Troy, MI Cloud Computing Solutions Provider and IT Support Company Wins Business Growth Award

We couldnt have done it without the help of my colleagues, said Kim Nielsen, Chief Technology Strategist and Founder of Computer Technologies. The award is given as a group, and we werent alone in receiving it. Everyone worked hard at building our businesses this year and its really starting to show, Nielsen went on, referencing the other members in the group; Jay Parisi of Aegis Technology Partners in CT, Keith Carrizosa of Azure Horizons in IL, Bob Milliken of Cascadia Systems Group in BC Canada, Matt Weaver of Echo Systems in PA, Bob Michie of MetroMSP in NJ, Sean Robertson of Strategic Technology Associates, Inc. in NB Canada and Kevin Justus of Shoreline Information Technologies in CA. The Accountability Group, known as the Accelerators, has weekly conference calls and quarterly meetings with the intent of identifying ways to ease their clients IT pain as well as assist and hold one another accountable towards their business goals. As a group, it’s powerful to be able to collaborate on ways to improve our services to our clients. Its like having a board of directors and an executive management team, Nielsen added. Our clients gain the added benefit of knowing theyre partnering with a company thats here for the long haul and has outside resources we can count on. The Accelerators is one of 30 groups consisting of 270 member companies, of the Robin Robins Producers Club, that represent some of the top IT companies in the world. The award recognizes the best improvement from Q1 to Q2 based on revenue, monthly contracts and income.

MTN Extends Cloud Services To Cote D’Ivoire


It might be all business. Justin Moore, CEO of Axcient, and Renee Bergeron, VP of managed services and cloud computing for Ingram Micro North America, recently shared their insights with Business Solutions magazine. Moore says, Resellers are starting to feel a push from two sides: from end user companies that are turning to them to help select, evaluate, implement, integrate, and manage cloud solutions, and from ISVs looking to increase their channel power to supply solutions to those end user companies. Moore quotes a Gartner report, Forecast Overview: Public Cloud Services, Worldwide, 2011-2016 (4Q12 update published Feb. 8, 2013) that anticipates the SaaS market will grow steadily at a rate of 19.5 percent through 2016, with spending projected to increase 143 percent over the same period to $32.8 billion. He also cites a Forrester Research report As SaaS Goes Mainstream, ISVs Invest in Channel Support Tools that says with the increased adoption of cloud solutions, ISVs are changing their sourcing strategy and are looking to solution partners who can supply and centrally manage their entire end-to-end SaaS portfolio. Forrester estimates that by the end of 2013 the partner channel will account for 27 percent of all SaaS software revenues for ISVs. As part of the broader adoption of cloud-based service and maturing of this market, end users need, in particular, solutions providers who can assist with the integration of cloud-based solutions into the business other applications and general workflow, says Moore. He points out that there are two benefits for resellers who realize that the market is changing and that there is a definite appetite for cloud-based offerings.

Can You Afford Not To Offer Cloud Services?

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This slowed the process and was inconvenient for all parties. By adding e-signatures into Cash Canadasshort termloans process, the company is now able to offer its customers the ability to complete a loan safely, securely and instantaneously from anywhere with internet access via a laptop, tablet PC or smartphone. The result: more customers and increased business. For Teachers Credit Union , the level of electronic evidence was important in the decision to move to an online signature process. To meet this goal without compromising the objective to transform the customer experience, the credit union implemented an e-signature solution that digitally signs each document and captures the signing process including every web page and action that a consumer takes.

The Cloud is Here to Stay in Financial Services

The introduction follows successful launches in Nigeria and Ghana, with plans for further roll outs in three other countries including Uganda, Cameroon and South Africa, already gathering pace. The service, which provides business automation tools to enterprises across professional services, micro-finance, health and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) sectors, aims to promote businesses by providing technical support for a sustainable growth and development. Our focus as MTN is to contribute to the development of enterprises and the sustainable growth of economies in the countries where we operate, says Pieter Verkade, MTN Group Chief Commercial Officer. MTN Cloud is integral to our strategy to achieve this, particularly as enterprises are key economic growth drivers in most of our markets. As with the launches in Ghana and Nigeria in April, this weeks introduction of business automation tools in Cote dIvoire is part of the first phase of MTN Cloud services designed primarily for SMEs across professional services, and the health and micro-finance sectors. The second phase of MTN Cloud offerings will cater for major corporate companies and multinationals. The uptake in Ghana and Nigeria has been positive. We are optimistic that MTN Cloud will receive a similar response in Cote dIvoire, and in the other markets when its launched, concludes Verkade. The South Africas Most Valuable Brand and the highest ranked African brand for two consecutive years recently announced it had hit a record high 200 million subscribers across Africa.


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