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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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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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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When crisis hits, and you’re helpless

Help!  I have a crisis and there is nothing I can do about it......but report it.

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Cloud Myths Uncovered

A widely held but false belief or idea, otherwise known as a myth.  Even though myths are untrue they are sometimes the hardest believe to dispel and prove wrong.  As the evolution of cloud technology has grown into the IT phenomenon it is today many myths have come to fruition, and here are a few. 

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Linux, Unix, LPARs, Oh my!

I remember it like it was yesterday, my first day at First National Technology Solutions (FNTS).  Coming from the credit card processing industry I was excited to learn about IT and managed services.  I attended the Monday morning staff meeting and about 10 minutes into it, I suddenly wondered to myself, "are they speaking English?"  What is this LPAR, OS, Unix, Linux verbiage and what does it mean? And words I thought I knew the meaning of, don't mean the same in the world of IT.  

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Happy New Year

With 2016 just days a way and 2015 coming to an end I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the past year.  From becoming a Cisco certified cloud and managed services partner to launching Microsoft SQL as a Service and platform as a service (PaaS), it has been a very busy year and I know there is more to come in 2016.  However it goes above and beyond product launches and certifications - it is the people we partner with that makes our year truly successful.  Our customers, business partners. vendors and employees - all a crucial part of First National Technology Solutions' success.  

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