Coretek CEO, Ron Lisch, shares his perspective for MSP success in the Motor City

2018-07-19T16:55:31+00:00 July 19th, 2018|blog, Feature, Home Page, Microsoft, Micrsoft Cloud Solution Provider, News|

Coretek CEO, Ron Lisch, shares his perspective for MSP success in the Motor City with ChannelNomics:

“The economic growth [in Southeast Michigan] is something being witnessed by local MSPs, such as Coretek Services.

In fact, interest in manufacturing and autonomous vehicles in the area is representing new opportunity for MSPs, Ron Lisch, Coretek’s CEO, tells Channelnomics, pointing to the vast majority of R&D in this space being conducted in Detroit and California.

“Becoming relevant in those markets is really strategic for us because the amount of data that’s generated in that market in the automobile itself is just massive, and then it all has to have a place to reside and people are looking for groups to help manage that,” Lisch says.”

Read More here:  https://www.channelnomics.com/channelnomics-us/analysis/3034238/msp-road-trip-detroit-michigan

Coretek Services recognized as Microsoft Azure Expert Managed Service Provider

2018-07-17T14:40:28+00:00 July 12th, 2018|Azure, blog, Cloud, Microsoft, Microsoft Infrastructure, Micrsoft Cloud Solution Provider, News|

New program gives clients confidence that they are selecting a highly qualified Microsoft Azure expert with proven results.

Farmington Hills, MI, July 13, 2018– Coretek Services (Coretek), an industry-leading IT professional services and consulting firm, announced today that the company has been named one of only thirty-three Microsoft Azure Expert MSPs.

“In this fast-moving technology environment, it is essential to find experienced partners in the disciplines you need,” said Ron Lisch, Coretek’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “The Microsoft Azure Expert MSP program lets clients and prospects know that Coretek has demonstrated to Microsoft the skills and capabilities to deliver upon our promises.”

Technology focus

As an IT consulting company, systems integrator and “born in the cloud” managed services provider, Coretek delivers high value, innovative solutions to solve our customers toughest challenges when their jobs are on the line.

Ray Jaksic, Coretek Chief Technology Officer, said, “Coretek has made the decision early on to invest in our cloud delivery capability. We assessed the different cloud platforms and made the decision to go all-in with Microsoft Azure. The ever-growing set of services allows us to identify new ways to solve our client’s challenges.”

Provider excellence

As customers move to the public cloud with increasing pace, they need partners with a deep level of cloud expertise and experience to guide them. Inclusion in the Microsoft Azure Expert MSP program is awarded to partners that meet a stringent set of requirements, including verified proof of excellence in customer delivery and technical expertise, and the successful completion of an independent audit of their managed services, people, processes, and technologies. Only the most high-fidelity cloud managed service providers are awarded the Azure Expert MSP badge, intended to give customers confidence when selecting a partner to help them meet their digital transformation goals.

Gavriella Schuster, Microsoft

“We are excited to see companies like Coretek demonstrate a high level of expertise with Microsoft Azure,” said Gavriella Schuster, corporate vice president, One Commercial Partner, Microsoft Corp. “The Azure Expert MSP program recognizes some of our top partners.”

Information technology adoption is only as good as it is perceived through the eyes and the hands of the end user. That is why in this mobile-first, cloud-first world, Coretek is obsessed with end users’ experience. The company has seen its clients achieve solid return on investment on their use cases in industries such as healthcare, manufacturing, and financial services.

About Coretek Services

Coretek Services is an industry-leading Systems Integration and IT Consulting firm that delivers high value and innovative solutions.  Coretek works with clients to custom-design an IT architecture based on each clients’ unique requirements.  The solution encompasses server and desktop virtualization, optimization of a virtual desktop environment, cloud desktop, mobile device management, and infrastructure consulting and project management.  Coretek’s goal is to help clients achieve Project Success. No Exceptions! For more information, visit www.coretek.com.

Contact

Coretek Services
Paula Gwyn, 248-684-9400 X211
Chief Marketing Officer
paula.gwyn@coretek.com

Coretek Services recognized as Microsoft Azure Expert Managed Service Provider

Coretek Services announces partnership with Total Solutions Group

2018-06-20T17:04:22+00:00 June 20th, 2018|Announcements, blog, Feature, Home Page, Microsoft, News, Office 365|

Partnership offers full range of Microsoft suite of services in a single source for clients.

Farmington Hills, MI.–(BUSINESS WIRE)—Coretek Services (Coretek), an industry-leading IT professional services and consulting firm, announced today that the company has engaged in a partnership with Total Solutions, Inc. (Total Solutions).  President and Chief Executive Officer Ron Lisch made this announcement.

Coretek Services announces strategic partnership with Total Solutions.

The partnership with Total Solutions compliments Coretek’s depth of capability to deploy, migrate, and support Microsoft Azure and the Office 365 lifecycle.  The two companies’ alignment offers clients access to technical experts to help them leverage their IT investment through a range of digital transformation services designed to modernize and optimize the end user experience. Complimented with Total Solutions’ SharePoint capabilities, Coretek will now deliver a complete suite of Microsoft solution offerings to our clients.

Ron Lisch, Coretek President and CEO, said, “Coretek is excited to announce our partnership with Total Solutions, as it uniquely complements our investments in our Microsoft delivery capability.  This allows us to deliver unified and cohesive Microsoft solutions to our mutual customers.”

As an IT consulting company, systems integrator and managed services provider, Coretek delivers high value, innovative solutions to improve end-user experience and increase operational agility in the areas of virtualization, cloud solutions, and business continuity.  Total Solutions provides industry needed SharePoint platform expertise to migrate, support and optimize intranets, secure document management, and collaboration.  Together, Coretek and Total Solutions technical experts specialize in driving operational efficiencies resulting in end user satisfaction.

“We are excited to combine our focused SharePoint and Application skills with Coretek’s robust competencies in Office 365 and Azure,” said Total Solutions CEO Matt Fleszar.  “This solidifies a strategic relationship among national leaders in closely related Microsoft Cloud solutions.”

Coretek and Total Solutions believe that “Together is better for our clients.” It is the two firms’ goal to offer clients a joint resource to make it easier to contract and utilize Microsoft technologies. It was best said by Coretek Sales Director Cyndi Meinke; “We see a clear synergy to immediately collaborate and help enterprises strategically roadmap their pathway to the Microsoft Cloud. We envision rolling out a combined managed offering that give our clients peace of mind through flexible, comprehensive coverage and a single point of contact. Both organizations foster a culture of innovation and outstanding customer service focused on project success – no exceptions!”

About Coretek Services

Coretek Services is an industry-leading Systems Integration and IT Consulting firm that delivers high value and innovative solutions.  Coretek works with clients to custom-design an IT architecture based on each clients’ unique requirements.  The solution encompasses server and desktop virtualization, optimization of a virtual desktop environment, cloud desktop, mobile device management, and infrastructure consulting and project management.  Our goal is to help our clients achieve Project Success. No Exceptions! For more information, visit www.coretek.com.

About Total Solutions

Total Solutions is an energetic and innovative SharePoint Consulting and Application Development firm based in Metro Detroit.  Having served clients in the region for over 20 years, we are experts at designing, developing, and deploying SharePoint based, enterprise solutions.  With clients ranging from higher education institutions to international Fortune 100 companies, our goal is to maximize our customer’s SharePoint investments and drive user adoption.  We offer a broad range of SharePoint services including: – Portal Design and Development – Reporting and Dashboards – Migrations – Administration and Support – Workflow Development – Custom Application Development.  For more information, visit www.totalsol.com.

Contacts

Coretek Services
Paula Gwyn, 248-684-9400
Chief Marketing Officer
paula.gwyn@coretek.com

or

Total Solutions, Inc.
Brandon Burns, 310-893-5663

Business Development

bburns@totalsol.com

Coretek Services Announces Strategic Partnership with Huntzinger Management Group

2018-02-08T13:14:58+00:00 February 6th, 2018|Announcements, blog, Home Page, News|

Partnership provides full range of IT consulting, solutions and services to the healthcare industry.

Farmington Hills, MI.—Coretek Services (Coretek), an industry-leading IT professional services and consulting firm, announced today that the company has engaged in a strategic partnership with Huntzinger Management Group (Huntzinger).  President and Chief Executive Officer Ron Lisch made this announcement.

Coretek Services announces strategic partnership with Huntzinger Management Group

The partnership with Huntzinger gives Coretek clients access to healthcare experts to help them leverage their IT investment through a range of Advisory, Implementation and Staffing services designed to provide both immediate and sustained impact. Complimented with CoreTek’s professional services and infrastructure capabilities, we will deliver a complete suite of IT solutions to the healthcare industry offering our clients a strategic roadmap focused on actionable plans and strategies that can be implemented and delivered to provide transformational impact and results.

As an IT consulting company, systems integrator and managed services provider, Coretek delivers high value, innovative solutions to improve end-user experience and increase operational agility in the areas of virtualization, cloud solutions, and business continuity. Huntzinger’s Healthcare IT technical experts specialize in infrastructure and organizational assessment, operational efficiencies and strategic roadmap development. Both organizations foster a culture of innovation and outstanding customer service focused project success – no exceptions!

Ron Lisch, Coretek President and CEO, said, “Coretek is excited to announce our partnership with Huntzinger, as it uniquely complements our healthcare focus and will provide added valuable resources for our clients.”

“As a strategic partner, Huntzinger assists healthcare organizations to leverage their IT spend, and implement and support technology utilizing seasoned healthcare IT experts. The relationship with Coretek enhances our access to resources specializing in infrastructure and cloud-based services,” said Nancy Ripari.

 

2018: The year you migrate to the cloud?

2018-01-23T23:52:54+00:00 January 24th, 2018|Azure, blog, Cloud, Disaster Recovery|

Welcome to 2018, where the rush to the cloud shows no sign of slowing down.  New Azure features are being released so quickly that the Azure marketplace seems to show new services every day.  I sometimes see new features arrive between button clicks!  It is probably safe to say that we are in the “majority adopters” phase of the traditional technology adoption curve for the cloud.

The big question for you is whether this is the year to migrate your data center assets to the cloud.

Lift and Shift vs. Application Modernization

The first thing you need to consider is whether you want to “lift and shift” your infrastructure or start an application modernization project to move your digital assets to the cloud.

Lift and Shift Methodology — This method consists of cloning your server infrastructure to the cloud and transferring the data to the new servers.  The new servers are cloned as virtual machines (VMs) operating as they did in your on-premises infrastructure.  The plan detailed below is going to focus on this methodology.

Application Modernization Methodology — This method requires you to refactor your applications for the cloud.  There are significant cost savings available long term using this method; however, the conversion cost will be much higher than a straight “lift and shift” to the cloud.

The “Lift and Shift” Plan

Azure provides several tools including Azure Migrate (public preview) and Azure Site Recovery (ASR) to execute the migration to the cloud, but you need to understand what you are trying to accomplish.  The following is a typical plan for one of these projects:

  • Assessment – Use tools to collect data in manual or automatic ways to perform a documented analysis.  Data that should be collected and analyzed include the server function, operating system, cores (or CPUs), memory, disk sizes, and network performance.
  • Selection and Planning – Once the assessment is complete, you can then select the servers or workloads that are good candidates for migration.  You should also identify any server issues such as unsupported operating systems, large disk sizes, or incompatible disk technologies.  For example, disk sizes over 4TB cannot be cloned using ASR as of this writing.  Items like available network bandwidth, maintenance windows, and business objectives need to be considered before publishing your plan.
  • Environment Preparation – With any on-premises migration to the cloud, network constraints may need to be implemented (such as QoS and firewall changes for future replication). The target also needs to be created in Azure consisting of the new network, storage, and virtual private networks.  If you are using ASR, an on-premises process server needs rollout.  In this stage, I also recommend implementing a monitoring solution where you can watch the process server health and network bandwidth.
  • Replication – This is probably the longest and most tedious part of this entire project.  At this stage, the data is replicated using the selected migration tool.  Like any backup or disaster recovery solution, the longest part of synchronization is the initial data replication.  You do not merely want to replicate all the servers at once because you could significantly affect your available network bandwidth and that could make you unpopular.  When your end users come to find you with their torches and pitchforks, that’s very bad.  I have seen in the migrations that I have managed that doing more than 2-3 initial replications at a time is the limit.  Once a server has completed the initial replication, then you can add others because the completed servers need incremental changes over time.
  • Cutover – You are almost there!  Now comes the maintenance windows where you can migrate to Azure and then disable the original server.  Depending on your project and business needs, you can either do it all at once, or break up the list based on workloads and other factors.  Doing the migrations in multiple, distinct sets reduces stress.

Here at Coretek we do many of these projects every year.  We can definitely help you with your migration to the Azure cloud!  Just give us a call.

Coretek Wins! – 2018 Citrix Innovation Award for Partners

2018-01-10T01:32:24+00:00 January 10th, 2018|Azure, blog, Citrix, Cloud, Microsoft, Micrsoft Cloud Solution Provider|

We won the 2018 Citrix Innovation Award for Partners!!

Thank so much to Wolverine Worldwide, all the people that voted for us, and of course all the awesome Coretek teammates that made it happen.  Much more to come!

See the details here:

https://www.citrix.com/go/innovation-award/partner-innovation.html

Amazing Video for 2018 Citrix Innovation Award Nomination…

2018-01-07T15:17:04+00:00 January 7th, 2018|Azure, blog, Citrix, Cloud, Micrsoft Cloud Solution Provider|

As nominees for the 2018 Citrix Innovation Award, Coretek recently had a video crew come through the main office.  The crew was there to interview, get scenery footage, and generally get the “vibe” of how we do what we do.

In the video, we get the overview of the amazing work we did with Wolverine Worldwide, helping them solve what is quite a common modern problem in an uncommon and innovative way.  And it is also really cool to see my fellow Coretekers “movie” extras!

Here is the completed video:

Please take a moment to watch the extremely cool video, and vote for Coretek for the 2018 Citrix Innovation Award Nomination at this link.  Then, if you like what you see, drop us a line and get Coretek and Citrix working to help you do what you do more efficiently!

Coretek’s Own 2018 Nutanix Technology Champions…

2017-12-21T13:38:53+00:00 December 21st, 2017|blog, Cloud, Nutanix|

We’re proud to share that our amazing fellow Coretekers Aaron Evans and Todd Geib have been nominated to the Nutanix Technology Champion (NTC) program for 2018!

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The NTC is an award that recognizes Nutanix and web-scale experts for their ongoing and consistent contributions to the community and industry. But it’s more than just an award — NTC is a program that also provides nominees with unique opportunities to further expand their knowledge, amplify their brand, and ultimately help shape the future of web-scale IT.

For more information on the program, please click here to visit the NTC 2018 announcement page.

Aaron and Todd have a combined 5 years in the program.  Props to Aaron and Todd for continuing to be a driving force behind Coretek’s commitment building Enterprise Clouds!

Coretek and Citrix: Delivering Confidence in the Cloud

2017-12-14T19:08:19+00:00 December 14th, 2017|Azure, blog, Citrix, Cloud, Home Page, Micrsoft Cloud Solution Provider, Mobility, News, Virtualization|

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI – December 14, 2017 – UPDATE on Citrix Innovation Award 2018.  You’ll have your chance to vote for Coretek and the Americas, January 2-9.  Details to follow soon.  Be a part of the excitement!

Click here for the latest info and pictures for the 2018 Citrix Innovation Award…get ready to vote for Coretek early January!

 

Office 365 Integration with SCCM…..

2017-11-20T02:02:27+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Azure, blog, Configuration Manager, Micrsoft Cloud Solution Provider, Office 365, System Center|

Deploying Office or Office 365 has traditionally been a challenge in most corporate environments.  The file types have changed, components have been added/removed, content size isn’t the most manageable, and the amount of business processes that rely on the productivity suite of products requires close management of the deployment to ensure that work can continue once the newer version is deployed.

Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) — as of version 1602 — integrates with Office 365 to offer the ability to deploy the Office 365 productivity suite natively with SCCM.  The feature is called Office 365 Client Management and is found in the Software Library of the SCCM Console.  Here’s a snapshot of what it looks like:

On the left, you have your Office 365 Folder with Office 365 Updates included.  When in the folder view, you can see a summary of the number of O365 clients and their versions.  If you notice the scroll-bar indicates there’s more to see…

The different sections can be summarized as such:

  1. Number of O365 Clients in total
  2. The breakdown and summarization of the different versions in the environment
  3. A button which will initiate a wizard to create an O365 client deployment package
  4. A chart indicating the number of systems running different languages of O365
  5. A button to create an Automatic Deployment Rule
  6. Another option to create client settings (These are standard SCCM Client settings, nothing special pertaining to O365)
  7. The number of systems configured to the different update Channels for Office 365 client management
  8. If ADRs were created, they would show in this section

I’ve had some great experiences working with the Office 365 Client management integration with SCCM.  The ability to create a single package to support multiple different languages has taken my packaging time and reduced it to minutes.

In addition to providing a built-in package creation utility, SCCM also manages and services O365 packages moving forward.  The updates are all provided through SCCM’s native Software Update technology but are provided to you in a separate node in the console so that you can view only the updates pertaining to the 365 clients in your environment.  This makes it very easy to identify required and installed updates for your managed systems.

As for what’s needed to manage updates for O365 within SCCM:

Requirements for using Configuration Manager to manage Office 365 client updates

To enable Configuration Manager to manage Office 365 client updates, you need the following (summarized from link above):

  • System Center Configuration Manager, update 1602 or later
  • An Office 365 client – Office 365 ProPlus, Visio Pro for Office 365, Project Online Desktop Client, or Office 365 Business
  • Supported channel version for Office 365 client. For more details, see Version and build numbers of update channel releases for Office 365 clients
  • Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) 4.0  — You can’t use WSUS by itself to deploy these updates. You need to use WSUS in conjunction with Configuration Manager
  • On the computers that have the Office 365 client installed, the Office COM object is enabled

All in all, I have to say that I’m very impressed with the integration of Office 365 Client Management into SCCM.  SCCM has been a very powerful tool and to add the ability to manage the productivity suite natively in SCCM will ensure that admins in large environments can spend more time managing than packaging.

Good Job Microsoft!

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