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Juliana Lee

Juliana Lee
Juliana Lee, or "JC," as many Meridianites know her, started working at Meridian as an intern in 2007. Today, through her company, District SMARKETING, she oversees the strategy and management for Meridian's marketing communication programs. She is a University of Maryland aluma (Go Terps!), who loves writing, design, technology, traveling with her husband Logan, and her maltese named Bear. Learn more at www.districtsmarketing.com.

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Going OVER THE EDGE to Support Habitat for Humanity of Northern VA

Juliana Lee

Posted by Juliana Lee
Tue, May 08, 2018

On Saturday, May 19, as part of a partnership between Meridian's Community Outreach Committee and Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia, Meridian VP of Sales Chris Lucci will participate in a high-adrenaline rappel down the 15-story Hilton Global Headquarters building to actively support Habitat NOVA’s mission. Help us send Chris OVER THE EDGE here!

This is NOT your Typical Fundraiser! Habitat's 2018 Over the Edge event is one of the most highly anticipated and exciting fundraisers in Northern Virginia. This unique experience will only be matched by the participants' deep pride in supporting Habitat NOVA’s mission — building lives and homes for local families. 

With 80+ elite thrill-seekers – or “Edgers” – enrolled, the OVER THE EDGE event supports Habitat NOVA's program outreach including the 100 Families Served Campaign – a major milestone: 100 families served since the organization's inception in 1992.

Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia (Habitat NOVA) is a vanguard affordable homeownership advocate, known for ensuring strong and stable local communities and families. The affiliate has a stellar 28+ year reputation of fostering strength, stability, and self-reliance for local families wanting to invest in themselves and their communities through affordable homeownership.

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Meridian in the Community: Cornerstones After School Snack Packs Program 2018

Juliana Lee

Posted by Juliana Lee
Fri, Mar 16, 2018

Today, Meridian's Community Outreach Committee gathered together with other employee volunteers to contribute to the Cornerstones After School Snack Pack program — assembling 118 snack bags for donation, which the Meridian delivery team will drop off next week.

The After School Snack Pack program entails preparing after-school snack bags for children served by Cornerstones programs

The Reston, VA based non-profit has been a Meridian Community Outreach partner for a number of years and primarily works in local apartment communities to connect residents to local services and often has children drop in after school for programs and help with their homework.

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An Overlooked Threat to Network Security: Don't forget about your printers

Juliana Lee

Posted by Juliana Lee
Tue, Dec 05, 2017


Fringe devices, such as printers, can pose some of the biggest security risks, if not properly managed.

When it comes to IT security, most business professionals today think about their desktop computers — as they should. But our smartphones, tablets and PCs are not the only devices on our networks that can compromise critical infrastructure.

A few months ago, the Distributed-Denial-of-Service (DDOS) attack on Dyn Inc.'s Domain Name Server marked an unprecedented level of cyber intrusion, causing widespread website availability issues throughout the East Coast. This disruption shed light on some of the major vulnerabilities within Internet-of-Things devices, including those that we tend to overlook, such as printers. 

Keep reading for:

  • a quick video on why you should care about printer security, courtesy of Christian Slater and HP Studios
  • key factors that come into play for the overlooked threat of printer security
  • what you can do to overcome the risk and secure your printers
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Is Your Office Technology Provider a Business Partner, or Just a Vendor?

Juliana Lee

Posted by Juliana Lee
Tue, Nov 07, 2017

The biggest lesson I learned while planning my wedding last year is that success is all about partnership. With so many details, priorities and districtations vying for our attention these days, it's more essential than ever to find someone you can trust and work with as a team in the pursuit of mutual goals, interests and success factors. This doesn't only apply to your personal life, though. In fact, it's just as relevant in business relationships, especially those that relate to the technology that drives your business, such as a managed services provider (MSP).

Whether they're offering help desk services, document solutions, hardware, software, managed IT services, or any combination thereof, the “P” in MSP should really stand for Partner. Let’s face it, if it works out we may be talking about a long-term relationship here. So, before you say “I do,” ask some critical questions of any technology suitors vying for your business.

A service level agreement (SLA) with the right MSP can, and should be, mutually beneficial to both parties — in other words, it should be a partnership. Don’t be timid about scrutinizing the intentions of any firm courting your business. Make them pass the three S test: strategy, service and support.

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The Shift to Predictable Billing for IT Services: Break/fix won't be missed

Juliana Lee

Posted by Juliana Lee
Tue, Oct 17, 2017

Have you ever wondered how IT vendors get away with hourly or timed billing for maintaining systems they were supposed to prevent from having issues in the first place?

Well, the short answer is simply because they could. Because they held a grip on your technology and everyone else in the profession charged the same way.

But not for long...times are definitely a-changing.

The good news is that the introduction of new all-inclusive business models is driving the market towards a fixed fee culture — though the majority of IT providers still use hourly billing under a "break/fix" business model.

But how exactly does the fixed-fee model work? How can one expect to maintain secure, speedy and scalable systems in the face of relentlessly evolving technology, with a predictable monthly bill?

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5 More Ways Law Firms Can Cut Costs Through Printer Management

Juliana Lee

Posted by Juliana Lee
Tue, Sep 12, 2017

 My last blog post, 5 Ways Law Firms Can Achieve Savings Through Print Fleet Management, was the first of a 2-part series with some helpful tips for law firms looking for cost-control or cost-recovery solutions through managed print services.

Most of the issue is a general lack of awareness about efficient business process management as it relates to printing, and the fact that print-related costs are often unmanaged or under-managed. From eliminating personal desktop printers, to scanning more and eliminating excessive creation of paper files, there are many simple ways that businesses can increase their office productivity, while also increasing their office savings.

So, here are five more ways that a law firm — or virtually any other organization — can employ a print management system with a managed print services program to "go green" while saving green:

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5 Ways Law Firms Can Achieve Savings Through Print Fleet Management

Juliana Lee

Posted by Juliana Lee
Tue, Sep 05, 2017

It seems that "green" sentiments have seeped deeper into our consciousness and have begun to influence more day-to-day processes and decisions, including those in the legal industry.

Every once in a while, ABA Journal posts success stories about how law firms across the country are moving towards being green; both from an operations standpoint and an added perceived benefit for clients.

Not only can a firm, or any other organization, "go green" by adopting a print fleet management program, but they can also focus on cutting down unnecessary costs for your company. This can include toner/ink expenditures, which commonly place a large burden on a firm’s accounting books. By gallon, the price of toner can be more than 10x the price of gas, depending on printer model.

I've compiled a list of 10 ways a law firm, or virtually any other organization, can employ a print fleet management program, or managed print services, to "go green" while saving green. Here are the first 5: 

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Managed Print Services: Future outlook and trends

Juliana Lee

Posted by Juliana Lee
Tue, Aug 08, 2017


The managed print services market is going major changes.

Companies today are dealing with more information than ever before, so taking the opportunity to outsource and streamline processes wherever possible is beneficial. One of those key business areas organizations are increasingly looking to third parties for assistance with is managed printed services.

According to Transparency Market Research, by the end of this year, the valuation of the global managed print services market is forecast to reach $31.5 billion - and as much as $95 billion by 2024.

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4 tips for making your office more energy efficient

Juliana Lee

Posted by Juliana Lee
Wed, Aug 02, 2017


Even simple changes can have a significant impact.

Today's business world is becoming increasingly aware of our impact on the environment. 

If you're interested in reducing your carbon footprint and making the planet a healthier, safer place, the good news is that there are plenty of ways to do that. By pursuing green business practices and making your office more sustainable and energy efficient, not only will you be improving the atmosphere, but you'll also be boosting the appeal of your brand.

Below are four easy ways you can enhance your office's efficiency:

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Five Best Practices to Avoid Common HIPAA Violations

Juliana Lee

Posted by Juliana Lee
Tue, Jun 06, 2017

Fines up to $1.5 million, loss of clients, and negative publicity are just some of the serious consequences of violating the 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

The penalties for non-compliance are based on the level of negligence, and in some cases carry criminal charges that can result in jail sentences. HIPAA compliance is serious business, and when penalties are levied one of the main things taken into consideration is what, if any preventive steps were taken.

With that in mind, here are some basic best practices to implement regarding HIPAA compliance, including:

  1. Comprehension of the guidelines
  2. Training
  3. Guard against 3rd party disclosure
  4. Proper disposal methods
  5. Mobile device management

Read on to learn about each of these five best practices, and how you can implement them.

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