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    “Change is the only constant in life,” so said Heraclitus, the Greek philosopher, around 500 B.C. As I look toward the legal environment in 2017, that saying is alive and well thanks to the emergence of robotics, other workplace of the future solutions and artificial intelligence (AI), the next critical wave of change in law firms.

    What is different from Heraclitus’ time is the velocity at which change is occurring. Advancing law firm technology has pushed firms to move uncommonly fast to implement the changes necessary to garner the benefits that are possible for strategic growth and overall survival. The law firm of the future must address these coming influences that are re-engineering how work will be done.  What are these influences that I believe will impact the legal arena in 2017? Here are my predictions: (more…)

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    Healthcare is one of the most dynamic and rapidly evolving industries in the United States. The adoption of technology is growing exponentially and the investment in healthcare IT is outpacing nearly every other vertical market. 2016 promises to continue this trend, with security, interoperability and reimbursement leading the way as key healthcare challenges. Cloud, mobile, data analytics and HIPAA compliance will significantly impact purchase decisions as healthcare providers attempt to improve population health, enhance the individual experience of care and reduce the per capita cost of care (otherwise known as the Triple Aim of Care).  (more…)

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    2016: The Year the Cloud Goes Personal for Business

    , Vice President, Marketing, All Covered IT Services from Konica Minolta

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    It seems the past few years have all been proclaimed “The Year of the Cloud.”

    It’s no surprise that the functionality provided by cloud services has grown increasingly important to individuals, and such services — like Google Drive, Dropbox, iCloud, and mobile banking — have gained increasing market share. In their personal lives, people have grown accustomed to accessing their data and files wherever they may be, and have even started to take the convenience and reliability of the cloud for granted.

    Now we believe that 2016 is looking to be the year where enterprises will finally recognize this and we’ll see the cloud go personal for business. (more…)

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    We don’t have 12 jurors to get a consensus of what challenges and trends will impact the legal profession come the New Year, but our vast experience with law firms allows us to play judge and jury to help enlighten you. Some of these may or may not come as a surprise, but they’ll be areas that the legal industry must consider to remain safe and successful.

    For instance, we believe that cybersecurity will be the industry’s biggest challenge. We’re used to hearing news reports about breaches in the medical and retail worlds – like those from Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Target – but we never hear about breaches in the legal world. Law firms have become a veritable treasure trove for hackers in the past five to 10 years. Hackers are now getting to big corporate data through much less secure routes, such as outside counsel. Law firms must deploy advanced security measures – like those offered via All Covered Security Services – that identify and mitigate the risks to their clients’ and the firms’ assets, especially personally identifiable information (PII). (more…)

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    How can a Hosted Workspace Benefit You?

    , Vice President, Marketing, All Covered IT Services from Konica Minolta

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    In today’s business environment, portability is everything. Smartphones, tablets and ultrabooks have allowed executives to stay connected at all times, even in the middle of a flight!

    Smart workplaces implement BYOD (bring your own device) policies to encourage their staff to stay productive even when outside the office. But they represent a minority at this point in time: most workplaces haven’t yet made the leap to BYOD, citing worries about security and problems with provisioning data to every device as their last stumbling blocks.

    These quickly become non-issues with the adoption of a hosted workspace – a desktop environment provisioned from a remote server. To help you achieve a smart workplace, All Covered will launch a new service called All Covered Workspaces. This is a fully managed Desktop as a Service (DaaS) solution allowing you to access your business desktops, applications and data remotely.

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    Mastering the Mobile Workplace

    , Vice President, Marketing, All Covered IT Services from Konica Minolta

    15-KON-0377_Mobility_eBook_F.inddHow much time do you spend on your smart phone each day? Probably a lot. And, for the majority of us, it’s increasing. A 2014 study from mobile measurement and advertising platform Flurry revealed that on average, Americans spend 162 minutes on mobile devices each day.

    With so much time spent on smart phones and tablets, it’s not surprising that employees use their mobile devices for work-related tasks. While this trend offers a number of benefits in terms of productivity and flexibility, it doesn’t come without risks. Allowing a host of unmonitored devices to connect to a company’s network can make it many times more vulnerable to security breaches, non-compliance issues, data loss or corruption.

    So how can organizations encourage a mobile-friendly work environment while addressing these risks? If you’re going to allow mobile devices to connect to your network, you need to manage them properly, which involves an enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution.

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    Leading the Way for a Mobile Workforce

    , Senior Vice President, Business Intelligence Services

    mobilityLove them or hate them, we’re all tied to our mobile phones. They’re a way of life now, able to keep us connected to family, work and Candy Crush.

    Thanks to that connectivity, we are a mobile workforce, able to do our jobs from anywhere. You may take mobile services for granted, but we don’t. In fact, Konica Minolta is once again leading the industry by identifying and meeting the growing needs of customers who require the ability to efficiently capture, share, manage and transform their most-critical needs whether on the road or in the office. Our innovations allow employees to manage and control work on the go, thereby meeting the evolving demands of today’s business world.

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    The Facts about Windows Server 2003 End of Support

    , Vice President, Marketing, All Covered IT Services from Konica Minolta

    WS-EOL-Campaign_500You may remember the buzz last year when Microsoft pulled the plug on its support of Windows XP. Less publicized, but perhaps even more critical, is the end of support for Microsoft Windows Server 2003. That is scheduled for July 14, 2015. Many businesses may be unaware, but there’s a good chance their most important computers are running on this soon-to-be-outdated operating system. They may be equally unaware that hanging on to Windows Server 2003 after Microsoft ends support in July will cost them plenty and could put their business at risk.

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    Going Beyond File Storage with FileAssist

    , Vice President, Solutions and Product Planning

    You may have recently seen the announcement that Microsoft and Dropbox are joining forces.

    This is a major shift in online storage and file syncing as the two notable software giants struggle to compete with companies like Box and smaller companies like Evernote and FileBound. There is a growing investment in fully integrated document management solutions like Xerox’s Docushare, Hyland’s OnBase and IBM’s FileNet. Overall, the field is a myriad of providers and the leaders are the ones that own the business relationship and not the ones that cater to consumers.

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    How Vulnerable Is Your Business?

    , Vice President, Marketing, All Covered IT Services from Konica Minolta

    Customers, regardless of size or vertical industry, continuously tell us that security remains a top concern. It’s easy to see why when the news is filled with data breach stories regarding Kmart, Target, Dropbox, NATO, JP Morgan Chase, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services and St. Joseph Health System (just to name a few).

    No business or organization is immune. Cyber security has become such a big concern that the Department of Homeland Security has declared October National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

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