Learn AI with Einstein

Can AI be useful for business during the Covid-19 pandemic? With an increased urgency to go digital fast, now is the time to skill up on practical applications of artificial intelligence to stabilize, reopen, and grow your business.

Did you catch the “Learn AI with Salesforce” virtual series? If not, watch as Lizet Vanessa Avila, CleanSlate’s Salesforce Sales Specialist, walks through the steps on how to build a chatbot. In addition, see how Hornblower Cruises and Events implemented this AI tool to help employees quickly answer questions about the company’s response during COVID-19.

Questions? Contact Vanessa at vanessa.avila@cleanslatetg.com.

Q&A with CleanSlate Senior UI/UX Consultant, Ronnie Fenwick

Ronnie Fenwick is CleanSlate’s Senior UI/UX Designer. His job consists of the planning, design, and execution of user interfaces and user experience designs. He can be found coordinating interface production with clients and other developers, working through UI/UX issues, developing features, and designing internal marketing executions. We asked him a few questions about his current work at CleanSlate, where he sees the future of UI/UX consulting, and advice he has for others in his field.

Q: What makes you excited about working for CleanSlate? Tell me something about a recent project you’ve been working on.

A: At CleanSlate, I appreciate the variety of different projects and technologies I get to use on any given day. We were recently engaged with a client to build out a medical sales app. It is a greenfield project with only a name. It has been very rewarding to see the excitement from that “First Look Feeling” as the brand took shape, and then the app come to life. I really get a sense of satisfaction helping others realize their software dreams.

Q: What advice do you have for someone entering your field right now? What are the most important hard and soft skills?

A: Be prepared to never stop learning. The whole industry changes technologies and tastes every few years. A good designer can work in their natural style; a great designer can work in any style. Learn a few extra skills such as front end development, motion graphics or copywriting. If you know how to build sites it will make you a better UI designer, and I would start there.  

I would say the most important hard skills are being a master at design software, staying current on new and emerging UI/UX patterns and learning how to effectively communicate visually. One of the biggest soft skills I developed over time is helping your client solve business pain points with UI/UX executions. Often times they come to you with a redesign or even a greenfield project, but what you are really solving are operations issues, or customer experience issues more so than just making a great interface. You need to learn how to ask the right questions, follow your instincts and be able to communicate effectively with a diverse roster of internal and external stakeholders.  

Q: What do you think the future of UI/UX consulting looks like?

A: I think the future of UI/UX looks really good. With the ubiquity of technology in our lives and the current climate of the pandemic, I think everyone realized just how important eCommerce is to the future of business. Additionally I think it has never been more clear how a good UX/UI strategy and execution is to users adopting your software into their daily lives or buying from a store online. For the last 15 years, often times your first impression to a customer has been via a digital medium. I have always believed this is one of the most important factors to finding success online, but it has not always had good representation in the project scope. However, I think the larger market in general has caught up to this thinking. I can see it in the emphasis put on UI/UX in the last 6-7 years, versus what it looked like in the earlier part of my career.

Q: What was/is your favorite quarantine activity?

A: I love to golf. I get to be outside enjoying nature, getting some exercise, and I can maintain a safe distance from others while doing it.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do to relax in your downtime?

A: I enjoy hanging out with my family, playing golf and riding my motorcycle.

CleanSlate and CloudCheckr

CleanSlate and CloudCheckr

CleanSlate Technology Group is a proud partner of CloudCheckr, an advanced cloud management service platform working to offer comprehensive cost and security solutions for various companies. CloudCheckr’s success stems from the combination of IT, finance and security teams in order to offer the most effective and comprehensive cloud management solutions. CloudCheckr is an AWS Advanced Technology Partner and an Azure Silver Partner. Offering expertise and management in cost, security, compliance, resource inventory and utilization, and cloud automation, CloudCheckr is one of the most detailed and advanced cloud managers that companies can work with.  

FEATURES

Perhaps the most vital element to cloud management is the security aspect of it; even the most sophisticated cloud architects and developers make mistakes and can still be at frequent risk of attacks. Advanced system design and architecture are the building blocks of cloud security. IT administration and frequent assessments and validations are vital elements of security as well, which is where CloudCheckr comes in. By offering secure configuration and frequent monitoring and compliance in the cloud, CloudCheckr provides the most effective and advanced cloud security management for your company. Several components of CloudCheckr’s security features include:

 

  • Cloud Log Intelligence facilitating log documentation and analytic
  • Alerts for significant changes in configurations
  • Security best practice checks
  • IAM and permissions tracking
  • Cloud perimeter assessments
  • Continuous total compliance, checking over thirty regulatory standards, and automated fixing of vulnerabilities 

RESULTS

CloudCheckr’s security operations are essential to the success of your organization. According to polls conducted by CloudCheckr, it was found that 73% of the success of your organization’s public cloud infrastructure investment is tied back to security. This makes security the second most important element of cloud infrastructure, behind IT operations and infrastructure.  

With the help of CloudCheckrCleanSlate ran a security assessment on a financial services company and focused on analyzing and assessing the following areas: Cloud Architecture, Security & Compliance, DevOps, Monitoring & Operations, and Backup & Recovery. Through this assessment CleanSlate’s team was able to identify:  

  • 41 critical issues
  • 29 high level issues 
  • 39 medium issues
  • 22 low level issues
  • 5 unidentifiable issues that required further analysis 

CleanSlate found 136 cloud security issues. These are common issues that can significantly impact the function of company’s cloud as a whole and leave it susceptible to a wide variety of security issues and/or attacks. Through remediation process, CleanSlate was able to immediately erase the 41 critical issues that exist. The team then set up a 6-month plan to erase the remaining errors in the cloud, setting the company up for effective cloud structure and security for years to come. CleanSlate Technology Group is able to effectively assess cloud security thanks to its partnership with CloudCheckr 

FIND OUT MORE

Check out our Cloud Security Assessment Offering here.

Check out CleanSlate AWS and Azure Cloud offering here.

Chris Konow named CleanSlate COO

Chris Konow joined the CleanSlate team about six years ago, and formerly served as the VP of Consulting Services. Konow came to CleanSlate to start the consulting practice in hopes of driving new business for the company. Since his start, CleanSlate has more than doubled their headcount and revenues continue to grow by 50% year over year.

Chris Konow was unanimously voted on Tuesday, February 18th to become CleanSlate’s Chief Operating Officer, or COO, effective immediately.

“Starting a new initiative and seeing it come to fruition and grow has been the most rewarding part of working at CleanSlate. Seeing new faces in the office embodying the company’s lively culture is something to look forward to each day.” Konow says that his focus on strengthening CleanSlate’s operations, sales, and marketing has attributed to the rapid growth; all indications lead to continued steady growth for the foreseeable future.

“The leadership Chris has shown over the past few years has enabled us to scale our consulting practice to where it is today. We expect to continue to see his team expand and grow in 2020 and beyond.” – John Loveys, CleanSlate President and CEO

More executive leadership was needed to continue to foster the growth of the company, and a unanimous vote agreed that Chris Konow would be the right fit to be CleanSlate’s Chief Operating Officer. His partnership with CEO, John Loveys, continues to accelerate the leadership and direction of CleanSlate, as the company prepares to move into a new office in June 2020.

CleanSlate has built a strong brand and reputation in the Indianapolis area, and intends to continue to grow its clientele in this market, as well as penetrate other marketplaces outside of the Indianapolis area. The company’s expansion has been fostered by its growing consulting and software partnerships with AWS, Salesforce, Mulesoft, and many others.

The future for CleanSlate is endless with new opportunities knocking on every door and CleanSlate is very lucky to have the leadership and guidance from its new COO, Chris Konow.

CleanSlate Announces Partnership with Zylo

CleanSlate Announces Partnership with Zylo

INDIANAPOLIS – October 9, 2019 – Cleanslate Technology Group, a leader in technology consulting, today announces their partnership with the leading enterprise SaaS management platform, Zylo. This partnership is designed to deliver optimal value for customers investing in cloud enterprise software and SaaS.

With its established leadership position as the SaaS management platform of choice for innovative enterprises, Zylo complements Cleanslate’s domain expertise in specialized services for enterprise integration, applications, and IT asset management.

The partnership we’ve forged with Zylo is truly the best of both worlds. Zylo’s innovative approach to SaaS management builds on Cleanslate’s experience in serving the software needs of progressive enterprise IT teams.

Chris Konow

VP of Consulting Services, CleanSlate

We’re thrilled to establish a partnership with CleanSlate because of their track record as an experienced enterprise software consultant. We believe that by combining our unique capabilities, together we will provide customers with solutions that quickly maximize the full potential of cloud software and SaaS.

Dianne Decena

VP of Alliances, Zylo

The partnership will kick off with an event on November 7, 2019 from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM at Zylo headquarters on Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis. As enterprise IT leaders begin planning SaaS and software budgets for 2020, Zylo and CleanSlate invite them to learn more about key industry benchmarks and how optimizing SaaS and software management is the foundation for business success. Reserve your spot today, seating is limited.

To learn more about the partnership, visit zylo.com or cleanslatetg.com.

About Cleanslate Technology Group

We are a leading full-service digital transformation agency providing Clarity in Technology. Located in Indianapolis Indiana, CleanSlate provides dedicated practices and specialized consulting services around Cloud, Enterprise Integration, Enterprise Applications and IT Asset Management. Our vision provides a clear pathway for success by combining Strategy, Solutions and Domain Expertise. We exist to make it easy for companies to adopt leading edge cloud technology solutions that accelerate business outcomes.

To learn more about CleanSlate Technology Group, visit us at cleanslatetg.com or follow @CleanSlate_TG.

About Zylo

The largest independent enterprise SaaS management platform, Zylo transforms how businesses manage their SaaS application portfolios. By creating transparency around SaaS spend, license utilization, and user feedback, Zylo provides a centralized system of record that empowers business leaders to discover, manage, measure, and optimize their SaaS investments. Zylo was noted as a Rising Star in Forbes’ 2018 Cloud 100 list, the definitive list for private cloud companies, and was recognized as a Cool Vendor by Gartner.

For more information on Zylo or to request a demo, visit zylo.com or follow @getzylo.