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The Need for Speed: 6 Business Communication Solutions for the 'Next Normal'

If the need for speed still exists within your workspace, these business communication solutions can help keep collaboration afloat, launch communication avenues relevant to today's work culture, and keep your team gliding smoothly across the waters of everyday business.

Much like humans, it’s amazing what companies will do when they have to, and how little they will do when the water seems calm.

Topics: Cloud Unified Communications VoIP Phone System Coronavirus Work From Home

Office Equipment Service During COVID-19: What Should You Expect From Your Copier & Print Provider?

How do you know that your office equipment service provider is taking all the necessary preventative measures? How can you ensure that they are not potentially raising the risk of COVID-19 infection inside your workplace?

Copiers/MFPs sitting dormant for a good stretch of time are often overdue for service.

Rollers go flat, causing jams. Corona assemblies get ozone built in them and print quality takes a hit. Typically, preventative maintenance visits prevent occurrences like this, but throughout the pandemic, these routine check-ups have inevitably become scarce.

Topics: Canon Color Copier Office Equipment Coronavirus

3 COVID-19 Phishing Email Examples To Help Your Business Identify Scams

But what might a COVID-19 phishing email scam look like? We looked in our own inbox, and accessed a valuable cybersecurity resource, to show you things to be looking for.

Two basic qualities that cybercriminals prey on are vulnerability and desperation. With so many on high alert with COVID-19 information and updates, phishing season is in full swing.

Topics: Network Management Network Security Coronavirus

BYOD In Higher Education: Developing a Print Strategy for Gen Z

The printed document (as you’ll read more below) remains a very relevant mode of consumption for Generation Z. However, the preferred means for doing so is unequivocally mobile.

A generation ago, one glance at a bustling on-campus computer lab, and you knew: Mid-terms must be right around the corner.

However, this traditional hub for course research has migrated to coffee shops, residence halls, student centers, cafes and anywhere else a student can access Wi-fi. The BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Movement, being currently led by Generation Z, creates increasing complexities for Higher Education IT personnel hoping not to get sacked by the onslaught of devices.

Topics: Color Printing Print Management Education Tips and Tools Mobile Printing

Print Management 101: How Colleges Can Maneuver the Print Maze and Maximize the Budget

With no substantial control over a print environment, discovering ways to optimize your fleet can seemingly twist and turn like an intricate maze, with no real end in sight. Higher visibility leads to better management — and maximizing available budget.

The stark reality higher education institutions face today? A gap in college confidence.

According to a study by TD Ameritrade, 89% of Gen Z, along with nearly 79% of young millennials, have considered an education path that looks different from a four-year degree directly out of high school. Nearly 20% of those surveyed say they might choose not to attend college.

Topics: Print Management Managed Print Services Education Tips and Tools Print Assessment

Post-Pandemic: Taking the Work From Home Plunge Long-Term

Fifty-seven percent of small and midsized business owners who increased remote working due to the COVID-19 pandemic said they will likely maintain the option for employees in the long term.

What happens as we move past the COVID-19 pandemic?

It’s a universal question faced by businesses right now. And while the Internet is abuzz with post-pandemic postulation, a vast amount of uncertainties still loom.

Topics: Unified Communications Coronavirus Remote Workforce Planning Remote Work Work From Home

Print Controls & Capabilities for School IT Directors Spinning Too Many Plates

The right Print Capabilities and Controls can stop so many plates from spinning, so you can craft initiatives that actually elevate the classroom experience. 

Without the right control and capabilities in place, an executive chef can be left spinning plates, rather than perfecting them on their way out to the kitchen floor.

Topics: Printing Color Printing Print Management Education Tips and Tools

3 Reasons Print Management Should Be Included In Your School's Technology Plan

A Print Management engagement effectively uncovers the processes behind the print, to keep your fleet under control and cost-effective.

As we near the end of an unprecedented year for K-12 schools, administrators are faced with any number of tough questions heading towards the fall. Among them:

Topics: Printing Print Management Education Tips and Tools

A Remote Reality: 3 Communication Tips That Bridge the Gap in Work-From-Home Productivity

Communication solutions such as video conferencing go a long way in bridging that collaborative gap between office and home. But they must be used strategically.

The Remote Reality: It's one that all organizations are coming to terms with in recent weeks. As the impact surrounding COVID-19 continues to set in, IT personnel are scrambling to set up "work from home" scenarios. Business executives are left with a variety of tough decisions about this suddenly scattered workforce. And employees?

Topics: Unified Communications Coronavirus Remote Workforce Planning Remote Work

How Businesses Can Help Employees Securely Work From Home

With the likely increase in remote work, companies will have to prepare in various ways to avoid cybersecurity risks or interruptions to business.

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread uncertainty regarding routine business operations, employee safety stands as a top concern for employers ... as does network management and IT security.

Topics: Managed Network Services Network Management IT Consulting Business Continuity Network Security Cybersecurity Coronavirus Remote Workforce Planning Managed Services Provider