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5 Checkpoints that Any Managed IT Services Partner Should Clear

Before proceeding with a Managed IT partner, it's important to set up checkpoints that ultimately secure your return on technology investment.

In the process of securing a competitive business advantage, organizations are moving fast toward the growing trend of outsourcing.

It stands to reason. Finding a trusted team in any particular business function – be it finance, technology or other – gives companies the opportunity to reduce costs, focus more on core business goals and planning, and also benefit from the specific expertise of these professional service organizations.

Topics: Information Technology Managed Network Services Network Management

5 Stats that Prove the Communication Revolution has Reached the Workforce

It's an old, universal truth: effective communication is key to team and organizational success. Without adapting to more intuitive, better integrated communication and collaboration tools, organizations will continue to hit the same communication barriers again and again. 

There’s this joke about millennials. Give a millennial a smartphone and he’ll live for a day… any longer than that and he’ll become a mindless, soulless, social media zombie.

Yes, it’s an all-too-common dig — a boomer scoffing at the 20-something across the room with his face buried in his phone. But all jokes aside, the next generation of communication systems and devices is transforming the way we work. With millennials now making up the largest generation in the U.S. labor force, the definitions of both “workplace” and “workday” are becoming steadily more hazy.

Topics: Network Management Unified Communications VoIP Phone System

Is Your IT Security Strategy 'All-Inclusive?'

Businesses often throw money and technology at the problem: firewalls, content filters, encrypted data and email, antivirus and anti-malware tools. But a more all-inclusive approach covers much more ground than just hardware. 

The nerves are shot. The internal screams of frustration finally slipped out across the salesroom floor. You need a vacation. And visiting an all-inclusive resort provides the ultimate peace of mind.

Topics: Network Management Network Security

Get Employees On Board with Copier Fleet or IT Onboarding Process

In working with your partner, how successful is implementation of new technology? Is there a Change Management Methodology that gets every employee on board safely? Or just a train wreck? 

Woodrow Wilson once famously said, “if you want to make enemies, try to change something.”

Funny, but for IT managers or business owners implementing an MFP fleet or IT-related onboarding process, perhaps a little too close for comfort.

Topics: Business Problems Productivity Tips and Tools Network Management Partnering Print Management

Recent Lawsuit Builds Even Bigger Case for Cybersecurity Education

Organizations must be accountable for guarding against cybersecurity, they must be fully aware of current risks, and they must be proactive about Cybersecurity education.

As cybersecurity increasingly becomes an agenda item inside the executive boardroom, organizations continue to recognize their own accountability in guarding against cyberattack.

But what about end users? How accountable are they?

It’s an interesting question raised in a recent news article published in KnowBe4’s Security Awareness Training Blog.

Topics: Managed Network Services Network Management Network Security Cybersecurity

5 Technology Initiatives that Will Drive Business Transformation in 2019

Paired with a barrage of potential threats, yet brimming with productive potential, technology plays an intimate role in the routines of today’s business workday. When well harnessed, it can unlock unforeseen competitive advantages.

Henry Ford once said, "I don't read history. That's in the past. I'm thinking of the future."

Ford, of course, was the Michigan-born engineer who developed a petrol-driven quadricycle into a small car; this proved the basis for the famous Model T motor car introduced in 1908. Just as Ford’s ingenuity forever transformed the auto industry, technology has been a driving force in business transformation for years.

As we look at the state of technology as it relates to business in 2019, Ford’s quote has a profound foreshadowing effect.

Topics: Scanning Printing Healthcare Solutions Network Management Cloud HIPAA Network Security Cybersecurity Managed Compliance Services Content Management

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

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: Managed Network Services Network Management Network Security Cybersecurity

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: Healthcare Solutions Network Management HIPAA Network Security 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: Information Technology Network Management Cloud IT Consulting