Recently, Kelser CEO Barry Kelly gave two extremely detailed interviews, one with Authority Magazine (which will also run this year on Thrive Global) and one with CEO CFO Magazine. These interviews provide a glimpse into the roots of our company, its future, its culture, and more. Here is a selection of highlights from each interview which provide particular insights into Barry’s point of view and the character of the company he leads.
Last week’s 23rd annual Kelser Charity Challenge set a new fundraising record for the event with a projected $28,000 raised for the Hospital for Special Care’s Center for Cognitive Health.
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Technology plays an increasingly crucial role in organizations of all sizes and industries. That’s one reason why 89 percent of companies expect their IT budgets to grow or stay the same in the next year. However, when times get tough and businesses need to cut corners, the IT department is often among the first targets for cost reduction.
When you think of the LGBTQ community, you of course think of IT. Well, OK maybe not, but there’s actually more of a connection than there might seem at first. We knew we wanted to get involved with CT Voice, a new magazine for the LGBTQ community in Connecticut, as soon as we learned about it.
We like doing extreme things with our bodies to support charities. We’ve run Tough Mudder and Rugged Maniac obstacle courses. We’ve climbed hundreds of stairs for the American Lung Association. And now we’ve taken a dip in a freezing lake in March for Special Olympics Connecticut.
Software used to be such an adventure. Your company would buy a new program and then essentially be on your own to install it and learn how to use it. It might work out great, or it might be a frustrating fiasco. You bought it—it’s your problem now. Wisely, software companies have largely switched to a software-as-a-service model in which customers pay a recurring fee for use of software that is maintained and supported with customer service. Hardware is undergoing a similar transition with desktop-as-a-service, also known as device-as-a-service, or DaaS. Desktop-as-a-service shifts technology hardware from a capital expense to an operating cost. Rather than buying new computers and other technology in one large, up-front expense and then burdening your IT department with the massive task of setting them all up and maintaining them, a technology partner or managed service provider (MSP) will manage the assets for the entire lifespan.
When it comes to virtualizing your office, it’s important to consider whether you should replace older methods with their digital alternatives. Ever since the development of cloud technology, one option we have had is to replace local backup methods with off-site, cloud storage. To help you weigh your options, we’ve compiled a list of the pros and cons to each method.
If your business relies on computer files and documents to do its job, you’ve likely worried about the risks of lost data at some point. Saving documents to your hard drive is not always enough to keep your business protected. For instance, if your business’s hard drive becomes damaged, all of your work, and the work of your employees, can be gone in the blink of an eye. Some businesses don’t think about data loss until they’ve experienced it firsthand. But, with all the challenges businesses face when data loss occurs, it’s beneficial to come up with a preventative strategy early on.