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ACS Teams Adoption

For the ultimate collaboration environment, Microsoft Teams offers chats, meetings, calls, file management, apps, and workflows in one convenient space.  It transforms workplace connections, streamlines business processes, and connects everyone in a single platform that provides enterprise grade security and compliance.  There are a few new features integrated this year such as whiteboard, urgent messaging and read receipts in chat, and sharing messages from Outlook to Teams and vice versa. 

ACS offers a Teams Adoption Engagement that is customer based with specific scenario modules to follow.  Our program leverages a proven, governance-first cloud adoption model upon which an organizations enablement can quickly occur via a targeted proof of concept deployment.  This approach  allows for the program to be adapted to customers of varying size, deployment footprints, and maturity by gathering current state, requirements and target conditions specific to your  environment. 


Contact us  to learn more about our Teams Adoption Engagement Program.
 
Growing our Channel 
 
Applied Cloud Systems is proud to announce  we have entered into a partnership agreement with CDW, an Illinois based technology firm that is recognized as one of Microsoft's top partners.  With over 250,000 clients and 16 billion in sales, ACS will be a recommended Microsoft Services Provider. 

ACS is working directly with CDW Consulting Practice, leveraging our organization to deliver  technical capabilities, resources, and experience to deliver Microsoft services. We offer our Microsoft and healthcare experience to the Healthcare Industry providing solutions in application development, cloud platform, cloud productivity, and data analytics. We bring our expertise in Azure, Dynamics365, Office365, and PowerBI.   Applied Cloud is excited to work with CDW to provide quality services that protect, secure, and enable global organizations. 

Applied Cloud Systems also has Channel partnership agreements in place with 
ConnectionCBTS , and Microsoft Consulting Services,  who look to us to be their trusted advocate to the Microsoft Cloud.  

For any inquiries regarding our  channel practice, please contact
Hayden Hajdu.
 
 
Ignite Buzz

 
A few of the crew from Applied Cloud Systems joined the fun at Ignite 2019 this month.  With over 1000 sessions and 200 hands-on experiences, on software development, security, architecture, and IT, there was plenty to learn, experience and explore.  

Ignite had many great introductions at this year's event with Azure Arc  leading the buzz. Azure Arc is a set of technologies that enables you to manage your public, private and hybrid cloud environments  while implementing  Azure management and security across on-prem, multi-cloud,  and edge. It enables the deployment of Azure services anywhere and extends Azure management to any infrastructure. Applied Cloud Systems welcomes the opportunity to meet with your executive team to share the new amazing technologies now offered. 
Email us today to schedule some time with our team of experts!

As always, Microsoft did not disappoint.  Thank you for putting on a great show!
 

Creepin' it Real at the ACS Halloween Bash
 
The Applied Cloud Team had a spooktacular time at the ACS Second Annual Halloween Party aboard the Gateway Clipper.  There was dinner, dancing and beautiful views of our city.   We had our own Applied Cloud Amazing Race Team, a few glamorous butterflies and Marty McFly.  Kudos to all who went above and beyond to make the evening frightfully fun!
 
ACS Spotlight on
Dave Karem
Meet Dave Karem, Applied Cloud Systems Practice Delivery Manager. Dave brings superior expertise in Cloud Management and leads ACS' Teams Adoption offering. 

Dave spent 18 years in the enterprise space at Giant Eagle.  He began tenure by performing PC upgrades and at the time of his departure, he was managing three teams including End User compute, Cloud and Identity.  He sought out ACS to both expand his knowledge in the ever-expanding cloud space and to join a highly respected and high-performance team at ACS.

What Dave enjoys most about ACS is the dynamic nature of the work that we do and how expansive the technology footprint is that we cover.  He believes a co-worker put it best when he said we have  the ability to work on projects daily that in the enterprise space are ‘once in a career’ opportunities.  
Dave's latest project was  migrating a solution  hosted in AWS to Azure.  He worked with Chris Johnson’s team and the two primary ACS engineers made his job easy!  The outlined scope of work  was completed timely, checking all the boxes requested from the customer and then some.  The project led to decreased cost for the customer and improved end-user experience.  It just went live this week!

When not geeking out, Dave and his wife have two daughters (9 and 5) that keep him on his toes.  As hectic as the work schedule can be, it pales in comparison to the home/activities schedule.  Both daughters are active in gymnastics, dance, and ice hockey.  A first for Dave – he an assistant coach for his daughter’s ice hockey team at RMU.  Apart from kids activities, Dave is  a very hands-on person and enjoy hobbies and activities at home like remodeling, building, engineering, etc.

Pittsburgh is home for Dave and always will be.  He believes it is a big, little city with great sports, an emerging food and drink scene, generally short commutes, character, culture and something for everyone.

Thanks for your hard work and dedication Dave, Applied Cloud Systems' is lucky to have you!