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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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FNTS Achieves VMware Cloud Verified Status

FNTS, a leading global IT service and cloud service provider, announced it has achieved VMware Cloud Verified status.

The Cloud Verified badge signals that FNTS offers a service running on top of the complete VMware Cloud infrastructure. With their VMware Cloud Verified status, FNTS clients attain access to the full set of VMware Cloud Infrastructure capabilities, including integration and interoperability, cost optimization and flexibility supported by value-added FNTS services.

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FNTS Partners with Folding@home in Using Technology to Further Health Care Research and Fight Diseases

FNTS, a leading global IT service and cloud provider, announced it has formed a technology partnership with Folding@home, a computing project committed to identifying new ways to treat diseases.

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Rick Kingsbury Joins FNTS as Vice President of Sales & Marketing

Rick Kingsbury has joined FNTS as Vice President of Sales & Marketing. In this executive role, Kingsbury will lead FNTS’ long-term sales vision and go-to market strategies as it continues to expand its customized and strategic IT services, enterprise-grade infrastructure, managed services and hybrid cloud solutions, helping organizations expedite digital transformation through delivering services that consistently exceed expectations.

Kingsbury’s dynamic 30-year sales career in the technology industry includes a vast amount of experience with sophisticated sales models, cutting-edge products and services. With a strong track record of achieving organizational growth through key account management and established strategic partnerships, Kingsbury has developed strategic solution-based sales for network and data center solutions, including cloud computing, managed services, security services, analytics, big data and business intelligence.

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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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The Hidden ROI of Server Consolidations

A recent IDC white paper survey of medium to large enterprises and their data center servers found that 55 percent of capacity is unused, resulting in Capex waste because of inefficient utilization. Equally important is the Opex waste from the time and personnel resources needed to provision workloads in a scenario in which increased server consolidation process time results in higher costs.

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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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How to Save Green and Make the Digital Transformation

Maintaining a competitive edge is important in today’s technology environment. Organizations can lose out to competitors if they fail to keep up with advances in technology. According to a recent report by the International Data Corporation (IDC), by 2020, 50 percent of the world’s top businesses, known as the Global 2000, will see the majority of their business depend on their ability to create digitally-enhanced products, services and experiences. IDC predicts that worldwide investment in digital transformation initiatives will reach $2.2 trillion in 2019, almost 60 percent more than in 2016.

The Metropolitan Utilities District plans to save at least $6 million over the next 10 years by moving most of its internal data center operations to the cloud.  >>Read more 


Since there is more pressure on companies to decrease expenses—while simultaneously trying to bolster productivity and revenue—it has never been more important for them to find smart and affordable IT solutions to facilitate the digital transformation. Digital transformation means leveraging the opportunities that come with new technology and optimizing them to grow a business and make it more efficient.

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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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