As you prepare for a new year, your IT Managed Services Provider may be considering a transition to the cloud. Or you may have migrated to the cloud a few years ago and want to optimize your infrastructure. As cloud operations provide a few years of total cost statistics, your best choice may be a hybrid solution. What is the impact of cloud migration on the total cost of goods? It is time to look
As you prepare for 2022, it is also time to audit your business emergency preparedness plan. Why is a business emergency plan essential? I spoke to MainSpring vCIO Cleon Lenhardt for perspective. His response? “Imagine the cost impact to your business if it is shut down for just three hours…your employees sitting at their desks unable to work, your point-of-sale system stalled, your assembly line quiet.” Cleon Lenhardt, MainSpring vCIO Perhaps, imagining your business shut
The DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia (DMV) regions are far more than just the center of our federal government. They are also home to a technology corridor and a center zone for most national associations. The currency of association management remains its membership. So, as membership lags during the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact is felt across the DMV region. The effect is felt as income drops, and dues are unpaid. We are also impacted as
What’s wrong with an email that starts with “Dear valued customer”? Over 70% of businesses have been hit with a phishing attack, and data has been compromised. Your first red flag may be an email that starts with “Dear valued customer.” Earlier this month, we published a blog; if you see something, say something. As MainSpring continues the discussion of cybersecurity, it is essential to discuss establishing a human firewall. In this blog, I will
We’ve all heard “if you see something, say something,” especially if you live and work in the DMV region. That notable quote began almost two decades ago during a Department of Homeland Security information campaign and became the beacon for post-911 vigilance. Strangely, the mantra still rings true today in the corporate world, but on a completely different security front – cyber security. What happens when something looks “off” at your organization. Does everyone have
Recently, we published a blog outlining the reasons that some technology goals remain unmet. Traditionally, IT professionals and teams plan for the incoming year in Q4. It’s a time to reflect on what worked and what goals were not met. And it is a time for restructuring and planning. It is also a great time to sit down with the MainSpring vCIO team. Over a cup of coffee, I recently sat down with our team
If your organization has a cyber insurance policy, you may have noticed a new requirement. Your insurance agent may have recently called to review your cyber security protocols. If you do not yet have a cyber insurance policy, it is time to review your options. Note that many insurance brokers will not even set up an appointment with a new client until they have implemented an MFA policy. Times have changed. As I write this
Back to school, fall colors and pumpkin spice everything. Those are all signs that fall is arriving, and we are heading into Q4 of the calendar year. It is also the time that organizations realize that they may miss their annual IT project goals. In this blog, we will look at why IT project goals are missed and provide advice from the MainSpring Team. Why IT goals are missed In September, many organizations go through
One of the best parts of my job is that I meet a wide variety of business and non-profit leaders each week to learn how IT impacts their organization and to share my perspective. This unique vantage point allows me to hear, first-hand, the IT challenges across industries, and I can then serve as an early warning system for others.   Economic volatility, increased global competition, and rapid technological change were already on everyone’s radar
Students shouldn’t be the only ones nervous about report cards. With IT becoming such an integral part of the DNA of every organization, isn’t it time to evaluate your MSP (managed service provider) too? I regularly meet with senior business and non-profit leaders to learn about their IT challenges, first-hand and share best practices from the hundreds of clients our company has worked with over the years.   Organizations that handle their IT in-house face
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