Disruption was the word of the year in 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic brought wide-ranging issues home to workplaces across the nation. From supply chain disruptions to constantly changing health and safety guidelines, many businesses worked hard to maintain status quo as the landscape quickly changes around them.
Managed print services (MPS) are a collection of services provided by a third party that is focused on optimizing or otherwise managing an organization’s output of documents. In general, these external providers offer an up-front assessment of needs, challenges, and current infrastructure; ongoing replacement of hardware; and ongoing maintenance, service, and other parts and supplies required for optimal function of the print environment.
While almost any industry can make use of increased productivity, better efficiency, and cost savings, for some industries that handle a high flow of data through paper-based documentation, even the smallest of changes can amount to a huge transformation in the way they conduct — and profit from — business.
As the ongoing pandemic continues to cause widespread disruption, hackers are taking advantage of companies’ distraction to evolve new, harder hitting cyberattack strategies. New research shows that more than 50% of organizations are dealing with insider threats and the loss of privileged credentials, and 21% of individuals targeted by hackers consisted of engineers and developers.
Manufacturers are in the spotlight for 2021, but not for particularly beneficial reasons. According to the recent X-Force Threat Intelligence Index, the manufacturing industry has become the second most targeted industry when it comes to cyberattacks.
As more companies get back to business as usual, business as usual is changing. Now, a remote work environment and flexible working hours are standard offerings in the job market — and ones that make your company more desirable in the eyes of today’s talent.
If you run a business that prints oversized or odd-sized materials such as construction plans, engineering blueprints, graphic-heavy marketing materials and signage, and more it might be a smart idea to invest in an in-house wide format printer or a technical plotter. Creating outsized prints in-house can be significantly less expensive than outsourcing, plus you have more control over color, branding, and changes with in-house printers.
The COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc with physician practices and healthcare in 2020, where many providers saw stunning declines in productivity and associated revenues. In general, physician productivity fell by over 8%, although this varied among specialties. Factors that contribute to limited productivity include providers being burdened with non-productive tasks such as searching for information, inefficiencies in patient flow, and others. In addition to lowered productivity, staff burnout and job dissatisfaction rose, causing up to 30% of healthcare workers to consider leaving their jobs.
With more companies turning to third-party partners to help them expand their business capabilities without breaking the bank, there has been a surge in interest — and concern — about third-party risk management.
The COVID-19 pandemic put over 1.2 billion children across the globe out of the classroom, fostering a rise in home-based learning that is persisting well into 2021. While schools were already investing in educational technologies, spending $18.66 billion in 2019 alone, the shift to remote learning accelerated adoption of these tools, including video conferencing technologies, language applications, online learning software, and more.