Compulink is a Certified MBE in New Jersey

Compulink Technologies became officially certified as a Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE) in the State of New Jersey this week. This means that Compulink can help New Jersey based public institutions and business enterprises can meet supplier diversity goals.

Compulink Technologies is a certified Minority-Owned Business Enterprise in the City and State of New York. Because of our extensive experience with IT, strong relationships with multiple brands, and track record for procurement; we have been able to help public and private institutions in New York maintain stable, secure, and efficient IT environments.

Click here to read our case study of a recent NYC Gov Services Project

Compulink Technologies also sponsors the Compulink E-Store, a free online product research resource that can expedite supplier diversity engagement for both public and private institutions. Signing up for the Compulink E-Store is 100% free and convenient.

Celebrating Women’s History Month

March is recognized as Women’s History Month in the United States.  In Compulink Technologies, our Vice President of Sales is Denise Arboleda.  Denise has been with Compulink for more than 25 years and has been a crucial member of the team.  Despite the industry being male-dominated, Denise has remained and continues to remain proactive in her ambition to turn Compulink into an effective IT Solutions Provider with premium quality service.

Within Compulink, Denise not only drives the sales efforts of the company, but provides support and guidance to the other departments to ensure the overall operations are running efficiently.  Her bigger commitment is to solve problems.  Denise fosters collaboration between Compulink and other IT vendors such as manufacturers, distributors, and resellers to promote cooperation in the IT community.

Denise has single-handedly built relationships with the New York City and State Government Agencies, Transit Authority, and Educational Institutions.  She has mentored aspiring young professionals in Compulink to become problem solvers for our clients.  When asked about how she sums up her career in Compulink, Denise said the following:

“To me, Compulink is more than a business providing IT.  We are an IT Resource.  Our past, current, and future clients are all human beings with IT problems and it is key that we solve their problems.”

Despite the IT Sector having a majority of male population, there is a growth in women professionals.  Denise’s proactive example can serve as one example of diligent business tactics despite what your gender, race, etc. may be.

Compulink Technologies is proud to be a leading advocate for supplier diversity across all sectors.  We encourage all organizations to engage with Minority and/or Women-Owned Businesses to diversify our business practices.

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Breaking News: NYS MWBE Discretionary Spend Increases!

Earlier this year, both houses of the Legislature renewed and expanded the state Minority- and Women- Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) program. The program originally aimed to boost the economy and increase the inclusiveness of the state contracting process.

“By increasing the personal net worth threshold to $15 million, implementing a streamlined certification process, and increasing the discretionary spending threshold to $500,000, the participation level of MWBEs will increase substantially with a direct positive economic impact,” Assembly MWBE Subcommittee Chair Rodneyse Bichotte said. 

There will be an increase on MBE Spend for New York State Government Agencies from January 2020?  The Discretionary spending threshold will increase to $500,000.

This change will boost participation of MWBEs across the state and will have a direct positive economic impact! 

Compulink Technologies Inc. has been a Minority-Women owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) for over two decades. This program has enabled us to have access to numerous business resources and to this day, we strive to support other small businesses in their business cycle today.

The news of New York State increasing MWBE discretionary spend further enables us to strengthen our resources for not only our clients in the government agency space but other small businesses as well.

Additionally, Compulink Technologies is an ardent advocate for procurement officials from government agencies to meet their supplier diversity needs. We have launched an online store that helps fast-track the government agency’s quest to meet MWBE participation goals.

Our Time in GovTech; Some Thoughts

Last week the Compulink Team attended the New York Government Technology Forum hosted by eRepublic. We were an exhibitor with our own booth. In this two-day event, we met many of the government agencies we are working closely with in IT Procurement in addition to our manufacturer partners.

With the government agencies, we were sharing some of our new updates, and discussing any procurement projects we are currently working on with them. We were also discussing our e-Procurement solution that can fast-track their procurement process (Click here to visit). We also discussed how the New York State Government is increasing the discretionary spending threshold on procurement with MWBE to $500,000.

Compulink’s Exhibitor Booth At NY GovTech.

When we were in conversation with our manufacturer partners, we were discussing new IT trends and products that can benefit the government sector. From cybersecurity; cloud enablement; network management; to new hardware products, the Compulink Team and our partners were able to brainstorm most effective ways to better enable government agencies to serve our public.

Overall NYC GovTech 2019 was an opportunity for collaboration for our team and the other organizations that were in attendance. The Compulink Team is always evolving and enthusiastic to find ways to improve the IT infrastructure of the government vertical.

Flagstaff Unified School District Closes Due To Cyber-Security Issue

On Thursday September 5th, all public schools in Flagstaff Unified School District (Arizona) were closed due to a cybersecurity issue.  The School District’s Facebook post stated: “Due to a cyber-security issue that has impacted the ability of FUSD schools to operate normally, there will be no school on Thursday, September 5th.  FACTS, Childcare centers, and FUSD preschools have also been canceled.”

In some of the comments in response to this post, parents are expressing concerns that their children’s data may have been breached due to this incident.

The Implications

While schools having sudden closings can seem like good news for the children, there are broader costs to be considered.  For example, the Flagstaff Unified School District has a total of 15 schools, each with their distinct population of students.  There are costs involved in sudden off-days, for example: the interruption in the learning curriculum, affecting the broader educational schedule. 

Additionally, a cybersecurity breach in school can have implications on the personal data of students and faculty, as mentioned before.  Depending on the children’s circumstances, many of their parents are working and therefore rely on the daycare and school facilities to occupy their children’s time.  So a sudden closing would require parents to quickly find immediate childcare options.

The Takeaway

No matter the size of a company or organization, no entity is safe from cybersecurity issues.  It has become common for organizations to have their data within their network (or the cloud).  While we have grown comfortable digitizing our data, it is crucial to consider cybersecurity options.  From the individual using their laptop for personal use to the large enterprise, digitization of data has its vulnerabilities to security breaches.

In the context of an educational institution like the Flagstaff Unified School District, there are solutions and preventive measures that can be taken.  For example, a school district has multiple locations, similar to businesses having multiple branches.  This would mean that centralizing the network into one secure solution would both reduce costs and add the convenience of managing the network.  In the Case Study: Reading School District case study of Make-A-Wish Foundation, the organization had multiple locations with their own distinct network and later consolidated their network into one solution: Cisco Meraki.

In a centralized cloud-based IT management solution like Cisco Meraki, IT professionals can monitor all the switches, routers, and end-user devices.  The solution is scalable so new locations can easily be onboarded while existing locations are future-proofed.  The Meraki MX Security Appliance would provide advanced threat protection, and prevent anything malicious from entering the network with the breadth of Cisco’s Security teams.  Additionally, Meraki has a dashboard that would inform the IT professional about the network, from bandwidth usage to problematic practices (risky downloads on a device etc.).

To conclude, it is crucial, even for school districts, to incorporate cybersecurity solutions into their budgetary planning/decisions. To learn more about Cisco Meraki and cyber-security best practices to protect your organization, click on the image below.  (Free Access Point Available!) (Also applicable to Higher education institutions!)

Compulink VP Educates Audience On Government Business Best Practices

Denise Arboleda, the Vice President of Sales in Compulink Technologies, gave a small presentation on August 29th 2019 about how to do business with the New York City Government. The audience was an audience of small latino-owned businesses in an event hosted by InQmatic in Jackson Heights, Queens. To make the information easily accessible, Denise translated her presentation to Spanish.

In the presentation Denise covered subjects such as how to navigate the city process of bidding, understanding your competition within your specific business commodity, remaining compliant with city rules, and the nuances of pricing. After 30 years of business with the New York City government, Compulink Technologies has an abundance of experience as a procurement resource for the New York City government.

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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