A chat with Best IT Services Company of the Year, Accellis Technology

When you walk into Accellis Technology’s office, you’ll see a large plush bear sitting at its own desk and plenty of sticky notes with ideas they need to get back to stuck against their conference room windows. You’ll also notice how open it is and how friendly everyone was when I first walked in. In the short period of time that Accellis has been in business, they’ve developed a strong culture which has helped them build and retain their customer base. I got the opportunity to hear more about who they are and how they became the winner of 2016 OHTec’s Best IT Services Company of the Year. Enjoy!

When you walk into Accellis Technology’s office, you’ll see a large plush bear sitting at its own desk and plenty of sticky notes with ideas they need to get back to stuck against their conference room windows. You’ll also notice how open it is and how friendly everyone was when I first walked in. In the short period of time that Accellis has been in business, they’ve developed a strong culture which has helped them build and retain their customer base. I got the opportunity to hear more about who they are and how they became the winner of 2016 OHTec’s Best IT Services Company of the Year. Enjoy!

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  • A Thought-Provoking Forum for Tech Leaders in Northeast Ohio

    It’s almost time for the 2017 CIO Symposium. Here’s what you need to know about the longest-running gathering of CIOs in Northeast Ohio.

    The longest-running gathering of CIOs in Northeast Ohio is right around the corner again. The 2017 CIO Symposium, presented by OHTec (a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership) will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7 at the Sheraton Cleveland Airport Hotel. Parking at the hotel is free for CIO Symposium registrants.

    Through thought-provoking keynote speakers and engaging breakout sessions, the 2017 symposium will offer an invaluable experience for CIOs of any industry and any size enterprise. This year’s morning plenary session speakers are Hu Yoshida, the chief technology officer at Hitachi Data Systems and Greg Knieriemen, the chief technology strategist at Hitachi.

    • RELATED: Register today for the Symposium by clicking HERE

    Launched in 2000, the CIO Symposium represents an opportunity for CIOs (and their direct reports) from across the region to share insights on critical business issues and make important connections with their peers.

    • RELATED: Here’s what people on Twitter had to say about the 2016 CIO Symposium.

    Other IT executives that attendees will see at this event include CEOs; CISOs; CTOs; VPs, Product Managers; IT Managers; and Security Officers. Team leaders and direct reports will benefit from from discussions and networking on innovative and disruptive technology changes as well as next generation strategies for tech market competitiveness.

    • RELATED: Innovation, security, and disruption were key themes at the 2015 CIO Symposium.

    Further, OHTec is pleased to announce that one registration for CEOs, CIOs and Senior Tech Executives from OHTec/GCP member companies is complimentary as an exclusive member benefit. Registration for additional direct reports and team members is $99. For non-members, the registration fee is $199, but these attendees must follow the CIO and direct report guidelines that are mentioned above.

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  • Achieve the Lowest Total Cost of Ownership

    It is common to hear the words “price” and “cost” used interchangeably. However, there is a significant difference between the two. “Price” is the sum for which a product is bought and sold. “Cost” is that price plus all direct and indirect costs associated with acquiring, paying for, utilizing, and maintaining a product over its entire lifecycle.

    TCO is a concept that speaks to the reality that price is always a part of cost, but cost is not always a part of the price. More than just the dollar amount, TCO incorporates both the value of time, and the amount of work (direct or indirect) needed to acquire and maintain a product or service.

    Although foreign to some, integrating the TCO model into your everyday business practices can undoubtedly impact your bottom line. Let’s take a look at another example. We will begin by looking at a price-focused model, using office supplies as the example.

    Meet Andrew. Andrew works for a small advertising agency and makes $15 per hour At the beginning of each month, Andrew orders office supplies for the entire agency of 10 people. This month, a total of 6 different items were requested by individuals within the agency.

     

    Andrew begins by selecting four vendors that he will use to research his items. His only goal is secure the best deal on each of the six items that he needs to order.

    Andrew spends two hours doing price comparisons for these items at each of the different vendors, and finishes with three different orders, and a savings of $10.

    If Andrew makes $15 per hour and only saved the company $10 at the end of a two hour price comparison, did the agency really save money, or lose it?

    Andrew’s savings of $10 created three different shipping charges, three separate deliveries, and three separate invoices.

    Now, let’s turn our attention to the same scenario using the TCO approach.

    Andrew begins by selecting the same four vendors that he will use to research his items. His goal this time is to secure a solid deal, but to not spend a lot of time completing his office supplies order.

    Andrew spends 45 minutes doing price comparisons for his six items at each of the vendors, and finishes with one order, and a savings of $5.

    Rather than using two hours of his time, incurring a multitude of other charges, and making more work for other departments, Andrew created a single order, with one delivery and one invoice, reducing the agency’s overall costs associated with placing the office supplies order.

    Using a TCO approach Andrew saved the agency only $5 on the price of the items, but he also reduced the total cost associated with the purchase by eliminating:

    • Labor cost of the time spent on price comparisons

    • Shipping charges from the additional suppliers

    • Labor costs of the time spent to take delivery from the additional suppliers

    • Labor costs for processing the additional invoices

    Andrew even put the agency ahead because now Andrew has more time to do other things that help the agency achieve its mission. This is TCO at work. Next time you find yourself searching for the lowest price on an item, consider the total cost of your quest throughout the lifecycle of that product.

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  • Act Now: Ohio BWC Will Issue Rebates

    The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) will mail $1.5 billion in rebate checks to roughly 180,000 Ohio employers this summer.

     

    The agency’s Board of Directors formally approved the rebate at its latest meeting, allowing eligible employers to pay any overdue premium amounts and to submit outstanding payroll reports before June 8. Employers may log into their e-accounts at bwc.ohio.gov.  

     

    Rebate checks will be delivered over several weeks, beginning in early July. For additional information click here


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  • Air Mattress Bed | Sexton Pressure Reduction Mattress

    Sexton Trading Company is a manufacturer and supplier of hospital bed air mattresses in Australia. Sexton provides complete range of non-powered and powered pressure reduction mattresses, pressure redistribution mattresses, pressure relief care mattresses, hospital bed mattresses, and more. Sexton air mattresses cater to all healthcare environments. Sexton Trading Company specialises in hospital mattresses, pressure care mattresses, and pressure relieving mattresses. Products of Sexton Trading Company: maxifloat mattress bariatric mattress pressure redistribution mattress serene mattress accumax quantum convertible Bariatric alternating pressure mattress hospital bed mattress alternating air pressure mattress pressure reduction mattress accumax mattress alternating pressure mattress system If you are looking for the best hospital bed mattress manufacturers, contact Sexton now! Visit the website for all of the products. Business Name: Sexton Trading Company Address: 82-84 Basalt St, Geebung QLD 4034, Australia Phone Number: (07) 3265 9999

    Best hospital bed air mattresses and pressure reduction and redistribution mattresses in Australia.
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  • Aluminium Handrails - Aluminium Fabrication Brisbane

    Aliweld Pty Ltd specialises in structural aluminium welding and aluminium fabrication in Brisbane and the surrounding suburbs with years of experience in the industry. Expertise of Aliweld Group includes alloy welding, aluminium busbar welding, substation components, aluminium access stairs, walkways, platforms, handrails and a lot more. Aliweld is also the trusted aluminium boat builder in Brisbane, and has proven to provide quality and durable work. Contact Aliweld if you need any of the following: aluminium platforms Aluminium Work Platforms Aluminium Modular System aluminium welding structural aluminium welding aluminium welding Brisbane aluminium busbar welding aluminium fabrication Brisbane aluminium fabrication substation components aluminium access stairs aluminium boat builder Brisbane aluminium walkways alloy welding aluminium handrails Aluminium Truck Access Platforms Access equipment Aliweld Pty Ltd. 21 Lathe Street, Virginia QLD 4014. (07) 3265 2165

    Aliweld Group specialises in aluminium welding, aluminium fabrication in Brisbane and the surrounding suburbs with years of experience.
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