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CoVID Effects on Technology

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INTRODUCTION

It will become apparent to many of us in coming days that the coronavirus is not only dangerous to humans but is damaging technology as well… severely in some cases. Following is a short series or posts to alert you to this assessment


NACo is right, telework is a new normal, one of the new bus practices that's here to stay because smart furloughed co and existing enterprises have moved to telework. Do it without VPN + no bandwidth issue, Microsoft security. Call Intact Partners, act like a startup. You have to many others will do this, so maintain the unison and the USA will move technology 15 yrs ahead in the next 6-12 months, really


Tom Brannon

Technology Consulting; CEO Compliance Umbrella; - Publisher USWellnessReport.org

Congrats to all furloughed businesses waiting to reopen, great chance to treat your co as a startup, take every error and activity that didn't work and reengineer it. Remember to use state-of-the-art tech to help you. You are a technology co (believe it or not) This is a movement, We can all do this. Maintain the Unison, launch your startup. #technology #startup #coronavirusimpact

Tom Brannon

Technology Consulting; CEO Compliance Umbrella; - Publisher USWellnessReport.org

We're in a forced pivot. All closed businesses will have a chance to reopen sometime soon. I'd call this our pivot time, because Shift Happens - and this is definitely a shift. And things will be different. We have to be sure we change less than 90 degrees. Otherwise, you're going in a different direction than a year ago. Think of it as the SWOT chart. Get momentum again but don't shift away from the goals you started with. New technology will help you restart - old technology may hurt you. #technology

Tom Brannon

Technology Consulting; CEO Compliance Umbrella; - Publisher USWellnessReport.org

COVID19 as a tech accelerator: It's true. Some of this might happen anyway but it's happening sooner and with more permanence. #workfromhome is surging, also updating technology in healthcare due to IoT failures to equip, systems and apps (many are past end-of-life). Less obvious but high risks to commercial office space and business conferences. Similarly, the 2008 recession resulted in the strength of the new SaaS approach to IT project spending. So coders and developers need to grab hold of the growth in telework - don't copy the methods of the last 30 years, improve telework, do away with the expense of VPNs, the strain and costs of constant growth of bandwidth. Intact Partners delivers the next decade's version of telework, no-code apps, automated provisioning and usage of cloud for database, storage, compute, security and network services. And there's a Golden Goose wandering around - many IT companies are offering to help us with special rates and donated services, including Intact Partners . . . perfect time to update technology for your clients. #bcdr #remoteoffice #itcompanies #bandwidth #networkservices #videoconferences


I am sketching out a "Donate Med Supplies" idea. Discouraging morning metrics on USA #covid19news . Listening to cell phone newscast at 5:15 network news said USA 81,000 infected, 1300 deaths. At 6:30 am said 85,000 infected, 1400 died. At 6:40, >86,000. But the mutating of the virus has slowed down which makes a vaccine easier to develop. It's exponential. I'm waiting to hear any state has peaked and fewer cases that day. Glad to hear of BIG solution from Congress (whatever it takes) but 4,200 page Bill, nobody reads this one before passing it.


Tom Brannon

Technology Consulting; CEO Compliance Umbrella; - Publisher USWellnessReport.org

Data, disaster recovery (BCDPR) and Covid, more intertwined everyday. (1) Enabling use of your company data while now working at home=trending issues with important data in AccessDB that often can't be used remotely/won't load to the cloud, etc. AccessDB died years ago, so your ACCDB is a zombie - years past its end-of-life. (2) Pandemic recovery needs to pull in all available medical skills. Local resources licensed in another state might not be certified to help you. BCPDR needs to check state laws for comity solutions, such as military-related exemptions. We need "Drs Without Borders." And we ALL need masks. Kores is my new hero in Covid. Their golden rule is Masks + Handwash. Also, they test at 4,099 per million, USA is 26 tests per million today. I want a mask, I want the ability to get tested if I wish. See "I Need to Listen to This Leading..." on AsianBoss YouTube for Korea info. (www.ITintact) for ACCDB and RemoteWork solution, no VPNs, etc. ework


Tom Brannon

Technology Consulting; CEO Compliance Umbrella; - Publisher USWellnessReport.org

Wake Up! Here's a post full of bottom lines: You're running a technology company. No? Yes you are. But if you don't pay attention, then turn off the lights and go home. And here's the requirements - get smart...get serious...catch up. Nobody has done anything for over 10 years. Then what do we get? 60-80% of all IT projects fail, over 50% of IT spend is "Shadow IT." That's when your dept mgrs go buy misc software programs because their "legacy" is falling apart. Credit Union data breach leaks 100s of millions of consumers' data. They blame it on one guy who forgot to install one patch. I'll bet anything their entire system was so junked up they couldn't get the patch installed. That's right, everything is so old, it doesn't work. And major pieces are reaching EOL (end-of-life) constantly. How can this be? It's because we assume that if our IT works, what's not OK? Access DB is a BIG problem? No, it's not, it turns on, I can put in data, etc. But it won't work in Windows 10, won't go in the Cloud, and about 27 other failed parts. So an idea, take remoteworking . . . use the newest, best (ITintact.com). Not only uses zero VPN, and Burst cuts your costs, but it's all new.


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Changes are coming at us so quickly in this pandemic. Right now, it's #Telework and this will stay with us as a major business trend. It might be viewed as a coronavirus benefit, but technology is helping as some major companies offer current solutions at no charge. We're behind, IT projects fail 60-80% of the time, and 50% of the money for IT is "shadow IT" (buying off-the-shelf software). This happens when IT suffers budget cuts complete with the assumption that, if our software boots up, it's working fine. Intact Partners is now offering its new Telework platform free. No VPNs, all that's needed is a Windows 10 laptop and an Internet connection to download the ReAccess app from the Microsoft Store. It's self-preservation time for businesses - "what do I need, how can I hang-on?" If you're being told to send workers home, check www.ITintact.com and download this free Telework app.

It’s interesting how fast the changes are coming. #Technology is now available at little to no cost for distressed companies. The issue with moving ahead has become figuring out what you need, and how to choose a solution. #Telework solution at Intact Partners (www.ITintact.com) is awesome, no VPNs needed, immediate download, up and running by tomorrow, and using a Microsoft security stack. It's especially a solution for SMBs and local gov't that may have never used working-from-home. What's needed, a laptop running Windows 10 and Internet access to download the app. This is great for local gov't and medium/large companies. IT departments are overloaded, the first to get the budget cuts, never enough resources. No wonder 60-80% of IT projects fail and "Shadow IT" is over 50% (where managers buy off-the-shelf software to handle a current need). Or they buy minimal from Zoho-style menus of inexpensive software that cannot be customized. It's time to catch up after ten years of assuming IT is working just fine because it still powers up when you plug it in . . . the world of robotic, no-code apps, built-in AI/ML, easily customized apps, the cloud, compute costs only when actually used, superior security and cyberattack insulation, heavy automation - it's here and now. Welcome aboard. 71 views of your post in the feed

40 million Calif residents now locked in the house? Wow, TX next? Anybody with a job in CA, I hope you keep it. It's 100% #remoteoffice in CA. #Telework is now imperative. And companies need the solution I heard about - no #VPN needed, meets Microsoft security standard, etc. I talked to the engineer/creator and he's ready to deploy ninety-day trials, gratis. Yep, ITintact_c-o-m. We need to stick together. My USWellnessreport_org has some ideas for alternative medicine preparation. We've got to pay better attention to technology, too and work on economics. Share this one for sure! 83 views of your post in the feed

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I might be at the end of these posts on how #coronavirus is attacking technology. I'm amazed at receiving so many views, approaching a thousand. But first I want to mention a #telework solution that enables any company to send all staff home without VPN and bandwidth issues or costs. It's new, disruptive and being launched by end-of-month. I know the guys and I'll tell you as soon as I'm allowed. It uses edge and burst technologies and will be the platform of choice for the entire telework industry shortly. They will likely offer free trials to get us past the govt mandates. They also said I could deliver the first group of free trial companies. I guess msg me here for more info or at unrig_at_protonmail_com. I'll probably find more to talk about (such as data awareness in BCDPR (disaster recovery)) but the awareness of COVID risk to technology is hitting the mainstream. I was sent a ZDNet pdf this morning on the Major Effect to Tech Industry, it's the best overall article I've seen anywhere. I'll forward that to you as well if you'd like it. 67 views in the feed

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Lessons learned writing posts on #coronavirus as an attack on #technology. I apologize to hundreds of readers who viewed these, but may have given up due to all the shouting. So, now I know the danger of using capital letters. I also learned of the greatest danger in the whole coronavirus issue - the unforeseen consequence of stressing our entire healthcare system by forcing every other medical need to sit and wait, slowing down tests, appointments, access to hospital rooms. The risk of death or chronic illness and suffering has risen by magnitudes because ALL HEALTHCARE HAS TO WAIT WHILE COVID MOVES TO THE FRONT OF THE LINE. This is the most serious risk to all of us. The tech issues around corona testing are slowing down all

#testing, all medical therapy, all hospital admissions, and surgical procedures. Finally, another "most important," now the govt is excited about being able to reach scale ("throughput") and test thousands/day for a total of hundreds of thousands ( I guess nationwide/weekly). This is NOT scaled to successful throughput in a population of hundreds of millions. I heard of a real answer, I'm researching. 71 views of your post in the feed


Tom Brannon

Publisher U.S. Wellness Report / CEO Compliance Umbrella / Compliance & Technology

#Coronavirus ATTACK ON TECHNOLOGY REACHED THE CLOUD: Microsoft Teams went down more than once yesterday, due to the #Telework/#remoteoffice Mandate. VPN and bandwidth issues showed up this week, too. I saw an innovation from Intact Partners (ITintact.com) using your workers' devices, keeping the work (and data) at the edge (out in the kitchen), then burst it (quick, short-term use of cloud service), get it into the cloud (COSMOS/blob). Start by basing your security on authenticating devices, not users, then task-based work at the edge, then burst to the Cloud. It's maximum resilience. So the formula for Telework innovation is => Edge=>Burst. I'm told Burst is the most efficient use of Cloud, not leaving everything scaled and waiting for something to happen - hmm, makes sense. And since telework (responding to the virus) is changing everything forever, there will actually be helpful consequences from this COVID disaster. There's also a lot of technology updating to be done and we're being forced to do it. It's like the pain of tooth decay reminding you to start brushing/flossing more than weekly. We're more than a decade behind in our technologies, while Microsoft makes announcements daily and major changes weekly.

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#CORONAVIRUS FAILURES IN #CLOUD STRESS TEST TODAY (3/16): Today multi-clouds went down, including Microsoft Teams failures, apparently starting with EU telework deluge due to COVID. It's not going to be easy to meet govt mandates for moving to #Telework. Connection loads failed, moving to #videoconferences (greater bandwidth) will be even harder to accomplish. IT shops, already slammed by years of budget cuts, likely started their day with

#VPN failures all around. Nobody has the right number and size of VPNs, due to the coronavirus mandates to work from home. Remote workers need to connect and use their apps internally on company servers in a secure setting - I doubt that's going to happen anytime soon - wait, it has to, we're all going home to use our cell phones and kitchen laptops. Meanwhile, today was a bad day for IT in telework. And am I just supposed to talk about the problem, think about solutions, or what?


Tom Brannon

Publisher U.S. Wellness Report / CEO Compliance Umbrella / Compliance & Technology Consulting


COVID19 - ATTACKING HOSPITAL OPERATIONS – PART 2: In Part 1, I said it didn’t matter what your business is, you’re also running a technology business. In the case of medical devices, the industry seems derelict in its duties - mostly just a misunderstanding, an assumption that the same IT will continue to operate year after year. Just try to install the latest patches and keep going – especially since coronavirus is running rampant and hospitals have waiting lines for beds. But there is a vicious risk monster clutching at you if you: • Run devices on an unpatched, legacy operating system • Use Windows XP, Windows Vista, Win Server 2003 or 2008 • Use Access Database in any operations or to house any data (it’s gone, at end-of-life). For the sake of argument, let’s say an Access Database does turn on and work, so why not use it? ACCDB was not made to use on LAN/WAN networks. It won’t run properly in the cloud or in Windows 10 – and is unsecure. There are over 750 million Access DB in use. Intact Partners can move your data to Azure Cloud, less expensive than you would even imagine. Microsoft released 8 patches every week this year; how many did you install? Pay proper attention to technology. Avoiding tech disasters, malware, and ransomware during this pandemic is not an option 138 views of your post in the feed

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THE #COVID19 MANDATE FOR #WORK-AT-HOME. FEW OF US UNDERSTAND THIS ONE: Almost as popular as talking about testing is the strong recommendation for businesses to send their staff home to work. Get those cell phones and kitchen laptops ready. At least the #CDC (and all other feds) starts by saying "where possible, send everybody home." But it's barely possible, #remotework requires real #VPN and bandwidth muscle, lacks adequate security, so is expensive and at higher risk of hacking. Here's another instance of technology pain and suffering from the #coronavirus. There are a few IT folks who have thought this out ahead of time. Intact Partners (a 100% Microsoft shop) works with tasks, not applications, and uses device authentication, trusts the device, encrypts all data everywhere, doesn't need the VPN and the worker is authenticated and interfaced to their company's legacy apps. Maybe we CAN all work at home. #covid19usa #cybersecurity #coronavirusimpact 167 views of your post in the feed

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CORONAVIRUS AFFECTS DISASTER RECOVERY. There is a growing need for the disaster recovery sector (BCPDR) to engage more effectively with technology. Are risk assessments up to date in tech areas? Are technology issues, risks considered throughout? Too many vendors assume they have little to do with technology or data handling - this is unfortunate. And our 2020 pandemic is pushing BCPDR to face new, higher hurdles. Throughout the entire prepare/recover/mitigate process, data is everywhere - in reporting, data backup, state and federal linkage, Mutual Aid agreements, and FEMA reporting. So BCPDR solutions/ assistance should address the effects of this pandemic from a technology perspective. And in healthcare, don't forget the recovery issues of dealing with failed medical devices, bringing the machinery back online, installing new controls and O/S, then catching up on patches. This not only affects hospitals, but IOT everywhere, and remember we're all running a technology company - the silent technology that lives all around the edges of state and local government, SMB, enterprises, education. 144 views of your post in the feed


Tom Brannon

Publisher U.S. Wellness Report / CEO Compliance Umbrella / Compliance & Technology Consulting

COVID-19 CAUSING ATTACKS ON HOSPITAL OPERATIONS - Part1 It is apparent that the

#coronavirus is a pervasive, global danger as it moves to pandemic status. But know this, the decay and damage to our technical systems will also be widespread and painful, largely unrecognized outside of the IT community. There may be some recognition of this by a small group of #technology and #business consultants, saying “no matter what your business is (what products or services you sell), you’re also running a technology company." Just one coronavirus effect is to medical #devices, a risk causing damage in hospitals and anywhere medical devices are used. Here's the #risk. #CDC and even the American #Hospital Assoc (#AHA) cautions 100+ utilization is near and malware is being reintroduced in healthcare/#IOT. Related #malware is currently trending up, 500,000 computers are currently infected. Network traffic ramps up and medical devices (monitors) are being dusted off and plugged back in, seldom monitored, running old technology, definite threat vectors as #COVID19 attacks healthcare technology! (Can you think of any others?) Intact Partners can handle this, a 100% Microsoft Direct, certified in Govt, EDU, Enterprise, DOD <END> #businessconsultants #hospitalassociation

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