2016 TRENDS: 8 Tech Trends Changing How We Work In 2016. People value the flexibility to work from anywhere, any time, on any device, and have come to expect this user experience. What does this mean for the business? Greater complexity to support the end user experience in a secure way. However, the benefits to the business when they support mobile workspaces and workplace of the future are typically substantial. Here are some key trends that organizations need to consider and prepare for as the workforce of the future is at their doorsteps today. Read more

GOVT TECH 2016: 3 Government Tech Trends to Watch in 2016. Legislation under the U.S. Patriot Act and Government Paper Elimination Act, as well as recent programs such as the Affordable Healthcare Act, have legalized electronic signature applications and made the use of digital document management systems not only available, but a requirement in some cases. Read more

INTEGRATORS: Document Overload. Just like the security market, the language services industry is undergoing major technology advances. Manual processes are more a thing of the past. Quality localization is as much about the varying cultures and languages as it is about data mining and document management systems. There are three major categories of work that must be completed when going global. Read more

PHARMA: Streamlining the Regulatory Review Process in Pharma: The Upcoming Transition to Electronic Common Technical Documents. For pharmaceutical companies, filing Common Technical Documents (CTDs) is a critical aspect to the regulatory approval process. Historically, this process has been paper-centric until recently. Read about a recent collaborative effort between West Pharmaceutical Services, FDA, Health Canada and others to establish a process and protocol for filing CTDs electronically, which will likely become common practice as early as 2017. Read more


SHAREPOINT & SALESFORCE: 7 Steps to Integrate Salesforce With Sharepoint. Here’s a tutorial on how to use Microsoft Azure to integrate Salesforce with Sharepoint. Read more

AZURE CLOUD: Microsoft to Cut Some Azure Computing Prices. The cloud pricing race to the bottom continues. Good news for businesses using Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform: their infrastructure bills may be shrinking come February. Microsoft announced that it will be permanently reducing the prices for its Dv2 compute instances by up to 17 percent next month, depending on the type of instance and what it’s being used for. Users will see the greatest savings if they’re running higher performance Linux instances — up to 17 percent lower prices than they’ve been paying previously. Windows instance discounts top out at a 13 percent reduction compared to current prices. Read more

BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE: Microsoft’s Power BI Starts 2016 With Excel-Friendly Updates. Microsoft introduces more ways of working with Excel data along with new collaboration, alerting and printing capabilities. Read more

OFFICE 2016 FOR MAC: Office 2016 for Mac Updates with Fullscreen Outlook, Other New Features. Microsoft has updated Office 2016 for Mac, adding not just bugfixes but new features for all of the apps in the suite, such as Outlook and PowerPoint. Read the rest


BLUE MOUNTAIN DATA SYSTEMS HAS THE EXPERIENCE: 1994 to Present – U.S. Dept. of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration. Responsible to the Office of Technology and Information Systems for information systems architecture, planning, applications development, networking, administration and IT security, supporting the enforcement of Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act — ERISA. Within the EBSA, Blue Mountain is responsible for design, development and support for its various enforcement database management systems, as well as all case tracking and customer service inquiry systems. Blue Mountain also provides IT security services to the EBSA, in the form of FISMA Assessment and Authorization, System Security Plans, Risk and vulnerability assessments, monitoring and investigation support. Read more.

CALL BLUE MOUNTAIN FOR IT SECURITY SUPPORT: Blue Mountain Data Systems is actively involved in implementing FISMA and NIST standards with Federal Civilian Agencies. Due to our extensive experience in this area, Blue Mountain has developed processes and organizational techniques to help ensure security deliverables are completed on time, and performed in the most efficient manner possible. We ensure that NIST-800-53 control requirements are treated consistently during definition, analysis, implementation, auditing, and reporting phases of a system. Find out more about Blue Mountain Data Systems IT Security Support Services. Call us at 703-502-3416.

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