Recent Posts by Michelle Travis

 
Michelle Travis leads the marketing division of FNTS, utilizing leading-edge tools to share FNTS’ customized solutions and best-in-class technology with growing audiences at organizations across all industries. She works to share the story of FNTS – from sharing the news on innovative product offerings and new features to FNTS’ work as a respected global technology leader, providing managed services and IT solutions to help businesses maintain ongoing success. As Marketing Director, Michelle’s objective is to drive FNTS’ go-to market approach through brand strategy, channel partner marketing, corporate communications, digital, and creative, connecting clients and prospects with FNTS subject matter experts’ solutions to accelerate revenue growth. Michelle brings more than a decade of marketing business-to-business experience in the technology and payment acceptance industries. Her past experiences include national account management of fortune 500 companies, managing national print and direct mail campaigns and operations for a leading payment processing provider and implementing a cross-sell program promoting services across multiple business units to drive revenue. Michelle has been a mentor for youth for more than a decade in the Omaha metro area and is involved in promoting women in technology efforts and programs to encourage young girls to pursue careers in IT. Michelle earned her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing Management from Bellevue University and is certified in both Inbound and Email Marketing through HubSpot Academy.
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First National Technology Solutions Unveils New Brand Identity, New Website

First National Technology Solutions, leading IT services and cloud provider, unveiled a new brand identity, redesigned website and will operate under a new name, FNTS.

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3 IT Manufacturing Trends That Might Surprise You

As cloud and IoT revolutionize business, they continue to garner much attention, along with AI, as the biggest and most obvious trends in IT manufacturing. That makes it easy to overlook the ways that other emerging technologies are impacting the manufacturing landscape. Some of these, such as blockchain, are seen to have limited use in manufacturing, while others, such as digital twins and embedded technology, are conceptually difficult to grasp.

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FNTS Achieves Platinum Tier Status in Dell EMC’s Partner Program

First National Technology Solutions (FNTS), a leading managed IT services provider, today announced it has achieved Platinum Tier status as a Cloud Service Provider/Strategic Outsourcer within the Dell EMC Partner Program.

The Platinum Tier status recognizes FNTS for its excellence and commitment to Dell EMC . FNTS received Platinum Tier status based on achieving core competencies in compliance, revenue and training requirements. The Platinum distinction will provide FNTS access to specialized training, incentives to enhance the customer experience and offer essential infrastructure to organizations to build their digital future.

“FNTS partnered with Dell EMC to support data driven migration initiatives to an influx of customers wanting to align their workloads with manageable and scalable solutions to accelerate their digital transformation initiatives,” said FNTS President, Kim Whittaker. “FNTS is proud to offer some of the industry’s most innovative, reliable and high-performing EMC solutions that maximize results for organizations. Currently, FNTS partners with Dell EMC to deliver a broad scope of services including private and hybrid cloud, storage, legacy systems and application services. ”
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FNTS HONORED AS RECIPIENT OF 2018 DELL EMC TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE PARTNER OF THE YEAR AWARD

FNTS honored as part of the 2018 Dell EMC Global Partner Summit
for Technical Excellence Partner of the Year Award

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Countdown to GDPR: Free Webinar to Guide Businesses to Compliance

Company leaders worldwide are taking measures to ensure they will be in compliance with a new and far-reaching law aimed at protecting European citizens from privacy and data breaches. General Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR), a data privacy law adopted by the European Union taking effect May 25, 2018, is one of the largest changes in data protection and privacy regulations. GDPR builds upon existing principals set forth in the Data Protection Act and puts tighter obligations and restrictions on data controllers and data processors.

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First National Technology Solutions Achieves Microsoft Gold Cloud Platform Competency

First National Technology Solutions (FNTS) has attained a gold Cloud Platform competency, demonstrating a “best-in-class” ability and commitment to meet Microsoft Corp. customers’ evolving needs in today’s mobile-first, cloud-first world and distinguishing itself within Microsoft’s partner ecosystem.

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How the Cloud Forever Changed Disaster Recovery Services

A 2016 survey of IT managers revealed that 90 percent had confidence in cloud-based disaster recovery services versus a 74 percent confidence rate for on-premises solutions. Of the same group, half were leveraging the cloud for disaster recovery (DR) while 9 percent were only using cloud services.

It’s clear that the people on the front lines of information technology are putting their trust in cloud-based DR. Take a look at five reasons why.

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FNTS Gives Lesson in Cybersecurity at AIM’s Amazing Tech Race

First National Technology Solutions (FNTS) welcomed visitors of all ages Friday for AIM’s Amazing Tech Race in downtown Omaha. The Amazing Tech Race is an annual tech-driven competition and scavenger hunt hosted by AIM Institute.

This year AIM invited First National Technology Solutions to participate in this exciting event, which gets more people throughout the Omaha community excited about technology. At FNTS, we believe in the importance of building and sustaining a strong tech workforce. Providing engaging learning experiences like the Amazing Tech Race are important due to the increasing demand of tech and STEM jobs across the country. A Global Information Security Workforce study indicates there will be 1.8 million open cybersecurity jobs by 2022 due to a large population of cyber professionals retiring over the next ten years. 

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Begining the digital transformation


Today many enterprises face the challenge of bridging business and technology to close the digital gap. As these enterprises utilize more digital channels to reach customers the technology to support these initiatives is often slow to keep up.

So how do enterprises close the gap and set their business up for success in the digital era? Here are a few tips:

  • Strategy.  With a clear strategy and desired goal, you can build a solid foundation to begin to bring your legacy systems and new technology together. (Bi-modal model)
  • Culture. The adoption of new technology and a new way of doing things often results in a culture change.  To be successful, both your business model and your employees have to have the desire and ambition to accept a new business approach.
  • Revision. As digital outpaces the tradition business model, you will have the agility and scalability to adjust your business as needed, reacting to customer demand and industry trends.  
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New Year, new you?

Did you follow through on your New Year's resolution from 2015? How about the year before that? And year before that? For many people, the answer is likely no, they weren't able to follow through. According to an article published by Forbes, that's not uncommon, as only roughly 8% of those who make resolutions actually follow through on them. 

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Happy Holidays from FNTS!

The holidays present us with a time to surround ourselves with those we loves. Be it immediate family, distant relatives, or even friends, it's a special season filled with loved ones. Before the First National Technology Solutions (FNTS) staff have visions of sugar plumbs dancing in their heads over the holidays, we wanted to wish you a warm season's greeting. From our family, to yours, happy holidays!

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A time to be thankful

"There is always something to be thankful for." Whether it be loved ones, a warm meal, or even watching football on a windy day in the fall, it helps now and then to appreciate the blessings in life. Lucky for us, Thanksgiving provides us with the opportunity. Before millions across the nation sit down for a feast with family, we'd like to offer a thank you of our own. We want to extend our thankfulness to you, the customer. Thank you for your contributions and interactions with First National Technology Solutions, and thank you for helping us improve ourselves. May your Thanksgiving be filled with love, family, and of course, plenty of turkey.

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How one top-rated bank uses technology to meet customer demands

As the top-rated bank in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois, Blackhawk Bank focuses on providing exceptional customer service and superior financial products, while also allowing its customers and employees to benefit from the latest technologies. Throughout its rich history, Blackhawk Bank has gone through several expansions, mergers and acquisitions – all while maintaining a powerful partnership with First National Technology Solutions (FNTS).

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Security Breaches Costing Organizations Thousands

There is no compromise when it comes to security.  First National Technology Solutions is unique to the managed services industry because they offer security services to organizations who might not be at the point of outsourcing but require stringent security standards and industry compliant regulations. 

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