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VIDEO SECURITY SOLUTIONS: K-12 School District Oversight Using Automated Monitoring

April 14, 2022 / by Konica Minolta posted in K-12 Education, Information Technology

Schools are faced with keeping students and staff secure. In doing so, they increasingly are looking for digital solutions to replace analog documents and processes that log regular activity. As K-12 school districts implement these solutions, automating actionable alerts from the data produced so your security team can deter a problem before it happens can be an afterthought.

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Purchasing for Severe Weather Threats to Your School or Agency

April 4, 2022 / by OMNIA Partners posted in Facilities & Infrastructure, Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness, Cooperative Purchasing

Procurement teams can take the lead on emergency preparedness and severe weather safety purchasing plans through their attention to detail and visibility into cooperative purchasing solutions. Have you analyzed and made predictions about how your supply chain would weather the storm? It’s especially critical now as organizations face higher supply chain risk due to the ongoing delays, shortages and geopolitical conflict.  

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3 Esports Recruitment Strategies & Why They Worked for These Colleges

March 31, 2022 / by CDW-G posted in Higher Education, Information Technology

Marketing an esports program is no easy task. It’s important for higher education institutions to know what students are looking for, why they might choose one school over another, and how IT professionals can work with internal stakeholders to invest in programs that support recruitment. A robust esports program can become an effective marketing tool for colleges and universities, but only with thoughtful planning.

CDW•G Education Strategist, Doug Konopelko, shares common mistakes that higher education institutions make in esports programs, and how some schools avoided these pitfalls.

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3 Actions to Take to Build a Resilient and Reliable Operation

March 30, 2022 / by Lawson Products posted in Facilities & Infrastructure, Local & State Government

Are you feeling it? According to research from Accenture, 81% of supply chain leaders say the pandemic has been their organization’s greatest stress test. Similarly, a Coupa report found 63% of chief procurement officers say their organizations still feel a significant or extraordinary impact from the pandemic. Supply chain issues and inflation are just two business concerns testing organizations today. How can procurement tackle these challenges? Find out below. 

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How to Create More Dynamic Learning Environments

March 30, 2022 / by School Specialty posted in Furniture & Workspace Solutions, K-12 Education

Dynamic learning environments are more active and engaging for students than the traditional, factory-era model in which students sit facing the front of the classroom while the teacher speaks. They are more likely to help students learn key 21st-century skills that are necessary for success in the workplace today, such as communication, collaboration, innovation, critical thinking, and creativity—and they can lead to better academic outcomes as well.

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Achieve Deeper Furniture Discounts through Cooperative Purchasing

March 28, 2022 / by OMNIA Partners posted in Furniture & Workspace Solutions, Procurement, Cooperative Purchasing

Organizations are reevaluating their workplace strategies as we acclimate to a post-pandemic future. Office interiors, outdoor furniture and classroom furniture designs continue to evolve to accommodate the changing needs of employees and students. Your agency or school may be embarking on a complex renovation or new project and as a procurement leader, you’re tasked with facilitating diverse requirements and working to source innovative design solutions and installation project management.  

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Critical Steps Procurement Can Take to Fight Cyber Threats

March 25, 2022 / by World Wide Technology posted in Procurement, Information Technology, Cooperative Purchasing

Procurement teams continue to be tasked with the need to focus on prominent IT issues like ransomware and other threats to cybersecurity, while recognizing the importance of bolstering cyber posture. As you work to meet the needs of IT stakeholders, it can be beneficial to leverage a cooperative purchasing organization for a direct route to robust solutions for your school district or agency. 

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3 Ways to Improve Cleanliness and Sustainability in Student Restrooms

March 24, 2022 / by Tork - An Essity Brand posted in Facilities & Infrastructure, Higher Education

Facility managers have high expectations imposed on them by students across campus. Student expectations of campus cleanliness are imperative in ensuring a safe and sustainable experience. 

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Three Common Floor Care Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

March 16, 2022 / by Spartan Chemical posted in Facilities & Infrastructure, Janitorial & Sanitation

Health, safety and proper maintenance of facilities are top priorities for organizations in every industry. Procurement leaders are working to align with facility managers and identify necessary products and services to keep floors in the best shape possible. There’s often a disconnect about the correct floor care products needed for diverse locations or environments. Mistakes in sourcing the right floor care products can cost millions, especially, in cases like a university campus (UCLA with 45,000+ students) or in airports like Atlanta International with more than 100 million passengers flying annually.

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What are Procurement Leaders Saying about Cooperative Purchasing?

March 16, 2022 / by OMNIA Partners posted in Procurement, Cooperative Purchasing

Each time a new challenge emerges for some of your procurement peers, we see real-life examples of how they’re collaborating with a cooperative purchasing organization to solve the issue and exceed management’s expectations for the purchasing or sourcing functions. We’re hearing more and morefrom public procurement professionals that cooperative purchasing continues to be a best practice in their strategy. This growing trend is due to the countless benefits participants experience every day

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