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HIPAA COW 2019 Takeaways – Kris Cears

Part of my role as  Chief Technology Officer at Applied Tech, is to stay current on security and compliance practices required of our customers. On April 26th, I attended the HIPAA COW spring event in Wisconsin Dells where healthcare, privacy, and technology experts get together to discuss current trends and news in HIPAA regulated industries. As usual, the event was …

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All-You-Can-Eat, à la Carte or Both?  3 Menu Choices to Manage IT

When you have a group to feed, an all-you-can-eat buffet is usually a safer choice than the à la carte menu. It’s impossible to estimate how much everyone will want to eat or know whether your in-laws are going to order surf-and-turf just because they can. With a buffet, your in-laws, teenager or ravenous staff can’t run up the bill.   IT services are similar. Fully managed is your all-you-can-eat option: for a fixed monthly price you get unlimited, proactive support. Time–and–materials services charge à la carte, based …

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Mistakes to Avoid When Upgrading to Windows 10 and Server 2016

In 2017, documents were leaked detailing how the NSA infiltrated servers and PCs running Windows. Hackers took notice, and one consequence was the WannaCry attack. The attack paralyzed the National Health Services in the United Kingdom, among others, as they were running old software, like Windows XP. Even though Microsoft had released a security patch earlier that year “covering supported …

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Managed IT Services – A mid-market business’ strategic advantage

Many small firms have turned to managed IT service providers to solve their technology issues and provide needed maturity in their technology planning. Large organizations typically have large IT staffs that are dedicated to their technology issues with expensive tools that support their processes. What can a mid-sized organization do when budget constraints limit access to necessary tools and staff …

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6 Key Elements Your 2019 Growth Plan Must Include

In Gartner’s “2019 CIO Agenda: Secure the Foundation for Digital Business,” 49 percent of CIOs said their business strategies are changing to incorporate the benefits and possibilities of technology. Half of your competitors are positioning themselves for growth by making strategic investments in their technology aligning it with their business strategy, shouldn’t you be doing the same? When business leaders …