Here at Claris, our core values are more than some phrases on a plaque in the hallway. We hire by them, work by them and live by them. While we believe everyone at Claris embodies these traits, we want to take the chance to point out a few individuals that really exemplify our core values. Today we introduce Travis Evans and how he embodies one of our favorite core values:
Work Smart, Play Hard
Meet Travis Evans, Backup Specialist, ukulele aficionado and Claris fun-maker. Travis embodies our core value of “Work Smart, Play Hard” in his passion for excellence and endless creativity in making Claris a better place.
No, we’re not talking about cirrus, stratus, and cumulus clouds. However, just as there are different clouds in the sky, there are different aspects of cloud computing that make up what we say when we refer to the Cloud.
First, the public cloud
In this model, the infrastructure is owned by an organization selling cloud space as-a-service, and is widely available on a pay-per-use basis. RackSpace and Amazon Web Services are two of the most commonly used public cloud services. Pursuing this model typically requires considerable front-end technical knowledge. Additionally, it is dependent on a consistent, robust internet connection. If the connection goes down, you will be unable to access your cloud-hosted data or applications.
“Guten Tag! Sprechen Sie Deutsch?” When Aaron Sachs started working with Claris, he didn’t know his skills in German would make him valuable to one of the clients here. We sat down with Aaron to learn a bit more about his background and what makes the German-speaking systems admin technician tick.
What started your "fix-it" mentality?
“I’ve always had a ‘fix-it’ mentality. It really drove me throughout college, and landed me firmly in the IT world. On top of that, I’ve always been ‘The Computer Guy’ for family and friends. I started disassembling my parents’ computer when I was about 9. My parents got so mad, they made me fix it instead of paying someone else to do it. That’s just part of who I am. When I see a problem, I really want to solve it. IT meshes well with my personality.”
Technology can help your small businesses grow, add value to your customers, and provide a competitive advantage over your competitors. But how do you choose an information technology (IT) provider that will best
help you? Here are a few suggestions on how to find the best solution, whatever your situation and technology needs may be.
Network with others in your community
At the most basic level, start by asking other businesses in your network which solutions they are using. Which IT professionals/firms do they recommend?
The role of the IT person and the IT company has changed drastically over the past several years. The frantic, harried, one-man IT department has encountered the laws of economics and scale. In order to effectively support the technical infrastructure of a growing and increasingly mobile business, IT must become three things: mobile, always on and end-user-focused.