Business Continuity Strategies

Business Continuity Strategies




During this time, as businesses assess remote work scenarios, we are continually monitoring vendor solutions and communicating their special offers to support rapid transitions. We will update this page as we gather new information. Contact us for expert guidance on how you should move forward based on specific business requirements.

Best-in-Class Vendor Offers

90-day free WebEx license with no financial commitment
Cisco Webex is the global leader in video and web conferencing. We offer services to scale to your needs, reach wherever you work and deliver what’s next for your business.

Cisco Meraki Remote Workforce is offering a set of discounts for entire family of security products
Meraki is the quickest solution to get virtual workers online and securely connected to corporate resources with access to VoIP telephony. Truly zero-touch provisioning: employees can plug a Meraki appliance straight out-of-the-box and have the same experience as at the office

Emergency Cisco AnyConnect VPN licenses
Cisco AnyConnect VPN allows end clients to unlock the maximum simultaneous user capacity of the ASA hardware and be authorized to support any number of authorized users during this 13 week period.

90-day free trial of Aruba Central
Aruba Central is a unified network operations, assurance and security platform that simplifies the deployment, management, and service assurance of wireless, wired and SD-WAN environments.

Free year of Fortinet’s FortiClient & Endpoint Management Server (EMS) version 6.0 subscription
FortiClient locks down visibility and control of your software and hardware inventory across the
entire security fabric. Identify vulnerable or compromised hosts and track all details of
systems and user profiles across your attack surface.

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Premium End User/Device Licenses
Citrix is offering a BCP (Business Continuity Plan) promotion on term licenses for Virtual Apps (XenApp) and Desktops. These are renewed annually, allowing businesses to reassess the use case for their business in 12 months.

Amazon WorkSpaces for up to 50 users at no charge for new WorkSpaces customers
Amazon WorkSpaces is a managed, secure Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) solution. ou can use Amazon WorkSpaces to provision either Windows or Linux desktops in just a few minutes and quickly scale to provide thousands of desktops to workers across the globe.

RingCentral Office is free for educators (K-12 schools), health-care providers, or non-profits
RingCentral Office integrates phone, video, meetings, and messaging in one reliable, easy-to-use solution.

Top 3 Strategies for Business Continuity in Face of COVID-19

In critical times we look to our leaders to organize and protect us. As leaders it is imperative to reflect critically on what our employees are doing right now, and how to guide them to what they should be doing. Below are three strategies to maintain workforce continuity during uncertain times:

1. Policy
Important questions to ask involving company policies when there has been a change in the work environment due to unforeseen circumstances include: Are there any ambiguities in your business continuity plan that creates uncertainty for employees? Do they know if they should be coming into the workplace or if they can telework? How are you keeping them up to date when an event is declared, and your business continuity plan is enacted?

Here are some steps you can take to help reduce workforce uncertainty and ensure that your employees can transition smoothly and successfully:

• Involve executive leaders, communications, information technology, finance and payroll, human resources, legal and risk management, safety, security, facilities, and other key stakeholders as part of your business continuity strategy.
• Identify and prioritize critical business functions and departments.
• Catalog employee skills for resource pooling and cross-train employees so you have no single points of failure (SPOF).
• Develop a communications plan and update contact information for key personnel, customers, and vendors.
• If you do not currently have a business continuity plan or a disaster recovery plan, Broadleaf Group is here to assist you so that you can remove future uncertainty.

2. Communications
Once you have developed your communications plan, what are you doing to implement it? What steps are necessary for the organization to implement the business continuity plan?
Action items such as forwarding desk phones to cell phones is an example of a simple, yet manual task imperative for communications to operate fluidly. Leveraging technology to facilitate and keep business communications as normal as possible should be the goal during this time. Here are some examples of how to achieve this:

• Use email, phones, and text messaging when possible.
• Make use of UC or UCaaS solutions for remote workers.

o Calls go anywhere you choose with features like voicemail to email and call forwarding.
o Some solutions allow you to receive and make calls from your work phone number directly to your smartphone.

• Use video conferencing solutions to replace in-person meetings.

3. Maintain Operations Read More »

Broadleaf Group Completes VMware Infrastructure Virtualization Competency

Broadleaf Group completed the requirements for the provisional VMware VMware Infrastructure Virtualization Competency. Earning this competency recognizes Broadleaf Group for their demonstrated ability to virtualize and consolidate server environments using a VMware virtualization solution. It also sustains Broadleaf’s Enterprise level partnership with VMware, demonstrating an extensive expertise in working with VMware technologies.

Broadleaf Group Announces EMC Technical Architect

Broadleaf Group now has an EMC Technical Architect on staff. This will allow Broadleaf to better position EMC products and technologies for clients, enabling the identity and discussion of key decision criteria and tradeoffs among EMC solutions. The EMC Technical Architect will be able to recommend correct and optimal choices of core EMC technologies and products to meet specific sets of technical requirements.

The addition of this certification sets Broadleaf Group apart in the marketplace, allowing the company to offer superior services matching the unique needs of their clients to the best possible technology solution.

Broadleaf Group Awarded State of Texas State DIR Contract

Broadleaf Group, leaders in providing Business Certainty for an Uncertain World, announces today that the State of Texas Department of Information (DIR) has selected Broadleaf Group as a preferred vendor for IT Security Services. This arrangement allows Broadleaf Group to extend its proven BusinessGuard methodology into the government sector. For additional information, please contact the corporate offices at 800.615.0866.

The Broadleaf Group Achieves Advanced Collaboration Architecture Specialization

Congratulations to The Broadleaf Group for achieving Cisco’s Advanced Collaboration Architecture Specialization! The elements of the Cisco Collaboration Architecture establish a collaboration core that powers compelling experiences both within and among organizations. This specialization will enable The Broadleaf Group to work with our clients to develop an investment plan that helps ensure interoperability with their existing assets. By implementing a collaboration architecture with The Broadleaf Group, our customers will gain capabilities that provide:

Highly secure and reliable access from any location
A consistent user experience on any device
Delivery of any content type – video, voice, and data for immersive interaction
Contact The Broadleaf Group for information on how this new specialization can help you achieve your business needs.

The Broadleaf Group Achieves HP PartnerOne Gold Partnership Status The Broadleaf Group, a member of the Reliable IT family of companies, announces they have achieved HP PartnerOne Gold Partner status.

The Broadleaf Group achieves HP PartnerOne Gold status in 2014 by demonstrating a level of skills and specialization that meet HP’s stringent partnership level standards.

“We are very proud of this important designation and what it means for our clients. Today’s clients aren’t just seeking out products. They are looking for experts who can guide them through the maze of rapidly changing technologies. The HP PartnerOne Gold partnership status is a validation of our commitment and competence to provide superior technology solutions to our clients,” said Don Edwards, Chief Operating Officer at The Broadleaf Group.

HP’s PartnerOne program recognizes companies that demonstrate significant investments in the certification of its employees. These certifications ensure that clients are receiving superior service and guidance from well-trained specialists, competitive pricing and exceptional support.

About The Broadleaf Group
The Broadleaf Group, a proud member of the Reliable IT family of companies, is a leading provider of IT solutions throughout the United States. The Broadleaf Group serves SMB, enterprise, state and local government and educational institution clients with the full lifecycle of IT needs, from initial consulting and solution architecture, to deployment, project logistics, and managed services. Let us show you how we can reduce unnecessary IT spend, shorten project timelines, and increase the efficiency of your IT organization. For more information, visit http://www.BroadleafGroup.com.

The Broadleaf Group is Recognized by Cisco for Achieving Customer Satisfaction Excellence

The Broadleaf Group is recognized by Cisco Systems for achieving Cisco Channel Customer Satisfaction Excellence. This is the highest distinction a partner can achieve based on customer satisfaction result scores obtained by Cisco.

“This award validates the continual emphasis we place on providing the highest level of customer service possible,” said Don Edwards, Chief Operations Officer of The Broadleaf Group. “We are proud to receive this prestigious distinction for the third consecutive period.”

The Broadleaf Group is recognized as a Cisco Gold Certified Partner and Reseller. There are approximately 12,500 Cisco partners, but only about one percent are Gold certified. To achieve this certification, The Broadleaf Group has attained advanced specializations in a variety of Cisco offerings. This means customers receive the highest level of planning expertise, service and support.

About The Broadleaf Group
The Broadleaf Group, a proud member of the Reliable IT family of companies, is a leading provider of IT solutions throughout the United States. The Broadleaf Group serves SMB, enterprise, state and local government and educational institution clients with the full lifecycle of IT needs, from initial consulting and solution architecture, to deployment, project logistics, and managed services. Let us show you how we can reduce unnecessary IT spend, shorten project timelines, and increase the efficiency of your IT organization. For more information, visit http://www.BroadleafGroup.com.

Banking Division of Broadleaf Group proud to be a part of the 37th Annual Regulatory Compliance Conference

Broadleaf Group Banking Division experts to meet with members of the California Bankers Association at the 37th Annual Regulatory Compliance Conference in Rancho Mirage, CA from October 6-9, 2015. The conference gives participants the opportunity to hear about industry trends including: security topics, compliance issues, risk assessment and more. Consultants from Broadleaf Group Banking Division will be available to meet with attendees to discuss their specific issues relating to SAR, EDD, BSA/AML and other compliance and technology issues. Be sure to ask about earning CAMS credits via our upcoming workshops.

Those unable to attend this year’s conference can attend Broadleaf Group Banking Division’s BSA workshops and quarterly BSA/AML roundtables. Two BSA workshops are scheduled to take place this fall. A SAR-focused workshop takes place on October 14th and an EDD-focused workshop takes place on November 4th. Additionally, planning for the next quarterly BSA/AML roundtable is underway and will take place in November 2015. To stay current on event dates, trending banking news and connect with industry peers, bankers can request membership in the LinkedIn BSA/AML Roundtable Networking Group. https://www.linkedin.com/groups/BSA-AML-Roundtable-Networking-Group-6901137/about

About Broadleaf Group
Broadleaf Group, a proud member of the Reliable IT family of companies, is a leading provider of IT solutions throughout the United States. The Banking Division of Broadleaf Group serves over 300 banks and delivers high value solutions while controlling costs. Services include strategic planning, managed compliance, managed services and cloud-hosted services. The Banking Division understands the complexities of banking regulations and regulatory agencies such as FFIEC, GLBA, BSA/AML, SSAE16 and SOC. With industry app expertise and experience with the vendors that provide them, the team is knowledgeable about Fiserv, Jack Henry, FIS, ITI, Icore and Metavante. Complimentary consultations are available to see if our strategies suit your needs. For more information, visit http://www.BroadleafGroup.com/banking.

BROADLEAF GROUP ATTENDS VMWARE HOUSTON 2015 FORUM

Press Release: Houston, TX, November 10, 2015 – The Broadleaf Group attended the 2015 VMware Forum. The event gave participants the opportunity to learn about industry trends and speak to leaders in the IT field. The one-day conference provided information on cloud, virtualization and ways for organizations to enhance their IT systems.

The forum focused on increasing productivity of mobile and collaborative end users, as well as improving their quality of service. The presentations were divided into three categories: Business Mobility, Software and Hybrid Cloud Computing. Attendees learned about virtualization advancements across computing, storage, network and security. Additionally, the event showcased the agility enhancements made from software-defined enterprises. Primary attendees included Managers, Directors, Administrators and Developers from various areas of IT and a plethora of different companies.

“It was a pleasure to meet and speak with so many people who share our passion for IT. Collaborating with them on current issues and learning about their trials and successes make attending this event all the more worthwhile,” said Shawn Schouviller, Systems Practice Manager, Broadleaf Group.

About Broadleaf Group

Broadleaf Group, a proud member of the Reliable IT family of companies, is a leading provider of IT solutions throughout the United States. Broadleaf Group serves SMB, enterprise, state and local government and educational institution clients with the full spectrum of IT needs, through our eight stage lifecycle process: Consult, Architect, Procure, Configure, Logistics, OnDemand, Remote Completion, Manage. Let us show you how we can reduce unnecessary IT spend, shorten project timelines, and increase the efficiency of your IT organization.

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