The Rise of the Mobile Workforce: Are You Ready?

When it comes to workplace transformation, Citrix estimates that the number of companies enabling a mobile workforce will rise to 70% by the year 2020. Don’t get left behind in the race for digital transformation! Provide a simple, secure workspace for everyone on your team the right business technology, consulting, systems integration, and support.

Simplicity
Employees and remote team members need to be able to access critical documents and resources from any device, at any time. The virtualization and cloud solutions market is bustling with options, but only a select few allow for true flexibility for mobile workforces while protecting sensitive business information.

Implementing VDI and cloud solutions does not begin with planning and end with implementation. A 5 Star user experience with virtual workspaces and cloud solutions includes support, fulfillment, and customer satisfaction. When considering options for mobile workforce solutions, keep these processes in mind and ensure that you’re working with a team who understands the importance of access during these critical business periods:

  • Employee or Freelancer On-Boarding
  • Role and Title Changes
  • Off-Boarding or Project Removal

New employees should be able to be productive from day one without a significant investment from the IT team, and securing company or project information should be as easy as flipping a switch upon separation of an employee or the finalization of a project.

When selecting an enterprise VDI consultant, make sure they work with only the best-of-breed technology solutions, complete with support and service.

Security
When considering a virtualization platform, security safeguards becomes a priority. Each new device and each new team member has the potential to weaken the perimeter as the cybersecurity threats expand. With so many devices and people accessing the network, the strategies to mitigate these risks must be in place from the beginning.

Secure application access management is critical for your organization, and malware is no longer a distant threat, with ransomware reigning supreme with phishing attacks and malicious document attacks. WannaCry and Petya attacks brought malware into the headlines, making cybersecurity a priority for today’s CIO and IT teams.

Policies are the key to security within your organization’s mobile workforce platform. An experienced virtualization expert can help you set up policies and guidelines in all of the following areas:

  • Device Policies: Define the make, model, and approved operating systems
  • Access: The team members who will be given access to remote workplace options
  • Compliance: Requirements and actions if violations occur
  • Security: Define applications and data for company monitoring purposes

Managing Storage
Along with proactively managing cybersecurity threats, today’s enterprise organization must also consider secure storage and backup options. Physical, in-house data storage centers are on the decline, as many organizations are turning to the cloud to house data. The cost of archiving all of this data in-house is becoming prohibitive, as it requires significant investments in hardware and software and time investments from the IT team.Cloud hosting and virtual servers are the primary sources of storage for virtualization platforms. In addition to files, these hosting options also give organizations access to memory and network bandwidth and connectivity to remote applications.

When implementing a new VDI solution, it’s important to ask about updates and bug fixes. Lack of proper support and maintenance can lead to network vulnerabilities, but the right IT consulting team will have support and maintenance processes in place.

In summary, when considering a platform to support a modern, mobile workforce, make sure your IT consulting team addresses simplicity, security, and storage.

Catering to Your Needs with Best-of-Breed Technology

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Tim Tyler, Founder/President Accordant Technology

“We believe happy users make successful companies.”

Positioned as a leader with extreme focus, Accordant is a team of technologists who constantly research and innovate. It is a rapidly growing IT consulting firm located in Brentwood, Tennessee, USA.

Accordant was founded in the year 2013 as a result of identifying a huge gap in the virtualization and cloud solutions market.

Accordant began its journey to identify technologies that benefit clients and give them a 5 Star User Experience throughout their organization regardless of location. They had identified a niche in virtual desktop infrastructure solutions (VDI). Many enterprises consider VDI but were not exposed to a lot of options. There is a lack trueVDI specialized consulting firms in the marketplace. In the past three years, the company has found its place at the top in the field of virtualization and cloud technologies.

Products offered
The benefit to the client is that the company has vetted the technologies and identified a best-of-breed technology stack to deliver the absolute best user experience.  Accordant listens to understand the client’s needs and aligns with the manufacturers to deliver and support the solutions. The products offered include:

  • Citrix Systems
  • RES Software
  • Carbon Black End Point  Security
  • Tintri Storage/ with Cisco UCS Compute
  • VMTurbo – Application  Performance

Service offerings

  • Consulting – Getting reliable results from a technology solution requires in-depth planning, installation and management. Accordant’s team of IT experts understand every aspect of Virtualization, Application Delivery, Mobility and Hosting – from planning to project management, installation, testing, implementation and training.
  • Systems Integration – Architecting, Designing, Documenting, Installing, Testing and Training within technology platforms can cause nightmares for even the most seasoned IT professional. Accordant Technology, Inc. provides these valuable services to clients.
  •  Support – The quality and performance of your technology can be vastly improved with the company’s technology audits. They work together with your in-house teams, analyze your IT infrastructure in order to identify opportunities to save money and be more efficient.
  • Fulfillment – The experienced resources at Accordant can help you acquire the technology you need to reach your business objectives within a budget that works for you. The company offers License Fulfillment, Staff Augmentation, Asset Lifecycle Management, Application Maintenance, and Thin Client and Implementation.

Happy consumers
Accordant creates an awesome experience for its customers which has allowed them to rapidly build and maintain a group of happy and satisfied clients. The company has been able to improve user performance; security and availability across the region while helping their clients save on IT infrastructure costs. They work with their clients to gain visibility into their structure, network and applications that guarantee the best user experience. The company strongly believes that “happy users make successful companies”and its technology helps secure that philosophy.

Clientele
The company’s target markets are Healthcare, Banking and Legal. With focus, attention to detail,  responsiveness, and with the practice of doing the right things at the right time, Accordant provides services globally. It is however based in Brentwood, TN and primarily focuses on the South East region of the United States.

Clients speak
“The experience I have had with Accordant has been exceptional. As well as being responsive, the teams are competent, knowledgeable and their methods and processes are very efficient. Accordant brings tremendous value and I will continue to leverage their expertise.” Damon Tindall, CIO – Randa solutions

“After having continual problems with another VAR, I was connected to Tim with Accordant where I received personal service in rectifying some licensing issues I was dealing with. This company is hands on and will take ownership when they see opportunities to make it better for their customers. I highly recommend Accordant.” Jeff Condon, IT infrastructure Manager – LKQ Corporation

Present and future focus areas
Virtualization, application delivery, mobility, user experience and hosting are currently the core of the Accordant service offerings.

As for the future, “We will continue to focus on virtualization, mobility and cloud services. We also continue to evaluate providers in this space for best performance and value to our clients” said Tim Tyler, President.


Meet the Key Executives

Tim Tyler, Founder/President – Tim has over 18 years of business development and executive management experience. He is actively involved in the IT community and is decisive and committed to his clients and his team. Tim is married, lives in Franklin and is an avid boater, triathlete, golfer, and blues musician.

Shawn Sloan, Executive Vice President – Shawn has over 16 years of enterprise IT experience as a senior architect and consultant. Shawn’s experience includes depth in Data Center, Virtualization and Application Delivery as well as extensive knowledge Microsoft and Infrastructure. A native of Murfreesboro, Shawn is married with one son.

“Our Promise: To do the Right Things…Right. And, to Communicate – Follow Up – Follow Through.”

Managing Employee Access Made Easy

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Managing employee access to company resources can be a major headache for a business. Whether you’ve just hired someone, are changing their job responsibilities, or are parting ways with them, you’ve got to have all your ducks in a row to ensure the appropriate access and security (and there are plenty of ducks). Utilizing RES Software, Accordant streamlines these complex processes to take the guesswork out for businesses.

On-Boarding
When you bring in new employees, you must ensure they have the technology and resources to complete their tasks. This may mean company distributed laptops, phones, tablets and other digital devices. They also need access to specific company files and applications. This process can be complicated, involving multiple interactions between human resources and the IT department. But with RES’s automated on-boarding, the process can be completed by the hiring manager with a few easy steps, and new employees can be productive on day one of the job.

Role Changes
Over the course of an employee’s time with a company, their roles and responsibilities could change multiple times. With these changes, they may need access to different company files and information. RES Software makes these transitions more fluid, as a few clicks will change a current employee’s profile and access quickly and securely.

Off-Boarding
When someone leaves a company, there are many considerations to take into account. You need to secure data and terminate access to company information. You also need to straighten things out with accounting, HR, and CRM (customer relationship management). Using RES, Accordant takes care of all of these things with the flip of a switch. And your company information will be immediately secured.

How Cloud Technology is Changing Business

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Cloud technology is ushering in major changes to the business world. But it’s not just the traditional office that’s being transformed by cloud storage and data management. Here are a few examples of how cloud solutions are being utilized by the retail, banking and healthcare industries to not only cut costs but also improve overall efficiency and effectiveness.

Retail
Real-Time Data
With cloud computing, retailers can track real-time information about customers and what they’re purchasing. This data stored in the cloud can be viewed by anyone in the company who has access. This is also invaluable for tracking and updating inventory, as a company can identify items that go out-of-stock and fulfill customer orders for such items instantaneously.

POS Alternatives
Retailers have long been stood behind counters with computers, printers, and cash registers, establishing a standard, stationary POS system. Cloud solutions can liberate employees from the counter with web-based POS alternatives. Enabling sales on tablets or other light devices can free up employees to walk around and provide superior customer service.

Banking
Reduce IT Costs
Banks typically have sizable and complex IT infrastructures that process massive amounts of data. Purchasing and maintaining hardware and software is a costly endeavor requiring time and manpower. Cloud solutions are a no-brainer for banks, as the bank can unload some of their burden on the cloud providers that can host data and update technology with their own infrastructure.

Easier Transactions
Banks facilitate financial transactions across the world. With banking infrastructure centrally stored in the cloud, it’s easier for banks in different countries to exchange information and make transactions without any delays from dealing with differences in hardware.

Healthcare
Medical Imaging Storage
Internal data storage centers are on the decline, as many health care facilities are turning to the cloud to house medical images. The cost of archiving all medical images in house is becoming prohibitive, as it requires significant investments in hardware and software as well as space and employee upkeep.

Improved Care and Communication
Healthcare providers can use data stored in the cloud to provide patients the best possible care. Being able to pull up a patient’s clinical data in real-time at the touch of a finger enables healthcare professionals to provide better, more specialized care for patients.

2015 TECH TRENDS

Advances in technology have taken the workplace to levels most of us never imagined possible. And with changes happening on an almost daily basis, it’s important to have an IT provider that keeps your company ahead of your competitors. So, what’s happening in technology in 2015? We can expect to see:
Small Businesses and Cloud Technology
Small businesses are increasingly utilizing Cloud solutions instead of investing in office hardware and purchasing software. Companies are developing office infrastructure on the cloud which cuts costs and makes the workplace accessible remotely.
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)
With workplace software and data accessible via Cloud, offices are becoming more flexible with where and how employees work. BYOD policies, which allow employees to use their personal mobile devices, will continue to evolve, as companies save on the purchase of expensive office machines.
Wearable Technology
Fitness bands, smart watches and activity trackers will continue to proliferate in 2015. We’ll also see smart jewelry, wearable cameras (move over, Selfie Stick), and more companies attempting smart glasses and eye ware — the demise of Google Glass is not stopping anyone.
Mobile Payment
With the launch of Apple Pay in October 2014, the mobile wallet race is underway. According to Emazzanti Technologies, “More than 20% of worldwide payment transactions are made with a mobile device.” Look for competitors such as Google Wallet and Paypal to up their mobile payment capabilities.
Demand for Internet Anonymity
Though the failures of “anonymous” apps and social media services such as Whisper and Snapchat were well publicized in 2014, developers will continue to create more secure networks and messaging services in 2015. The demand for anonymous communication and behavior on the internet is still great, given the “identity fatigue” many feel from dealing with traditional social networks.

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