DataVizion brings the future of managed IT services to the prairie
IT services of the future will look radically different than they have in the past, according to Lincoln-based DataVizion. “We believe that the future of the workplace is an all wireless workplace,” said Nick Patrick, VP of Sales at DataVizion. “[Along] with that comes proper security and network preparation.” Started in 2001 by Kelly Schrad,…
IT services of the future will look radically different than they have in the past, according to Lincoln-based DataVizion.
“We believe that the future of the workplace is an all wireless workplace,” said Nick Patrick, VP of Sales at DataVizion. “[Along] with that comes proper security and network preparation.”
Started in 2001 by Kelly Schrad, the company has transformed itself in recent years to meet the future of enterprise IT.
“The IT world and the business world [have] shifted. If you look here you see wires, but they’re just plugging in for power. There’s no cabling in this building. There’s no phones on the desk, it is a one hundred percent mobile workforce here,” said Patrick, referencing his desk space.
DataVizion has quadrupled its staff in the last four years and has experienced over 30% revenue growth year-over-year for the past five years.
“We are forecasting a similar growth this year and we are very excited about it,” said Patrick.
Working in the Silicon Prairie and beyond
DataVizion now has offices in Lincoln, Omaha and Des Moines, with potential to expand offices to Kansas City and beyond the region. Their customers include organizations and businesses across the region and from coast to coast.
“We are very proud of our Midwest roots,” said Patrick. “The people in the Midwest are honest and hardworking, and they expect the same from their vendors. We have found that our little pocket of the world is very forward-looking in regards to technology and much of that has to do with the businesses that have either settled or started here.”
Though they get pulled across the county for their expertise, Patrick made it clear that their prairie roots are what got them to this point and still make up the lion’s share of their business.
“At the end of the day people want to work with a local company because they want that local support. I mean, what happens at midnight [when] I bought my stuff from a guy out of California? Who’s here to help? That’s where we come in,” said Patrick.
Partnering with HP
Last year Hewlett Packard purchased Aruba Networks, creating HP Enterprise. Aruba Networks is DataVizion’s largest manufacturer that they resell and support. The new partnership with HP gives DataVizion an end to end solution with one company.
“HP has been very interested in growing DataVizion, so our partnership with them has taken off at two hundred miles an hour and that’s not only going to make us bigger in the networking space, but in the server and storage world as well,” said Patrick.
The HP partnership has been a key driver in DataVizion’s most recent growth.
Patrick sees a future where IT service providers primarily help companies maximize the potential of cloud services.
“Some companies will still require onsite hardware and software, but the MSP of the future will understand cloud services and how that integrates into your local network,” said Patrick. “The hybrid approach is the most common today and in the next 5 years. We are ready for that.”
Jake Hull is the Lincoln Editor for Silicon Prairie News and a Community Builder for AIM in Lincoln, Nebraska.
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