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The Future of Banking + Technology :: Perry School of Banking

Monday, May 15, 2017
"Business drives technology towards the future and not vice versa!"

That was the message sent at this year's Perry School of Banking presentation by our Director of Technical Services, Andrew Smith. Andrew welcomed a classroom full of banking professionals and together they collaborated and explored a number of topics relating banking to the world of technology.

The Michigan Bankers Association is the force behind the Perry Schools of Banking, which they have designed to provide people with the specific skills needed to manage the functional areas of banking, as well as develop the ability to problem solve, work in teams and make decisions in a managerial setting.

While we work with customers in many different industries, banking and finance are two areas that we are especially versed in. We welcome questions from small, locally owned credit unions all the way up to large financial institutions. If you would like to see Andrew's full presentation, it is available for download by clicking here. If you have any questions on the best IT solutions for your business, give us a call at 616.837.6930.

IT Event: Cost Effective IT Strategies For Your Business

Monday, April 24, 2017
Join Gary Lutz as he presents Cost Effective IT Strategies for Your Business at the next GR Business Breakfast event.

Cloud-this, security-that, firewalls, backups, managed services, ransomware – STOP!  What’s all that have to do with running your business? In his discussion, he will cover:
- Straight forward IT strategies for any size business
- Questions to ask your IT staff or partner to insure you are protected
- Top 3 reports you should be getting every month

Gary will also discuss ways to raise technology discussions to the business-owner’s level, not down to the technical level to better align your IT spend to your specific business needs. We hope you can join us at this event!

Event Details
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 9 from 7:30 to 9:00am.
Location: SarahCare, 2211 East Beltline NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Cost: $12 in advance or $15 at the door

Learn more and register here. 

Michigan Bankers Association 2017 BEST Conference

Monday, March 06, 2017
Connecting the Dots…Converting Ideas into Action at the Michigan Bankers Association BEST Conference
Make new connections, reconnect with friends and clients, and learn valuable information at the Michigan Bankers Education Summit & Tradeshow. With close to 50 educational sessions to choose from, BEST offers an incredible learning opportunity.

This year, we'll be exhibiting, sponsoring, and speaking - we’re looking forward to reconnecting with many familiar faces! Make sure to stop by our booth to say hello and join us on the wine tour on Wednesday, April 11th at 1:00pm. You can register to attend the conference and the wine tour here.

We're also very excited to announce that IT Resource is speaking in two education sessions this year! Gary Lutz will be leading an education session in the Operations and Technology Track and Andrew Smith will lead an education session in the Emerging Leaders Track. You won’t want to miss these!

Common Sense Practices for Mobile Computing
Speaker: Andrew Smith, IT Resource, Inc.

Hosted Infrastructure
Speaker: Gary Lutz, IT Resource, Inc.

You can find registration information, hotel reservation information and the agenda here. We hope to see you all in Traverse City!

Cars, Rock & Roll, and a Little Technology

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
This month marked the 26th annual Del Shannon Car show. Held in Coopersville, MI, Del Shannon's hometown, the show is a highlight of summer for many car enthusiasts. IT Resource was proud not only to be a sponsor but to once again provide volunteer services to ensure the show went smoothly. We assisted in the setup of a small wireless network and provided internet and database access to a series of iPads being used to register the cars in the show. This allowed for successful tracking and accounting, which is crucial, given there are upwards of 600 cars in the show each year.

Our team members, including IT specialists Greg Lundeberg and Leo Reap, deployed, set up, and configured a Meraki wireless solution for the show. Their services went above and beyond, including Greg being at the show at 4:00 am when the first cars started rolling in. Any time we can use our expertise and experience to help benefit our local community is time well spent.

The winner of the IT Resource trophy at last year's event

In spite of the morning's poor weather the group of volunteers did a great job moving cars through and getting them placed for judging in a timely manner. This is thanks in part to the technology measures that were put in place and to the car show’s effective planning. Hats off to everyone involved, including Greg. You all did a great job pulling everything together and the show was a huge success!

2016 Michigan Bankers Association Conference

Monday, March 07, 2016
Make new connections, reconnect with friends and clients, and learn valuable information at the Michigan Bankers Education Summit & Tradeshow. With nearly 40 educational sessions to choose from, you're guaranteed to leave with loads of information that you can immediately implement into your business.

This year IT Resource will be exhibiting, sponsoring, and speaking - we’re looking forward to reconnecting with many familiar faces! Make sure to stop by our booth to say hello and join us on the wine tour on Wednesday, April 6th at 1:00pm. You can register to attend the conference and the wine tour here.

We're also very excited to announce that our Director of Technical Services, Andrew Smith, will be leading a breakout education session for the Operations and Technology track. He'll be focusing on EMV card deployment from both the banking and merchant standpoint. As you're probably aware, EMV chips have been overseas for quite some time and are now being deployed in the United States. The shift is more prevalent because banks are now liable, and if they don't provide EMV chips for credit cards they could face considerable losses. However, as they continue the deployment, the responsibility is shifting from banks to merchants. Andrew's session will include a case study on the current status of deployment using results from a survey he is distributing among the MBA members.

You can find registration information, hotel reservation information and the agenda here. We hope to see you all in Traverse City!

IT Security :: Are You at Risk?

Saturday, March 21, 2015
A big thanks to all who attended our annual March Madness event on IT Security and Risk in Grand Rapids. We're providing a copy of our presentation - if you were in the audience you can use this as a reminder, and if you couldn't make it to the event you can check out our notes and call us with any questions you may have - its always a good idea to periodically check to see if your business is at risk for a data breach or security attack.

Business Data Breaches
Cybersecurity and Malware
Data Loss Prevention
Internal and External Threats
Firewalls and Wireless Networks
Network Security Assessments
Cloud Solutions

Request a copy of our IT Security & Risk presentation here.

Thanks again to everyone who helped make this event a great success! Our goal is to help customers in the Grand Rapids area prevent network security issues.

Information Technology for the Banking Industry in Michigan

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
IT Resource has built a niche in providing IT consulting services and support to the banking industry. As a service provider for many banks in Grand Rapids, Lansing, Traverse City, and much of the lower peninsula, we make a conscious effort to stay active and relevant in the banking community. We’re a proud member of many banking associations and groups across Michigan including the Community Bankers of Michigan (CBM), Michigan Bankers Association (MBA) and the Mid-Michigan Bankers Group.

While we strive to make the most of our memberships we’re excited to announce we'll be exhibiting and speaking at the upcoming MBA Bankers Education Summit and Trade Show (BEST) Conference. The conference will be held at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, March 31 through April 2. If you'll be in the Traverse City area you’re not going to want to miss this show – it will be a great way to gain knowledge on the relevant issues in the banking world - register to attend here. We’d love for you to visit our booth and learn more about our services! On Wednesday from 11:00am – noon our very own industry expert Gary Lutz will be presenting an education break-out session for attendees. He'll be speaking on Backups, Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity as it relates to the Operations and Technology Track. We’re looking forward to creating new relationships and seeing lots of familiar faces.

Check out the following websites for more information on the Michigan banking industry:
Michigan Bankers Association
MBA BEST Conference Brochure
Community Bankers of Michigan
Mid Michigan Banking Group

March Madness : Save the Date

Monday, January 12, 2015
Save the date for our annual March Madness event on Thursday, March 19. It’ll be the first round of the March Madness tournament! Join us at Grand Woods Lounge, in downtown Grand Rapids, for a lunch & learn, then we'll watch the game on the big screen.

Watch your inbox for a formal invitation with all the details, but for now, go ahead and save the date - we'd love to see you there!

Backup and Disaster Recovery Lunch and Learn

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

 What would happen if you lost all your data?

It’s not a question of IF, but WHEN. Downtime, human error, server failure, disasters and security breaches leave small to midsize businesses at a greater risk, and more susceptible to IT failure. With fewer resources available to prevent a data loss and combat the outage, the odds of a profitable comeback after a failure are not on your side.

Join us for a lunch and learn
We'll be discussing the benefits of Intelligent Business Continuity – a more reliable backup service that is less expensive - versus Traditional Backup methods.

Wednesday, October 15 from 11:30-1 at Bistro Bella Vita, where lunch will be provided. PLUS, registrants can bring their business cards for a chance to win a free Fitbit!

Bistro Bella Vita is located at 44 Grandville, downtown Grand Rapids. If you have any questions, contact Kim at 616.837.6930 or via email.

Join Us For Virtualization Madness on March 20

Sunday, March 02, 2014
Basketball, wings, beer, & technology:  It’ll be the first round of the March Madness tournament... Join us at McFadden's, in downtown Grand Rapids, for lunch and watch the game on the big screen as we discuss the first round of Virtualizing your IT Infrastructure with VMware’s vSphere.

Virtualization enables your business to:
- Reduce capital expenses through server consolidation
- Lower operating expenses through automation
- Enhance business continuity and disaster recovery plans

Highlights of the Event
We’ll highlight what’s new in vSphere 5.5 and leave you with some practical steps to take if you are looking to move along the Virtualization bracket. Whether your goal is to simplify your IT infrastructure, enhance your business continuity and disaster recovery capabilities, or move to desktop virtualization and mobile computing, this is the event for you!

Event Schedule
Our presentation begins at 11am, but you'll want to stick around for lunch and the March Madness games at 12:15. We've reserved the room for the entire afternoon and we'd love to have you stay for networking, basketball, lunch, and a beer on us!