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2018 Technology Wish List

SEASON’S GREETINGS FROM ATC What’s on your 2018 technology checklist? Here’s some technology cheer and educational content wrapped around 9 key next-gen IT technologies: 1. SD-WAN: 5 Criteria for Evaluating SD-WAN 2. Cyber Security: Time to Recharge Your Cyber Security 3. Unified Communications: 10 Reasons Companies are Moving to Cloud Communications 4. More Bandwidth: What’s Driving…

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5 Security Trends to Watch in 2018

2017 was a year dominated by news of data breaches and new cyber security threats, from major hacks affecting companies like Equifax and Verizon to ransomware attacks such as the global WannaCry incident. It stands to reason then that we will see more of the same in 2018, with corporations, governments, public bodies and even…

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Volunteer with ATC at Matthew 25 Ministries

Every year ATC gives back to the community though service and giving to over 25 different local and national non-profits and charities. On Thursday, December 21st, ATC will be volunteering at Matthew 25 Ministries in Cincinnati, OH, from 1 to 4 p.m. Please join us to celebrate the holiday season with service. This is the 7th…

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4 Pointers to Optimize Your Wireless Spend

Cellular optimization should be easy, but nothing could be further from the truth, not to mention it’s an ongoing, month-to-month initiative. All the providers – Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, etc. – have a myriad of plans, promotions, discounts, devices, upgrades, and economies of scale that affect wireless spend. This, of course, is compounded by the fact…

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What is Network as a Service (NaaS)?

Check out this quick-hitter video from ATC provider, CBTS, regarding Network as a Service (NaaS), an all-in-one network solution for your entire connectivity infrastructure. CBTS Sales Engineer, Kirk Rooney, talks about how integrating NaaS is a fully optimized, enterprise-grade solution for modern business.

 

CenturyLink CTO Talks Multicloud

Now that the merger is complete, let’s hear from CenturyLink CTO, Aamir Hussain, on his vision of a multicloud world where CenturyLink can help move workflows anywhere. A big part of this transformation is applying SDN and NFV to create new services. “I see a network where we’ll have multiple NFV forms. Some will be…

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CenturyLink and Level 3 Close to Form 2nd Largest Network Provider

The CenturyLink and Level3 merger finally went through yesterday, November 1, 2017. Right out of the gate, the combined company is the second-largest enterprise network provider in the country, behind only AT&T. Here are two reasons why “better together” might actually be better from our friends at The Motley Fool: 1 – Combined, Complementary Networks…

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U.S. Fiber Lit Buildings Leaderboard

This new benchmark, unveiled by Vertical Systems Group in August, ranks the eleven companies with 10,000+ on-net U.S. commercial buildings with lit fiber connections. Retail and wholesale fiber providers with 10,000 or more on-net fiber lit commercial buildings in the U.S. qualified for the list. Eleven companies attained a position on the 2016 U.S. Fiber…

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Is Your Aging Network Slowing Your Business Down?

This from our friends at CenturyLink via their ThinkGig blog. If you are considering SD-WAN, make sure you have a look at hybrid SD-WAN as a service.   Is your WAN an aging network that’s slipping out of your control and slowing down your business? It’s a serious question. It’s time for the network to…

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A Cloud Enabled Tomorrow

Today’s feature-rich, unified communications’ systems support the variety of ways millennials work and collaborate. Check out a snapshot of the presentation – “Advantages of Cloud-Enabled, Millennial-Focused Phone Systems” – given by Mitel and ATC at the 2017 comSpark Innovation Tech Summit held in Cincinnati last week. For the full presentation, please fill out the form to…

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ATC Wins 360º Award for 4th Time in 4 Years

ATC’s Work with The Herb Chambers Companies Wins 2017 Channel Partners 360⁰ Award Austin, TX – September 27, 2017 – For the 4th time in four years, and twice now in 2017, ATC has been recognized for telecom excellence. ATC and specifically Darren DeMartino’s work with The Herb Chambers Companies was selected last night (Sept.…

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ATC Sponsors comSpark.tech Corporate Tech & Innovation Award

ATC is a proud sponsor of the 2017 comSpark.tech Corporate Tech & Innovation Award (Sept. 27, 2017). Everybody’s talking about comSpark.tech in the Cincinnati IT community. Here’s a couple of teaser sound bites from award winners Neil Tilow (CEO at Talbert House) and Tim Ferguson (CIO at Northern Kentucky University) regarding their organization’s nominated IT project.…

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How WAN Design Is Changing

  This is a great technical article (but still a short read) from Information Week with easy-to-understand diagrams. The article touches on the evolution of the WAN and three current design approaches. *** A little history Old TDM networks used to be “random” meshes of T1s, etc. Part of what drove the design was mileage-centric…

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5 Things to Know About Hybrid IT

5 Things to Know About Hybrid IT

Hybrid IT encompasses various IT environments, each with its own advantages and disadvantages, technical requirements and management issues. There’s a lot that goes into developing a strategy that brings them all together. With all that CIOs are already charged with doing, who has time for what will likely be an immense effort? In this eBook,…

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Enger Proud of Second Annual Hoody Memorial

FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND COMMUNITY CELEBRATE THE LIFE OF MSG COREY HOOD Spearheaded by ATC’s Senior Consultant, Nick Enger, the Hoody Memorial Fund – established through the Community Foundation of West Chester Liberty Alliance – was launched in 2016 in memory of Master Sergeant Corey Hood. The Hoody Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a Cincinnati Lakota…

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Advantages of Cloud-Enabled, Millennial-Focused Phone Systems

  Join ATC and Mitel for this presentation at the comSpark Innovation & Technology Summit Tuesday, September 26, at 10 a.m. Let us know in advance (below) that you are attending and double your chances to win wireless Beats (given away at the end of the presentation): “Advantages of Cloud-Enabled, Millennial-Focused Phone Systems” When: Tuesday, September 26 at…

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5 Considerations for Evaluating Managed SD-WAN Providers (Take II)

Here’s Silver Peaks take on evaluating managed SD-WAN. Yesterday, we posted Masergy’s. Both are insightful and threaded with similar themes. Below takes a little deeper “technical” dive. As published in Network World here.   SD-WAN is gaining tremendous traction among enterprises owing to the benefits it offers — cost savings from efficient use of low-cost Internet…

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5 Criteria for Evaluating Managed SD-WAN Solutions

5 CRITERIA FOR EVALUATING MANAGED SD-WAN SOLUTIONS

(Below is from ATC partner, Masergy. Take advantage of ATC’s leading SD-WAN practice to help you find the right SD-WAN solution partner to fit your specific needs.)   SD-WAN has made networking sexy again. There are lots of choices that can help meet your business needs and enhance your company’s network. The key drivers behind…

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Goodwin Featured in Cincinnati’s Leading Private Company List

ATC co-founder and managing partner, David Goodwin, was recently featured in Cincinnati’s Venue Magazine in an article spotlighting leading privately held firms. Goodwin founded ATC in 1999 with co-founder and managing partner, Darren DeMartino. DeMartino is based out of Hartford, CT, while Goodwin leads the Cincinnati office.   The feature article presented by U.S. Bank spotlights…

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Top 10 Communication Trends in Hotel Technology

These 10 hotel technology trends, brought to you by ATC provider Mitel, will change everything about how hotels communicate. The “guests” of tomorrow will be more connected than ever before.   ***   Once long ago, hotels, motels and other hospitality businesses occupied a fairly simple space in people’s lives—they were a place for guests…

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Loyalty Marketers Should Move Contact Centers to Cloud

Loyalty360 recently published an interview with Kevin McMahon, director of global marketing at West Unified Communications, regarding the advantages of the cloud for heightened, omni-channel customer experiences. ATC is a provider of West unified communications services, including work documented here with St. Elizabeth Physicians. Here is what McMahon had to say:   Can you talk…

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Unified Communications Poised to be Difference Maker In Healthcare

No Jitter recently published an article about the Internet of Things (IoT) and healthcare while connecting the dots between the two and unified communications. The article titled, “IoT and Healthcare: The Unified Comms Difference,” is an enlightening piece on IoT and its role in healthcare, and how organizations will improve care and manage patient engagement…

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Threat Prevention is No Longer Enough to Protect Your Business

Nearly every month we hear about the latest cyber attack. Here’s what you need to know about today’s (June 28, 2017) global ransomware attack. Below is a blog post published by Masergy VP of Security, David Venable. ATC’s Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Darren DeMartino, sits on the Masergy Board of Advisors. *** The world of cyber…

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Check Out Cincinnati’s Cool Tech CIO and CTOs

As an inaugural winner two years ago, ATC always keeps a close eye on the Cincy Magazine Cool Tech Awards. This year ATC jumped on board to further support the local, Cincinnati IT-tech community by presenting a new category: Coolest Chief Information Officer (CIO) or Chief Technology Officer (CTO). This award honors the executives whose efforts are…

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Omni-Channel Communications Listed as #1 Trend for Contact Centers

The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) recently produced a whitepaper on the top ten trends shaping the future of the contact center. RBC is among the world’s largest banks with over 80,000 employees. Not surprisingly, Omni-Channel Communications is listed as #1 on the list. Here’s their take:   1. Omni-Channel Communications (in a Multi-Channel World) As…

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The Herb Chambers Companies Upgrades Network – Significantly

  Sometimes we have too many fine examples of ATC’s work that we can’t get all of our spotlights showcased for an award. Such is the case with the 2017 Channel Partners 360° Award. This year we submitted two nominations—projects spearheaded by ATC Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Darren DeMartino (we could’ve submitted many more). Unfortunately, we…

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Move to the Cloud Your Way

“We have to go beyond just ‘move to the cloud,’” says Oracle Senior Vice President Steve Daheb. “We’re all running our businesses on infrastructures that we built over years,” Daheb adds, and cloud solutions need to complement the investments businesses have made in those infrastructures. Our sentiments exactly! Do it your way… not to be confused…

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Why Global Enterprises Need a Global SD-WAN

(Below is from ATC provider, Aryaka, via Nemertes Research.)   SD-WANs can simplify life for a global IT organization, making it easier to spin up new branches anywhere in the world and securely deliver a consistent set of WAN and IT services without waiting for an MPLS connection to be provisioned. Instead, either initially or permanently,…

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ATC Sponsors Upcoming 2017 Cincinnati CEO Roundtable Kickoff

  ATC’s managing partner and co-founder, David Goodwin, has been a long-time participant in the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s CEO Roundtable program. He is also a member of the Chamber’s Leadership Cincinnati Class 38. Goodwin has seen and experienced the value of the CEO roundtable program to the extent that this year ATC is a supporting…

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Application-Based Routing is a Key Benefit of SD-WAN

(This article is from valued ATC provider, Masergy.)   There’s been a lot of excitement over SD-WAN and its potential to leverage the cost-performance benefits of Internet access. That excitement is justified in the era of the cloud and the proliferation of remote and mobile users. These trends are driving tremendous change in WAN traffic…

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Enger Joins Community Foundation Board

(Nick Enger–middle left–and Lindsay Hood–middle right–at the inaugural Hoody Memorial Golf Tournament in 2016)   The Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty recently welcomed ATC’s Nick Enger to its Board of Directors. “Nick is a great addition to the Foundation’s board,” said Erin Clemons, president & CEO. “He is enthusiastic about local philanthropy, and has valuable leadership experience…

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ATC Named 3X Winner of Channel Partners 360⁰ Award

DeMartino’s Work with Casella Waste Systems Earns Recognition Las Vegas, April 12, 2017—Channel Partners, a resource for indirect sales channels offering IT and telecom systems and services, announced last night that Advanced Technology Consulting (ATC) was selected as a winner of the 2017 Channel Partners 360⁰ Business Value Awards. This is third time ATC has…

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Cincinnati Bell Business Names ATC Partner of the Year

Cincinnati, OH, April 10, 2017—In 2016, ATC reached performance milestones for new business, implementing strategic services and retention that exceeded all other partners. Thus, ATC was recognized by Cincinnati Bell Business (NYSE: CBB) as its inaugural “Partner of the Year”. The designation was originally announced earlier this year at a partner summit held at the…

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Building a Cloud Strategy on a Solid Foundation

Abruptly moving from legacy systems to the cloud is akin to building a brand-new house without a foundation. Sure, it might have the greatest and most efficient new appliances and cool fixtures, but it’s not really going to work unless the fundamentals that support the entire structure are in place. Too often, agencies begin their…

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Cincinnati’s 10 IT Tech Firms to Watch 2017

Cincinnati’s LEAD Tribune Media Group recently released its list of the 10 IT Tech Firms to Watch in 2017. This year’s list includes 6 new firms, including E-Technologies Group, Encore Technologies, Expedient Technology Solutions, Immedion, Roundtower Technologies and Zimcom. Returning from last year’s list are C-Forward, Global Business Solutions, Intrust IT and Orchestrate Technologies.  …

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10 Reasons Companies are Moving to Cloud Communications

(This from ATC provider, Mitel. Learn about Mitel’s UCaaS solution, MiCloud, here.)   There’s lots of buzz around the cloud these days and cloud communications is no exception. But buzz isn’t always an indicator of a business case for technology purchases. Smart businesses are asking what’s driving the rush to the cloud—and they’re getting solid…

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Miami Township Partners with ATC

ATC’s Nick Enger worked closely with the leaders of Miami Township in the design of a new network featuring dedicated circuits, built-in redundancy, and a cloud communications phone system. Located in Clermont County, OH, Miami Township is one of the fastest growing and most livable communities in the Greater Cincinnati area. The township hosts major employers, offers an…

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