Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Introducing the TOUGHBOOK 55

Meet the new TOUGHBOOK 55: Customizable. Long battery life. Advanced Performance. Versatile. Backward Compatible.

At HCGi, we partner with over 200 quality companies and suppliers like Panasonic Toughbook. See more at https://hcgi.com

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Dell EMC PowerEdge R6525 Dual-Socket Server

The Dell EMC PowerEdge R6525 is a dual-socket 1U server with 2nd Generation AMD EPYC CPUs. It's designed to deliver performance and innovation to handle workloads like HPC, VDI, and virtualization.

At HCGi, we partner with over 200 quality companies and product suppliers to offer the best in IT services to all of our clients. See more at https://hcgi.com

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Education Solutions Success Stories From HCGi


Key PGCPS Quick Facts
• 125,136 students
• 207 schools
• 9,197 teachers
• 23,785 employees in total
• $1.795 billion annual budget

The Challenge
Lower IT costs, improve remote management Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) is one of the nation’s 25 largest school districts, with 208 schools and centers, more than 125,000 students and over 22,000 employees. The school system is responsible for administering PARCC testing (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) in each of its schools. The school system previously used a mix of iPads and laptops of various brands. Management of these various devices became complex. Establishing consistent configurations across the school system became difficult, inefficient, and costly.

PGCPS sought a solution that would provide maximum efficiency in the IT department without excessive hardware costs. Further, the school system wanted the capability to fully manage configuration settings on every device from one location. PGCPS was an early adopter of Google Apps, so the IT team and the students were already familiar with Google’s platform.

HCGi Solution
HCGi began a pilot project at Oxon Hill High School in the fall of 2013. It deployed a limited number of Samsung Chromebooks and the Google Chrome Console Management solution. The management console allows the PGCPS IT department to remotely manage every device in any location. This includes installing or removing apps, blacklisting websites, and configuring user roles, access and security.

HCGi provided a Google Certified Training Instructor to PGCPS to help implement this solution in the school system. HCGi also provides ongoing training and support to the PGCPS team responsible for managing and deploying the equipment across the system. PGCPS has three technology distribution centers.

Every newly acquired Chromebook is shipped to one of these centers for asset tagging and enrollment into the Chrome Management Console. HCGi performed a “White Glove” enrollment service for the initial 2000 unit Chromebook deployment. In addition to providing guidance in hardware selection, HCGi managed the configuration team to perform all service functions as well as administrative console and network configurations. HCGi validated device policies with a sample school or class.

Early testing revealed that LCD screens from the leading low-cost manufacturer were prone to breaking easily in a K12 education environment. HCGi quickly provided alternative Chromebooks by other manufacturers. A semi-rugged Lenovo model was selected and over 4000 units have been deployed, with no hardware issues reported.

HCGi’s longstanding partnership with a wide range of manufacturers, promises greater flexibility for Prince George’s County Public Schools. Further, the installation and activation of their Remote Management software give the IT department authorization and full control of every device district-wide. HCGi has delivered this powerful technology, allowing full implementation with the district’s IT team and ensuring the smooth deployment of the Chromebooks.

PGCPS enjoys dependable and affordable hardware, with superior hands-on client support by HCGi. The Google Chrome Management Console has given PGCPS the ease of maintaining an online curriculum, monitoring device use and securing student data for all Chromebooks from one central location. This has proven to maximize efficiency in both labor expenses and speeding up the process of getting Chromebooks into the hands of students.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

NetApp Video Surveillance Storage Solutions for Government

The demand for heightened security fuels advances—and growth—in video surveillance. Understand the challenges.
Learn About NetApp VSS Solutions - https://www.netapp.com/us/solutions/u...

HCGi partners with over 200 quality companies like NetApp to best serve the IT needs of our clients. See more at https://hcgi.com

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Employee-owned HCGi Celebrating 24-Years

HCGi Hartford (HCGi) is an employee-owned, privately held IT integrator and hardware dealer celebrating 24-years in business in the Mid-Atlantic and beyond.

With headquarters in Columbia, Maryland, HCGi has deep roots in the state with many Maryland state agencies, leading school districts and universities as clients. Our Operations Center, based in Chicago, serves as our primary order fulfillment and customer service center.

HCGI represents over 200 hardware and software manufacturers. We are an HP Elite Partner and hold high-end certifications from Dell, HP, HPE, Google, Lenovo, NetApp, and VMWare. Our dedicated account managers are empowered to do whatever it takes to satisfy our customers, as we highly value our long-term customer relationships.

Our Mission

To enjoy success by continuing to satisfy our customers.

In the Community

HCGI and its employees recognize the importance of giving back to the community. This giving back takes many forms, from international disaster relief to local community support to green initiatives.

Monday, October 14, 2019

IT organizations often support mobile workers, distributed locations, and complex environments while adhering to rigorous governance and compliance with full accountability.

As infrastructure becomes more complex, business demands increase and the sophistication of end-users expands; IT departments often find it challenging to sustain the rate of change and associated cost controls. Projections of continued shortages in skilled IT labor and the adoption of new and potentially disruptive technologies have prompted IT leaders to partner with HCGI to offset risk and assume responsibility for managing their asset fleet.

Whether your organization is installing new technology or redeploying existing assets, HCGI can help. Our experienced project professionals and nationwide resources will properly plan, staff, and execute any project regardless of the complexity. After we have executed on our plan, HCGI will define a repeatable process to complete the project.

See more of our services at https://hcgi.com

Friday, October 11, 2019

The self-assembling computer chips of the future | Karl Skjonnemand

The transistors that power the phone in your pocket are unimaginably small: you can fit more than 3,000 of them across the width of a human hair. But to keep up with innovations in fields like facial recognition and augmented reality, we need to pack even more computing power into our computer chips -- and we're running out of space. In this forward-thinking talk, technology developer Karl Skjonnemand introduces a radically new way to create chips. "This could be the dawn of a new era of molecular manufacturing," Skjonnemand says.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

HCGi Helps Manage Device Fleets Of Print Methods and Machines

Managed Print Services (MPS) can help you to assess, deploy and manage an imaging and printing environment tailored to meet your organization’s needs while helping you reduce costs, conserve resources and simplify document-intensive processes.

MPS involves managing hardcopy device fleets of copiers, printers, multifunction devices, and fax machines in a unified fashion. By outsourcing this function, you can focus on your core business and eliminate surplus supplies.

After an assessment, we can redeploy devices for the most economical benefit without work reduction. We monitor supplies and support all manufacturers. We offer same day repair and discount on new printers.

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Saturday, October 5, 2019

Epson WorkForce ST-Series EcoTank Printers | Product Series Overview

The WorkForce ST-Series EcoTank color multifunction printers, powered by PrecisionCore, offers remarkable productivity for small work teams. They feature revolutionary cartridge-free printing with easy-to-fill, supersized ink tanks.

Epson is one of the over 200 companies that HCGi partners with to bring you the best IT products and services. See more at HCGI.Com

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Novartis + Microsoft reimagining medicine using A.I.

In the world of commercial research and science, there’s probably no undertaking more daunting—or more expensive—than the process of bringing a new medicine to market. For a new compound to make it from initial discovery through development, testing, and clinical trials to finally earn regulatory approval can take a decade or more.  Learn how Novartis and Microsoft are coming together using AI and leading research capabilities to advance medicine.

HCGi partners with over 200 companies to bring the best in Internet Technology to you. See more at hcgi.com