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Think End Of Summer BBQ Party!

September 13th, 2017 Posted by Community, Newsletters, Staff 0 thoughts on “Think End Of Summer BBQ Party!”

As a special thank you to our staff and clients we hosted an “End of Summer BBQ Party” that also celebrated the opening of our new help desk center.

Things weren’t looking so great an hour before the party. The forecast said 20% chance of rain, but you know how that goes. It was dumping at 3pm and it didn’t seem like it was going to let up. Fortunately, it did let up and the sun came out just in time for the guests to arrive.

We fired up the grill with burgers and hot dogs and people were already hitting up the keg (you can’t help it when it’s full of Mexican Lager)! Kids are usually left to entertain themselves at events like this, but our staff planned ahead just for them. We had a ton of games along with some fun gifts to bring back home and there was even a piñata! All the kids took turns… even some of the grown-ups did! Finally, one of the kiddos managed to knock it down and he showed no mercy since this piñata seemed unbreakable for everyone.

Thanks for joining us! Let’s do it again sometime!

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Tech is Changing the Way Our Kids Learn

September 13th, 2017 Posted by Best Practices, Cloud, Community, Data, Networks, Newsletters 0 thoughts on “Tech is Changing the Way Our Kids Learn”

Digital technology is revolutionizing many parts of our lives, whether it’s communications, transport, entertainment, personal finance or even shopping.

Education is no different, with advancements in digital tech transforming the way students learn in schools around the world.

While Chromebooks have become commonplace in many classrooms, there is a range of other cutting-edge technologies that also have the capacity to radically alter the way schoolchildren learn.

 

Virtual Reality in the Classroom

Virtual reality (VR) is tipped to be a breakthrough technology in the entertainment industry, but it’s also forecast to have a big impact on education.

That’s because the release of relatively low-cost VR headsets has enabled teachers to create unique and interactive 3D environments that can bring classroom lessons to life.

For schools, one major application of VR is that it allows teachers to transport students to locations where they are studying, including for a diverse range of subjects such as history, geography, and science.

VR also has particular utility for science subjects, since VR can make difficult concepts comprehensible via its unique visual and immersive qualities.

However, like any disruptive technology, there remain barriers to VR becoming an everyday fixture in classrooms, with one of the largest being its relative unfamiliarity to students and teachers.

 

More 3D Printing in Schools

3D printing, which turns digital 3D models into solid objects, is another emerging technology touted as having a bright future at schools across the globe.

In particular, 3D printing has the potential to assist teachers by providing them with 3D visual aids to illustrate complicated concepts, improve interactive learning and boost class engagement.

It also has applications in design, fashion, and engineering faculties within schools, particularly since those industries are already making use of – and being impacted by – the exciting technology.

Like many cutting-edge technologies, 3D printing faces challenges before it becomes an accepted part of classrooms. Likely obstacles include justifying the return on investment, managing access to a limited resource and incorporating 3D printing projects into the classroom.

 

Cloud Computing and Smarter Classrooms

In addition to VR and 3D printing, cloud computing is on the rise within classrooms. The practice involves storing and accessing data over the internet, instead of via a local hard drive.

Cloud computing has several positive educational outcomes because it cuts IT costs, increases accessibility and fosters collaboration between students.

It has become popular with teachers and students, especially in science, social studies, and languages fields, where the sharing of information between students over the internet is important.

Meanwhile, schools have adopted interactive, or “Cisco Spark”, boards in the classroom in recent years. These interactive tools usually include touch-sensitive screens, making them ideal for children. The boards can also be linked to tablet devices and computers.

Already used in many developed nations, proponents of this technology say it leads to a more interactive class environment, with a teacher able to build a lesson plan into the board’s software, while children can rewatch the lesson at home. It’s a long way from blackboards and chalk.

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Volunteering at “Keys to High School Success” Girls Conference

June 6th, 2017 Posted by Awards, Best Practices, Cloud, Community, Data, Desktop, Hosted Services, Services, Staff 0 thoughts on “Volunteering at “Keys to High School Success” Girls Conference”

On May 4th, the Women’s Resource Center hosted the 17th annual “Keys to High School Success” girls conference. Think Network Technologies volunteered to support this inspirational event by mentoring these young minds.

 

 

Lori Thibeaux connected with the 8th-grade girls to help them prepare for the transition and challenges of high school. The conference addressed topics such as media literacy, personal safety, career and life choices, interpersonal relationships and bullying intervention techniques. It also encourages for these young women to embrace their intelligence, strength and body image. The program also incorporates a separate conference for 8th-grade boys on the same day.

“Each adult volunteer was paired with an upper-class high school student volunteer.  Our duties were to get our assigned student group to their presentations and lunch,” says Lori, a Systems Administrator for Think. “We also got to participate a little in the activities they had each group perform.  It is such a great program put on by WRC for middle school girls going into high school.  I had a great day.”

 

 

About 250 girls and 315 boys attended the “Keys to High School Success” conferences at Fort Lewis College. Durango School District 9-R, the Women’s Resource Center, the ManKind Project and the Sexual Assault Services Organization coordinated the event. WRC would like to offer a program to all 5th-grade students in La Plata County to help them transition into middle school.

 

Help support the Women’s Resource Center by attending “Men Who Grill” on June 10th at Buckley Park! This is Durango’s summer kick-off party! Enjoy a variety of grilled creations by local participants! There will be live music and beer from Steamworks! Get your tickets right now by following the link – Men Who Grill.

 

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Melissa Glick of Think Network Technologies Recognized as One of CRN’s 2017 Women of the Channel

May 18th, 2017 Posted by Awards, Best Practices, Cloud, Community, Data, Desktop, Hosted Services, Services, Staff 0 thoughts on “Melissa Glick of Think Network Technologies Recognized as One of CRN’s 2017 Women of the Channel”

Durango, CO, May 18, 2017 – Think Network Technologies announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Melissa Glick, CEO to its prestigious 2017 Women of the Channel list. The executives who comprise this annual list span the IT channel, representing vendors, distributors, solution providers and other organizations that figure prominently in the channel ecosystem. Each is recognized for her outstanding leadership, vision and unique role in driving channel growth and innovation.

CRN editors select the Women of the Channel honorees based on their professional accomplishments, demonstrated expertise and ongoing dedication to the IT channel.

Melissa was instrumental in increasing Think’s business year-over-year through organic growth, corporate restructuring, and community outreach.  She was able to increase face time wth customers to better deliver information about Think solutions and value-add opportunities.

“Beyond outstanding and forward-thinking strategy at Think, Melissa takes a leadership role that shapes both the industry as a whole and the community she calls home,” says CTO and Think Founder Matt Glick.

“These extraordinary executives support every aspect of the channel ecosystem, from technical innovation to marketing to business development, working tirelessly to keep the channel moving into the future,” said Robert Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company “They are creating and elevating channel partner programs, developing fresh go-to-market strategies, strengthening the channel’s network of partnerships and building creative new IT solutions, among many other contributions. We congratulate all the 2017 Women of the Channel on their stellar accomplishments and look forward to their future success.”

“I am grateful to be recognized by CRN and The Channel Company,” says Melissa Glick, CEO of Think Network Technologies. “None of this would be possible on my own. I have a talented team, a supportive family and a network of inspiring women all around me to credit.”

The 2017 Women of the Channel list will be featured in the June issue of CRN Magazine and online at www.CRN.com/wotc.

 

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About Think Network Technologies

Think Network Technologies is a provider of on-premises and cloud solutions for both the private and public sector.  Think excels at delivering technology solutions that optimize productivity, strengthen customer relationships, enhance data sharing and drive profitability.  Since 2002, the family-owned business has become the outsourced IT department and trusted advisor for hundreds of businesses.  With offices in Durango(CO), Denver(CO), Farmington(NM) and Scottsdale(AZ), Think is strategically aligned to better serve the greater Four Corners region. www.thinknettech.com

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About the Channel Company

The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education, and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers and end users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequaled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace. www.thechannelco.com

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Lisa Parker’s Puppies’ Paws for Celebration

May 8th, 2017 Posted by Community, Newsletters, Staff, VTO 0 thoughts on “Lisa Parker’s Puppies’ Paws for Celebration”

If you know Jonell then you know that she has a special place in her heart for helping animals. That’s why it’s not surprising that she decided to use her Volunteer Time Off (VTO) to help the caring folks at Lisa Parker’s Puppies.

 

Paws for Celebration

On April 21st, Lisa Parker’s Puppies hosted the Paws for Celebration at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. This is one of their biggest fundraisers of the year and it helps rescue, foster and find permanent loving homes for abandoned dogs and puppies in La Plata County and the rural Four Corners, while also raising awareness for spay and neuter and the proper stewardship of animals.

Event coordinating is one of the many talents that Jonell has, so this was a great volunteer opportunity for her to use her skills for a wonderful cause. Lisa and Jonell have known each other from when Jo was the Marketing Coordinator at the La Plata County Humane Society. Lisa was more than happy to have Jonell’s expertise on hand since she knew Jo had years of experience with fundraisers just like the one she was about to host.

Creating signs, organizing the room layout, handling auction items, and managing decorations were just some of the tasks that Jonell assisted with. Since some of the volunteers came down with the stomach bug that’s been floating around, they were a little short-handed for the night of the event. Of course, Jonell couldn’t say no to helping out some more! After spending the whole day setting up she came back that night to help with welcoming guests and cashiering at the front. She was able to see a lot of familiar faces and enjoyed the food that was provided by Zia’s and drinks donated by Star Liquors and Ska Brewing. Most importantly, she was able to cuddle and love on some puppies!

 

A Successful Event to Make Some Tails Wag

We are happy to announce that Lisa Parker’s Puppies was able to raise over $15,000 thanks to all of the generous supporters in our incredible community. If you weren’t able to make it to the Paws for Celebration event, but you would still like to help out then you can go to www.lisaparkerspuppies.com and donate, sponsor, foster, or volunteer!

You can also support Lisa Parker’s Puppies this month by purchasing Tito’s Hadmade Vodka! For every bottle of Tito’s bought in partnering stores in Durango they will donate $1 to Lisa Parker’s Puppies!

Thank you Lisa Parker’s Puppies for everything you do to help the homeless puppies and dogs in the Four Corners area!

 

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Can You Achieve More by Doing Less?

April 5th, 2017 Posted by Best Practices, Community, Newsletters, Staff 0 thoughts on “Can You Achieve More by Doing Less?”

The eternal quest to achieve perfect work-life balance. We all know it. We all want it. None of us ever seem to get it. But maybe, just maybe, that’s not the point.

 

What if merely trying is?

We all have a tendency to throw ourselves into our work – time out to do the things we love slides further and further down the list as the real world demands that you ‘live your business’.

On the other hand, we all know that a more rested mind is a more productive mind – psychological studies have proven it time and again. And it stands to reason that more well-rounded individuals with a good social network are more resilient to the obstacles life throws our way.

The rub lies in how to (realistically) fit it into the busy schedule that is modern life.

However, taking a step back to give yourself some ‘me time’ can do a world of good. Here are a few tips and suggestions on how to charge those batteries.

 

Let it go

The first step to reclaiming your life – and maybe even growing your business – is to let others help. We’re all guilty of ‘de-delegating’, asking a team member to complete a task and then doing it ourselves ‘because it’s easier’, but trusting your team to look after things while you take time to focus on yourself is the only way to successfully build your business. Ask yourself if you really need to be doing repetitive tasks and try focusing your workload down to the essentials. If you don’t have a team, you might be surprised how many apps and cloud software solutions can help you move tedious admin work off your desk.

 

Face to face

Social media is a blessing and bane. It both widens and shrinks our world. Remember to take time each week to reconnect with those nearest and dearest in person, perhaps through hobbies, sport or just over a coffee. And make sure all phones are out of the way (first one to pick theirs up also picks up the tab!).

 

 

Just do it

An iconic line with a great deal of truth to it. However daunting the idea of a new exercise regime may be, moving your body can be one of the best ways to turn the mind off. It boosts moods, trims waists and helps you sleep better. Just 15 minutes a day can do wonders!

 

 

Silence the mind

Speaking of wonders – ever tried meditation? Think of it like defragging the hard drive of your brain. Meditation doesn’t mean chanting monotonously in some far-flung monastery somewhere; just five minutes (mid-commute even) of closing your eyes and focusing on your breathing will do. Let all other thoughts slip away and feel your breath. You’ll be amazed how focused you are after.

The modern world is packed with things that demand our time and energy, and it can be all too easy to get swept away. The next time you’re feeling daunted while planning your day, try to remember, time you enjoy wasting is never wasted time.

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Think Network Technologies Named One of 2017 Tech Elite Solution Providers by CRN®

March 29th, 2017 Posted by Awards, Best Practices, Cloud, Community, Data, Desktop, Hosted Services, Services, Staff 0 thoughts on “Think Network Technologies Named One of 2017 Tech Elite Solution Providers by CRN®”

Durango, CO, March 29, 2017 – Think Network Technologies announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has added Think to its 2017 Tech Elite 250 list. This annual list honors an exclusive group of North American IT solution providers that have earned the highest number of advanced technical certifications from leading technology vendors, scaled to their company size.

To compile the annual list, The Channel Company’s research group and CRN editors work together to identify the most customer-beneficial technical certifications in the North American IT channel. Solution providers that have obtained these elite designations—which enable them to deliver premium products, services and customer support—are then selected from a pool of online applicants.

Technology is evolving at lightning speed and to stay competitive, businesses and organizations require partners that are not just current, but cutting edge.  It is a top priority for Think to ensure staff maintain a strong command on the latest IT solutions. The company illustrates a dedication to training with a technical team rich in certifications from leading IT vendors.  The company encourages its technical team to follow an elite learning path that will continually enhance their skills and knowledge.

“This exclusive, ambitious group of solution providers boasts some of the most advanced IT certifications available from top technology suppliers,” said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company. “They have adapted impressively to major changes in the IT channel, especially the shift to a more services-driven market, by expanding their skill sets and sharpening both their technical and customer service expertise. Congratulations to our 2017 list, whose robust investment in their organizations has earned them yet another elite designation—the CRN Tech Elite 250.”

“We are grateful to be recognized by CRN and The Channel Company,” says Melissa Glick, CEO of Think Network Technologies. “Our growth and success over the years continues to be fueled by the talented team we have here and their commitment to their craft.  This award validates our promise to deliver the highest quality of service to our clients.  Our team’s deep level of expertise is a differentiator for Think, and we will continue to invest in training and education that enables our consultants to deliver leading edge solutions to our clients.”

Coverage of the Tech Elite 250 will be featured in the April issue of CRN, and online at www.crn.com/techelite250.

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About Think Network Technologies

Think Network Technologies is a provider of on-premises and cloud solutions for both the private and public sector.  Think excels at delivering technology solutions that optimize productivity, strengthen customer relationships, enhance data sharing and drive profitability.  Since 2002, the family-owned business has become the outsourced IT department and trusted advisor for hundreds of businesses.  With offices in Durango(CO), Denver(CO), Farmington(NM) and Scottsdale(AZ), Think is strategically aligned to better serve the greater Four Corners region. www.thinknettech.com

Copyright ©2017. Think Network Technologies, LLC. All rights reserved.

About The Channel Company

The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education, and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers and end users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequaled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace. www.thechannelco.com

Copyright ©2017. The Channel Company, LLC. CRN is a registered trademark of The Channel Company, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Think IT Town Hall Helps Locals with Tech Advice

March 17th, 2017 Posted by Best Practices, Community, Data, Desktop, Devices, Hosted Services, Internet, Microsoft, Networks, Newsletters, Operating System, Security, Services 1 thought on “Think IT Town Hall Helps Locals with Tech Advice”

Matt Glick and Prudencio Dimas from Think have over three decades of experience in the IT world working side by side with organizations, both large and small, to understand and resolve ongoing IT challenges.  Their understanding of network infrastructure, design and implementation was offered to participants of the TechKnowledge 2017 Conference in a Town Hall forum.  Topics such as servers, backups, disaster recovery, cloud storage, Office 365, virus protection, malware, ransomware, and security best practices were all discussed.  Matt and Prudencio fielded a range of questions but it was obvious what was the most concerning topic among the group.

Ransomware and backups.

The duo talked about best practices when it comes to backups and ransomware for almost an hour with the group. It was a very productive session and their favorite question came from Diana Murray, Manager for ASAP Accounting & Payroll, Inc.  Ms. Murray asked “What are the three most important elements of IT when talking about small business?”  We thought we would summarize their answers below.

1. A layered approach to security:

Matt brought up an older Blog post Think published entitled “Is Your Security Layered Like Your Bean Dip?”  It says you should layer your security like a seven-layer bean dip.  Just one layer at the bottom, and it just not as enticing.  But when you get all those layers, working together, it’s an explosion of excellence!  And even more important, the layered security approach tells us the more hoops a hacker has to jump through, the less likely they are to be successful.

2. Backups are key:

Matt posed a few questions business owners should consider when it comes to their backups.  What kind of backup you have is just as important as what is being backed up.  Is it file level backup?  Do you have a full image?  And, what is your expectation of downtime in the event that you do deal with a server crash?  And, he reminded everyone there to be realists.  Emergencies happen.  So, anticipate that they will happen and be prepared.  Practice.  Exercise your backup recovery process; test and retest it, so you have time to work out the kinks.

3. Standardization:

Prudencio explained IT standardization is a strategy for minimizing IT costs within an organization by keeping hardware and software as consistent as possible and reducing the number of tools you have that address the same basic need. It may take the form of ensuring that every computer has the same operating system, or of purchasing hardware in bulk so that every PC in your office is the same make and model. By streamlining your IT infrastructure, you can simplify decision­ making and minimize purchasing and maintenance costs.

Thank you to the Chamber of Commerce for organizing this event for our community and for asking Think to be involved.

Tech Knowledge Conference 2017

February 22nd, 2017 Posted by Best Practices, Community, Data, Desktop, Devices, Hosted Services, Internet, Microsoft, Networks, Newsletters, Operating System, Security, Services 0 thoughts on “Tech Knowledge Conference 2017”

The Durango Chamber of Commerce will host its 3rd Annual Tech Conference on Wednesday, March 15th at the DoubleTree Hotel featuring keynote speaker Jeff Walker.

There will be a variety of breakout sessions throughout the day which include topics about cyber security, email marketing, makerspace, web policies, digital marketing, facebook marketing, hackathon, and much more. Think Network Technologies is a sponsor for the Tech Conference, but they will also be a presenter for one of the breakout sessions.

Matt Glick(CTO) and Prudencio Dimas(Solutions Architect) will be holding an “IT Town Hall” on March 15th from 2:30 – 3:20p in the Silverton/Purgatory room at the DoubleTree Hotel. You’ll be able to ask Think’s senior engineers all your business tech questions about servers, backups, disaster recovery, cloud storage, Office 365, virus protection, malware, ransomware, security best practices, and IT policies.

As CTO of Think Network Technologies, Matt manages network operations, business development and provides guidance to the technical team.  He brings more than 18 years of experience delivering technology solutions to regional private and public sector accounts. Matt has a Bachelor’s of Science in Sociology and Environmental Science from Fort Lewis College.  He started his career in Seattle, where he worked for a corporate consulting company and got his start in systems administration.  He pursued further education at Colorado Mountain College for Microsoft Server OS, Directory Services and Architecture; completing MCSE, MCSA and MCP certifications.  He also completed the Cisco CCNA, CCDA and CCNP certification coursework while being employed as a network administrator for a school district in Roaring Fork Valley, CO.  In 2002, Matt returned to Durango to start his own venture, thus the inception of Think Network Technologies.  His understanding of network infrastructure, design and implementation has benefited Think’s customers in finding solutions to fit the business requirements in both smaller and larger environments.

As a Solutions Architect at Think, Prudencio plays a role in nearly all phases of the IT service delivery life cycle, from the initial consultation and needs assessment, to implementation and ongoing solution support. Prudencio got his start as an intern while earning an Associate’s Degree in Information Technology. Prudencio is well rounded with experience ranging from small computer repair shops to networks of five thousand plus endpoints.  His primary focus is on windows systems administration and he carries certifications in Microsoft and Cisco technologies. In 2012, Prudencio left the IT world behind for 6 months of world travel. When he returned, an opportunity with Think brought him to Durango where he works side by side with businesses large and small to understand and resolve ongoing IT challenges.

Please contact Think’s IT specialists at sales@thinknettech.com if you have any questions or concerns.

Cover for GoPro Mountain Games 2017 - PHOTO: ZACH MAHONE

Grace Lightning – Think Mascot & Dock Diver Extraordinaire!

February 22nd, 2017 Posted by Community, Newsletters 1 thought on “Grace Lightning – Think Mascot & Dock Diver Extraordinaire!”

DockDogs® is an aquatic sport in which dogs compete in distance, height or speed while jumping from a 40 foot dock into a pool of water. There are three disciplines: Big Air (dogs are judged based on the distance jumped), Extreme Vertical (the dog that jumps the highest) and Speed Retrieve (based on the fastest time).

You might have seen Gracie, Think’s fluffy mascot around our office. But when she’s not being super cute, Grace Lightning is tearing it down the dock as one of the top dock dogs. Don’t let her adorable physique fool you for a second though because she’s a running, jumping, dock dogging machine.

Gracie started her career as a dock dog at a very young age. She’s been competing for the last two years and she doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. You can catch her at the Think office during her rigorous training of running back and forth while surveying the trash bins for tasty energy boosters. Grace Lightning is becoming a celebrity amongst her tail wagging peers, so much so that she’s dawned the cover of the “Go Pro Mountain Games 2017” (click here to view).

 Cheer for Grace Lightning on her facebook page while she competes this year!

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