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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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The Relationship Between Alcohol & Crime: Alcohol Monitoring Programs

October 1, 2021 / by BI Incorporated posted in Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness, Local & State Government

Why You Need an Alcohol Monitoring Program

Alcohol abuse is a contributing factor in thousands of crimes committed in the U.S each year. COVID-19 and social-distancing protocols have only added to alcohol-related crimes. Alcohol sales increased 21% from June 2019 to June 2020, along with violent crime. Commonly associated with drinking and driving traffic fatalities, research proves that alcohol is an integral part of most crime. The influence of alcohol and addiction creates problems at every level of the corrections process; therefore, it’s important that agencies have an effective alcohol monitoring program in place.

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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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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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How to Optimize the Acoustics in Your Space

September 7, 2021 / by Milliken posted in Facilities & Infrastructure, Furniture, K-12 Education, Local & State Government, Higher Education

Loud spaces can negatively impact concentration, memory, productivity, comprehension, and lower morale. Long-term exposure to noise can even increase heart rates and quicken breathing, leading to higher levels of stress hormones. In educational environments, common ambient noise levels decrease intelligibility significantly — in some cases by as much as half. Continue reading to discover the positive impact a quiet environment can have on your organization and a few steps to help optimize the acoustics in your space.

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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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Single Sourcing Eases Telecom and IT Challenges for Cities and States

August 31, 2021 / by Granite posted in Local & State Government, Information Technology

If you never hear the C-word again, it will be too soon, but COVID-19 continues to impact all aspects of state, county and city government, not the least of which is IT.

No doubt the pandemic upended your agencies five-year strategic IT plans, forcing you to reprioritize to support remote work in the early days of the crisis. Now that states, counties and cities are opening up again, your agency must reassess decisions made and technology deployed in haste.

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6 Data Security Solutions to Prevent Cyber-Attacks

August 27, 2021 / by Insight Public Sector posted in Local & State Government, Information Technology

Ransomware attacks remain prevalent. You can unknowingly download ransomware onto a computer by opening an email attachment, clicking an ad, or visiting a website that's embedded with malware. The costly disruptions to your operations and loss of critical information is not worth the risk. Through a competitively solicited and publicly awarded cooperative contract with OMNIA Partners and Insight Public Sector, participants have access to a plethora of cybersecurity solutions to prevent and mitigate risk.

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Reducing Overheight Collisions: Get to Know Your Overheight Warning System Options

August 25, 2021 / by Traffic and Parking Control Co., Inc. (TAPCO) posted in Local & State Government, Fleet, Parks & Recreation

Collisions between overheight vehicles and low-clearance structures – bridges, tunnels, parking structures and more – are both common and costly. Proactively alerting overheight vehicle drivers of an impending collision can drastically reduce incidents and boost safety for all road users.

While overheight warning systems make this possible, it’s important to right-size the system and leverage the most effective configuration.

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International Airport Saves Big on Vertical Transportation

July 29, 2021 / by KONE posted in Facilities & Infrastructure, Local & State Government

An airport serving more than 22 million passengers per year—including 1 million traveling to nine foreign countries—is one of the busiest single-runway airports in the world. In that high-volume environment, efficient vertical transportation is the key to customer satisfaction. Elevators and escalators there must be reliable, dependable and deliver maximum uptime.

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