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Aaron Booker
Bellingham, WA
My name is Aaron Booker and I'm a technology consultant and lead Hardlines Company in Bellingham, WA.
Interests: reading, technology, my wife, my two children, my extended family (of which i have many members!), listening to music. politics (scary?).
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Rachel Rose, Agent Support Manager with Bandwidth Advisors spoke with us at the ITEC 2009 Conference in Seattle. Bandwidth Advisors provides Data Center, MPLS, Wholesale Internet and Managed Hosting consulting and brokerage services from their base in Seattle to clients across the country. Bandwidth Advisors can be a valuable resource that systems integrators, VARs and IT consultants can utilize to source the best solution for a customer’s needs in these complex and ever-changing markets. Related URL’s: Bandwidth Advisors: http://www.bandwidthadvisors.com/ ITEC Seattle 2009: http://city.goitec.com/sea/ Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2009 at VARvid - Video for Microsoft Partners
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Bill Huckabee is the Secretary of the West Sound Technology Association (WSTA) was part of a three member panel/presentation on things to consider when deploying a content management solution (CMS) at the ITEC 2009 Conference in Seattle. Bill brings to the table his professional experience with Envisioneering, Inc., a engineering assessment and advanced technology solution company doing work with the U.S. armed forces to the membership of the WSTA. Huckabee spoke with Bryce Read from Varvid.com Related URL’s: West Sound Technology Association http://www.westsoundtechnology.org Envisioneering, Inc.: http://www.envisioneeringinc.com/ ITEC Seattle 2009: http://city.goitec.com/sea/ Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2009 at VARvid - Video for Microsoft Partners
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Damien Bowersock, Technical Sales Manager at GreenBytes storage solutions spoke with us at the ITEC 2009 Conference in Seattle. GreenBytes has developed easy-to-use, energy-efficient storage appliances that bring the benefits of data deduplication to a broader storage market and felt ITEC Conferences were a good fit to meet new and existing systems integrator and VAR partners. Related URL’s: GreenBytes: http://www.getgreenbytes.com ITEC Seattle 2009: http://city.goitec.com/sea/ Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2009 at VARvid - Video for Microsoft Partners
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Charles Keating, VP of the West Sound Technology Association (WSTA) was a featured speaker at the ITEC 2009 Conference in Seattle. Here he shares a little background of this unique group that focuses on IT professionals doing business on the west side of Puget Sound in Washington State with Varvid.com. WSTA was formed “to increase public awareness of the availability and quality of local technology professionals, and to serve technology professionals both at a general level of interest and in specialized technology fields” on the West Side of Puget Sound, including the Olympic Peninsula. Keating said even though the peninsula is separated by Seattle by relatively short ferry rides, the logistical challenges posed by transportation makes their members and members’ clients look to a more convenient, local organization to engage with rather than trying to ‘commute’ by ferry to the big city. Keating’s ‘day job’ is President of Keating Consulting Service (KCS), an IT consulting firm he founded in Illinois in 1983 and moved to Bremerton WA several years ago. Charles holds several Microsoft MCP certifications and KCS has clients in all industries/sectors, Business, Government, Educational and ranging in size from Fortune100 to SMB. Related URL’s: West Sound Technology Association http://www.westsoundtechnology.org Keating Consulting Service (KCS): http://kcsco.com ITEC Seattle 2009: http://city.goitec.com/sea/ Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2009 at VARvid - Video for Microsoft Partners
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Sherry Zins, Membership Development Director of the Washington Technology Industry Association speaks to Bryce Read of Varvid.com about the evolution of the W.T.I.A. at the ITEC 2009 Seattle Conference. Related Links: Washington Technology Industry Association: http://www.washingtontechnology.org ITEC Seattle 2009: http://city.goitec.com/sea/ Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2009 at VARvid - Video for Microsoft Partners
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Tom Henderson, Managing Director of ExtremeLabs Inc. speaks with Bryce Read of Varvid.com at the ITEC Seattle 2009 Conference about his experience at the show and touches on a few of the subjects he spoke on at the conference. Tom’s firm ExtremeLabs has performed technical analysis, product testing, investor technical due-diligence, and research in the enterprise computing/infrastructure field for over twenty-five years. This real world perspective made his observations both interesting and relevant during the Keynote Presentation on “The Top 10 Challenges Facing CIOs and IT Management Today.” Interesting points he made include increasing regional/national/international data security standards and the increasing use of SANs by organizations large and small. Later in the day he gave a second presentation on “The Four Flavors of Virtualization And How To Use Them” – noting that virtualization is really starting to take hold at all levels of business computing. Related URL’s: ITEC Seattle 2009: http://city.goitec.com/sea/ ExtremeLabs Inc.: http://www.extremelabs.com Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2009 at VARvid - Video for Microsoft Partners
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Mark Bowles of Network Computing Group in the Roanoke Valley of Virginia was impressed with Verne Harnish’s speech at the ConnectWise Partner Summit and is looking forward to putting some of the things gleaned from the speech to work for his company. Calling customers personally to see how they can be better served, and implementing more ‘small huddles’ with team members will improve consistency and quality of the services Network Computing Group provides. ConnectWise: http://www.connectwise.com ConnectWise Partner Summit: http://connectwisepartnersummit.com Network Computing Group: http://www.ncg-net.com Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2009 at VARvid - Video for Microsoft Partners
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Wade DeVore, NetVision Consulting of Arlington Texas was impressed with the Blueprinting and Process Automation aspects of Connectwise that were demonstrated at the Partner Summit. Wade has also committed to personally calling five customers per week, as suggested by Verne Harnish’s talk given on Friday morning at the 2009 ConnectWise Partner Summit in Orlando. ConnectWise: http://www.connectwise.com ConnectWise Partner Summit: http://connectwisepartnersummit.com NetVision Consulting: http://www.netvisionconsulting.com Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2009 at VARvid - Video for Microsoft Partners
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Chris Bates, The Computer Hut of Little Rock, AR appreciated Keynote Speaker Verne Harnish’s message of focusing on the customer’s needs for loss avoidance. Key in this is emphasizing cross-department, full-team communication and meetings to ensure all hands know what’s going on, in general terms, with the company week to week. Verne Harnish is founder and CEO of Gazelles, Inc., an outsourced corporate university for mid-size firms, and has published the book “Mastering the Rockefeller Habits: What You Must Do to Increase the Value of Your Fast-Growth Firm” Chris was speaking with Pat Dolan of Varvid.com at the ConnectWise Partner Summit held this past week in Orlando. ConnectWise: http://www.connectwise.com ConnectWise Partner Summit: http://connectwisepartnersummit.com Computer Hut: http://www.comp-hut.com Gazelles, Inc.: http://www.gazelles.com Continue reading
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Howard Cunningham Jr. of Macro Systems LLC of Fairfax Virginia has attended every ConnectWise Partner Summit shares why VARS should use ConnectWise. In the last five years since Macro has been using ConnectWise, they have doubled their revenues without increasing staff levels. The functionality and efficiency ConnectWise brings to an IT organization has been proven to Howard. Cunningham also ‘gives back’ to the ConnectWise community by participating in many IT groups and forums. He says contributing to groups and forums not only gives him a sense of pride in being able to assist peers in similar situations, but he has been able to utilize others’ expertise when he has a challenging situation. Howard Cunningham Jr. was speaking with Pat Dolan of Varvid.com at the ConnectWise Partner Summit in Orlando Florida. ConnectWise: http://www.connectwise.com ConnectWise Partner Summit: http://connectwisepartnersummit.com Macro Systems: http://macrollc.com Continue reading
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Pat Dolan of Varvid.com speaks with Ed Laprade of Adnet Technologies Inc. of Windsor Connecticut, a CPLS authorized Microsoft Training Center at the ConnectWise Partner Summit in Orlando. Adnet utilizes Quosal, a quote/proposal generation application that integrates with ConnectWise, and Laprade really appreciates the seemlessness and productivity this affords Adnet. ConnectWise: http://www.connectwise.com ConnectWise Partner Summit: http://connectwisepartnersummit.com Adnet Technologies: http://www.goadnet.com Quosal: http://www.quosal.com Microsoft CPLS: http://www.microsoft.com/learning Varvid.com: http://www.varvid.com Continue reading
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Christy Sacco, Director of Operations for HTG Peer Groups speaks with Pat Dolan of Varvid.com about the Q Forums HTG presented to members during the ConnectWise Partner Summit in Orlando Florida. Over 300 HTG members representing 220 member companies, over 25% of the total attendees were at the Summit this year. ConnectWise: http://www.connectwise.com ConnectWise Partner Summit: http://connectwisepartnersummit.com HTG Peer Groups: www.htgpeergroups.com Continue reading
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Gregg runs Integral Systems in San Diego CA and this is his first ConnectWise Partner Summit. Gregg has rave reviews for the Partner Summit, this is his first ever and says, although he has attended a lot of confereneces in the past 24 months, this is the most professional and most informative/useful one he’s been to in a long time. The quality of the attendees and their collective experience make the ConnectWise Partner Conference worth attending. Gregg spoke with Pat Dolan of Varvid.com ConnectWise: http://www.connectwise.com ConnectWise Partner Summit: http://connectwisepartnersummit.com Integral Systems: http://www.integralsystems.com Continue reading
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Jeannine Edwards, Director of ConnectWise Community speaks of creating an IT ecosystem around the platform at the ConnectWise Partner Summit in Orlando FL. There are 49 ConnectWise Integration and Strategic Alliance Partners presenting their unique features and benefits at the Summit this year. Jeannine articulates that ConnectWise’s goal is to facilitate its Integrators and Partners new and existing customer relationships by offering a comprehensive solution that meets and exceeds expectations. She also mentioned the concept of vendor/VAR collaboration on sales and technical problems as key to mutual success, and that ConnectWise as a vendor should not be viewed as competition to its own partners. Message for Next Year’s Partner Summit: There will be a lot more room with a larger facility (30%), hope you can make it! Jeannine was speaking with Pat Dolan of Varvid.com. ConnectWise: http://www.connectwise.com ConnectWise Partner Summit: http://connectwisepartnersummit.com Continue reading
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Alex Rogers, President, CEO of Chartec of Bakersfield CA is fired up after listening to Keynote Speeches from Arnie Bellini co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of ConnectWise and Chris Anderson of Wired at the ConnectWise Partner Summit. Alex was impressed with the idea of stepping back and considering what simple value-adds you can provide your customer for free that either drive them to other products and services, and/or bolster their loyalty to your firm. Creating and communicating the value of little things that customers may or may not realize are important that your firm can provide to customers at no cost and little or no cost to your company is paramount in both professional/technical market differentiation and customer loyalty and perceived value. ConnectWise: http://www.connectwise.com ConnectWise Partner Summit: http://connectwisepartnersummit.com Chartec: http://www.arrc.com Continue reading
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Pat Dolan of Varvid.com speaks with Kim Trif of Trif Technologies of Dallas at the ConnectWise Partner Summit about the keynote speaker Chris Anderson of Wired. Kim was concerned about the ‘whole idea of free’ but after Chris’s speech, has put the concept in a new perspective. ConnectWise: http://www.connectwise.com ConnectWise Partner Summit: http://connectwisepartnersummit.com Trif Technologies: http://www.triftech.com Continue reading
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Patrick Dolan of Varvid.com speaks with Brett Jaffee of IT4 from Woburn MA, Cloud Computing specialist and ConnectWise Partner since the first Summit and founder of the Northeast ConnectWise user group. Brett is excited to be at the Summit, as his group is formalizing its relationship at this meeting. Brett also echoes the sentiment that there is nothing like meeting peers face to face and sharing both technical and business operational knowledge. ConnectWise: http://www.connectwise.com ConnectWise Partner Summit: http://connectwisepartnersummit.com IT4: http://www.it4yourbusiness.com Continue reading
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Arlin discusses how HTG will continue to focus HTG’s energies on growing peer board reviews (QBRs) in 2010 with a focus on the operational and financial aspects of members’ businesses. The feedback and review of each other’s organizations and metrics set for growth, operations and service improvements are important tools to continue HTG’s focus of creating sustainable, successful business operations for its members. This initiative builds upon past and continuing efforts of education and documentation/discussion of industry Best Practices for member business and technical operations. HTG: http://www.peergroups.com ConnectWise Partner Summit: http://connectwisepartnersummit.com Continue reading
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Dan Shundoff of Intellicom and an HTG1 member speaks with Aaron Booker of Varvid.com. Dan has been an HTG member for 4 years and is President of Intellicom, a Microsoft Gold Partner and provider of outsourced technology solutions in Central Nebraska. HTG commissioned the University of Nebraska at Kearny (UNK) business management group to perform several studies of members’ regular communications, deep relationships, trust and accountability metrics in an effort to improve the value, relevance and accuracy of HTG education and management programs. Dan reports these studies are showing significant improvement by just being able to measure baseline and progress toward everything from business growth to customer satisfaction. HTG: http://www.htgpeergroups.com/ University of Nebraska Kearney (UNK): http://www.unk.edu/ Intellicom: http://www.intellicominc.com Continue reading
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Dave Sobel with Evolve Technologies and a leader of several HTG Service Leadership Groups speaks with Aaron Booker of Varvid.com and member of HTG 20 at the ConnectWise Partner Summit on HTG’s QVR Processes and some of the reasoning behind them. Dave clarifies the importance of metrics and benchmarks as a source of the discussion of forming action plans to grow your business and improve processes. HTG: http://www.htgpeergroups.com/ ConnectWise Partner Summit: http://connectwisepartnersummit.com Evolve Technologies: http://www.evolvetech.com Continue reading
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Nick Bock is a member of HTG 5 and Principal of Five Nines Technology Group and is excited to speak about the invaluable assistance HTG’s peer support has provided to helping his firm to actually grow in these challenging economic times. HTG membership conversations and processes have shortened the learning curve for Bock and Five Nines on everything from business operations to technical execution of emerging solutions. HTG: http://www.htgpeergroups.com/ Five Nines Technology Group: http://www.gonines.com Continue reading
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Dave speaks with Aaron Booker of Varvid.com at about some of the things he and his firm have been doing since publishing his new book “Virtualization Defined: A Primer for the SMB Consultant” earlier this year. Dave shares that many vendors have MDF or Market Development Funds that may be available for implementing event series, on site events or webinars to achieve each VAR’s strategic and competitive objectives. SMB Virtualization: www.smbvirtualization.net Evolve Technologies: www.evolvetech.com Varvid.com: www.varvid.com/services.html Continue reading
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Pat Dolan and Aaron Booker of Varvid.com talk about the location of this year's ConnectWise Partner Summit and navigating Orlando/Disney World where the Summit is taking place. ConnectWise PSA is a leading provider of Professional Service Automation (PSA) software for the IT services industry. This event has several Keynote Speakers scheduled, as well as various Break Out sessions over the course of the Summit, November 4th, 5th & 6th. ConnectWise Partner Summit: connectwisepartnersummit.com/ ConnectWise: www.connectwise.com Continue reading
While at Spiceworks' "Spiceworld" User Conference in Austin TX, Aaron had a chance to chat with Spiceworks Co-Founder and VP of Marketing, Jay Hallberg. Jay shares his vision of offering Spiceworks software for free and explains the birth of their annual Spiceworld events. Stemming from a desire from their user base to get together and meet, Spiceworld events now take place 4 times a year throughout the country, including streaming webcasts all over the world for those who cannot attend. Spiceworks desirability is due in large part to it's very broad arsenal of management tools (network inventory, Help-desk, reporting, monitoring, assessments, network maps, troubleshooting tools, etc.). Add onto this a very active community of SMB IT professionals, MSP's and consultants all integrated into the Spiceworks modules themselves. Many small businesses are initially attracted to Spiceworks to specifically utilize one aspect of the software (i.e. technology assessments, inventory, etc). Once they get a taste of how simple and effective the software is many businesses choose to delve deeper into the program. What is particularly interesting about Spiceworks is their constant focus of on their users' input. They are constantly updating and improving the software using a roadmap driven directly by user feedback via a detailed forum. For more information, visit: www.spiceworks.com Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2009 at VARvid - Video for Microsoft Partners