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Helping Companies Transition to Remote Workforce

December 29th, 2020 by Function4

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Leading Managed Technology Services Company Giving Businesses the Capability to Work From Home SUGAR LAND, TX - Function4 a leader in managed technology services, announced today that the company is proactively helping small to mid-sized businesses...

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Business Class Inkjet

December 22nd, 2020 by Paul Perez

RISO ComColor® GD Inkjet Printers | Pitney Bowes

In previous blogs, we touched on new developments in Inkjet technology from a high-level macro perspective. Now that business class inkjet has had some time to carve out its niche, we felt it necessary to dive into it a little more precisely. (We will...

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Posted in: Business Technology

Why Hardware Support Organizations are Properly Prepared to Provide IT Services

December 17th, 2020 by Brad Yocum

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When many technology companies are broadening their scope of services, one of the most common is hardware organizations providing IT Support Services. At first thought, this may not seem like an easy transition. The technical requirements may appear to...

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Posted in: Business Technology

6 Realistic Time Management Tips for Remote Workers

December 15th, 2020 by Darcy Mekis

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You’re working on your monthly sales target report when your youngest barges into your bedroom, screaming her lungs out because the brother just took her toy. Now you have to pause working and solve the sibling rivalry. Or, you’re busy working on that...

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Posted in: Business Technology

Benefits of Serverless Printer Management

December 10th, 2020 by Brad Yocum

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In today's environment of remote workforces and shuffling of staff to different locations throughout the office, supporting employee's technology needs can be very challenging. One of the biggest ongoing challenges for the IT department is the print...

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Posted in: Business Technology

8 Best-in-Class Accounts Receivable Management Strategies

December 8th, 2020 by Bri Maas

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What used to be considered a back-office function has transformed into one of every organization’s largest assets: accounts receivable. Why? Because it deals with one very important asset that doesn’t appear on the balance sheet — customers. ...

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Posted in: Automation

The Less-Touch Office: Working in the Era of COVID-19

December 3rd, 2020 by Sharp

The Less-Touch Office: Working in the Era of COVID-19

For a time, touchscreen displays were the height of innovation. Forget the old-school buttons; that was so last century. Everyone wanted an interface that reminded them of their iPhone. And that technology is still great – there are many possibilities...

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Posted in: Business Technology

It’s the Last Mile That Counts: Valuing Customer Experience When Selecting a Solution Provider

December 1st, 2020 by Taylor Bucher

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Businesses know that customer experience (CX) is quickly becoming the key differentiator among brands. In fact, according to Gartner, when it comes to making a purchase, 65% of people find customer experience more important than price. So when a business...

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Posted in: Business Technology

On-Premise Phone Systems vs. Cloud Phone Systems: Which is Best Suited for Your Business?

November 24th, 2020 by Kirsten Barta

Host on-premise or on the cloud? This is a common consideration for many business owners and communication managers looking to upgrade their enterprise’s phone system in this digital era. To make the most suitable choice for your business, you’ll need...

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Posted in: Phone Systems

Five Tips to Help Embrace New Technology in the Office

November 19th, 2020 by Desiree Hutchinson

Five Signs It's Time for a Rebrand | Carabiner Communications

We all know that change is hard, but we are all forced to accept change during this time. Every employee from Executive levels to Sales representatives must adapt to change with how we continue with our everyday jobs. Technology has helped businesses...

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Posted in: General

As COVID Fuels P2P & O2C Digital Transformation, Esker is Perceived as a Unicorn

November 17th, 2020 by Daniel Reeve

COVID Fuels P2P and O2C SaaS Platforms Digital Transformation

There’s a big focus on digital transformation across the entire enterprise. In fact, Information Age calls out that 47% of CIO’s are seeing an increase in the pace of transformation. CFO’s are sharing that they need to protect their organizations and...

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Posted in: Document Management

Providing Customers With a Technology Plan for Continued Operations

November 16th, 2020 by Function4

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Leading Managed Technology Services Provider (MTSP) Helps Businesses Owners Persevere Through the Pandemic SUGAR LAND, TX - Function4, a leading managed technology services provider (MTSP), announced today that the company is building technology...

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How to Use Approved Group Purchasing Contracts to Make Purchases

November 12th, 2020 by Ryan Skinner

The Ins and Outs of Signing a Listing Agreement - Aviara Real Estate

When organizations face making purchases, they first must consider what process they need to follow. Some organizations even go as far as creating a policy requiring at least three bids. The main reason is to ensure you are getting the best price for...

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Four Steps to replace Google Cloud Print

November 11th, 2020 by Ross Lasley

Google Cloud Print will be killed off in 2021

Google Air Print is officially going away on December 21st, which will cause a problem for many organizations' print environment. Google has reported that organizations will have two options: direct IP printing from Chromebooks or an alternative print...

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Posted in: Business Technology

Dark Web Scanning: Why Is It Important?

November 11th, 2020 by Ed Hoffmann

Causes of April 2021 Healthcare Data Breaches: Hacking/IT incident, Unauthorized Access/Disclosure, Loss/Theft

DARK WEB SCANNING: WHY IT IS IMPORTANT? Have you heard of the dark web? It’s the hidden part of the internet where the illegal activity takes place online. The dark web has become a hotspot for criminals who want to sell your data. Fortunately, dark...

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Posted in: Cybersecurity

How to Select a Technology Partner

November 10th, 2020 by Christian Colasono

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In today’s increasingly evolving print/imaging technology industry, it is of the utmost importance to know what to look for, avoid, and what questions to ask when selecting your next technology partner. One of the most essential and overlooked areas...

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Posted in: Business Technology

6 Steps to Implement Digital Transformation in your Organization

November 5th, 2020 by Ross Lasley

Digital Transformation

Digital transformation has been a huge buzz word for the last five-plus years. It is still essential to companies in becoming a more profitable, efficient, and scalable business. Many companies have discussed trying to go through a digital transformation....

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Why Choose an Office Hardware Dealer versus a Manufacturer

November 3rd, 2020 by Dave Volberding

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INDEPENDENT DEALERS In business, the concept of cutting out the middleman often makes logical sense. After all, why pay someone else to get you what you need when you have the option to buy straight from the manufacturer? Fortunately, you have a choice...

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Posted in: Business Technology

Attitude is Everything

October 29th, 2020 by Dave Volberding

New year, new attitude: The power of positivity! | DentistryIQ

Whether they were dealing with fluctuating gas prices, severe weather, other salespeople, personal problems with family, or just bad news, did not affect their enthusiasm. The best salespeople knew they had a job to do and did not allow the events around...

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How the Copier has Transitioned from a Commodity to a Vital Information Management Tool

October 27th, 2020 by Glyn Morgan

When I started in this industry, most copiers were still using liquid toner and premix. You could always tell who had utilized these devices by the stains on the carpet in front of them. Once copiers transitioned over to dry ink, people were delighted....

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Posted in: Business Technology

Cloud Voice Services for Small to Midsize Business: Features to Look For

October 26th, 2020 by Ed Hoffmann

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Communication and collaboration are critical to any business. Enabling your employees to do both of these effectively requires the right tools. Function4's cloud voice services (aka VoIP or Unified Communications) platform, Elevate, provides businesses...

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Posted in: Phone Systems

What Type of Cutting Method is best for a Production Print Center?

October 23rd, 2020 by Paul Perez

Best Paper Cutter for Print Production

Many organizations have moved to produce graphics and marketing materials in house to save on outsourcing costs and eliminate waiting on the local print shop. Now that print jobs can be taken directly from design to print, the challenge of finishing the...

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Posted in: Business Technology

How Body Temperature Scanning can make your Facility a Safer Environment

October 22nd, 2020 by Josh Chrisman / Kevin Box

US Healthcare data breaches in the past 12 months

When the COVID crises begin early in 2020 and offices started to reopen, many organizations scrambled to put policies and programs to help keep employees and customers safe. If you've recently walked into any public facility, you've probably experienced...

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Posted in: Cybersecurity

How to Successfully Implement a Software Project

October 15th, 2020 by Bill Patsouras / Ross Lasley

Software Implementation

How to Successfully Implement a Software Project In today’s business environment, everyone is looking to increase productivity, reduce expenses, and streamline efficiencies. Many times, the answer lies in introducing more software to the environment....

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Posted in: Business Technology

7 Ways to Better Manage Cash with AP Automation

October 14th, 2020 by Esker

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In a time like this, maintaining a strong cash flow is of utmost importance for businesses. Unfortunately for many organizations, large amounts of cash are being tied up in inefficient, back-office finance functions, and they’re quickly realizing that...

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Posted in: Automation

Why Your Company Needs a Mobile Device Management Solution

October 1st, 2020 by Esker

Mobile Device Management

Allowing your employees to use personally-owned mobile devices for work doesn't mean that you have no say in how those devices are used. If you're too hands-off, a simple mistake by an employee could give hackers access to your company's confidential...

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Posted in: Cybersecurity

How To Improve Working Capital And Supplier / Customer Relations

September 23rd, 2020 by Brian Erlien

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Many companies today are looking for ways to strengthen customer and vendor relationships as well as improve working capital. Here are four ideas that can do just that. Vender & Supplier Communication Do you offer your vendors...

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Considerations When Approaching a Digital Transformation

September 16th, 2020 by Brad Yocum

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For many years now, we have all heard the term “Digital Transformation.” .” What does that mean to our organization? Can we survive without paper? What is the cost, and can my staff even adopt the concept? There are so many questions that must go thru...

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Posted in: Business Technology

Toner vs Ink: Which is Better?

September 3rd, 2020 by Kevin Box / Trent Tate

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Many who work in Corporate Procurement and Information Technology understand the differences between Toner and Ink in relation to printing, however not everyone understands the nuances between each and the impact it can have on your bottom line. Our...

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Posted in: Business Technology

Production Inkjet

September 2nd, 2020 by Paul Perez

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Ink has recently roared back into the mainstream printing space with virtually all print manufacturers releasing some form of an inkjet printer. The “Inkjet is the future” message is plastered all over print publication websites and has inkjet touted...

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Posted in: Business Technology

Storm Season Is Here; Are Your Phones Ready?

August 31st, 2020 by Ed Hoffmann

Cloud voice, your best weapon against unexpected outages

As storms continue to threaten the gulf coast region, now is the time to make sure you have a business continuity plan in place in the future. Don’t let a downtime event make your business a statistic. FEMA states that almost 40% of businesses that...

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Posted in: Phone Systems

Understanding the Benefits of Data Mining

August 19th, 2020 by Ross Lasley

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Every business leader is trying to make better decisions for their organization. It does not matter how good of a business person or leader, you are if you are making decisions from incomplete data. Today we have an overload of data. Most businesses...

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Posted in: Business Technology

Cybersecurity Trends to Know in 2020 & How to Protect Your Business

August 5th, 2020 by Ed Hoffmann

Weekly Cyber Attacks

Organizations today face an ever-increasing number of cyber threats. The rapid growth of criminal software development, coupled with the cybersecurity skills shortage, has also contributed to the rise in cyber-attacks. The COVID-19 pandemic has had...

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Posted in: Cybersecurity