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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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Customer Portal Redesigned to Enhance Your Meridian Experience

Juliana Lee

Posted by Juliana Lee
Thu, Apr 13, 2017

As part of our continuous mission to provide the best service and customer experience possible, I'm thrilled to announce a recent re-investment in the way customers engage with Meridian online, via our totally redesigned Customer Internet Access portal.

This overhaul impacts only the design, mobile interface, and look and feel of Meridian's Customer Internet Access portal — and no system features or processes have changed. However, we believe it was a much needed improvement to help further enhance our service, and we hope that you, our valued customers, agree.

Read on for:

  • What's changed and why
  • Benefits of the changes and mobile enhancements
  • User guides to help you navigate the new site
  • Before and after shots
  • How you can take advantage of this tool
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Meridian Imaging Solutions Acquired by Konica Minolta To Expand Capabilities and Geographic Reach

Juliana Lee

Posted by Juliana Lee
Wed, Mar 16, 2016

Alexandria, VA (March 16, 2016) - Meridian Imaging Solutions (Meridian) announced today that it was acquired by Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) — a global leader in business technologies. The joining of Meridian and Konica Minolta is the culmination of years of a successful manufacturer/dealer partnership, resulting in a powerhouse of the best talent, innovative technology products and integrated business solutions in the industry.  

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End of Support for Internet Explorer: What You Need to Know

Juliana Lee

Posted by Juliana Lee
Wed, Dec 09, 2015

Microsoft will officially end support for older versions of its Internet Explorer (IE) browser on January 12th, 2016. This includes Internet Explorer version 10 and earlier. This means that anyone still using older versions of IE after the end-of-life date on the 12th will be susceptible to security holes, as Microsoft will no longer provide patches or updates for the antiquated browser versions. 

Read on for more information about End of Support for older versions of Internet Explorer, and actions you should take to ensure security.

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What DC Businesses Should Know About Mini PCs and Micro Computers

Robert Bruce

Posted by Robert Bruce
Wed, Jun 10, 2015

In business, sometimes good things come in small packages. The desktop (literal not virtual) is a valuable piece of real estate — especially in the DC area, where office space typically comes with a high price tag — and anything that can expand its usable space is worth a look.

One way is to get a bigger desk. Another, more practical solution is to replace that cumbersome desktop computer with something that has a smaller footprint. That could be a laptop computer, an all-in-one PC, or a third option that is gaining in popularity - a mini desktop PC.

They're not for everyone, and there are pros and cons. But, mini PCs can fill some niche business needs, and in some cases may even suffice for all your computing needs. 

Mini desktops come from a variety of manufacturers, including Apple, Dell, Google, Asus, and HP, just to name a few. Small, compact desktop PCs are generally not as quick as full-sized desktop computers, but they make up for that by taking up less space, a trait that’s valuable for those with cluttered desks, or cramped workspaces. Since real estate and rent values in the DC area are so high, this may be an appealing option for many local businesses. While not as powerful as large desktops, most mini PCs can keep pace with, and even surpass, the performance of most laptops.

Read on for the PROs and CONs of mini PC's and micro computers, as well as the bottom line: are they a fit for DC businesses, or not?

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5 Most Common Ways Hackers Use Social Networking for Cyber Attacks

Robert Bruce

Posted by Robert Bruce
Tue, May 05, 2015

Internet social networks such as Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook have revolutionized the way we interact and conduct business. Tweeting, liking, and Googling have become the action verbs of the 21st century, similar to the way faxing and texting entered our vocabulary in the 20th century.

Today, Facebook has over 1.4 billion members. If it were a country, it would be the most populous nation on Earth. And, like any large population base, there are people on Facebook who are trying to get away with a variety of scams.

From fake apps to fake like buttons and more, cyberattacks are emerging on social networks at an alarming rate. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) even has a webpage devoted to the subject. It’s a recommended read for any individual or small business owner with a social media presence.

There are lots of risks in cyberspace, and here are five of the most prevalent social networking scams currently out there:

  1. Fake news
  2. Fake offers
  3. Fake apps
  4. Like jacking
  5. Click jacking

Read on to learn more about each of these scams, as well as how to spot and avoid them.

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3 Common Office Supply Scams: Toner Pirates, Pretenders & Gift Horses, Oh My!

Juliana Lee

Posted by Juliana Lee
Thu, Apr 16, 2015

Have you ever received a mysterious invoice for copier toner, printer ink or other office supply items, but can't remember when or why you ordered them? Well, that could be because you didn't order them at all and you are a target of office supply scammers, often referred to as "Toner Pirates" by the business technology industry.

Office supply scams are widespread and relatively common, yet many organizations still don't know that they exist, much less how to identify and avoid them. suggests that these scams have been in existence since the 1970's. With the estimated costs of the scams topping out over $200 million per year since 2000, it's time we draw attention to this issue.

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Meridian Receives RICOH Service Excellence Award for Second Consecutive Year

Juliana Lee

Posted by Juliana Lee
Wed, Apr 15, 2015

Alexandria, Va. –  March 31, 2015 – Meridian Imaging Solutions, leading provider in managed IT services and document solutions in the DC metro area, receives Ricoh America’s Service Excellence Award for a second consecutive year. Mike Satalino, Ricoh Technical Service Manager, presented the award to Meridian Director of Service, Brad Ancell.

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