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Benefits of automating document management workflow [Video]

Kam Roshan

Posted by Kam Roshan
Thu, Mar 09, 2017

Your company's data and documents play a critical role within your organization. Therefore, making sure they are managed appropriately and efficiently should be a top priority.

Leveraging automated document management solutions can benefit your company in a number of ways.

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3 signs it's time for a workflow assessment [Video]

Kam Roshan

Posted by Kam Roshan
Thu, Mar 02, 2017

A company's workflow plays a pivotal role in its success. So, it's important to periodically check in to identify any opportunities to improve processes and reduce inefficiencies. 

These three major signs indicate it's time for a workflow assessment.

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How to Prepare Your Paper Files for Electronic Document Management

Kam Roshan

Posted by Kam Roshan
Thu, Feb 23, 2017

Sometime in the future, when paper documents have disappeared and gone the way of cuneiform written on clay tablets, paper may be relegated to museums alongside papyrus and parchment.

But for now, mountains of paper documents still occupy many offices, and must be converted to digital form in order to reap the many benefits of a document management solution (DMS).

Often, implementing a DMS involves preparing large amounts of paper documents for subsequent scanning and indexing. Of these three steps — document preparation, scanning and indexing — the most labor intensive is the prep.

And, because it can save an enterprise significant time and money, proper planning and careful pre-scanning document preparation deserves its own blog post. Scanning and indexing will be discussed in a future post.

Keep reading for more info about the 3 key steps for successfully preparing paper documents to be loaded into your electronic content management system.

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

JC Lee

Posted by JC Lee
Tue, Feb 21, 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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Be Prepared: Avoid Data Disasters with Backup and Disaster Recovery Planning

JC Lee

Posted by JC Lee
Tue, Feb 14, 2017

Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. Murphy’s Law states that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong, and when it comes to information technology, Murphy was an optimist.

Data is at the heart of any modern organization. If critical data is lost due to accident, database corruption, theft, hardware failure, or even natural disaster, business continuity can come to a halt. Data backup and disaster recovery may not be at the top of the list of topics for discussion at the company picnic, but maybe it should be.

Because data is the heart of any enterprise, it's crucial to protect it and be able to recover data that gets lost or corrupted despite your best protective measures.

Read on for:

  1. Why backing up your data matters
  2. What data should be backed up
  3. How data should be backed up
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Quick Tips for Composing Better Emails

Caroline McKee

Posted by Caroline McKee
Tue, Jul 12, 2016

What's the point of email? Why do we send them?

It's simple, conceptually, email promises effective, convenient and easy communication...all at the touch of a button. Unfortunately, it doesn't always work out that way. Inbox overload, combined with our habits from texting and instant messaging, can cause the desired message and impact to be lost. And suddenly, emails become more of a hassle than a helpful tool.

Email communication is vital — especially in the realm of business communications — and despite promises to drive it to extinction (I'm looking at you, Slack), the truth is that email's not going anywhere anytime soon. Luckily, there are some easy habits and quick fixes you can adopt to step up your email game and ensure your messages are impactful.

Read on for a sneak peak of some of the tips included in our free Top 10 Best Practices for Good Email Etiquette tip sheet, plus a few additional tricks to enhance the power of your emails.

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Top 5 Most Read Technology Tips & Posts from June

Jasmine Lancaster

Posted by Jasmine Lancaster
Wed, Jul 06, 2016

During the month of June, we delivered informative content outlining topics — including what to expect during IT onboarding, cyber security and cyber attack prevention, how to avoid printer jams and more — from which all organizations can benefit.

These posts were created to be used as a guide, helping to relieve anxiety, answer questions, and ultimately assist organizations with making the best business decisions related to office technology. 

As we continue to rev up valuable content for July, take a minute to soak up the information in our five most popular blog business technology posts of June:

  1. What to Expect From Your New Managed IT Services Provider During Onboarding
  2. How to Avoid and Reduce Paper Jams in Your Office Copier or Printer
  3. Top 10 Messy Desk Mistakes That Threaten Security in Your Office
  4. What the Healthcare Industry MUST Know About Ransomware Attack
  5. IT Can No Longer Guarantee Cyber Security

Keep reading for more info on each of these topics.

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How to Avoid and Reduce Paper Jams in Your Printer and Copier

JC Lee

Posted by JC Lee
Tue, Jun 28, 2016

Modern copiers and MFPs are one of the marvels of the digital age...it may sound silly, but I don’t say that lightly. Not too long ago, office copy rooms used offset presses. After a day of squeezing tubes of ink onto rollers, we'd all have a greater appreciation for today's advanced bizhubs.

Although office print solutions have evolved, they still share one main ingredient with their predecessors: paper

That said, there are some basic paper properties that anyone who has ever loaded an empty printer paper tray should learn:

  • Curl
  • Weight
  • Grain
  • Caliper
  • Moisture content

Why are these things relevant to you? It's simple — understanding these factors is the key to producing high-quality print jobs, with the lowest instance of jamming or malfunction. Read on to get started reducing your printing headaches!

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SMBs: A Secure Network Does Not Have to Be Costly

Robert Bruce

Posted by Robert Bruce
Thu, Feb 25, 2016

Global spending on information security exceeded $7 billion last year, but that doesn’t mean your business has to spend large sums of money on a secure network infrastructure.

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MFP vs Desktop Printer: Which is better for your office printing needs?

Robert Bruce

Posted by Robert Bruce
Tue, Feb 23, 2016

The multifunction printer (MFP) has greatly improved document management, workflow and office efficiencies, but desktop printers can still be found at some workstations. In fact, despite the many technological advantages of the MFP, the desktop printer hasn't completely disappeared from the modern office environment. 

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