What you need to know about MTTR and why IT MaTTeRs

What all engineering teams should know about MTTR In the IT world, performance is everything. So when technology fails, your first thought is how to utilize incident management knowledge to repair the situation and minimize downtime. As both a manager and an engineer, you need to minimize your MTTR –Mean Time To Resolution- in order to comply with your SLAs – service level agreements – and keep your group at the top of its game. You want to ensure ITIL (information technology infrastructure library) and ITSM (information technology service management) best practices are followed for you to manage incidents effectively. Even in the best scenario however, failures are still part of the game. Reality dictates that you need to have a plan to receive alerts through your incident management tools to inform you that an event has occurred. Following the alert, you would be able to quickly deploy your team […] Read more »

See You at Boston DevOps Days 2016

OnPage is proud to be a Gold Sponsor at DevOps Days Boston taking place at the Boston Park Plaza on August 25-26th.  If you’re attending, please stop by and get one of our very cool t-shirts and enter to win one of the many prizes we’re raffling off. If you want to schedule a time to chat or see some of our newest features, please sign up for a meeting with us. We’d love to speak with you. Uniqueness of Boston DevOps Days – where to start When Patrick Debois and Andrew Shafer coined the term DevOps back in 2009, they probably did not expect their concept for bringing together agile development and code deployment to become a worldwide phenomenon. However, today cities around the world host DevOps conferences and each conference has its own flavor. Boston’s attendees are not surprisingly from the high tech and biotech communities. Attendees from […] Read more »

Cygnus Decreases Costs and Improves Response Time

OnPage facilitates Cygnus’ growth of 25% per year through efficiency, cost reduction and improved response to critical alerts OnPage, a leading provider of incident management technology, has helped Cygnus Systems Inc., reduce the time it takes to respond to critical alerts. In a case study released today, OnPage details how through Cygnus System’s integration of OnPage’s technology and ConnectWise, Cygnus has been able to spend less on its answering service, reduce waiting time for its customers and improve the quality of response by its engineers. The sum of these efforts has allowed the company to grow by 25% over the past year. Slashing response time to critical alerts and getting IT to work as quickly as possible to resolve incidents was key for Cygnus. Inefficient issue resolution, limited visibility of issues and fragmented communications can plague MSPs if not handled efficiently and quickly. Cygnus had to assure its clients of end-to-end service […] Read more »

Why proper incident management is key to proper IT management

Proper IT management requires proper incident management. Otherwise, you court Murphy’s law at your peril. In the IT world, if a server can fail, a cache overload or traffic overload the network – it will. And the consequences are significant. Many IT organizations face database, hardware, and software downtime, lasting short periods to shutting down the business for days. According to a January 2016 article in Network Computing on the high price of IT downtime, organizations face: “an average of five downtime events each month, with each downtime event being expensive indeed: from $1 million a year for a typical midsize company to more than $60 million for a large enterprise.” The major cause of this downtime is equipment failures which account for almost 40% of downtime. The second most frequent cause of downtime is human error which accounts for 25% of downtime. Cybersecurity accounts for only about 10% of […] Read more »

OnPage Brings Relief To A World Drowning In Alert Fatigue

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Onset Technology, creator of OnPage®, announced the release of its new and improved system which combines prioritized messaging and casual messaging in one secure application.  OnPage addresses the need for time-sensitive messages to rise above the chatter by uniting Pager-Like alerting capabilities with conversationally rich casual messaging — all wrapped in a security layer. The OnPage application, as it was originally designed, was Pager Replacement – a secure pager application on your smartphone. Customers relied on OnPage to send urgent alerts about a patient’s health status, a server outage, or a natural disaster. “During the Polar Vortex deep freeze of 2014, many of our healthcare agencies had specific requests for information,” said Kelsey Blackburn, Critical Incident Response Planner for COTS. “OnPage® enabled our partners to send a message and then receive a confirmation of receipt. OnPage helped avert an emergency and a potential hospital shutdown.” “Key people in the IT organization need to […] Read more »

OnPage Continuous Messaging for 2015

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OnPage Priority Messaging announced the release, on Jan 29, 2015, of OnPage for 2015, a major new update that represents an evolution in mobile communications and  addresses customer requests for expanded features, capabilities, and settings in areas ranging from back and forth continuous messaging, on-call scheduling management, secure priority messaging, and notifications. OnPage for 2015  is the first in the communications industry to integrate High Priority Secure Messaging and Low Priority Secure Messaging (which includes continuous messaging) all-in-one-app. Continuous Messaging, enabling recipients to reply to a sender, was a part of the first release of OnPage. But now replies are marked, so both sender and receiver know their message is part of a back and forth conversation. Quickly communicate during disruptive events with Continuous Messaging and — Make More Informed Decisions. Continuous Messaging – Now with Reply-to-Reply OnPage’s Continuous Messaging works the same way as a reply to an email — each […] Read more »

Leading Global Insurance and Investment Company Chooses OnPage

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On November 12, 2014, Onset Technology, creator of OnPage Priority Messaging® announced that one of the world’s largest insurance and investment companies has chosen OnPage to help prioritize time-sensitive messaging within the organization. The insurance and investment company has been partnering with individuals, families and businesses, as advisors, accountants, and service agents for over 100 years and offering them a solid financial foundation, a secure financial future, and peace of mind. Judit Sharon, CEO of Onset Technology, said “We are delighted to have this corporate giant, with assets exceeding $100 billion, entrust their priority, time-sensitive communications to OnPage. They tested our product against their email to SMS system over a large array of metrics and found OnPage to be superior. We are proud to be their solution of choice.” “We have a significant amount of alerting going on that is email based…from pretty much ever system in our environment: Unix, […] Read more »

What Does IT Downtime Cost Your Business?

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Can You Guess the Average Cost of IT Downtime? $50,00 per incident $100,000 per incident $250,000 per incident $500,000 per incident MORE THAN $500,000 per incident Here’s How to Increase Responsiveness and Decrease IT Downtime for Healht Care and for IT. The answer is #5 – the average outage incident in a health care environment costs $690,000, according to a study by the Ponemon Institute & Emerson Network Power. Large enterprise groups, according to the study, may incur costs exceeding $1.74 million per incident. The Cost of the Outage Alone is Only Part of the Picture: Today, the healthcare industry is dependent on data for clinical metrics, patient care, billing, reporting, and more. Server downtime is not only costly, but can be detrimental to daily operations. Fines associated with each incident can increase the cost substantially, depending on a number of factors such as the length of data downtime and the […] Read more »

Pagers Cost Hospitals $1.75 Million in Inefficient Communications

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Inefficient communications during critical clinical workflows such as patient admissions, emergency response team coordination, and patient transfers costs the average U.S. hospital about $1.75 million annually, according to a new report from the Ponemon Institute. The report finds that: A significant amount of time is wasted during these workflows due to the inefficiency of pagers and the lack of adoption of secure text messaging. The use of secure text messaging could reclaim more than half of this wasted time. The Ponemon study highlight the pressing need to overcome inefficient communications  with more effective communications solutions for efficient communication and collaboration amongst providers is critical to the coordination and delivery of patient and allow patients to more quickly receive the care they require. The survey examine more than 400 healthcare providers in the U.S. to identify areas of inefficient communications  in three specific clinical workflows: Patient admissions Coordinating emergency response teams Patient transfers […] Read more »

11 Technologies Obsolesced by Smartphones

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The Smartphone Revolution is Here! Gone are Camcorders, Pagers and Remotes. Mpeg players, Pagers, and calculators have all been swept into the dustbin of technology and replaced by your smartphone. Today, smartphones can do just about everything these icons from yesteryear could, and much, much more. So, lighten your load. There’s no need to carry around all your old devices anymore — they all can be consolodated into one device, your smartphone. (Violins and Trumpets) Let’s spend a minute reminiscing and shedding a tear for technology devices gone bye, and herald in “The Age of the Smartphone”. The Top-11 Technology Devices Obsolesced By Smartphones Rating Scale: **** (extremley obsolete) *** (very obsolete) ** (quite obsolete) * (obsolete) . Pagers These buzzing-vibrating little devils — I found them annoying — were state of the art in their day, but are now vintage technology. The issue with Pagers is that once you sent […] Read more »

Physicians Are Embracing Mobile Health Apps

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At least two-thirds of American physcians report using mobile health apps on smartphones while working according to a recent MedData Group survey. But almost two-thirds believe that a connected health care system is either more than five years away or simply will never happen. Are you a IT health care professional wondering how the health care and related technology landscape, such as secure messaging and video conferencing, will evolve over the next few years? The findings of the study provides a snapshot of which mobile technologies physicians are using right now — and what they want to be using in the future. Current Mobile Usage: Almost half of doctors say they currently use mobile apps to look at medication interactions The next-highest type of app cited is for diagnosis Less than 20 percent are currently using apps to access electronic health records The Top Three Areas Doctors are Considering for Next Year: […] Read more »

UltraRAD Chooses OnPage Priority Messaging for Reliable HIPAA Compliant Communication

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OnPage announced today that UltraRAD selected OnPage for their after-hours critical customer support team.   OnPage will ensure that UltraRAD can be immediately reached by its customers requiring emergency support, while at the same time, enable UltraRAD to reliably and securely communicate with and dispatch its technicians as quickly as possible. As a leading medical imaging company, UltraRAD provides vendor-neutral software solutions and cloud-based services to the healthcare industry. UltraRAD specializes in software systems for radiologists, teleradiology service providers, private practices, imaging centers, and hospitals. Any software failure at a customer’s site must be addressed with the utmost urgency as an entire radiology practice can come to a halt. Prior to switching to OnPage, UltraRAD used a hosted VOIP phone system for their messaging needs, but experienced a number of reliability issues. OnPage enabled UltraRAD’s to track all of their incoming and outgoing messages, all in a secure, HIPAA-compliant manner. […] Read more »

OnPage Brings Reliable and Secure Paging to GNS Science

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OnPage announced today that New Zealand’s GNS Science selected OnPage for all their critical communication needs. OnPage will provide GNS Science’s emergency response team the capability to send highly reliable and encrypted messages and alerts with a complete audit trail that automatically notifies the sender when a message was delivered, when it was actually read, and when it was replied to. This will greatly enhance the efficiency of GNS Science’s emergency response team, whether responding to an occurring natural disaster, coordinating public information release, or responding to IT outages that are critical to the detection and monitoring of natural disasters. Prior to switching to OnPage, GNS Science used conventional pagers and experienced a multitude of problems, including spotty coverage leading to missed pages, not knowing whether pages were actually received, having to send multiple pages to get around the 160 character limitation of conventional pagers, and the inconvenience of having […] Read more »

Get the Ultimate Control Over Your Messages

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Presenting the world’s most advanced web dashboard for group or individual paging, monitoring response, analyzing and reporting. Previously named Web Management Console, the OnPage Control System allows you to manage all your company’s communications easily and reliably. The system is unbelievably user friendly and intuitive, totally secure, and it allows you to be in complete control under all circumstances. With The OnPage Control System You Can: Send Messages from the office manager desktop and follow up with further instructions upon response Send as many messages as you need in seconds and monitor their status in real time Manage contact information for multiple users and groups Create users in a unified way for easy access Page an individual, group or escalation group Define escalation groups to a list of individuals to ensure prompt response Sync all OnPage contacts to all users’ devices Survey all messages within your organization Comply With HIPAA […] Read more »

Minimize Server Downtime or Pay Thousands!

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A recent study done by Ponemon Institute & Emerson Network Power shows that healthcare organizations face an average cost of $690,000 per outage incident. This comes as a 41 percent increase since 2010. The study also shows that larger groups with more extensive IT systems could pay our nearly as much as $1.74 million per incident. These costs come at a hefty price, but server downtime for the healthcare industry can be detrimental to daily operations. The healthcare industry is very dependent on data for all aspects of care including clinical metrics, patient care, and billing and reporting. The fines associated with each incident do depend on a number of factors such as length of data downtime and complexity of downtime.  “This increase in cost underscores the importance for organizations to make it a priority to minimize the risk of downtime that can potentially cost thousands of dollars per minute,” said […] Read more »

Email & SMS: NOT Good Enough For IT Monitoring

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Are you an IT Administrator staring at your phone’s screen all day waiting for an email or text?  Have you ever missed a CRITICAL email or text because it didn’t grab your attention? Using email and SMS for network alerts has been a widely used practice since the early 90’s, but is not an effective and efficient way of receiving these kinds of CRITICAL alerts.  Alert notifications are a crucial part of your system monitoring. Missing even one single email or text can result in downtime which can also result in revenue loss, reputation damage, and potential customer defections. System monitoring without a noticeable alert is like getting a Pizza delivered to your building but not knowing when, so unless you sit there by the lobby waiting for that Pizza, by the time you find the Pizza it’s stale and cold. OnPage helps to eliminate this process so that you can receive your […] Read more »

IT Alerts: How to Improve Responsiveness

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Click to read the entire Whitepaper- IT Alerts_ How To Improve Responsiveness As an IT Professional, receiving CRITICAL alerts in a timely manner can be the difference between company up-time and down-time.  You need to ensure that you receive these alerts promptly and effectively in order to ensure operations are running smoothly.  To accomplish this, you must first increase your response rates to these CRITICAL messages. This can be done by starting with these three, very important actions.  1) Ensure your IT team gets alerted immediately on their mobile devices about pending problems or performance degradation with a unique continuous alert. Your team needs to have a distinguishable and persistent alert that will immediately grab their attention and will keep them from ever missing a message. Using SMS or email for CRITICAL alerts should be omitted for this reason. OnPage has a very distinct alert that will grab your attention immediately. […] Read more »

Primary Stock Exchange Company Chooses OnPage For Secure Archived Communication

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OnPage announced today that a primary stock exchange company has chosen OnPage for their secure archived communication needs. This leading stock exchange company will use the OnPage application to replace the non-compliant SMS and Pin-to-Pin communication. The Stock Exchange Company operates the third or fourth largest equities exchange in the world, with a trading volume of 1billion to 2 billion shares per day, capturing 10-12% of total U.S. equity trading volume. The Stock Exchange will utilize the OnPage application on their mobile devices with features including a full time-stamped audit trail and message archiving. The OnPage app gives the organization the tools to implement and enforce effective electronic record keeping, supervision and data protection policies for compliance with FINRA record retention rules and to fulfill SEC obligations for electronic message broker dealer compliance. To read the Full PR Click Here! Please follow and like us: Read more »

Network Monitoring: Is Email & SMS Good Enough?

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Are you an IT Administrator staring at your phone’s screen all day waiting for an email or text?  Have you ever missed a CRITICAL email or text because it didn’t grab your attention? Using email and SMS for network alerts has been a widely used practice since the early 90’s, but is not an effective and efficient way of receiving these kinds of CRITICAL alerts.  Alert notifications are a crucial part of your system monitoring. Missing even one single email or text can result in downtime which can also result in revenue loss, reputation damage, and potential customer defections. System monitoring without a noticeable alert is like getting a Pizza delivered to your building but not knowing when, so unless you sit there by the lobby waiting for that Pizza, by the time you find the Pizza it’s stale and cold. OnPage helps to eliminate this process so that you can receive your […] Read more »

WHAT’S THE ONE THING YOUR SMARTPHONE CAN’T DO … YET?

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  Sometimes we get things right the first time. In 1949, Al Gross patented the telephone pager. Here was a pocket-sized device that went everywhere, and could ensure people received urgent messages no matter where they were. It took 25 years to catch on—and boy, did it ever. The first commercially successful pager, the Motorola Pageboy, was marketed in 1974. The pager (which people took to calling a “beeper”) might well be the first truly mobile communication device to catch on, with over 61 million pagers in use by 1994. Then along came the cell phone and, later, the smartphone. Today, we have a zillion ways to send urgent messages, but only one way to ensure those messages are received and read. Think about it. We have email, texting, chat rooms, instant messaging, SMS, MMS, Skype, iChat … the list is long. Yet those messaging systems can’t be relied upon […] Read more »