Friday, February 17, 2017

Jim Kandrac to "go jump in the lake" tomorrow for a great cause!


Portage Lakes Polar Bear Jump 2017 

Less than 1 week ago, I was asked and agreed to raise money for The Akron-Canton Food Bank by participating in the Portage Lakes Polar Bear Jump 2017 event which is tomorrow - Saturday February 18th. A personal goal was set of $2,500.00 - I jump started the fund raising by donating $250.00.

I have been overwhelmed by family, friends and business associates who have contributed and brought my total to $3,595.00 as of this morning. Please tune into WKYC-TV Cleveland on Saturday morning at 7:00 am for a live interview with "yours truly" as the #1 individual fundraiser for the event. 

I will be live on TV - interviewed by WKYC's Jasmine Monroe. In total this years' event has raised over $100,000 for The Akron-Canton Food Bank and since it's inception of the event in 2004, the event has raised over $700,000.

If you have sponsored my cause, I truly appreciate it. Please click on my donation page to make sure your donation has been credited to my specific jump. If you do not see your name, please email me at jkandrac@ucgtechnologies.com so I can get it credited.

While we are at it .. why not raise the goal to $5,000.00?!

Please share with family, friends and encourage them to sponsor this great cause. Click on my fundraising page to donate!  

Thank you!

Jim Kandrac

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

IBM POWER8 S812 Announcement

IBM Valentine's Day Announcement
 
Roses are red, violets are blue, IBM i got some new stuff, 
will you love it too?

IBM i S812 - 1 Core & 1 Partition - 2U for small clients
Maximum of 25 Users
64GB of Memory, 8 disk drives, RDX drive
Pricing not released yet - Expected to be 15 to 20% less
Perfect for small locations or a designated CBU server

IBM Power System S812 Specs

Available starting March 17, 2017
Pricing available by the end of February


IBM i 7.3 TR2 and 7.2 TR6

IBM i Future - 2017 Update


upgrade to IBM Power8.



Contact:
UCG Technologies 
(formerly United Computer Group, Inc. and VAULT400)

Independence, OH
ucgtechnologies.com
800.211.8798 - 216.520.1333

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

UCG Technologies Accelerates Geographic Expansion with Acquisition of Pittsburgh-based Integrator

We are very pleased to announce that UCG Technologies has acquired the IBM i Series Solutions business of E-Safe Technologies LLC (formerly Premier Technologies, Inc.) a Pittsburgh-based IT service provider.
The acquisition will accelerate UCG’s growth in the Midwest as it continues its transition and expansion from a regional integrator into a full-service provider of backup, disaster recovery (DR), enterprise applications and security training with a focus on the IBM POWER8 Systems platform. UCG now has customers in 31 states, Canada, Caribbean and Europe.

We have long been impressed by E-Safe’s (Premier) strength in the Pittsburgh market for POWER8 solutions. Frankly, they owned the Pittsburgh market. This acquisition not only opens the door to hundreds of accounts, but gives those customers access to a broader range of software and services. It’s a win for UCG, a win for E-safe and a win for their customers.

E-Safe’s customer base includes more than 250 companies in the greater Pittsburgh market and four other states in the Great Lakes area.

Rob Wise, Technical Engineer
UCG Technologies
E-Safe will focus its resources on the burgeoning computer network maintenance and IT managed services market. Rob Wise, who was previously IBM Practice Manager for E-Safe, has joined UCG as Technical Engineer where he will work with UCG Vice President Mike Powall and Operations Manager Gina Creager to ensure a smooth and successful migration for E-Safe customers. All current consulting, service and maintenance agreements will be honored by E-Safe and fulfilled by UCG Technologies.

“Success in the IT services business is all about focus,” said Tim Steinour, President and Owner of E-Safe Technologies. “We foresee tremendous growth in our new lines of business, so we’re doubling down on those opportunities. In UCG we’ve found a partner who can not only ensure our customers world-class support but can bring additional products to the table.”

Read full press release              Meet Rob Wise

Please join us in welcoming Rob to the UCG Technologies team!

Thank you,

Jim Kandrac, President

Friday, December 23, 2016

Happy Holidays from UCG Technologies!

In honor of our valued clients, employees, and vendors, UCG has made donations to the following charitable organizations this holiday season.

Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank 

The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank was formed in 1982 by a group of community leaders who made a commitment to provide emergency food to our neighbors in need. Today, the Foodbank provides food and other essential items to member hunger-relief programs in eight Northeast Ohio counties: Carroll, Holmes, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas and Wayne. These member programs operate nearly 500 food pantries, hot meal sites, shelters and other hunger-relief programs in the neighborhoods and communities where people need food.

Ohio Cancer Research (OCR)

Established in 1982, Ohio Cancer Research is an independent, statewide, nonprofit organization dedicated to the cure and prevention of the many forms of cancer and the reduction of its debilitating effects through aggressive basic seed money research, cancer information, and awareness.

Pelotonia
Founded in 2008, Pelotonia was established with the objective to fund life-saving cancer research. Pelotonia is a three-day experience that includes a weekend of cycling, entertainment and volunteerism. In its first seven rides, Pelotonia raised more than $106 million for cancer research. Thanks to its generous funding partners, Huntington Bank, L Brands Foundation, Peggy and Richard Santulli, American Electric Power Foundation, Nationwide Insurance, Cardinal Health Foundation, Harold C. Schott Foundation, Pelotonia is able to direct 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar to cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.

Wounded Warriors in Action (WWIA)


Established in 2003, the Warrior Project (WWP) began when several veterans and friends, moved by stories of the first wounded service members returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq, took action to help others in need. What started as a desire to provide comfort items to wounded service members at Walter Reed Army Medical Center has grown into a holistic rehabilitative effort to assist warriors with visible and invisible wounds as they recover and transition back to civilian life. Tens of thousands of wounded service members, their families, and caregivers receive support each year through WWP programs.



Most people don’t know that a watershed moment for prostate cancer was inspired by breast cancer. In 1996, several groups of concerned patients, physicians, and advocates came together to create the National Prostate Cancer Coalition. Modeled after the National Breast Cancer Coalition, this new organization was formed to stand up for men and their families impacted by prostate cancer and become a political force for a cure.

Whether you are a 40-year-old father of three young children in the prime of your life or a 65-year-old excited to enjoy your retirement and spend time with your grandchildren, the face of prostate cancer can look very different. What unites us all is our steadfast commitment to eliminate the pain and suffering and create Generation ZERO – the first generation of men free from prostate cancer.


From our families to yours, we wish you peace, joy, good health, and prosperity. 

Happy Holidays!


Sunday, December 11, 2016

Heading into 2017: milestones filled with gratitude


"Remember to celebrate milestones as you prepare for the road ahead." --Nelson Mandela

When UCG rebranded in April, it represented the way forward to a very exciting future for our employees, clients, and business partners.

We’re standing on the threshold of the greatest advances in computing since the invention of the microprocessor. IBM expects half of all software applications developed three years from now to have “cognitive” capabilities, or the ability to reason, learn, discover and advise. The potential for us to apply cognitive reasoning to make our customers’ enterprise operations and applications more intelligent is thrilling.

Big data, cloud computing, predictive analytics, machine learning, and the Internet of Things will change our world in ways we can only imagine today. UCG technologies is committed to helping to guide our customers toward decisions that have the greatest bottom-line impact.

In 2017 we'll reach another milestone—our 30th anniversary! Please visit our website to read our newly updated About page. In the meantime, from everyone at UCG Technologies, we wish you a beautiful holiday season and a happy, healthy, prosperous New Year!


Monday, October 24, 2016

Last Chance to Register - Top Five Ways To Protect Your Organization and Recover From a Data Loss or Security Breach

You are cordially invited to a webinar presented by Jim Kandrac, President of UCG Technologies. Learn how your organization can benefit from UCG Enterprise Cloud Backup, DR, and H/A solutions which now include Enterprise Security Training.

Join us tomorrow, October 25!

In just 45 minutes, you will gain new insight into how to protect your organization from data loss through disaster or human error!





Last chance to register!

Date and Time

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM EDT


Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email with details on how to join the webinar. 


The average consolidated total cost of a data breach, according to a Ponemon Institute study.



As a thank you from UCG, all end user attendees will receive a complimentary $25.00 electronic gift card for Tiki Hut Coffee, a longtime UCG client!

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

UCG Technologies Seeking a Client Success Specialist - Independence, OH


The Client Success team drives product usage and adoption and delivers honest and helpful UCG product and/or service advice. We act as client advocates and focus on building long-term relationships with our clients. At UCG, client retention is paramount to success. It is our job to ensure clients fully recognize the value of their IT investment. The selected candidate will proactively engage clients to ensure their 100% complete satisfaction. 
 Job duties
With guidance from Operations Manager, set agenda for client interaction as follows:
  • Contact new UCG Enterprise Cloud Backup and DR clients to ensure their satisfaction following installation.
  • Proactively follow-up and schedule annual Disaster Recovery tests.
  • From initial launch, manage client email phishing tests and schedule end user online training for Enterprise Security (KnowBe4).  
  • Help ensure all training sessions are completed in a timely manner; follow up on an ongoing basis to ensure 100% satisfaction.
  • Work with end user client and UCG sales rep to sell additional services, i.e. Intel / VM backup and KnowBe4 Enterprise Security Training.
  • Immediately inform Operations Manager of any client concerns, issues, or requests so they can be managed in a timely manner and to their complete satisfaction. 
  • Additional duties as required.
    Download complete job description here.