United Way’s Spring-Into-Caring Food Drive

Keller Schroeder employee owners have once again shown their generosity by supporting the United Way of Southwestern Indiana’s Annual Spring-Into-Caring Food Drive. The drive’s focus is to gather supplies for the United Way’s 2-1-1 Program and Referral Service, which connects area residents with the help they need. The need for food is continually listed among the top three requests for assistance. Over the past two years, Keller Schroeder employee-owners have contributed over 2,250 food items to help ensure our area food pantries and United Way meal sites are prepared to meet those requests.

Food Drive

Food Drive

 


$ecurity Matter$ Conference

Carissa Montgomery, Marketing Assistant


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The Keller Schroeder Infrastructure Solutions Group was once again well represented at the annual Patterns of Distinction – $ecurity Matter$ Conference, held at Murray State University’s Curris Center in Murray, KY. This marked the 7th year for the successful event, the largest technology security conference in Western Kentucky.


SchuylerPresenting2Schuyler Dorsey, Systems Engineer with Keller Schroeder, was featured as a Technical Track guest speaker during the event. His presentation, entitled “Mitigations Native to Windows”, focused on how buffer overflows work, how attackers use vulnerabilities to exploit systems, the several mitigation features built-in to Windows that can greatly enhance security, and the Microsoft EMET management tool. Schuyler has over 5 years of experience in the Information Technology field with a Master’s of Science in Information Security & Assurance. His certifications include Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional: Enterprise Administration (MCITP).


TyGreetingAccount Development Group members Michelle Zehner and Ty Eblen also represented Keller Schroeder at the company’s conference table. They had the opportunity to meet and engage prospective clients in our growing Kentucky market areas.


Congratulations to all on a successful event!


Spotlight On…

Kris Linville

Employee Owner: Kris Linville



With over 10 years of experience in the Information Technology field, primarily in the Financial/Banking industry, Kris has supported Linux servers running intranet, extranet and web sites along with custom-developed online banking applications. Kris’ technical skills include OS installation, migrations, upgrades, patches, backup and recovery design and implementation, security hardening, performance tuning, project management, and customer service support. Kris joined the Keller Schroeder team in August 2011 to focus on Linux, VMware and NetApp system technologies.


Kris’ certifications include: Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 4 Certified Technician (RHCT), Cisco Unified Computing Technology Support Specialist, Cisco Data Center Support for UC Specialist, VMware Certified Professional (VCP5), VMware Desktop Virtualization 5 (VSP-DV), NetApp Accredited Installation Associate, NetApp Accredited Storage Architect Professional


Kris currently lives in Newburgh with his wife, Brianna and two children Logan (age 11) and Lanae (age 7). His hobbies include martial arts, video games, action movies, and dabbling in website design. Kris and his family also enjoy camping and spending time outdoors.


Contact the Keller Schroeder Account Team to learn more about Kris and how you can leverage his experience and skills to benefit your organization.


Winning Without Competing

helpinghandI don’t know about your business, but ours is extremely competitive. Ask most any of our clients and they will tell you there are plenty of alternatives to choose from. Keller Schroeder is an IT consulting and technical staffing firm, and a value-added reseller/integrator of hardware and software solutions. We exist in an environment where products, services, and business models are constantly evolving, and one in which there are plenty of firms willing to make the case that they can offer a better value proposition than ours.


While we do business in a competitive and fast-paced environment, we also are challenged to be an employer of choice. We are a people-centered company in a profit-centered marketplace. Would you agree with me that balancing the demands of competition with the personal needs of individuals and families is a huge leadership challenge?


One of our newer employee-owners at Keller Schroeder commented to me recently, “I have never experienced an environment such as the one you all have created. My co-workers are the most genuinely supportive professional group that I have ever experienced. While they are self-motivated and driven toward their own success, they seem to receive just as much joy from seeing their peers succeed. It’s very refreshing and inspiring.”


This was a high compliment to the people who make up Keller Schroeder, but it is also an interesting observation about a cultural modus operandi that stands in contrast to much of what is traditionally held and taught about how to compete and win in today’s business environment.


Consider these questions:

  • What if we spent less time worrying about whether our contribution in the workplace would be viewed more favorably by peers and bosses than our co-worker’s contribution and more time figuring out how to help that co-worker be successful?
  • What if we spent less time thinking about how to outmaneuver the competition for that new client and more time thinking about how we could do the best thing for that client?


Could we win more if we competed less? As the late author/speaker Zig Ziglar put it, “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.” No one needs to tell me that winning requires a competitive spirit but I’ll make the case that a constructive, collaborative spirit yields even higher results, especially over the long term.


And while I’m waxing philosophical, consider another question: As leaders, what if we spent less time helping our people do their jobs more effectively and more time just helping our people?


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InfoPath is Dead, Now What?

Carrie Rudolph, Systems Consultant


microsoft-infopathIn January 2014, Microsoft announced the retirement of InfoPath forms and the 2013 version will be the last release. Although Microsoft will continue to support InfoPath until 2023 and they still recommend continuing to build forms with this tool, Keller Schroeder does not recommend building any forms with longevity or complexity in InfoPath. Microsoft has not laid out any migration plans, but they have promised more information on this topic in Q4 2014. The message we have received up to this point is that it is not likely there will be a smooth, automated migration path off of InfoPath, but it is probable that forms will need to be rebuilt in the new tool or technology of your choice. If your form is part of a long-term solution in your organization, there would be very little value in building it in InfoPath now and using a new tool later. Connecting to line of business systems or adding custom code in InfoPath forms requires a significant amount of knowledge and time. The investment to gain this proprietary knowledge will likely not be transferable to the other forms tools.


Microsoft’s announcement stated “Industry trends and feedback from our customers and partners make it clear that today’s businesses demand an intelligent, integrated forms experience that spans devices.” InfoPath does not fit this need, which is one of the reasons for its retirement. The following are features we feel are important considerations when evaluating modern form solutions:

  • Easily integrates with line of business systems in order to bring together data and empower users
  • Is accessible across multiple device types without cumbersome customization
  • Has the ability to support on-premises and cloud-based solutions
  • Produces browser-based forms with HTML 5 and modern browser support
  • Is available to Information Workers in order to empower them to build forms and collect data in a timely and efficient manner


So what are the options for replacing InfoPath? Microsoft is working on a few new tool sets, but admitted at the 2014 SharePoint User Conference they do not have a clear road map of what the solutions will be. One of the new technologies being developed is called FoSL (Forms on top of SharePoint List). The target release date for FoSL is mid to late 2014 and a full list of features to be included has not been defined. FoSL is intended to be a no code forms solution that you configure within the SharePoint browser experience. However, based on communications from Microsoft on this topic, we do not get the feeling they are working toward a robust form solution, as Microsoft is also recommending third party tools to meet users’ form needs.


The front runners in the third party SharePoint forms arena have had form solutions that surpass InfoPath for some time now.


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K2 Forms is a no code forms solution that supports easy to configure integration with line of business systems as well as modern browser support, making these forms accessible across multiple devices. It also integrates with K2’s workflow engine to complete the full K2 business application platform. K2 does integrate seamlessly with SharePoint but can also be utilized independently from SharePoint making it an enterprise-level solution.


Nintex Forms for SharePoint is a web-based designer that allows you to configure SharePoint forms from the browser. It integrates seamlessly with Nintex workflow for building robust automated business process solutions within SharePoint. Nintex is limited to SharePoint and cannot be used independently. Nintex does support both cloud and on-premises solutions as well as multiple device accessibility.


Formotus Forms is a cloud-based service for creating and managing your own custom mobile form-based business applications. This solution allows for offline interaction and submission of forms. It has SharePoint connectivity as well as integration with other line of business systems via web services. This is a subscription-based service that can be integrated with on-premises, cloud, or hybrid installations.


For more information on any of these options, please contact us.


Keller Schroeder is a K2 partner. For more details regarding K2 Forms, please attend Keller Schroeder’s upcoming webinar on Wednesday, June 11 at 10 AM CST, titled No InfoPath, No Problem with K2 and Keller Schroeder. Don’t wait! Register today!


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NetApp FAS8000 & Clustered Data ONTAP (CDOT)

Chris Haynes, Sr. Systems Engineer


How important is it to your company to reduce or eliminate downtime and outages, even planned ones? Will your storage capacity and performance scale effectively to meet your organizations needs over the next 3 to 5 years? Do you need more performance or capacity now?


With NetApp’s Clustered Data ONTAP (CDOT) operating system and their latest and greatest FAS8000 series hardware, you can meet these objectives and take advantage of the latest storage innovations, including flash acceleration.


With CDOT, you can even cluster mixed NetApp hardware generations to eliminate the relevant hurdles often experienced during migrations. You can simply add the newest NetApp FAS8000 series hardware to your environment to provide the most capacity and performance available today. With the latest processors and the largest memory & flash cache available in any NetApp system today, the 8000 series hardware will easily scale to meet your business’s most demanding storage needs. The FAS8000 series also has a higher number of onboard 10GbE & 16Gb FC ports than its predecessors and with 6Gb SAS ports, this new series reduces the need for additional PCIe cards, allowing more room for disk trays to scale upward to Petabytes of storage.


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Coupled with the proven efficiency of CDOT, this will allow your company to virtualize both the SAN & NAS storage workloads much like VMware ESXi does for server workloads, allowing for non-disruptive storage operations with the capability of seamless tech refreshes and significant scaling out.


Contact your Account Manager at Keller Schroeder for more information about these products and how they might benefit your organization.