Elevated Technologies Ranked Among Top 501 Managed Service Providers by MSPmentor


Elevated Technologies Ranked Among Top 501 Managed Service Providers by MSPmentor

10th Annual MSP 501 Ranking and Study Identifies
World’s Most Progressive MSPs in Information Technology

DATE June 13, 2017: Elevated Technologies ranks among the world’s most progressive 501 Managed Service Providers (MSPs), according to MSPmentor’s 10th-annual MSP 501 Worldwide Company Rankings. The top MSP 501 companies ranked this year include organizations from around the world and from diverse technology and business backgrounds. Collectively, they amassed $14.48 billion in total revenue (based on 2016 results), up more than 15 percent from a year earlier.

The complete 2017 MSP 501 list is available at MSPmentor.net. In addition to honoring Elevated Technologies this year’s MSP 501 list and study showcases the top ranked MSPs worldwide. Over the next few weeks, MSPmentor will unveil additional lists showcasing:

  • The top MSPs in Europe, Middle East and Africa
  • The top MSPs in Asia, Australia and New Zealand
  • The top Small Business MSPs’ list, comprised of organizations with 10 or fewer employees
  • The top vertical markets pursued by MSP 501 companies
  • The leading tools they leverage to run their businesses
  • And the top technologies they provide to customers

“This is quite an honor,” said Jason Rorie, Founder of Elevated Technologies. “We are very pleased and humbled to be in such great company with other outstanding MSPs.”

“On behalf of MSPmentor, I would like to congratulate Elevated Technologies for its recognition as an MSP 501 honoree,” said Aldrin Brown, Editor in Chief, MSPmentor. “The managed service provider market is evolving at a rapid pace and the companies showcased on the 2017 MSP 501 list represent the most agile, flexible and innovative organizations in the industry.”

The 2017 MSP 501 list is based on data collected by MSPmentor and its partner, Clarity Channel Advisors. Data was collected online from Feb. 16 through May 15, 2017. The MSP 501 list recognizes top managed service providers based on metrics including recurring revenue, growth and other factors.

About Elevated Technologies

Elevated Technologies delivers premier managed IT services, consultation and support for organizations that absolutely depend on their technology. We specialize in IT Management,  Monitoring & Maintenance, Business Continuity, Remote & Onsite Network Support, and Data Security. The hallmarks of our service – flexibility, reliability, protection – are the guiding principles behind our world-class IT management and professional services.

About Penton Technology’s Channel Brands

Penton Technology’s channel brands define emerging IT markets and disrupt established IT markets. They are a division of Informa. The channel brands include: MSPmentor (www.MSPmentor.net), The VAR Guy (www.TheVARguy.com), Talkin’ Cloud (www.TalkinCloud.com), the WHIR (http://www.thewhir.com) and WebHostingTalk (http://webhostingtalk.com).

 About Informa

Penton Technology, Think Tank, MSPmentor, The VAR Guy, Talkin’ Cloud, the WHIR, WebHostingTalk, Channel Partners Online, Channel Partners Conference & Expo and Channel Partners Evolution are part of Informa, the international business intelligence, academic publishing, knowledge and events group. Informa serves commercial, professional and academic communities, helping them connect and learn, and creating and providing access to content and intelligence that helps people and businesses work smarter and make better decisions faster.

Informa has over 7,500 colleagues in more than 20 countries and a presence in all major geographies. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a member of the FTSE 100.

Aldrin Brown,
Director of Content, MSPmentor

Watson Has a New Job


You may or may not have heard of Watson by IBM. In case you haven’t heard of it, IBM Watson is a technology platform that uses natural language processing and machine learning to reveal insights from large amounts of unstructured data. Basically, it can be asked questions and will give back answers. The way it works is it [Watson] analyzes unstructured data to present an answer or solution. Watson is able to understand complex questions, grammar and context, and will evaluate all of the possible meanings to determine what is being asked. A question is submitted to Watson, it then searches millions of documents, collects evidence using a scoring algorithm that rates the quality of the evidence. Once this is done, it ranks the possible answers based on the score of the evidence. Finally, it gives you an answer or solution to your question. Sound complicated? It kind of is. However, it is put to good use. It is currently being used in work to battle cancer and cybercriminals, but Watson just landed a new job with Macy’s. It will be called Macy’s On-Call. Since most people have their smartphone with them while shopping, Macy’s is taking advantage of this to improve their customer’s experience. Macy’s On-Call will give shoppers the ability to ask Watson questions regarding a store’s products, services, and facilities by typing in their question. The question will be delivered through location-based software Satisfi, who is an IBM partner, which will access Watson from the cloud. The cool part? It is customized to each individual store. You can ask “where are the shoes?” or “INC dresses.” It will give you specific directions on where that item is located or more information about an item. Macy’s On-Call will use machine learning which evolves over time, so the more you use it, the more it learns about what you want/like/need. The long term goal is to integrate it into the Macy’s app. Technology that makes shopping easier is always a good idea.


Johnson & Johnson Moves to the Cloud


In today’s world, everyone seems to be backing everything up to the cloud, from data and pictures to important documents. Many companies are using the cloud as a way to back up their data. Big corporations have started doing the same thing. It seems as though this has become the norm, and eventually it may be the only way to back up your information. Johnson & Johnson has announced that they have begun making their transition to cloud systems. A spokeswoman for the company said that by 2018, Johnson & Johnson plans to have 85% of their applications in cloud systems. They will be using three separate cloud systems to include Amazon.com Inc., Microsoft Corp. and NTT Communications Corp. The company announced that they will also be shutting down or consolidating 40% of existing software applications. Stuart McGuigan, chief information officer, stated that “Johnson & Johnson turned off its last mainframe last year, which is not something I was sure I’d see in my lifetime: A Fortune 100 company with absolutely no mainframe footprint.” Sandi Peterson, group worldwide chairman stated that the “company has moved more than 500 terabytes of data to Amazon Web Services, Microsoft’s Azure and NTT’s cloud platform, improving how research is conducted”. Peterson went on to say that “aside from cutting costs, cloud provides Johnson & Johnson with a way to grow faster. Putting so much data in the cloud, to use the computer processing power of outside providers, lets the company speed up product development.”

When major Fortune 100 companies start committing to the cloud, it’s a key indicator that a shift in typical business operations is taking place. In case some of you are wondering what cloud computing is, cloud storage providers such as Elevated Technologies gives you a remote data center, where it manages the infrastructure, servers, and virtualization of your data, and you simply access your virtual files using the internet, giving you access anywhere, anytime. As you can see from Johnson & Johnson’s perspective, there are numerous benefits to cloud computing. Elevated Technologies provides cloud based services that you can trust and rely on. To securely backup your data and enjoy convenient access to your data, contact Elevated Technologies and learn what we can do for your business.


HPE Sued Oracle: Here is the Story


From the world of mergers and acquisitions to the world of law suits, HP was previously in the news for their known merger with Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC). The most recent activity regarding HPE is their lawsuit against Oracle. HPE and Oracle have had a long-standing relationship for over three decades. Things considerably changed when Oracle bought Sun Microsystems in January of 2010. This buyout resulted in Oracle becoming a direct competitor of HP in the hardware division. This is also when the lawsuits between HPE and Oracle erupted. HPE stated that Oracle “breached a clear contractual obligation to HPE and acted in bad faith, with the intention of driving hardware sales from HPE’s Itanium to Oracle’s Sun servers.” Oracle had agreed on the software development for Itanium, a chip that HPE is dependent on for its selective servers. Oracle decided to stop developing software for use with HPE’s Itanium-based servers in 2011. Oracle claimed that Intel made it clear that the chip was nearing the end of its life and was shifting its focus to its x86 microprocessor. HPE said it had an agreement with Oracle that support for Itanium would continue, without which the equipment using the chip would become obsolete.

There has been bad blood between the two companies for a while. It started when Oracle hired HPE’s former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mark Hurd and appointed him as the Co-President. HPE was incredibly unhappy about this; they filed a lawsuit claiming “irreparable damage” as it was believed that Hurd would provide “valuable trade secrets” to Oracle. The two companies ended up mutually settling regarding the ‘trade secret’ lawsuit. On June 1, 2016, HPE asked Oracle to pay $3 billion in compensation for causing a fall in the demand for its Itanium-based offerings. This isn’t the first go-round of lawsuits for Oracle. About a month ago, Oracle lost a $9 billion verdict to Google while trying to stake a claim to the search giant’s Android phone business. This $3 billion award for HPE will account for 5.4 percent of Oracle’s $56 billion cash on hand, according to data collected by Bloomberg. It has been noted that HP is extremely happy with this verdict and that Oracle plans to appeal.


Windows 10 Is Having More Issues


Everyone who has ever used Microsoft knows that the company is compelling users to upgrade to Windows 10. Many people have already upgraded and are now experiencing problems with their computer, whether it is slow performance or computer crashes. Anyone who uses Windows has seen the pop-up encouraging you to upgrade to Windows 10. You might want to be careful the next time you click the “X” to close that pop-up box. On some of the pop-up boxes, a scheduled download date is shown. Turns out clicking the “X” does not cancel it.  Normally, if you would click the “X” you’d be canceling the update offer. But instead, Microsoft set it so that clicking the “X” actually confirms the date shown in the pop-up window. This is definitely a sneaky move. So much so, that Microsoft was sued by a travel agent in Seattle. Turns out this sneaky upgrade caused her computer to crash and resulted in loss of work. Microsoft lost the lawsuit and had to pay her $10,000. So the next time you see that upgrade box, be very careful about how you proceed.



Microsoft’s New Technical Advisor


So we heard earlier this week that Microsoft is acquiring LinkedIn for $196 per share. The deal is expected to be wrapped up later this year and values the social networking site at $26.2 billion. Some people have voiced that Microsoft is overpaying for LinkedIn, although Microsoft’s new Technical Advisor disagrees. This usually isn’t something that makes the headlines, except when that advisor is Bill Gates. Gates is the co-founder and former CEO of Microsoft. Who better to assist the company than one of the men who created it? Gates has been questioned regarding his stance on the merger. He has said this deal is “a great transaction” and “the value of the two companies’ combined is greater than the two by themselves.” With Gates behind this deal, you can bet it will be a good one.


Microsoft Pairs with LinkedIn


We have another merger in our midst. Microsoft has announced their plan to acquire LinkedIn. So what is the deal? Here is what you need to know. The agreement states Microsoft will purchase LinkedIn for $196 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at $26.2 billion, inclusive of LinkedIn’s net cash. LinkedIn will be able to keep its independence and brand. Jeff Weiner, the creator and CEO of LinkedIn, will retain his position. The transaction has been unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies. The deal is expected to close this calendar year and is subject to approval by LinkedIn’s shareholders, the satisfaction of certain regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. This deal will combine the world’s leading professional cloud with the world’s leading professional network, which is kind of ingenious. That’s it for now. We’ll keep you posted on how this plays out.

Battle of the Virtual Assistants

In the world of virtual assistants, Siri has been here since the beginning. Google followed suit shortly with their VA known as Google Now. Late to the party but catching up is the Microsoft version known as Cortana. Both are virtual assistants that are voice activated and hands free. These VAs use what is called an artificial intelligence algorithm. The way the algorithm works is the more you use it, the better is gets to know you. The better it gets to know you, the more helpful the VA actually is. The real breakthrough, however, is not in their voice recognition capabilities, but their ability to understand things in context and respond in a conversational manner. All of these companies are spending hundreds of millions of dollars in research and development with the goal of making these assistants speak and respond in a more conversational manner and with greater accuracy around content and context. An experiment was done to evaluate how Siri, Google Now, and Cortana would perform. On factual items like “What is the weather like today,” all three showed an image of the weather forecast. When asking about making reservations, Siri and Cortana showed a list of restaurants in a half-mile radius. Google Now, however, opened the Open Table reservation app with the reservation form already filled out. Now for the ratings on the good stuff: jokes. When quoted the famous line from “2001: A Space Odyssey” in which astronaut Dave Bowman tells the ship’s computer: “Open the pod bay doors.” Cortana responds with the right answer: “I’m sorry Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.” Siri’s response was better: “Doesn’t anybody knock anymore?” Google Now responded by giving links that showed clips from the movie. Overall, the three services are good on factual questions. No matter which one you use, you are sure to be informed and entertained.


Futuristic Nostalgia

Remember the phones that were all the rage about 10 years ago, the flip phone known as the Razr? Do you remember how cool they were and how everyone had one? They were available in a variety of colors, with silver and hot pink being the most popular.  Well, it appears they will be coming back to the future. Motorola, who is owned by Lenovo, released a video showing a clip of high school students using the Razr. At the end of the video, a date of June 9, 2016 is shown. This is creating much speculation that this phone is being brought back from the dead. As cool as this phone was, it was also incredibly easy to break in half, without really even trying to. This video has many people asking one question, “Why?”  In a world of smart phones and smart watches, why bring back a flip phone? In a world of talk-to-text capabilities, why bring back something that requires you to hit a button 3 times to get the letter you desire? Will it have a touch screen, is that possible to do on a flip phone? Who really wants to go back to the flip phone age? With such a tech-savvy world, it is questioned why they would bring back something that doesn’t offer much other than phone calls and pictures. Maybe they think people are longing for simpler times and the nostalgia will drive people to buy it, or maybe it’s a last-ditch effort for Motorola. No one really hears much from Motorola anymore, so maybe this is their way of reverting back to a more prosperous time and hoping that this release will reposition them in the competitive mobile market. Check back with us so we can update you on the latest!