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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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6 Recycling Fast Facts to Make Your Business Greener and More Secure

June 16, 2021 / by Shred-it posted in Business Products & Solutions

Did you know that 40% of the waste that goes into landfills is still paper? That’s a lot of paper that isn’t being recycled! Recycling is an important part of the proprietary document destruction process which not only ensures the safe-keeping of sensitive material, it demonstrates Shred-its commitment to safeguarding the environment.

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Background Checks During a Pandemic: 5 Best Practices to Mitigate Risk

June 14, 2021 / by Accurate posted in Business Products & Solutions, Local & State Government

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has disrupted many aspects of our lives, up to and including how we run our businesses. One of the hardest-hit areas is the hiring of new employees (check out our previous blog on this topic) and the corresponding processes, such as Form I-9 verifications and criminal and financial background checks.

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3 Ways To Protect Against Ransomware

June 9, 2021 / by Ricoh posted in K-12 Education, Business Products & Solutions, Local & State Government, Higher Education, Information Technology

Cyberattacks targeting public agencies and school communities are an increasing threat each year. In 2020 alone there were nearly 1,700 reported cyber threat events spanning all 50 states in the Education field. Although a wide range of attack methods are used, the most common are breaches, hacks and phishing attacks resulting in personal data disclosure, ransomware attacks, and denial-of-service attacks. Below are three key defensive checkpoints to help protect your organization against malicious ransomware.

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Cooperative Buys Help to Keep Pandemic Supplies Flowing in Miami

June 7, 2021 / by Amazon Business posted in Procurement, Business Products & Solutions, Local & State Government

When the COVID-19 pandemic started, Miami’s city procurement team was working long hours purchasing personal protective equipment (PPE), testing labs, testing kits, supplies, services and everything else needed for city testing sites, and any other items needed to address the pandemic crisis.

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How a One Time Shred Could Benefit Your Business

April 29, 2021 / by Shred-it posted in Business Products & Solutions

Trying to keep a workspace organized can be a challenge, and many people don’t realize that as documents and files start to add up, so does the risk of fraud or a data breach. Leaving sensitive documents or electronic devices out in the open could leave them susceptible to the risk of a data breach. 

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