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Organizing Your Workspace? A One Time Shred May Be the Answer

September 29, 2022 / by Shred-it posted in Business Products & Solutions, Cooperative Purchasing

Many workplaces today have contracted document destruction services so that paper and digital documents that are no longer needed are securely and professionally destroyed on a regular basis.

But some workplaces prefer a periodic one-time, clean-out.

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How a Cooperative Helps Small Businesses Streamline the Procurement Process

September 28, 2022 / by EPIC posted in Corporate Services, Business Products & Solutions

Many small businesses don't have the resources to respond to different solicitations so that they can earn business with public sector agencies. This can be time-consuming and costly for the supplier as well as the agency. Partnering with a cooperative allows small businesses to build trust and confidence with larger agencies.

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4 Ways EverDriven is Ready to Meet the Increased Demand for Alternative School Transportation

August 30, 2022 / by EverDriven posted in Procurement, K-12 Education, Business Products & Solutions, Fleet, Parks & Recreation

With continual influxes in demand for alternative student transportation, EverDriven, the leader in this industry for school districts nationwide, announced a series of advancements that are guaranteed to continue the heritage of innovation in student mobility that has always been at the forefront of EverDriven's support. These industry-leading initiatives that make alternative transportation safer, more effective, and more efficient to manage for districts across the U.S. plan to continue providing safety and consistency for your most vulnerable students.

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How to Uncover Technology Gaps to Enhance Your Security

June 16, 2022 / by Ricoh posted in K-12 Education, Business Products & Solutions, Local & State Government, Higher Education, Information Technology

Sudden, dramatic business changes can create – or expose – gaps in your IT systems and infrastructure. But before you can address them, you need to know they exist. Your IT infrastructure determines how productive your people can be. It keeps your data and information safe. Ultimately, your IT practices directly affect your revenue and profit. In this blog, you will learn about various potential gaps in your IT infrastructure, and how Ricoh can help participants of OMNIA Partners fill these gaps and enhance their network security.

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How Agencies Can Unlock Value From Their Data

February 1, 2022 / by Iron Mountain posted in K-12 Education, Business Products & Solutions, Local & State Government, Higher Education, Information Technology

Data is a strategic asset, and it is everywhere, so generating it is not the challenge. The challenge is how to derive value from the data to make more informed, insightful decisions.

Most government agencies have more data than they know what to do with. The amount of data that government agencies collect, store, analyze, share, and secure is increasing exponentially and will continue as more activities are carried out online and in digitally connected spaces. No matter your mission, as a government agency, data is your biggest asset but can also be your biggest challenge.

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Local County Government Increases Purchasing Power by Leveraging Cooperative Contract

October 7, 2021 / by Network Distribution posted in Business Products & Solutions, Local & State Government

Network Distribution® (Network) is a global distribution organization supported by the power of local expertise that provides participants of OMNIA Partners with industry expertise, customizable programs, and products from the industry's top suppliers. By leveraging the Network cooperative contract offered through the OMNIA Partners cooperative program, a suburban county in the Pacific Northwest was able to "piggyback" off of the Lead Agency’s contract where competitive costs for name-brand janitorial supplies were already evaluated and publicly awarded.

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Strengthen Your Cyber Security Solutions Through Cooperative Purchasing

September 24, 2021 / by OMNIA Partners posted in K-12 Education, Business Products & Solutions, Local & State Government, Information Technology

With remote network access, cloud applications, mobile devices and plentiful online opportunities in today’s digital workplace and classroom, your risk of cyber crime exposure increases. IT industry insiders report that there are 30,000 websites being hacked each day across the world, and several organizations' online systems are breached up to five times throughout the year.

Procurement teams can leverage cooperative purchasing to get ahead of these cyber criminals and incorporate powerful protective solutions for the IT infrastructure within your school system, organization, or agency.

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4 Questions to Ask When Implementing Your Proctoring Program

September 15, 2021 / by Examity posted in Business Products & Solutions, Higher Education

Colleges and universities have certainly seen a lot of changes since March of 2020. As doors closed and classrooms emptied, many found themselves in the unfamiliar situation of having to turn to a digital-only education model. As part of that, testing also had to move online, creating confusion among test-takers.

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6 Key Learnings For Digitization Done Right

September 13, 2021 / by Iron Mountain posted in K-12 Education, Business Products & Solutions, Local & State Government, Higher Education, Information Technology

The pandemic has changed the way we talk about the “digital workplace”. As organizations look to a more modernized environment, it is often difficult to navigate the complexities of a hybrid physical and digital world. Gain insight to what our supplier partner, Iron Mountain, has learn about the digital transformation process along the way.  

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Getting Real About the Digital Workplace

September 2, 2021 / by Iron Mountain posted in K-12 Education, Business Products & Solutions, Local & State Government, Higher Education, Information Technology

The words “digital workplace” mean something different today than they did a year or two ago.

We’ve all learned a lot this past year about what’s really essential when it comes to getting work done, whether that’s meeting the needs of customers or virtually connecting with co-workers. So, it’s safe to say our digital workplace initiatives are much more reality-driven.

Long after the pandemic, we’ll still be processing what we’ve learned. We’re not simply picking up the pieces and going back to “business as usual.” We’re going back to a different workplace. Learn how your organization can ensure digitization done right (now available through OMNIA Partners' cooperative contract with Iron Mountain). 

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