The Datamax Thinking Blog

Educating, collaborating, and sparking ideas for maximizing the technology that matters.


Jeff Walker

Jeff Walker

Jeff Walker serves as the Marketing Communications Manager for Datamax Inc. Prior to joining Datamax, he worked as a reporter, critic and editor.

Recent Posts by Jeff Walker:

Ransomware Storm Rages On for Small to Medium-Sized Businesses

To maintain both their livelihood and their credibility, SMBs must be aware of, and must be prepared for, this persistent, potentially disastrous cybersecurity threat.

Anyone who thought the Ransomware storm that hovered over businesses for years had passed, should take a look at the radar. The forecast calls for more severe weather.

Topics: Network Management Network Security Cybersecurity Ransomware

Answering Timely Questions, Providing Thought Leadership: Most Read Blogs of 2019

Here's to continued thought leadership, collaboration and relevant content we can provide to help you maximize your return on technology investment.

The header on our Datamax Thinking Blog Page spells out our commitment to our readers: “Educating, collaborating, and sparking ideas for maximizing the technology that matters.”

In 2019, we added another dimension with “You Ask, We Answer.” We understand that today, readers often need swift, concise answers to specific technology questions they’re facing, which is the focus of this new blog initiative.

Topics: DatamaxGreen Creating Raving Fans Production Print

Section 179 Deduction Provides Big Incentive for Small to Medium-Sized Businesses

Essentially, Section 179 of the IRS tax code allows businesses to deduct the full purchase price of qualifying equipment and/or software purchased or financed during the tax year. That means that if you buy (or lease) a piece of qualifying equipment, you can deduct the FULL PURCHASE PRICE from your gross income.

It’s the end of the year. Businesses are busily reviewing their bottom line and – perhaps – scanning every corner of their organization for any sort of competitive boost as 2020 looms around the corner.

Small business owners or managers may not be aware of an incentive that could forge a huge technology and productivity boost in their immediate future: Section 179 Deduction of the IRS Tax Code.

Topics: Productivity Tips and Tools Multifunction Copier

5 Takeaways From Business History That Impact Today's Customer Experience

Thought-leading communication is shared. Key decisions are made. Innovations change the game entirely. But to borrow a tired, old advertising cliché, the customer must still come first.

We can learn a lot from our own history, as well as those around us. It’s true in politics, in pop culture, and certainly in business.

Topics: Creating Raving Fans Copier Service Net Promoter Score

3 Ways Canon's UVgel Technology is a Wide Format Game-Changer

Canon’s UVgel technology, as featured in the Océ Colorado Wide Format Series, is retaining the advantages of prevailing printer technologies while eliminating many of the compromises.

What constitutes a game-changer?

Atari’s ball-swatting back and forth game Pong spawned a $22 billion home gaming industry. Michael Jordan leapt from the free throw line for a spell-bounding dunk. The IBM PC Model turned personal computers from a hobby into a legitimate business tool.

Game-changers exist across all professional endeavors. They introduce a new direction and have immediate impact. They breed change. They strike fear.  They literally change the game. Print technology is no exception. Enter Canon’s signature UVgel technology.

Topics: Production Print UVgel Technology Wide Format Printers

3 Best Practices for Filling the Healthcare IT Security Gap

Nearly a third of all respondents (32%) said that they had never received cybersecurity training from their workplace but should have.

Healthcare today has its share of gaps: Gaps in healthcare access, gaps in the treatment of chronic diseases, and gaps in communication between patient and provider.

But what about the existing gaps in a medical facility's IT security plan?

Topics: Network Management Network Security Healthcare Tips and Tools

Cloud Formation: Why Moving to the Cloud Makes Sense for Your Communications Platform

UCaaS is an “all-in-one” solution that accommodates a transformative workplace. It merges a full-feature phone system, team chat and messaging, video conferencing, screen sharing, file collaboration, and more, and unifies them under one platform.

Cloud formations are developing fast. So much so, one could say it’s raining cloud application acronyms today.

“As a service” abbreviations pour on and on – you’ve heard of them: Desktop as a Service (DaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Hardware as a Service (HaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Monitoring as a Service (MaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), and Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS), to name a few.

Topics: Cloud Technology Unified Communications

Straight to the (Out) Source: 5 Questions to Ask a Potential Managed IT Partner

Considering a Managed IT agreement? Go straight to the partner you're looking to outsource to and ask them these five questions. These inquiries will reveal both their capabilities and what your expectations should be moving forward.

We are a nation of outsourcers. From groceries to household chores to business game plans, we hesitate little in handing it over to someone who specializes in x, y, or z.

Topics: Network Management Network Security

5 Stats that Prove the Communication Revolution has Reached the Workforce

It's an old, universal truth: effective communication is key to team and organizational success. Without adapting to more intuitive, better integrated communication and collaboration tools, organizations will continue to hit the same communication barriers again and again. 

There’s this joke about millennials. Give a millennial a smartphone and he’ll live for a day… any longer than that and he’ll become a mindless, soulless, social media zombie.

Yes, it’s an all-too-common dig — a boomer scoffing at the 20-something across the room with his face buried in his phone. But all jokes aside, the next generation of communication systems and devices is transforming the way we work. With millennials now making up the largest generation in the U.S. labor force, the definitions of both “workplace” and “workday” are becoming steadily more hazy.

Topics: Network Management VoIP Phone Systems Unified Communications

Do You Have an Open Door Policy With Your Copier?

Is the information on your devices open to anyone who happens to walk inside your office? If so, it can certainly backfire on your organization, and blow the door open for leaking sensitive information.

An open door policy at your organization may be a great initiative for encouraging openness and transparency in the company. But it can also backfire if misused by employees.

Do you have a similar open door policy on your copier? Is the information on your devices open to anyone who happens to walk inside your office? If so, it can certainly backfire on your organization, and blow the door open for leaking sensitive information. It might be time for a change in policy. 

Topics: Office Equipment Print Management Security