Lease or Buy? Which Solution Is the Best Fit for Your Company’s Print Needs?

November 27th, 2019|Comments Off on Lease or Buy? Which Solution Is the Best Fit for Your Company’s Print Needs?

Owning and managing physical and digital assets – like real estate, vehicles, hardware, software, and content – is no longer always the best option. We've basically moved into a subscription-based “as a service” economy, with many of our assets and activities linked to the cloud, including print solutions.

Van Ausdall & Farrar Attends Mitel Top 40 Summit

November 21st, 2019|Comments Off on Van Ausdall & Farrar Attends Mitel Top 40 Summit

During the jam-packed 3-day event, Mitel leadership outlined Mitel’s road map and strategic vision. Mitel leadership that addressed the leading partners in North America included Mary McDowell, CEO of Mitel, along with Executive Vice Presidents Bob Agnes, Daniel Farrar and Graham Bevington.

Tips for Preparing Your Content for a New Enterprise Content Management System

November 12th, 2019|Comments Off on Tips for Preparing Your Content for a New Enterprise Content Management System

The benefits of an enterprise content management (ECM) solution include improved control of corporate data, greater protection of proprietary information, as well as making business data actionable. An effective ECM strategy will help reduce expenses by improving efficiency and productivity throughout your operations.

Steps to Effective Mobile Device Security in 2019

October 22nd, 2019|Comments Off on Steps to Effective Mobile Device Security in 2019

If you're in charge of corporate IT, you know computers can be tricky to keep secure. When you add in the factor of portability – like when a mobile device is checked out of the office – your challenge grows exponentially.
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How to Make Your AP Processing More Efficient in 2020

October 15th, 2019|Comments Off on How to Make Your AP Processing More Efficient in 2020

As we're seeing more and more, the science fiction world of robots and artificial intelligence dominating our lives becomes less fiction and more science every day. In the business realm, the efficiencies and cost savings provided by process automation in virtually every aspect of your operations – especially in accounts payable (AP) – are simply too great to ignore if you want to survive into the real-world future.

5 Reasons to Upgrade Your Company’s Printing Performance

October 1st, 2019|Comments Off on 5 Reasons to Upgrade Your Company’s Printing Performance

Even if your existing hardware or print services contract has not yet expired, it's worth reviewing your overall printing operations today. In many cases, new agreements can be more affordable when a company like Van Ausdall & Farrar renegotiates your current contracts.

Email Phishing and Spoofing Are Serious Threats to Your Business

September 23rd, 2019|Comments Off on Email Phishing and Spoofing Are Serious Threats to Your Business

If you asked everyone in your company to define phishing and spoofing, what percentage would even know what spoofing is? Or the difference between the two? How many of those people could truthfully say they properly scrutinize every email that appears in their inbox – before they click a link in it or reply to it?

Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) – The Power, Flexibility and Resiliency of Cloud Communications

September 17th, 2019|Comments Off on Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) – The Power, Flexibility and Resiliency of Cloud Communications

Communication. It’s the lifeblood of virtually every organization. We all have different communication patterns. Voice calls, email, text, chat, web conferencing, team collaboration and even fax make up most forms of communication that we all use in varying degrees and consistency.

Solutions to Shore Up Your Corporate IT Skills Gap

August 29th, 2019|Comments Off on Solutions to Shore Up Your Corporate IT Skills Gap

One big problem with being an IT professional is the need to learn and use new skills on an almost daily basis. In the accounting profession, new regulations are passed annually, so you have some time to catch-up. But in IT, new mission-critical skills you need to acquire constantly fly across your radar screen at warp speed.

Going Remote: How to Solve the IT Challenges of a Growing Virtual Workforce

August 27th, 2019|Comments Off on Going Remote: How to Solve the IT Challenges of a Growing Virtual Workforce

It's too late to turn back the tide. Working remotely is a trend that has grown past the point of being a short-term fad with unknown long-term consequences. At this point, including a virtual workforce as part of a corporate staff is the norm. Here are some things your IT team needs to think about.

The Growing Risk of Poor IT Infrastructure

August 19th, 2019|Comments Off on The Growing Risk of Poor IT Infrastructure

Have you ever found yourself as the CIO or IT Director saying this about your IT Infrastructure? If you are like most companies, you have more projects than you can handle anyway, so why would you take on a project that is really not causing an immediate challenge for the company? The reason is that over time, your infrastructure can steal time and resources from your employees little by little, making you more inefficient. Here are just a few to consider.

Is It Time to Re-evaluate Your Corporation’s Technology Stack?

June 10th, 2019|Comments Off on Is It Time to Re-evaluate Your Corporation’s Technology Stack?

Technology evolves, perhaps even quicker than anticipated. A technology solution you brought in two or three years ago may not be the right answer today (or tomorrow). And even if the outdated technology is still “getting the job done,” it may not be performing in a way that delights your customers nor optimizes your competitiveness. Here are some situations in which companies can be negatively impacted when technology is not optimized for success.

Is Your Data an Asset or a Liability?

May 31st, 2019|Comments Off on Is Your Data an Asset or a Liability?

We frequently talk with clients about the benefits of better managing data with the latest technology. But even if an organization has embraced technology, there still needs to be a strategy for managing a company’s data. Without a strategy, the data you assume is helpful for your business might be susceptible to cause harm. Consider these points and then ask yourself is your data is an asset or a liability.

3 Steps to Minimize the Impact of Cyber Attacks

May 21st, 2019|Comments Off on 3 Steps to Minimize the Impact of Cyber Attacks

Despite the best efforts of IT Directors, 68% of companies fell victim to a cyber attack in the last year according to a report from Sophos.* That’s more than two in three companies world-wide! Cyber-attacks don’t discriminate either:  63% of small businesses (1-1,000 employees) and 73% of enterprises (1,001-5,000 employees) experienced a cyber-attack. While these are alarming statistics, the percentage variation from counties like Japan (24%) to Mexico (82%) indicates that there is something that can be done.

Five Reasons to Become Paper “Less”

May 1st, 2019|Comments Off on Five Reasons to Become Paper “Less”

While the workplace will never go completely paperless, it is definitely becoming paper-less. In other words, paper isn’t going away, but there are some real advantages to convert hard copies to digital data. Here are five important reasons for becoming paper-less.

A CIO’s Simple IT Security Checklist

March 26th, 2019|Comments Off on A CIO’s Simple IT Security Checklist

As we accelerate headlong into the 2020s, digital security grows ever more ubiquitous, sophisticated, and necessary. With an increased reliance on "The Internet of Things," a proliferation of hardware and software attacks on businesses and the ripple effect of GDPR are still a concern for those who do business in or with Europe we all face a challenging road ahead. With this in mind, we have compiled a checklist of concerns for the mindful CIO. This list will give you peace of mind in the aspects where you are doing well while also helping to expose areas for development.

Is Your Printer the New Silent Security Threat to Your Network?

February 25th, 2019|Comments Off on Is Your Printer the New Silent Security Threat to Your Network?

Equipping an office with printers that are connected to the Internet offers a wealth of benefits, but in an age where cybersecurity should be a concern for all of us, it’s crucial to be aware of the potential implications of failing to make sure that your printers are secure. If you’re looking to tighten security and ensure your business technology is capable of battling modern security threats, here are some essential questions to ask your IT team.

Toshiba Phone Systems Now Supported by Mitel

August 16th, 2018|Comments Off on Toshiba Phone Systems Now Supported by Mitel

So many exciting changes have taken place since that time. A new name, Converged Communications Group, which better reflected our broadened portfolio that includes video surveillance, wired and wireless network infrastructure, along with our fast-growing network security business.
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Is Your Most Vital Corporate Data “Paper-Locked”?

February 15th, 2018|Comments Off on Is Your Most Vital Corporate Data “Paper-Locked”?

Identify a department that is paper heavy and start the conversation - Sounds simple right? I think most organizations have a department that is well known for being "paper pushers". These departments are typically hot beds for inefficiency due to the fact that multiple team members must manually process the documents (even in a quasi digital process such as scanning to email for approvals...).

We Were SD-WAN Before SD-WAN Was Cool

December 26th, 2017|Comments Off on We Were SD-WAN Before SD-WAN Was Cool

Software Defined Networks, or SD-WAN is the latest network infrastructure buzz-word.  This is the latest in a long line of marketing terms, such as “Cloud”.  Can you define Cloud, really?  But, we all know what […]