The Datamax Thinking Blog

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


Productivity That Soars: Collaborate, Connect and Control with Cloud-based Content Management

Cloud-based content management solutions like Box bridge the gap between a scattered, yet somehow still collaborative, workforce. 

The Wright Brothers are the quintessential example of old-school collaboration. Collectively, Wilbur and Orville accomplished something on Dec. 17, 1903 that no individual engineer or inventor could on his or her own: Achieve manned and controlled flight.

Section 179 Deduction: Christmas Comes Early for Businesses Looking to Purchase Technology

Essentially, Section 179 of the IRS tax code allows businesses to deduct the full purchase price of qualifying equipment and/or software purchased or financed during the tax year. That means that if you buy (or lease) a piece of qualifying equipment, you can deduct the FULL PURCHASE PRICE from your gross income.

As the clock winds down in 2018, businesses are scanning the field for ways to close out the year on a winning note.

Small business owners or managers may not be aware of an incentive that could forge a huge technology and productivity boost in their immediate future: Section 179 Deduction of the IRS Tax Code.

Topics: Office Equipment Productivity Tips and Tools

Managed Network Services: You Are Now Free to Move About Your Business

Managed Network Services (MNS), more than anything else, offers freedom. Freedom to focus on your business. Freedom to become strategic and forward thinking about technology – how it can actually become performance enhancing.

Small to medium-sized businesses, in rising numbers, have heeded the call to make cybersecurity a top priority for their organization.

After years of preaching/pleading from Managed Service Providers, coupled with thousands (millions?) of blog posts devoted to the topic, most SMBs today recognize that when it comes to data breaches, “it can happen to me.”

Topics: Cybersecurity Microsoft Gold Partner Network Management Managed Network Services Information Technology

The Automation Tipping Point: How Production Printers can Avoid an In-Plant Face Plant

Web-2-Workflow introduces a new standard for streamlining and automating the production process from end to end.

It's anything but just another day on the slopes for today's print operators and managers.

This time last year, a Forrester Insights article predicted that 2018 would be “a tipping point in automation.” Despite previous years of “doomsdaying” that automation would eliminate millions of jobs (predictions that proved ultimately wrong), the research firm concluded that “while reticence over workforce impact will remain, the age of the customer requires dramatically speeding up the revolution.”

Topics: Production Print Office Equipment

7 Trustworthy Steps in Avoiding Ransomware, Phishing Scams

Organizations today need an IT strategy that acts as a belayer, a trusted entity of support to prevent malicious attack. 

Rock climbing is an endeavor built entirely around trust: Trust in your belayer.  Trust in your equipment.  Trust in the terrain surrounding you. And, of course, trust in yourself.

Likewise, your organization’s online security often comes down to a matter of trust. But trust in this manner should never be earned without scrutiny, verification and due diligence.

Topics: Cybersecurity Network Security Network Management Managed Network Services

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