CleanSlate Technology Group Receives Acceptance into AWS Public Sector Partner Program

CleanSlate is committed to providing AWS solutions and expertise to Public Sector Community

CleanSlate, a full-service cloud transformation agency, has been accepted into the Public Sector Partner Program in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN).

CleanSlate is being recognized for their expertise and experience in delivering solutions for government, education, and nonprofit customers. CleanSlate is helping organizations migrate to the cloud, transform public sector organizations through innovative solutions, and provide mission-based strategies to help develop remote work and learning.

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“CleanSlate was recommended to us by another company for their AWS expertise.  We have been delighted with their expertise, adaptability, quality, responsiveness, and sense of urgency.  In a very short period of time, they helped us deliver an adaptable tool that has thrilled our business partners.” 

 John Bennett

VP, IT,  Vemo Education

One customer, Vemo Education, transforms the way schools attract students and measure outcomes. CleanSlate was engaged to work with Vemo to design and implement a new replacement to their legacy server-based solution.

CleanSlate delivered a data-driven solution, eliminating the EC2 backend by creating an API and Lambda solution to function as a single back-end for any school, including new schools that may be added in the future.

CleanSlate joined the AWS Partner Network in 2018 and has since experienced exceptional growth in the delivery of AWS cloud-based services. Receiving acceptance into the Public Sector Partner Program is a recognition of CleanSlate’s commitment to client success and satisfaction by obtaining the full value from their AWS investment.

 

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ABOUT CLEANSLATE TG

Founded in 2000, CleanSlate Technology Group is an Indianapolis-based IT consultancy providing dedicated consulting services for cloud, CRM, and IT asset management as well as software services for IBM and Red Hat

CleanSlate is a leading AWS Advanced Consulting Partner uniquely equipped to build new and modernize complex legacy applications.  We are a premier technology consultancy with expertise in cloud architecture, modern application development and DevOps.  We provide strategic planning and implementation services for cloud-native applications and infrastructure solutions.  Our experience delivering AWS cloud solutions enables us to maintain a strong portfolio of delighted clients, ranging from Fortune-level global enterprises to well-funded start-ups across all verticals, such as Delta Faucet, Herff Jones and KAR Auction Services.

To learn more, please visit www.cleanslatetg.com/cloud

CleanSlate Technology Group achieves Service Delivery Partner designation Amazon API Gateway

Designation of AWS SDP verifies Partners deep knowledge and expertise of achieved service

CleanSlate, a full-service cloud transformation agency, has achieved Service Delivery Partner Amazon API Gateway status in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN).

To receive this designation, CleanSlate underwent validation from the AWS team of Partner Solutions Architects to ensure extensive review over architecture, customer documentation, and customer case studies to ensure AWS best practices are met for the API Gateway service.

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We are totally committed to our strategic partnership with Amazon. The achievement of obtaining our API Gateway designation is emblematic of this, and we hope will serve as a message to our current and future clients to trust us to help guide them through their digital transformation journeys”.

Chris Konow

COO, CleanSlate TG

CleanSlate joined the AWS Partner Network in 2018 and has since experienced exceptional growth in the delivery of AWS cloud-based services. Achieving the Amazon API Gateway service designation is also a recognition of CleanSlate’s commitment to client success and satisfaction by obtaining the full value from their AWS investment.

The cloud is having measurable effects on businesses who are choosing to embrace the digital transformation.

For example, some companies have seen as much as 20-30% improvement in time to market, 31% average cost savings, and 7x reduction in downtime when compared to on-premises infrastructure.

CleanSlate has seen similar significant results – with implementation of AWS API Gateway, one client saw 70% reduction in time to provision infrastructure environments, scalability and reliability of their programs. Implementation of Amazon API Gateway requires AWS expertise and experience – a big part of what CleanSlate brings to clients.

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About CleanSlate TG

Founded in 2000, CleanSlate Technology Group is an Indianapolis-based IT consultancy providing dedicated consulting services for cloud, CRM, and IT asset management as well as software services for IBM and Red Hat.

As an AWS Advanced Consulting Partner, we provide strategic planning and implementation services for cloud native applications and infrastructure solutions. Our experience delivering AWS-based cloud solutions has enabled us to build a strong pipeline of delighted clients, who range from Fortune-level global enterprises to start-ups.

To learn more, please visit www.cleanslatetg.com/cloud

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Q&A with CleanSlate’s AWS Technical Architect, David Poindexter

David is an AWS Technical Architect at Cleanslate TG who focuses on understanding the macro scale challenges facing a rapidly changing cloud landscape.

By striving to deeply understand institutional, structural, and systemic requirements, he creates and advises architectural decisions that lead to wholistic solution plans that leverage modern technologies while ensuring development teams are free to do what they do best: Ship Solutions.

While creating Solution Architectures and implementation plans, David considers all key stakeholder’s needs and constraints inherrent in the current landscape, and collaborates cross-team to see value shipped from concept to production.

We asked him a few questions about his current work at CleanSlate, what he thinks the future holds for Cloud Architecture, and how he got involved on Twitch.

Q1

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

Being in a unique position (AWS Technical Architect), in a unique company, carries with it it a bit of privilege. I am able to enjoy the perfect combination of autonomy, trust, accountability, and leadership support that let’s me work in a way that is unlike any other experience I’ve ever had in this industry. I am able to balance interests, propose options, advise decisions, and then execute in the way I know best: Shipping Solutions.

In a recent project, a client didn’t have knowledge around a specific set of technologies. I was able to document, teach, and show by example how to leverage some 5 different technologies so their team could now have this in their experience arsenal. By shipping the product, and being diligent about Teaching & Learning, the effects of the effort compounded many times over to enable an entire team to do great things long after I shipped my contribution and moved to my next challenge.

Q2

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

Right now is the best time to be learning in this industry. The availability of resources to learn from is vast and varied, suiting every learning style, time commitment, financial ability, and technical interest. And these resources include your peers.

Never stop learning. Be a forever junior developer. Regardless of what title you earn in your employment, don’t lose the junior mindset. None of us are as smart as all of us. Learn to network as much as possible. And I don’t mean invites on LinkedIn. Not that “networking”. I mean make friends with developers at other companies, in other countries, in different tech stacks. Share with them, as they share with you.

Stay humble. As you learn something new, find a way to teach it to someone else. I recommend keeping a Digital Garden, and learn in public. This will not only start gradually reducing your “imposter syndrom” by illustrating that you know there are things you don’t know, but you desire to know, but it will also serve as a learning resource for those after you who are looking for a guided path through the journey you just completed. Be the person you wish you had access to when you first started.

Q3

What do you think the future of Cloud Architecture looks like?

The future of Cloud will still be about the same things it always was. Agility. We’re going to see a future where it really doesn’t matter what “cloud” vendor is chosen, the only important part is: how fast can you ship. The particular decisions, understandably, will be dictated by constraints from various interests of the entire delivery platform from Fianance & Legal, Security, right down to individual developers. But the main selling point (and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise) has never been “cost”, it’s about Agility.

Q4

How did you get started on Twitch? What has been your favorite part about growing with the platform?

I started as just a regular viewer, watching Science & Technology streams on a separate monitor, mostly in the background, went about my daily work, and my evening escapades. Gradually I got to know the streamers themselves, and their communities. I started contributing by helpfully dropping links into chat for topics that were being discussed, helping new viewers get acquainted, and alerting the streamer to any broadcast of technical issues.

Over time, as trust and reputation was built, I was promoted to Moderator in many prominent Science & Technology streams and continued to help, and started helping in other ways. Keeping things friendly, inclusive, and safe was a primary duty, and one that I performed well on streams as small as 5 viewers to as large as 15,000 viewers during live conferences.

I eventually started streaming, myself, after learning the ins-and-outs and getting some appropriate tech, and was able to enter the Twitch Affiliate program in record time. Beyond that, I was personally invited to join a newly-growing Twith Stream Team called The Live Coders as member number 12. We are now almost 200 members streaming Science & Tech on Twitch across all timezones of the world virtually 24 hours per day.

My favorite part has been the friends I’ve made. I’ve been guests on streams, been recognized by leaders in the field I admire, and been able to participate in large events such as Microsoft’s Dev Across the Sun, Twilio Signal 2019, Twilio Earth Day 2020, and 2 online virtual conferences that my own The Live Coders team has put on in 2020.

The community is designed, from the ground up, to be open, inclusive, friendly, and beginner-friendly. Despite strong passions in particular technologies, it is nearly universal that we accept there is a place for every tech, there is room for every person, and everyone deserves to learn in an inclusive environment.

Q5

If you could give your younger self advice, what would it be?

Stop questioning your abilities. There are plenty of people in the world who will do that on your behalf. The reason you are where you are is because you know what you’re doing. Your friends and colleagues know this, even when you don’t believe it. Trust in the leadership team who put their trust in you and go do great things.

Connect with David on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Twitch.

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.

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

AWS Webinar: Cloud Migration Strategies

Migrating out of the data center and into the Cloud can transform your business, but it’s critical to approach your migration strategically and with the right resources and tools.

To learn how to migrate to the cloud with confidence, please join the leadership team from AWS, cloud assessment specialists CloudChomp and Advanced Consulting Partner CleanSlate for an informative webinar.

We will discuss:

  • Economics of moving to the cloud
  • How to gain more visibility into current on premise assets and cost (TCO)
  • How to determine the costs to run current workloads in AWS
  • What is Return on Investment (ROI) to migrate
  • Hear from our clients – case study

Careful planning ensures you can meet migration goals, optimize your TCO and benefit from the many AWS services at your fingertips. So, please join us for this exciting and informative webinar!

 

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

 

August 13th, 2020

12:00 – 1:00 PM ET

On-demand viewing of live event will be available after the event

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Chris Seitz

Director of Cloud Services

CleanSlate

David Pulaski

CEO

CloudChomp

Douglas Gallagher

 Business Development Manager

 AWS