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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…



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.  …


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…


Old Phone System vs. Supreme Business Tool

(This article, written by ATC Co-Founder and Managing Partner, David Goodwin, was recently published by the Goering Center, which is affiliated with the University of Cincinnati and the University of Cincinnati’s Carl H. Lindner College of Business. The Goering Center’s mission is to nurture and educate family and private businesses to drive a vibrant economy.)…


NaaS, SD-WAN, UCaaS and TopGolf

Join us in Cincinnati on Friday, March 24th at TopGolf for three (3) educational sessions on Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS), Network as a Service (NaaS) and SD-WAN.   NaaS, SD-WAN and UCaaS are game-changing technologies that allow companies like yours to build high-performance networks and collaborative work environments. From 1 to 3 p.m. we’ll…


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4 Reasons CIOs Love SD-WAN

(More great information on SD-WAN below from ATC provider, Aryaka.) Enterprises of all sizes are in the midst of the largest and most disruptive technology revolutions today. The advancement of cloud, SaaS, and mobile computing are set to reshape how organizations and enterprise IT work with data and applications. This trend is most noticeable with…


My First Week at ATC

First Job, First Week Reflections By Brenna Horn During my final semester in college as I was searching for a full-time job, going through the rigorous rounds of interviews with big-name companies, a professor of mine pulled me aside and told me about an opportunity with a company called, “ATC”. My professor didn’t really know…


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Masergy Only Visionary on Gartner’s Magic Quadrant

ATC Provider, Masergy, Leads with SD-WAN Approach to Network Services Masergy has been one the early providers of SDN, NFV and vCPE globally. Gartner’s recognition is likely due to Masergy’s innovative hybrid networking suite of fully managed services. “We believe our position in the Visionary quadrant is an affirmation of our software-defined approach to delivering global…


Junior Consultant, Brenna Horn, Joins ATC Cincinnati

  University of Cincinnati graduate, Brenna Horn, recently joined ATC’s Cincinnati office as a Junior Consultant. Horn graduated from the Carl H. Linder College of Business in December of 2016. In her junior consultant role, she will be supporting ATC’s senior consulting practice by providing customer support, administration, and inside sales support. The role includes…


ATCinco de Mayo 2017!

Last year’s “ATCinco de Mayo” open house went over so well we’re bringing it back. Rather than celebrating new office space, the second annual “ATCinco de Mayo” will be held in appreciation for clients, partners, and friends of ATC. Come join us for our fiesta. Music will rock and Mexican cuisine and beverages will be served. Thank you…


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GOING MOBILE: Goodwin Sits on Goering Center Panel

The mobile workforce is making its way into every sector of our economy. Bolstered by technology, today’s workforce is Skyping from their kitchen tables and managing projects from Starbucks. Entire departments are working from home or on the road, saving their companies money, driving productivity, reducing our carbon footprint, and creating flexible work environments that…


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Take Your Call Center to a New Level

Masergy Rolls Out Cloud Contact Center with Omni-Channel ATC provider, Masergy, recently launched its Cloud Contact Center. Cloud Contact Center represents the next generation in customer interaction solutions, providing an omni-channel system that helps companies transition to a unified cloud platform to create more holistic, improved customer service experiences.   Omni-channel is a multichannel approach…


ATC Cincinnati Hosts Technology Leaders from Top Tech Firms

This week ATC hosted representatives for a photo shot from LEAD Magazine‘s upcoming spotlight, “10 Cincinnati IT Tech Firms to Watch 2017”. The feature article will publish the second week of March. Although we can’t reveal the firms that will be showcased (yet), it’s a great group of technology leaders in the Cincinnati area. The…


Eliminate Shadow IT with UC

“Businesses are looking to maximize productivity not only by consolidating their communications, but by facilitating flexible and remote working so employees can work from anywhere at any time, usually more productively than in an office.” Information Age, a UK pub for IT leaders with the fastest growing enterprises, recently published an article titled, “With Unified…


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4 Reasons Fiber is Cool

In an increasingly connectivity-dependent business environment, fiber Internet access is a strong play for companies of all sizes. Speeds range from 10MB on the low end to 40GB on the high end. Most importantly, the service is usually offered as a “dedicated” service or DIA (Dedicated Internet Access). It’s your service and yours alone. You do not share it…


Managed AWS Cloud Service Growing, Says Rackspace

In an interview with Talkin’ Cloud, Rackspace soon-to-be president, Jeff Cotten, claims “managed AWS” is Rackspace’s fastest growing business segment. In our world, this doesn’t come as a surprise. Third-party support for AWS and Azure public cloud has been increasingly in demand. In fact, Rackspace is not the only provider offering managed services for Hyperscale…


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4 Predictions for SD-WAN in 2017

CURRENT SITUATION: In 2016, the market began to show signs that many IT leaders were looking at SD-WAN as an alternative to MPLS for their enterprise network. According to Gartner, the SD-WAN market has over 2,000 paying customers and this number is continuing to rise. As this technology promises to deliver less complexity, more agility,…


TWC Business Class Now Spectrum Business in Cincinnati

Charter Communications has begun to roll out the Spectrum Business and Enterprise brands within the Cincinnati DMA. Charter merged with Time Warner and Bright House in May of 2016. Charter branded their voice, data and TV solutions for business as Spectrum Business in March of 2015. According to the release: Spectrum Business offers flexible and…


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CenturyLink and Level 3 Network Map

From our friends at FierceTelecom: CenturyLink’s pending acquisition of Level 3 will give the service provider a greater density of on-net fiber locations, enabling the combined company to control the service experience for its business customers. Upon completing the acquisition, CenturyLink will become the second largest business service provider in the United States, trailing only…


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Your 2017 New Year’s Next-Gen-IT Wish List

Greetings! Tis the season for planning new goals and making resolutions for the New Year. Most businesses are eyeing technology upgrades for 2017. Maybe it’s time to add a hosted, unified communications’ phone system (UCaaS) or transition to a more secure, dedicated and flexible network. Here are three next-gen-IT technologies we think you should be…


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Third-Party Support for Hyperscale

Simplify the Public Cloud and Get a Better Overall Experience Imagine a restaurant where you have to prepare your own food, serve yourself, clean up your mess and then pay a bill at the end. The company provides the food and overhead – and nothing else. This is the level of service you may be…


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Business Solutions Magazine Features DeMartino on SIP

SIP Trunking Goes Mainstream By Darren DeMartino as published in Business Solutions magazine found here.   Recently, I read an article on Forbes, Adapt or Die: The Dangers of Hanging Onto Legacy Technologies. Although the article was not specific to telecom, it struck a chord with me because it spoke, not just the truth, but…


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Masergy Webinar: The Art of Cyber War

PREVENTION VS. DETECTION Fresh off his popular talk at the GE Digital Minds + Machines event in San Francisco, Masergy Chief Scientist Mike Stute discusses how the industrialization of hacking is transforming cyber security. We’ve all seen cyber attacks become more sophisticated by the day. Perimeter defenses—the firewalls and antivirus clients used for years by…


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Network’s Next Sea Change: SD-WAN

If you’re in networking and on the ball then, at minimum, you’re definitely keeping an eye on SD-WAN. As clearly states in this Techtarget e-publication, “It’s an exciting time to be in networking—if you’re prepared. Brace yourself as software-defined networking hits the enterprise WAN.” It’s the network’s next sea change. Other notable quotes: “The software-defined…


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DeMartino Advises on Next-Gen IT Technologies

DeMartino Serves on AVANT Advisory Board ATC’s Darren DeMartino has been serving on the 2016 Avant Communications advisory board. The board most recently met in September. AVANT boasts a robust portfolio of next-generation IT technologies, providing best-in-class services that are in demand by today’s sophisticated IT organizations and buyers. Next generation IT solutions continue to…


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Enterprise Clients Are Often 30% Off Market for TDM Services

Beware of Sneaky Rate Increases, says “Ignoring pricing on traditional voice and local services even after a SIP or VoIP migration is a mistake best avoided with regular inventory reviews.” AT ATC, we see this all the time and some clients have even realized more than 30% savings on TDM services.   More callouts…


Want a Better Meeting?

  Yes, I Want a Better Meeting! iMeet, the collaboration solution from PGi, combines chat, audio, video calling, screen/file sharing, and web conferencing in one unified platform. Experience engaging group meetings and peer-to-peer collaboration. iMeet makes it possible. Contact ATC about iMeet and schedule a free collaboration consultation.   Anywhere, Any Device Whether you’re in…


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Your Network Shouldn’t Restrain Business

According to Gartner, organizations spend 22% of their IT budget on networking (CapEx and OpEx). Trying to achieve network agility, performance, and security with legacy technologies will only continue to burden your IT team. This will keep them preoccupied, and unable to work on strategic initiatives that would benefit the business. Negotiate network contracts, configure…


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Optimize Your Cyber Security with Cloud-Based Security

As cyber attacks and network hacks become increasingly sophisticated, not only do you have to set up security infrastructure complete with firewalls, anti-virus software, malware scanners and intrusion prevention, but you have to maintain all this stuff daily. It’s a moving target and you don’t have the time to do it full time! Enter managed…


Learn About Hosted Security, Win a GoPro Hero 5

Feeling vulnerable? You’re not alone. As cyber attacks and network hacks become increasingly sophisticated, not only do you have to set up security infrastructure complete with firewalls, anti-virus software, malware scanners and intrusion prevention, but you have to maintain all this stuff daily. It’s a moving target and you don’t have the time to do…


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ATC Set to Receive Inc. 5000 Award

ATC will receive the official Inc. 5000 award tonight at the Inc. 5000 Black-Tie Gala at the JW Marriott Hill Country in San Antonio, TX. The Inc. 5000 represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. ATC’s David Goodwin is on-site at the conference…


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Is Cloud Communications Inevitable?

Enterprise acceptance is on the rise and vendor commitment is growing for cloud communications. (From our friends at No Jitter.) We’ve been hearing for a few years now that communications will be moving into the cloud eventually, though enterprises have been reluctant to move particularly fast on this. But I’ve recently seen a few signs…


ATC Volunteers for Record-Setting Fashion Show (slideshow)

The Dress for Success Cincinnati (DfSC) fashion show has become an annual tradition for the ATC staff in Cincinnati. Whether it’s serving on the board, serving on the steering committee, or selling raffle tickets at the event, for four consecutive years ATC has been volunteering for the show. This year’s event set new records for giving…


Creating Connections at Warsaw Federal

Warsaw Connects with New Hosted VoIP Phone System and Dedicated Fiber Circuit (As published in the Summer issue of Lead Magazine. See the PDF here.) A faulty phone system’s distortion, busy signals and dropped calls made things difficult for Warsaw banking customers when they called their customer service representative. “You can imagine the frustration of…


Enger Rises Again

ATC’s Nick Enger will be recognized as a “rising star” at the upcoming, inaugural comSpark Innovation Tech Summit being held in Greater Cincinnati. The event will take place October 26th, 2016, and 27th at The Cincinnati Club. Register here. See full list of award recipients here.   The comSpark Rising Stars Award “honors IT professionals…


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No Business Too Small for Cyber Attack

Many SMB’s operate with the notion that “it won’t happen to me,” or better yet, according to Raytheon, they plan only to react after experiencing a data breach or cyber attack. Unfortunately, for most, it will be too late. Many breaches put companies out of business for good. “Cybersecurity is not a waiting game, and organizations without…