5 Steps toward preparing your business for digital transformation

Did you know that more than two-thirds of digital transformations fail? Alarming statistics like this have led some business leaders to steer away from innovation, instead settling for tried and tested solutions. Given the fast-moving hype cycle of modern technology, we can hardly blame them for being cautious. But because consumer habits and demands are …

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Just 70 days left until Windows 7 is retired. Here’s what you need to know

After serving businesses for almost a decade, Windows 7 is finally coming to an end. On January 14, Microsoft will finally cease supporting the aging operating system (OS) as it focuses its efforts on the continued development of Windows 10 and other products and services. After this point, there will be no more updates, including …

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5 Healthcare workflows that you can automate

Paper has always been a huge hindrance to the healthcare sector. While paperwork is critical to everyday workflows, technology can help digitize and automate many repetitive and predictable tasks. Workflow automation helps reduce the administrative burden and enhance staff productivity, all while reducing overheads. Below are a few areas healthcare practices can automate. #1. System …

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Owning Hardware Procurement

Technology is complicated. Gone are the good old days where a business could rush down to the local Big Box Retailer and buy up twenty PCs, plug them into the wall, and everything just works. Times have changed and so have standards and regulatory obligations. At Umbrella, we understand the growing cost center of technology. …

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Welcome Baby Griffin

From employees buying a first home to new marriages, Umbrella has seen many firsts over the years. Now we can add another to that list. Lucas Pieper, our Proactive Operations Team Lead, welcomed the first Umbrella baby into the world last month. Everyone Got Involved In true Umbrella fashion, the entire team was quick to …

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The Client Perspective – Massive Frustration but a Quick Fix

By Jean Hansen, COO at Umbrella Managed Systems Imagine you are a doctor in a primary care practice. You have patients booked every fifteen (15) minutes on your schedule. You will see sixteen (16) patients before lunch, and at least thirty (30) before you are done for the day. To get a leg-up on the day, …

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Kansas Treatment Centers Hacked

Christopher Draven, Client Experience at Umbrella Managed Systems Valley Hope Association (VHA), the addiction treatment organization based in Norton Kansas, announced it suffered a data breach in late 2018. An unauthorized individual gained access to an employee’s email account, potentially exposing patient PHI. Valley Hope detected the intrusion quickly and worked to remedy the issue. A …

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Wichita State University Phishing Fail

Christopher Draven, Client Experience at Umbrella Managed Systems Hackers bombard a respected institution with a battery of malicious emails – a coordinated cyber attack. A handful of users fall prey to the bait and were hooked by Phishing attempts. Sounds like the start to a crime novel, but it recently happened in Wichita, Kansas. What …

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Windows® 7 Countdown

Christopher Draven, Client Experience at Umbrella Managed Systems Only 12 months remain before Microsoft cuts off support for Windows® 7 and several editions of Windows® Server operating systems. While fifty-two weeks feels like plenty of time, here are some factors you may not be considering: Experts predict a shortage of available PCs as companies rush to …

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Gmail will soon be integrated with Meet, Chat, and Rooms. What will this mean for your SMB?

There’s now an online app for practically anything Kansas City business managers such as yourself can imagine — plus more things you may not have even considered yet. While this grants you an abundance of choices in customizing your online working experience, it also creates operational inefficiencies. Nowadays, it’s normal to have a tab open …

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