Network & EPIC Security Manager
St. Elizabeth Healthcare
St. Elizabeth Healthcare is the largest and most preferred healthcare provider in the Northern Kentucky region. It consists of 3 major hospital campuses with dozens of remote locations spanning the NKY area. Over the past 20 years, St. Elizabeth has seen tremendous growth most recently seeing a large merger with the former St. Luke hospitals. Healthcare continues to embrace the use of technology, increasing demand on the network, causing our network teams to scramble to develop standards.
SI was instrumental in aiding St. Elizabeth develop a complete robust standard for all network and voice related solutions. Working with St. Elizabeth, the SI team was able to evaluate the problems we were facing and develop a comprehensive standard by which all vendors now comply. It has allowed many different groups including IT, PBX, Facilities, and Plant Engineering to work more closely together eliminating communication breakdowns and reducing costs by eliminating change orders.
We look forward to working with Structured Innovations to further expand upon our standards to include Video Conferencing and conference room design. Their team has aided in St. Elizabeth’s mission to be the most preferred healthcare provider in our region. Most importantly, this effort has gone a long way towards helping the patients and families we serve.
UC Health consists of 4 main hospital campuses and 30+ medical office buildings and counting. As the network engineer who is tasked with maintaining the network infrastructure of those facilities, having a partner like SI is essential. The amount of time their team continues to spend helping us with our network infrastructure and Data Center standards is above and beyond our expectations. I guess I shouldn’t expect anything less considering all the guidance they have given our entire IS&T department over the past 15+ years.
SI also helped us to navigate changes to our standards when the partnership between Legrand and the previous cable manufacturer dissolved. The decision was made to stay with Legrand but utilize their new copper & fiber partner, Superior Essex. By choosing the path of the nCompass solution, we were able to continue our partnership with SI and needless to say they helped make the transition seamless. As we move forward, we’re utilizing the nCompass solution throughout our Data Center, Business Center and across all UC Health Campuses. SI continues to assist us with all of our major (and minor) challenges that arise on a daily basis!
CTS Electrical and Technology Engineer
CMTA is a 170 employee Consulting Engineering firm that is located in Ohio, Kentucky, Texas, Indiana and Washington DC. We work for clients in several verticals, primarily education and healthcare. Both of the aforementioned areas of the built environment have ultra-demanding technology needs that are ever evolving. As consulting engineers, we are expected to be experts on all building systems. Without teammates from the SI crew helping bridge the gap between owner needs/wants and the latest and greatest in technology, this would be much more difficult.
SI continues to impress CMTA with their very quick acting work, and seemingly endless list of resources behind them. Whether it is getting a sample of a product in our hands to touch, feel, show to architects/owners, or keeping us up to speed with very useful and worthwhile training sessions, SI’s efforts are unmatched. With CMTA’s push in the AV/IT realm it will take a partner like SI and their resources to continue to make us better suited to continue to give our clients the absolute best solutions to their very important projects.
Christy Miller RCDD, RTPM, DCDC, ESCE
CEO BCL IT Consulting Treasurer
BCL IT Consulting has been designing and consulting since 1995. We design and specify cabling infrastructure, networks, security systems, AV systems, phone systems and intercom systems. Our staff is also involved in professional associations such as BICSI, TIA, and InfoComm as certified instructors, board members, and volunteers. Our staff sits on standards committees as well. BCL IT Consulting has been working with SI for several years. We meet on a regular basis to speak about industry trends, standards and ways to improve the end user experience.
Working together with SI has helped our firm become stronger specification writers, designers and adds significant value to our clients. In the ever-changing world of technology, it is hard to be an expert in all aspects of the field. SI helps us stay up to date on many areas of technology. Partnering with them has been an invaluable asset to our firm. They do an outstanding job bringing new products and technologies to us when they are released. They go the extra mile by reviewing our specifications for new or revised standards and products. Since we are a consulting firm, we need to be able to stay vendor neutral. SI is aware of this, and they are still willing to partner to help improve the end user experience.
Sr. Manager, Information Systems
I’m a datacenter planning manager with primary responsibilities centering on acquisition and implementation of server class computers for the Convergys IT organization. My scope includes four enterprise data centers, representing over 100K square feet of raised floor, which are geographically dispersed within the US and house 5000 servers. My staff includes 11 server specialists. I consider SI to be an extension of my team. My group’s expertise lies in the servers themselves and what it takes to get those servers ready for use. We are not cabling infrastructure experts. I depend on SI to fill that role and “save me from myself”. Convergys is a 100,000 employee company and the demands are extreme on my team to perform at the highest levels of efficiency and effectiveness while remaining within budget.
I rely on the SI team as a trusted consultant to ensure that I’m prepared for not only the current projects but the ones we’ll be working on three years from now – or beyond. Once my team and I have the confidence in the infrastructure, it frees us up to execute. SI has not disappointed. While the message is not always what I’d like to hear, the benefit of following that guidance will be a robust foundation in the future. I strongly endorse SI as a partner and teammate.
Data Center Facilities Manager
The Cincinnati Insurance Companies
The SI team is great to work with! Although their titles may read “sales representatives” they are much more than that. They are one of my business partners. When managing a data center you need to be a jack of all trades. However, in reality, you end having to dig deep and investigate many different technologies to find the right fit for your needs. That takes valuable time that I usually don't have. I call the SI team and ask them about whatever my next chore is and they are able to bring back several technology options and articulate the pros and cons of each. They will often provide demos and samples so we can see firsthand the technologies in action. This helps us to gather as much data as possible in order to make an informed decision. Those efforts to me are truly the "Value Add" other sales people only talk about.
Chief Information and Security Officer
itelligence has been the recognized leader in SAP solutions for the mid-market for over 20 years. I am responsible for the connectivity, support, and long term IT strategy for our North American offices. Our headquarters and data center in Blue Ash are critical to the success of my team. SI took the time to present multiple options relating to infrastructure standards and explained in great detail the pros and cons of those options. Their knowledge helped lay the foundation of our infrastructure during the construction of our new corporate headquarters and tier 4 data center.
They helped us choose the proper installation vendor and then worked with us to manage that relationship. SI’s dedication to our project helped ensure we had the proper technologies put in place for our infrastructure not just for today, but for our anticipated future growth. Utilizing SI’s experience and deep knowledge of network infrastructure saved itelligence both time and money. As with most long term, high budget projects, there were some issues that came up during our implementation of the infrastructure. SI helped to minimize those issues and ultimately drove the installation of the network to completion on time and according to budget. I would highly recommend leveraging SI as a partner for anyone’s network team.
President / Principal /
Russ has been with SI since it was founded over 15 years ago. In addition to using his many talents to keep things running smoothly at SI, he is the account manager for the northeast Ohio market.
Principal / Account Manager
Jeff focuses on assisting end users with developing a strategy for their network infrastructure, and incorporating A/V and security solutions into that overall strategy. He is also a rabid Bengals fan.
Patrick is focusing heavily on growing the security and AV product lines that SI represents. His goal is simple: Answer the calls and deliver results. Patrick is a graduate of and die hard Michigan State University fan.
Isaiah covers the state of Indiana for SI, and is focused on working with End Users to help get them where they want to be with their technology footprint. Isaiah is also a very passionate Colts, Pacers and Boilermakers Fan. Boiler Up!
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