A Day in the Life: Anna Pullman-Rainbolt

Anna Pullman-Rainbolt

IT Operations engineer

Anna has been with CleanSlate for 6 years. Her role has really evolved here at CleanSlate, now providing the service, technology tools and infrastructure for CleanSlate. Anna was also an integral part of CleanSlate’s move to our new office! Anna and her husband (pictured) have a goal to watch a home game at all MLB parks – they have checked off 8 so far.

Q: What is your role at CleanSlate?
A: My role really evolved here at CleanSlate, now serving as the IT Operations Engineer – providing the service, technology tools and infrastructure for CleanSlate. With our growing company and a recent move to a new office, I stepped into my operations role to provide a real focus to organize and facilitate our internal technology solutions. The past year, as with many organizations, has presented many logistical challenges in delivering services. As with any challenge, new opportunities arose to deliver creative solutions. My role hopefully has brought a spot of energy and thought leadership to bridge the needs of our talented staff. I started 6 years ago at CleanSlate within the ITAM practice working with clients to implement BigFix technologies including ILMT and Inventory. Within the ITAM practice we help dive into license compliance auditing for metrics not captured by system automations. Today, I still provide assistance for projects in our ITAM practice, as well as, some near to my heart collaboration projects within Domino, M365 or Google Suite.

Q: Can you give a brief background on your career history?
A: I grew up in a family that owned their own business and bring that perspective of ownership to every position I have been lucky to have. I was fortunate enough to get a position in IT as a System Administrator 1987 – working my first million dollar project in 1991 migrating a user base from Unix dumb terminals to a Windows 3.0, Novell Netware and what is now called Microsoft Office applications. Back then, in IT your role was less siloed. You did all things IT, from pulling wire and patch panels, building servers to training your user base. I have been lucky to work on very interesting projects over the course of my career. One of the most interesting was being part of a team that developed a new mortgage loan origination process. This project had man facets including developing our own application delivery, role based access, and managed large data transfers over T1 digital modems across the US. This was all delivered at a time when 3rd party solutions were not in existence. I have enjoyed the diversity of evolution of technology and since that timeline engineering mostly in collaborative infrastructures managing over 10,000 users, 31 servers 150 applications for a global company. Its been refreshing coming to consulting allowing me to leverage my diverse set of experiences gained over the past 34 years and being able to mentor others based on those experiences.

Q: What do you like about working at CleanSlate?
A: I enjoy the diversity of opportunity and I am always energized by our talented people at CleanSlate. My role here feeds well with my “jack-of-all-trades” abilities and experiences. The people here are a true bonus. This is a group professionals that all desire to do their best work everyday and work together as a team to lift everyone to achieve more.

Q: What projects are you currently working on?
A: I have an aggressive IT roadmap for CleanSlate in 2021. We are investing in new SSO and MFA technologies, revamping our project delivery workflows and access/device provisioning processes.

Q: What skills are you currently utilizing in your role?
A: I have really been leveraging my license compliance and usage to further optimize our spend on our technologies.

Q: What teams are you currently working on?
A: My projects get to bridge processes across our different teams. We just kicked off an Operations Excellence team to evaluate new ways to better deliver services not only to CleanSlate but more importantly our clients.

Q: What gets you excited about your everyday work?
A: Making people happy and hopefully making their IT experience more seamless and stress free everyday.

Q: What are you looking forward to at CleanSlate and in your career?
A: I look forward to further growing CleanSlates technology space and teams. There are so many fun projects coming up sometimes its hard to know where to start.

Q: What are some non work-related activities that you do in your day-to-day? (this probably looks a little bit different than it did pre-covid)?
A: Ahh – how Covid changes many things. I do miss our large family gatherings and traveling. This past year instead of traveling abroad, we created our own vacation home right at home doing some hands-on construction around the house. Hopefully, we can get back to family gatherings – traveling to a beach where they serve cute umbrella drinks, and attending sporting events again.

Q: Any fun facts about yourself, or anything else you’d like to share?
A: I used to run competitively in high school and college. Running has been a real passion. I was the 1984 Marion County, Sectional and Regional Champion in the 800. I was on the inaugural Girls Cross Country Team at the University of Southern Indiana and ran for Team Reebok and the Wilma Rudolph Foundation. I ran in our cities infamous Mini Marathon finishing in the top 10 at one time. I have not ran competitively for a few years now, but still volunteer for events like the Mini Marathon every year.

A Day in the Life: Branden Voegerl

Branden Voegerl

Senior Account Executive

Branden is in his 14th year with CleanSlate. He started as an Account Executive in 2007. At that time, the company only had 6 full-time employees. Over the years, he has seen tremendous growth, company acquisitions, new management, and a rebranding. Branden might be the biggest Dallas Cowboys fan you know. Outisde of work, he spends his time following the Cowboys, and spending time with his wife, Stephanie, and their two kids (pictured to the left): Avery (Age 8) and Bryce (Age 5). Follow along with his Q&A on a day in his life at CleanSlate!

    Q: What is your role at CleanSlate?
    A: Senior Account Executive

    Q: What does your day-to-day look like at CleanSlate?
    A: No day is alike, but many include a lot of of the same activities.  My role, historically, has been to sell IBM Software.  I am responsible for one of our largest partners, Connection (formerly PC Connection).  Connection does not have the ability to resell IBM software, so they utilize our talent and knowledge of the solutions to do so.  With 500 sales reps across the country, they keep me very busy with requests.  I also have several direct relationships with clients that I manage.  With the addition of our services arm, and tremendous growth on that side of the house, I am trying to learn how to resell those offerings as well. I market our Consulting capabilities to new and existing clients.

    Q: What do you like about working at CleanSlate?
    A: I think the thing I like most about working at CleanSlate are the people.  It is not often that you genuinely like everyone that you work with.  I am still very close with many past employees.

    Q: What skills are you currently utilizing in your role?
    A: Relationship building.  I think the key to “Sales” is relationships.  Companies have to trust you in order to invest with you.

    Q: What gets you excited about your everyday work?
    A: A combination of the people and the uniqueness of every day.

    Q: What are you looking forward to at CleanSlate and in your career?
    A: I am looking forward to more growth and potential leadership opportunities.

    Q: What are one or two long-term career goals that you have?
    A: I want to strengthen my knowledge of the services and solutions provided by our services arm.  I have spent some time over the last year learning and passing certifications to broaden my knowledge.  I would also like to continue to grow with CleanSlate and potentially move into more of a leadership role down the line.     

    CleanSlate Named National Tech Culture Award Finalist

    CleanSlate Named National Tech Culture Award Finalist

    CleanSlate is thrilled to have been selected as a finalist for the Powderkeg 2020 National Tech Culture Awards. Each year, Powderkeg selects winners from over 200 tech companies – all based on anonymous employee feedback.  

    The feedback that our employees submitted was some of the best in the country, which earned us the honor of being a finalist in two categories:  

    • 2020 Top Rated Cultures 
    • 2020 Top Rated Culture: Product Team  

    CleanSlate believes that a strong company culture is essential to building a successful organization. We value our leadership and our fantastic employees for fostering an inclusive, energetic, innovative, and productive work environment. 

    Thank you to Powderkeg for this recognition. To learn more about the 2020 National Tech Culture Awards, head to their website: https://powderkeg.com/best-companies-to-work-for/ 

    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

    A Day in the Life: John Harrison

    John Harrison

    Business Development Manager

    John has been in IT consulting for the majority of his successful career. At CleanSlate, he actively works to help organizations with their Cloud, Salesforce, and/or IT Asset Management solutions. He is known for his excellent relationships with our clients, partners, and employees. Outside of work, John loves watching sports and spending time with his family (his daughter is pictured to his right). Follow along with his Q&A on a day in his life at CleanSlate!

      Q: What is your role at CleanSlate?
      A: Business Development Manager

      Q: Can you give a brief background on your career history, if applicable?
      A: Brief? Me? OK, I will try. I started in IT consulting in 1993. Love it and stayed with it ever since. I have worked for quite a few different firms during that time. I have seen a lot.

      Q: What does your day-to-day look like at CleanSlate?
      A: Well, it is varied. Lots of phone calls and emails for prospecting. Researching companies and contacts. Project meetings, hopefully sales calls to qualify opportunities.

      Q: What do you like about working at CleanSlate?
      A: Easy – the people. We have a great team and culture.

      Q: What projects are you currently working on?
      A: I am working on developing relationships with our ICP – Ideal Customer Profile – Companies.

      Q: What teams are you working on?
      A: Sales of course, love to help marketing too. I am also working on the AWS PTP team.

      Q: What skills are you currently utilizing in your role?
      A: Detective skills, patience, determination, persistence, communication, relationship development. 

      Q: What gets you excited about your everyday work?
      A: The possibility of finding a new project or a new client.

      Q: What are you looking forward to at CleanSlate and in your career?
      A: I just want to help us continue to grow our customer base for now.

      Q: Any fun facts about yourself, or anything else you’d like to share?
      A: I grew up on a farm and my first job out of college was as a commodities broker. I worked for a small retail firm helping people trade futures and options on Gold, Silver, Pork Bellies, OJ (think trading places with Eddie Murphy) and many more.   

      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.

      Amazon API Gateway

      “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.

       

      ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

      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.

      Amazon API Gateway

      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.

      Additional Resources

       

      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

      *Source: https://aws.amazon.com/cloud-migration/