Demystifying Print Strategy Saves Tax Payer Dollars

Today, state and local governments are more serious than ever about reducing print costs and becoming more eco friendly. Managed print services coupled with printing policies are key. Laws in states like Washington help too. Their government agencies are now mandated to recycle all paper and use 100% post-consumer recycled paper products. This small change reportedly saves Washington’s taxpayers $1M per year. Print Policies: One Part of the Answer Many state and local governments have [...]

By | 2018-08-01T14:23:31+00:00 May 11th, 2016|End User Computing, State & Local Government|Comments Off on Demystifying Print Strategy Saves Tax Payer Dollars

Banking On Acquisitions

If there’s one thing bankers know how to do, it’s acquire. Pundits are once again predicting that banks will be at the top of the charts for M&A activity. Despite their wealth of experience, bankers continue to fumble through post-acquisition integration from time to time. We offer five lessons from the big leagues that bear repeating: Keep the management team that knows what it’s doing. Bank executives mistakenly use acquisitions to make wholesale “upgrades” to [...]

By | 2017-09-19T13:37:04+00:00 April 21st, 2016|Finance|Comments Off on Banking On Acquisitions

My E-Rate Holiday Wish List

Today is December 11, 2014, a historic day for the E-Rate program. An increase of funding was enacted today. This could have a very positive effect on schools and libraries depending on what USAC does next. My E-Rate holiday wish list includes ideas that could help the FCC and USAC maximize the impact of the E-Rate program. Let’s explore why additional funding is needed. First, a quick look at the program: Intention of E-Rate: • [...]

By | 2018-08-01T14:25:57+00:00 December 12th, 2014|Education, End User Computing|Comments Off on My E-Rate Holiday Wish List

Schools and Libraries – It’s Time to Modernize Voice Systems

This may be your last chance to affordably modernize and future-proof your communications/collaboration systems. The recently announced E-rate overhaul was overdue. In years past the e-rate system provided funding for internet and voice access to the school building (Category 1 services), but didn’t help with distribution of these services to students and staff in many districts (Category 2 products and services). Balance was missing. Both Category 1 and Category Two technologies are necessary to get the [...]

By | 2017-09-19T13:37:28+00:00 September 19th, 2014|Education, Unified Communications|Comments Off on Schools and Libraries – It’s Time to Modernize Voice Systems

5 Must Know Strategies for the New E-Rate Program

The FCC stated in July of 2014 that they wish to significantly expand funding for Wi-Fi networks and distribute it fairly to all schools and libraries while recognizing the needs of the nation’s rural and poorest school districts. In years past, this was a P2-funded technology. How will they accomplish this? How will this program facilitate broadband access? How can they ensure E-Rate will remain viable for years to come? The FCC released an order on [...]

By | 2018-08-01T14:26:10+00:00 August 22nd, 2014|Education, End User Computing|Comments Off on 5 Must Know Strategies for the New E-Rate Program

5 Benefits of Collaboration Technology in Schools

When school funding is so limited, a lot of people wonder why it’s important to spend money on deploying collaboration technology (like video messaging, phone systems, and instant messaging) in schools. Here are just five benefits that collaboration technology offers to schools that everyone can understand. Savings with better, newer technology Technology is accelerating at an exponential rate and implementing newer technologies could mean exponential savings. Staff productivity Collaboration tools help keep staff more connected [...]

By | 2017-09-19T13:37:28+00:00 August 18th, 2014|Collaboration Technology, Education|Comments Off on 5 Benefits of Collaboration Technology in Schools

BYOD Weighing You Down? Think Wireless First

As a solutions architect focused on LAN/WLAN solutions, I’ve worked with hundreds of customers in the higher education and K-12 space. Many of these conversations have been focused heavily on mobility and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) initiatives. In fact, 76% of colleges struggle to meet bandwidth demands. The BYOD trend has changed how we need to design networks. I’ll call this methodology “Wireless First.” Wireless First is an approach to LAN access layer design [...]

By | 2018-08-01T14:35:14+00:00 May 29th, 2014|Education, End User Computing, Networking|Comments Off on BYOD Weighing You Down? Think Wireless First