July 2022 Newsletter

This newsletter includes:

Four Reasons to Implement MFA For Your IBM i
 SMB Version Support for IBM i NetServer 
Are YOU Staying Current?
Do You Want It All In Life? You Probably Already Do
iTech iTip Videos
Webinar Replay: The Value of Staying Current 
Sips & Tricks: Coffee with iTech
iBasics: IBM i Education for the Beginner System Administrator
Let iTech Take You Out to the Ballgame  ⚾
iPower Hour Podcast: The Value of Staying Current (NEW!)
Upcoming Events
iTech Spotlight
IBM i, FSP, and HMC release levels and PTFs (July 2022)

Well to say July was the month of all months combined would be an understatement.  First, and foremost iTech Solutions was acquired by Service Express, a leader in global data center and infrastructure solutions, announced the acquisition on July 1st of managed services provider iTech Solutions Group and cloud hosting provider iInTheCloud.

The acquisitions bring expanded IBM-specific offerings and IBM Gold Business Partner status to Service Express customers in the U.S. This deal replicates the company’s existing IBM services, expertise, and IBM Gold Business Partner status in the U.K. to bring comprehensive solutions to customers internationally. Really they couldn’t have picked a better company in the industry than iTech, and likewise, I spent quite a lot of time interviewing prospective suitors, and Service Express was the best company by far to continue to grow the services we had begun 20+ years ago. I never put the company up for sale but had 7 companies interested in acquiring us. Service Express had the values that I thought were important for my customers and employees, and made the decision easier for me.  Everyone is staying, including me.  I have no plans to leave and will work here at Service Express until retirement.  The 2 or 3 weeks leading up to the sale were crazy. I was spending 80+ hours a week, providing details to Service Express, and at the same time managing and continuing to run the company. It was the quarter end, and my head was spinning like a top. Thank god we had the 4th of July holiday to recover.  Now, we are starting the transition phase, and it’s just as busy.  I expect this to last about 3 months before I can get back to just doing the technical side. This means more interaction with customers, more webinars, articles, speaking at conferences, and getting …

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