LightEdge Gives Back

The team at LightEdge has always been passionate about giving back to the communities we are a part of, with a special emphasis on charities that benefit children in need. This love for volunteering has spread so rapidly throughout our organization that members of our staff created a charitable committee dedicated to researching and organizing opportunities for LightEdge to get involved.

Jody Emberton, Chairwoman of the committee and Sr. Client Architect – Voice, is proud of the giving nature of our employees and dedicated to continuing this tradition. “LightEdge gives us the unique opportunity to volunteer at work and give back locally. It is important to me to work for a company where this is a priority. Any time you can help someone else out, it is a good thing! It is also a great chance to work together as a team apart from our jobs, in a different way than we’re used to. It unites us all for a common cause, and builds camaraderie,” Emberton explained.

Over the years, we have had the pleasure to assist a variety of worthy causes throughout the Midwest ranging from Big Brothers Big Sisters to Children’s Cancer Connection to Sleepyhead Beds and the local Food Banks. We have noticed some amazing things result from these experiences. Not only are we bettering the lives of those we’re striving to help, but it’s also had a major impact on the employees who donate their time. Deep bonds have been created, resulting in strengthened professional relationships amongst departments and improved personal relationships when they share these experiences with friends and family.

For those who may not have an outlet to get involved at the office but want to help out, visit http://www.volunteermatch.org/ to learn about local opportunities that pair your specific passions with nonprofits in need.

Enjoy some photos of our team taken earlier this week at the Child Development Center flower bed we adopted at Easter Seals Iowa. This is our third year caring for the garden, and the transformation has been unbelievable for all involved!

Expansion at LightEdge

Growth is defined as “expansion” or “an increase, enlargement, or development, especially in the activities of a company.”  This definition is spot-on when describing LightEdge Solutions’ progression over the past few years.  As an industry leader committed to providing cutting-edge solutions for our customers, we feel it’s imperative to match the right people to the right positions to enable us to achieve our goals.

The Des Moines Register recently reported on our exciting growth projection and quoted CEO, Jim Masterson’s remarks that we are planning to more than double our staff in the Des Moines market. Looking at our numbers, it is evident that we are well on our way to accomplishing just this! 60% of our current staff was hired in the last 5 years, 35% in the past two years and 19% in 2014 alone… and this number keeps growing!

Our trending increase in growth has not only grabbed local attention with the community, but is something current employees notice through their day-to-day work. When employees were surveyed on what they were most excited about for LightEdge’s future, Sarah Roeder, Client Service Project Coordinator said, “The growth trajectory as well as being positioned to partner with so many other companies as they make important IT decisions in the coming months and years.” Lindsay Alderman, Customer Operations Manager, agreed when she noted, “It’s very exciting to be a part of the team knowing our hard work is directly impacting the growth of the company, and that we are helping build this company by delivering best in class service.”

LightEdge Solutions is moving and growing rapidly and there are no plans of slowing down anytime soon. We are currently adding a number of positions in our Customer Implementation, Sales & Consulting teams, and always accepting applications. If you are interesting in joining our exciting and dynamic company, please check out our Careers page at http://www.lightedge.com/careers to see what we are currently recruiting for!

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Some of the LightEdge team at the Grand Opening of the Kansas City Data Center.

 

Summer Community Involvement

LightEdge Solutions was thrilled to be able to be a part of the 5th Annual Big Slick Celebrity Weekend in Kansas City recently. Big Slick is an annual fundraising event hosted by some of Kansas City’s most well-known celebrities benefiting the Cancer Center at Children’s Mercy Hospital. LightEdge sponsored the Bocce courts at the Big Slick Bowling Tournament where patients from the hospital teamed up to play Bocce with some of the celebrity hosts.

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Throughout the weekend’s events Big Slick raised more than one million dollars for the amazing cause.

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Some of the LightEdge team with celebrity hosts Jo Lo Truglio, Rob Riggle and Sarah Chalke at the Bocce courts.

See additional photos from the event on the Spaces Magazine website here: http://spaceskc.com/photos/big-slick-celebrity-bowling/

LightEdge is looking forward to participating in several other community related activities this summer in both Des Moines and Kansas City including the following:

See a full listing of LightEdge Solutions’ community involvement here.

LightEdge’s New Digs

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We are excited to announce that we moved our Des Moines office down two floors from our previous location still within the Davis Brown Tower. Due to our rapid expansion, our old space was quickly outgrown. Now that we span the full 10th floor of our downtown building, we have been able centralize our entire Des Moines area staff that were once dispersed throughout the metro and West Des Moines. We are confident that this will continue to result in even better collaboration amongst our teams and consistently improve our product and service offerings for customers.

Need to send us some snail mail or get our new address dropped into your remittance system? You can now find us at:

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To view LightEdge’s full contact information for all our Midwestern locations, please visit: http://www.lightedge.com/contact-lightedge

Anxious to check out our new pad? Enjoy this glimpse into our new workspace!

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2014 LightEdge Annual Golf Outing Recap

Big thanks to everyone who took part in our Annual LightEdge Golf Outing at Echo Valley Country Club this year. We had a wonderful turnout and beautiful weather for the morning seminars and afternoon on the greens.

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Joe Onisick

Joe Onisick

Joe Onisick, renowned presenter and Technical Marketing Engineer at Cisco, kicked the day off right with an engaging technical session on Cisco ACI: The Next Generation Model for Your Data Center and Cloud Applications. His overwhelming amount of experience in the IT industry shed valuable insight on this holistic architecture that allows for automatic provisioning, reduced cost & errors and accelerated deployment of business solutions to keep your company ahead of the evolution to see instantaneous results.

The Executive lunch seminar was led by David McNicholas, Director US-Strategic Business Development at Westcon Group/Comstor. His session, Is Your Career in Darwin’s Waiting Room?, was an engaging continuation of last year’s discussion on driving business efficiency through Managed Services. In the second half of this two part series, David dove into the ways to identify your IT relevancy and goals in order to maximize on IaaS for driving direct business results. For more information on implementing a business outcome analysis at your company, please email us at info-dm@lightedge.com to get started.

David McNicholas

David McNicholas

Please visit our Facebook page to see the full day’s photos, including some pictures you don’t want to miss of foursomes striking their best Sin City poses at our Las Vegas hole-in-one competition.

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ISO 20000 UPDATE!

We are excited to announce that LightEdge has successfully passed our ISO 20000 Stage 1 audit, which entails a full documentation review. This stage ensures we have all the required policies and processes in place to meet the ISO 20000 standard. Our next step is to enter into Stage 2 of the audit at the end of July. This phase will encompass a total deep dive by conducting random employee interviews to ensure we are adhering to the processes throughout every realm of our organization.

The ISO 20000 certification is the first international standard for IT service management, and obtaining the certification is asignificant competitive differentiator in the IT services industry. The standard prescribes a comprehensive plan to develop, adopt, and operate a Service Management System by achieving evidence-based benchmarks to continuously improve the delivery of IT services. ISO 20000 aligns with the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) standards and is an effective way for LightEdge to demonstrate that they follow the plan, do, check and act methodically.

EMC World 2014 Recap

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Unable to make it to EMC World in Las Vegas this year? One of our Solutions Architects, Roger Mellman, was there and brought back a few key developments and takeaways we’d like to share with you.

  • EMC announced that storage is a software-defined service, which means that enterprise data center storage is being redefined by software that sits on commodity hardware. EMC’s mission is to offer customers the ability to manage information and information assets through their product ViPR.
  • ViPR is a contiguous, enterprise persistent data fabric which sits above the physical storage solutions and allows customers a “seamless” migration to a hybrid cloud model.
  • Focus on the 3rd platform or Platform as a Service. EMC solutions specifically targeting 1st and 2nd platform is a closed approach, gearing up to provide options to accommodate the application layer for future IT.
  • Data Protection and Disaster Recovery through backups and replication appeared as a stepping stone for cloud services.
  • Flash, Flash, Flash…faster is better, there were numerous sessions on speeding up data access.
  • EMC and VMware labs this year were absolutely amazing and continue to improve over the last 3 years. Instructor-led labs offered people who were hesitant to participate in prior labs the chance to get involved.
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