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Construction and Property Management: Technology trends to watch

Adam Siegelbaum

Posted by Adam Siegelbaum
Tue, Feb 13, 2018


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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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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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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Create a Winning Workflow Strategy

Kam Roshan

Posted by Kam Roshan
Tue, Feb 28, 2017


The efficiency of any business comes down to its workflow strategy.

Managing your office can be a difficult endeavor. It's an ongoing responsibility that involves a lot of working parts.

Between document and network management, there is never a shortage of processes and systems to assess, issues to address or methods to reconsider. However, the key to ensuring the work of your organization gets done as efficiently and as cost-effective as possible all comes down to your workflow.

Business processes are usually created holistically over time. As such, there are often a lot of areas that overlap, producing redundancies and inefficiencies.

These pitfalls, in turn, lead to unnecessary costs and delays, and hamper the overall performance and success of an organization. As your organization grows and evolves, it's important to adapt operations in tandem and consistently evaluate workflows to ensure they reflect the best possible way for work to get done. 

There are a number of ways to create a winning workflow strategy. The first step is to get a clear picture of what processes and systems are in place right now.

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How the 'virtual office' could change the workplace [Video]

Juliana Lee

Posted by Juliana Lee
Thu, Nov 10, 2016

 

Virtual Reality headsets could work for more than entertainment. Although we'll still have to wait to see, VR could make a number of things easier in the workplace.

RELATED: Why DC SMBs Need an Internet-of-Things (IoT) Strategy

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