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Planning for the Future - Fiscal IT Budgeting Webinar
Posted on 7/5/2016 2:50:19 PM by Chris Claudio

At the end of May, I led the first educational webinar on the topic of 'Cyber Security - How to Avoid Being a Victim of Attack.' For our second educational webinar, which was held at the end of June, I spoke about 'Planning for the Future - Fiscal IT Budgeting.' One of my favorite aspects of my job is being able to educate others about critical IT topics and related best practices. I was energized to speak about this topic and was thrilled to discuss the changing way of technology and how to fully utilize IT within organizations.

IT has evolved significantly in the last decade. As you know, having a technology plan is no longer optional and it is imperative that your organization is able to keep the lights on and moving at full speed. It is also equally as important to optimize technology and create innovative strategic initiatives that are centered around the ideas 'How can we get better' or 'How can we do better by our customers.' What most businesses do not understand is that technology should be seen as a strategic IT plan that's developed from business goals.

Here are the four major elements to consider when creating your strategic IT budget:

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Microsoft Dynamics SL Extended Support
Posted on 7/11/2016 10:27:33 AM by Eleanore Knott

As of tomorrow, Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011 is coming to the end of mainstream support. Microsoft Dynamics SL is an ERP project management tool that combines powerful project and financial management capabilities to help businesses manage customer demands, keep up with compliance regulations and deliver services on time and within a set budget.

According to Microsoft, Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011 is coming to the Mainstream Support End Date on July 12, 2016. Even though mainstream support is coming to an end, not all support will cease on July 12th. Extended support for SL 2011 users will be provided through 2021.

Here is a brief overview of what will be offered with extended support:
  1. End of Mainstream Support: End of mainstream support means that development for the product will end. Starting July 12th, there will be no more service packs, no more fixes, and after 2016, no more year end updates for Payroll W2 and AP 1099 printing.
  2. Extended Support Service Fees: All cases are chargeable under extended support. If a customer on SL 2011 encounters a problem today that is caused by a known bug, this customer can open a support case and will not be charged. However, starting July 12th, this case would be charged.
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HIPAA Phase Two Audit Program
Posted on 7/20/2016 8:57:04 AM by Judi Grassi

The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has begun its next phase of audits of covered entities and their business associates. This phase will review the policies and procedures to ensure that business associates meet selected standards and implementation specifications of the HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules. This audit presents an opportunity to examine appliances and tools for compliance, identify best practices, as well as discover issues and vulnerabilities before they turn into breaches.

When Will the Audits Begin and Who Will Be Audited?
Every covered entity and business associate is eligible for an audit. This includes covered individual and organizational health providers, health plans of all sizes and a range of other business associates. Selected covered entities started receiving letters on July 11, 2016 and business associate audits will take place in the fall.

How Will Auditees Be Selected?
OCR is identifying pools of auditees that represent a wide range of healthcare providers, health plans, and other business subordinates. By looking at this wide range of auditees, OCR can better assess HIPAA compliance across the industry - recognizing weaknesses, strengths, and pain points for healthcare organizations.


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Managed Security Services - A Maine Business Perspective
Posted on 6/21/2016 9:20:48 AM by Dr. Eugene Slobodzian

At the beginning of June, I had the pleasure of speaking at the 2016 MTUG IT Summit and Tradeshow about 'Managed Security Services - A Maine Business Perspective'. I spoke alongside my fellow CISSP Ray Charest, IT Network Manager and Administrator of Norway Savings Bank.

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In this issue:
July 2016
Planning for the Future - Fiscal IT Budgeting Webinar
Microsoft Dynamics SL Extended Support
HIPAA Phase Two Audit Program
Upcoming Events:
2016 TNMGMA and Knoxville MGMA Annual Fall Conference
When: Thursday, August 25, 2016 to Friday, August 26, 2016
Where: Marriott Downtown, Knoxville TN
Register: For more information, visit our event website.

2016 Triangle Golf Classic
When: Monday, August 29, 2016 from 10PM to 5PM
Where: Pinehills Golf Club, Plymouth MA
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2016 Fidelity House Golf Open Fundraiser
When: Tuesday, September 13, 2016 from 10PM to 6PM
Where: Haverhill Country Club, Haverhill MA
Register: For more information, visit our event website.

The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital Golf Tournament
When: Thursday, September 15, 2016 from 9AM to 4PM
Where: The Woodlands Club, Falmouth ME
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St. Mary's Villa 10th Annual Golf Tornament
When: Monday, September 19, 2016 from 11AM to 8PM
Where: Glen Oak Country Club, Clarks Summit PA
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Catholic Charities of Maine 14th Annual Golf Classic
When: Monday, September 19, 2016 from 11AM to 6PM
Where: The Woodlands Club, Falmouth ME
Register: For more information, visit our event website.

On the Moves:

Taylor Pelletier - Administrative Assistant - Sales & Marketing
Taylor Pelletier joins Winxnet as an Administrative Assistant - Sales & Marketing in the Methuen office. In this role, Taylor will provide invaluable support for to the account management, marketing and customer service teams at Winxnet. Taylor most recently was a Financial Associate with Fidelity Investments and received her Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Plymouth State University. Her experience in sales, marketing, and customer satisfaction will help Winxnet provide the best customer service to its growing client base.

Kris Mehta - Application Development Consultant
Kris Mehta, joins Winxnet as an Application Development Consultant in the Portland office. Kris has many years of experience with his most recent position as a Programmer Analyst III for thirteen years at MMG Insurance. His experience will help Winxnet provide the best customer service to its growing client base.

About Winxnet
Providing innovative IT solutions since 1999, Winxnet is a leader in IT outsourcing and consulting, software development, and strategic technical advisory services to the private and public sectors. With offices throughout the Eastern United States, Winxnet provides a broad reach with local expertise.
 
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