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Matt Almendinger

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Fascinated by technology for as long as he can remember, Matt's desire is to make technology accessible and understandable for everyone. Even after over a decade of experience working with local businesses, he still gets excited when he encounters products or services "in the wild" that were delivered a client. It's that sense of being part of something bigger that drive's Matt's passion to succeed.
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We have joined the ASCII Group community!

Posted by Matt Almendinger on Aug 14, 2020 11:00:00 AM

One of the driving forces at Lighthouse IT Solutions has always been community. It’s what gets me out of bed in the morning. We love community in all of its forms - whether we are reviewing our vendors or our clients. However, one of the areas that we believe we have lacked as a provider is a community that represents our industry.

Unfortunately, all too often, it is hard to not get caught up in competition with our peers, making it difficult to find a place that allows us to have community with those in our industry. That competitive spirit can be a wedge between great opportunities. Well we are excited to announce that through this self-awareness, we have sought to fix this gap and found such an opportunity that will positively impact our clients.

So, it is my personal pleasure to announce that Lighthouse IT Solutions has joined the ASCII Group community. The ASCII Group is a collection of IT companies working together to better the industry and raise the bar, so to speak. This not only helps us here at Lighthouse to be better, but it allows us to offer more to our clients.

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Topics: Harmony, IT services, Business Continuity, Managed Service Provider

Planning for the Remote Workforce

Posted by Matt Almendinger on Mar 13, 2020 11:10:38 AM

With all the news and information surrounding “social distancing” to slow the spread of COVID-19, we are receiving lots of questions about how to prepare businesses for embracing the remote workforce. Before the actual deployment of remote services, it is a good idea to review your work processes to make sure that they can be remotely performed.

Don’t get stuck on the “how” for remote access

There are many ways to enable remote work capability. If you are working with a knowledgeable IT service provider, the “how” is determined after the what needs to be remotely accessed. Being able to describe the work process simply, will allow your service provider to determine the best course of action. Which leads us right into…

Identify your most critical processes and break them down into the simplest actions, starting with daily activities

Work processes that need to happen daily will pile up faster if a staff member is unable to work, so focusing on streamlining those items is best. Work needs that occur weekly or monthly won’t necessarily be as extreme, if they can’t be done.

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Topics: Internet Safety, Community, COVID19, Remote Workforce

Urgent/11 and You

Posted by Matt Almendinger on Oct 22, 2019 10:05:03 AM

Many of our clients using Buckeye and Telesystem services received a notice this morning regarding a set of zero-day vulnerabilities known as "Urgent/11" for devices running the VxWorks realtime operating system or VxWorks IPnet TCP/IP stack.

To help our clients understand the impact of this vulnerability, we are sharing the known impact of these vulnerabilities with respect to solutions provided by Lighthouse IT Solutions.

The extent of Urgent/11 is quite massive in size, due to its lightweight, high-performance nature and can be found commonly in medical devices, IP phones, firewalls, industrial controllers, elevators, and more. With this in mind, it may be necessary to contact other technology vendors to ensure that Urgent/11 does not affect a device outside of our partnerships.

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Topics: Harmony, IT services, Managed Service Provider, Cybersecurity

A Lesson in Shattering Expectations

Posted by Matt Almendinger on Jul 6, 2018 9:19:00 AM

A Reminder for All of Us OF True Competition

More than a 100 teams traveled from 30 states, bringing with them more than 2400 athletes and 350 coaches to Toledo this past week as the YMCA hosted its 53rd National Gymnastics Championships in the Glass City. The theme, Shattering Expectations, was not only appropriate for these young gymnasts, but also for our rust-belt community as  both were eager to combat the status quo.

For the gymnasts, it was moment to shine and show their peers across the nation of their capability. For Toledo, it was an opportunity to shrug off a stereotype that our city has seen its best. And for Lighthouse, it was an opportunity to step up and support the community that supports us, having the opportunity of being one of several sponsors to help such an incredible event take place.

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Topics: Sentimental, Community