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19 08, 2019

ChannelCon 2019 Recap

2019-08-19T18:08:41+00:00August 19th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

Our team enjoyed ChannelCon in Las Vegas and we’ve got some highlights to share with you! The 2019 CompTIA ChannelCon took place in Las Vegas, NV at The Bellagio on Aug 5 – 7, 2019. Here’s our recap of the event: Notes from the Conference Floor The 3 day event was very well attended and we were pleased to network with many of our current partners as well as new leads. The Executive Council run breakout sessions were also well attended and participants were very active, coming up with many great ideas during the roundtables, flipchart sessions, and think-tank exercises. The legendary Shaquille O’Neal was the keynote speaker, and the audience was very engaged with his session. Shaq discussed his career, current business interests, and love for tech. Read more about the keynote on CompTIA’s website.  Many people overlook this “larger-than-life” character as just that…a character due to his jovial personality and relentless wit and comic relief during his broadcasts as a color-commentator in live sporting events. Yet, the former backboard breaker is quite the business mogul in the tech space and has spoken at other tech conferences in addition to ChannelCon! Overall we were extremely happy with this event and it was great to meet so many people who were really interested in speaking with us.  The CompTIA community continues to be one of the most engaged audiences we encounter, which is why we have boothed for the last 3 years. Our partnership with MSPs is a logical marriage where 2 entities that [...]

18 07, 2019

Imagit Solutions Exhibits at CompTIA ChannelCon 2019

2019-07-18T22:23:06+00:00July 18th, 2019|Tags: , , |

Imagit Solutions showcases nationwide network IT services at the IT industry premier annual conference in Washington, D.C., July 31 through August 2. Chicago, IL -- Imagit Solutions announced today it is exhibiting at CompTIA ChannelCon 2019, the information technology (IT) industry’s premier annual education, networking and partnering event. This year’s conference is scheduled for August 5-7 in Las Vegas. Imagit welcomes guests to register at no cost using code CC19Imagit. "The ChannelCon event brings some of the most engaged attendees I have ever witnessed from all the conferences I attend," stated Michael Shutkas, Business Director at Imagit. "This will be my 3rd year attending, but this time as an exhibitor and participant through the Future Leaders Executive Council. I am sure the location (Vegas) will provide a nice uptick in attendance from the already well attended events in the past. This has been a starred one on my calendar and am excited that we are finally one-week out!" “Each year the tech industry’s best business minds, innovators and thought-leaders come to ChannelCon for vendor-neutral collaboration, learning and partnership, resulting in new ideas and actionable advice that they can use to grow their business,” said Kelly Ricker, executive vice president for events and education at CompTIA. “We’re delighted that Imagit Solutions will join us in Las Vegas to share their insights and perspectives on how they’re helping their partners navigate these changes and thrive in an evolving market.” “ChannelCon is a great opportunity to connect with other technology companies who are looking for a reliable [...]

17 04, 2019

Tech Convention Recap – TAG 2019

2019-05-16T17:55:43+00:00April 17th, 2019|Tags: , , |

Our team enjoyed TAG in Orlando and we’ve got some highlights to share with you! The 19th annual TAG Convention was hosted by Technology Assurance Group (TAG) in Orlando, Florida at the Rosen Plaza on April 7-10, 2019. Here’s our recap of the event: Joining TAG TAG members came from all across the United States to meet in Orlando for the annual convention. TAG is organization of over 100 leading MSP’s and other technology companies. Members benefit from best business and management practices, advanced sales training programs and processes, in-depth financial analysis and industry benchmarking, professionally led peer group interaction, marketing and lead generation programs, and strategic partnerships with technology manufacturers. TAG members provide assistance to each other and refer clients to other members when they can not service them, allowing members to grow together through combined efforts. TAG gets hundreds of applications each year from all kinds of technology companies hoping to join the organization, and this year Imagit was one of the new companies introduced into the network. As part of the approval process, we provided references, quoted potential projects, and joined several calls with TAG executives. Imagit's Tyler O’Brien ran point for the process and within two months of application we had been approved and been asked to exhibit at the upcoming convention. Notes from the Conference Floor We have been extremely pleased with our reception by TAG and at the event! While at the conference we were able to meet many TAG members who have been a part of the network [...]

15 03, 2019

Growing Your MSP Business in the 2020’s

2019-05-16T17:55:43+00:00March 15th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

In a highly competitive market and with growing customer demands MSPs must focus on core strengths. MSPs benefit by handing network system configuration and maintenance over to a specialist. Introduction: The Shoemaker’s Children MSPs convince their customers of the benefits of offloading maintenance tasks to third party specialists. Ironically, many ignore the potential benefits that they themselves can gain by making such a change. Terms, like digital disruption and gig economy, illustrate that nowadays, technology evolves at a brisk pace. Consequently, the burden of taking care of all of their customers’ technical needs strains many MSPs’ resources and decreases their margins. What can be done? MSPs must heed their own advice. They need to determine where they add value and focus their energies there. For many, network maintenance has become an onerous burden. Hiring a specialist to oversee customer network deployments and maintenance enables MSPs to expand their reach, improve their service, and reduce their costs. The Network Maintenance Challenge Monitoring customers’ IT systems is a complex undertaking, one that becomes more complicated every day. New solutions, such as the Internet of Things; artificial intelligence and machine learn; and Augmented Reality/Virtual reality, emerge. The traditional office is expanding. The Internet frees employees from desktop systems in central office cubicles. Today, they use a variety of devices, desktops, smartphones, and tablets to access information and work from home, branch locations, customers’ offices, and the local coffee shop. Configuring and managing all of these devices, applications, and connections has become time consuming. MSPs need to maximize [...]

15 03, 2019

Imagit Solutions Exhibits at Data Center World 2019

2019-07-29T20:34:31+00:00March 15th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

Imagit Solutions showcases nationwide network IT services at the leading conference and expo for data center and IT infrastructure professionals in Phoenix on March 19-22. Chicago, IL -- Imagit Solutions announced today it is exhibiting at Data Center World, a conference that brings together professionals in the data center, facilities, and IT infrastructure industries. This year’s event, scheduled for March 19-22 in Phoenix, AZ, will deliver expert strategy and insight on the technologies and concepts you need to know to plan, manage, and optimize your data center. Attendees will meet for four days of vendor-neutral education, industry-leading speakers, abundant networking, and broad access to vendors. “We’re at an inflection point in the data center industry where it’s more critical than ever for the buyers and sellers of data center technologies and services to be having the kind of dialogue that will advance the quality and reliability of the data center,” said Kelly Kocher, Marketing Leader, Informa Tech. “Having companies like Imagit as an exhibitor at DCW gives our attendees the knowledge and insight they need to be sure they’re making sound decisions for their businesses.” “Data Center World gives us a great platform to educate industry professionals about the key benefits of working with a global IT provider,” said Brian Gardner, CEO. “As an industry leader, we leverage our industry experience and best practices to help partners and end users improve productivity, maximize resources, and strategically plan for future growth.” Meet Imagit during Data Center World at Booth 823 during the exhibitor events. We look [...]

28 02, 2019

MicroAge Awarded 2018 Channel Partner of the Year by Imagit

2019-05-16T17:55:44+00:00February 28th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

Imagit Solutions recognizes MicroAge for it's achievements and accomplishments with the 2018 Channel Partner of the Year award. Chicago, IL -- MicroAge has been named 2018 Channel Partner of the Year by Imagit Solutions. This award recognizes and celebrates a partner who has excelled in growing mutual business opportunities and has shown dedication to developing their partnership with Imagit. “Our partnership with MicroAge has grown rapidly thanks to dedicated teamwork on both sides. We’re pleased to recognize the MicroAge team with this award, and we look forward to continuing to grow our business relationship. MicroAge is a standout among a group of high performers.” said Brian Gardner, CEO of Imagit Solutions. “As technology advances, companies need the products and services that enable them to embrace innovation. With MicroAge, we can collaboratively deliver expert technology solutions to clients that allow them to thrive in today’s business world.” Imagit partners with value-added resellers, managed service providers, and technology solution providers that are focused on delivering powerful business outcomes. Together with our global network of channel partners, we can jointly offer more value to our clients and an improved customer experience. We are dedicated to enabling mutual growth by delivering the expertise and resources that our partners have come to trust and expect from us. “Imagit has been an outstanding partner for MicroAge and their responsiveness, professionalism and excellent work has been our reason for our continued growth.” said Larry Fulop, Vice President of Technology Solutions at MicroAge. “We look forward to continuing to grow this partnership [...]

12 02, 2019

Imagit Solutions Receives 2018 Best of Chicago Award

2019-05-16T17:55:44+00:00February 12th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

Imagit Solutions is recognized for it's achievements and accomplishments with the 2018 Best of Chicago Award. Chicago, IL -- Imagit Solutions has been selected for the 2018 Best of Chicago Award in the IT Services and Support category by the Chicago Award Program. Each year, the Chicago Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Chicago area a great place to live, work and play. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2018 Chicago Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Chicago Award Program and data provided by third parties. About Chicago Award Program The Chicago Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Chicago area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value. The Chicago Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy. Imagit Solutions is a network engineering [...]

29 01, 2019

How Smart Hands Help Your Business

2019-05-16T17:55:44+00:00January 29th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , |

While many tasks can be handled remotely, there are times where you need on-site support. Maintaining enough technical resources with the rights skill sets at each location can be difficult or even impossible for many companies. That's where Smart Hands step in, helping your business thrive and grow without the stress of maintaining a large IT staff. Smart Hands are an integral part of any IT team, providing your helpdesk or IT department with boots on the ground that can function as an extension of your in-house team, filling critical gaps. Smart Hands allow your team to complete more complex tasks and to quickly handle issues on-site. Businesses that utilize Smart Hands can ensure less downtime, lower costs, and higher quality services! Don’t Let Your Business Suffer from Downtime In today’s modern world, businesses rely on technology and require a healthy and fully functioning network. When something goes wrong time is of the essence. That’s why our full-service field management department is always ready to answer your call. Our team works with you to quickly determine what your needs are, and then jumps into action to create a ticket and deploy a resource. Furthermore, our ticketing system can be fully customized for clients with a large number of requests. Our team creates custom client portals and trains your staff on how to use them so that you can quickly and easily put in a service request. Be Everywhere at Once Without Increasing Your Costs Now you don’t need to worry about hiring a large [...]

25 01, 2019

Strengthening Your Cybersecurity Plan

2019-07-23T22:32:45+00:00January 25th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

Is your business safe from cybersecurity threats? Do you have a plan to proactively improve and protect against new types of attacks? We want to help you improve your cybersecurity plan. By implementing even one or two of the suggestions below, you’ll be taking a step toward reducing the likelihood of data loss, downtime, reputation damage, and lost revenue. Laying the groundwork Before writing any cybersecurity plan, it’s important to have a risk assessment under your belt. Risk assessments highlight exactly where and how your workforce, technology, and physical environment are exposed and therefore where you need to allocate your risk-reducing budget dollars. An upfront risk assessment is also THE key input into your cybersecurity plan. After all, the whole point of a cybersecurity plan is to reduce the vulnerabilities uncovered by a risk assessment. Chances are you probably already have a cybersecurity plan for your organization. It may be a plan that was written to meet regulatory requirements. Alternatively, it may have been written because you value the continuous operation of your organization and want to protect the private data it stores and processes. Whatever your goals, it is important to make sure your cybersecurity plan includes several key points. Your cybersecurity plan should state: The organization’s general attitude toward risk – averse, neutral, or accepting The importance of cybersecurity from leadership to individual contributors Commitment to adhere to any applicable regulations such as HIPAA, PCI, 23 NYCRR 500, etc. Specific incident response procedures outlining what each internal and external stakeholder will do [...]

10 01, 2019

Cybersecurity Trends – BEC Phishing

2019-05-16T17:55:45+00:00January 10th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

Ransomware may be the number one cyber threat but there is another, newer cyber attack that is not being talked about enough. This threat can result in the loss of millions of dollars for companies who are affected by it and lead to the complete shutdown of their email systems – Business Email Compromise. We are happy to share some information from our partners at Pronto Recovery about BEC attacks and how you can protect your business. Business Email Compromise or BEC is an exploit in which the attacker gains access to a corporate email account and spoofs the owner’s identity to defraud the company or its employees, customers or partners of money. Unlike the typical phishing attacks that target everyone, BEC specifically targets high level business executives such as the CFO or corporate attorney to initiate a wire transfer. BEC scams have three main versions: The Bogus Invoice Scheme: this scheme involves a business that has an established relationship with a supplier. The attacker then requests a wire transfer for invoice payment to an fraudulent account via spoofed email, telephone, or fax. CEO Fraud: in this scheme, the attacker pretends to be a high-level executive or attorney who requests a wire transfer to be initiated with instructions to urgently send funds to their bank. Account Compromise: in this version, an employee’s email account is hacked and then used to make requests for invoice payments. And though not as common as the typical phishing email, an FBI announcement in 2017 confirmed that between October [...]

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