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Our Thanksgiving Food Drive

Thursday, November 05, 2015
Tis the season for giving and as a team, we feel it is our responsibility to help those who are less fortunate than us. This year we will be collecting non-perishable items to deliver to our local food pantry for the Thanksgiving holiday. We'll have a box in our front lobby and if you would like to contribute, feel free to drop by and add your items to the collection. We feel that together, we can make someone's holiday season a little brighter!

What To Do With an After-Hours IT Emergency

Wednesday, November 04, 2015
Don’t forget! Our office will be closed all day Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 in observance of Thanksgiving. We wish all of our customers, vendors and partners a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving with your families!

We know that emergencies and disasters can strike at any time and that’s why we’ve got your business covered. Our knowledgeable support team will be staffed and available for those who currently have a 24/7 Emergency Support agreement with us. This means you can call us any day of the week at any time and we’ll be here for you – even on holidays with guaranteed SLAs. Our team can be reached by calling our 24/7 hotline or sending an email to our help desk. Please note, 24/7 Emergency Support rates will apply.

If you have any questions regarding our 24/7 Emergency Support Services, please see our service page or send inquires via email.  

Team 'Run IT Faster' Did It!

Monday, October 26, 2015
Our very own relay team “Run IT Faster” finished the Grand Rapids Marathon last month for the second year in a row. This year’s team included Leo, Carrie, Carolyn, Andrew and Richard. This was Carolyn and Richard’s first time ever running a race and they were both surprised by how well they did and how much fun they had. It proves that with a willingness to try, motivation, and peer support, anything can be accomplished.

Let’s Get Moving Together!
Our next big race will be the River Bank Run on May 14, 2016. This is an all ages, co-ed race with four events, a 5K Walk, 5K Run, 10K Run and 25K (15.5 miles) Run. The 25K has a relay team option for teams of 2-3 participants. We would love to field multiple teams and have our customers run with us. If you’re interested in the River Bank Run or other upcoming races let us know! You don’t have to be experienced and there’s lots of resources available for training. A quality training tool that we can attest to is the Gazelle Run Camps, they have a variety of different levels for beginners (couch to 5K) and experienced runners (25K training programs).

We also have to give credit to Northern Physical Therapy who put together our corporate wellness program last year. The program really kicked off healthy habits around our office and we’ve all been making positive lifestyle changes since then. Shortly after our wellness program ended, our first marathon relay team was fielded and a tradition began.

Finally, we'd like the thank our team of "supporters" who came out to cheer our team on at the Grand Rapids Marathon.

Is Information Technology Enhancing Your Business?

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Are we enhancing your business?

It may seem like an unlikely question to be asked by your IT Resource lead consultant and sales representative however be prepared to hear this during the last quarter of this year. This isn’t a trick question. We appreciate that you invest in IT Resource services and products from our vendor partners and we know you do this so you can gain an advantage in your day-to-day business. Spending on Information Technology is one of the top five expenses for most businesses. If this investment isn’t currently enhancing your business, then we want to work with you so it will for 2016.

Your sales representative will be contacting you soon to schedule an Annual Business Review. During this time we'd like to discuss your strategic business initiatives for 2016 and review 2015 Key Performance Indicators like hours by project, hours by service and work type, products purchased, warranty reports, AR statement and invoices. Understanding your organization’s plans for 2016, coupled with where you have been from a technical point of view, helps us make the best, most cost effective recommendations possible for your Information Technology needs. Working together, we can enhance your business.

If you're ready to schedule your IT business review, please contact your lead consultant or our sales department today!

Adobe Business Cloud Reseller

Monday, October 12, 2015
Did you know IT Resource is a certified Adobe business cloud reseller? We can procure, deliver and manage any Adobe cloud product or license on behalf of the end user. Whether your organization is looking to buy licenses outright or sign up for an annual subscription, we’ve got the tools to get your business set up for success. As an example, take a closer look at the different plans and compare features of Adobe Acrobat here. From the entire Adobe Creative Cloud to individual products like Photoshop or Illustrator, Acrobat is just one of the many Adobe product licenses we can offer.

Because businesses often have multiple employees that use Adobe products, moving to an annual subscription based service might be the way to go. And there’s a Creative Cloud plan to fit every individual and organization including enterprises, schools and universities, and government. Many of our customers use the Acrobat Document Cloud (DC) agreement, which is paid up front on an annual basis. If there’s any additional products or licenses added in that year those will be prorated based on the anniversary. Acrobat DC includes free online services and full capabilities to create, sign, share, edit and even send and track documents. You can streamline your business processes with innovative features like creating a PDF by simply snapping a photo of a document or electronically signing a document securely and remotely using your smartphone.

Acrobat now supports Windows 10. Save 15% when you buy 6 or more licenses through November 27th.
If your organization is running on a Windows system, no worries! Acrobat DC now provides support for Windows 10 and continues to be easy to install and configure using Microsoft SCCM/SCUP. It can be deployed in virtualized environments with support for Microsoft App-V and Citrix XenApp. And, Acrobat DC integrates seamlessly with Microsoft Office apps — so your workforce can take care of PDF tasks right in the Office ribbon.Get details here.

Get Your License Today
With added flexibility, the annual subscription will always deliver the latest features and updates as soon as they become available, at no additional cost to you. Finally, you can experience radically reduced set up times and deployment when you have IT Resource manage the portal on your behalf.

If you would like to learn more about the subscription programs, contact us today. And even if your business doesn’t require multiple employees to use Adobe products, we can always order any product à la carte, the choice is yours. We offer Adobe Cloud services to a variety of customers in the Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Kalamazoo, and Holland areas.

#ILookLikeAnEngineerGR

Thursday, September 10, 2015
Mlive recently published an article in response to the #ILookLikeAnEngineer viral hashtag and added their own twist by including “GR” at the end. The #ILookLikeAnEngineerGR inspired female tech workers in Grand Rapids and surrounding areas to get involved and share photos of themselves. We think it’s great to see so many dedicated women participate and share photos. We sent 4 photos to Mlive that they included in their article.

Carrie Borchers is our Director of Sales

The ITR women in the article are Carrie Borchers, Molly Reid, Susan Ratzsch and Lori Brandt. These ladies have been in the technology industry for many years and they all take pride in what they do. We’re all part of the same unique community and it’s inspiring to see women from all different tech companies, come together to represent the Grand Rapids tech industry as a whole.

Lori Brandt is our Help Desk Manager

The article did a great job highlighting a wide variety of jobs, all in the technology field. The hashtag and recent positive media can be a game changer for some women and girls thinking about going to school for an IT or technology degree. It shows that contrary to the beliefs of some, lots of women are successful in the IT world and there’s possibility for anyone.

Molly Reid is a Senior Account Executive

IT Resource has always maintained a diverse team with women representing nearly 40% of our workforce. We have women holding positions in engineering, leadership, management and sales. We think it’s important to keep the diversity in the workplace and we’ve succeeded at working cohesively for the last 15 years. If you’re in the tech industry, send us your photo and will put it on our social media to keep the conversation going!

Susan Ratzsch is our Project Manager

A Disaster Close to Home

Wednesday, September 09, 2015
A few weeks ago in Coopersville, a construction worker in a backhoe hit a low power line which wrapped around another line above it causing a power outage to several grids in the surrounding area. Thankfully, there were no injuries from this accident but it did cause major backfeeding throughout most of Randall Street, including IT Resource.

The backfeed eventually led to the overheating of two transformers next to our building. One transformer was so hot we couldn’t even get near it and the other began smoking. Quickly after this realization, we called the Coopersville Fire Department and then Consumers Energy. Once everyone arrived, the power was cut to IT Resource and the surrounding buildings. The transformers were able to cool down, and were eventually replaced.

Many surrounding businesses including gas stations, restaurants, shops, and medical offices had no choice but to shut down during this time. Fortunately for IT Resource, our systems and data center remained unaffected. Because of our built in power redundancy, the office and data center continued to operate flawlessly with uninterrupted internet connections in and out of the data center.

This proves that disaster can strike anyone at any time. If the right tools and business continuity solutions are implemented, downtime can be reduced or eliminated. It was a hectic day at the office but at least we had piece of mind knowing that our systems and data center will continue to operate.

Our Interview with Buy Local Michigan

Monday, August 31, 2015
When it comes to helping local businesses flourish, Duane Weed and Buy Local Michigan are making things happen. Their mission is to share Michigan’s story and to promote our businesses, communities and people. Because we believe in Buy Local Michigan's philosophies on supporting all things local, we jumped at the chance to stop by and share our story with them.

In the interview, Gary explained that our philosophy involves getting to know businesses and helping them grow. Really getting to understand the needs of our customers and providing the best solution far exceeds the ability to simply sell products. In addition, he explains that one of the most important aspects of business and technology is data backup because the necessity to house and share data online is growing. With that comes an increased need for proper backup and storage. You must know and understand where your data is, whether it is secure, and whether it is protected and backed up properly.

You can see the interview in it's entirety here:


Thank you, Buy Local Michigan, for inviting us to stop by. We enjoyed the opportunity to share our story and support other local businesses.

Cars, Guitars, and Technology

Monday, August 10, 2015
The Del Shannon Car Show streamlined the registration process this year by utilizing wireless internet capabilities and offering hot spots where participants could use iPads to quickly and effortlessly register their cars, even on the day of the event.
Del Shannon Car Show volunteer, Dennis Raap, Jr. uses the IT Resource wireless setup to register cars on the day of the show. 

To assist the nearly 800 drivers who show up for Michigan’s longest linear car show, we donated services and equipment including wireless internet capabilities, 4G wireless from Verizon to create hot spots, Cisco Meraki wireless cloud networking equipment, and the Apple iPad hub to enable secure connections.

IT Resource technical team member Greg Lundeberg works behind the scenes at the Del Shannon tech hub with volunteer members Dee Dee Fuller and Dennis Raap.

We’ve been long-time sponsors of the Del Shannon Car Show because we love supporting our local community. While we serve customers throughout the Midwest, our business is based in Coopersville. We love being a part of the car show each year because they do an excellent job bringing our entire community together; and raise much needed funds for the NEO Forum youth program.

Congratulations to the winner of the IT Resource trophy at the 2015 Del Shannon Car Show

5th Annual Carter’s Kids Golf Event

Thursday, July 09, 2015
Hang out in Traverse City, golfing with IT Resource and Carter Oosterhouse!

IT Resource will be sponsoring and playing in the 5th Annual Carter’s Kids Golf Outing this year and we would love to see you there! The 18 hole outing on Friday August 7th will be held at Traverse City’s beautiful LochenHeath Golf Club with a post reception dinner and party with live music and prizes.

The event is open to the public and there’s still time to register here as an individual or foursome. Don’t play golf? You can register to attend just the after party or dinner too! All proceeds from this event will benefit Carter’s Kids Charity and Glen Lakes High School in Michigan. Carter’s Kids Charity helps fight childhood obesity by building playgrounds in communities across the country and Glen Lakes High School is in need of athletic department improvements.