Meet The Team – James Graff Edition

Meet the people who make it happen at Red Level for our clients every day. James Graff is one of our Senior Account Executives. He has been at our headquarters for over 3 years. We asked James a few questions for you to get to know him a little better! What's your favorite restaurant?  "I don't have one specific favorite restaurant, but I do enjoy' a great filet. Cameron's, Grey Ghost and Fleming's are just a few of my favorites." What's your favorite pastime? "I enjoy both golf and hunting." Why did you choose to work in IT?    "I'm not sure! I went to school for Sales and Business Marketing, and I somehow ended up in IT."  Favorite sport? [...]

Checklist For Evaluating Managed Services Providers

Think of the last business partner you selected for your company. Was it your accountant, attorney or financial advisor? Evaluating your IT consulting firm and even more specifically, your managed service provider is one of more important business decisions you'll make. The right managed service partner helps tobuild reliability and performance into your company’s IT environment – and takes problems and support costs out. A study by SpiceWorks done in November 2017, shows the budget breakdown by company size which states smaller companies are more likely to shell out more for managed hosting, while larger companies are more likely to invest in managed cloud infrastructure in 2018.  Here is the Managed Services budget portion breakdown for 2018: Managed hosting (12%), managed storage/backup [...]

Moving Your Office? Make Your Vendors Your Allies

Moving offices is always a big deal. If I’m ever inclined to forget that, Red Level’s relocation earlier this year will be enough to remind me. For months, our move had been contemplated, planned, and prepared for, and finally in the space of a few days it was completed. Fortunately, it went about as well as an office move ever could, and certainly better than most do, which all of us are grateful for. My colleague Janet Tyler wrote about the importance of planning for our big move on the Automation Alley site, and it made me think: besides knowing what to plan, who is doing the planning makes a big difference – and vendors are often an overlooked but vital [...]

Red Level Named to 2017 Tech Elite Solution Providers by CRN

Tech Elite 250 list recognizes IT solution providers with deep technical expertise and premier certifications Novi, Michigan, March 27, 2017 – Red Level, the Novi-based technology consulting firm, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named it 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 [...]

The Charitable Side of TEDxDetroit

This was my second year attending TEDxDetroit. Last year, I sat in the Fox and took in all of the inspiration, perspective and glory that the presenters had to offer. This year, I attended as a volunteer – specifically the TEDxDetroit charitable giving volunteer. While I loved the presentations from the first year what blew me away this year was all of you. I spoke with hundreds of attendees and presenters, and listened to your stories as you told me how you were personally impacted by the charities we sponsored. To each of you who donated or took a moment to express gratitude – thank you for giving me my best TEDxDetroit experience. I had many people ask for more [...]

Here’s a Good Idea: TEDxDetroit

Think of every good thing you’ve ever seen happen – in your own life, in the lives of your family and friends, or in the world around you. What do they all have in common? Chances are that they all started with the same thing: A good idea. Ideas are powerful things. They have a way of setting events in motion – for better or for worse – and transforming themselves from possibilities into probabilities, and from probabilities into realities. A groundbreaking scientific discovery, a lifesaving medical procedure, a major humanitarian initiative, a brilliant work of art – all begin from the same modest foundation: An individual or a group asking themselves “What if?”, and letting a new idea come [...]