familiar and very practical tool for businesses of all sizes to embrace, whether that’s for backup storage, endpoint security or any number of cloud-based software solutions. 

When it comes to cloud technology and the future, the possibilities are as wide open as the sky above us.

Topics: Cloud Information Technology IT Consulting Network Management

Achieve Office Equipment Enlightenment by Mastering the Art of Asking Questions

Is your potential copier provider capable of going deeper with relevant questions? Will their level of service handle the technology burden for you, and enable you to focus on your forte?

Martial Arts expert and movie star Bruce Lee is an unequivocal legend for his physical feats on the big screen. But he also possessed a few philosophical nuggets that packed a real punch.

One example from the former philosophy major turned Hollywood icon? “A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.”

Topics: Technology Pain Office Equipment Digital Copiers Multifunction Copier Productivity Tips and Tools

4 'Cs' of Technology that Carry Over into the Classroom

 

Does the IT staff at your school have the time to devote to forward-thinking technologies? Do you have a collaborative, meaningful partnership with your provider? 

Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “We cannot build the future for our youth—but we can build our youth for the future.”

The 4 “Cs” in education have become a fundamental representation for the National Education Association’s vision for 21st Century Education. Critical thinking, Creativity, Collaboration and Communication are all key components from the NEA to helping students of today – and tomorrow – prepare for college, for work, and for life.

Intertwined within these timeless  4 "Cs” assets today, of course, is the development of and proficiency with technology as students forge ahead in today’s digital era. For example, students must be encouraged to use technology to communicate innovatively and effectively. Additionally, technology plays a key role in effective student collaboration inside the classroom and, in some instances, across the globe.

Topics: education tips and tools Creating Raving Fans Office Equipment IT Consulting Partnering Production Print Technology Network Management

Healthcare Organizations Need a Roadmap to Navigate Cybersecurity

It cannot be a one-time snapshot, or a one-time risk assessment. It has to be a continuous, ongoing process." -  Navin Balakrishnaraja, National Practice Director, Healthcare IT Services for All Covered (IT Services, Konica Minolta)

All organizations are guilty of just “going through the motions” at times.

A client services specialist leaning too heavily on his company script. The sales representative who meets her quota but fails to concentrate on continued professional development (aka, the learning zone). There are countless scenarios within a work place where crucial tasks are tackled without enthusiasm or a particular level of involvement.

But few, if any, carry the level of risk of a healthcare facility just going through the motions with its cybersecurity plan. The organization must navigate this landscape carefully, and with a trusted map that leads to long-term security and compliance for the unpredictable journey ahead.

Topics: Network Security HIPAA Healthcare Solutions Security Cybersecurity

Network Security Tactics that Cut the Strings of Socially Engineered Puppeteering

Social engineering is really no different than any old-school scam from the past, other than modern technology is the setting (for the modern attack). 

Infamous hacker turned computer security consultant Kevin Mitnick, featured in the Werner Herzog documentary “Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World,” very much embodies the dark art of the Social Engineered Attack.

Mitnick is perhaps best known for breaking into the networks of IBM, Nokia and Motorola (in the case of Motorola, he stole their source code simply by talking an employee there into emailing it to him). He also claims to have compromised computers solely by using passwords and codes that he gained by social engineering.

In other words, the one-time cyber criminal’s most dangerous weapon was his gift of gab, manipulating his victims just as a puppeteer would his marionette.

Topics: IT Consulting Technology Support Security Network Security Cybersecurity

Strengthening Your IT Roots: 10 Ransomware Prevention Tips

Build strong roots from within your organization: Continue to empower employees to be proactive about cybersecurity risks and encourage them to report questionable content or activity.

An old Malay proverb states that “A tree with strong roots laughs at storms.”

Today’s workforce continues to grow remotely, with Businesswire estimating that remote workers will account for 72 percent of the US Workforce by 2020.  With more bring-your-own-devices out  in the field, endpoints continue to multiply and extend further beyond a traditional office, just like  branches on a tree.

Topics: Network Management Security Network Security Business Continuity IT Consulting Cybersecurity

Technology Forecast: Office Climate Change Imminent, but Probability of Printing Remains High

In the report, 36 percent of enterprises surveyed say they are printing MORE OFTEN than they were 12 months ago, while only 14 percent are printing less often. Similarly, 40 percent are scanning more often and 35 percent are copying more often.

By 2020, Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group predicts that 50 billion physical IoT devices will be connected to the Internet, consuming, generating, and communicating data. The office is no exception.

Crucial documents reside on our desks and file cabinets, but also in cloud servers and mobile devices. With such wide and easy access to the information we need, it’s tempting to think that printing may soon become a function of the past.

As ESPN analyst Lee Corso famously says on College Football Game Day, “Not so fast, my friend!”

Topics: Print Management Office Equipment Printing Printer Management Scanning Multifunction Copier Managed Print Services Canon USA Document Security

GDPR Compliance: How Does Your Data Security Technology 'Stack' Up?

Even if your organization is based in the U.S., it could have a significant impact on you and your business. Every organization that processes or controls any data pertaining to EU citizens must be in compliance with the new regulation.

We share private information online today, almost subconsciously.

Downloading Apps. Online transactions. Signing up for that “free whitepaper,” filing out a survey or even hitting the “like” button on Facebook.  Consumer data today is premium fuel for businesses all over the world.

Topics: Business Continuity Network Management Privacy Security Technology Technology Support