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DZ Solutions is a full-service technology consultancy delivering world-class services and systems to our customers. Our unique product offerings and deep technical knowledge base enable DZ’s customers not only to meet, but exceed their business objectives at scale – on-time and on-budget.

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Support & Professional Services

Representing a wide breadth of knowledge and expertise, our staff of full-time systems engineers provides the flexibility, technical acumen, and professionalism to solve your challenges. DZ Solutions was founded over a decade ago as a services first organization, and our dedication to providing outstanding customer service remains stronger than ever. We pride ourselves on our superior support and professional services throughout the project cycle – from the initial consultation to post-sales support.

System Sales & Integration

DZ Solutions will meet your unique business needs, whether it be installing, upgrading or replacing systems. Our expertise in the areas of design, installation, and maintenance—coupled with our customer-first approach—will ensure that your systems implementation is seamless and worry-free. Additionally, DZ Solutions can help plan your future system upgrades and ensure your data is protected with a reliable backup and archive strategy.

INFRASTRUCTURE MANAGEMENT

Our Infrastructure Management provides DZ clients with a tailor-made support plan including operations support for integrated systems from DZ’s Full-Time Equivalents (FTEs). Our dedicated technical staff serves as members of our clients’ IT teams collaborating in the entire systems lifecycle. From requirements gathering, systems deployment, day-to-day operations such as provisioning and documentation, inventory and maintenance renewal management, and trouble ticket resolution, our engineers will keep your application uptime and systems health at their best.

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Murray Company

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Founder Thomas Gilsenan
Sales Mike Somich
Network & Security Ryan Jensen
Marketing Carolyn Kiefer
Engineering Justin King

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Getting the Word Out!

At a recent event focused on our Cloud, Networking, and Security offering, a customer approached me to ask some questions about next generation firewall products, after the presentation by Ryan Jensen (our manager for Cloud Networking and Security). The customer clearly thought I was in Sales (what CEO isn’t?), and didn’t realize I was DZ’s president, which resulted in some really awesome feedback that I might not have otherwise gotten to hear. He said he had no idea that we even had a focus on the space. He thought we were only focused on storage, and he needed some help designing security for some mobile “network in a box” setups that he was putting together for a big event.

That’s when I realized: We’ve really got to start beating the drum! Here’s DZ’s fastest-growing line of business, and it could be growing even faster if we got the word out. How did we end up in this situation?

In 2005, when DZ was founded, it was still pretty difficult to get all your data in one place and access it from any platform. DZ was originally founded as a services-only organization, and the promise of really great networked storage was one that was particularly exciting for companies, but they needed a little help getting there. We went wherever the work took us – low-voltage cabling, systems design, data migration, entertainment systems support, backup systems, and even fix a paper jam, if that’s what our customers needed. More and more, the work led us to solving storage and data transport problems.

After a few years, we had a relatively mature methodology for evaluating existing IT environments, and modifying or upgrading those systems to help our customers get the most from their tech investments. DZ became well known for helping find solutions for datasets that had unusual characteristics, be it strict performance requirements, widely varying file sizes, and very high filesystem count. I remember the first time we realized a customer had a billion files on a single system (not including the billion-file backup) – now THAT’s a lot of files!

Fast forwarding to the present day, DZ’s brand is synonymous with large successful storage deployments, facility buildouts, data migration, and transport/asset management. However, we’ve also done extremely well in the networking space, including some big name customers and large projects.

As the market changes, so do our customers’ needs, and staying focused on our services offerings helps us stay informed as to what’s most important to IT leadership in companies large and small. We’ve done some pretty cool cloud migration projects, and our Cloud, Networking and Security practice is growing fast.

It turns out that now, getting all your data in one place is easier than ever, and if it’s in the cloud, that means it’s connected to the internet, otherwise known as everything! This is an incredible leap in terms of how to centralize and help people access their data. As many of our customers are finding out, it also means that networks and security play an even bigger role in IT than the past. To that end, at the beginning of 2017, we officially launched our Cloud, Networking and Security practice, headed up by Ryan Jensen, a DZ veteran that was the clear choice for building the practice.

We’ve created some specific marketing materials around the new practice, and we’re going to focus some of our upcoming marketing and community events on Cloud/Network/Security. You’ll also continue to see us announce new product partners to help support the projects we do in this space.

Have you heard about our new practice? If not, would you like to? Let us know!

Signing off,

—Tom G.

NAB 2017 Roundup

It was another hot (and extremely windy) year at the National Association of Broadcasters annual convention at the LVCC this year. It was great to reconnect with old friends, see our Customers, and see the new tech from our partners, as well as explore the new companies out there. While I didn’t personally see anything that really blew my mind, there were certainly two themes that stood out to me this year.

Attendance – I remember back in 2009 when the convention looked like it might have to really restructure based on low attendance. Over the years some of the “big folks” – notably apple – have stopped doing a huge booth, and a lot of our larger media customers are cutting back on the number of attendees they send to the convention on a yearly basis. Not completely sure what the final count was, but every rumor I heard said over 100,000, which I found quite impressive. The number of clients we met with and people DZ sent out were consistent with the last couple years, which I think shows that there is still quite a bit of momentum for the NAB show. There is definitely overlap with the largest annual Vegas convention – CES – and there have been rumblings they may combine someday. Now THAT would be a big show! There is of course also IBC, which I hear has quite a bit of overlap with the NAB show, but I’ve never attended that one personally. Suffice it to say, a good size crowd turned out, in spite of all the changes over the years.

Cloud Offerings and Focus – I definitely saw more cloud players at the show, and also noticed that media apps are absolutely being ported to the cloud at a rapidly accelerating pace, which was different than a few years ago, where I saw a lot of resistance and ambiguous “future plans”. I’d say in the media space, the cloud is here and it’s here to stay. I was impressed as well with how effectively hardware and software OEMs have pivoted to offering subscription models, cloud-hosted models, and tied them to their existing offerings with robust hybrid options. The overall tech market has been a bit ahead of media cloudwise, but it looks like media is full speed ahead on the journey. Seeing as how many media companies (and OEMs that focus on media companies) are often very early frontier users and early adopters, it wouldn’t surprise me if we see the media space leading the charge in cloud innovation vs. lagging behind in the coming years.

All in all it was a great show, and it looks like there are a couple visits to the desert in the near future for me, so who knows…2017 could mark the most Vegas trips for me in a single year if things continue in the current direction.

What do you think about the future of media apps in the cloud? Let us know!

Best,

-Tom G.

Outcomes Are Important!

At DZ, our three key values are focused on customers, and we work to maintain our reputation as a partner that delivers positive results to our clients. When talking with a colleague the other day, I explained what inspired me to start DZ Solutions, and what I believe makes our internal processes so effective in driving those results.

In those early days, we had quite a few things working against us, as many small firms do––limited staff, resources, capital—the standard set of obstacles for an early-stage company. However, as a former Engineer and IT Manager, I wanted DZ to be absolutely laser-focused on one thing: positive outcomes for our customers. I had used a variety of resellers, consultants, and OEM resources to get projects completed. At the time, I was supporting 100 users and an entire infrastructure by myself, and had to be as efficient as possible in achieving that goal. While I received some positive outcomes when working with outside groups, I didn’t feel that customer service was high enough on my vendors’ priority lists.

More than 12 years later, having worked now with hundreds of organizations on projects ranging from desktop support to an archive with over 100 billion files, the feedback I receive is overwhelmingly centered around DZ’s ability to achieve the original goal we established at the beginning of the project—a positive customer outcome. Likewise, when I receive customer feedback about the DZ management team—as well as feedback from our staff––the comments frequently center on DZ’s culture and company values. When I probe further, I hear statements like, “They’re fun to work with, but most importantly, they get the job done!”

Make no mistake, process is important. Without some processes, getting to the end goal can be extremely difficult. What works for us at DZ Solutions is that when designing or refining our processes, we ask the same question. Whenever adding, removing, or adjusting part of our methodology, we ask ourselves: What effect will this change have on our ability to deliver the best possible outcome for our customers?

As the market evolves, and we bring new services and products to our clients, we will continue to stay focused on how these new offerings can drive positive customer outcomes. How can we help your organization accelerate and improve business outcomes? Let us know!

-Tom G.

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