We had a “ball” at Taylored June’s Lunch and Learn, where we heard from four of our strategic partners about their cloud computing solutions — and then gave attendees the chance to win free tickets to the Indianapolis Indians! After loading our plates with enticing cookout fare, we settled in to talk shop with representatives from Intermedia, Zultys, Speco and ISONAS, four of Taylored’s valued partners for cloud computing products and hosted services.

Hosted Services and Products Make Custom Cloud Workflows Easier

We led off with Ben Moon, Partner Account Manager with Intermedia. Intermedia is a cloud services provider offering hosted servers, email, firewalls and Microsoft Office 365 as well as archiving, backups, file encryption and file collaboration.

Ben illustrated how Intermedia’s hosted products differ from other manufacturers: namely, that Intermedia’s solutions do not require an expensive infrastructure investment should customers decide that they want to host their own cloud-based domain controllers, file servers and application servers. With Intermedia’s cloud services, customers can host their own environments outside the manufacturer’s datacenter without assuming responsibility for equipment maintenance, installation and upgrades.

Global Collaboration at the Click of a Button with Unified Communications and Hosted Voice

Of course, our June Lunch and Learn session was just getting warmed up. Next on the roster was Justin Bush, the Vice President of Sales at Zultys, Inc. Zultys is our go-to provider for business hosted voice and unified communications systems. Justin discussed how Zultys-hosted VoIP solutions are helping businesses as they move toward a more mobile and distributed workforce.

Hosted voice offers a unified method for workplace collaboration, even if that workplace exists mainly in the cloud. With video conferencing, chatting and messaging systems, team members can connect and collaborate anywhere with a device and a Wi-Fi connection.

Hosted Video for Convenient, Sophisticated Security Administration

Next at bat was Territory Sales Manager Julio Rodriguez of AWA Reps, the manufacturing representatives for our partners, Speco Technologies. Julio presented an overview of the hosted video solution Speco offers through its dealers. This option stores security camera footage in the cloud rather than in an on-site network video recorder, making it an attractive option for both clients with multiple sites and customers with 10 or fewer camera installations.

Speco has a long history of delivering innovative audio and visual solutions. In fact, they’ve been operating since 1959, when they started using speakers installed in the first talking Barbie and Ken dolls. Of course, their options today are a lot more sophisticated: using their mobile app, users can be notified of events captured on camera and can review video directly from a mobile device. Some camera models include SD cards so that data will continue to be stored even if the network goes down.

Hosted Access Controls Simplify System Installation and Maintenance

After that insightful presentation, it was Greg Monts’s turn at the plate. Greg is the RCDD Sales Engineer and Project Manager for the Low Voltage Division of Taylored Systems. Greg ran us through ISONAS Pure Access, a hosted access control system for businesses.

This solution is networked wirelessly, allowing you to avoid complicated wiring panels and bulky cables. All that’s required, wiring-wise, is a single ethernet cable run from the server room to the controller at the door. All programming is managed in the cloud. And for convenient entry, the bluetooth version of the system, known as Pure Mobile Credential, allows employee access using a mobile phone.

Of course, all work and no play would make for a pretty dull Lunch and Learn session — so to add a little excitement to the day, we awarded two sets of Indianapolis Indians tickets to attendees who came dressed in their favorite sports team apparel. Congratulations to the winners, Jason Smith of Midwest Metals and Trisha Heien and Jamie Strahl of Family Horizon Credit Union! We hope you enjoy taking yourself out to the ballgame of your choice!

Want to be like one of these lucky winners? Stay tuned for our upcoming Lunch and Learn session, coming up this fall. Until then, enjoy the rest of your summer, and we’ll see you back at Taylored Systems for our next installment of the Lunch and Learn series.