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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[Case Study] In Need of a HIPAA-Compliant IT Solution? Here’s What One Leading Software Company Did to Sustain Growth

When a large healthcare provider saw the writing on the wall that their existing IT infrastructure, data center, and systems were not enough to keep pace with their projected growth and compliance requirements, they knew something had to change. With the help of FNTS, they successfully moved their legacy data center to the cloud and laid the technical foundation for responsive operations for decades to come. 

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Top Hybrid Cloud Benefits for Banks and Credit Unions

 

As digital transformation strategies drive more customer initiatives, banks and credit unions are changing their views of cloud usage.  Financial institutions are becoming more pragmatic in their approach to gaining operational efficiencies, improving the customer experience, and move beyond their traditional core banking platforms.  Off to a slow, fragmented start, expect to see cloud adoption accelerate.  Gartner expects the cloud computing services market to grow 17.3 percent in 2019 alone, topping $200 billion worldwide.

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The Best Offense to Protect Utility Services in Disaster is a DRaaS Defense

Implementing a disaster recovery plan and preparing for unexpected disruptions is becoming imperative for utilities in the event of natural disasters, cyber attacks, human errors and other issues or security threats that could result in a critical outage of power, water, gas and other resources. According to a recent Information Security survey by PwC, only about half of utilities have an IT disaster response plan because of concerns about price, time or changes to operations. The reality is, a true event can end up being far more disruptive. Gartner estimates the average cost of downtime caused by an IT failure is $5,600 per minute or $300,000 per hour, on average. This doesn’t even account for lost customers, delayed services or damage to a company’s brand. In today’s digital, fully-connected community, utility companies can’t risk not having an alternate solution to get back online in the event of an outage.

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The Future of Managed Security Services And What it Means for Your Business

If you feel like the IT security and threat environment has evolved at a remarkable pace in the last 5 years, you’re right. Between the introduction of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), regular updates to compliance standards such as PCI-DSS and HIPAA, threats of ransomware and data leaks, and the continued growth of cloud services, it can be hard for any organization to keep up and feel secure.

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Keep an Eye Out for the Latest Phishing Scam Hitting Inboxes

This article was derived from an article published on TechRadar. Read the full article here: “Are you available for a quick task?” – Keep an eye out for the latest phishing scam hitting inboxes

The FBI estimates phishing scams have resulted in billions of dollars in fraud losses over the last five years. According to FNTS Information Security Architect Richard Kalinowski, there has been an increasing number of these targeted email cyberattacks across the globe, and phishing emails are sailing past spam filters and into company inboxes with more regularity.

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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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Utilities Seek Competitive Advantages in the Digital Age

The digital transformation is underway in the utilities industry, with many public and private service providers modernizing grids and replacing aging infrastructure and assets with more efficient technology.

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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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