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    Jan 2018

    Top Tech Trend Predictions for Business in 2018

    The pace of technology is dizzying.   If you’re like most executives, you don’t have the time to navigate this ever-changing landscape, and to anticipate what it all means for your business. Fortunately, we do!   To help you stay ahead of the curve, we’ll work through our top tech predictions for 2018 below.  …

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    Jan 2018

    Top 5 Benefits of Embracing Remote Work (Telecommuting) in Your Business

    On the fence about whether or not you want to embrace telecommuting in your business? After nearly three decades in the IT industry, our conclusion is this: remote work isn’t right for everyone, but for some, it can unleash some truly powerful, tangible business results. Here are the top 5 benefits that our clients have…

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    Dec 2017

    The Most Common Misconceptions About Remote Work (Telecommuting)

    Are you feeling the pressure to allow your staff to work from home? As remote access technology continues to evolve, and as millennials continue to flood the workforce, the question of telecommuting is one that’s hard to avoid. Is it the right move for you? This is a discussion we’ve had with dozens and dozens…

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    Dec 2017

    Why Most Cloud Solutions Are Not HIPAA Compliant

    In 2016, HIPAA violation fines totaled nearly $23 million. The pressure to meet compliance regulations is high; after over 25 years of serving the technology needs of DC-area healthcare organizations, we’ve seen both the requirements and the consequences of noncompliance increase dramatically. If your organization is subject to HIPAA regulations, you might find yourself in…

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    Dec 2017

    How to Choose the Right Cyber Liability Insurance Plan for Business

    Not long ago we published an article that discusses what cyber liability insurance is, what it covers, what it doesn’t, and whether or not it might make sense for your business to invest in. In this piece, we touched briefly on the matter of working with your insurance agent to select a plan that makes…

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    Dec 2017

    How to Choose the Right IT Provider (MSP) for Your Business

    So, you’re in the market for outsourced IT services. Comparing providers in this industry is not easy, especially in the DC Metro area. We should know – we’ve been in it for over 25 years now. Anyone can give a good presentation, but how are you to know if you’re really going to get the…

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    Dec 2017

    Top Cybersecurity Stats Every Managing Partner Needs to Know

    According to the 2016 ILTA survey, security is absolutely top-of-mind for law firms. This is for good reason – threats continue to be on the rise, and the cost of a breach is astronomical from both a financial and reputation standpoint.   We at Optimal have been working with law firms in the Washington DC…

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    Nov 2017

    Millennials in the Workplace: Top Stats Every CEO Should Know

    By 2025, millennials will make up 75% of the global workforce.   There’s no shortage of literature out there about this generation (almost 44,000 articles in 2015 alone, if you can believe it), but what do CEOs actually need to know?   We’ve cut through the fluff and compiled the most important stats here: Most…

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    Nov 2017

    The Key Elements of a Successful MSP Onboarding Project

    You’ve just signed on with a new managed service provider who will be taking responsibility for your technology systems and support. Their team is celebrating the latest win for their sales team. Your anxiety level is at an all-time high.   Did you make a smart investment? Will this new company make good on all…

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    Oct 2017

    Cybersecurity: The Dangers Of Asking If Your Business Is “Safe”

    Let’s start with an analogy.   You take home security pretty seriously. You have deadbolts on every door, and a security bar for your slider. You have an alarm system with motion sensors, which you arm when you leave and before you go to sleep. You have cameras keeping watch from all angles, at all…

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