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American Digital Named to CRN’s 2018 Solution Provider 500 List

Posted on: June 4th, 2018 by american digital

Elk Grove Village, IL, June 4, 2018 – American Digital Corporation, a leading IT Solutions Provider announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named American Digital to its 2018 Solution Provider 500 list. The Solution Provider 500 is CRN’s annual ranking of the largest technology integrators, solution providers and IT consultants in North America by revenue.

The Solution Provider 500 is CRN’s predominant channel partner award list, serving as the industry standard for recognition of the most successful solution provider companies in the channel since 1995. The complete list will be published on CRN.com, making it readily available to vendors seeking out top solution providers to partner with.  

CRN has also released its 2018 Solution Provider 500: Newcomers list, recognizing 26 companies making their debut in the Solution Provider 500 ranking this year.   

“We are thrilled to be recognized by CRN as a leading Solution Provider. For 30 years our clients have looked to us to be their trusted advisors in enterprise technology solutions that drive growth and productivity. We look forward to 2014 being another successful year for both our customers and American Digital,” Norbert Wojcik, Jr., President of American Digital Corporation.

“CRN’s Solution Provider 500 list spotlights the North American IT channel partner organizations that have earned the highest revenue over the past year, providing a valuable resource to vendors looking for top solution providers to partner with,” said Bob Skelley, CEO of The Channel Company. “The companies on this year’s list represent an incredible, combined revenue of $320 billion, a sum that attests to their success in staying ahead of rapidly changing market demands. We extend our sincerest congratulations to each of these top-performing solution providers and look forward to their future pursuits and successes.”

The complete 2018 Solution Provider 500 list will be available online at www.crn.com/sp500 and a sample from the list will be featured in the June issue of CRN Magazine.

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About American Digital

American Digital (www.americandigital.com) is a Chicago-based Enterprise IT solutions partner focused on datacenter transformation. American Digital is an HP Enterprise (HPE) Platinum Partner and an Aruba Partner, providing custom system integration and consulting services across HPE’s complete enterprise portfolio of server, storage, and networking products. Our national team of sales and service professionals support business-critical applications including SAP, VMware, RedHat, Microsoft, Veeam, Oracle, MEDITECH, Epic, and Ellucian.

For more than 30 years, American Digital has earned its reputation as the go-to partner for enterprise companies looking to deploy a forward-thinking IT strategy. During those years, we have evolved as leaders in the IT space, building a blossoming managed services practice built on successful deployments and unbreakable relationships with our clients.

About the Channel Company

The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education, and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers and end users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequaled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace. www.thechannelco.com

Kim Sparks

The Channel Company

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University Shrinks Physical Footprint with Innovative Tech Infrastructure

Posted on: August 23rd, 2016 by Daniella Lundsberg

Purdue University is a leading academic institution, with more than 70,000 students. Its programs have produced multiple Nobel Prize winners, Fortune 500 CEOs, Super Bowl MVPs, Grammy Award winners, and Pulitzer Prize winners. Furthermore, Purdue is a leader in IT technology innovation, having the largest campus infrastructure for research and the nation’s fastest campus supercomputer. The IT department at Purdue is integral to campus operations, supporting applications for payroll and employee management, student information management, student registration, and online educational programs.

The university has two business data centers at its main campus that support its SAP systems; one for production and another for development and testing, with redundancy set up between the two sites. The hardware in both data centers was due for lifecycle replacement, so Purdue decided to consider not only other hardware options, but changes to its entire infrastructure. It also wanted to virtualize the environment to help increase efficiency and reduce space.

“We were primed for a paradigm shift in how we do business. We had challenges with power, cooling, and space in the data centers,” explains Dan Schumacher, director of hardware services and operations at Purdue. “We were also running various UNIX servers. We wanted to standardize on a Linux platform, and we wanted to shrink the footprint at both data centers.”

Graduation to a New Tech Solution

Using HP Converged Infrastructure technologies, Purdue worked with American Digital and HP Technical Services to upgrade both of the data centers on its main campus in West Lafayette. The two data centers are separated by about a mile and connected by fiber links. For redundancy, Purdue runs continuous replication between the two EVA8400 storage systems using the HP Continuous Access EVA Software. To back up its SAP environment, it implemented HP Data Protector, a software-based solution that uses the HP StoreOnce deduplication engine to minimize backup and recovery times.

Increased Performance and Cost Savings

Today Purdue has reduced the time required for backups and restores in its SAP environment. Using HP Data Protector, Purdue can now take live snapshots of its SAP environment without having to take everything offline. “Taking live snapshots of SAP is extremely difficult, and HP Technical Services actually wrote code for HP Data Protector to enable these live snapshots,” explains Williams. “The other benefit is that this code is now included in the general release, so other customers have access to it as well.”

“With HP Data Protector, we can take a snapshot and clone our entire system without taking down the SAP environment, so users never lose access,” says Edward Evans, director of software services at Purdue.

“By reducing the hardware required for our SAP environment by more than 80 percent, we have also reduced our annual power and cooling costs by about $51,000,” said Schumacher.

To learn more about American Digital and its solutions, visit American Digital’s case studies.

American Digital Proves Itself as the Right Choice to Support Mt. Sinai’s Epic Migration

Posted on: April 11th, 2016 by Daniella Lundsberg

Hospitals depend on data to make life and death decisions each day. Applications like Electronic Health Records (EHR) and Electronic Medical Records (EMR) are vital to ensuring the continued health and wellness of each patient in care. These applications provide medical staff with the information they need to make accurate treatment and diagnosis decisions. That’s why it’s imperative that these applications are not only available but also running smoothly and efficiently at all times.

Take Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Miami, for example. With a renowned teaching hospital, a state-of-the-art medical center, an active cardiac program, and the largest memory disorder center in the state of Florida, the Center’s applications must always be up-and-running with sufficient backup. As with any hospital, its IT department also demands highly efficient infrastructure solutions including storage and servers along with backup and recovery.

American Digital is a longstanding HP Enterprise (HPE) Platinum partner for healthcare clients like Mt. Sinai, rolling up our sleeves and working with IT directors at hospitals and healthcare groups to ensure they have the technology required to effectively support all of their applications – and, in turn, their patients. Healthcare clients rely on American Digital to ensure continued up time along with the intelligent design, implementation, and maintenance of custom infrastructure solutions.

And when leading healthcare organizations and American Digital work together, remarkable things are possible. As Mt. Sinai’s chosen “go to” HPE infrastructure partner, American Digital provided a truly converged solution to support their critical, large-scale Epic migration. Following the completion of just the first phase, Mt. Sinai is already positioned to realize measurable capital and operational cost savings. Moreover, the progress and performance realized by the new system precisely met expectations without the need for additional IT administrators.

To read more about Mt. Sinai Medical Center’s Epic migration and American Digital’s role, please download the full case study.

Why the Dell/EMC Merger Matters to You

Posted on: November 14th, 2015 by Daniella Lundsberg

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past few weeks, you’re likely aware that Dell and EMC are merging. With so much buzz on this topic, we at American Digital wanted to take a moment to address the current situation and outline what this means for you, the industry, and the Internet of things (IoT). On October 20, 2015, Dell made a series of announcements around everything from the data center and big data to security, PCs, and the IoT. But it was the company’s $67 billion bid for EMC and its assorted companies—VMware, RSA, and VCE—announced on the first day of Dell World ’15 that dominated its press conference.

Why all the buzz? Dell, EMC, and VMware are leaders in the virtualization, storage, and server space, and some analysts are coining this deal the biggest tech merger ever. Delve further beyond the hype, however, and many experts forecast major challenges, setbacks, and customer disruptions of equally monumental proportions. On the surface, the merger’s $67 billion price tag saddles the new company with an estimated $2.5 billion in interest annually. This is a sizable amount of debt that must be paid by redirecting revenue from other business critical functions including R&D. With lagging investments in R&D, innovation could be stifled and the company could potentially lag behind in advancements made by other competitors in the space. Analysts are also uncertain whether or not this merger could successfully rectify each company’s fundamental problem, i.e. that each sells products that were popular more than a decade ago but have since slowed in growth.

The actual merger is slated for completion in mid-2016, however an endeavor of this magnitude will take a long time to complete. The process itself will impact nearly 200,000 employees and innumerable customers. The work required to meld two major brands, two product portfolios, two corporate cultures, two market approaches, and two leadership teams will also be a significant distraction from day-to-day operations. Monetary allocations from other business critical functions to pay interest will also hold the company back from properly serving their existing customers, especially in light of the strain caused by increased customer confusion due to the merger itself. During this period of instability, the companies’ key partnerships could also be affected. Key relationships analysts are watching include those between Dell and Microsoft, Lenovo and EMC, VCE and Cisco, and Dell and Nutanix.

After all is said and done, Michael Dell states that his company will continue to sell products that support the hybrid cloud, software-defined data center, mobile and security, and converged infrastructure markets. Analysts point out, however, that the companies offer overlapping products including PowerVault, Compellent, and EqualLogic, thus significant product rationalization will be required. Products that fail to meet sales expectations could potentially be discontinued over the course of time, and it could take years before customers know for certain whether or not the products they buy today will eventually become obsolete.

The Transformative Impact of the Cloud

Posted on: October 16th, 2015 by Daniella Lundsberg

The cloud is having a transformative impact on business. Organizations who utilize cloud technologies will lead the way in innovation and stay ahead of the competition. With 65% of the fortune 1000 companies moving to the cloud, having a cloud implementation strategy is vital for company growth.

How the Cloud Can Transform Your Business Along with greater agility, the cloud allows organizations to leverage technology along every phase of the IT lifecycle. Building the right cloud solution for your business can help you reduce your operating costs, enhance elasticity, and simplify data analysis. Some of the ways the cloud can transform your business includes:

  • Integration of the cloud with existing architecture at lower costs
  • Faster time-to-market and ease of integration
  • Automation of application and data updates
  • New product development and innovation
  • Improve alignment with customers and partners

Cloud Adoption and Cloud Implementation Cloud adoption rates are maturing at a fast pace and early adoption is key. Based on a 2015 mid-year survey from Cowen & Company, 77% of enterprises report meaningful cloud adoption and believe many more processes will be moved to the cloud. As companies expand their digital footprint, and with the rise of cloud computing accelerating, it’s imperative that companies develop a structured cloud implementation strategy to give them a competitive advantage when it comes to business innovation.

Private, Public or Hybrid? Which cloud model is best for your business objectives and goals? According to the IDC, by the year 2020, clouds will stop being referred to as “public” or “private” and eventually, cloud models will simply evolve into the new way of doing business. There is not one simple solution and before choosing a cloud infrastructure, it’s important for companies to establish data protection strategies before moving any sensitive data into the cloud. Today, most enterprises are using a mix of cloud solutions; thus, choosing a hybrid model to take advantage of the agile public cloud, while using the private cloud to maintain security protocols and data protection.

Cloud Enablement Assessment Let American Digital assess the best cloud strategy unique to your organization’s present and future goals. Request a Cloud Enablement Assessment today. As HP’s largest Platinum Partner in the Midwest, American Digital provides custom system integration and consulting services across HP’s complete enterprise portfolio of server, storage, and networking products.

 

The Anatomy of a Big Data Solution for Enterprise

Posted on: July 13th, 2015 by Daniella Lundsberg

The entire point of Big Data is to unlock the value that will drive better decision-making, higher operational efficiencies, customer loyalty, behavioral insight, and a host of other business outcomes that can positively impact your organization’s bottom line. Getting there requires an infrastructure that can collect, store, access, analyze and manage all the various forms of data inside your servers, or in the cloud, and allow you to convert it into actionable intelligence. And, by the way, it needs to integrate into your existing environment.

Hardware, Software, Platforms

IT infrastructure has evolved over decades from mainframes that handled yesteryear’s version of high-volume transactions, to online transactional processing (OLTP) databases –that became widely accessible in the form of CRM, ERP and e-commerce systems, to data warehouses that incorporated all of this transactional data with software for analytical insight – the rise of Business Intelligence (BI). Today, the evolution continues with HP ConvergedSystems bringing together compute, storage and networking, (including HP ConvergedSystem for Big Data optimized for SAP HANA), and HP Vertica Big Data Analytics Platform.

HP Vertica is a standards-based relational database that supports SQL, JDBC/ODBC and tightly integrates all popular BI and visualization tools. It can handle SQL and Big Data analytic workloads at 30 percent of the cost of traditional data warehouse solutions. It runs queries 50-1,000x faster, boasts petabyte-scale storage up to 30x more data per server, and offers the openness and simplicity to use any BI/ETL tools and Hadoop. Organizations can use HP Vertica to manage and analyze massive volumes of data quickly and reliably without the limits or compromises of traditional enterprise data warehouses.

Healthcare industry innovators, business collaboration platform providers, multimedia entertainment companies, and mobile game developers are among the legions of HP Vertica believers. (See for yourself.)

How About Hadoop?

The HP Vertica Analytics Platform and Hadoop are highly complementary systems for Big Data analytics. While HP Vertica is ideal for interactive, blazing-fast analytics, Hadoop is well suited for batch-oriented data processing and low-cost data storage. When used together organizations benefit from the synergies of the most powerful set of data analytics capabilities, extracting significantly higher levels of value from massive amounts of structured, unstructured, and semi-structured data.

Avoid Frankenstein’s Monster

Every organization’s technology environment and business requirements are unique, giving rise to the need for tailored solutions. Simply bolting parts onto your existing environment could cause the villagers to revolt. Before you embark on your Big Data quest, consult with a partner like American Digital to understand what embodies a successful enterprise implementation.

 

Join us in Chicago on July 23 at our Big Data Symposium. Meet tech execs from HP, SAP, Hortonworks, and Big Data guru & Fortune 50 consultant, Chris Surdak. Register here.

How Do You Know When It’s Time To Tackle Big Data?

Posted on: July 9th, 2015 by Daniella Lundsberg

Organizations ranging from healthcare, to education, to manufacturing, and Fortune 1000 companies across a wide swath of industries are candidates for Big Data implementations. Now is the time for information technology and line of business leaders to come together to understand when and how to tackle Big Data.

What exactly is Big Data?

Big Data is characterized by the four “Vs”:

Volume – the vast amount of data that is generated every second (This infographic1  illustrates where all this data comes from.)

Variety – the different forms of data, both structured–like patient health records, and unstructured–like your fitness tracker’s stats

Velocity – the speed at which data is generated and the speed at which data moves around– think skateboarding-cat viral videos

Veracity – the trustworthiness of data, especially that of unstructured data, from social media, for example

You can, and should, also add a fifth “V”:

Value – The “V” that matters most is the ability to turn all that data into business value.

How can I extract value from my Big Data?

More than ever, companies are trying to understand how Big Data can help their organizations operate more efficiently and better serve their customers. It is vitally important to determine the requirements of each line of business and develop use cases that illustrate real-world scenarios. For instance, an industry use case shows how healthcare and life sciences companies can use the HP Big Data Platform to improve patient analytics through multiple aspects of operations. The value is seen in many areas:

  • Patient outcomes can be improved by using analytics to prevent complications, increase the effectiveness of treatments, and manage predictive care.
  • Organizations can generate all the metrics they need at a moment’s notice to stay compliant with healthcare reform mandates.
  • Deep insights from real-time analyses of clinical data can help inform medical researchers.

(See use cases for Financial Services, Public Sector and other industries here.)

Where do I start?

Before you undertake a Big Data initiative, consider what kind of business value you want to derive and consult with an expert, like American Digital, who can help your organization tap into the value of your Big Data assets. We provide everything you need to profit from Big Data from assessments to strategic planning and use case development. We work with top technology partners like HP, SAP, and Hortonworks to provide custom Big Data & Analytics solutions from design to implementation and governance. As a Platinum HP partner, we are certified to support and implement Big Data solutions including HP’s Vertica, a versatile offering that allows clients access to an analytics platform that is designed to exploit a wide variety of data while enabling them to accelerate business value from simplified reporting and analysis processes.

Find out if it’s time for your organization to tackle Big Data. We’re here to help.

If you’re in Chicago on July 23, join us for our free 2015 American Digital Big Data Symposium. Tech execs from HP, SAP and Hortonworks will be in attendance. Plus, you can meet Big Data guru, Fortune 50 consultant, and rocket scientist, Chris Surdak. Register here.

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HP IDOL and Facial Recognition Technologies Unite To Enhance Public Safety

Posted on: June 24th, 2015 by Daniella Lundsberg

The security landscape is changing and, with it, highly secure organizations from the military to law enforcement are benefitting from behavioral recognition technology including facial recognition. Meanwhile, the explosion of big data puts a wealth of real-time information at our fingertips, giving us the ability to analyze data rapidly and expedite action. When we bring these innovations together – uniting multiple disparate data sources from various real-time surveillance videos, photos, and audio files – we can connect the dots in mere seconds. As such, we could potentially identify fraud, criminal suspects – even terrorists at a live public event – faster and easier than ever before.

Leading this space is HP Intelligent Data Operating Layer (IDOL), which helps organizations pool together a multitude of data sources to rapidly locate relevant information, analyze that information, and act on it immediately. And IDOL provides this capability out of the box – connecting with outside information without the need for third party add-ons. With powerful extensibility, HP IDOL supports searches within massive video, photo, or audio libraries or feeds.

Even if it’s stored securely behind various user privileges and requirements, HP IDOL has brainpower to discover and index data across all of those secured sources and determine relevance in seconds. It then presents actionable analytics on one dashboard with the speed and agility required to support critical decisions.

“We’ve helped government agencies employ HP IDOL to use their data intelligence for improved efficiencies and expedited decision-making, dramatically improving public safety,” explained an American Digital consultant.

Popular applications include:

Rapid mapping of an individual’s recorded interactions
Scene recreations using various photos and videos
Personnel screenings for enhance base security
Real-time facial surveillance and monitoring for secure events
Facial features matching with security clearance databases
Expedited security response and criminal case resolution

Is IDOL the right fit for your organization, please contact your Big Data Consultant to learn more.

How Companies Can Capitalize on Big Data

Posted on: June 11th, 2015 by Daniella Lundsberg

Marketers and decision makers have been longing for greater insight into customer behavior, and the era of big data has finally arrived. More facts, figures, information, and insight are now at our disposal than ever before. Data is exploding, with companies gathering intelligence through a myriad of sources and customer interactions – from credit card transactions through customer survey responses, web server logs, and social media activity. But all of this data is only valuable for the companies that can distill it and convert it into meaningful and actionable analytics.

To make this data meaningful, IT solutions need to not only manage the sheer volume of information now available through various applications and channels but also the constant inflow. Data and metrics arrive continuously in real time, and this volume, variety, and variability exceeds the capabilities of traditional relational databases and business intelligence (BI) software. Companies need to make use of structured data, like customer records and spreadsheets, along with semi-structured and unstructured data like image files, PDF files, videos, web pages, emails, and word processing documents.

To meet these complexities, companies are turning to newer and more sophisticated technologies like Hadoop, MapReduce, Hive, and Pig for data collection all the way through data visualization. These solutions not only handle greater data complexity but can also return results faster – making real-time insight attainable.

With advanced big data analytics, companies can use the information they already have to enhance decision-making, track trends, and boost their competitive edge. They can gain actionable insight into today’s customer behaviors along with the ability to forecast future correlations, patterns, and market trends. Companies are also able to use big data to support geo-targeted and personalized marketing initiatives, assess and improve customer service processes, explore new revenue opportunities, and launch proactive offers based on predictive behavioral modeling. Determine how you can capitalize from Big Data.

 

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Lance Roberts to Strengthen Big Data and Analytics Practice

Posted on: April 8th, 2015 by Daniella Lundsberg

Elk Grove Village, Illinois – April 8, 2015 – American Digital Corporation, a Chicago-based IT Solutions Provider, is pleased to welcome Lance Roberts as its Vice President of Business Development- Big Data. An accomplished sales executive, Mr. Roberts has a proven track record for helping leading Fortune 1000 organizations tap into the value of their SAP investment by utilizing Big Data and Analytics capabilities.

American Digital provides its clients with a full range of solutions – from infrastructure and enterprise applications to consultative and managed services. The company’s Big Data Practice has grown significantly during the last 18 months as more companies seek to deploy solutions like SAP, SAP Hana, HP Vertica, and Hadoop.

In this new role, Lance will be instrumental in helping American Digital become the “Go To” partner for turnkey Big Data and Analytics solutions and services. “Lance brings to our company a level of expertise and experience that is unmatched in the world of Big Data,” explained Norbert R. Wojcik, President of American Digital. “This includes a track record of more combined projects and deployments than any other executive in his field. We’re thrilled to have him on our team.”

During his impressive tenure with leading software providers like Siebel Systems and SAP, Lance ascended through the ranks from Sales Manager to Vice President of Sales. In his most recent role with a Big Data technology and services provider, he methodically developed an ecosystem of strategic partners designed to expand the company’s offerings while driving pipeline and revenue related to Hadoop, DataStax, and SAP. Lance brings immense knowledge and insight into the Big Data market and is ideally suited to help grow and enhance American Digital’s Big Data practice.

“Lance has amassed specialized expertise over the course of more than 20 years in the industry that will directly benefit our clients. He will ensure those clients wholly understand the value of Big Data and Analytics along with its impact on their daily operations and bottom line,” Wojcik continued.

About American Digital

As an HP Platinum Partner, American Digital provides custom system integration and consulting services across HP’s complete enterprise portfolio of server, storage, and networking products. The company also supports business critical applications including SAP, VMWare, RedHat, SUSE, Microsoft, Oracle, MEDITECH, Epic, and Ellucian.

American Digital is strategically focused to provide Fortune 1000 companies with cutting edge Big Data and Analytics solutions that leverage technologies like SAP, Vertica, and Hadoop. The company’s mission is to help clients access an analytics platform designed to exploit a broad variety of data while facilitating accelerated business value from simplified reporting and analysis processes.

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