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
We all know that a lot has changed in the past two years. A worldwide pandemic has seeped into every aspect of our lives and our business. Browse through MainSpring blogs, and you will find recent posts about IT budgets in uncertain times and a hybrid workforce. As our clients prepare for 2022, a question often received includes the lifespan of technology. How long will a laptop or a smartphone last within today’s environment? Or
Remember when the annual IT budget was due in September? We used to assume that we could make a fifteen-month prediction. That was back in 2019. September 2019 was the last time that Chief Financial Officers and IT managers felt reasonably comfortable with their environment. Hardware procurement, software licensing, capital expenses, and talent recruitment followed a known path. We did not know that a worldwide pandemic was lurking just around the corner. Everything has changed.
MainSpring team members are often asked, “What is the lifespan of technology?” The life of both hardware and software depends on the systems created. The better question is, “What is the impact of outdated technology?” Here’s a quote from the blog, “Breach of Rust: How Hackers Break In Through Old Tech” by Industry Week. …cybercriminals will leave no hardware unturned when it comes to finding entry points into their targeted networks. These actors are acutely
Somewhere in Pittsburgh, an economics professor at Carnegie Mellon must be smiling. It’s rare that you can relate a theory from a freshman college class to your professional life decades later. Yet here I am. While working with small and medium-sized businesses to help them evaluate outsourced IT options, I have met many accomplished lawyers, architects, CPAs, social workers, engineers, and countless C-suite execs who manage IT along with their many other responsibilities. Given financial
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