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29 12, 2018

ImagIT Wins National Best and Brightest Award!

2019-07-29T20:33:21+00:00December 29th, 2018|Tags: , , |

ImagIT wins the National Best and Brightest Company to Work For award! Winning this award recognizes the high value ImagIT places on employee satisfaction, retention, and commitment to employees. Chicago, IL -- ImagIT Solutions, a network engineering firm providing IT services nationwide, has been named one of the nation’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For by the National Association for Business Resources (NABR). This award recognizes and honors companies that excel in employee engagement and satisfaction by delivering excellent human resource practices. Companies are assessed for the Best and Brightest award by an independent research firm against other comparable businesses for several key measures. Winners of the award are chosen for their exceptional processes in engagement and retention, compensation and benefits, education and development, recruitment, diversity, achievement and recognition, work-life balance, community initiatives, and strategic company performance. These practices are evaluated along with employee satisfaction surveys to establish winning companies. The Best and Brightest assessment found ImagIT to be within the top companies for these important categories thanks to our clear focus. When asked about company culture Director Joe Bedalow says, “It sounds simple but our successful recipe for a productive culture has never changed: work hard, care for and respect your co-workers, and do what’s best for the end user.” ImagIT is proud to be recognized for an outstanding commitment to employees and a dedication to future growth of the company through its employees. When asked what this award meant to him, CEO Brian Gardner replied, “This award showcases what I had [...]

14 12, 2018

CompTIA State of the Channel Study Highlights Need for Partnerships

2019-05-16T19:00:28+00:00December 14th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

CompTIA’s yearly State of the Channel report covers trends in the technology ecosystem by surveying hundreds of U.S. IT businesses. We looked at their 2018 report as it pertains to channel partnership trends and found some key information that we’d like to share with you. Optimism for the Future CompTIA reports that businesses in the channel are very optimistic for the future. The report states, “Nearly across the board, respondents in 2018 ranked factors that bolster good feelings about the channel’s future significantly higher than they did two years ago. The broader use of technology among customers, for example, inspired optimism for the future in 37% of 2016’s respondents; in 2018 that figure jumped to 52%.” However, businesses face concerns when it comes to the availability of skilled IT workers, a gap that CompTIA says the channel hopes to “tackle with the help of third-party experts.” Creating Agility Within the Channel As the IT channel grows and gains momentum businesses must be agile to maintain growth. More and more clients are looking for a technology provider that has expertise in a broad array of skills and can provide comprehensive support. Despite the fact that it is nearly impossible for one provider to effectively deliver on all solutions and services, the client wants “one throat to choke” and will look for a provider who can fully manage their technology. Organizations miss out on valuable business when they are unable to meet specific needs for their clients and may even face losing the client completely to [...]

11 12, 2018

ImagIT Business Director Named to CompTIA Future Leaders Council

2019-06-06T22:02:46+00:00December 11th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

Michael Shutkas of ImagIT Solutions joins the Computing Technology Industry Association's Future Leaders Community Executive Council for 2019. Chicago, IL -- ImagIT’s Michael Shutkas has been voted into CompTIA’s Future Leaders Community Executive Council. Michael has been a CompTIA (Computing Technology Industry Association) member for three years as part of his role as Business Director at multinational IT company ImagIT Solutions. He has been successful in that role thanks to a strong focus on education and business relationships. With ImagIT, Michael has helped countless organizations find the ideal IT solution for their need, spanning from part/full-time staff augmentation, to break/fix contracts, to ad hoc project-based engagements with a complete project management team. Michael is based out of ImagIT’s headquarters in Chicago, IL. CompTIA Communities are member-driven groups focused on advancing the IT industry, building business relationships, and sharing ideas and experience. The association has 10 communities, and each is specific to a technology, business model, geographic territory, or industry cause. The CompTIA Future Leaders Community was founded with the idea of understanding and embracing the multi-generational workforce and building best practices by: Providing guidance on how companies should position themselves to best leverage the talent and skills from diverse generations Building programs to mentor future leaders to take on leadership positions as the baby boomers retire by providing opportunities for older generations to develop a deeper understanding of the needs and drivers for millennials as they grow in their careers Capturing and communicating the IT needs of future leaders as a means of uncovering new [...]

20 11, 2018

Expand Your Business with Imagit’s Engineers!

2019-08-14T16:25:39+00:00November 20th, 2018|Tags: , , |

Have you turned down work because you don’t have the coverage or capabilities to complete your client’s request? Stop saying “no” and start selling outside your zip code with help from your partners at ImagIT! How We Help MSPs ImagIT is a nationwide network IT services company specializing in providing on-site support for MSPs, VARs, and IT professionals. As an experienced “MSP for MSPs”, ImagIT is here to help you take your organization to the next level. Our team of 400 expert engineers are ready to take on any need you may have and help you grow your business while delighting your clients. Key Differentiators ImagIT Project Management Office: Our complete Project PMO and expert training process allow us to complete large multi-site projects efficiently to ensure success and a seamless experience. ImagIT Flexible Pricing Model: We will work with you to provide the best client experience, including going above and beyond to customize every service package. ImagIT Engineers: Our nationwide network of 400 vetted engineers consistently deliver top-quality results for your clients. Expand your capabilities! With ImagIT as your partner you can add value to your clients by providing the consultative and comprehensive IT support services they need. Our vendor agnostic, channel focused company works with your team to provide a wide range of white labeled IT services. Our experienced team of smart hands has the capabilities to complete nearly any engagement. ImagIT's adherence to partner standards and best practices yields a high rate of success, client satisfaction, and repeat business. Expand your [...]

20 11, 2018

Investing in IT: How to Choose the Best Option

2019-06-06T22:29:58+00:00November 20th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , |

One thing we see a lot at ImagIT is that many people don’t think about the true cost of a job well done. When we submit a proposal for IT services, it’s always based on our real experience of the work and resources required for a quality solution that meets your needs. But for people who aren’t working in IT day in and day out, it’s hard to know the true cost of dependable, skilled IT services. When someone tells you about cheap IT services, it can be tempting to assume the best about the integrity and experience you’ll get for your dollar. Unfortunately, this often results in higher overall costs when all factors come to light. Is it Apples to Apples? It’s important to understand what is and isn’t included in the proposals you receive. Begin by making a comparison chart of primary aspects such as price, delivery time frame, and services so you can truly compare apples to apples. Look for proposals that spell out exactly what you will receive, rather than ones that make broad or vague statements. Companies that are not detailed about what is included in the contract, such as hours of training, change orders, on-going costs, etc., will not deliver what you think they promised. Don’t Assume All IT Companies Are Equal Price quotes can vary for a multitude of reasons, and so can a company’s experience. When it comes to IT services, and especially large-scale projects, you want the most qualified company for the job. A lesser-experienced [...]

6 11, 2018

Get more done with Devops!

2019-06-06T22:46:13+00:00November 6th, 2018|Tags: , , |

You’ve heard the term, but what really is DevOps? Who is using it and why? And how can your organization implement DevOps and reap the benefits? What is DevOps? DevOps can be hard to define because it is a broad area of work. Essentially, DevOps combines software development (Dev) with information technology operations (Ops) through collaboration at all stages of the service lifecycle. What does this really mean for businesses though? We like this definition from Gartner: DevOps represents a change in IT culture, focusing on rapid IT service delivery through the adoption of agile, lean practices in the context of a system-oriented approach. DevOps emphasizes people (and culture), and seeks to improve collaboration between operations and development teams. DevOps implementations utilize technology — especially automation tools that can leverage an increasingly programmable and dynamic infrastructure from a life cycle perspective. DevOps can be considered a cousin to Agile – where agile development involves collaboration in the development of a software product and DevOps extends that collaboration to the entire team delivering a service. DevOps relies heavily on automation and measurement for success, therefore DevOps tools are an extremely important component of the methodology. Who Uses DevOps? There is a lot of excitement around DevOps methodology, especially because when businesses use custom DevOps tools they can see a dramatic increase in collaboration and productivity. Many companies, from small startups to large enterprises, have embraced DevOps and the opportunity to streamline tasks. According to Statista, nearly 75% of software developers worldwide have at least started [...]

10 10, 2018

50 Million Facebook Accounts Compromised

2019-07-05T17:22:17+00:00October 10th, 2018|Tags: , |

Facebook has announced a massive data breach affecting almost 50 million accounts. This breach, the largest in the company’s history, was discovered on September 25 and announced three days later. So far there is little information about the full impact, the motive, who may have been targeted, or whether the data accessed was misused. Here’s what we do know: What Happened Vulnerabilities in Facebook’s code allowed attackers to directly take over user accounts by stealing “access tokens” which are essentially keys to an account. These tokens act as authorization that keeps users logged in to their accounts over time without having to re-enter a password. Facebook discovered the breach because it noticed an unusual spike in users on September 16, prompting investigation. The company has said that the attackers could see everything in a victim’s profile, though there is still no information about the potential misuse of this data. According to CEO Mark Zuckerberg, “So far, our initial investigation has not shown that these tokens were used to access any private messages or posts or to post anything to these accounts, but this, of course, may change as we learn more.” Facebook has stated that passwords and payment information were not compromised. how accounts were accessed This breach was made possible because of three distinct flaws in Facebook’s code that, combined, allowed attackers to see a user’s access token in the page’s HTML. This vulnerability has existed since July 2017 when Facebook implemented new video upload functionality. The “View As” page, normally a read [...]

28 09, 2018

Windows 7 End of Life Countdown

2019-07-05T17:22:05+00:00September 28th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

Windows 7 is nearing end of life yet is still in use by almost half of businesses. Many organizations have yet to develop a strategy to migrate to Windows 10 and some are not even aware of the impending deadline. Read on to learn more about preparing for Windows 7 end of life and scroll to see our infographic with key information about the countdown. windows 7 end of life Mainstream support of Windows 7, in which Microsoft provided security patches and new features, ended on January 13, 2015. Windows 7 moved into extended support at that time, ending complimentary support and active development of the product. During extended support bug fixes and patches are still deployed to ensure the safety of the operating system; however, the product is being phased out. Once the extended support ends on January 14, 2020 the outdated system will be unsupported and a risk for any machine that runs it. For companies using Windows 10 Enterprise or Education that do not complete their migration to Windows 10 by 2020, Microsoft has announced that it will offer Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESUs) through January 2023. The ESUs will be sold on a per-device basis (with the price increasing each year) and provide a short extension during which organization could continue to use Windows 7 as they complete migrations. We strongly recommend that businesses purchase ESUs if they need to continue using Windows 7 past January 14, 2020 in order to protect machines from threats. The end of life for [...]

10 09, 2018

380,000 Passengers Affected By British Airways Breach

2019-07-05T17:21:46+00:00September 10th, 2018|Tags: , |

British Airways is investigating the theft of customer data from its website and app over a two-week period and has urged customers affected to contact their banks or credit card providers. The airline said around 380,000 payment cards had been compromised and it had notified the police. In a statement it said: "The stolen data did not include travel or passport details. From 22.58 (10:58pm) BST August 21, 2018 until 21.45 (9:45pm) BST September 5, 2018 inclusive, the personal and financial details of customers making bookings on ba.com and the airline's app were compromised. The breach has been resolved and our website is working normally.” British Airways has yet to reveal any technical details about the breach, however the type of information compromised makes it likely that the information was skimmed live, as customers booked and paid for flights. The issue was identified when a third party noticed unusual activity and reported it to the airline. This is the first breach to hit a major company since General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect on May 25, 2018. GDPR is a regulation on data protection and privacy enacted to protect individuals within the European Union. Fines are levied on violators of GDPR, and British Airways may be liable for $646M if it is determined that the airline did not do enough to protect customer data. Shares of the airlines parent company IAG have dropped in the wake of the announcement. All affected customers have received an email from British Airways, asking them to [...]

7 09, 2018

Facebook Building $1B Data Center

2019-07-05T17:19:27+00:00September 7th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

On September 5 Facebook’s VP of Engineering Jay Parikh announced plans to build a new $1 billion data center in Singapore. This will be the first data center engineered by the company in Asia and will run on 100% of renewable energy. The planned 1.8 million square foot facility will employ evaporative cooling technology to minimize water and power consumption while maintaining the required temperatures without supplemental cooling, reducing water usage by 20%. Singapore’s location and more relaxed stance on the storage and transfer of data than surrounding countries has led many tech companies to build there including Google, who has 2 centers there already and is planning a third. Singapore currently has over 80 active data centers and the Singapore government is encouraging growth in the market. The data center is expected to begin operations in 2022, although the construction will continue past that date. ImagIT Solutions is a network engineering company that provides comprehensive IT services for channel partners, managed service providers and enterprise businesses with multiple locations. ImagIT was founded with the goal of providing comprehensive, IT services for multi-site organizations. Built on providing exceptional customer service with the most trusted technicians in the field, we continue to grow with our clients and expand internationally. Our team of 400 expert engineers and full PMO are ready to take on any type of networking engagement!  Whether its proactive support, an emergency call, long-term projects or ongoing break-fix services, ImagIT will deliver a solution that is customized to best fit your organization. [...]