GeekTek In the News
This Thanksgiving we want to turn our attention to small business owners. With Black Friday around the corner and Small Business Saturday close behind, some are wondering if small business owners are getting caught up in the frenzy, or taking time to be present with family and friends.
MSPs are facing “cavalier” attitudes from customers when it comes to the cloud, channel players warn. The lack of understanding of the cloud and its limitations is giving rise to a cloud-solves-all mindset that is posing a potential threat for the MSP community, which finds itself having to manage customers’ unrealistic demands, according to some.
There’s nothing worse than installing software on your PC and then discovering that it also installed a nefarious payload of adware. Java updates have long included the Ask.com toolbar which insidiously takes over your search experience and is very difficult to remove. Each time you update Java, it tries to reinstall itself! GeekTek IT Services’ CEO Eric Schlissel spoke with David Lazarus of the Los Angeles Times at length about this horrible situation and provided useful tips to small business owners on how to avoid this software and remove it once it takes root.
“Back in July, Eric Schlissel, CEO of GeekTek IT Services in Los Angeles, noted that most of his client businesses had an “if it ain’t broke” attitude when it came to XP, which, coupled with poor reception for Windows 8, made the cost of upgrading a hard sell. Since then, many of these businesses have seen the productivity light: Getting off XP meant getting off geriatric XP-era hardware — an upside Microsoft and its hardware partners also gladly tout. “Over the course of the last few months our clients’ attitudes have changed, and many have been receptive to the idea of upgrading their XP machines to Windows 7,” Schlissel said in an email interview. “Many of their XP machines were intolerably slow, so they ended up with happier and more productive employees.”
“While technical support has become a commodity over the years, the partnership between small businesses and their trusted IT service providers has remained invaluable. If you’re just starting out in IT services, my recommendation is to not only focus on your technical studies, but to increase your personal communication skills. We see a lot of applicants that look great on paper, but when we meet with them they’re unable to relay technical information to nontechnical people in an empathetic and understandable way. IT is as much about client services as it is about technical knowledge, and those that communicate effectively move forward with greater ease.” – Eric Schlissel
A growing trend, “Shadow IT” is a term used to describe IT systems and solutions built and/or used inside organizations without the approval of the IT department. This could include anything from employees emailing spreadsheets back and forth to entire departments licensing third-party, cloud solutions behind IT’s back.
While the usage varies, one thing is certain: Shadow IT is growing.
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GeekTek will soon expand its footprint into Phoenix, AZ through its recent selection of Cyberverse as its regional colocation partner. Building on its established relationship with Cyberverse, GeekTek signed a multiyear contract that augments the current colocation agreement between the firms for Los Angeles with new visibility and capability in the Southwest.
“We are excited that GeekTek has once again chosen our facilities as they continue their national expansion,” states Cyberverse Director of Business Development Matt Schryver. “Our 550,000 square-foot adaptive data center was constructed to accommodate the ambitions and scaling mandates required by businesses like GeekTek. We are honored that they chose us once again to expand their operation.”
GeekTek President/CEO Eric Schlissel concurs. “It makes sense for GeekTek to once again partner with Cyberverse, and to enable direct connectivity between these locations,” he believes. “This provides our clients with both additional redundancy and fewer hops within our infrastructure. We not only needed another location for our private cloud and disaster recovery services but an efficient and economic means of scaling it. Cyberverse has ably served us in this endeavor in Los Angeles; we look forward to extending our relationship further in Phoenix.”
Cyberverse’s data center infrastructure efficiently handles both its clients’ standard and dynamic workloads with flexible rack densities of up to 50 kW, or 1000 watts per square foot, enabling customers to deploy computational applications without latency or disruption.
By selecting Cyberverse, GeekTek also meets the mandates of its environmental program through Cyberverse’s intelligent infrastructure solutions. Cyberverse has engineered its systems to continuously improve economic and environmental performance, guaranteeing a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.15. This results in Cyberverse’s clients using up to 85 percent less water and up to 80 percent less power than workloads deployed in traditional facilities, reducing the environmental impact of their facilities and resulting in a lower total cost of ownership.
GeekTek IT Services, a Los Angeles-based Managed IT/Cyber security firm which manages, secures and scales the information infrastructure of rapidly growing businesses, has just launched its new location in Denver, CO. GeekTek President/CEO Eric Schlissel has selected Art Ockey, who has constructed and implemented effective work processes as a manager for Optimum Networking, inhouseIT, The Network Pro and many other managed service providers, to lead the charge.
“I have known Art Ockey ever since his days as the Project Services Director at inhouseIT, and the exceptional skill set and work ethic he has developed throughout his career match well with our aspirations as a company,” mentions Eric. “Art’s attention to detail and mastery of workflow automation has already enhanced our service desk capabilities by leaps and bounds. I am confident in his ability to lead our Denver team to great heights in this new expansion.”
For his part, Ockey states, “I’ve always respected the team and tools GeekTek has amassed over the years. Eric clearly has a vision for GeekTek’s future growth, and our company is well-prepared to take on the tasks mandated by Colorado’s booming economy. I look forward to helping lead GeekTek to meet and surpass our goals.”
GeekTek enters into the Denver Metro area at a propitious time. The city is experiencing job growth .6 percentage points higher than the US average, according to a recent study by the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation. And its cannabis industry has recently posted gross sales of $1.5 billion for 2017, a new record for the state’s well-known program. According to Schlissel, these metrics closely track the upward momentum GeekTek itself is both experiencing and cultivating with its recent expansion activity.
FORMER TRIAL ATTORNEY ERIN FAY, J.D./M.B.A NAMED CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER AS GEEKTEK CONTINUES EXPANDING ITS CANNABIS TECHNOLOGY PRACTICE
Los Angeles, CA, August 10, 2018 – GeekTek announces another milestone in its history of expansion and success with its recent hire of Erin Fay, J.D. and M.B.A. Fay brings valuable leadership and insight to GeekTek’s business processes with a decade of experience as a trial attorney leading serious and complex prosecutions from investigation to resolution.
Fay brings more than ten years of legal experience in the federal and state courts system where she led multi-agency investigations that successfully dismantled cocaine, crack, and heroin drug trafficking organizations through her analytical and strategic skills.
Fay said, “During my tenure as a prosecutor, I saw first-hand the social justice issues plaguing our society and now I can advocate for my long-held beliefs in the positive and therapeutic benefits of cannabis. What attracted me to GeekTek was that it helps cannabis businesses thrive, provides them with data security, and assists in their scaling through the use of technology.”
About Erin Fay:
“Erin leads by example with strength, integrity, and empathy, which made her the obvious choice for GeekTek’s executive team,” stated GeekTek CEO Eric Schlissel. Schlissel lauds Fay’s strong leadership skills and the fresh perspective she brings to GeekTek as key factors in his selection.
Fay said, “Eric was searching for a candidate whose background demonstrated an ability to align a multitude of complex projects and make well-reasoned decisions under pressure with competing interests. Our values aligned and I share Eric’s vision for GeekTek’s future as it expands and grows alongside the businesses it serves.”
Fay joins GeekTek at a pivotal point in the organization’s history as it expands into more American states and Canadian provinces as the cannabis industry expands with legalization.
GeekTek has steadily gained success with its expanding list of clientele by implementing a growth-based approach to managed IT solutions and security. Schlissel noted, “Hiring Erin is another part of our nationwide and international expansion strategy, which included opening an office in Denver in April while expanding our areas of practice in the cannabis industry.
Fay’s M.B.A. focused on international business and her studies brought her around the world. Her experiences both stateside and abroad will contribute to GeekTek’s expansion into other markets and territories.”
Geektek’s services span a variety of industries, including manufacturing, cannabis, entertainment, retail, non-profits, and even art galleries. The team of more than forty members provides managed IT, security and cybersecurity services for businesses in every phase of their growth. GeekTek is the leading IT provider and technology services firm in the cannabis industry, assisting other businesses to scale through the use of technology.
GeekTek has been consistently ranked among the top managed service providers globally by MSPMentor, CRN, and Channelnomics.
Widely recognized as a thought leader in the IT industry, Eric Schlissel has twice been a finalist for the Los Angeles Business Journal CIO Awards, been featured on the cover of ChannelPro and has been quoted in The LA Times, Wired, CIO Magazine, InformationWeek, InfoWorld, PC World and other news outlets.
For more information or to schedule an interview with Erin Fay or Eric Schlissel, please contact Mohirah Hall at 866-808-9901 or [email protected]