The TechTartare Feast Is Over ... So What's Next? - Infinity Network Solutions

The team here at Infinity Network Solutions has spent the better part of 2012 promoting and performing a series of events we affectionately call “TechTartare”.  We positioned this events series as “I.T. Food for Thought” for the Georgia business community.  The attendance at each of the events was spectacular, and the feedback we’ve gotten has been overwhelmingly positive.  As I mentioned in a previous post, you guys challenged us to engage and educate you in a unique way.  You told us you have an appetite for learning more about trends and best practices in I.T., but you wouldn’t tune in if we didn’t do something to get your attention and challenge you simultaneously.  We took that challenge to heart, and TechTartare was born.  And while this wave of events has concluded, many of you are engaged in various states of review of the technologies you learned about this year.  We look forward to continuing to help you evaluate how some of these ideas may improve the operations of your organization.

We kicked things off in March with Sushi & Secure Networks at Taki.  It was a really great way to unveil our events series, and we covered a topic – network security – that struck a nerve with you guys.  We were so excited to see a packed house, and your turnout inspired us to be even better moving into the rest of the events.  April brought Bistro & Backup at the Backburner.  I have to admit, the Backburner is one of my favorite places to eat, so it wouldn’t have mattered to me what the topic was – I was excited enough just to have lunch there!  But, true to form, Rob came through with an engaging presentation that got us all thinking – “Do we really have all of our bases covered when it comes to Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery?”  Many of you felt you didn’t and have since taken us up on our offer to perform a complimentary review of your policies and procedures.  If you still have a sinking feeling you’re not protected and haven’t engaged us yet, please Contact Us to schedule your review.

It might not seem like a lot of work to host “Lunch & Learns” in consecutive months, but we certainly felt like it was time for a break when May rolled around.  As we’ve done in years past, we held our annual low country boil at the Brickyard at Riverside Golf Club.  This year, we invited a select group of hackers golfers to experience Macon’s best golf course – hence this year’s event being called Low Country Golf & Grub.  This is Infinity’s signature annual event, and we always look forward to it.  We’ve got some great ideas to make 2013’s turn even better than before, so be sure to join us again (or for the first time) next year.  June’s entry into the series, Pasta & Print, featured a new service offered by us – Managed Print Services.  We really appreciate you guys allowing us to talk to you about “something new”.  It didn’t hurt that we got Natalia’s to open for lunch – something they don’t do.  I heard from a lot of people they felt lunch at this event topped the Backburner.  That’s a bold statement!

July’s event, Heroes, Villains & Virtualization, was one that was almost a year in the making.  We were encouraged by three of our strategic partners – Cisco, Citrix and EMC – to do a big, bold event, so we set the bar high with this one.  We wanted to do something wholly unique to our marketplace, and I know we accomplished it.  This one was really, really well-done.  In August, as a way of thanking our staff, clients and partners for their dedication and patronage, we held our Happy Hour with Happy Clients at Bonefish Grill.  I know I speak for the entire Infinity staff when I say it was nice to have a low-key event that didn’t require us to stress over a presentation or venue setup.  This one accomplished exactly what we had hoped for – an environment to socialize with those we work most closely with.

Now that the series is behind us, a little recognition is in order.  Our Sales & Marketing team at Infinity worked tirelessly starting in November 2011 to make TechTartare a “can’t miss” series in 2012.  Jessica Savage, in particular, really came through for everyone involved.  I’m sure most of you were contacted by Jessica at one time or another in the lead up to our events.  Her preparation work was key to pulling off successful and issue-free presentations, not to mention a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere for our guests.  Jessica also did an excellent job in making sure our lunch-based events were held at great restaurants.  Let’s face it – the “food” part of “Food for Thought” was a big draw.  Thank you, Jessica, for really shining through in everything you’ve done with TechTartare.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t pay specific mention to a few of our Engineers from the Operations Department as well.  Jonathan Vernon and Jeremy Tyson worked many long hours (after business hours, too) preparing the Virtualization Expo for our movie event.  These guys worked their normal duties for Infinity during the day, and then turned their attention at night to making sure the Cisco/Citrix/EMC demo kit was ready to go prior to the event.  Thank you for those long hours and your commitment to getting the job done.  We certainly wouldn’t have been able to have such a powerful presentation and demo if you guys hadn’t played your part so well.

Most of all, I want to thank our guests who took time to visit with us to help improve their businesses. We understand it’s a big commitment to leave your office to attend our events, and we aim to always make it worth your time.  Your feedback has shown us it has been.

So, that’s it, right?  It’s over.  Move on.  Back to business as usual.  Come on, you know that’s not going to be the case!  One of our partners who attended our Heroes, Villains & Virtualization event told me “You guys served up so much ‘Food for Thought’ this year, it’s going to take a superhero trainer to whip me back into shape!”  I laughed at the comment, but it also got me thinking – What are we going to do to top this?  If it’s really going to take a heroic effort to top TechTartare, we might as well call on the I.T. industry’s most trusted SUPERHERO.  If you stay on the lookout, maybe you’ll spot him somewhere familiar.  Stay tuned…