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Roundup: Inspiration for Building Your Business.

We’re spending the early part of this week at Goldman Sachs 10k Small Business Summit in Washington DC. On the program are sessions from business leaders from every industry, and we’ve been franticly writing down all the words of wisdom all day. Here’s three golden nuggets of advice we’re loving from Sara Blakely, Richard Branson, and Warren Buffett.

1: Keep the fire alive.

Sara Blakely, the founder of Spanx, talked about keeping your passion for your business alive by outsources the mundane tasks if you can. Not a fan of Quickbooks? Hire a bookkeeper. Don’t know which way is up when it comes to business tech? Hire a managed service provider. Don’t smother your fire by weighing yourself down with tasks you dislike or find boring. There’s no shame in asking for assistance when you need it! 

2: It’s all about the little things.

Richard Branson, in addition to being Mannassi IT Solutions’ President’s former boss, is a stickler for the details. After more than 35 years of Virgin Atlantic flights he still takes the time to stop and chat with passengers. Building lasting customer relationships thrives on that human connection, and people really notice when you’re prepared to go that extra mile!

3: Focus on what you can do, not what you’re missing.

Warren Buffett is an icon in the business world. His advice today? Don’t obsess over the things you can’t change. There will always be things out of your control, try not to get too caught up in them. Instead focus your energy on things you can do something about. Namely, your customer and the service you can provide them. People are always looking for connection, and they’ll remember you and your business for their experience with you.

Were you at the 10k Small Business Summit this week? What pearls of wisdom did you walk away with? We’ve been tweeting some of our insights from DC, follow us @MannassiIT.

Building the Bridge: What We're learning at VMWorld 2017

Many new and exciting things have already been announced by VMWare at VMWorld 2017 in Las Vegas, so it can be hard to keep up! You can find a list of some of the major announcements on ZDNet.

Mannassi IT Solutions has been a VMWare partner for years, and we’re excited to see the direction they’re going. The Keynote at VMWorld was fascinating, laying out the next phases for the company and it’s all about mobility!

The big take-away from VMWare’s announcement is streamlining and mobilizing the application process and eliminating the messy half-results that plague us all. They’re seeking to take the complexity of multiple moving tech parts and put them together so everything runs more smoothly and stays interconnected.

Streamlining services with a managed service provider is a great way to start saving money and to help prevent expensive complications. It’s an excellent idea for companies large and small alike to work with an MSP like Mannassi IT Solutions to simplify their tech life. Instead of having to figure out all your moving parts on your own, leave it to someone else! It’s all about saving yourself future tech headaches, while knowing your tech is going to do what it needs to every time.

We’re looking forward to seeing these new developments in action as they rollout through 2018! Keep following us on Facebook and Twitter for updates from our time at VMWorld.

The Wild West of HIPAA!
LAAHU's annual conference was western themed this year, hence our wild west attire!

LAAHU's annual conference was western themed this year, hence our wild west attire!

This past week Mannassi IT Solutions was an exhibitor at the annual conference for the Los Angeles Association for Health Underwriters (link).  We were showcasing our new HIPAA risk analysis services.  Many of the brokers we spoke to were very surprised to hear about the ramifications of not having their network meet HIPAA compliance standards, as required by the Office of Civil Rights (OCR).

What we discovered was that there is very little education about HIPAA outside of major hospitals about compliance standards for what the OCR calls “Business Associates”, people or businesses that interact with information protected under HIPAA but who are not doctors or nurses. The risks business associates run but not keeping their tech HIPAA compliant is huge. A single data breach can cost millions of dollars in fines, not to mention the client trust lost. Many people also don’t realize that the OCR can audit you at any time, even if you’ve never had a data breach.

The bigger picture is that HIPAA compliance is not a “one and done” process.  The dynamic and ever-changing nature of information technology means that not having an ongoing plan to monitor your network is, as the National Law Review called it in an article last week, “a plan to fail”.  Once you’ve got your systems up to HIPAA standards you need to keep a constant eye on the network, and monitor alerts for when it falls out of compliance. From a two-person office to a major hospital, keeping tabs on your security systems is a very real need.

We’ve been working on expanding our offerings, and now provide a solution called HIPAA as a Service.

With this service, you’ll have the peace of mind that you’re under 24/7 lock and key without having to man the battlements yourself. Plus, you’re provided with everything you need to prove your compliance should the OCR decide to audit you. It really does take the headache out of HIPAA compliance!

Visit our HIPAA page to learn more about how we can help you, or drop us a line at info@mannassi.com. We have limited time offers for getting started with HIPAA as a service right away.

Follow us on twitter @MannassiIT for daily updates about tech, healthcare, & everything in between!

Greatest Hits from Channel Partners Expo 2017: What We Learned

This past week we attended Channel Partner’s 2017 Conference at the Mandalay Bay Conference center in Las Vegas. This is the second year we have attended the show and we always get some great insights. This year it was apparent that the cloud telecom economy is booming, based on the increased attendance and exhibitors.

The conference and expo covers telecommunication and cloud technology, with this year’s focus being on Software Defined Wide Area Networks (SD-WAN). This tech is set to be the new way to connect multiple office locations and organizations to their cloud infrastructure. Many of the vendors at the show are currently focusing on creating relationships with managed service providers, like Mannassi IT Solutions, to promote and sell their products to consumers. Having a managed service provider streamlines your technology needs, giving you a complete IT department at a lower cost than hiring someone in-house. It’s like having an IT guy on call just when you need them!

Other topics that came up included moving some or all a company’s IT infrastructure over to the Cloud. Cloud adoption has been in the news recently, with companies large and small making the switch to save space, money, and effort. Imagine being able to house everything you need without taking up any space!

Chat with us about the cloud on twitter, @MannassitIT.