Storage in a Hybrid Cloud World Webinar

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To continue to innovate for the future, organizations must have a solid storage strategy. Effective storage choices help organization drive business continuity, implement DevOps Analytics, migrate key workloads and implement a true hybrid multi-cloud environment.

Join IBM and Evolving Solutions to learn more about driving innovation within your storage infrastructure to improve efficiency, deliver deep analytics and integrate machine learning as part of your hybrid multi-cloud strategy.

2019 Technology Update – Hybrid Cloud: A Transformation Journey

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MONDAY, JULY 22nd

Technology has never moved at a faster pace.  The breakneck speed at which innovation continues to drive transformation highlights more than ever, that it is not cost-effective to continue to install the latest and greatest technology year after year.  With advancements in operating systems, hybrid cloud technology, and the onset of data being used as a resource, the path ahead is becoming difficult to navigate.

Organizations are left scrambling to stay in front of the trends while ensuring their teams are agile and find the most efficient means to ensure their systems are functioning at their best.

This year, our annual Technology Update will not only focus on which innovations are driving trends with our keynote speaker, Alex Salkever, who is a well-regarded futurist and author, but we will hear from a variety of industry experts who know what it takes to get through complex technology transformations successfully.

LOCATION:

Medina Golf and Country Club
400 Evergreen Rd
Medina, MN 55340
AGENDA:
Registration & Breakfast
Technology Update Seminar
Lunch & Demos
Networking and Golf
Awards, Beverages & Appetizers

We will be at a new location this year, the Medina Golf and Country Club, home of the MN Golden Gopher Classic!  So come and check out the superb educational sessions we have planned for the morning, and stay to network and golf the newly renovated course.

Thoughts from Microsoft Inspire

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By Michael Downs, Chief Technology Officer

This week, Susanna Woods, Evolving Solutions’s director of sales, and I attended Microsoft’s Inspire partner conference. It was the first time Evolving Solutions has attended the conference and it reflects our continuing commitment to deliver hybrid cloud solutions to our clients.

Public cloud is not new news, but I believe we’ve reached a new phase of public cloud maturity. Each of the top cloud providers (Microsoft’s Azure, AWS, Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and IBM) has transitioned from evangelism to steady growth. The push by each provider to get client workloads, particularly data, onto their platform is certainly a continued theme. The conference was a great opportunity to better understand how Microsoft is innovating and continuing to differentiate their offerings.

Microsoft’s investments in Azure were readily apparent, as was their continued focus on Data and AI. They continue to lower the barrier to using advanced data capabilities, creating options, but also requiring important considerations on which platform is the best for an individual business. One of the most interesting items showcased was how Microsoft is using what they are learning from their Xbox and gaming business and incorporating it into their ability to make decisions on massive volumes of live data. Incorporating that with their investment in Mixed Reality through solutions like Hololens and Azure Spatial Anchors (provides persistence of a virtual world in the physical world) present several extremely interesting opportunities for innovation.

Of course, it’s not possible to get the business value from any of this innovation without adopting Modern Operations, the practices to ensure your end users and consumers get the experience they expect and need. I’m excited about some of the new Azure capabilities that provide components of this and I’m looking forward to the options they provide for our clients. If you have any questions about the conference or how you can continue to move forward in your cloud journey, feel free to reach out to me.


Michael joined Evolving Solutions in 2014 to develop solutions for our clients across hardware and software, both on and off premise. He brings over 18 years of creating architectures to solve complex business problems including big data, high performance computing, integration, automation and end user computing.

His broad technology, business and industry experience provides valuable perspective to our clients working to implement innovative technologies to support their success.

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HPE Global Partner Summit and Discover Conference

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I recently attended the HPE Global Partner Summit and Discover Conference in Las Vegas. I really appreciated the conferences overlapping partner and client/education schedules. The opportunity to combine HPE executive meetings with client meetings during the same trip is of significant value.  I do realize that for some that anytime you spend a full week in Las Vegas it can often feel like a month with so much going on there.

I give credit to HPE CEO Antonio Neri and the HPE leadership team for the ongoing consistency in their messaging. Their commitment to the Super 6 of Gen 10 Transitions, Blades, Flash Storage, Everything as a Service, Software Defined Infrastructure and the Intelligent Edge, is beneficial in two ways. First, it is refreshing to clients who are on their hybrid cloud journey to receive a consistent and definitive message on how the business direction of a manufacturer supports their journey. Second, it is helpful to partners who are co-investing in the HPE strategy to be confident in knowing that they can make the investments in their business without having to worry about a directional change that results in a wasted investment. The consistency helped drive home their commitment to the Super 6 initiatives.

CEO Neri made a couple of strong statements at the conference which support the HPE commitment to their mission. The one which stood out most to me was the statement, “I am committing today to you that in the next three years HPE will be a consumption driven company and everything we deliver you will be available as a service.” This puts an exclamation point on the GreenLake strategy and HPE’s belief that clients want the capability to consume capacity in a cloud-like manner, even if it is located within their data center.

On a related conference note, I would like to offer an enthusiastic congratulations to our distributor, Tech Data, for being honored as the HPE Global Distributor of the year. Congratulation Rich, Joe and extended Tech Data team for a great accomplishment!

While, I do not find myself saying this too often when it comes to Las Vegas, it was a productive week! The time at the conference was well spent with positive takeaways and actionable to do’s. Now the responsibility falls on the Evolving Solutions team to execute with our partner HPE on our joint strategic initiatives. I look forward to our continued partnership and driving growth for both businesses.


Jaime Gmach, President and CEO

Jaime Gmach co-founded Evolving Solutions in 1996 and continues to lead the company today as its President and CEO. Together with the extended Evolving Solutions team, Jaime has built the company into a business focused on creating enduring, open and trusted client relationships as a leading technology solution provider to businesses throughout North America.

Jaime has spent the past 30 years serving in various leadership roles within the technology industry. Jaime’s career began as a Systems Engineer with a Minneapolis-based professional services firm where he traveled throughout the world focusing on the implementation and support of mid-range compute and storage solutions. Daily face-to-face interaction with clients early in his professional career served as the inspiration for Jaime’s entrepreneurial passion and for his continued desire to work closely with clients.

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NetApp’s Channel Connect Conference Did Not Disappoint

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NetApp held their third annual Channel Connect Conference (C3) from June 5-6, 2019 in San Diego, California.  I was fortunate enough to attend on behalf of the Evolving Solutions team.  This was also my third time attending, and I learn more every time regarding NetApp’s hybrid cloud strategy, key partnerships and technology advancements.

During the event, a lot of time was spent discussing NetApp’s data fabric solutions and message, and how this ties perfectly into a client’s cloud strategy.  From being able to leverage on-premise NetApp solutions, to extending the data fabric to public cloud providers like Azure and AWS, NetApp is “all in” on enabling a seamless experience.  This is a critical technological advantage, as the data suggests that by 2025, the majority of IT buyers will be Millennials and Gen Z buyers.  They are looking for a seamless, integrated, and cost-effective approach to managing their technology environments.

During the event, we heard from key alliance partners including Nvidia, Cisco, Microsoft (Azure) and Lenovo.  These partnerships are driving innovations in the areas of machine learning, artificial intelligence, converged platforms, public cloud, Kubernetes, etc.

The absolute highlight of the conference was hearing from Kate Swanborg, senior vice president of Technology Communications and Strategic Alliances at DreamWorks.  Kate shared an exciting and informative overview of the tight partnership between DreamWorks and NetApp.  Kate has been quoted as saying:  “NetApp is the leader in hybrid cloud data services.  Having used NetApp solutions on all of our CG animated feature films, DreamWorks trusts NetApp to deliver the data services our filmmakers rely on to innovate today and tomorrow, as they unleash creativity and dream new realities.”

Another highlight of the conference was seizing the opportunity to meet many of the NetApp local account executives, solution architects, subject matter experts, managers and executives.  Over 1,500 NetApp employees were also in San Diego for training.  It was a great opportunity to have both the NetApp and channel team members in one place hearing the same messages together.  Be on the lookout for announcements around new all-flash solutions, cloud enhancements, etc. in the coming days.

The best quote of the conference was originally said by Mark Twain over 100 years ago, but is extremely relevant in today’s constantly changing technology landscape:  “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”  The Evolving Solutions team is well down our hybrid cloud journey, and we look forward to continuing to drive innovation with NetApp for our clients.


Bo Gebbie joined Evolving Solutions in January, 2017 as the Vice President of Sales, Services and Marketing. In this role, he is responsible for the sales, pre-sales services, post-sales consulting and marketing pillars within the organization. He is a member of the Executive and Management Teams, and represents the organization externally on vendor and partner Advisory Councils.

Before joining Evolving Solutions, Bo was an IBM executive, serving last as Vice President of Server Solution Sales, North America. In that role, he had sales and profit responsibility for a $3B portfoilio across Power Systems, z Systems and the Server Linux brands. Prior to that, Bo was the Business Unit Executive, Power Systems Sales, North America.

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Evolving Solutions Represents at the NE Tech Summit

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Several hundred attendees converged upon Harper Center for the 2019 Nebraska Technology Summit on May 19th.  In addition to the many great discussion had at our booth, the keynote, Julie Rieger, President, Chief Data Strategist & Head of Media at 20th Century Fox Films, detailed the transformational journey they went through to become a data-driven company.  She spoke to the value of customer insight and the required digital transformation needed to support their ability to make better business decisions.

Many of the customers that stopped by our booth are facing similar challenges, along with the challenge of integrating public cloud offerings into their current technology stack.  Most customers recognize that certain workloads are best kept on-prem, but that public cloud does offer some advantages.

At Evolving Solutions, we can help with the operational challenges of having workloads running in multiple clouds.  We believe in a hybrid cloud approach to systematically address these new challenges.  Taking the time to evaluate your IT environment, think about your goals (short term and long), and understanding your needs, all go a long way to help you move along your technology journey, and ultimately get you to where you want to be tomorrow.

Our teams integrate our expertise in modern platforms with enterprise cloud strategies and are passionate about navigating the complexities that technological transformations bring, so please don’t hesitate to let us know if we can help you on your journey.  To learn more, visit www.evolvingsol.com or email info@evolvingsol.com.

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Dan enjoys working with clients to understand their unique challenges. He is dedicated to working together to develop a solution that meets their needs, and is passionate about advocating on their behalf.

Dan has served in many roles as a customer, technical expert, and sales consultant, and understands the challenges faced by IT professionals and welcomes new learning opportunities.

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Nebraska IT Symposium

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The Nebraska IT Symposium is the region’s premier single-day event designed for the IT executive community. On Tuesday, May 21, several hundred technology leaders from the Omaha metro area will convene on the Creighton University campus for the Nebraska IT Symposium. During the event, attendees will hear from several thought leaders, including keynotes by Ben Taylor (Pleasant Green) and Julie Rieger (20th Century Fox Films).

As technology continues to redefine business, geographic regions, and create borderless digital environments, it has become essential for IT executives to stay aware of global trends in order to integrate strategies into their operations. This allows your team to stay agile while maintaining your company’s competitive edge. The Symposium provides the region’s IT executives an opportunity to gather for a day of networking, collaboration, and knowledge-transfer through peer-led keynotes, breakouts, panels, and networking sessions.

Evolving Solutions is proud to be a conference sponsor. Dan Wilkey, our senior account executive for Nebraska, will be spearheading the Evolving Solutions presence at the event. Dan and team will meet with clients and partners to discuss the Evolving Solutions strategy focused on modern operations in a hybrid cloud world.

We are looking forward to learning a lot during the day, and connecting with other technology leaders at the conference. For more information on the symposium, please visit: https://www.nebraskaitsymposium.com/.

Omaha Tech Summit 2019 Insights

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By Liz Young, Marketing Coordinator

We had a blast at the Omaha Tech Summit last week.  Dozens of tech leaders from around the Omaha, NE metro area were in attendance, and we met individuals from several technology organizations.  Our Chief Technology Officer, Michael Downs, and Vice President, Bo Gebbie, presented on the topic of Modern Operations in a Hybrid Cloud World.

Points of discussion included process shifts and platform transformations that drive organizations to make decisions on the future of their organization’s direction.  Digital transformation is forcing organizations to change in order to innovate and face competitive threats at breakneck pace.

One consequence of this shift has been that developers have had to become more productive, creating new deployment and operational models; the old models are being optimized and continue to drive real value, however.  Regardless, organizations are left at a crossroads, left trying to balance impacts and challenges and productivity.  The problem in a digital transformation becomes more an issue about people, than technology. As Michael Downs notes, “Technology is easy.  People are hard.”

At Evolving Solutions, we believe in a hybrid cloud approach to systematically address these new challenges.  Taking the time to evaluate your IT environment, think about your goals (short term and long), and understanding your needs, all go a long way to help you move along your technology journey, and ultimately get you to where you want to be tomorrow.

Our teams integrate our expertise in modern platforms with enterprise cloud strategies and are passionate about navigating the complexities that technological transformations bring, so please don’t hesitate to let us know if we can help you on your journey.  To learn more, visit www.evolvingsol.com or email info@evolvingsol.com.

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Liz Young - Evolving Solutions

Liz is the Marketing Coordinator and is responsible for the digital/social strategy, content creation and campaign execution for Evolving Solutions. She handles all online platforms including the Evolving Solutions’ website, blog, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.

With more than 15 years of marketing experience, Liz is also pursuing a degree in communications at the University of Minnesota.

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Minnesota HashiCorp User Group

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THE CLOUD OPERATING MODEL, SERVICE MESH, & CONSUL

Join us for a special conversation around cloud enablement in conjunction with Optum on Thursday, April 25 at 4:30pm.

Organizations have a variety of options when it comes to choosing the infrastructure that runs their applications— cloud, private infrastructure, and third-party services. Embracing cloud and multi-cloud requires organizations to rethink their approach to provisioning, securing, and connecting their infrastructure. Static data relies on static fleet of standardized infrastructure, provisioned for long periods of time, and dedicated to users. Dynamic infrastructure now consists of heterogeneous infrastructure, frequently provisioned, short lived, and automated provisioning on-demand. Learn how Consul enables one workflow to connect any application across any infrastructure.

We look forward to seeing you.

Key Takeaways from IBM Think 2019

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By Bo Gebbie, Vice President, Sales, Services and Marketing

During the week of February 11, IBM hosted IBM Think 2019 in San Francisco, CA.  In addition to Think, the annual IBM PartnerWorld Conference was also held during the same time.  Hosting these events together saw almost 30,000 attendees descend on San Francisco for the week.

Evolving Solutions had several team members and clients attend the event.  It was an outstanding opportunity to learn about IBM’s 2019 strategic imperatives, new solution announcements and new channel program enhancements.  Additionally, the event afforded us the opportunity to network with hundreds of clients and IBMers from across the country.

As I reflect back on Think, there were several key take-aways for me.

  • Hybrid Cloud is where it’s at. According to the IBM Institute for Business Value, clients are already using between two to 15 clouds.  These environments might be on-premise or in the public cloud.  As the number of cloud silos continue to grow, clients need an easier way to connect the applications, no matter where the data resides.  During Think, the IBM Cloud Integration Platform was announced.  This platform is “designed to securely connect applications, software and services from any vendor regardless of whether those systems are on-premises, in a public cloud or a private cloud,” according to IBM.
  • Data.  Data. Data.  According to IBM CEO Ginny Rometty, “only 20% of the world’s data is searchable.”  Applications such as Office365, CRM, expense management, etc. were the “easy apps” to get into the cloud.  There is 80% of data out there that is critical to an organization’s overall success.  Those core systems will be the focus of the next era.  How do clients utilize that data to make gather meaningful business insights, and make-real time decisions?  IBM is placing big bets on “the next 80%” to help grow its solution portfolio.
  • Artificial Intelligence will transform how we all work. Many people still think of AI as something you would see in a Sci-Fi movie.  But, according to Rometty and several executives we spoke with, AI will be embedded in applications or layered on top of them in the future.  AI will enable new or improved business processes.  AI will enable every single person to do their job in a more efficient or data-led way.  AI will not replace jobs; rather it will augment how we do work.  I like the theory, and look forward to seeing how this plays out over time.
  • Red Hat is key to IBM’s future. The IBM executives could not say a ton about the Red Hat acquisition, since the deal has not closed yet. But, every single IBMer was excited for what Red Hat can bring to IBM in terms of new client opportunity, innovating the product stack and keeping IBM relevant to the next generation of buyers.
  • Holy moly, the Moscone Center is huge. One of my non-business learnings is that the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco is enormous.  It is no small feat to fit tens of thousands of people into one place!

Over the next few months, we will have Evolving Solutions team members at several of our other strategic partners’ premier conferences.  We will share our insights from those events on our blog.

I am looking forward to returning to San Fran next May for Think 2020.  Hope to see you there!

Bo Gebbie joined Evolving Solutions in January, 2017 as the Vice President of Sales, Services and Marketing. In this role, he is responsible for the sales, pre-sales services, post-sales consulting and marketing pillars within the organization. He is a member of the Executive and Management Teams, and represents the organization externally on vendor and partner Advisory Councils.

Before joining Evolving Solutions, Bo was an IBM executive, serving last as Vice President of Server Solution Sales, North America. In that role, he had sales and profit responsibility for a $3B portfoilio across Power Systems, z Systems and the Server Linux brands. Prior to that, Bo was the Business Unit Executive, Power Systems Sales, North America.

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