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Cloud Computing With The West Michigan Whitecaps

Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Join IT Resource & US Signal in the Super Suite at Fifth Third Ballpark on May 20 from 9:30a-2p to learn more about Cloud Computing & watch The West Michigan Whitecaps take on The Bowling Green Hot Rods. Food & beverages will be provided throughout the game.

Plus, drop off your business card during registration to be entered into the drawing for an iPad Mini at the end of the presentation!

On Deck: Registration 9:30a-10a, Presentation 10a-11a, Opening Pitch 11a

*Seating at this event is limited, register today! Contact Kim with questions at kimh@itrw.net or 616.837.6930.

Recognizing the Not-So-Small Business

Monday, April 29, 2013

Did you know that May is National Small Business Month? Since 1963, the United States has recognized small businesses and the impact they have on American culture and economy. More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create approximately two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.

When you look into the size and contributions of a "small" business you'll find they're not so small after all. The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) breaks down the size of the business based on the industry. For example, a manufacturing business is considered small if it has 500 to 1500 employees. Other industries are defined based on their sales volume. General and heavy construction companies' annual receipts may not exceed $13.5 to $17 million, depending on the type of construction. Despite the name "small business" you can see that an organization that falls within these parameters has the potential of doing some major business.

IT Resource could be defined as a small business as well, and so could a number of the customers we serve. Regardless of the size of your business, you still need technology solutions that can keep up with and exceed your competition, and give your business the edge it needs to drive growth – all without breaking your IT budget. Our experience with highly technical, large enterprise solutions, combined with our commitment to the small business marketplace allow us to offer enterprise-level results at a cost that even the smallest business can afford. We provide our customers with solutions that are necessary for business operations like unified communications, e-mail & messaging, virtualization, and backup solutions at a fraction of the cost of enterprise systems. Just because you are classified as a small or medium sized business doesn’t mean you can’t have enterprise capabilities.

We not only service a large number of small businesses, but we support them as well. We make an effort to choose local when we have services we need administered for our own business. We support the local communities through donated time and money, and by shopping local. This month let's celebrate the "small" businesses of America. Given the incredible amount they give back in terms of revenue generated, jobs created, and supply met, they truly are the backbone of our society.

Stay Up To Date and Competitive in your Industry with IT Consulting

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Is your business operating at full efficiency and maximizing productivity, or do things seem to be moving at the same pace they always have? Oftentimes we get so wrapped up in our day-to-day operations that we overlook processes and before we know it, there is truly a better way of getting things done. That's where IT Resource can help. We provide professional knowledge and solutions for high level consulting and IT design. If your IT infrastructure is inflexible, lacks security, or has out of date software and applications, we can help. Our certified consultants can offer solutions that provide your business with big data, cloud computing, and increased mobility. 

The goal of our high level consulting is to validate that your IT aligns with your business goals. Our consultants have the experience, analytical skills, and full attention to evaluate any IT incompetence and provide objective advice, all within a detailed design proposal. This will maximize your IT opportunities in order to gain a competitive edge in your industry. We offer a more personal approach and thoroughly investigate each client’s environment until we get the details we need for the best and most successful solution.

Technology is constantly changing, therefore your business objectives are probably changing as well. Often times, system upgrades and new technology can be put on the back burner because of demanding work schedules. Let us worry about your IT while you worry about your day-to-day business. We can support your current IT department for a single IT project, we can take constant control of specific IT functions, or we can serve as your entire IT department and provide continued support. 

Allowing us to provide your IT solutions will result in fewer mistakes and a trusted streamlined process. If you’re building from the ground up, it is vital to have IT representation from the start. This helps guarantee a unified install to maximize IT functionality down the road. While providing a unique proposal, we also limit construction cost overruns, and bring the project to completion on time, within your budget. 

We work with clients not only in the state of Michigan, but also throughout the midwest, including Wisconsin and the greater Chicago area. Call us today at 616.837.6930 - we would be happy to take a look at your IT infrastructure and let you know how you can implement changes to increase productivity, efficiency, and performance.

Energize Your Business 2013

Monday, April 08, 2013

One high-impact day. Three dynamic keynotes. Nine hard-hitting breakout sessions. See keynote speakers Dick Vitale, Rebecca Ryan, and John Jacobs, along with IT Resource’s Director of Sales, Carrie Borchers, speak at the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce Event, Energize Your Business, on May 7. It’s your chance to dress down and gear up with the latest tips, tools, and techniques for revving up your team, marketing your organization, and growing your business.

Space is limited for this exciting event, register today!

Let’s Help Those Less Fortunate

Monday, November 26, 2012

The holidays are a time of giving, and there’s no better place to give than in your own backyard. From now until December 21 we’re collecting non-perishables and personal hygiene products to donate to Coopersville Cares. Drop off your donations at our office. Let’s work together to see if we can collect more than we did in 2011. Every little bit helps those in our community.

Some of our donations from 2011

Open House Celebration!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

A big thanks to the many friends, customers, vendors, and community members who came to celebrate our open house! This year marks our 13th year in business and the completion of our office expansion. As members of three local Chambers of Commerce, we were thrilled to have them participate in our ribbon cutting ceremony, making our expansion official.

Here we are celebrating with our friends from the lakeshore, the Grand Haven, Spring Lake, & Ferrysburg Chamber of Commerce.

Our celebration continued with the help of the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce. As new members of this group, we are so excited to jump in and be a part of such a great organization.

We've been long standing members of the Coopersville Chamber of Commerce. In fact, our Director of Sales, Carrie Borchers, is the president of the Chamber. No expansion project would be complete without this group in attendance.

To offer a memento, the Chamber allows you to keep your ribbon and attendees can sign it. It's a nice little gesture to remind us how fortunate we are to be able to continue to grow and expand our business.

As guests began arriving we offered tours through our space. One important area of our office is the data center, and our associates Kevin and Carrie are showing people what really happens with all those servers. In addition to the data center that we house on-site, we've recently expanded our cloud-based hosted and disaster recovery solutions by adding a second data center site operating out of the US Signal Managed Data Center in Grand Rapids.

A group of attendees from the Grand Rapids Chamber stayed around to mingle and see our new space.

Customers, friends, and vendors enjoyed themselves throughout the evening. Our stellar sales rep Molly Reid (second from left) was on hand to answer questions and provide tours.

No open house would be complete without a little support from family. Our Managing Partner, Gary Lutz, had his parents, sister, and brother in attendance.

Our engineers took some time to show our longstanding customer, Gina Otterbein of Northern Physical Therapy, the new space.

Thank you again to everyone who came out to celebrate with us, and for the continued support you've shown our company over the last 13 years. We are truly grateful to have such wonderful customers and friends. Here's to another 13!

Helping West Michigan Businesses Save Time, Money, and Headaches

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Imagine being able to save your company both time and money, and reduce the amount of headaches while you're at it. Aligning yourself with a qualified IT partner can get you just that. When proper IT systems are not in place it's very easy for a company to lose valuable time and money, and not even realize it until it's too late. We often come across businesses that don't know where to begin when it comes to assessing their current situation. Some know they have an issue that needs resolving and others are just looking for ways to upgrade their current system. Either way, we're always happy to come in and help. 

Let's do lunch!

We often set up lunch & learn events to meet with businesses who have questions on certain IT solutions and products. Our technical sales team will determine your needs, educate you on services and products that would make your business run smoother, and show you how the proper IT solutions will save you money, time, and hassles in the long run. These events are simply a learning process. Are you wondering whether virtualization is right for your business? Do you wonder if your current IT staff has the time and experience to take on a large project or if it would be more cost effective and less disruptive to work with an IT consulting team? Do you need the assistance of an IT professional on a regular basis, but don't have the resources to hire them on as a full time employee? These are all things we can help you with.

Some recent projects we’ve done to help customers leverage their IT investment include moving a customer to Microsoft’s cloud based Office 365, reducing their overall expenses on Microsoft Office licensing; we also completed a 17 physical server consolidation and virtualization project which resulted in a cleaner footprint with energy cost savings, and reduced Total Cost of Ownership of physical devices in their Data Center.

Contact our sales team at sales@itrw.net to set up a time to do lunch - we'll come to your office and learn about your IT systems. These events are perfect for businesses who are based in the greater Grand Rapids, Muskegon, or lakeshore areas, have 20+ employees, and are looking to revamp, upgrade, or increase their current IT systems.

Automation Nation: Labtech Software User Conference

Thursday, August 09, 2012

In June of this year, one of our leaders here at IT Resource headed out to Orlando, Florida to attend a conference called Automation Nation, regarding our ticketing and monitoring software. Leo Reap spent two days with plenty of other IT partners and business owners to learn the ins and outs of our monitoring software. By attending this conference, Leo received firsthand experience and information regarding the software and how it can benefit not only our company, but our customers here in Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin as well.

By better utilizing the software we use here at IT Resource, we can put what we learn into practice and learn even more. Leo spent the two days taking in new information about best practices, monitoring, and execution of newly learned abilities. Not only did he attend meetings on various topics throughout the two days, he was also able to connect with different partners who also use similar software, and chat about what works and what may need more attention. An event like this is great for getting new information and meeting new people for future references as well! Plus, it’s not all just sitting in lectures all day. Some fun is had, too!

This event runs every year around this time, so hopefully next year Leo can attend as well and learn even more as the product continues to grow!

Renovation Work Continues

Monday, July 30, 2012

We've been sharing the progress of our renovations with you ever since day one and things are really starting to take shape. We started with our before shots, followed by some demolition, then the walls came down, and new ones went back up. Here we are again with a new update and this time we've got drywall, cabinets, and some ceiling work done.

Here is a sneak peak at our new kitchen. Cabinets and countertops are in and we're excited to get the appliances, flooring, and finishing touches complete so we can put this room to good use.

Opposite our kitchen cabinets is this long countertop which will serve us well when we have company lunches and buffets.

Here is a look at one of our conference rooms. We'll have a few different break away areas for folks to set up meetings, bring in customers and talk about projects.

We're so thrilled with the way things are coming along. Each week more progress is made and before long we'll be moving in!

Making Progress...

Thursday, July 05, 2012

The expansion project continues.... Just as quickly as the walls came down, new walls went back up. Or at least they're in the process of going up. The studs were put in place last week and we're finally able to get a good idea of how our new space will be laid out.

What you see here is the main entry area off the west side of the building.


This area will soon house our engineers.


Here is another view of our engineer stations.

This is the doorway that will connect our two spaces. Management and sales will be through that doorway in our current office, while the engineering department will be in the new space. 

Its hard to imagine the project coming to completion, but we're right around the corner and new progress is being made every day. We can't wait to show you the big reveal!