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Just A Splash of Color

Color means many things to different people. It can be a symbol of a culture and a play on our emotions. It also captures our attention when we need it to. 

Color has meaning. While traditional China sees white as the color of mourning, in Western culture white represents “cleanliness” and “purity” (or when taken to extremes, “sterility” or “coldness”). In Japan and most of England, black cats are a symbol of good luck; but are seen as a bad omen or bad luck in the West. Color has meaning (and, yes, the color scheme in McDonald’s is designed to get you to eat more!).

Topics: Office Equipment Production Print Productivity Tips and Tools

Did You Know: Your Copier Has An App For That?

Imagine saving your thoughts to your cloud-based storage, retrieving it via the app, and printing when you were ready.

In an office, everyone and everything needs to be as productive as possible. Your copier already has many productivity benefits, but did you know you can now extend those benefits with an app?

There’s an “app for that” on most newer copiers, though most companies don’t realize it. Take a look at your multifunction printer (MFP) and navigate to the apps screen to find them.

Topics: Office Equipment Mobile Printing Did You Know?

The Technology Tipping Point

The Technology Tipping Point ... Avoid getting caught in the undertow of managing your documents, processes and technology.

The technology tipping point. We refer to it as that particular moment when you come to the realization that you’re expending more time and energy managing your documents, processes and technology, rather than your business. It’s an opportunity for transformation. A wake-up call to avoid the looming undertow ahead. A chance to step back and pinpoint even the minutest day-to-day operations that are preventing your core business from thriving—so you can regain balance and begin to tip the momentum back to focusing on your forte.

Topics: Document Management Partnering Document Workflow Managed Services

A Crying Shame — Scams, Cons, And Ripoffs From The Internet

We must be vigilant regarding the Internet Con Artist because eventually we will be confronted with his scams.

“A Crying Shame” is written in large headline type across the cover page of a recent issue of Consumer Reports magazine. The byline states, “Seniors and their families lose $3 billion a year to con artists. What can we do to stop them?” The magazine contains an article focused on senior citizens who, as a group, are frequently targeted by con artists and their scams - often with devastating financial consequences. Several seniors are profiled and they share their stories of being duped in the hope that they can help others and prevent future pain and loss.

Topics: Network Management IT Consulting Technology Pain

The Technology Buffet — The Shortcomings Of Buying Without A Plan

Introducing multiple manufacturers into a technology infrastructure increases support complexity, which means extra costs.

One of the best things about working with companies in the SMB space (small and medium-sized businesses) is that there is never a dull moment. Technical people tend to be problem solvers and the interesting business models, creative growth strategies, aggressive goals, and unique challenges presented by these firms are part of what makes working with them so rewarding.

Topics: Network Management Partnering IT Consulting Technology Pain