After 30 years in the disaster recovery industry, Lance Thompson has plenty of tales to tell. A few are extreme – like making huge efforts to help clients through the aftermath of hurricanes, floods, tornados and fires. Most are born from more mundane, but considerably more common, issues like human error, maintenance issues or power outages. But they all come together to form the basis of Thompson’s message in an upcoming Online Tech ‘Tuesdays at 2’ educational seminar on December …

When you create a list of who you’re thankful for, your auditor may not jump to the top of your list. After all, isn’t that who asks for all those mountains of documents and relentlessly asks those probing questions? Let’s face it: the relationship between a business and an auditor can be a contentious one. The high price of reports, resources spent compiling the information and remediating any issues can be more than enough to give any CXO heartburn and …

Online Tech is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2014. While our business model has changed considerably since 1994, three things have remained consistent: customer service, adaptability, and a leadership role in the technology world. Online Tech was founded as the first website hosting firm for businesses in the state of Michigan, a cutting-edge venture at the time. MIT researcher Matthew Gray claims there were a grand total of 623 websites by the end of 1993. Fast forward 20 years and …

This week Online Tech will be headed to the Adoba Hotel Dearborn for the 12th annual Detroit CIO Executive Summit, put on by the Evanta group. This is a premium event created “by CIOs, for CIOs”, in order to get the most relevant and helpful information onto the program. The primary focus for the event is collaboration, and there’s no shortage of this with over 30 executive speakers packed into one day. The keynotes are even more impressive, with David …

Way back in 2011 — when Prince William was getting married and Jennifer Lawrence was just getting cast as Katniss in the Hunger Games — Gartner predicted that 30 percent of midsize companies would have adopted recovery-as-a-service (RaaS) to support IT operations recovery by today. That projection was a 29-percent increase based on 2011 numbers. So what has your business been doing since 2011? If you’ve managed to get your data offsite — and ensure its security in the backup …

You may have seen the recap of the open house we held at our new Indianapolis data center on October 23. If not, check it out. It was so much fun, we decided to do it all over again at our new Metro Detroit data center from 3 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 2. (OK, that’s not entirely true. It was fun, but this Metro Detroit open house was planned well before the Indy date.) The new data center …

NOTE: As discussed here previously, Online Tech was part of a panel webinar presentation of “5 Key Tools to Help Your Organization Achieve HIPAA Compliance,” inspired by a BlogHipaa.com post that cited tips from representatives of organizations specializing in each of those five areas. The following infographic, created by the Compliancy Group, is compiled from information compiled during that Oct. 21 webinar.

Considering a move to a cloud-based infrastructure? You’ll want to join Online Tech at TechEx | Fall 2014 on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at Ford Field in downtown Detroit. One of Michigan’s premier technology events, TechEx is hosted by Data Strategy, an advanced IT solutions and support company headquartered in Grand Rapids and with locations in Detroit and Indianapolis. (Strikingly similar to Online Tech’s footprint that includes a Metro Detroit location among four Michigan data centers and one Indiana data center, …

5 tools to protect patient data

Posted on October 3, 2014 by

As HIPAA regulations increase and cybersecurity threats advance, the healthcare industry’s effort to protect patient data gets more complex. Online Tech recently contributed to a story posted on BlogHIPAA.com that covers five tools to help protect patient information and ease the compliance burden: Email encryption Mobile phone BYOD protection HIPAA-compliant storage HIPAA-compliant hosting Compliance tracking solution BlogHIPAA spoke with representatives from industry-leading organizations in each of these areas, each of them focused on compliance. They each provided insight into why …

Michigan HIMSS 2014 Fall Conference

Posted on September 12, 2014 by

Online Tech rarely misses an opportunity to attend a HIMSS event, which are always packed with healthcare information management hot button topics and innovative ideas. So we’re particularly eager for next week’s Michigan HIMSS Chapter 2014 Fall Conference in Plymouth Township, just minutes from our Ann Arbor headquarters and three of our four Michigan data centers. The theme for the Sept. 16-17 event is “Health Information Technology: The Vision and the Value” and it will be held at The Inn …

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