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Remote Control: 6 Communication Tools for COVID-19 and Beyond

Keeping control of a remote environment, along with possessing the optimal tools for communication/collaboration, become paramount for businesses through the pandemic and beyond.

The COVID-19 virus has created many more questions than answers for businesses in 2020. From work from home strategies, to reopening plans, to employee safety, chief among these questions is simply, "what's next?"

Topics: Unified Communications Coronavirus Remote Workforce Planning Work From Home

5 Signs Your Old Copier Could Be Creating Security Vulnerabilities

Many SMBs fail to recognize the copier for what it is today — just another device on the network, as susceptible to cyber attack as an email inbox or web browser.

"If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it."

I see this old, tired adage at play frequently when I visit offices and learn more about their printing environment. Whether it’s due to low volumes, reluctance to incur new costs, or just flat-out comfort factor, many businesses run their decade-plus-old copiers into the ground, much like one would an older vehicle that’s been paid for.

Topics: Office Equipment Print Management Security Cybersecurity

COVID-19: 5 Office Technology Resources for the Cloudy Business Climate Ahead

Moving forward, as a business, what resources do you need to successfully traverse the cloudy, undetermined skies surrounding COVID-19?

There’s an old Texas saying … “there is nothing between Amarillo and the North Pole but a barbed wire fence.” Another? “If you don’t like the weather in Texas, just wait a minute.”

Topics: Network Management Unified Communications Coronavirus

Plug-and-Play: Canon uniFLOW Hybrid Technology Increases User Flexibility, Functionality

With built-in hybrid technology, uniFLOW now combines on-premise facilities and cloud resources, to allow organizations to blend a solution that satisfies a particular technology landscape.

A hybrid model poses many potential advantages to an end user, with an ability to mix and match elements according to customized needs.

Topics: Office Equipment Document Workflow Print Management Canon

They've Gone Phishing: Avoid Getting Reeled in by COVID-19-Related Scams

As businesses navigate the rough seas of the ongoing pandemic, one thing’s for certain: Cybercriminals have gone phishing. Organizations must take the necessary precautions and remain vigilantly aware to avoid getting reeled in to these attacks.

Phishing attacks are nothing new. Neither is the propensity to attack during a time of crisis. Online scams like phishing, malware, and the various forms of social engineering become increasingly more effective when individuals are vulnerable, desperate, or just looking for answers.

Global concern over COVID-19 is the perfect bait.

Topics: Network Management Network Security Cybersecurity Ransomware Coronavirus

Is Your Business Ready for the Gen Z Workforce? 5 Qualities to Consider

Is your organization prepared to embrace Gen Z's sixth sense (technology)? Is your technology infrastructure set up to accommodate how they communicate? How they collaborate? And how they prefer to conduct business every day? 

Each generation is defined by their own personal beliefs, public attitudes and work preferences, with the inevitable grievances and misunderstandings between the generational cohorts.

OK Boomer. OK Millennial.

Have you met Generation Z?

Topics: VoIP Phone Systems Unified Communications Remote Workforce Planning

3 Things We've Learned From the COVID-19 Work From Home Experiment

As business owners anticipate the degree of normalcy after COVID-19 disrupted the workplace in March, the findings of another revolutionary experiment are coming to light ... employees suddenly and unexpectedly working from home.

Innovation can often come to light under unforeseen circumstances.

Isaac Newton, ironically, stumbled onto the field of optics while self-isolating at home, amid a plague (sound familiar?).

Topics: Cloud Technology Unified Communications Disaster Recovery Coronavirus

4 Print Capabilities To Help School IT Directors Recover Lost Time

23 percent of all IT help desk calls are printer-related, according to the International Data Corporation.

Recovery after a marathon is a must.

The time spent stretching, eating well, but refraining from intense workouts will actually speed up your rate of recovery to ensure future training doesn’t suffer. In the short term, it can be difficult. In the long term, it saves you time and training productivity.

Topics: Print Management Education Education Tips and Tools Color Printing

A Remote Reality: 5 Cybersecurity Tips Amid the Work From Home Tidal Wave

When huddled with your laptop into the kitchen nook, or spread across the couch, the comfort of your home should never soften your cybersecurity awareness. Don't let the tidal wave come crashing down on you and your business. 

If you’ve joined the Work From Home tidal wave in the last month (16 million of you, according to Slack), your home is now an extension of your office.

Topics: Network Management Unified Communications Cybersecurity Coronavirus Remote Workforce Planning Remote Work Work From Home

A Remote Reality: 3 Communication Tips That Bridge the Gap in Work-From-Home Productivity

Communication solutions such as video conferencing go a long way in bridging that collaborative gap between office and home. But they must be used strategically.

The Remote Reality: It's one that all organizations are coming to terms with in recent weeks. As the impact surrounding COVID-19 continues to set in, IT personnel are scrambling to set up "work from home" scenarios. Business executives are left with a variety of tough decisions about this suddenly scattered workforce. And employees?

Topics: Unified Communications Coronavirus Remote Workforce Planning Remote Work