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

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How Do I Move Up?

“How do I move up?”

That’s a question that I get asked by newer employees from time to time. I think it’s a fair question, and I always try to share a little DZ history with those who ask.

in the early days of DZ, there was no “Management Team” to speak of, we had only a growing team of employees and myself. Other than HR and Accounting, I was in charge of all aspects of the business. We didn’t exactly have departments, because we all had to perform tasks that were outside our main job function. Over time, it became apparent that two things were intersecting: We had a need for some departmental leadership, and at the same time, some of my top performing employees wanted to get to the “next level. But I didn’t yet have a next level for them to get to.

One day I was out on sales calls with one of our salespeople who had a long career in management prior to working at DZ Solutions. That salesperson (for the sake of historical accuracy, his name is Scott, although I doubt he’ll ever read this) asked me “Tom, what is it that you enjoy doing the most? Those are probably the things you are good at.” He asked me other probing questions, which got me thinking.

I’d love to say that after my conversation with Scott, I immediately formed a management team, but that’s not the case. A few months later, I knew I had to figure something out to continue scaling the business––being the first-level manager for the 18 or so employees we had at the time was clearly the limit, and it was time to address the situation. I approached three of my best employees and asked each of them if they’d like to lead their respective departments. They all took some time to think and agreed––and they’re all still in leadership positions at DZ today, believe it or not!

Over the years, I’ve tried to continue to encourage a culture where customers and peers have a lot of influence over career trajectory. If someone’s peers respect them and they’re capable, and our customers appreciate a team member’s efforts, this should factor heavily. Just because someone has never held a position before, doesn’t mean they don’t deserve a chance. However, this can create some unique challenges––what if someone tries out a new role and it’s not a great fit for them? It’s important to think about the risks vs. rewards.

I can definitely say that at least in my experience, the rewards have been off the charts. I believe it helps keep our newer employees excited too––to know that your manager is someone that DZ took a chance on means there’s a good chance DZ will take a chance on you, too! Metrics ARE important, but that doesn’t mean I want to let KPIs and MBOs stop us from recognizing raw talent and awesome effort. I’m sure there’s already a Moneyball for Career Development out there, but for now, we believe smart, motivated people still need an opportunity to get to the next level––and we’re committed to giving them that opportunity if it’s earned!

Do you remember a time you were working for a company that gave you a chance to prove yourself? We want to hear more about it!

Signing Off,

—Tom G.

Want to know more about careers at DZ Solutions? Send a note to jobs@dzsolutions.com and we will tell you about open positions.

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.

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