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12 04, 2021

Steadfast Join Forces with Imagit Solutions

2021-05-03T11:45:16-05:00April 12th, 2021|Tags: , , , , |

Combining the technical capacities of Imagit’s customized IT services and Steadfast’s multi-cloud portfolio delivers a complete IT solution set to businesses of all sizes  CHICAGO, IL – April 12, 2021 - Steadfast, a leader for over 20 years in complex cloud consulting, engineering, and managed hosting is proud to announce a new gold partnership with Imagit Solutions, a Chicago-based company providing comprehensive IT services for channel partners, managed service providers, and enterprise businesses with multiple locations. The business culture and foundation of Imagit reflects the same values as Steadfast, which is one of the critical components Steadfast looks at when considering partners. Beyond culture, Imagit has a solid IT services foundation and has accelerated for over 20 years as a known “go to” network engineering partner. Steadfast’s multi-cloud offerings perfectly complement Imagit’s highly customized services. “At the core, Steadfast Provides the Foundation to Make IT Work upon which organizations of all sizes can reliably and cost-effectively build and operate existing, evolving, and future technology solutions. This same statement can be applied to Imagit’s model – which is ideal to provide the right infrastructure and network foundation to help companies modernize their systems to be highly agile, stable, and aligned for seamless growth. The entire IT scope for businesses is critical today and to move seamlessly into future tech – Imagit and Steadfast make this happen.” - Tim Monner, VP Marketing and Business Development Depth of solutions and services found within this exemplary partnership include: Network Engineering Cloud Consulting and Engineering Systems Engineering Managed Hosting [...]

5 12, 2020

TBI Adds IT Service Provider Imagit to Portfolio

2020-12-05T23:26:34-06:00December 5th, 2020|Tags: , , , , |

The partnership brings IT Professional Services to TBI’s partner community. CHICAGO, IL – DECEMBER 2, 2020 - Leading technology brokerage firm, TBI, announces the addition of Imagit to their provider portfolio. Imagit is a full-service IT solutions provider with extensive experience in every aspect of desktops, servers, and network environments. With over 20 years of experience and a presence in 45 countries, Imagit helps businesses around the world meet their IT needs today and plan for the technology demands of tomorrow. Imagit provides customizable and innovative solutions to help businesses through their extensive network of channel partners. Customers gain access to a team of experts and trusted IT partners focused on converging business and technology to help organizations build for the future. Imagit’s professional project management, deployment, and maintenance services help meet IT infrastructure objectives and increase efficiency. Partners can provide their customers with consultative and comprehensive IT support using Imagit’s robust service portfolio, while still adhering to the partner’s standards and best practices to yield a high rate of success, client satisfaction, and repeat business. Built on providing exceptional customer service with the most trusted technicians in the field, Imagit continues to grow its expansive customer base and expand internationally. "Imagit is happy to partner with an extraordinary company like TBI and broaden their already expansive offering. In additional to this partnership being a perfect logistical and technological fit, culturally TBI and Imagit are mirror images: great people consistently delivering amazing services to large, multi-site partners. TBI partners now have a full, turnkey [...]

8 10, 2020

Abandoned Cables – A Forgotten Fire Hazard

2020-10-08T16:22:03-05:00October 8th, 2020|Tags: , , , , |

Every year client businesses all over the nation spend thousands of dollars in technology to expand and upgrade their network cabling infrastructure to improve productivity. Every new installation means an increased number of low voltage cables that are cut and left in ceilings, floors, and walls. Miles of abandoned network cables have accumulated in hospitals, schools, and office buildings. From a tenant or building owner’s point of view, removing abandoned cable has been seen in the past as more trouble than it was worth. New cables were added wherever there was space, as it was easier to ignore the old wires rather than bringing in a professional to remove it. Cable abatement can be a difficult and confusing task, since over many years of occupancy a variety of voice, data, fiber optic, and electrical cables can build up. Removal by an inexperienced worker risks the chance of disconnecting a critical network’s operation and poses safety concerns, particularly when the weight of the old cables is not properly supported. However, this abandoned cable is now coming under more and more scrutiny by local governments and commercial property owners. Most outdated cable contains toxic and highly flammable materials that, if caught on fire, can be fatal and cause extensive property damage. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) revised the National Electrical Code in order to address this issue. The rules make it a violation to have abandoned wires that are not terminated and/or identified for future use. Because of this, abandoned cabling can render your property [...]

12 09, 2020

Stories in the Spotlight – September 2020

2020-09-24T20:40:08-05:00September 12th, 2020|Tags: , , , , , , |

Contact tracing apps are finally coming Contact tracing is a popular method to track who's been exposed to Covid-19. It's been done manually, up to this point; however, several months ago Google and Apple announced that they were joining forces to create technology that automates the process. Netform is one company that creates exposure notification technology that uses Bluetooth to track who you've come across and whether or not they've tested corona-positive. Netform's app has been successful in the UK and is coming to America next month. The Oracle of Tiktok Tiktok chose Oracle as it's "technology partner" in an attempt to avoid being banned by the Trump administration. Why Oracle?  It could be because Oracle already has a large database infrastructure and a deep pedigree in software applications. It could also be because Oracle executives are ultra buddy-buddy with Trump. Either way, Tiktok sees an Oracle partnership as the best chance to not be deported (virtually speaking). The deal still has to be approved by federal regulators so we'll see what happens. Biden/Trump auto-complete controversy Google has removed autocomplete functionality for Biden and Trump. Google's auto-complete feature attempts to predict what you're going to search for based on the popularity of searches that start with similar words. They've removed this feature, exclusively for Biden and Trump, to avoid being seen as attempting to influence the election. Users can still search for whatever they want...Google just isn't going to make any suggestions through auto-complete. Portland bans facial recognition Portland became the strictest US city to ban the use of facial recognition. Facial recognition [...]

19 07, 2020

Stories in the Spotlight – July 2020

2020-09-24T20:40:47-05:00July 19th, 2020|Tags: , , , , , , |

Twitter hacks Twitter was hacked by a group with the intention of running a bitcoin scam. We're assuming they were Nigerian princes, but that hasn't been proven....yet. They targeted 130 accounts of high profile people such as Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Joe Biden, and Kanye West and sent bogus messages that encouraged people to send them Bitcoin. All told, they gained about $120,000 in currency. It happened from the inside The investigation is showing that the group gained access to the accounts by targeting mid-level employees at Twitter. Two scenarios: 1. The employees were victims of complex phishing schemes (social engineering attacks designed to get people to give away sensitive information like user names, passwords, etc.) 2. An employee was in on it. Neither situation is good for Twitter as it reveals significant security vulnerabilities. Twitter released a statement saying that they have "taken significant steps to limit access to internal systems," but that's easier said than done. This type of mess isn't easy to clean up and often creates additional vulnerabilities. Word of advice to all: Don't click a link (any link) unless you know exactly what it is, who it's from, and where it's taking you. Clicking on mystery links is a great way to get your information stolen. 5G: What should we expect?  Let's start with a quick overview of 5G. There are three aspects to it: Low-Band: Transmits on the 600mhz frequency and has a very long range. Useful for covering rural areas where towers and antennas are sparse. Speeds can be around 300 Mbps if you're close to [...]

14 07, 2020

Edge Computing in 60 seconds

2020-07-23T22:11:11-05:00July 14th, 2020|Tags: , , , , , , |

Get Smart: Edge Computing Let's face it, we only use apps that function well. We like smooth, well-functioning apps that get and send our information quickly. We don't like buffering and we don't like delays. The reason why some applications and websites function better than others is because of how much money they're willing to spend on edge computing. Edge computing is all about how to bring the data closer to the end-user (you). Think about it as if a Costco opened up down the street. Now you don't have to drive an hour away to get your supersized bag of chips. The information sits in data servers at physical locations (the cloud). When you click on a link, that request has to go through multiple processes to get to the cloud, which then has to transmit the information back to you. As the amount of data grows and more requests are generated, this can result in a delay or latency. This is when your video takes more than 2 seconds to load. Edge computing is more important than ever because it figures out how to bring the data as close to the user as possible to make the experience better. By conducting operations on the edge, systems and networks can perform more reliably, swiftly, and efficiently without compromising functionality. Companies like Cloudflareand Fastlyare hired by Big Tech to use their technology to bring the data as close to the edge (end-user) as possible. Edge computing is currently a $20 Billion industry that is [...]

12 11, 2019

TAG Austin 2019 Recap

2020-07-14T16:55:52-05:00November 12th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , |

Our team enjoyed TAG in Austin and we’ve got some highlights to share with you! Technology Assurance Group (TAG) hosted their big event on November 7 - 8 in Austin, TX focused on Planning Your Success in 2020. TAG is an organization of over 100 leading MSPs 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. Here’s our recap of the event: Notes from the Conference Floor We have exhibited at TAG events before and once again we found the event to be worth our time and effort. This was the first time TAG did all the regions in one location, normally they host three smaller meetings. We liked this approach better and hope to see them do more events in this format. There were around 70 people in attendance, which is about what we expected for the meeting. While this number is lower than an average-sized conference that we attend, the ‘quality’ of attendee was through the roof! Just about every attendee was a decision maker which made for great conversations. The size of the show and venue made it easy to move around the floor, while still being compact enough to be perfect for networking. The conference had a lot of good speakers and information about security and the importance of making sure you have the appropriate insurance coverage. MSPs are [...]

31 10, 2019

IFMA World Workplace 2019 Recap

2019-11-12T22:40:04-06:00October 31st, 2019|Tags: , , |

Our team is back from IFMA’s World Workplace 2019 and we’ve got some highlights to share with you! IFMA’s World Workplace was held October 16-18 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, AZ. Held annually in cities across the U.S., World Workplace is the most longstanding and well-respected learning and networking event for facility management and related professions. The facilities conference was attended by over 300 exhibitors and we estimate approximately 1000 FM professionals. Here’s our recap: Notes from the Conference Floor This was our first time exhibiting at World Workplace and we were very well received. Imagit was the only technology company exhibiting and attendees were excited to talk to us about how we could help them with structured cabling and more. Many facilities managers are directly affected by inefficient IT solutions or a lack of resources, so they were very happy to learn more about our offerings and make introductions to the IT decision makers within their organizations. The show had an efficient layout and the expo hours yielded a comfortable flow of traffic, ensuring we could comfortably speak with all attendees. The whole operation was a well-oiled machine. We were happy with the connections made overall and found the show to be a good value. Networking Opportunities We stopped by a couple of events during the show which were solid but not especially notable. We would love to see more attention in this area, encouraging attendees to mingle outside of the conference. That said, we were able to tee up meetings [...]

25 09, 2019

Channel Partners Evolution 2019 Recap

2019-10-09T18:52:52-05:00September 25th, 2019|Tags: , , |

Our team is back from Channel Partners Evolution 2019 and we’ve got some highlights to share with you! Channel Partners Evolution (CPEvolution) was held September 9 to September 12 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. The channel tech conference was attended by 3000 of the industry’s leading solution providers, vendors, distributors, IT professionals and media, with over 150 exhibitors. Here’s our recap: Notes from the Conference Floor Though it didn’t always feel like it with the trade show floor being open for 11 hour days, the Imagit booth was busy. We met a lot of new people in the new channel and found several prospective new partnerships. We walked away with over 100 new contacts from scans at the booth, and business cards acquired throughout the show. One common theme was channel convergence. It’s affecting different companies in different ways, but the one thing that resonates across the board is a need to add more capabilities to take on new types of projects and add more value to customers.  Imagit is well positioned to help with this need thanks to our team of 400 network and systems engineers + smarthands who can almost any project need for partners across the US and Canada. The demand for more ‘as a service’ offerings also remains prevalent, and we are feeling very excited to launch our new LAN as a Service (LANaaS) offering after some great conversations with channel partners. If you didn’t get a chance to learn about that, we are offering [...]

19 08, 2019

ChannelCon 2019 Recap

2019-08-19T18:08:41-05:00August 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