Is Shadow IT Undermining your Profits and Security?
Toby Musser, CEO and owner of MNS Group Once upon a time your IT department or Managed Service Provider held the only keys to the digital kingdom where you needed to access to work: they controlled the software you purchased, the computer you worked on and the manner through which you shared documents with the […]
3 Ways Managed Security Services Providers Fight Security Fatigue
Security fatigue is real and an increasing challenge for IT security departments. Most of us are experiencing a weariness or reluctance to deal with computer security. According to a study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), 91 percent of people report using identical passwords across sites. While the average person reportedly has […]
The Command Center Puts Customer First
At its Cockeysville headquarters, Advance showcases the products and services that have put the family-owned company on the map. Its building on York Road serves as both a workplace and a meeting/training facility, boasting a display of business technology – ranging from copiers and digital commercial printers to interactive whiteboards and digital displays. Advance’s Fully […]
Making a Difference
A vending machine for breast pumping supplies, an anonymous group therapy app and a mobile booking platform for pickup sports enthusiasts. These are just a few of the ventures working their way through the Social Innovations Lab (SIL), an accelerator program for social innovation and entrepreneurship at Johns Hopkins University. Founded in 2011 by a […]
On Their Best Behavior
According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, there were a combined 901 reported breaches between January and November of last year, with the largest number occurring in the business sector. While it’s tempting to lay the blame on hackers on the outside, the culprit is most often someone within the organization. As CEO of a […]
(Not So) Safe and Sound
Cyber attacks seem to have become a staple in news headlines. Victims range from the hosting service Dropbox to former Secretary of State Colin Powell. Whether it’s a large corporation, small business or family home, a data breach is not a matter of if, but when. “We’ve been moving toward connectivity with lightning speed. The […]
Finding a Doctor with Ease
A car mechanic. Dry cleaner. Hair stylist. Pharmacist. Favorite grocery story and wine shop. These are some of the businesses and services that are instrumental to everyday life, and once you discover the ones that you like, you tend to hold onto them dearly and hope they never move or go out of business. However, […]
Taking Social Media By Storm
As a teenager, Brian Razzaque moved to Baltimore from Detroit to matriculate at Johns Hopkins University. Initially, he envisioned a pre-med path toward a career as a doctor, like his father. However, Razzaque harbored an undeniable bent for computers. Medicine’s loss is technology’s gain. Today, he’s known as the founder/CEO of SocialToaster (www.socialtoaster.com), a Baltimore-based […]
What Will Work Look Like in the Future?
When Gallup released its work attitudes poll, the results really shouldn’t have surprised anyone. Seventy percent of Americans didn’t like their job. For many of us, even if we “enjoy work” we would still prefer to be doing something else. But will work always look this way? Technology is rapidly evolving: What will your job, […]
2015 is going to be the year where mobile search outpaces desktop search. More people will be searching for your business on mobile devices and tablets than computers. According to industry watchdog, BGR.com, 73 percent of Americans will have a smartphone by the end of 2015 and the average American will spend 33 percent more […]
Revenue That’s A Tap Away
No matter the product, service or industry, mission or corporate philosophy, nearly every business is bottom line-driven. And, there is no shortage of ingenuity as to how companies try to glean more profit out of existing processes. Every so often, a new technology emerges that radically changes the productivity landscape and industry’s related profitability potential […]
Shining a Light
A new partnership between the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County will advance research efforts for nonlinear Raman spectroscopic techniques used for the detection and identification of chemical, biological and toxic industrial compounds located on surfaces.
There’s an App for That
With Google Play and Apple’s iOS App Store racing to see who will reach the 1,000,000 million app mark (which those in the know estimate will happen by June), how is the average overworked business person ever supposed to be able to keep up with the latest and greatest?
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Making Technology Work for Both Enterprises and Small Businesses
Remember sitting in your living room, waiting for your dial-up modem to finish its painfully long process of logging online? Seems like ages ago. The transformation from 56 kbps modems to cable was groundbreaking – for consumers. Businesses, however, had different requirements, so the solutions needed to be different too, and that solution was the T1. With enhanced reliability, speed and bandwidth capabilities, T1s were a godsend to companies. But with time, T1s became the “dial-ups” of the business world – and this meant they needed to be replaced.
Uncovering Prime Opportunities
Adams Communication & Engineering Technology It’s not every day that a veteran-owned, small, disadvantaged business finds itself in the enviable position of managing an industry giant like L-3 Communications on large Department of Defense Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts. But that‚Äôs exactly the situation for Adams Communication & Engineering Technology (ACET), a rapidly growing national […]
Pioneers in Computing
Early Gamble Pays Off If opening a business is a gamble, staying in business is a high stakes poker game where the most successful players recognize the wisdom in the lyrics of Kenny Rogers’s classic, “The Gambler.” You know the song: “You got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, […]
Innovating Medical Trauma Software
A trauma registry is a collection of comprehensive data used by experts for rigorous analysis. Evolving along with the Quality Assurance (QA) movement and Total Quality Management (TQM), trauma registries aim to provide the information that will prevent defects in care due to failures in the systems. 1985. A man in the U.K. makes the world’s […]
Mapping Out A Successful Strategy
A textbook about ancient Rome would be less effective if there were no map to show the Empire’s annexation of provinces over time. A museum exhibit about Arctic weather patterns would be perplexing without a map illustrating airflow. A magazine article about a remote island with unusual flora and fauna would be lacking without a […]
Its Time Has Come: The Traffic Group, Inc.
Gone are the days of people sitting at intersections manually tracking cars or stretching tracking tubes across four lanes of highway. Traffic studies have gone high-tech. Using cameras with special software or activated Blue Tooth technology, The Traffic Group can gather data on traffic volume, vehicle classification, and trip generation without concern for weather or […]
Building a Better MRAP
Today’s warfighter – Army, Navy, Air Force or Marine –faces “a combination of mines and small arms employed by unconventional forces operating in a contiguous battle space,” according to globalsecurity.org. That’s military-speak for the enemy doesn’t necessarily wear a uniform, is making weapons that kill from whatever they can scrounge and is using these improvised […]
Lighting Up the County
Most people don’t think twice about hopping on the Internet at home for online banking, “Googling” research for work or accessing a web app from a mobile phone. But, if you were suddenly unable to perform any of those tasks, you would reveal your dependence on available and reliable Internet access. After the 9/11 attacks […]
Beyond Angry Birds:
“There’s an app for that.” This catchy tagline, now trademarked by Apple, first appeared in iPhone advertising in early 2009, and has since become a staple in pop culture, with parodies appearing everywhere from YouTube to Sesame Street. But mobile applications – or apps – are no joke in the world of business. According to […]
Off the Map
Tracking tree health. Analyzing crime data. Managing social services resources. These very unique and seemingly unrelated activities do share a common denominator – the implementation of a Geographic Information System – or GIS for short. By definition, a GIS resembles other information systems built to receive and analyze data. Where it differs is its use […]
Building National Reach to Solve National Problems
B. Daniel “Danny” DeMarinis leads the charge in laying the plans for a new university research park to capitalize on the region’s access to I-95 and APG. “It’s about focusing on warfighter security and the security of our country,” explains B. Daniel DeMarinis, president of the newly formed Northeastern Maryland University Research Park Corporation (NEMD-URP). […]
A Shift is Upon Us “Get your head out of the clouds” is an old saying disparaging someone who is thought to be dreaming too big. In the age of the Internet and digital information, being in the clouds might just be the next big thing. References like going to or being in the cloud […]
Keeping Pace with Quick Response Codes
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably seen the ubiquitous square-shaped barcodes that are popping up on everything from magazines and t-shirts to billboards and buses. Called QR – or “quick response” – codes, they’ve been profiled on The Today Show, in Inc. and Fast Company and in USA Today. Google QR codes […]
“This is not your father’s Oldsmobile.”
While that 1980s era advertising campaign may long be forgotten – and the Oldsmobile brand no longer in production – it still seems to capture the essence of what General Motors exudes at its transmission plant in White Marsh. With its current facility recycling 100 percent of its waste and construction starting on a new […]
The Road Less Traveled
For a woman whose career is grounded in the binary code – the black and white language of computer science – the numbers te don’t lie. Robin Remines is clearly in the minority. “I don’t know why there aren’t more girls and women taking math and Kaley science classes in school and choosing computer science […]