Big Opportunities for Big Data

big data opportunities in government
July 20, 2017

What’s next for the Federal IT landscape? For starters, by 2020 there will three times as many devices as there are people in the world, growing the volume of data to petabytes, exabytes, and even zettabytes. Knowing what we’re up against, government agencies are reshaping their approaches to better manage this data deluge. But today’s big data buzz is not new — for more than twenty years, big data has…

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Four Motivations for Implementing a Mobile Strategy in Healthcare Settings

mobile strategy for healthcare
June 22, 2017

Before you even get a chance to open your medicine cabinet, you receive a text alert from your pharmacy that your refill prescription is ready for pickup. You are in the emergency room at some unforsaken hour and are grateful you can access your medical records from your mobile device. Because let’s face it, at this moment “thinking clearly” under distress is pretty challenging. Gaining reassurance while sitting in your…

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WannaCry OutBreak Raises Concern for U.S. Healthcare Cybersecurity

wannacry healthcare
June 15, 2017

Wannacry was a warning to the U.S. Healthcare community, the chaos that ensued in the U.K. is a cautionary tale of the effects and severity of healthcare breaches. Over 300,000 companies across 150 countries were impacted by WannaCry ransomware, with the U.K. National Health Serivce (NHS) getting hit particularly hard causing thousands of operations and appointments to be canceled. An interesting note is that the NHS wasn’t targeted specifically, but…

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Connecting technology and healthcare to improve patient care

healthcare tech
June 1, 2017

Applications of technology are everywhere.  Industries globally are embracing the use of improved technologies, data migration and analytics, instant communication, and other applied uses for daily operation.  We have seen changes in customer focused industries such as kiosks at fast food restaurants and hotel check-ins or IoT applications where a code is sent to your smartphone for entry into your hotel room.  While these applications of technology are in some…

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Tech Data’s Commitment to Helping You Succeed in Healthcare IT is Highlighted by Top 25 Ranking from IDC

healthcare IT
May 25, 2017

The reseller community has to confront many challenges on a continual basis but it also has a unique view to see firsthand the kinds of issues and pain points that end customers face daily in the healthcare industry. It’s one thing for partners to talk with customers in the comfort of their offices to determine these issues, but it’s a whole other thing for partners to be right there in…

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The digital transformation of retail drives opportunity

digital transformation in retail
April 11, 2017

Retail’s “Big Show” (the National Retail Federation Conference 2017) has come and gone.  Having attended the show a dozen plus times in the past 20+ years, it’s been amazing to see the transformation in the show as retail itself has transformed.  My early NRF memories were of point of sale and supply chain vendors exhibiting products to support store and warehouse processes.   Mobile bar code scanners in the warehouse and…

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New Year, New Administration for the US Public Sector

government technology
February 13, 2017

Well, we made it through 2016 and there’s no looking back as 2017 has started off with a bang. With a new Administration we are sure to have another whirlwind year – and hopefully one that accelerates necessary Federal IT mandates. Like I mentioned before the holidays, we did see some promising movement in 2016 – the MOVE IT Act, the first-ever Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Strategy and 4,388 data center…

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What hospitals must have and should have when it comes to disaster recovery requirements and solutions

healthcare it disaster recovery
February 8, 2017

Post sponsored by Veritas What can critical application downtime cost a hospital? A lot. Last year, Health Information Technology (HIT) surveyed hospitals across the United States on critical application availability. The results were unbelievable. Participating hospitals reported an average of 69 hours of downtime of critical patient apps at a cost to the affected hospital of $7,900 per minute. Let that sink in for a bit. At $7,900 per minute,…

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How to talk to healthcare organizations about their disaster recovery requirements and needs

healthcare-it-blog
February 2, 2017

Post sponsored by Veritas When creating a data protection, backup and recovery strategy, there is a deeper level that must be addressed and that’s critical system availability. It’s extremely important that critical applications are appropriately prioritized during an emergency situation when multiple apps need to all be recovered quickly. This can help ensure real-time patient safety and quality of care goes uninterrupted in the event of a disaster. Healthcare organizations…

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Digital Influence is Everywhere: Cisco in Retail

retail customer experience
January 17, 2017

While retail is not an area that we normally focus on for the Cisco brand line in distribution, digital influence and its impact on retail is a relevant topic. I have to admit that this past holiday season I did participate not just in Black Friday/Saturday/Sunday but also Cyber Monday (sorry to my boss, I had to get the online deals). Like many shoppers, I braved the Thursday portion of…

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Stop playing the waiting game – earn Government business faster with a GSA Schedule Contract

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November 30, 2016

Winning your first government contract can be slow moving – sometimes taking upwards of several years to gain traction. It’s an up (Capitol) Hill battle. See what I did there? With limited resources and budgets, maintaining a contract on your own can be a drag. That’s why IT solution providers are on the hunt for trusted partners to gain access to public sector work – while avoiding the costs and…

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Destination Cloud: The Federal, state, local and education (SLED) Cloud Journey

cloud adoption
November 1, 2016

Government agencies and institutions are taking a road trip to the cloud but who has the map? Government agencies and institutions, including: • Police stations; • State colleges; • Our nation’s capital; • Federal, state and local agencies; and • Higher education institutions are buried by regulations, pressed by tight budgets and limited by legacy systems. To bypass these issues, many are taking a detour and heading to the cloud….

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National Cyber Security Awareness Month

cybersecurity awareness month
October 17, 2016

October is in full swing, and with that we welcome cooler temps, changing leaves, Halloween, and  importantly, National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). In its 13th year, NCASM was created to raise awareness about cyber security.  The annual campaign features weekly cyber security themes designed to educate and engage the public and private sectors. NCASM’s been around for a while – so why are we talking about it now? Cyber…

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10 steps to fight ransomware AFTER it’s infected healthcare systems

it security ransomware
October 12, 2016

More and more, hackers are turning their attention from banks and financial institutions to healthcare organizations. Why? Because they see healthcare companies as low-hanging fruit. Not only is it relatively easy to infiltrate IT systems, by hacking medical devices, targeting new or uneducated employees and/or from general weak security systems – but also the information being protected is extremely lucrative to criminals. Cybersecurity is a big concern for your healthcare…

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