Your IT Forecast
Newsletter - June  2015

Third Time's A Charm

BlueSky was among 50 recipients of this year's Channel Partners 360? Award. The awards ceremony was held during the Spring 2015 Channel Partners Conference & Expo, March 16-18, 2015, in Las Vegas. Hundreds of applications are received each year from agents, VARs, dealers, systems integrators and consultants selling IT and telecom services.  BlueSky is a recipient of the 2013 and the 2014 Channel Partners 360? Award.

When asked the reason for the company's continued success, Meg Toups, BlueSky Founder and CEO, said "BlueSky IT Partners still believes that the most important attribute a business can supply is delivering a dependable and high quality service, done right the first time."
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5 Ways to Convince Your CFO

The Cloud enables you to increase computing, storage and backup capacity, create new applications, and migrate legacy IT workloads, all on the fly and in real time, without requiring you to invest in new hardware or license new software. So how do you convince your CFO/CIO that this is the right move for your company?
  1. The Financial Side: Any CFO will ask you, "What's the cost?" The Cloud gives you the flexibility to scale up or down for your ongoing business needs and yearly operating patterns. This enables you to keep your initial operational costs low as you pay only for what you use now, not what you might need to use in the future. 
  2. A Competitive Advantage: The Cloud made a quick entrance into the IT world, but it's not leaving anytime soon. According to the McKinsey Global Survey, "more than 80% of respondents indicated they are using or experimenting with cloud technology." You don't want to get left behind. 
  3. Changing Business Demands: Because t he Cloud gives you the flexibility to scale up or down for your business, BlueSky offers a suite of Cloud solutions all designed to increase productivity and create a scalable landscape, including:
    • Backup Data Recovery
    • Virtual Servers
    • IT Managed Services
    • IaaS/Colocation/Fully Managed
    • MS Exchange/Office 360/ Lync
    • Virtual Desktops
  4. Time to Market: With constant rollouts and installations, who has time to think about anything else? A CFO wants to make sure his or her team is fully equipped with the tools they need to be successful and ultimately bring in revenue, right? BlueSky will help determine which "Cloud" and what provider is best aligned for your company's needs and requirements to get your team up and running as smooth as possible and on to the next project. 
  5. Security & Safety:  Cloud computing security concerns have been cited as the most common reason for businesses to stay away from the Cloud.  However, as Cloud computing becomes more popular, it is increasingly clear that the overall feeling of skepticism about Cloud security is unfounded. BlueSky understands our clients concerns for putting their data in the Cloud. We work to assess and address all factors in the Cloud solution, as well as the data migration to the Cloud. 
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Telecom Case Study

Challenge:  A global enterprise customer was tired of the slow response (3 weeks) and lack of concern from their current tier 1 Telecom carrier. With 3 people running the IT department in a billion dollar plus corporation, they did not have time for the run-around. The client wanted to move away from their MPLS network and carrier control to "Big Bandwidth" and managing their global network through a combination of direct internet and private line. They were concerned about the consolidation of Telecom carriers, undesirable service and global locations in hard to reach places--in came BlueSky! Our task was to provide the best options, manage the RFP process, install the solution and support with billing and escalations throughout the term. BlueSky presented 7 top tier carriers, as well as a wholesale provider who specializes in global reach. The wholesale solution was 40% less cost than the traditional carriers, because of their direct relationship with the local CLEC provider in the global market space.

Results: The difference for the costs was 150k monthly cost vs. 90k month cost--that's a 50k per month delta in savings. We also increased the bandwidth 6x across all sites. In addition, we were able to install global sites in less than 36 business days. Our final solution was amazing!


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Q1 Smart Hands Statistics

At the end of each quarter, BlueSky provides our customers with the breakdown of the work completed the previous quarter. BlueSky is proud of our 98% completion ratio on all initial dispatches. Here are a few more:
  • Average time for initial response from our Project Coordinators: 30 minutes
  • Average time for our Project Coordinators to schedule a request: 1 hour
  • Average distance our Smart Hands technicians travel to site: 10 miles
  • Percentage of Smart Hands technicians that checked in late to site: 1%
  • Average time for our Project Managers to pay our Smart Hands technicians: 4 days

Wondering if we have Smart Hands resources available in your area? Email us today to get started and you could have a new go-to resource in no time:


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Houston, TX 77005
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