Your Tech: Under the Microscope

How do you really know that everything is working fine?

The fishbowl phenomenon. You live in your little world, minding your own business… making sure your technology is working well and that everyone’s tech needs are met. You reset passwords, spin up virtual desktops, and preform network maintenance. But it’s not always easy to know if there’s something bigger that you are missing. Because to put it simply – you’re living in a fishbowl and you can’t fix what you don’t know is broken.

Reasons to get a Tech Assessment

  • Expose Security Vulnerabilities: Do you know where you are most likely to be attacked? Sure, you have anti-virus and threat monitoring, but sometimes it feels like that’s not quite enough anymore. What about your staff? How will they know which emails to open and which ones are malicious? The ITP Network Assessment will help bring light to vulnerabilities that exist in your environment, and provide actionable steps for closing the gaps.
  • Uncover Inefficiencies: Where can you be spending less and doing more? What tools are no longer being used or could be consolidated? One of the major benefits to the ITP Network Assessment is a deep dive into the effectiveness of your network, software and subscription applications. We’ll help you uncover savings and choose vendors that serve up the right solutions necessary for your business.
  • Plan Better: It’s almost time to start budgeting for next year. What projects will you take on, and which ones will be pushed to the back burner? Our Network Assessment will help you more effectively prioritize your technology needs for next year. We can even break your projects into phases based on your budget and time constraints.

Get out of your fishbowl and get a 10k foot view of your network. The ITP Network Assessment will provide you with a comprehensive view of your environment and help you prioritize your next moves. Our team of technology experts will listen to your business parameters to create an actionable plan. At the assessment delivery, you can expect a detailed network map and a customized plan for optimizing and improving your environment.

We are now offering the ITP Network Assessment for FREE. Typically a $1000 engagement, you can get an assessment with no strings attached. It’s that simple. Get a better view of your technology environment – for free. Click here to learn more >>>

Business Intelligence Isn’t Common Sense

The Art of Business Intelligence – Lunch & Learn Series

The data you have right now, today, can help you identify, develop, and create new strategic business opportunities. It’s just a matter of where to look and having the right tools.

Register for a FREE Lunch & Learn for CFOs presented by Talavant & ITP

Get a powerful overview of data strategy, planning, and budgeting, plus the tools to help you make strong, data-driven decisions while freeing your IT resources. And become the ‘da-ta Vinci’ of your industry. Strategic, efficient, and so insightful, you’re revered.

Topics covered:

  • Understanding what’s available for your data and infrastructure
  • How you can leverage Microsoft for efficiencies
  • Which tools to use like Office 365 + Power BI

The Art of Business Intelligence: A Lunch & Learn for CFOs
Presented by Talavant + ITP

When: Thursday, September 21st 11:30 AM – 1:00PM
Where: Microsoft Milwaukee | 833 East Michigan, Milwaukee, WI
What: Lunch & Learn Series
Cost: FREE + Lunch will be provided

GIVEAWAY: Custom data strategy & readiness assessment from ITP + Talavant –  Worth $1400!

Directions: Take I-94 E to N. Van Buren St, exit 1E. Turn right onto E. Michigan St.

Parking: Ramp parking is available in the 833 building. The ramp entrance is on E Michigan Street, just past the Rare Steakhouse. Additionally, there are other parking options within walking distance. Click here for a map of all parking ramps and rates.

Register for this FREE event >>>

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Three Years on The Inc. 5000!

Third time’s the charm!

For the third year, Information Technology Professionals (ITP) has been named to the Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Companies. Only a fifth of companies that make the Inc. 5000 will be recognized three times. We are honored and humbled to have been recognized again this year.

Among the 5000 U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent companies, ITP ranks #3328 overall. Locally, ITP is #30 in Wisconsin and #9 in the Madison Metro area. The Inc. 5000 profile of ITP shows 3-year growth at 96% with revenue in 2016 slated at $5.7 million. In 2015, ITP was ranked #1892 on the Inc. 5000 list.

The Inc. 5000 list is developed by measuring private companies’ percentage revenue growth when comparing 2013 to 2016.

“It means so much to our team to have been recognized by Inc. and join a list of 5000 growing American companies. We are even more honored to have been recognized for a third consecutive year. This award validates the hard work our teams put in every single day to support our clients all around the nation.” Paul Hager, Information Technology Professionals CEO, said.

ITP is a full-service IT provider offering custom technology solutions to clients all over the US. The company has offices in Madison, Milwaukee, and Appleton. ITP was founded in 2003 as a two-man shop, today the company has over 50 employees.

Working Towards the Honor Roll

Each year it becomes increasingly more difficult to qualify and be recognized on the Inc. 5000 list. As an organization reaches the third year, they are competing against their first year of major growth to push the bar farther and farther. This makes being listed a fourth and fifth time the hardest. The Inc. 5000 makes special recognition for companies that have been listed for five years consecutively. Our team would be ecstatic to make this elite group in 2019.

At ITP we use awards and recognitions like these as fuel to keep improving the quality and efficiency of our managed services. By providing top-of-the-line, customized solutions and services, we help the businesses in our communities and beyond operate at a high level. Alleviating the burden of IT problems helps businesses better contribute to their local economy and community.

See our Inc 5000 Trophy Case >>>

We’ve Moved! New ITP Appleton Location

It’s official! We’ve moved!

Our Appleton team has moved! After three years in a small office off S. Van Dyke Road, we’ve decided to make a change in scenery. Now that the build out is complete and our team is settled in – we figured it was time to make it official. We’ve moved! Our Appleton team is now two miles north on 41 from our previous location.

We’re still busy outfitting our space with furniture and filling desks….but stay tuned! Because our team and presence in Appleton is GROWING!

The new official address is 446 Westhill Blvd, Suite D in Appleton. From 31, take exit 137 (College Avenue). Head west on W College Avenue and take a left at the first block, Westhill Blvd. Our office is in a small business park, look for the 446 building.

Check out a few pictures from our new space:

The Reasons SMBs Are Turning Toward the Cloud This Year

“Why Cloud?”

The better questions is “why not?” Cloud computing can lead to major changes for small businesses, giving them access to the same tools and resources as large corporations. Today, findings show that 37% of US small businesses have fully adapted to cloud computing, which has redefined the ways they do business. It is predicted that small businesses will increasingly continue to convert to the cloud. Here are four reasons why SMBs consider the cloud:

Cost Savings

Since cloud computing fully utilizes hardware, it can provide small businesses with significant monetary savings. Additionally, the virtualization aspect of data centers and resources in the cloud cuts internal power costs and maximizes office space.

Moving to the cloud also limits the need to hire a specialized team. The cloud provider is responsible for the management of its own infrastructure rather than the individual user. Talk about real budget savings!

Improved Collaboration

Team collaboration through the cloud is easy and efficient. The cloud enables employees to work from the same master documents at the same exact time. Having access to the same files allows employees to collaborate on documents simultaneously.

 

Mobile Access- and ease of access from multiple locations

Instead of storing and accessing data from your computer’s hard drive, the cloud stores your data over the internet. The biggest benefit of the cloud is having your data centralized in one place. Once you are registered in the cloud, you can securely access the info from anywhere, at any time.

 

Improved Security

Lastly, with cloud services, patching is automated to ensure that all security applications are up to date. Improved security, encryption, and the latest versions of your business applications with the cloud ensures that your data is well protected.

Now you’re probably asking “Why not?!” The benefits of cloud computing can help your business grow and prosper. If you’ve decided to convert to the cloud or other offsite solutions, we can help. ITP is a cloud expert. From Microsoft Office 365 to our own cloud server- we have the know-how to get you to the cloud efficiently and securely.

Reach our cloud experts today to determine the best path to the cloud for your business. Contact ITP Cloud experts >>> 

Reach-A-Child Kickball Recap!

Last weekend, the ITP team participated in REACH-A-Child’s 4th Annual Kickin’ It for Kids Kickball Tournament! It was the perfect day to be outside and enjoy some friendly competition. This is the 3rd year our team has participated in the charity event. After five games, some sunburn, and a lot of fun… we took home 2nd place!

The event draws 10 teams from all over Madison, who compete head to head in kickball games. The competition is fierce but friendly. The event also draws participants’ kids and families for a fun afternoon spent playing kickball against local first responders and touring emergency vehicles, including the Medflight helicopter! We invite you to put the event on your radar for next summer!

About REACH-A-Child

REACH-A-Child is a non-profit serving the Madison area. Their program provides First Responders with drawstring bags and books to comfort children in crisis. The books help direct the children’s attention away from the anxiety and fear of the situation. The gift and interaction allow the emergency responders to have a positive experience and impact the children’s memory of the event.

The set-up cost for the program for a first responder is $150. Each bag will serve 20 children-in-crisis. Donations from events like the Kickin’ it for Kids events and more allows REACH-A-Child to distribute these bags to firefighters, EMS, Sheriffs and State Patrollers. We are so proud to be kickball participants and sponsors of this great non-profit!

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The Art of Business Intelligence

Join our Lunch & Learn Series – 9/21 in Milwaukee

In today’s business world, proving value at every stage… every level is critical. It requires strategic insight, smart planning, and the knowhow to leverage your data infrastructure. So, should you be making an investment in Business Intelligence?

Join Talavant and Information Technology Professionals (ITP) for a FREE Lunch & Learn for CFOs

Get a powerful overview of data strategy, planning, and budgeting, plus the tools to help you make strong, data-driven decisions while freeing your IT resources.

Some of the topics being covered:

  • Understanding what’s available for your data and infrastructure
  • How you can leverage Microsoft for efficiencies
  • Which tools to use like Office 365 + Power BI

The Art of Business Intelligence: A Lunch & Learn for CFOs
Presented by Talavant + ITP

When: Thursday, September 21st 11:30 AM – 1:00PM
Where: Microsoft Milwaukee | 833 East Michigan, Milwaukee, WI
What: Lunch & Learn Series
Cost: FREE + Lunch will be provided

GIVEAWAY: Custom data strategy & readiness assessment from ITP + Talavant –  Worth $1400!

Directions: Take I-94 E to N. Van Buren St, exit 1E. Turn right onto E. Michigan St.

Parking: Ramp parking is available in the 833 building. The ramp entrance is on E Michigan Street, just past the Rare Steakhouse. Additionally, there are other parking options within walking distance. Click here for a map of all parking ramps and rates.

 

Register for this FREE event >>>

Can’t attend? We’ll be hosting another event soon! Sign up for the Event Notification List.

Budget Better in 2018

Smarter planning for technology upgrades

As we approach the end of the summer – it’s time to start thinking about what 2018 has in store for your organization and the strategic moves you’ll be making. From planning, budgeting, to getting final approval – our experience is that the sooner you get started, the more proactive and decisive you can be.

Today we’re outlining a few strategic considerations for planning your technology efforts for next year. 

Start Early: From operations to customer service, every department depends on the technology that makes their work seamless. The sooner you pull IT into the planning and decision-making process, the sooner everyone can get their arms around what is involved and feasible. August and September are the ideal time to start the discussion. We’re offering a one-hour free budgeting consultation (see the details below).

Seek Out Buy-Back Programs: Vendors like Cisco and ShoreTel are offering lucrative buy-back programs. Tap your managed service provider, like Information Technology Professionals (ITP), to take advantage of these programs to offset the cost of upgrades.

Consider the Cloud: For $8 a month, give your team access to the latest and greatest productivity tools in the cloud. With Microsoft’s Office 365 you’ll have access to Teams, Skype for Business, Bookings, and much more. Other business critical applications like QuickBooks, Adobe, and more are quickly following suit to offer subscription access to their latest applications.

Discover Usage Billing: Microsoft Azure usage billing is a flexible approach to cloud storage and resources. Usage billing allows you to turn up the amount of resources you need based on seasonal or other changes in your business. High traffic during the holiday season? Turn up your resources usage, and then turn them back off after the seasonal peak. Read more about Azure usage billing on Microsoft’s blog.

Fretting over your budgetary and technology needs for the coming year? Consider a free one-hour discussion with IT budgeting experts, ITP. We can help you anticipate your technology upgrades, choose the tools that make the most sense for your organization, and then help you keep your costs in check. Contact our team to schedule your one-hour budgeting consultation >>>