Archive for March, 2015

TNT achieves Cisco Advanced Unified Access Specialization

Posted on: March 25th, 2015 by webadmin No Comments

The Network Team is extremely proud to announce we have achieved the Cisco Advanced Unified Access Specialization.  In awarding TNT the specialization, Cisco acknowledged that TNT has the highest level of understanding of networking technology offered by the world’s largest provider in networking.

TNT president Jeff Gaura says of the Specialization, “this proves what TNT and our customers have known for years. Our engineers are experts at the highest level, who continue to challenge and improve their knowledge in order to serve our clients’ unique needs.”

In order to qualify for the specialization, 5 employees of TNT had to fulfill rigorous requirements for certifications.  Engineer Justin Peatross passed his test for the certification with a perfect score.

According to the Cisco Channel Specialization Team, “by achieving the Advanced Unified Access Specialization, The Network Team has proven they have the ability to provide sophisticated, value-added Cisco Unified Access solutions through their in-depth sales capabilities, technology skills and service offerings.”

The Network Team has partnered with Cisco since TNT started.  We are a premier partner with expertise in routing, switching, wireless, security and voice.  The Network Team offers several different managed IT services along with traditional project-based offers.  TNT implements solutions that reduce operational costs, boost productivity, and increase revenue.  We service public and private sector enterprises, with nearly all of our business originating from companies that have a presence in the Carolinas.  We use nearly all the technology that we sell to our customers, removing any ambiguity or false confidence about our services. All employees are certified, and all engineers are multi-vendor certified.

The Internet of Everything means even more on IT’s plate

Posted on: March 18th, 2015 by webadmin No Comments

Today, less than 1 percent of things in the physical world are network connected. In the near future, the growth of the Internet of Everything (IoE) will invade all that we know.

IoE is the convergence of people, processes, data, and things.  It will make networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever before, creating unprecedented opportunities for countries, businesses, and individuals.
Although the number of devices, applications, and bandwidth demands are growing, the size of IT staff and budget remains static. IT organizations are struggling to manage the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend and growth of mobile devices and traffic.

They face two main challenges:

  • Complexity of managing separate wired and wireless networks, multiple management systems, multiple network operating systems, and chaotic device on-boarding processes.
  • Inconsistency of wired and wireless architecture, policy, security, features, and operations. When compared with wired networks, wireless also does not have the same level of granular quality of service (QoS), policy, and security enforcement close to endpoint devices.

Hire The Network Team to help you handle the vision setting required to face the Internet of Everything.  Hire TNT to design and install the tools needed to manage and monitor. Hire us to help you take all this information to make leading edge business decisions.

You want this to be part of your edge….not an edge that only your competitors know about.

Contact The Network Team for a free 2 hour network assessment to get started.

Cisco Networking: Everything’s New but the Questions

Posted on: March 11th, 2015 by webadmin No Comments

Cisco has been equal to networking for the better part of two decades.  Just when you think you have the latest-greatest-fastest network, it gets slow.

Again.

At first, everything was about the switches. Were they fast enough?

Then we asked, “Were they smart enough?”

Then we asked, “How many of these things do we have now?”

Then we asked, “Wireless needs to fit into this, but how?”

Now that we have no real geographic borders to our network; our vision and direction of the network needs to be treated the same way.

Cisco’s acquisition of Meraki injected cloud thinking to the traditional on-premise network.  We now can get answers to the above questions, hitting a public website, from a smart phone, while sitting in the bathroom.  Amazing.

So, many think that the question, “What is next?” means that we must think about even more complicated questions and more innovative ways of managing our information flow.

Not really.  IT still serves the business, and it is time to revisit the same questions.  As such, Cisco is introducing multi-gigabit routers and switches, and wireless speeds are no longer fractions of wired speeds, but in many cases, they are faster than wired networks.  Management will continue to expand, and the latest version of Meraki’s enterprise systems manager is allowing the inclusion of Android devices, Windows devices and networking bigger than just switches and wireless.

When IT workers can leave the server rooms and start spending time with the lines of business, new ideas will show up.  I predict that the latest generation of IT leadership will be more engaged with sales and marketing than any other generation of IT professionals.  I will go so far as to predict their compensation will include measurements about how they positively impact the company’s bottom line, too.

Come get to know the new Cisco.

Microsoft Office 365 Hands-On Lab: What can you expect?

Posted on: March 4th, 2015 by webadmin No Comments

Before I arrived at work today, these were the tasks I had on my schedule for the day:

  • writing this blog post
  • creating a campaign for an upcoming webinar series
  • researching and planning some website overhauls
  • a phone meeting with a new partner for TNT
  • an in-person meeting with my boss about marketing plans for the next 6 months
  • Ordering new company shirts for everyone
  • Along with the everyday tasks of responding to emails and answering calls (usually from random vendors trying to sell me lists of ‘spot on Technology Users who use the very product you sell. Honest, these are really the real contacts!’ )

As I was driving into work,

  • My boss emailed me about an issue with some marketing funding I requested. (That needed to be rectified ASAP)
  • An Account Executive emailed to ask if I could help him tweak and launch his email campaign (He’s new to the company and still learning our CRM system, of which I am the Mistress)
  • My Sales Manager asked me to create a report template to track some specific performance metrics in a series of new campaigns

Most days are like this at offices across the world.  At The Network Team, I accomplish all these tasks and more utilizing Microsoft Office 365.  It’s one of the team’s favorite productivity tools. That’s why we are so passionate about teaching you about it in our Office 365 Hands-on Labs.

The Microsoft Office Hands-On Lab allows you to test drive Microsoft technologies including Office 365, Exchange, SharePoint, Skype for Business, Dynamics CRM and Power BI.

It is NOT a generic sales pitch.  You are in the driver’s seat as a trained facilitator guides you through scenarios from a common work day like maintain productivity while being mobile, connecting in real time to colleagues and clients, and using social networking to complete tasks.

TNT president Jeff Gaura facilitates the sessions with a laid-back but informative teaching style.  Jeff was a teacher in New York City Schools as well as South Carolina for nearly 10 years. He loves sharing knowledge and showing people more effective ways to work. And it comes across in the session.

Noelle DeAtley, of Creative Thinkers attended the Hands-On Lab in Charlotte in February, and had this to say;

“You rock. Your team is super awesome. Your session made 3 hours feel like 5 minutes. You all took a problem and turned it into solutions without blinking an eye. I was thrilled to gain insight and understanding of Microsoft and software. I have new ideas bouncing through my head for my clients and started implementing solutions as soon as I left you yesterday.

I have been teaching for over 30 years and you are at the top of the class. It is rare that I find someone of your technical skills with a talent for teaching and a brilliant business mind.”

Here’s a glimpse at what you can expect:

  • The session starts with a discussion of common daily tasks and the pains surrounding them
  • The facilitator guides attendees through Office 365 starting with Outlook, focusing in on how fluidly it inner-operates with other Microsoft technologies like Word, Excel, Dynamics CRM and SharePoint.
  • Attendees experience the ease of setting up IM’s, calls and meetings with Skype for Business, as well as the collaboration power of sharing desktops, whiteboarding and polls.
  • Attendees navigate through SharePoint, learning how easy it is to store, share and manipulate documents and even websites.
  • The facilitator shows users the in-depth, easy to use, reporting tools of Power BI.
  • The sessions are open to questions, or offshoots if there is a particular tool or topic you would like to learn more about.