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I am very fortunate to work with some great people.  Below is a selection of informative articles that some of them have written for our web site at 1path.com.  I think you’ll enjoy them and learn a few things as well.  These pieces highlight some of practice areas, including IT Services, Cloud Services, Application Management and Building Technologies.  Enjoy!

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Five Signs You Should Invest in IT Support
by Eric Ellenberg

You’re a business owner and things are going well. Your customers are happy, your employees love their jobs, and your business is profitable and humming along. Congratulations! You’ve put in some long days and dealt with some tough problems to get here, so take a moment and celebrate your team’s accomplishments.

But increasingly, you’re getting questions about technology. The computers you bought a few years ago aren’t running so great, and your employees need help with them. Your accounting software is a few years old and needs an upgrade to keep up. You’re thinking it might be time to switch to a new customer relationship management system (or start using your first) to better track your current customers and reach out to new prospects. You’re getting emails about PCI compliance, but you’re not sure what the next step is. You’re getting a lot of email that looks a little off that’s actually trying to steal your confidential information. Some of your people have gotten a nasty virus that took them out of commission. That college grad in the office is telling you to move to the cloud, but you’re not exactly sure what that is or how to make it work for your business.

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Your Cloud Security Is Only As Strong As Your Expertise
By Armon Aghaie

When your day-to-day is consulting with prospective clients in IT, you begin to get a feel for which technologies are having the biggest impact. Questions that are asked, articles that are published, etc. all give pretty clear indications about how technical markets are evolving over time. Naturally – it likely comes as no surprise – cloud and security are at the top of everyone’s mind.

Cloud has gone through an interesting evolution as it relates to security. Four years ago, you couldn’t convince most IT leaders that housing their highly important information on the same infrastructure as someone else would ever be a good idea. Makes perfect sense, right? When people share an office, they need only turn their head to see what others are working on. Why wouldn’t it be the same when people share servers?

Fast forward, and now we are talking about how cloud infrastructure has some of the highest levels of regulatory compliance including PCI, HIPPA, GDPR, multi-national, government, and many more.

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Online Product Catalog Allows Firm to Monetize Their Data
Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Case Study
By Raquel Valdez

An industry-leader in certifying and validating products to be green certified wanted to re-platform their online product catalog, in order to monetize it and become the global source for green products. They wanted their new catalog to be an evolution of their older one, expanded to include data from other green partners and a complete network of green products across all markets. They also had an immediate, urgent need to complete the project by the end of the year and needed a trusted partner they could rely on.

The company approached Onepath. The Application Management Services team had previously built an online product catalog for a smaller company devoted to air quality testing, which had since been acquired. Once the acquisition took place, all IT was brought in-house, and they continued using the catalog that Onepath had built. When the need to update and revamp another product catalog arose, Onepath was the obvious choice.

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Emergency Response Radio Coverage (ERRC): Coming to a Building Near You
By Caleb Clarke

When emergency responders enter a building, they rely on radio equipment to communicate with one another and dispatchers, but within certain buildings, standard radio signals become impaired and stop working altogether. When time is most critical, first responders can be cut off from receiving further instructions, coordinating with one another, or requesting additional resources and equipment.

Various building structures and architectural materials can negatively impact the transmission of radio signals and prevent them from working. Standard radio signals have always had this problem, putting emergency responders and those needing rescue at risk, but fire codes weren’t really updated to require minimum performance requirements for emergency radio coverage until inadequate radio communication was determined to be a contributing factor in the death of 343 firefighters during 9/11. Both the National Fire Protection Act (NFPA 72) and the International Fire Code (IFC 510) updated their requirements to include Emergency Responder Radio Coverage (ERRC).

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