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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: Technology Office Equipment Production Print Network Management Partnering IT Consulting Creating Raving Fans Education Tips and Tools

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: Technology Security Privacy Network Management Technology Support Business Continuity

Dozens of Business Productivity Tips – Our 11 Best and Most Popular Blogs of 2017

You have a lot of options on the market when you make a technology purchase. The best solution for your business isn't determined solely by the price, the feature set, or how fast the vendor gets it to your doorstep.

Every year, I learn more about copiers, document management, workflow, and, increasingly, managed IT topics.

I do my best to pass on what I learn to you.

Here are the 11 most popular posts in 2017. They cover a range of topics:

Read on for insights into those topics – and more – to get yourself ready for 2018! 

Topics: Scanning Information Technology Technology Multifunction Copier Did you know? Managed Network Services Security Digital Copiers Digital Security Productivity Tips and Tools Healthcare Solutions Office Equipment Legal Solutions Network Management Document Workflow Document Security IT Consulting Business Continuity Disaster Recovery

Assess Twice, Purchase Once: Building Your Best Tech Solution

Everyone knows to measure twice and cut once. But too many people acquire technology without knowing what their company really needs.

When you view our website, you see assessments everywhere. This is not a marketing ploy to encourage website engagement. It's part of the process to convert you into a Raving Fan and ensure you get what you need. So let's discuss how the assessment part of the Raving Fan process works.

Topics: Technology

When Change Management Turns Into a Disaster Scenario

People don't even want to change their coffee order at the café in the morning, let alone the technology they've used every day for years. You want to improve productivity through new technology, such as a new customer relationship management system or digital copiers, but don't let yourself get distracted by the shiny data sheet in front of you.

You need to consider the people who are going to use these solutions on a daily basis. They don't care about the technical specifications of what you're bringing in, and they're going to dig their heels in if you don't have a plan ahead of time.

"Deal with it; it's here to stay" is not a good attitude for handling employee resistance to change. You're trying to alter long-held habits, and it's going to take more than telling everyone about a new system.

So why do people resist change? The Harvard Business Review points out the most common causes, including:

  • Uncertainty
  • Lack of control
  • Too many shifts in a short period
  • Potential for increased workloads
Topics: Business Problems Technology Solutions Training Legal Solutions

Finding Your Audience of One: Personalization With Variable Data Printing

“Hey. You there, here's a product you might be interested in. Maybe.”

That's not really a line that's going to inspire anyone to buy from you, much less customer loyalty. Yet that's what a lot marketing looks like – dull, uninspired, careless, and often so broad that no one knows it's for them.

Who wants to be on the receiving end of that? As a business, is that the kind of marketing you want to be sending to your customers and prospects?

Topics: Printing Technology Solutions Production Print

The Secret Sauce of the Right Technology

I’m going to give away the ending of this post now: there is no secret sauce for any IT project (unless you count doing the hard work required, but that’s hardly a secret). 

IT projects rarely fail because of the information technology. They often fail because many companies think they’ve found a “secret sauce” of technology that will somehow magically fix or improve broken or ineffective business processes and that employees will immediately adapt to and use new tools. In fact, research from the Project Management Institute shows that 58% of people view changing mindsets and attitudes as the greatest barrier to new project success. 

As those of us with stubborn children (and co-workers) know, there aren’t any shortcuts to changing attitudes. 

But we’re still shortcut-obsessed. 

Topics: Technology Productivity Tips and Tools

Don't Buy Technology to Solve Your Business Problems

It’s summertime, and a quick glimpse at the magazine rack in the grocery check-out lines promises quick weight-loss, guilt-free dieting, 6-pack abs (of course), and any number of pain-free ways to a better body and enjoy a spectacular summer. Now, of course, you know, deep down, that it’s not going to be quite that easy, but, still you think, as you reach for “how to lose 15 pounds in 15 minutes,” maybe this time . . .

Topics: Business Problems Technology Solutions Productivity Tips and Tools