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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.

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

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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

SEATTLE and SAN FRANCISCOJuly 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — “Solving for the Coming Tidal Wave of Choices: What Are You Willing To Give Up?”  That’s the topic Dan Marsh, Managing Partner at Avail Partners (http://availpartners.net), will discuss at the Rackspace::Solve summit in San Francisco on July 28 at the St. Regis Hotel.

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The Rackspace::Solve summit will bring together thought leaders, IT influencers and other high-profile players in the tech space to discuss how some of the nation’s fastest-growing businesses are solving challenges in a rapidly changing landscape as they deploy next generation solutions like MongoDB, Internet of Things, ecommerce, DevOps and hybrid cloud architectures.

“So many new business opportunities are quickly becoming possible for our clients due to cloud economics,” Marsh says.

“Cloud technologies are causing a fundamental shift in how businesses utilize resources to generate revenue.  We’re witnessing a significant need for a new, intelligent approach to the purchasing of this commodity.  What’s coming next?  Greater complexity and a tidal wave of vendor choices,” he adds.

Marsh will be joined onstage by Zulily’s Senior Director of Technical Operations Don Allen.  Zulily is the world’s third largest online retailer and an Avail Partners client.

The Rackspace::Solve summit is unrivaled in its accessibility to industry thought leaders, and will feature presentations on how companies are solving their most pressing business challenges with creative strategies and breakthrough technologies.

Avail Partners is a technology consulting agency transforming the way business leaders take advantage of cloud economics.  Avail evaluates vendors daily on performance, price and contract terms for Infrastructure-as-a-Service, datacenter hosting, cloud platforms and networking services.  The agency provides market intelligence, solutions design and IT/revenue analysis, while protecting against disruptive vendor sales tactics by providing client anonymity.  Avail’s methodology results in time savings, confidence in due diligence, cost containment and increased revenue potential for clients.

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Avail Partners Fills Void with Innovative Cost-Saving Services to Complex IT Challenges

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Avail Partners Fills Void with Innovative Cost-Saving Services to Complex IT Challenges 

Avail Partners Sees Opportunity in Integration of No-Cost Brokerage Services and Top-level IT Consulting

 

Seattle, WA – January 21, 2014 – Avail Partners announced availability of the company’s new no-cost brokerage model combined with pure IT consulting to offer companies clear, effective strategies for leveraging technology while mitigating the myriad ways vendors provide and sell their services.  Avail Partners was built on the fundamental premise that the life of the IT manager will continue to grow ever more complex and that an independent third party can help clients identify the best IT solutions for their business.

“The clients we choose to work with are no longer satisfied with just getting a better price for technology,” says Scott Maurice, Managing Partner at Avail Partners. “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.  Avail Partners delivers the science behind technology vendor selection, price negotiation, and contracting to help executives connect the dots between revenue and IT costs more quickly and efficiently.”

“Companies of every size and industry trust DocuSign to help them keep business digital to accelerate speed to results, reduce costs, and delight customers,” said Grant Peterson, Chief Technology Officer, DocuSign. “To ensure we continue to lead the industry with the best solutions for our customers, we leverage internal expertise combined with independent, third party guidance from firms like Avail Partners to identify and implement the best technology to move our business and industry forward. Avail Partners benchmarked a number of providers and offered market intelligence to help us move forward quickly with the best decision for our business.”

Scott Maurice, Dan Marsh, and Mark Spagnola founded Avail Partners with the goal of delivering stability and predictability to the notoriously fast-changing IT and cloud hosting industries. Maurice directs the solution consulting practice and technical design team.  He has extensive experience from what he calls the “360 degree perspective,” having been an IT Director, an independent consultant, and a Sales Architect prior to starting Avail Partners.  Spagnola says clients have found Avail Partners’ all-angles-covered approach invaluable.

“Clients appreciate our ability to benchmark datacenter providers, cloud platforms, and telecommunications carriers on price, service, and relevance,” says Spagnola.  “There has been a great deal of interest in the no-cost brokerage service, which derives revenue from the providers, much like a mortgage or insurance brokerage.  This no-cost service reduces our clients’ overall IT expenditures by 20-30 percent.”

Avail Partners Benefits Both Vendors and IT Leadership

“Having the science in-house saves time for the buyer and reduces the cost of client acquisition for the service provider,” says Marsh, a former sales executive at Savvis, a market leader in managed services and cloud offerings.  “We can take a client’s project anonymously to vendors, eliminating disruptive and time consuming vendor sales tactics.”

Marsh says Avail Partners researches and evaluates vendors daily for a variety of infrastructure-as-a-service offerings – such as datacenter hosting, cloud platforms, and telecommunications. “Business leaders appreciate our ability to better align their IT costs with their revenue model; technical teams appreciate our collaboration to validate their solution designs; and CFO’s appreciate that significantly lower pricing can be achieved and independently validated.”

Leading the way in driving market evolution, Avail Partners is committed to providing value to clients through its innovative and unique service.

Avail Partners is a technology consulting agency transforming the way business leaders take advantage of cloud economics.  Avail evaluates vendors daily on performance, price and contract terms for Infrastructure-as-a-Service, datacenter hosting, cloud platforms and networking services.  The agency provides market intelligence, solutions design and IT/revenue analysis, while protecting against disruptive vendor sales tactics by providing client anonymity.  Avail’s methodology results in time savings, confidence in due diligence, cost containment and increased revenue potential for clients.

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SOURCE Avail Partners