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Jordan Arnold

Jordan Arnold
Jordan Arnold has been with Meridian since 2009, and helped grow our then recently formalized Managed IT Services division. Today, in her role as Director of Managed Services Solutions, Jordan provides a variety of support for customers, internal staff, partners, and more, related to a variety of IT solutions. Jordan lives in the Alexandria area with her family and new kitten Mad Maxx. In her spare time, she loves reading, playing with tech toys, and traveling.

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Timely Talk About IT Security – Wannacry!

Jordan Arnold

Posted by Jordan Arnold
Thu, May 18, 2017

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Related: Top 5 Risks of Using Outdated Technology

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The Future Office is Now: What used to be for play is now for work

Jordan Arnold

Posted by Jordan Arnold
Tue, Dec 06, 2016


New trends in tech can reshape the purposes of some office devices.

With new advancements in the workplace, businesses may need to rethink the way they view many technologies.

That can mean taking something commonly associated with recreation — such as augmented or virtual reality (VR), originally made popular by gaming platforms like Oculus Rift — and incorporating it into the standard workday.

The Internet of Things (IoT) will likely play a big role in this transformation. Since it's fundamentally based on putting technology to productive, connected use, the change can make employees more aware of different kinds of data.

Read on to learn more about the following implications:

  • Blurring the lines between departments, such as IT and FM (facility management)
  • Impact on the way employees communicate
  • Getting down to (social) business
  • How you can keep up and get ahead
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Top 5 Benefits of Server Virtualization for SMBs

Jordan Arnold

Posted by Jordan Arnold
Tue, Oct 11, 2016

Large enterprises have been utilizing server virtualization for about 10 years, and the benefits of this technology are now available to smaller businesses, too.

Server virtualization creates “virtual environments” that allow multiple applications of server workloads to run on one computer. This flexible method of computing has many benefits to offer, especially for small to mid-sized businesses.

Here are the top 5 ways SMBs can benefit from server virtualization:

  1. The Benefits can be Greater the Smaller the Enterprise
  2. Maximum Server Utilization
  3. Better Disaster Recovery Capabilities
  4. Smoother Business Continuity
  5. Enhance Security

Read on to learn more about each of these top 5 virtualization benefits for SMBs.

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Big Data Can Be a Useful Tool for Small Associations and Non-Profits

Jordan Arnold

Posted by Jordan Arnold
Tue, Jan 26, 2016

DATA.jpgIn the Oscar-nominated 2011 film Moneyball, Jonah Hill plays a young economics graduate who introduces an old school baseball general manager, played by Brad Pitt, to a new way of assessing player talent called sabermetrics.

Ostensibly, Moneyball was a movie about the business of baseball. But to me, both the film and the book it was based on, written by Michael Lewis, were really about statistical analysis and how data can be a key tool for any organization — big or small.

The world we now live in is awash in data. Never before has so much information been available to so many people. Big businesses have been using Big Data for years to gather information about their clients and customers, analyze it, and plan business strategies based on that data. Now, because of digitalization, small organizations and associations have access to data that can greatly help them pursue their core missions, enlarge their membership base, and increase funding.

Read on to learn how your association or non-profit organization can start to leverage big data today!

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Why Your Association Must Build a Technology Roadmap

Jordan Arnold

Posted by Jordan Arnold
Tue, Oct 13, 2015

It’s critical that associations, non-profit organizations and businesses, alike, proactively document and maintain a comprehensive, technology strategy, or as we like to call it, a technology roadmap.

With new desktop, mobilevirtual and BYOD integrations, technology has the potential to be one of the most important allies an organization could have. But, if you don't have a clear plan or strategy for the future, technology could actually become a barrier to your organization's growth.

Your technology roadmap must incorporate your:

  1. People
  2. Devices
  3. Applications
  4. Data

Read on to learn more about why it's so critical for your association to have a technology roadmap, how often you should update it, and why it must include each of the four components listed above.

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How to Build Your Association's Technology Road Map

Jordan Arnold

Posted by Jordan Arnold
Tue, Aug 04, 2015

In my last blog post, Why Your Association Should Build A Technology Road Map, I discussed four key aspects to consider before developing a technology plan for your association: people, devices, applications, and data

This article will go into greater detail on the actual process of building an ideal technology strategy that suits all of your association’s needs. When building a technology strategy, the best place to start is always with a comprehensive IT assessment — ideally one performed by an objective third party, such as a Managed Services Provider (MSP)

Read on for more info about:

  • Why this is so critical for your association
  • How and where to get started assessing your existing IT landscape
  • Necessary steps to take during the strategic planning process
  • Simple ideas for goals 
  • How to align assessment results with goals 
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4 Key Issues DC Businesses Face When Migrating to MS Office 365

Jordan Arnold

Posted by Jordan Arnold
Thu, Jun 11, 2015

Microsoft Office 365 and Exchange Online represent more than a decade of innovations over older on-premises versions of server software solutions. The migration presents some short-term challenges and long-term benefits. The migration won't be simple, and it may take some time depending on the enterprise.

An Osterman Research White Paper, Best Practices for Migrating to Office 365, identified four key issues that organizations should keep in mind when considering a migration to Office 365:

  1. Migrating to Office 365 is a major undertaking, with significant IT, security, and compliance issues.

  2. Know why your organization wants Office 365 and what business drivers are motivating the change.

  3. Top decision makers will need to plan the migration, and understand its impact on the whole enterprise.

  4. Those same top-level executives should manage the migration process.

Read on for details about each of these four key issues, as well as recommendations for overcoming challenges and minimizing risks related to migrating to Office 365.

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5 Ways SMBs Can Benefit from Managed IT Services

Jordan Arnold

Posted by Jordan Arnold
Thu, May 22, 2014

Information technology is like oxygen. As long as it’s available we never think about it. Cut off our air supply, and oxygen is the only thing on our minds. Managed IT services helps you run your small-to-midsize business (SMBs) so that its not your constant concern. Unless technology is your end product, the less time your enterprise devotes to IT the better. In other words, we should manage our IT services, and not the other way around.

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IT and Enterprise Strategy Go Hand in Hand

Jordan Arnold

Posted by Jordan Arnold
Tue, Mar 11, 2014

Predicting technological trends can be difficult. Charlie Chaplin once believed that cinema would fail, saying that it was only a fad. Live theater was really what audiences craved said Chaplin, who later became the biggest movie star in the world.

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Windows XP & 2003 Upgrade Essential for Network Security & Compliance

Jordan Arnold

Posted by Jordan Arnold
Tue, Sep 17, 2013

 

Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, and Exchange 2003 will reach their end-of-life on April 8, 2014, which means that Microsoft will no longer support maintenance, security updates and patches for the systems.

After this date, these systems will lack protection from Malware and Spyware software—hackers are waiting in the wings to attack once these systems become vulnerable. Furthermore, systems running on Windows Server 2003 or XP will no longer be HIPAA Compliant once the deadline hits.

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