Laurie Head is co-owner of AIS Network, leading all facets of corporate communications, content and culture and occasionally guiding clients who need award-winning application development. After careers in broadcast journalism and public affairs, Laurie went out on a limb in 1998 to direct communications for an investment bank’s technology practice. At the time, there were few women working in IT, and she got a buzz out of breaking new ground. Since then, Laurie has never looked back, embracing her various roles in the industry and inspiring and mentoring young colleagues along the way. She’s one part entrepreneur, one part communications executive, one part wordsmith, one part geek, one part volunteer and two parts mom. When she’s not playing any of those parts or blogging, she’s walking the dog.

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Most Health Care Orgs Embracing the Cloud

By Laurie Head AIS Network VP, Marketing Communications Our CEO, Jay Atkinson, had the opportunity to attend the annual HIMSS conference in Florida earlier this year and found it entirely exciting and educational.  For those of you who are not familiar with HIMSS, it’s a cause-based global enterprise that produces health IT thought leadership, education, events, market…

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Mesh Networks: Bridging the Gap with Smartphones

  By Donna Hemmert AIS Network VP, Strategy Trends like the Internet of Things are bringing more and more devices online and at breakneck speed.  Have you ever wondered how far Internet infrastructure can take us?  Is it infinitely scalable?  And even if it is, will it always scale at the speed we need it to? I have been researching Mesh Networks for a while and an…

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Disaster Recovery Key to Higher Ed at 2014 ACCS Conference

By Jay Atkinson AIS Network CEO   We exhibited at the 2014 ACCS Annual Conference (Association of Collegiate Computing Services of Virginia) in Charlottesville last week and it was one of our favorite shows to date. The ACCS Conference volunteers did a tremendous job.  They really take pride in the conference, make the vendors feel appreciated, and fed everybody well!  Everyone we met…

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Cloud vs. VPS

By Donna Hemmert AIS Network, VP Strategy  Cloud vs. VPS? We often get the question of what is the difference between Virtual Private Servers (VPS) and cloud servers.  Both use a virtualized (as opposed to physical) environment and so they are often confused. First it’s important that you understand virtualization. Virtualization is the creation of a virtual (rather than actual) version…

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Hosting SharePoint 2013 Saves Money

By Laurie Head AIS Network VP, Marketing Communications   In-house IT costs are soaring. Why spend money on SharePoint servers? Hosting SharePoint 2013 saves you money and worry. In belt-tightening times, the combined expense of SharePoint 2010 servers, technical staff and data security can be painful to a company. Why have the IT staff spend…