Posted By: Darren Bonawitz
I would like to comment on an article from InformationWeek.com, written by Elizabeth Montalbano, highlighting the many IT management challenges facing the Social Security Administration in the near future.
The article is in response to a report by the Social Security Administration’s Inspector General Patrick P. O’Carroll Jr., stating the IT concerns that the Social Security Administration has in the upcoming new year. Montalbano primarily focuses on the SSA’s transition to a new data center from the outdated National Computer Center (NCC). The article also reviews concerns with modernizing business applications and the transition from traditional customer service to web-based.
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I think it is a safe bet that we all knew that Social Security was in trouble. What I don’t think we realized is that when discussing its collapse, it actually pertained to the physical structure of their data center. Unfortunately, although very scary to consider, the issues and challenges they are facing with regard to their data center infrastructure are not unique. It is not even isolated to the government sector. Many companies are facing similar issues with their existing privately owned and operated data centers albeit at different levels of scale.
Companies need to step back and take a look at the big picture and carefully evaluate all of the options. Just because owning and operating a data center made sense in the past, it does not mean it is the best solution going forward. The requirements of the business itself may have changed and certainly the alternatives available have whether it is collocation, hosted environments, cloud services, or a hybrid solution.
By: Darren Bonawitz
Thank you for taking the time to read our blog. Here is a special feature on Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. about who it is, who it serves, how it’s associated with 1102 Grand, and why Kansas City!
Company Description: Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. (MHM) is a national independent CPA firm – 3rd largest in Kansas City and 8th largest in the country – that is dedicated to providing high quality audit and attest services including: Financial Statement Audits, SAS 70 Audits, Employee Benefit Plan Audits, Reviews and Agreed Upon Procedures. They are guided by their core values of competence, integrity, respect and value, and with more than 30 locations nationwide, they are a nationally recognized alternative to the Big Four.
Who it Serves: While MHM provides services to a variety of industries and companies, their primary focus includes mid-sized and growing companies (public and private) in the construction, nonprofit, life sciences, manufacturing, financial institutions and other professional services industries.
How it is Associated with 1102 GRAND: We provide SAS 70 services to 1102 GRAND.
Why Kansas City: MHM’s roots in Kansas City can be traced back to 1954 when Ernest D. Mayer opened a small accounting practice. After years of steady growth, Mayer Hoffman McCann’s tax practice merged with CBIZ, Inc. in 1998 while MHM began to focus strictly on audit and attest services, and continued to acquire other independent CPA firms across the country. Even though MHM quickly became one of the Top Ten accounting firms in the nation, they recognized Kansas City as both a strategic location and strong foundation for the company, so remained in the area and established it as their national headquarters.
The Best Part of Doing Business in Kansas City: There is such a vast amount of different businesses and industries in the Kansas City area, that as a Consultant, we learn so much about how these businesses operate, what their target market is, where they can improve, etc. We can then help them by applying the services our company provides or introducing them to others that can assist.
The Benefits of Working in Kansas City: I have lived in Kansas my entire life so helping small, medium and large sized businesses locally is very rewarding.
The Economic Incentives to Living in Kansas City or the Metro Area: There are a lot of areas you can reside in Kansas City that are safe and have great schools and not have to pay a premium to live there. I think convenience is also a big factor as you can get around the city without having to wait in traffic for the most part.