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Protect your business from unplanned disruptions

Don’t risk a major interruption to your business. Download this whitepaper and learn valuable guidelines for creating an effective business continuity strategy, including why:

  • A continuity strategy is about more than just IT availability and failover
  • Workforce continuity is just as important as business continuity
  • All areas of your business must be included in your approach

Start now, before it’s too late.

Thank you for downloading the whitepaper “Guidelines for Maintaining Business Continuity for Your Organization.”

Contact us today, AECWebContact@aecgroup.com, for a closer look at how Citrix solutions can help your organization create an effective business continuity strategy.

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AEC GROUP LLC COVID-19 Pandemic and Business Continuity

The worldwide impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has created a new normal and we are adjusting to these changes right alongside you.  As a business, and as individuals, we want to assure you that we are taking responsible actions, to continue to do what is right for our customers and their families during these unprecedented times.

As the situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) is extremely dynamic, AEC Group leadership is committed to taking an active role to help stop the spread of the virus, by closely monitoring and adhering to the guidelines released by local health organizations as well as the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).  AEC Group wants to assure you that the health/safety of our employees, customers and partners is our primary focus.  We have implemented a work from home policy for all of our employees, while ensuring that they have secure access to all the systems as they work remotely.  We are confident that this policy will not have an impact on our ability to service our customers at the high level to which they have become accustomed.

We are committed to assisting your organizations to ensure your business continuity, as well as your productivity, and the wellness/safety of your employees as the situation around COVID-19 continues to evolve.

For years organizations have developed and deployed disaster recovery and business continuity plans for their IT infrastructure. Many of these plans were developed with the focus on the rapid recovery of data center services in the event the core infrastructure was damaged or out of service due to natural disasters, malware outbreaks, localized issues such as power loss, fire, or water damage, or other unforeseen circumstances. The global outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) has introduced a different business continuity challenge. The global pandemic, and subsequent steps recommended by governments and health professionals, have impacted the workforce by physically separating them from the places they perform their jobs while the core infrastructure remains intact.  While many organizations have provided the ability for their standard remote workforce (Salespeople, branch offices, field teams) to remain operational, those deployments were often restricted to a subset of their overall user population. Extending the entire workspace functionality to all users hasn’t often been deployed as a standard practice.

AEC Group and its partners can help organizations who now find they require more advanced or broader capabilities enabled during the crisis. These services may include seamless office connectivity, application delivery outside of the traditional wired/wireless LAN, a comprehensive security posture for non-corporate assets that may be brought into the mix as employees are forced to work remotely, or team collaboration capabilities such as data access, voice, video, or chat. As native cloud delivered services have matured in the past few years it is now possible to deliver these services without the need for the extensive infrastructure upgrades that would be required in the past to support these on-prem deployments. In addition, these requirements may be short-lived until organizations can return to business as usual. This elasticity should include the ability to onboard the user population without committing to long-term financial obligations. Many of our partner organizations have taken steps to introduce different licensing models or time-limited services that can be adopted to address these challenges without the need for substantial long-term financial commitments.

Click here for a list of solutions from AEC Group that will allow employees to remain productive and safe without compromising IT and regulatory policies inherent during normal operation.

AEC Group is strongly committed to strengthening the communities where we live and work, and believe together we can lessen the impact of the virus.  Please know that we are here for you and will continue to be proactive with our communication, and will continue to do everything we can do to help.

Thank you for your patience and your support as we work through this challenge together.  Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or requests for more information about the solutions mentioned above.  Stay safe and healthy.

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Maintain Business Continuity with AEC Group LLC

Like many of you, we have spent the last several days learning more about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it is impacting the world.  Preparing for public health emergencies require coordinated efforts that involve every level of your organization as well as your strategic partners.  At this time, we are suggesting that you start to prepare a contingency plan that includes a pandemic scenario in the event that employees are not able to come to your physical office to work.  We are here to guide you through this situation and create a secure environment that will enable employees to work productively – regardless of their location.  There are solutions that we would be happy to explore with you, so your company can maintain business continuity during these unusual circumstances.

As your trusted advisor, AEC Group LLC is here to suggest some best practices to keep in mind to protect your operations, business systems and employees from workplace exposures.  Both the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have released Business Readiness reports based on what is currently known about the coronavirus.  We are suggesting that you review the reports described by the CDC and the WHO to limit risk in your workplace and maintain business continuity.  Click here to read the CDC guidelines.  Click here to read the WHO guidelines.

Our team along with several of our technology partners, are standing by and ready to help your organization mitigate the business impact of coronavirus.  It is our commitment to guide you through this process and support your business every step of the way.  Please contact us to get more information.

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AEC Group, Inc.’s Technology Solutions Division will be Acquired by AEC Group, LLC

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AEC GROUP, INC.’S TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS DIVISION TO BE ACQUIRED BY AEC GROUP, LLC 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – July, 2019 – It is with great excitement that AEC Group would like to announce that effective July 1, 2019, AEC Group, Inc.’s Technology Solutions Division will be acquired by AEC Group, LLC (a WBENC certified organization).  The acquisition will afford the company the opportunity to increase their investment in new focus areas including a comprehensive managed services offering, as well as a growing security practice.  AEC Group, LLC will continue to operate under the same management team, sales team, engineering team, and back office team.

New majority owner Danielle Mizia will now serve as the President, overseeing operations.  “I am excited to work with such an amazing team.  I look forward to our opportunities for future growth and continued success.”

AEC Group, LLC will continue to support a strong connection with their previous Infrastructure Division (cabling/electrical), now AI Solutions (AIS).  The goal moving forward is to maintain a close working relationship with AIS that will enable us to provide a true end-to-end offering to our customers.

“We will remain committed to providing the same high level of service and support to which our customers and partners have become accustomed, and we will continue to focus on supporting local needs in this every changing world of technology” said Ken Rindt, Executive Vice President, Sales and Strategic Alliances, AEC Group, LLC., We are excited about the opportunity to continue our relationships in Pittsburgh and the surrounding region, and we look forward to what the future may bring.”

 

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Blog Featured by Citrix – Maximize Your Investment in Office 365

MS KIT 1.4: WHITE PAPER – MAXIMIZE YOUR INVESTMENT IN OFFICE 365 WITH CITRIX WORKSPACE – BLOG POST

An easy way to maximize your investment in Microsoft Office 365

Companies of all sizes depend on Microsoft Office 365 for the apps that make their business work. For IT, this cloud-based solution can increase flexibility, reduce capital costs, and simplify administration. And for users, Office 365 can give users anywhere, anytime access to the core apps they use in their daily jobs while also providing enhanced collaboration and document sync across platforms.

If you considering a move to this powerful suite of apps, you might want to consider something else that can help not only with the migration, but also with ongoing management and more—a secure digital workspace like Citrix Workspace.

For many companies like yours, the migration to Office 365 is often one of the first steps in a digital transformation strategy. A secure digital workspace can help you simplify this initiative with an integrated approach to cloud, mobility, and application delivery requirements, and by addressing some of the common challenges to ensure a smoother transition.

Increasing IT efficiency and reducing complexity

One of the biggest struggles that IT teams face today is supporting hybrid environments. Utilizing a secure digital workspace enables IT to bring the management of on-premises, cloud, web, SaaS and mobile apps into a single administrative experience. A unified control plane lets IT manage and secure every element of Office 365, as well as workspace elements such as virtual apps and desktops, from a single place. This greatly improves visibility and simplifies troubleshooting, helping IT get more done, more easily.

For users, a secure digital workspace makes it incredibly simple to access popular apps like those in Office 365. That’s because a workspace eliminates the need to manage and maintain separate passwords for each app. A workspace gives users instant access through a single interface—and a single password—to the corporate apps they use on a daily basis. No more password post-its. And best of all, no more urgent calls to IT for password resets.

Reducing risk with contextual, people-centric security

Today’s BYOD-centric environments can open potential security vulnerabilities within every organization. But as we all know, it’s a necessary evil if we want to enable users to stay productive from all the places they are working.

Cloud-based apps like Office 365 give users the flexibility to be productive using any device. And by utilizing a secure digital workspace to deploy these apps, you can not only manage them with more efficiency, you can also ensure that the data generated through these apps stays protected—as it’s stored centrally versus on each device. Plus, you can grant or revoke privileges based on usage, device posture or compliance.

Boosting user productivity

Today’s users want the freedom and flexibility to work from anywhere, and with any device. On top of this, they want a consistent experience in the apps they use every day—regardless of what device they are using at that moment. A secure digital workspace provides a single, easy-to-use front end so that users can access any kind of apps, including Office 365, web, SaaS, virtualized, and mobile ones, and get the consistent experience they desire. Plus, because their data and files are stored centrally, they are easily accessible from wherever they are working.

Want to learn more about how secure digital workspaces such as Citrix Workspace can help you maximize your investment in Office 365? Download our white paper today.

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ASSESSING THE BUSINESS VALUE OF VDI IN THE PUBLIC CLOUD

MS KIT 1.2: REPORT – ASSESSING THE BUSINESS VALUE OF VDI IN THE PUBLIC CLOUD – BLOG POST

Featured Blog from Citrix

Making the benefits of VDI even better for your organization

As more enterprises begin digital transformation efforts, including mobility, cloud, and big data analytics, the way in which desktops and applications are delivered and accessed is changing fast. Pay-per-use options like Microsoft Azure and other public clouds are becoming mainstream for infrastructure solutions that were once bought as expensive capex investments.

Through these more flexible consumption models, users can provision and consume services as needed rather than have to build and manage them, leaving the heavy lifting to cloud providers that take care of the architecture, maintenance and optimization.

VDI is one solution that organizations are adopting to better take advantage of digital transformation and support the ongoing changes in working patterns. And according to a recent study by IDC, the findings gave a clear indication of why this is becoming a popular choice for moving into the cloud.

To understand the value, IDC compared the experiences of more than 100 organizations that were running VDI workloads either in public clouds like Azure or in an on-premises environment. For those using the cloud, they benefited both from a cost perspective and in terms of user enablement.

On the cost side, moving VDI to the public cloud minimized expenditures on server-related infrastructure and ongoing infrastructure-related costs. In addition, IT teams benefited from not needing to maintain on-premises infrastructure, getting more reliable performance, and ease of delivering new features and applications. Also, through the cloud approach, machines that weren’t being utilized were not incurring costs until they were powered up again.

On the user enablement side, VDI recipients took advantage of improved reliability, faster delivery of new features, better access to applications, and improved performance, all of which helped to generate operational efficiencies and opportunities to capture additional revenue.

In total, IDC’s research shows that organizations that were running VDI in the public cloud could realize $2,015 in additional value per-user per-year. Here’s the breakdown of costs:

Area of Value Value per-user per-year
Hardware cost savings $285
IT staff time efficiencies $287
Development team efficiencies $124
Higher user productivity, less downtime $111
Higher user productivity, faster to deliver new features $382
Higher user productivity, improved performance $194
Higher user productivity, increased user adoption $407
Higher revenue* $225
Total value of public cloud per-user per-year $2,015

Source: IDC, 2018 (*IDC recognizes revenue by applying a 15% assumed operating margin against total revenue impact)

As shown, IDC’s research demonstrates that organizations can achieve substantial cost efficiencies in building out and supporting their VDI environments in the public cloud rather than with an on-premises infrastructure. On average, the organizations surveyed run VDI workloads at a 55% lower cost per-user per-year than on a legacy on-premises environment—a compelling savings for any size business.

Want to learn more about IDC’s findings. Download their report here, Assessing the Business Value of VDI in the Public Cloud, with our compliments.