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Corporate Risk Reduction: How to Create a Culture of Compliance

Corporate Risk Reduction: How to Create a Culture of Compliance

Avail Partners Was Asked to Present Our Expertise on Compliance on Behalf of ShareVault

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With cybersecurity threats growing daily, securing intellectual property and important customer information continues to be an ongoing challenge for organizations of all shapes and sizes.

Avail prescribes a methodology to help compliance specialists instill a culture of compliance.

Corporate Risk Reduction:
How to Create a Culture of Compliance on behalf of one of our partners, ShareVault

Based on the Webinar on September 14, 2017 | Scott Maurice & Bryce Lopez, Avail Partners

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Avail speaks on impact of Super Technologies at Lane Powell’s event

Avail speaks on impact of Super Technologies at Lane Powell’s event

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“These are the new shining objects” said Dan Marsh, Managing Partner with Avail, speaking on December 8th, 2016 at the third annual Lane Powell Startups Seminar in Seattle.

Marsh sat on the Entreprenuer panel that discussed the impact on society of “Super Technologies” — Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing, IoT, Big Data and Mobile.

“Compared to just 5 years ago, I’m amazed at how easy it is to experiment with AI, BigData and Mobile. Cloud services greatly reduce the time, cost and risk to launch a new vertical, project or entire company. Yet, that ease can easily distract a company from focusing on it’s core differentiators and selling to real market demand. Leadership must ask, ‘does this new super technology actually solve a real problem in the market’”

Marsh was joined on the panel by Mike Howell, Co-founder & CEO of Dolly; Sandi Lin, Co-founder & CEO of Skilljar; and Peter Ozolin, Co-founder and CEO of Manzama.

Scott Maurice of Avail Partners presented The Advantage of Compliance at HIMSS NW Technology conference

Scott Maurice of Avail Partners presented The Advantage of Compliance at HIMSS NW Technology conference

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Scott Maurice with Avail Partners presented The Advantage of Compliance at HIMSS NW Technology conference on Oct 24th, 2016 in Bellevue, WA.

This year’s HIMSS Technology Conference emphasized the rapidly changing technology environment and the benefits and risks inherent to adopting new advancements in Health IT. The event hosted hundreds of professionals that saw companies and presentation on subjects such as genomics, wearables, telemedicine and data privacy.

HIMSS North America, positively transforms health and healthcare through the best use of information technology in the United States and Canada. As a cause-based non-profit, HIMSS North America provides thought leadership, community building, professional development, public policy, and events. HIMSS North America represents 64,000 individual members, 640 corporate members, and over 450 non-profit organizations. Thousands of volunteers work with HIMSS to improve the quality, cost-effectiveness, access, and value of healthcare through IT.

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“Healthcare and wellness are present on everyone’s minds. The ability to improve patient outcomes by sharing data securely and quickly is a holy grail that can only be pursued by leveraging compliance as a strategic asset. Compliance partners who defer risk away from healthcare clients, reduce labor costs, improve performance to enable payers and innovators to focus on better patient outcomes.” -Scott Maurice, Managing Partner, Avail Partners

Avail Partners, a business and technology consulting firm with offices in Seattle, WA and Denver, CO, specializes in leveraging technology to help clients achieve their mission. The agency has successfully helped clients in healthcare to leverage a culture of compliance to change strategy, gain competitive advantage and improve patient outcomes. The agency provides market intelligence, solutions design, and vendor evaluation, changing the way business leaders take advantage of cloud economics.

Mentorship in Tech – Experts & Entrepreneurs

Mentorship in Tech – Experts & Entrepreneurs

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We have all been to “tech events” before.  There are many to choose from. If you haven’t, I’ll say this, the “why” is rarely apparent. There are typically guest speakers, a panel of sorts, maybe some sessions of interest. You might attend to network, build business, find employment…Or just for the free drinks and food.

In my experience, it has been uncommon to walk away from such an event feeling like I truly connected with folks on a level beyond the casual handshake; with a quick “this is what I do and how I do it”.  All of which can be helpful and valuable, but often I miss the chance to plant the seeds of real, meaningful relationships (both personal and professional).

 

 

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"I love how the Seattle startup community comes together to help one another, and this speed dating event was yet another example of this communal spirit that sets our region apart from others. These types of mentorship events are not only fun, but they help fuel a successful startup ecosystem.”

John Cook, Co-Founder of GeekWire


When I started to think about “why” I attend these events, I was a bit stumped. Some things were obvious - I surely prefer events to cold calling. The networking can be a great source of leads. I meet some interesting people. And I get a chance to discover cutting edge technologies and new startups. But those aren’t really “why’s” to me. They sound more like the product of attendance, the “what.”  When I went deeper, it became clear that the “why” was based solidly in my search for mentors. The people who could help guide me as I learned my way, folks who had been there and done that, made mistakes and learned from them, and could teach me best practices.

This realization set off a series of meetings and chance encounters that ultimately propelled the urge to craft my own event. One, that like my “why,” was firmly rooted in value of mentorship. It had to be carefully crafted. It had to be out of the box, intensely appealing and stimulating on many levels. It had to be lively, interesting, and casual. Music, good food, drinks, and a beautiful venue were essential. It had to be diverse; it’s hard to find that in the tech space. And… More than anything else, it had to be fun!  If not, the possibility of having a shared experience worthy of a true bond would be tough to achieve.  Speed dating was my solution! It would be the icebreaker and catalyst for why we gathered, to celebrate our mentors and find new.

I pitched the concept to my team.  As this was a first for my partners and I, our initial expectations could have been summed up as hopes or dreams. Maybe we’d get 40 people to show up. Would they even enjoy it? Had we drunk the kool-aid? It was just an idea, one that had never even been tested. However, shortly after diving in, it quickly became clear that folks identified intrinsically with our theme.  Everybody has a mentor that has been paramount to their growth and success. This was a chance to give thanks, ask for help, or give back to others: pay it forward.

By the time Experts & Entrepreneurs: Speed Dating for Mentorship rolled around, our wildest dreams were realized in spectacular fashion. We had nearly 200 RSVPs, and of that group, a whopping 140 attended.  Our 11 hand picked early stage startup entrepreneurs and 11 tech industry experts showed up eager to “speed date.” There were no wallflowers. Everybody in attendance met somebody new. We danced, ate and drank together, shared stories of our mentors, laughed, and made great connections. Most importantly (as I alluded to)… WE HAD FUN!!!

As we followed up with those who attended, my “why” was only further reinforced.

 

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“As a CEO you are invited to many networking events, and rarely do they actually provide value to your business and your life. This was one of those rare exceptions”

Gilad Berenstein, CEO of UTrip


Not only did all our speed daters walk away with great advice and connections, so did everyone. No one went “home alone.” The seeds of mentorship that drove this event from the beginning were firmly planted that night. To be honest, I was hoping that maybe one or two of our speed daters would leave feeling like the event was valuable. To hear the response and feedback from everybody has been a truly humbling experience. The gratification that comes with pulling off something that truly inspires you is second to none.

This feels like the beginning of something special. We are excited!  Thanks to all my family, friends, colleagues, and mentors who inspired this…even a guy I don’t know named, Simon. Stay tuned!


Avail Partners empowers clients to take on big challenges in the world.  The firm has offices in Seattle and Denver and operates as a technology consulting agency transforming the way business leaders take advantage of cloud economics.  The agency provides market intelligence, solutions design, and vendor evaluation.  Avail helps large enterprise transform traditional IT operations to take advantage of cloud services, and helps early stage firms accelerate growth, investment and revenue.  www.availpartners.net

Dan Marsh of Avail Partners Selected for Advisory Board of New University of Washington Cloud Curriculum

Dan Marsh of Avail Partners Selected for Advisory Board of New University of Washington Cloud Curriculum

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SEATTLE, Sept. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Dan Marsh of Avail Partners (http://availpartners.net), a national technology agency, has been chosen to shape a new University of Washington curriculum focused on preparing future business leaders to operate businesses in the cloud.

"Helping businesses transition to cloud computing is what we do everyday," said Marsh. "There may be no more vital a skill set for the next generation of business leaders and technology buyers."

The program is called the "Certificate in Cloud Transition Strategies & Management," and is run by UW's Professional & Continuing Education program. The 90 hour, non-credit certificate program can be taken in person in downtown Seattle or live online.

Instructor Padmaja Vrudhula says virtually all businesses will be in the cloud in the next three to five years.

"This certificate is going to give you context, it's going to give you core skills around financial analysis, strategy, cloud technologies and changes to the organization and people," Vrudhula said.

"This is a game-changer in the educational space," Marsh said. "Business leaders need to understand the fundamentals of cloud economics. This is one of the biggest transformations in history and it's happening right now. Cloud utilization is affecting the culture and strategy of how companies operate, who they hire and how they become more competitive. At Avail, I help clients leverage this shift in economics everyday, so I am proud to see the University taking a lead on what will someday become a mainstream discipline in business strategy education," Marsh said.


 

"This certificate is going to give you context, it's going to give you core skills around financial analysis, strategy, cloud technologies and changes to the organization and people," Vrudhula said.

 


 

The course is aimed at business managers, analysts, and other positions that directly report to CEOs, CFOs and CIOs, including accounting managers and IT managers.

Marsh will sit on a board with peers at Google, Accenture, VMware, Cisco and others.

The nine month program starts on October 5th, 2015. For additional enrollment information, visithttp://www.pce.uw.edu/certificates/cloud-transition-strategies-management or contact Naomi Bogenschutz, Program Manager at 206-616-0617.

Avail Partners is a technology consulting agency transforming the way business leaders take advantage of cloud economics. The agency provides market intelligence, solutions design and cloud hosting vendor evaluation. This saves time, provides due diligence and cost containment, and protects clients from disruptive vendor sales tactics through client anonymity.


SOURCE Avail Partners; University of Washington Professional & Continuing Education program

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Avail Partners Helps DocuSign Save Double-Digits on Tech Spend

Avail Partners Helps DocuSign Save Double-Digits on Tech Spend

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(Seattle, Wash.) – Avail Partners announced today its consultancy has saved DocuSign, Inc. (DocuSign®) on its technology spend through its new, no-cost brokerage model. As The Global Standard for Digital Transaction Management™, DocuSign is trusted by millions of users across 188 countries to sign anything, anywhere, anytime, on any device, securely. “Since the entire basis of DocuSign’s revenue model is to do business online, what it spends for this service is incredibly important,” said Scott Maurice, Managing Partner at Avail Partners. (http://availpartners.net) “The clients we choose to work with are no longer satisfied with just getting a better price for technology,” he says. “IT executives are inundated with data about services and products, but are asking for an independent expert to provide salient and unbiased direction on the solutions that will drive their business.” “Companies of every size and industry trust DocuSign to help them keep business fully digital to achieve dramatic ROI, increased security and compliance, and better customer experiences,” said Grant Peterson, Chief Technology Office, DocuSign.


“To ensure we continue to lead the industry with the best solutions for our customers, we leverage internal expertise with independent, third part guidance from firms like Avail Partners to identify and implement the best technology to move our business and industry forward. Avail Partners helps us move forward quickly with the best decision for our business,” Peterson said

“To ensure we continue to lead the industry with the best solutions for our customers, we leverage internal expertise with independent, third part guidance from firms like Avail Partners to identify and implement the best technology to move our business and industry forward. Avail Partners helps us move forward quickly with the best decision for our business,” Peterson said. In addition to DocuSign, Avail Partners has helped a variety of other businesses, including major online retailers and gaming companies. Managing Partners Dan Marsh and Scott Maurice are quickly become thought leaders in their industry, with Maurice as an expert to consultants and Marsh recently speaking at a technology conference in San Francisco earlier this month.

Avail Partners Featured on The Channel Company’s News Site CRN

Avail Partners Featured on The Channel Company’s News Site CRN

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Dan Marsh, Managing Partner at Avail Partners technology consulting firm, was featured in a news article on technology reporting website The Channel Company.

Reporter Steven Burke interviewed Marsh about the growth of cloud servicing meeting the needs of the demanding mid-market customers.  “That’s a market that larger cloud service providers have a tougher time serving and it’s a market that is growing fast,” said Marsh.

Avail was featured as a new “born-in-the-cloud” partner to one of its many vendors.  Avail Partners analyzes, on a daily basis, the best prices and strategic partnerships for its clients, which typically result in a cost savings of 20-30%.

For more information on these services, CONTACT AVAIL here.

Technology Brokerage Saves Money for e-Retailer

Technology Brokerage Saves Money for e-Retailer

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High-end e-Commerce company relies on Avail to ensure their growing online business is reliable.

(Seattle, WA) -- Avail Partners has announced the completion of another successful consulting engagement, this time with online retailer Bag, Borrow or Steal. The online luxury boutique, made famous by the movie Sex & The City II, allows women to borrow, collect and share authentic luxury fashion accessories.

“When Bag, Borrow or Steal launched its new consignment business, its technology needs changed dramatically,” said Dan Marsh, Managing Partner at Avail Partners.

“Our client needed to be certain that a new cloud hosting vendor had more than just the right technology to support their brand, but also a cultural and strategic fit for a long-term partnership,” he said.

Marsh, along with Managing Partners Scott Maurice and Mark Spagnola, created an entirely new model for IT purchasing when they founded Avail Partners. Their previous work experience on the vendor side led them to understand how vendors will use disruptive sales tactics in order to get business from a company. Avail’s in-house solution design offers clients the ability to remain anonymous during the evaluation phase to ensure a client’s purchasing process and strategy are maintained.


“Avail saved us weeks of vendor and contract evaluation time,” said Robert Treves, Chief Operations Officer at Bag, Borrow or Steal.

“We found a need for more honesty in the system, and we have been able to save companies double-digit percentages on their technology spend,” Spagnola said.

In the case of Bag, Borrow or Steal, Avail evaluated datacenters, managed hosting and networking providers that could best support the company. Consulting on cloud-computing solutions and saving money is a major component of Avail’s business model.

“Avail saved us weeks of vendor and contract evaluation time,” said Robert Treves, Chief Operations Officer at Bag, Borrow or Steal.

“They gave us confidence that trusted, well-vetted and 100% aligned professionals are supporting our eCommerce infrastructure, allowing us to concentrate on our brand and our business,” he said.

Bag, Borrow or Steal is one of many e-commerce companies serviced by Avail Partners.

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Zulily Featured with Avail in San Francisco

Zulily Featured with Avail in San Francisco

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Teamwork, trust and collaboration with our client Zulily has been highlighted as a model for other fast-growing companies to follow as Zulily leverages Avail to rapidly assist them in positioning their business for rapid growth and a bright future. In this video produced by Rackspace for the Solve conference in SFO, Don Allen, VP of Technical Operations for Zulily and Dan Marsh, Managing Partner here at Avail briefly describe the work these companies did together to leverage cloud economics.  With "Something Special Every Day", Zulily needs trusted partners like Avail to help them move quickly and confidently into the next stage of their high-growth business.

About zulily, inc.

zulily (http://www.zulily.com) is a retailer obsessed with bringing moms special finds every day—all at incredible prices. zulily features an always-fresh curated collection for the whole family, including clothing, shoes, home décor, toys, gifts and more. Unique products from up-and-coming brands are featured alongside favorites from top brands, giving customers something new to discover each morning. zulily was launched in 2010 and is headquartered in Seattle with offices inReno, Columbus and London. zulily's shares are traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol ZU.

About Rackspace

Rackspace (NYSE: RAX) is the #1 managed cloud company. Its technical expertise and Fanatical Support® allow companies to tap the power of the cloud without the pain of hiring experts in dozens of complex technologies. Rackspace is also the leader in hybrid cloud, giving each customer the best fit for its unique needs - whether on single- or multi-tenant servers, or a combination of those platforms. Rackspace is the founder of OpenStack®, the open-source operating system for the cloud. Based in San Antonio, Rackspace serves more than 200,000 business customers from data centers on four continents. It ranks #29 on Fortune's list of 100 Best Companies to Work For. rackspace.com.

Cloud Expert Dan Marsh Speaks About Authenticity in Business in San Francisco

Cloud Expert Dan Marsh Speaks About Authenticity in Business in San Francisco

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Cloud Expert Dan Marsh of Avail Partners Presents at Rackspace::Solve™ in San Francisco

Marsh to speak on his company's expert method to save double-digit percentages on technology purchasing and the complexity of deals for private cloud solutions

The Business Journals recently reported on Managing Partner Dan Marsh speaking at a one-of-a-kind Rackspace conference in San Francisco where the topic "Solving for the Coming Tidal Wave of Choices: What Are You Willing To Give Up?" was received with great enthusiasm.  Marsh and Avail's methods are described as "truly authentic" and "well-timed for the mainstream advent of cloud in the marketplace".

See the archived press release on Availpartners.net or at PR Newswire.