Saturday, May 21, 2022

Association of School Business Officials Maryland


JOIN US May 22-25, 2022 in Ocean City, Maryland! 

"As President, I had one objective for how I wanted to leave my mark on MD ASBO and that was to incorporate more leadership development for our members. As someone not in a supervisory role in my district, I wanted all members to feel like they could make a difference no matter where they stood in their organization. You can be a leader for your district regardless of your experience, education, or title. With that in mind, I look forward to sharing my personal leadership foundation based on Listen, Learn, Lead at our 68th Annual Spring Conference."

- Craig Blackwell, MD ASBO 2021-2022 President, Business Analyst, Howard County Public Schools

asbo.org for details and registration

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Samsung 75” Flip 3 Interactive Display

What is Samsung Flip 3?

Samsung Flip 3 is a powerful education solution that delivers interactive learning experiences. Developed specifically for the education market, Flip 3 provides educators with boundless resources and flexibility to create engaging lessons for a new era of learning. Flip 3 features immersive touchscreen and input technologies, enabling simultaneous multi-user writing to provide increased involvement while learning. To get the most out of Flip 3’s powerful hardware, students and teachers can access both trusted, embedded content or preferred third-party software. Samsung’s latest technology enables secure environments, while faster hardware increases student engagement. Power seamless learning experiences for everyone with Samsung Flip 3.

Create and solve without limits






Interactions are intuitively built for problem solving and creating. Use any object near you as a stylus to bring your ideas to life. Flip 3 distinguishes between inputs from thin or thick objects to simulate on-screen writing and highlighting. Or simply erase content with your finger or palm.

How does the Flip transform the classroom?



Thursday, May 12, 2022

Look for us in Ocean City, MD May 22-25th


 ASBO 68th Annual Spring Conference

Vision, Mission, Motto and Member Benefits
The Association of School Business Officials of Maryland is a professional organization which provides programs and services to promote the highest standards of school business practices through professional development, recognition, and the effective management of available resources.

ASBO serves school business professionals by:
- promoting educational excellence through improved business practices
- providing networking opportunities
- identifying and sharing solutions to everyday problems
- offering professional expertise in major business areas
- compiling and sharing research information and best practices

Vision
Our organization promotes high-quality, exemplary school business practices, professional development, and communications to school business officials to ensure the effective and efficient delivery quality support services to educational communities which contributes to a measurable improvement in student performance.

Mission Statement
The Association of School Business Officials of Maryland:

Ensures that school business professionals are equipped to deliver the highest quality support services to the educational community by affording them the opportunity to share business solutions with colleagues.

Improves business practices through rigorous professional development.

Provides access to the best practices and scholarly research.

Motto
Leadership, and Professional Development IS our business.



Monday, May 9, 2022

68th Annual Spring Conference - Keynote Speaker

Introducing MD ASBO Spring Conference Keynote Speaker, Devin Hughes

Devin C. Hughes is an unbridled optimist.
He believes that anything is possible when we do it together.

International Speaker |Thought Leader |Author

This year’s ASBO Spring Conference has several treats for attendees. One of them being a dynamic keynote speaker who uses humor and fun competition to demonstrate leadership and growth lessons. Devin’s message is one that will appeal to everyone regardless of your place in your organization. Don’t miss this unique, fun, two-hour interactive session Monday afternoon at the Spring Conference!

Devin is a captivating speaker, author, and culture expert. He helps leaders drive growth and engagement by aligning workplace culture with success. His experience working on employee engagement strategy, evolving corporate cultures, talent management, and diversity & Inclusion brings a unique perspective in helping his clients plan for positive growth and evolution. His approach which draws from the science of positive psychology, positive organizational research, appreciative inquiry, neuroscience, mindset, and mindfulness. As a result, clients receive the cutting edge in research on well-being and flourishing.

Devin’s unconventional and innovative views on business and leadership have attracted international attention. From State Farm to Disney, from Lockheed Martin to Eli Lilly, from big business to entrepreneurs to government agencies, Devin has been invited to meet with an array of leaders and organizations in nearly every industry. He has also had the honor of sharing his ideas with the Secret Service, Social Security Administration, and the IRS and with the senior-most leaders of many other organizations.

Devin was named in 2021 to peopleHum’s power list of the top 200 thought leaders to follow in 2021. He is a graduate of Colgate University, the author of twenty-one books and lives in San Diego, CA with his wife, four daughters and two rescue dogs.  

Get more information for the 68th Annual Spring Conference

Friday, May 6, 2022

Presentation Systems

From Huddle Rooms, Classrooms, Conference Rooms and Auditoriums, HCGI has the complete Solution for you. We will visit your company for an on-site survey and follow up with an itemized proposal and drawing.  We have provided this service to institutions such as Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland College Park, the State of Maryland, Delaware State University, Loyola Blakefield, just to name a few.

Projectors and Displays

Our Projector Premier Partner is Epson that offers the finest, most affordable projectors. Through Epson’s Brighter Futures program you get the opportunity to make the most of your technology budget. Epson products deliver low cost of ownership, high performance, and reliability, plus the features and functions that you need most to support teaching and learning in the classroom, the computer lab, the auditorium and anywhere students and educators engage in instruction.

The Epson Brighter Futures program is available for all K-12 and Higher Education institutions and educators through HCGi. There are no purchasing requirements or minimums. the only requirement is to work with HCGI’s Authorized Brighter Futures representative.  For Displays, we provide the leading manufacturers such as Samsung, Sharp, Vizio, and LG. 

For Interactive Collaboration needs, HCGi offers The Infocus Mondopad, Sharp Interactive displays, Epson Brightlink, and the Cisco Spark series. We can install many ranges of size, price, connectivity, and wireless capabilities.

We also offer Control Systems such as Extron, Crestron, and Kramer. HCGi will customize your proposal to include the best control system for your needs and budget.  All systems can be tailored to work with your existing Video Teleconferencing Solution or we can recommend a replacement.

HCGI’s experienced team of experts have implemented both small and large-scale network video solutions for clients in the K-12, Higher Education, Financial, Healthcare, and Commercial business industries.

Contact Us or Call Our Corporate Offices 410-202-8042

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

68th Annual Spring Conference

JOIN US May 22-25, 2022 in Ocean City, Maryland! 

"As President, I had one objective for how I wanted to leave my mark on MD ASBO and that was to incorporate more leadership development for our members. As someone not in a supervisory role in my district, I wanted all members to feel like they could make a difference no matter where they stood in their organization. You can be a leader for your district regardless of your experience, education, or title. With that in mind, I look forward to sharing my personal leadership foundation based on Listen, Learn, Lead at our 68th Annual Spring Conference."

- Craig Blackwell, MD ASBO 2021-2022 President, Business Analyst, Howard County Public Schools

asbo.org for details and registration

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Public Safety Solutions

Technology has become an integral part of public safety services. Whether your agency is researching and installing new technology, or refreshing existing assets, HCGi is here to help. We implement some of the most advanced public safety solutions for clients throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Our professionalism and attention to detail make HCGi the premier choice for all of your public safety needs.

We bring best-in-breed solutions to the table for you, assist in the technical evaluation process, and then help you make the most informed decision possible based upon the unique needs and requirements of your environment. We pride ourselves on being an agnostic solution provider, and we offer each client a clear picture of the competitive landscape as they engage in picking a technology. HCGi acts as your trusted advisor throughout the process.

Once you've settled on a solution, our experienced project managers will properly plan, staff, and execute your project on your timeline.

Contact our team of professionals today to schedule a review of your next public safety project.

At HCGi, We get IT.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

MEEC Member Conference and Vendor Showcase


With great excitement MEEC announces the details for the 2022 MEEC Member Conference and Vendor Showcase, held at Martin’s West.  The day begins with Joe Marshall, Cisco Talos Intelligence Group, delivering the Keynote Address, Understanding Cyber Threats: Adversaries and Defense.  Following the address, the Vendor Showcase opens with 56 MEEC Vendors participating.  Conference sessions presented by MEEC members and vendors will run throughout the day. See the complete schedule here.

Visit us at our booth from 8am-3pm, we look forward to seeing you!

Look for us at ASBO Conference in Ocean City, MD May 22-25th.

Sunday, April 24, 2022

2022 MEEC Member Conference and Vendor Showcase


With great excitement MEEC announces the details for the 2022 MEEC Member Conference and Vendor Showcase, held at Martin’s West.  The day begins with Joe Marshall, Cisco Talos Intelligence Group, delivering the Keynote Address, Understanding Cyber Threats: Adversaries and Defense.  Following the address, the Vendor Showcase opens with 56 MEEC Vendors participating.  Conference sessions presented by MEEC members and vendors will run throughout the day. See the complete schedule here.

Visit us at our booth from 8am-3pm, we look forward to seeing you!

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Data Center Solutions

At HCGi, we offer data center solutions from each of the market leaders.  Whether you are looking for increased data storage, additional compute capacity, reliable data backup and restore, or you just need to replace existing equipment- HCGi is here to help. 

Our value add is to bring best-in-breed solutions to the table for you, assist in the technical evaluation process, and then help you make the most informed decision possible based upon the unique needs and requirements of your environment.  We pride ourselves on being an agnostic solution provider, and we offer each client a clear picture of the competitive landscape as they engage in picking a technology.  We will show you the strengths and weaknesses of each solution, and act as a trusted advisor. 

Whether you wish to explore Hybrid-IT solutions, Converged Infrastructure, or a more traditional approach to compute and storage, our Solution Architects can help to build a custom solution for your needs.  We can also assist with installation and data migration services upon request, and we are also at your side for the full life-cycle of the equipment with post-sale support as needed.

Regardless of which data center technology you prefer, HCGi is your trusted partner in keeping your data center optimized and running efficiently for years to come.

Contact Us orr give us a call at 410-202-8042

Monday, April 18, 2022

HCGi - We Get IT



HCGi Hartford (HCGi) is an employee-owned, privately held IT integrator and hardware dealer celebrating 25 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 National Support Center, based in the Chicago area, 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.

Contact us or give us a call at 410-202-8042

Friday, April 15, 2022

Huddly S1 Speaker Framing – Meeting room demo


Speaker Framing is a powerful smart feature for immersive collaboration. It is enabled by Huddly S1’s new directional microphones that allow the camera to detect where people are located in the meeting room and use that information to frame the conversation intelligently.

Switching between those who are speaking and those who are listening, Speaker Framing captures everybody’s reactions and facial expressions. This results in a more natural and immersive video experience and lets remote participants to be a part of the conversation and participate fully in the meeting.

Furthermore, S1 keeps an overview of the entire room when zoomed in, allowing it to gather advanced room analytics.


See more about our IT services at https://hcgi.com/ and you can email us at info@hcgi.com,
or better yet, give us a call at 410-202-8042. HCGi - We Get IT.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Dell Optimizer Demo Video with Latitude, Precision and OptiPlex PCs


Dell Optimizer is AI-based optimization software that learns and responds to the way you work and powers the world's most intelligent PCs.*

Learn more at Dell.com/Optimizer

* Disclaimer: Based on internal analysis, January 2022. Dell Optimizer available in 2020 devices and beyond. Feature availability and functionality vary by model.

See more about our IT services at https://hcgi.com/ and you can email us at info@hcgi.com,
or better yet, give us a call at 410-202-8042. HCGi - We Get IT.

Monday, April 11, 2022

Lenovo Workstations: Rewrite What’s Possible with the ThinkStation P620


See how Lenovo Workstations have consistently been revolutionizing workflows and empowering creators across the world. The ThinkStation P620, the only AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO powered workstation is delivering game-changing power and speed with the largest core count professional workstation: up to 64 cores and 4.5GHz. Perfect for those who demand more power for multi-threaded applications, the P620 combines Lenovo’s legendary reliability, experience and customer-driven innovation with professional manageability and enterprise-class support. Don’t wait, rewrite what’s possible today. https://lnv.gy/3vKh9nK

See more about our IT services at https://hcgi.com/ and you can email us at info@hcgi.com,
or better yet, give us a call at 410-202-8042. HCGi - We Get IT.

Friday, April 8, 2022

Thank You! HCGi's 8th Annual Solutions Summit On March 30th Was Huge Success!

 


Much to learn and share


Time for questions and answers too


New ways to communicate


Jason Alder, Our Special Guest


Bill Heneghan with special guest, Jason Alder

Thank you to our special guest, Jason Alder, and our technology partners, Dell Technologies, Lenovo, HPE, IngramMicro, Huddly, Smartoptics, Morpheus, our customers, plus our team for the great success of our 8th Annual Solutions Summit. It was so great to be back in touch with people in person after the last couple of years of distancing ourselves from each other. 

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Enterprise Deployment Services

HCGI offers volume discounts on a wide range of products including all computers and printers. Customers that want to standardize on specific models of a manufacturers computer, can enjoy significant cost savings for any project.  Whether you plan to buy many computers at once or deploy smaller amounts over an extended period, we can help.

Many customers evaluate multiple options before selecting the technology they plan to purchase. After the specific model has been selected, the manufacturer may discontinue that unit before you can buy all the product you need. HCGI works closely with the customer and manufacturer to guarantee the lifespan of a particular model computer so that it can be deployed over time throughout your enterprise.

IT Complexities Eliminated

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 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.

Contact Us or Call Corporate Headquarters 410-202-8042

Saturday, April 2, 2022

Introduction to HPE Machine Learning Development Environment


Introduction to HPE Machine Learning Development Environment. Address the problems of complexity & costs associated with machine learning model development & speed time to value by removing the need to write infrastructure code. Make it easier for IT admins to set up, manage, secure & share AI compute clusters.

See more about our IT services at https://hcgi.com/ and you can email us at info@hcgi.com,
or better yet, give us a call at 410-202-8042. HCGi - We Get IT.

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Meet the New OptiPlex Family


Experience unmatched reliability and intelligence with sustainably built desktop solutions that revolve around you. Featuring up to Intel Core i9 processors and Dell Optimizer built-in AI personalization. Learn More - https://dell.to/3Ia1DEk

Monday, March 28, 2022

2022 Solutions Summit Conference Agenda | Wed. March 30th

 

2022 Annual Solutions Summit
Wednesday, March 30, 2022

2022 Summit Event Agenda


8:00-9:30 AM
Event / Manufacturer Set Up

9:30 AM
Summit Opens

10:00AM -12:30 PM
Breakout Sessions

Two Types Of Break-Out Sessions:

Visual Presentation Systems 

10-10:30 AM
Huddly team Jordan Partyka and Abin Thomas share the L1 camera and the Canvas whiteboard. Hosted by Corey Banks of HCGi.

10:40-11:10 AM
Extron’s Matt Donovan presents Active Wireless Learning and AV over IP removing barriers campus-wide. Hosted by Bill Hottman of HCGi.

11:20-11:50 AM
HCGi’s Bill Hottman and Corey Banks, share success stories with Epson, Cisco, Crestron and more.

12-12:30 PM
Erin Maher-Moran, Multimedia Services Manager, John’s Hopkins University hosts a round table of audio-visual best practices.

Enterprise Solutions

10-10:30 AM
HPE Greenlake’s cloud solution with Tim Newman and Carlyle Maranhao. Hosted by Bill Maddox of HCGi.

10:40-11:10 AM
Dell Technology’s Shawn Sears presents Cyber Recovery Solutions. Hosted by Brian Stubblefield of HCGi.

11:20-11:50 AM
Steve Costa of Morpheus Data presents controlling the public cloud. Hosted by Anita Schweinfurth of HCGi.

12-12:30 PM
Wes Watts retired CFO/IT Director of Prince George’s County Public Schools, hosts roundtable best practices in Enterprise Solutions.


12:30 PM
Lunch buffet open | General session main room

1:00-2:00 PM
Special Guest -- Jason Alder
Meet Jason / Car Technology / Q&A

2:00 -3:00 PM
Vendor Showcase | One-on-one sessions

3:00 PM
Summit closes

Register Here

10440 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia MD 21044
410-202-8042

Friday, March 25, 2022

Just A Few More Days! Key Tech Sponsors Join HCGi At 8th Annual Solutions Summit

Vendor partners sponsoring our Summit include:



PLEASE JOIN US
Wednesday, March 30th, 2022 / 9:30am-3:00pm 
Marriott Bonvoy – Merriweather Lakehouse Hotel, Columbia MD
Two Breakout sessions:
10:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 2:30pm
No admission fee, buffet lunch, door prizes
and a special guest!
Jason Alder from Formula 3 Racing (and his car!)
Jason Alder is a Cooksville, MD resident who is chasing his dream
of becoming a professional racing driver.
We are excited to introduce you to Jason
and share his passion for auto racing.
Learn more about Jason at https://iamjasonalder.com
He has signed on with TJ Speed this year.

RSVP to hcgi.com/ss8




 

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

2022 Annual Solutions Summit Agenda

 

2022 Annual Solutions Summit
Wednesday, March 30, 2022

2022 Summit Event Agenda


8:00-9:30 AM
Event / Manufacturer Set Up

9:30 AM
Summit Opens

10:00AM -12:30 PM
Breakout Sessions

Two Types Of Break-Out Sessions:

Visual Presentation Systems 

10-10:30 AM
Huddly team Jordan Partyka and Abin Thomas share the L1 camera and the Canvas whiteboard. Hosted by Corey Banks of HCGi.

10:40-11:10 AM
Extron’s Matt Donovan presents Active Wireless Learning and AV over IP removing barriers campus-wide. Hosted by Bill Hottman of HCGi.

11:20-11:50 AM
HCGi’s Bill Hottman and Corey Banks, share success stories with Epson, Cisco, Crestron and more.

12-12:30 PM
Erin Maher-Moran, Multimedia Services Manager, John’s Hopkins University hosts a round table of audio-visual best practices.

Enterprise Solutions

10-10:30 AM
HPE Greenlake’s cloud solution with Tim Newman and Carlyle Maranhao. Hosted by Bill Maddox of HCGi.

10:40-11:10 AM
Dell Technology’s Shawn Sears presents Cyber Recovery Solutions. Hosted by Brian Stubblefield of HCGi.

11:20-11:50 AM
Steve Costa of Morpheus Data presents controlling the public cloud. Hosted by Anita Schweinfurth of HCGi.

12-12:30 PM
Wes Watts retired CFO/IT Director of Prince George’s County Public Schools, hosts roundtable best practices in Enterprise Solutions.


12:30 PM
Lunch buffet open | General session main room

1:00-2:00 PM
Special Guest -- Jason Alder
Meet Jason / Car Technology / Q&A

2:00 -3:00 PM
Vendor Showcase | One-on-one sessions

3:00 PM
Summit closes

Register Here

10440 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia MD 21044
410-202-8042

Monday, March 21, 2022

8th Annual Solutions Summit with Jason Alder and His Race Car March 30th | RSVP No Charge Event


PLEASE JOIN US
Wednesday, March 30th, 2022 / 9:30am-3:00pm 
Marriott Bonvoy – Merriweather Lakehouse Hotel, Columbia MD
Two Breakout sessions:
10:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 2:30pm
No admission fee, buffet lunch, door prizes
and a special guest!
Jason Alder from Formula 3 Racing (and his car!)
Jason Alder is a Cooksville, MD resident who is chasing his dream
of becoming a professional racing driver.
We are excited to introduce you to Jason
and share his passion for auto racing.
Learn more about Jason at https://iamjasonalder.com
He has signed on with TJ Speed this year.

RSVP to hcgi.com/ss8


Vendor partners sponsoring our Summit include:





Friday, March 18, 2022

Key Tech Sponsors Join HCGi At 8th Annual Solutions Summit Event March 30th

Vendor partners sponsoring our Summit include:



PLEASE JOIN US
Wednesday, March 30th, 2022 / 9:30am-3:00pm 
Marriott Bonvoy – Merriweather Lakehouse Hotel, Columbia MD
Two Breakout sessions:
10:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 2:30pm
No admission fee, buffet lunch, door prizes
and a special guest!
Jason Alder from Formula 3 Racing (and his car!)
Jason Alder is a Cooksville, MD resident who is chasing his dream
of becoming a professional racing driver.
We are excited to introduce you to Jason
and share his passion for auto racing.
Learn more about Jason at https://iamjasonalder.com
He has signed on with TJ Speed this year.

RSVP to hcgi.com/ss8




 

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Jason Alder Is Special Guest At 8th Annual Solutions Summit


PLEASE JOIN US
Wednesday, March 30th, 2022 / 9:30am-3:00pm 
Marriott Bonvoy – Merriweather Lakehouse Hotel, Columbia MD
Two Breakout sessions:
10:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 2:30pm
No admission fee, buffet lunch, door prizes
and a special guest!
Jason Alder from Formula 3 Racing (and his car!)
Jason Alder is a Cooksville, MD resident who is chasing his dream
of becoming a professional racing driver.
We are excited to introduce you to Jason
and share his passion for auto racing.
Learn more about Jason at https://iamjasonalder.com
He has signed on with TJ Speed this year.

RSVP to hcgi.com/ss8


Vendor partners sponsoring our Summit include: