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InterDev Awarded Managed IT Services Contract
for Villages of Buffalo Grove, Glenview, Kenilworth and Lake Bluff;
Helping Municipalities Experience Savings through Shared Resources
ALPHARETTA, GA – April 17, 2014 – InterDev, a leading provider of information technology and security services, today announced that it has been awarded contracts by the Villages of Buffalo Grove, Glenview, Kenilworth and Lake Bluff to provide all services related to Information Technology. The contracts were awarded to InterDev under a newly formed IT consortium, a joint effort among the municipalities to share IT resources in order to gain efficiencies.
“In 2013, several municipalities joined together with the idea that we could secure IT services under one provider and create a shared services environment where staffing and infrastructure would be shared and economies of scale could be leveraged,” explained Todd Hileman, Village Manager of Glenview. “The communities explored the idea in a Request for Information process with a subsequent Request for Proposals process, which resulted in a decision to contract with InterDev. “
“The consortium was particularly attractive to the Village of Glenview because of the efficiencies we’ll gain by reducing our IT spending per user and eliminating duplicate IT systems, plus the improvements we’ll see in our purchasing power when we combine our procurement efforts,” Hileman said.
Participating municipalities were also attracted to the long-term strategic planning benefits, which will allow them to consolidate duplicative infrastructures and improve utilization of existing resources, then develop hardware and software standards that will save money now and into the future.
The consortium’s reliability also means that the villages are protected from knowledge and service gaps that came with traditional staff turnover.
“One of the core benefits of shared services is the ability to gain access to resources ranging from help desk and network administrator all the way up through security engineer and CIO,” InterDev CEO Gary Nichols said. “For smaller villages that might otherwise only be able to afford a single resource, this model allows them to gain access to high quality services that can help them set strategies to remain at the forefront of technology.”
InterDev has acquired a reputation as a leading information technology resource in public-private partnerships (PPP) with municipalities, state agencies and public safety departments throughout Georgia and Florida.
“Government entities are increasingly turning to the private sector to enhance services to their citizens while still controlling costs,” Nichols continued. “These partnerships allow municipalities to maintain their focus on the business of serving their residents while employing specialists to deliver key services both upfront and behind the scenes.”
Statistics indicate that cities operating under a PPP model can enjoy dramatic savings (nearly 30%, according to a recent study by the Georgia Institute of Technology) without any reduction in quality and quantity of services, and in many cases with more innovation and better service delivery.
InterDev, which already provides IT services for more than 30 government entities across Georgia and Florida, was invited to bid and subsequently reached an agreement with the Villages of Glenview, Buffalo Grove and Lake Bluff to provide services beginning in 2014. Because of the firm’s prior experience transitioning new and existing cities, it has been able to anticipate the needs and make plans to stand up operations -- ranging from IT infrastructure to voice and data communications -- in just a few short weeks.
“From the time we first met with representatives of the IT consortium, our team has worked tirelessly to anticipate their requirements and make plans to ensure successful, uninterrupted transition of operations for their staff and citizens,” Nichols stated.
Specific services InterDev will provide under the contract include selecting, configuring, managing, monitoring and maintaining all IT hardware, software and ERP systems. InterDev will also oversee administration of the Villages’ electronic mail servers to comply with state and federal archival requirements, administration of the Villages’ VoIP system, and the development and administration of state-of-the-art security protocols and platforms.
For more than 30 years, InterDev has provided professional Information Technology (IT) services and support for emerging organizations and government entities across the U.S. In addition to managing and hosting IT operations for its valued clients, InterDev also provides leading edge IT security solutions -- based on technologies from Palo Alto Networks, Enterasys and Dell SecureWorks -- as well as telecommunications consulting including VoIP phone systems, and voice and data circuits. InterDev is a proud Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and Barracuda Networks Certified Diamond Partner. InterDev serves customers from offices in Atlanta, Georgia, Chicago, Illinois and Jacksonville, Florida. For more information, visit www.InterDev.com.
TAG Infrastructure Society Features an April 24 Panel Discussion on Macrocell Sites
(Atlanta) April 16, 2014 - They are everywhere. Tiny antenna installations on cell towers, multi-story buildings and municipal water towers. These large “macro” cell sites form the core of the current cellular network, enabling wireless service providers to deliver voice, text, and other broadband communications to today’s 322 million U.S. wireless subscribers.
Did you know that more than 70 percent of wireless voice and data connections takes place indoors, and that Low-E glass, popular in most commercial buildings and high rise buildings, deters wireless signals from reaching the inside of buildings? In response, DAS systems have been developed to improve coverage capacity for reliable indoor wireless.
“Distributed Antenna System (DAS) Networks are being deployed to provide coverage in targeted locations, moving cell sites closer to the user to provide additional call and data-handling capacity in areas with concentrated demand,” said Brian Savory, Business Development Manager at Optelian, and Infrastructure Society board member. “DAS Networks and each of the various small cell technologies will form the future network topology needed by wireless users.”
The Technology Association of Georgia’s Infrastructure Society will host a panel discussion on Thursday, April 24, at 11:30 a.m. to explore the current state of the DAS network industry in the Southeast. To attend, please visit our registration page: bit.ly/1ncaTMi
Panel speakers include:
Sonny Pieper, AT&T Antenna Solutions Group Area Manager, National Small Cell Business Development. Mr. Pieper is responsible for in-building solutions including small cells, DAS and others for AT&T's ambitious plan to roll out 40,000 small cells over two years.
David Hartin, VP of Engineering Services, Connectivity Wireless. Mr. Hartin will discuss trends and the need for indoor DAS across a range of vertical markets including hospitality, healthcare, government, higher education, public venues and corporate settings.
Bob Johnson, Johnson Consulting & Advisory, LLC,Biz Dev-TelRuptive-Wireless Solutions/Small Cell. Mr. Johnson believes small cells are a small solution to a big problem. As critical OTT technology, small cells provide an answer to densification, smart phones, and the deluge of data demands on high speed networks. As self-contained base stations, they extend coverage at the edge of the MACRO network and are used as complimentary solutions to DAS, WiFi and Macro towers to fill in coverage gaps.
About TAG Infrastructure
The TAG Infrastructure Society’s mission is to become the expert resource for companies interested in locating their business within the state of Georgia. We believe that maintaining a comprehensive technology report on Georgia's road, power, water, real-estate and fiber infrastructure, along with the services enabled by these resources, makes Georgia the logical choice for the next high-tech industry destination. For more information visit: www.tagonline.org/chapters-and-societies/infrastructure/
Atlanta, GA – April 16, 2014 – Cirrity (www.cirrity.com) is featured in a new “Spotlight on Success” from NetApp (www.netapp.com) that examines how Cirrity is offering 100% uptime SLA with NetApp’s newest release of clustered Data ONTAP. Cirrity was a part of the Early Validation Program for NetApp clustered Data ONTAP 8.2.1.
“After extensive testing, we’re looking forward to putting NetApp clustered Data ONTAP 8.2.1 into production. The upgrade addresses our top priorities as a cloud services provider, helping us offer 100% uptime, robust performance and enhanced security while keeping costs manageable,” says Dan Timko, President and CTO of Cirrity.
Cirrity is a channel-only cloud services provider that enables managed services providers (MSPs) and value-added resellers (VARs) to sell more cloud services by providing an unmatched level of sales solutioning, deployment and support. The company’s partners leverage Cirrity’s “as a service” offerings, which include vStream™ disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS), remote desktops as a service (DaaS) and secure hybrid cloud infrastructure solutions (IaaS), to easily and cost-effectively expand their service offerings.
The new Spotlight is not the first time Cirrity has been featured by NetApp; Cirrity is the subject of a Customer Showcase and has been quoted in NetApp news releases and videos.
– April 15, 2014 – EDTS, a regional IT services company specializing in managed IT services, network security, and advanced infrastructure for Southeastern businesses, has obtained Gold Midmarket Solution Provider Competency honors from Microsoft for the 13th consecutive year, and been ranked 91st among North America's leading managed IT service providers by MSPmentor, becoming the only firm with dual Georgia-South Carolina operations to make the top 100 rankings.
The Gold Midmarket Solution Provider competency demonstrates EDTS’s expertise in meeting customer needs based on the most current Microsoft solutions to help midmarket businesses with their unique business challenges while understanding their business processes, infrastructure, and future growth costs.
The exclusive MSPmentor ranking is based on data from MSPmentor’s 2013 global online survey, conducted October-December 2013, and recognizes top managed service providers based on metrics including annual managed services revenue growth, revenue per employee, managed services offered and customer devices managed. EDTS achieved rankings of #91 in North America and #121 globally in the survey. MSPs on the list collectively manage over 6 million PCs, servers, smart phones and tablets.
Microsoft Gold Competency signifies to the market that a company has demonstrated the highest level of skill and achievement within a given technology specialization, and has completed a rigorous set of tests to prove their level of technology expertise. They also must have the right number of Microsoft Certified Professionals on staff, submit customer references and demonstrate their commitment to customer satisfaction by participating in an annual survey.
“Attaining Gold Midmarket Solution Provider status assures our customers that we offer the highest, most consistent capability among partners in this area, and provide ‘best-in-class’ solutions that pass a rigorous approval process,” said Charles Johnson, EDTS CEO. “We’re extremely proud that our employees have passed all necessary Microsoft exams and are appreciative that our clients assisted by supplying strong references.”
EDTS provides out-sourced technology solutions to midsize businesses and organizations throughout the Carolinas and Georgia, including network design, implementation and ongoing support including managed IT services. Areas of focus also include disaster recovery/business continuity planning, network security, virtualization and optimization, online services/cloud computing, network infrastructure and end-user support.
"Our focus on attaining the highest levels of competency and certification is just one more way EDTS ensures that we provide the expertise and ability to meet all of our clients' IT needs,” noted Johnson. “We strive to provide the most capable IT solutions team in the region, and are committed to helping customers increase productivity while lowering their information technology costs.”
EDTS has been named to the Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America for four consecutive years, was the seventh fastest-growing small company in South Carolina on the statewide Roaring Twenties 2013 list, and was also named as one of South Carolina’s 25 Fastest Growing Companies 2013.
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Founded in 1999, EDTS has over 50 professionals serving clients 24/7/365 across the Southeast from offices in Augusta, GA and Columbia and Greenville, SC. A full service technology consulting firm, EDTS specializes in networking, security and managed IT services for business. The firm helps customers increase productivity and reduce cost associated with information technology. Visit them at www.edtsolutions.com.
ATLANTA, GA, USA – April 15, 2014 – FiberLight, LLC, an industry leader in providing high- performance fiber-optic network solutions, today announces its co-branded FiberLight Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud offering through Cirracore, a leading supplier of VMware®-based cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service solutions for business continuity and disaster recovery. Initial deployment will be in FiberLight’s facilities at 180 Peachtree, Atlanta, GA and 1950 N. Stemmons, Dallas, TX with future deployments throughout the US later this year.
FiberLight and Cirracore’s public and hybrid IaaS offering provides new and current customers, especially ones that handle Big Data, a viable business continuity and disaster recovery solution for data transport, processing, storage and distribution. This IaaS cloud offering enables customers to easily scale out infrastructure and reduce their technology spend by paying only for the capacity they use and securely migrating computing resources such as processing power, memory and storage to the cloud.
“By performing an in-depth capacity assessment on current computing resources on behalf our customers, we can quickly determine financial advantages to sending strategically identified computing efforts to the cloud,” said David Spitznagel, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing at FiberLight. “We’re excited to partner with Cirracore, who has experienced unprecedented uptimes of 100 percent since the company’s inception, largely due to a leadership team heavily grounded in IT security.”
The addition of this cloud-based IaaS solution to its product suite is consistent with FiberLight’s legacy of providing enterprise customers with affordable, private and dedicated transport as well as Internet access services.
“FiberLight’s customer-centric business approach is evidenced by their decision to offer cloud services alongside a no-obligation assessment that objectively identifies where and when certain infrastructure can be migrated to the Cloud,” commented Fred Tanzella, CEO of Cirracore. “Cirracore values FiberLight’s commitment in educating customers on the cloud, specific to their environment and overall business strategy.”
Cirracore is a global provider of managed enterprise cloud solutions for mission critical applications that allow enterprises to scale operations while reducing costs and IT infrastructure support. Cirracore has rapidly become one of the most respected high-performance Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) providers in the industry serving a global enterprise customer base. Cirracore has partnered with premier companies that are leaders in their respective industries to provide best in class service to our customers. Visit Cirracore to learn about cloud hosting at www.cirracore.com.
About FiberLight, LLC
FiberLight is a premier provider of fiber-optic based, high performance networking services for telecom carriers, government, enterprise, content providers and web-centric businesses. FiberLight owns over 1,300,000 miles of robust fiber networks in over 44 key growth areas in US cities and towns within Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Texas, Virginia and Washington, D.C., offering wide area networking options at layers 1, 2 and 3 to major commercial hubs throughout the country. To learn more about FiberLight’s service offerings, visit www.fiberlight.com.
PR Contact for FiberLight:
iMiller Public Relations
Tel: 1 866 307 2510
High Tech Ministries Brings Atlanta Tech Professionals Together for Fifth Annual HTM Classic
Sign-ups now open for Atlanta’s only “golf with a higher purpose” tournament
ATLANTA – April 14, 2014 – High Tech Ministries, (HTM), a marketplace community of thousands of Atlanta technology leaders and professionals, is hosting its fifth annual HTM Classic golf tournament on Monday, May 19, 2014. The event features a day of golf with the who’s-who of the Atlanta technology community. A few slots for foursomes and individual golfers are still available.
Touted as golf with a higher purpose, the HTM Classic is the perfect opportunity to tee up and network with some of Atlanta’s senior technology decision makers. This year, the tournament will be held at The Standard Club, one of the most prestigious and historic private clubs in Georgia.
“In just a few short years, the HTM Classic has become one of Atlanta’s premier golf tournaments,” said Chris Allen, director of High Tech Ministries. “There is always so much excitement surrounding the event, and the number of returning sponsors and participants just goes to show the true value of it.”
Proceeds from the tournament provide the resources necessary to sustain High Tech Ministries’ high quality programs and events, including the High Tech Prayer Breakfast and Serve@Work community service projects.
“The HTM Classic is the perfect opportunity for members of the technology community to invite friends and colleagues to a well-attended event and strengthen professional relationships,” said Matt McConnell, President and CEO of Intradiem and Chairman of the HTM Board. “The event is bound to fill up fast, so we encourage foursomes and individuals to register early.”
About High Tech Ministries
High Tech Ministries is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that leads people into a life-changing personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The organization provides role models, tools, training and business environments, including the annual High Tech Prayer Breakfast, Serve@Work community service projects, and Grace@Work Bible studies. These programs equip and enable Atlanta's technology leaders as ambassadors for Christ as they integrate their faith and work life. For more information, visit www.hightechministries.org.
Marketo Names The Pedowitz Group (TPG) #1 in Partner Excellence for Third Straight Year
TPG Client Zoetis Wins Most Creative Integrated Marketing Campaign
ATLANTA, GA (April 9, 2014) – The Pedowitz Group (TPG), a Revenue Marketing Agency™, announces it has won Marketo’s Revvie for Partner Excellence Award in North America. The winning agency has earned this honorary distinction every year since its inception in 2012.
In other news, TPG client, Zoetis, a leading animal health company spun off from pharma giant Pfizer in 2013, won Most Creative Integrated Marketing Campaign in the B2C category. Marketo CEO Phil Fernandez presented these awards to TPG and Zoetis during the awards ceremony on April 9 at the 2014 Marketing Nation Summit in San Francisco.
“The Pedowitz Group is a valued partner and an innovative, passionate group of experts who consistently deliver strong results for their clients,” said Anthony Nemelka, senior vice president of business development and strategy at Marketo. “The company’s exemplary strategy, best practices and marketing technology expertise enables clients to dramatically increase business impact and elevate their marketing activities.”
“Being recognized by Marketo as their #1 partner and provider of best practices and consulting services in the U.S. is deeply rewarding,” notes TPG CEO, Jeff Pedowitz. “We are so proud of our client Zoetis for their measurable marketing achievements.”
A relationship is based on integrity, trust and credibility. TPG and Marketo have been partners since 2009. TPG continues to support Marketo and the Marketing Nation because of the quality of their people and products. “Marketo consistently delivers on the Revenue Marketing promise, enabling marketers to drive quantifiable revenue results,” Jeff adds.
To date, 47 TPG consultants have graduated from Marketo’s intense certification program. These professional certifications are part of TPG’s commitment to building strong partner relationships and help clients maximize their investment in these powerful technologies.
Zoetis’ campaign was designed to empower pet owners and encourage them to have informed conversations with veterinarians about their pets’ health and treatment options. The company leveraged Marketo to launch a photo campaign to engage existing and new pet owners. In 6 weeks, Zoetis registered 2803 pets in the contest, 82 percent of which were new names resulting in a 70% organic growth rate in total contest entrants.
About The Pedowitz Group – Connecting Marketing to Revenue ™
The Pedowitz Group, an Inc. 500 company, is the world’s largest full-service Revenue Marketing Agency. A two time Pacesetter winner, The Pedowitz Group helps global clients transform their marketing organizations from cost centers to revenue centers by assessing and optimizing six controls: strategy, people, process, technology, content and results. As the authority on Revenue Marketing Transformation™, the company has helped over 1,100 clients begin the journey to driving predictable, repeatable and scalable revenue results. The Pedowitz Group customers have won over 40 nationally recognized awards for their Revenue Marketing excellence. For more information on how The Pedowitz Group helps clients become successful Revenue Marketers™, visit www.pedowitzgroup.com, call us at 855-REV-MKTG or visit the Revenue Marketer Blog.