PICNIC-Podcast by Ipswitch

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IT in the News



In Today’s PICNIC episode, we will welcome Greg Mooney, Ipswitch Evangelist.

Greg joined Ipswitch 2 years ago as a technologist and data geek with over 10 years of background in tech industry. He has worked in a variety of industries as an IT manager and software tester. Greg is an avid writer on everything IT related, from cyber security to troubleshooting. He hosts two podcasts, Defrag This and The Data Transfer Show.

Today’s episode will be the occasion for Greg to discuss with our host about recent IT news and trends. Make sure to listen to the live podcast and give us a phone call if you have any thought or comment about the on-going discussion.

What’s Up Cloud?



In Today’s PICNIC episode, we will welcome Jeff Kaplan, THINKstrategies, Inc. Managing Director, www.thinkstrategies.com, the only strategic consulting firm focused entirely on the business implications of the transition of the technology industry from a product-centric to services-driven solution model, including Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Cloud Computing and Managed Services, and how organizations can leverage these trends to capitalize on Big Data and the Internet of Things (IoT).

THINKstrategies helps IT/business decision-makers with their sourcing strategies; solution providers with their go-to-market strategies; and venture firms with their investment strategies.

Kaplan is also the Founder of the Cloud Computing Showplace (www.cloudshowplace.com), the largest, vendor-independent, online directory and best practice resource center regarding SaaS, Platforms-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), including Managed Services.

Kaplan is also the host of the Cloud Innovators Summit executive forum series, www.cloudsummits.com, including the Connected Cloud Summit, Cloud Channel Summit and Cloud Analytics Summit.

Kaplan has over 30 years of experience in the high-tech market. He began his career as an industry analyst at IDC, Dataquest and META Group. He then held marketing positions at International Network Services (INS) and InterOPS Management Solutions.

At the occasion of today’s episode, we will know about Jeff’s on-going research on cloud.

This will be a great discussion to learn about this new hybrid world trends as well as what alternatives users have to take advantage.

IT Horror Stories



In Today’s PICNIC episode, we will welcome George General, Ipswitch’s Senior System Engineer.

George has been working for Ipswitch for 5 years. His role on the team is to specialize in network connectivity for the LAN/WAN, network security, and network monitoring. Prior to that George was in the Army for 12 years specializing in Network Operations (NETOPS) as a Chief Warrant Officer. This consisted of routing, switching, COMSEC, satellites, network security, and spectrum management.

At the occasion of today’s episode, we will better understand what a helpdesk team-member typical day looks like as well as learn from George’s best and weirdest IT help requests, not to say stories!

Collaboration, Shared Tools and Security – What is it?



In Today’s PICNIC episode, we will welcome Eric Turnquist, Ipswitch’s Senior Director of Information Technology.

Eric is a 20-year veteran of IT, with a passion for IT transformation. He joined Ipswitch in June of 2015, where he has focused on building the IT team to align with the changing current and future needs of Ipswitch. Eric’s technical experience is focused mostly on virtualization, storage and mail systems within a wide range of industries and company sizes.

At the occasion of today’s episode, we will listen to Eric’s extended experience and best practices/advices to learn about:

  • How much of his time is spent on maintaining existing apps vs new projects?
  • What kinds of things he is attending to in that time?
  • When talking about enterprise applications, why is/are a solid understanding of the desired business outcome as well as end-user use cases needed?
  • What about the need for collaboration?
  • Examples of something that went really well because there was solid collaboration?
  • Example of something that didn’t go so well because of a lack of collaboration?
  • When working on a roll-out – what is the biggest fear?
  • How to prevent that from happening?
  • Any lessons learned to share with peers?

What’s up on Network Security in 2018



In Today’s PICNIC episode, we will welcome John Stewart, Ipswitch’s Network Infrastructure and Security Director.

John has been an IT professional since 1995, with responsibilities involving security for most of that time He attended his first SANS conference in 1997, which opened his eyes to many security risks. He has been with Ipswitch since 2010, and works out of the Madison office.

John has more than 14 years of experience implementing a diverse range of technologies with a focus on IT infrastructure, offering a great level of communications at all levels of technical expertise and is a continuous learner who loves discovering and implementing technologies which improve business operations while containing costs. His key specializations are: Virtualization, VMWare, ESX, VirtualCenter, VMware Certified Professional (VCP), Windows, Linux, Solaris, Cisco IOS, CatOS, LAN, WAN, routing, switching, wireless.

At the occasion of today’s episode, John will use his extended experience to share his Security best practices and advices to be trained on:

  • the kind of attacks IT teams should be prepared to face today and tomorrow:  this includes marekting
  • the best defenses they should have in place
  • the approach he recommends on taking network sercurity up a few notches in 2018

Top 3 challenges of managing a small IT Team




In Today’s PICNIC episode, we will welcome Rachel Simone, Ipswitch’s Vice President of Enterprise Applications and Technology.

Rachel joined Ipswitch in February 2015 and has more than 25 years of experience in managing IT teams. She leads the company's IT team and infrastructure, focused on simplifying and automating business operations to facilitate long-term competitiveness and revenue growth, building a high-performing team to create "best in class" IT systems, designing unified CRM instances and tools, and aligning major IT projects with the company business growth strategy.

Prior to Ipswitch, Rachel held VP roles at Housing Partnership Networks, Dassault System Solidworks Corporation and Management Positions at Myteam Inc., MRO software, State Street Bank & Trust and Thomas Cook Travel. Rachel has built herself a strong reputation for defining and executing enterprise technology strategies and solutions that enable business goals, reduce costs, improve efficiency, enable organization goals and optimize technology investment.

At the occasion of today’s episode, Rachel will use her extended experience to share her management tips and tricks on:

  • how to manage a small IT Team
  • how to keep up with a lean IT team
  • how to optimize the team efficiency
  • how to keep your team happy and up to speed with new tools
  • how to face/deal with new tools, consolidation, CRM update
  • how to get things done?

We will also be able to hear about what Rachel has learnt since her first job, what is the most unbelievable situation she has ever faced in her career or what is the worst case/worst story she had.

Welcome to PICNIC Podcast by Ipswitch


250-picnicpodcast-showcard-Ep1.pngWelcome to the P.I.C.N.I.C. Podcast show by Ipswitch. We are excited to launch this week. We are taking the opportunity this first show to tell you the topics and types of guests scheduled over the next several weeks. This is a weekly show and we are so glad you joined us.

Subscribe at the left so you don't miss an episode! We'll be setting up our iTunes channel soon, after we get a few episodes under our belts. 

Today you'll be meeting our hosts, Jeanne Hopkins and Kevin Conklin. You can read more about them on our hosts page. Funnel Radio producer, Paul Roberts, will be interviewing Jeanne live with another segment featuring Kevin.

Some of what we'll be covering is:

  • Who are we?
  • What is PICNIC-podcast?
  • Why did we create/launch PICNIC-podcast?
  • Who is PICNIC-podcast dedicated to?
  • What will they learn?
  • What kind of topic will we address?
  • When is PICNIC-podcast?