Did you know you can use Box to display important documents for your constituents right on your website and easily manage them without needing to contact your webmaster every time a PDF gets updated? Continue

Government buyers have more choices than ever before when procuring technology solutions, from on-premises solutions to Software as a Service cloud-based solutions. Finding the right product that will meet the security, productivity, and flexibility requirements of government is critical to meet the needs of your citizens. AIRLIFT is a Software as a Service platform for delivering Government to Citizen (G2C) and Government to Government (G2G) applications using a true cloud-based infrastructure. Continue

This past January, cloudPWR, who acts as the local resource for WA state master contract (04913) for Box cloud storage, began a monthly newsletter. The topic outlined how Washington State makes it easy for government agencies to acquire inexpensive and secure cloud storage. If you missed it you can check it out here. Continue

Big changes happening in content markets today. Due to increased expectations of users, changes in IT and the need for organizations to rethink their digital strategy, Gartner has launched new Magic Quadrants (MQs) for Content Services Platforms (CSP) and Content Collaboration Platforms (CCP). These MQs have updated the definition of previous Enterprise Content Management (ECM) and Enterprise File Sync and Share (EFSS) markets respectively, and are tightly connected in the content needs of businesses focused on digital transformation. Continue

Did you know that Washington city, county and state government agencies can receive inexpensive secure cloud storage under WA State Master Contract 04913?

What does this mean?

Any Washington government agency with a Master Contract Usage Agreement (MCUA) can purchase Box secure cloud storage at roughly a third of standard pricing. At this time there are nearly 1,400 WA agencies that have already signed an MCUA with the WA State Department of Enterprise Services, allowing them to utilize Washington State master contracts. Continue

I’m someone who had always had such poor experience with scanners in the past that my preferred form of memorializing documents had become photographing them with my phone. So much so that I even went as far as to cut some pieces of polarizing film to cross-polarize my phone’s flash and camera (this reduces the flash glare you get from a white document page). Continue

This is a nice piece of hardware that takes up very little space on the desktop, but the real power is in its simplicity. There are only 2 buttons – one for power and the other a programmable button for one-touch scanning.

I set this up on a Mac Mini so there is no CD ROM drive, but the software can easily be downloaded with a quick visit to the Canon support site by simply entering the model number to locate the file. After installing the software and then powering up the device I was ready to scan with a handy icon on the taskbar to open the CaptureOnTouch scanning client. Continue

Are you searching for an independent consultant with expert level experience? Imagine working with a peer that has held a position as a Public Records Officer in Washington State.

Ascender Consulting can provide a range of services to help you get up to speed with the recent changes to the Washington State Public Records Act – RCW 42.56. Whitney Stevens has served in various civil service positions, including as the Snohomish County Public Records Officer (PRO). Whitney’s experience and knowledge gained through years of service is now available to help you prepare and implement policies, procedures, technology and best practices for Public Records Request management.

Ascender is well versed in all aspects of the challenges facing public and records management professionals. The firm does not provide legal advice but will give you a firm grip on how PRO’s should implement change and begin adapting to reduce costs, increase compliance and adopt technology solutions like AIRLIFT Respond.

Box is increasingly being adopted for file sharing and collaboration across government agencies nationwide. While Box is not yet a full-blown records management solution, it is one of the best ways to create, share, and secure working files. And now that they’ve announced Box Drive beta, it’s gotten even better.


A couple of weeks ago we had our junior development team participate in a local Hackathon, sponsored by Tacoma’s Metro Parks. We love getting a change to leave our office walls behind every now and then, get to know new people and expose ourselves to different technology, other data sets and sink our teeth in a challenge that help our community grow and prosper.

This is Monica’s report: Continue

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