This year, organizations around the globe will be keeping their IT budgets relatively similar to 2017 or increasing them. In a recent study by SPICEWORKS, only 11% of IT budgets will decrease this year, with 44% expecting an increase in budget. They also suspect that 31% of IT budgets will be spent on hardware, 26% on software, 21% on hosted and cloud based services and 15% on managed services. If your organization is increasing or keeping a steady budget in 2018, we have pulled together some new and upcoming technologies that you might want to invest in:

HP Color LaserJet Pro with JetIntelligence

The new HP Color LaserJet Pro is the top of its class. This printer comes in a variety of options depending on your organization’s needs like duplex printing, color options, and functionality. If you are faced with a printer that takes too much time to wake up and start printing or scanning, this printer can resolve that problem. In just nine seconds, this printer can wake up from sleep mode and has your first page printed. In addition to its incredible speed, you will also get more pages out of your toners. With JetIntelligence, you can expect up to 48% more pages when you use HP High Yield Toner Cartridges. This printer also offers security with an integrated web server and password protection as well as flexibility in how you print and scan from your USB, smartphone, wireless or Touch-To-Print technology.


Ransomware was a huge issue in 2017, and unfortunately, it is expected to continue to be a growing problem for businesses and organizations this year. Our partner, Barracuda, is a leading provider of cloud-enabled security and data protection and recently, they acquired PhishLine to increase their security capabilities. PhishLine is a SaaS platform that provides users with defense against email-borne targeted attacks and social engineering. With this acquisition, Barracuda will be able to provide a more comprehensive defense than ever before for organizations of all sizes.

HPE SimpliVity

If you are looking for a solution to streamline IT operations, infrastructure and advanced data services, HPE SimpliVity is a must. This hyperconverged platform compresses your files leading to improved application performance and quicker backup functions. It also provides the flexibility of a cloud service with the power of an enterprise server. And, you don’t have to worry about a third-party file protection service, because it is built into the server. This solution provides everything you need, in one simple solution.

Managed Print Services

If you are looking for a way to save you time in 2018, managed print services can take printer problems off your to-do list. Dealing with printer issues can be a hassle, but if you have a personal professional problem-solving expert, they can handle the situation and develop a customized plan to increase your printing efficiency. Having a print services team on your side provides you access to a wide range of options and knowledge as well as cost savings when it comes to your printing. And, it ensures that your workplace is always up and running. MRA International provides managed print services for your 3D printers, cloud services, and printer technology support needs.

If you are looking for ways to improve the hardware, software, cloud or services at your business, reach out to us to discover what options MRA International can offer to you. We will work within your budget to provide you with a plan to make 2018 the most safe and efficient year yet for your organization.