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Meeting the Moment: How IT Directors Can Ensure IT Continuity Post Pandemic

July 8th | 11 AM CDT Striking a Balance Between Financial Strategies and Technical Decisions: Meeting the Moment: How IT Directors Can Ensure IT Continuity Post Pandemic A recent survey by Evaluator Group found that IT departments are presently in “react” mode - scrambling to meet the needs of an increasingly remote workforce. Join us on July 8th at 11 am CDT as John Webster of the Evaluator Group provides insights, including how a specific form of flexibility is key to post-pandemic workplace requirements. About Our Speaker John’s focuses at Evaluator Group include Hybrid Cloud and Big Data. John became interested in Big Data in 2004 when he co-authored a book entitled Inescapable Data: Harnessing the Power of Convergence, which is an early look at what is now known as IoT. John also writes for his blog “Inescapable Data” on Forbes.com. His blog focuses on trends and announcements in cloud and Big Data.

[Career Opportunity] IBM I Technical Specialist

Are you a self-starter and naturally a good problem solver?  Do you know there is only one right answer?  Are you a process oriented individual who excels at improving upon previously established norms?  Do you have an innate sense of urgency and consistently beat deadlines? If you are an approachable, well spoken individual capable of effective communication and detailed discussions with all levels of IT personnel from administrators to management, then take the first step towards success with Clear Technologies by completing our short survey at the link below: https://www.cultureindex.com/c/PX97z1X84m The primary purpose of this position is to design and implement iSeries solutions for our current and new customers.  This position requires providing pre-sales, implementation, and consulting support for a variety for our iSeries customers including technical design and implementation skills for both hardware and software.   Primary Duties & Responsibilities Perform enterprise customer assessments including current assessment and future recommendations Must have hands on implementation experience with a iSeries LPAR environments including familiarity with: VIOS Implementation External Storage solution design and implementation In conjunction with the Sales team, take an iSeries opportunity through the complete lifecycle of solution architecting, system configuration, implementation and on-going support. Bring current knowledge and future vision of IBM Power solutions to sales and technical teams to maintain the company’s competitive position Write statements of work for implementation and ongoing management of IBM Power solutions sold by Clear technologies. Assist with proposals, presentations and responses to client requests Build strong technical relationships with clients, IBM Power CTSs and coworkers Escalating to Vendor Support and project managing critical issues Drive automation and efficiency in clients’ environments Be an active user of Clear Technologies’ storage [...]

Cloud, Power, & Your SAP Environment

Seemingly the majority of folks are discussing the cloud. Some have details so they are cautious, and others are blindly following lemmings off the cliff. New ideas garnish the press and so has cloud. What does it mean? What is the impact on your business? Who is the right provider? Should I move my SAP to the cloud? The questions seem endless. What is the core business reasons you are considering the cloud? Cost? Change of resourcing? Do you expect better service? Are the service levels defined, and were they defined by IT, by the business or by both? In a recent CIO magazine article, Liz Hebert of Forrester indicated that the ubiquitous nature of the cloud has some inherent issues. In the very same article, Greg Meyers CIO at Motorola indicated that the change creates issues, I would offer that change also takes time to develop into acceptable standards. Are these two individuals outside the norm? I think not and I applaud them for bringing to the forefront a couple of issues plaguing real cloud success. Should you abandon the cloud? That is not the solution, but like any tool, proper selection and fit must be determined. One-size does not fit all. The cloud is, like any tool, very good in some considerations and risky at best in others. Adopting Cloud strategies require other foundational business strategies to be refined. Move it and they will come is not a good strategy. What strategy is emerging? Well, the hybrid strategy is gaining a great position. A strategy where a customer virtualizes on-premise for Production workloads and leverages public cloud for other workloads. This strategy allows control of, and [...]

SAP HANA on IBM Power Resources

The purpose of this article is to provide a single source of commonly used, hard to find and convenient material to help SAP shops and Architects properly evaluate, design, deploy and support SAP HANA using IBM Power Systems. This article is a living document updated and supported by Brett Murphy and his SAP Practice at Clear Technologies. With over 25 years of industry experience working with Enterprise solutions, Brett is an IBM Champion specializing in SAP and SAP HANA environments. Are you running SAP ECC today? Consider scheduling an SAP HANA Readiness Workshop or schedule a meeting to learn how other clients saved 35% over competing solutions. To learn more, please visit Clear Technologies SAP Practice. Visual Storage Intelligence (VSI) VSI simplifies your storage management process by organizing independent data elements into a unified, visual analysis across your multi-vendor storage environment. Ideal to identify orphaned space, improve application response complaints, capacity planning, reporting, problem determination and right-sizing storage which often leads to cost savings. Ideal for SAN, NAS and VMware environments especially SAP ECC shops looking to migrate to SAP HANA. Home Page: Visual Storage Intelligence VSI Overview *OFFER: Cost Avoidance with VSI Offer – To help industries and businesses impacted by COVID-19 to find cost-savings across their current storage footprint. Video: Identifying Orphaned Space <= Ideal Use Case for SAP HANA Video: Managing Unstructured Data Video: 3 Minutes to Insight: Storage Space Fragmentation Part 1 Part 2 Blog: Optimizing NetApp storage Blog: Throw out your Spreadsheet; Bring in Efficiency SAP Resources *News: SAP Extends End of Support for SAP Business Suite 7 and here Certified and Supported SAP HANA Hardware Directory TDI FAQ *Help Portal: What’s new in [...]

Clear Technologies Named to CRN’s 2020 Solution Provider 500 List

Addison, Texas June 2, 2020 – Clear Technologies announced today that CRN® a brand of The Channel Company, has named Clear Technologies to its 2020 Solution Provider 500 list. Each year, CRN releases its list of top 500 solution providers, a ranking of the leading IT channel partner organizations across North America by revenue. CRN’s Solution Provider 500 list serves as the industry’s benchmark for recognizing the top-performing technology integrators, strategic service providers, and IT consultants, and as a valuable resource for technology vendors looking to partner with top solution providers. For over 25 years Clear Technologies has been a leading IT reseller and service provider. Leveraging this legacy business and the opportunity to work closely with clients, Clear launched Visual Storage Intelligence (VSI), storage analytics and reporting SRMaaS, in 2010. Looking into the future, Clear found new ways to provide clients with real business value and in 2018 launched Clear Intelligence. With a business-first approach, Clear Intelligence is focused on understanding the key challenges and potential opportunities for AI solutions for organizations to create a competitive advantage. “The rapid development of new technology and information that is important to customers has impacted many solution providers. At Clear Technologies, we think of transformation as a constant, instead of, as a destination. We invest in our clients by seeking to understand their problems not only for today, but also tomorrow. Being recognized in the top 500 solution providers is validation of our client first approach,” said Clear Technologies President, Phil Godwin. “CRN’s Solution Provider 500 list showcases the top IT channel partner organizations across North America,” said Bob Skelley, CEO of The Channel Company. “This year, companies on this list represent a [...]

June 2nd, 2020|News|

Infrastructure as a Service – IaaS

IaaS Benefits and Options Infrastructure as a Service Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is an emerging trend in IT that fundamentally changes the financial model for IT infrastructure.  With IaaS, companies no longer purchase infrastructure – they pay a fee for what they use. An advantage of not owning a physical infrastructure is that companies lease capacity based on fluctuating business needs. Infrastructure as a Service is a cloud-based solution delivered via a public or private cloud installation. IaaS solutions replace the traditional corporate data center or hosting facility and provide organizations with all infrastructure including servers, network, storage, and bandwidth. The core benefits of Infrastructure as a Service are: Eliminates the capital expenditure for infrastructure Distributes infrastructure maintenance responsibilities to a service provider Removes life cycle management responsibilities of physical infrastructure Increases scalability and allows for rapid expansion or contraction based on business needs Allows infrastructure to become an operational cost Aligns IT costs with business needs RapidScale CloudServer for IaaS Clear Technologies offers public Enterprise-Grade infrastructure in the Cloud through its partnership with RapidScale.  RapidScale’s CloudServer solution eliminates the need to spend capital on physical hardware by providing virtual, Enterprise-Grade hosted servers.  With the CloudServer managed solution, there is no longer a need to worry about patches, updates, troubleshooting, or user management.  CloudServer is backed by vCloud hypervisors, Net App ® storage, and the Cisco ® UCS blade chassis. IBM Softlayer® Private Cloud For customers who prefer a private cloud infrastructure, Clear Technologies works with partners like IBM Softlayer® to create customized, private cloud, IaaS solutions. Private clouds built on bare metal servers allow for implementation of any virtualization technology.  The primary benefits of private clouds are: No shared resources Easier [...]