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Green Practices

The tools you need to achieve the most environmentally-friendly office.

Meridian has a strong initiative to produce less waste, consume less energy, and make responsible decisions regarding the environment - both internally and externally. As a company we work diligently to find new ways to continually advance our green initiatives. Many of the companies that partner with us also have similar initiatives to do their part in saving the environment.

WORKING GREEN IN OUR OFFICE

Internally, we recycle our own cartridges, as well as paper, bottles and cans. We have small measures that add up too – such as washable dishes (instead of disposable plates, cups and utensils), hand dryers (versus paper towels), and electronic invoicing (reducing paper and fuel costs associated with print and mail). Visit our office and see plants placed throughout the space. It’s not just aesthetically pleasing; studies show plants are not only a stress reducer for employees, they also improve air quality.

GREEN FOR OUR CUSTOMERS

We offer a programs to our customers offering pre-addressed labels to return empty cartridges to recycling destinations; an easy and convenient method for our customers. In a broader sense, we help our customers transition from a paper-dependent and possibly wasteful culture, into an efficient work environment. Our solutions help customers cut down on excessive paper use and unnecessary energy consumption. We’re proud to say we’ve tested and applied these concepts to our office.

Here are some of the benefits that we offer that can help your company “Go Green!"

CONCEPTS IN A GREEN OFFICE

Meridian has the tools needed to achieve the most environmentally-friendly office. Let us show you how to get there!

Printer & Copiers

We have several applications that evaluate the performance of your copier and printer fleet to eliminate inefficiencies and reduce energy. Reporting options show immediate savings and projected trends over a period of time. The office products we select to sell include many features aligned with your office's green initiatives. Some include:

  • Locked Printing. This technology allows for storing, releasing and managing confidential document output and provides document security in a shared printing environment. This system accounts for all activity from end users, preventing excessive printing, while reducing the forgotten/abandoned print jobs.
  • Sleep Mode. Settings on your multifunction device can be set to go into "sleep mode" when not in use. This saves energy and lowers utility costs, but new technology ensures a very short warm up time when resuming activity.
  • Duplex Printing. This allows automatic prints of a sheet of paper on both sides. This feature saves paper and reduces waste in the office.
  • Sample Copy. Before making large quantities of copies; print a sample copy to guarantee the copy. This will help reduce the amount of wasted paper from large copy jobs with incorrect data or formatting.

Scanning, Storage Solutions, Document Management

Our scanning and electronic storage solutions lessen the environmental impact of traditional paper consumption, while reducing the costs of manual retrieval and physical storage of paper documents. These document management systems automate your workflow and come in many different packages. Examples include:

  • Electronic Document Conversion. Scanning documents and utilizing document management software will not only “green” your office, but will free up valuable space, save time, and money.
  • Fax Forward to Email. Change the default settings on your multifunction devices to automatically route incoming faxes directly to your email. This eliminates the amount of wasted paper from printing “junk” faxes, but also reaches you more quickly with your desktop or PDA as the destination.
  • Scan-to-Email/Scan-to-File. Programming these available functions on your multifunctional devices may include features such as OCR conversion and text recognition. 
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Timely Talk About IT Security – Wannacry!

By now, I'm just going to assume that most, if not all, of you have at least heard something about the Wannacry! Ransomware.

It’s been all over the news and many of my colleagues and clients have been asking me about it. Unfortunately, I have to deliver some bad news – these kinds of threats are going to continue to be more frequent. They're even getting cooler names from the individuals or groups disseminating them, so the media promotes them more, too...the jury's still out on whether that's a good thing, or a bad thing. 

Related: What DC SMBs Need to Know About Encrypting Ransomware and Malware

While widespread awareness can help slow the spread of bugs like this, it can also inspire copycat attacks from others who want their 15 minutes in the limelight. However, the thing the media's definitely not talking about enough is the fact that this could have been prevented if people simply took proper preventative care of their networks. 

Were you covered for the Wannacry attack? Are you sure or How do you know? Who do you call to get answers about something like this?

Related: Top 5 Risks of Using Outdated Technology

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Improving Your Law Firm with Dispatcher Phoenix Legal

Lawyers, paralegals, and other legal professionals go to work each day to address vital issues for their clients. It’s critical that law firms use innovative and advanced solutions to maximize their practice’s productivity.

That’s why we developed Dispatcher Phoenix Legal, our award-winning document workflow application. This legal records management system specifically designed to streamline the processing of case files, affidavits, subpoenas and other legal documents. Dispatcher Phoenix Legal helps our customers with the document-processing challenges that they face every day, driving efficiencies and allowing attorneys to focus on what they do best – the practice of law.

Casner & Edwards, the law firm that was highlighted in a customer success story and blog, used Dispatcher Phoenix to speed their printing process. But that’s not the only way that legal professionals can take advantage of the advanced processing features of Dispatcher Phoenix to work more quickly and accurately.

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Construction and Property Management: Technology trends to watch


These are the major changes and technology transformations that are influencing the construction and property management industry.

The construction and property management industry has been experiencing strong growth and expansion, with additional growth anticipated in the coming years — and with growth comes transformation.

There are a handful of technology trends influencing the construction and property management sector that are important for organizations in these fields to be aware of.

By gaining an understanding of the shifts that are taking place, they will be better positioned to recognize which organizational adjustments and operational strategy changes they need to make to prepare for the future and gain a competitive advantage.

In this post, I'll expand on a few notable trends I've noticed or been asked about in my dealings with clients in this field, including:

  1. Increased emphasis on collaboration
  2. Internet of Things (IoT)
  3. Virtual and augmented realities (AR and VR)
  4. Telepresence and automated receptionist systems
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