The Benefits of Display Boards Across Sectors

A display board can add great benefit to the business/enterprise context. When meetings are held, display boards can be used to visually depict what is being discussed and consolidate different ideas/plans etc into one board. Oftentimes display boards can be used for videoconferencing meetings with large groups in a conference room. There is a general misconception that display boards are just good for presenting new material and are “glorified televisions.” Here are display boards we recommend!

Apple TV

The Apple TV can have surprising benefits to the business environment. While some non-business related benefits include streaming movies, TV shows, and Netflix content; Apple TV can also allow you to display your iPad 2,3 and iPhone 4s to the screen on HDTV or projector via Airplay Mirroring. In a conference setting, Apple Airplay enables users to connect content on these devices without requiring a connector cable. Users can easily disconnect their device and allow a colleague to use their Airplay to connect to the TV from anywhere in the room and perform their presentation.

Interactive SMART Board

The SMART Board has its own set of unique benefits. The SMART Board nowadays comes with an operating system (IQ) that makes it possible to use without a computer plugged to it. Additionally, you can connect your computer to the SMARTBoard and interact with your teammates from the SMART Board.

The SMART Board has some key functions similar to a computer. For example, you can save files and surf the internet from SMARTBoard without a computer connected to it. The SMARTBoard enables users to use the whiteboard to draw diagram and take notes from the board screen. You can save your notes on your smart board to access it anytime.

The SMART Board integrates with a whiteboard app on your mobile device. You can use this app on the mobile device to write on the white board in real time.

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IT Expos: Why They Are Crucial for Government Agencies

In October 28-29, Compulink Technologies Inc. will be an exhibitor at New York Government Technology Forum hosted by eRepublic!  We are greatly looking forward to meeting our contacts in the New York City and State Government space!  After years of engaging with the Government’s IT life-cycle, we highly recommend all public and private institutions to attend these forums.  Here is why:

Cybersecurity

When it comes to IT in the government vertical, endpoint and network security is always a large concern.  Being the government, there is no shortage of malicious hackers attempting to steal highly classified government data.  Additionally, the cybersecurity solutions an agency procures years ago does not always stand the test of time.  Cyber-attacks are constantly advancing as does cybersecurity.  When the agencies attend a forum, they are able to stay up to date with cybersecurity.

Cloud Solutions

Cloud infrastructure has become an increasingly common application in the business sector.  This rapid trend helps digitize much of your work while cutting costs on infrastructure.  While the cloud has become a rapidly growing trend in the business sector, there are concerns about adopting cloud solutions in the government vertical.  Going to an IT Forum for Government Agencies can help you understand how to securely adopt a cloud solution for your agency and best practices for deployment.

Tech for Public Services

Seeing that all government agencies are public institutions helping public infrastructures function, there are numerous ways IT advancements can help agencies perform their public functions better and operate more efficiently.  These forums can help inform government agencies about new technologies and the collaborative networking space can foster dialogue on ways IT can help our public infrastructure.

AI and Government

Artificial Intelligence has become a trendy subject to discuss in the recent years both inside and outside of government. Automation, chatbots, predictive analytics, are all different examples of how government agencies all around the world adopt Artificial intelligence. When attending seminars related to AI for government agencies; procurement officials and IT department managers can know where AI can meet the needs of their agency and find the necessary compatibility for AI adoption.

Inclusive Procurement

Agencies are trying to increase their utilization of MWBE vendors in the successful deployments of their projects.  In NY GovTech 2019, procurement officials and IT managers of government agencies can network with MWBE-Certified IT Solutions Providers.  (Compulink is an MWBE-Certified IT Solutions Provider!)

By going to New York Government Technology Forum, there are a lot of ways government agencies can benefit from the tech updates. For starters, procurement and IT officials can keep up to date with trends in the industry and be well-informed on which solution can apply to their agency.

The Compulink Team will be at GovTech as an Exhibitor! Come visit us!

Chatting With A Senior Cisco Official

We interviewed Roy McLean, who has been with Cisco Systems for 19 years.  Roy is currently a Senior Manager of Global Distribution Sales with Cisco.  Below are questions about Cisco’s direction that Roy answered.

What was the culture like in Cisco after the Cisco Live 2019 event?  Any shift in momentum?

CiscoLive! Always generates excitement and energy across Cisco and our partner and eco-system community.   Hearing about the latest innovations, seeing how our customers used the technology to drive success is a huge boost.   Already Cisco was buzzing with excitement around DEVNET, and CiscoLive! turned that up to 11 with new programs and certifications.

How do you feel Cisco’s product arsenal has kept up to speed with the fast-growing cloud market?

Cisco’s product set has never been stronger, or more aligned with the cloud market.  Our cloud based offers like DNA Spaces or Intersight are just the icing on an already cloud rich portfolio.  We can’t forget great offers like Webex, which continues to blow away the competition with its strong feature set and constantly expanding feature set.  If you didn’t see the new Webex experience, you’ll be blown away how business insights can now be part of the pre-meeting, delivered from the cloud.

With an abundance of cloud products in the market, how does Cisco Systems remain distinct when it comes to cloud solutions?

It’s true there are many many cloud products out in the market today.  Our customers have told us loud and clear that having to manage services from multiple suppliers is a big drain productivity and expense.  Ciscos highly integrated portfolio allows customers to design, deploy and realize business outcomes is unmatched. 

Evolving technology means an evolving understanding of client needs.  How does the Cisco team adjust its product development to evolving client demands?

A big part of what Cisco and partners like Compulink do is listening.  Our partners work with customers to help them reach their business goals first.  Over the last few years we’ve been helping partners develop the skills to identify end user expectations around business outcomes.  Our CX strategy is designed to do just that, provide a clear structure to help Compulink win deals, and just as importantly, continue to work with the end customer to adopt the features that drive outcomes and renewals.  Staying close to the customer expectations, delivering value at every step of the sale and ultimately helping our end users reach their goals is what CX is all about.

Based on our experience as a partner, Cisco products are popular among the government.  Many government agencies are currently using Cisco products until the end of life before they refresh their IT Hardware.  What advice do you have for end-users on maximizing their use of these products?

We’re very proud of the high quality world class products we produce, for decades we’re been recognized as one of the best manufacturers in the IT industry.   While our products do seem to last forever, we know that customer requirements, security concerns and the opportunity to innovate will ultimately drive customers to refresh.   At the same time, our R&D teams continue to develop new technologies like our advanced ASICs. These programmable custom designed processors allow Cisco to innovate HW via software. Our latest launches of the Catalyst 9000 Series product are a great example of a programmable device is truly an innovation platform.  Programmability ensures we’ll be able to squeeze every last cycle out of our gear, for years to come.  

Are there new products coming out soon that you are excited about?  What are some of the strengths of these products?

At Cisco we’re always cooking up new products and solutions.  Our culture of innovation and no technology religion allows our development teams to think outside the box and come up with industry changing technologies.   While I can’t tell you about the next big product announcements in advance of their release, I can say for sure that there will be more development around software and cloud, more innovation with ASICs and programmability.  Things are already heating up with WIFI-6 and 5G making things possible that was science fiction just a few years ago.  Security is equally exciting with DUO coming to the Cisco price list this year.

Cybersecurity Trends You Need To Know

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM). This is a collaborative effort between government and industry to raise awareness on the importance of cybersecurity and the growing concerns of security threats to both private and public organizations.

In honor of NCSAM, here are some concerning data of cybersecurity:

  • By 2021, cybercriminals are projected to cost the global economy more than $6 trillion annually, up from $3 trillion in 2015. This trend is more prevalent in the business sector. (Fox Business)
  • 20% of IT security leaders said their organizations got hit six or more times annually, and 80% stated they had experienced at least one cybersecurity incident over the past 12 months so severe that it required a board-level meeting. (Source: IronNet)
  • Nearly two-thirds of security professionals in a separate survey believe that their organization will have to respond to at least one major cybersecurity breach over the next 12 months. (Black Hat USA)
  • 77% of IT Security leaders anticipate a major breach involving a critical infrastructure organization in the near future. Only 21% of the study participants believe the government is prepared to respond to such a breach. (Black Hat USA)

These are alarming facts regarding attitudes from IT Security leaders. A breach in cybersecurity can have a wide-range of effects to organizations from minor setback to debilitating costly effects that can cause layoffs. Either way, it is crucial to adopt not only a cybersecurity solution, but enforce best practice as well within your organization.

Case Study: Make-A-Wish With Meraki

Different organizations and companies have different types of missions and goals.  In this particular case study, we are going to focus on Make-A-Wish Foundation.  Make-A-Wish Foundation is a nonprofit with a powerful mission to grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition.  So with such a notable mission, having a stable, reliable IT network is crucial for this organization.

Jeff Pick, the Director of Technology for Make-A-Wish America, works at the National Office in Phoenix to support 62 local Make-A-Wish chapters around the country.  When he first started working at Make-A-Wish, each chapter had its own distinct networking gear, causing network management to be scattered.  In addition to this wide-spanning decentralized network, the organization was calling for an increase in cybersecurity.

Make-A-Wish Foundation chose to go with a Meraki setup at every location.  They initially did a trial and found it easy to configure.  At every Make-A-Wish Chapter, a Meraki MX Security Appliance, MS Switch and a number of MR Access Points can be found.  Each individual MX securely connects to other branch MXs in the Make-A-Wish network, and then back to a central MX400 at headquarters via Meraki Auto VPN.  Meraki’s site-to-site VPN connects chapters securely and automatically without manual configuration.  Because of this upgrade in network solutions, Make-A-Wish is able to securely share internal resources within the organization.

The Benefits Summarized

The initial issue was that each different Make-A-Wish location had its own distinct networking gear. It was difficult for the IT team of the Make-A-Wish Foundation to manage the network effectively.  After switching the entire network to Meraki, Make-A-Wish Foundation had a network topology that was centrally managed.  Jeff Pick and his IT team were able to view a detailed network map at any time.  Meraki Access Points have fixed 99% of the wireless errors they were having before.

Cisco Meraki is convenient cloud-based IT Management Solution.  In the case of businesses, it enables IT Managers to monitor their network from any location and scale their network.  Meraki is not only a networking solution, but it also comes with cybersecurity features as well.  Through Cisco Meraki, organizations like Make-A-Wish and other organizations can centralize cybersecurity, network management, while maintaining a lean IT staff.

Remote Work Is The New Norm (The Facts)

Remote work is on the rise! The convenience of working from home was a foreign idea in the 20th century before digital technology was as rampant as it is today. However, as cloud technology and managed services soar, more organizations have the ability to enable their employees to work remotely.

There are statistics to demonstrate this as well. in a 2018 Jabra Knowledge worker survey, it was reported that mobile professionals spend 20% of their productive time at a desk. The Jabra C-Level study from 2018 indicated that 32% of C-Levels believe that the best way to cut office cost over the next 3-5 years is by hiring remote workers. There is a predicted 7% Growth of global smartphone value in Unified Communication from 2018 to 2022.

The rise of remote work leads to a rising necessity of cloud and appropriate technology solutions for organizations worldwide. It is highly crucial for IT professionals and C-level executives to collaborate and determine what company functions are that can be automated and made easier via technology.

Compulink Technologies is an MBE Certified Firm that has been bringing top-notch IT Service solutions to businesses and government agencies across the nation since 1986.

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