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December 2019 Newsletter

REGISTER NOW: Wine @ 5 – December 12

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Take time to “breathe” this holiday season. Explore some of the best wines around as you learn how Nutanix hyperconverged infrastructure can de-stress your network management.

A trained sommelier will guide you through some of Cooper’s Hawk Winery’s finest vintages and explain what pairs well with each one. You’ll also discover how pairing your company with Nutanix can transform your network into a simple, streamlined system.

We’ll even send you home with a bottle of your favorite wine!


Inspiring the Future of IT

“Kids get pushed so quickly through school and out into the workforce that they never get to actually experience what they’re choosing to do for the rest of their lives,” says Jake Bingen, senior consulting engineer in our Milwaukee office. That’s why he became a mentor for Pewaukee High School’s Insight Program.

Insight gives high school students real-world immersion experiences in a professional setting. The program matches students with mentors in healthcare, teaching, business, engineering, journalism – and IT.

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Jack Borckmann and Jake Bingen

Earlier this year, Jake was matched with a high school senior named Jack Borckmann. Jack was interested in IT but wasn’t sure whether he wanted to go into the computer science side or the infrastructure side.

Jake arranged for Jack to spend a day at one of his key clients, GA Larson. Jack shadowed GA Larson’s business analyst Jon Grady for some computer programming experience. And he shadowed Jake to learn more about infrastructure. By the end of the day, thanks to this hands-on experience, Jack discovered he liked the infrastructure side.

“I think it’s important for students to see what they think they want to do before they actually do it as a career,” says Jake.

“For me, I knew what I wanted to do at 14 when I built my first computer and it blew up in smoke. But not everyone has that ‘a-ha’ moment,” he says. “If I can be the spark that shows a person what IT is and how we solve problems, then I’ll try to be there for that person.”

Thank you to Rob Sunderlage, Jon Grady, and GA Larson for giving Jack an invaluable day-in-the-life experience in IT.

JOIN US: Dine & Dash in Appleton – December 10

This is one dine & dash where it’s totally ok to grab your food and go – because the tab’s on us. That’s right. Just spend a few minutes learning if Nutanix hyperconverged infrastructure might be right for your company. Then take some palette-pleasing meals home to the family for supper.

Join us at Victoria’s Italian Cuisine in Appleton >>>

Talking Fraud Prevention on Twitter

As part of International Fraud Awareness Week (Nov. 17-23), ITP was invited to join security pros from around the country in #fraudweekchat on Twitter. Hosted by the Identity Theft Resource Center and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the chat discussed questions such as:

  • What role does company culture play in preventing fraud?
  • What are some unique ways to provide fraud prevention training and education?
  • What’s your best advice for those who want to protect themselves from fraud and identity theft?

It was a great conversation full of useful tips. Check it out on Twitter or in this recap article.

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See Star Wars with Us – December 21

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Take your family to see the new Star Wars movie in a private theatre! Enjoy complimentary refreshments and the chance to win special prizes. Plus, learn how Nutanix is ushering in a new era of infrastructure in a short presentation before the movie.

Reserve your seats today! On the registration page, select Ellie Sherven as your ITP host.


Christmas & New Year’s Hours

ITP will be CLOSED on the following days:

  • Christmas Eve: Tuesday, Dec. 24th
  • Christmas Day: Wednesday, Dec. 25th
  • New Year’s Day: Wednesday, Jan. 1st

If you need to reach us on days we are closed, call our main line at 1-833-223-3668 and you’ll be connected to our after-hours answering service. A ticket will be created and placed in our queue, and it will be addressed according to the priority level when our team returns.

If it’s an emergency, an ITP engineer will be paged. We will have ITP engineers on-call in each region, so if your issues require immediate assistance, you’re still covered. (Again, if your request is not an emergency, a ticket will be created and placed in our ticket queue.)

Tech Trends for 2020

On December 3, our CEO Paul Hager gives his Tech Trends for 2020 presentation at the UW E-Business Consortium. Every year, Paul shares his predictions for what the year ahead will bring – and which of his predictions from the past year came true. For example, here’s what Paul predicted for 2019.

What’s in store for 2020? Here’s a sneak peek at Paul’s predictions:

  • The impact of AI in security
  • Ultra-realistic voice cloning
  • Quantum computing
  • The rise and impact of technology in media

Wish you could hear Paul’s presentation? We’ll be offering it as a webinar in January. Stay tuned for your invitation to this can’t-miss session!

Keep Up with ITP on Facebook

Don’t miss all the helpful IT and cybersecurity info we post on our Facebook page every day. Add us to your “See First” list in Facebook and our posts will appear at the top of your News Feed. It’s super easy to do – just click “See First” from the drop-down menu under the “Following” button on our Facebook page.

Add ITP to Your Facebook See First List >>>

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