NASA isn't only about rockets; it can help companies "visualize" their businesses in new ways

June 13, 2016

When folks think of NASA, they think rockets and the moon. For the most part, you’re right. NASA Glenn specializes in many of those fields of engineering. But this year’s winners of the 2016 Tech Team of the Year award specialize in helping you visualize things in a way you’d never thought could help your business grow. We had the chance to learn more about how this team operates and took a 3-D test ride in a lab that can help organizations like General Motors and Ford make vehicles last longer and run better.

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2016 BoT Award Winner for Best Startup, Essex Digital Platform, won’t be small for long

May 23, 2016

Essex Digital Platform was stunned when they heard their named called this year at the Best of Tech Awards. But after spending some time with Tom and the team, we can’t understand why. They are poised to continue to grow as evidenced by them already adding new space in their current building and as you continue to listen, they really have the right mindset around culture.

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thunder::tech is not only a great place to work, but it’s continuing to grow

May 13, 2016

2016 Best Website of the Year Award winner GPI Design uses light as art...and they have a great website.

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What Every Small Business Owner Should Know Before Visiting Their Lender

May 9, 2016

COSE recently sat down with the Small Business Administration’s Ray Graves and Compass Consulting’s Tameka Taylor to talk financing. More specifically, we wanted to know what sort of things entrepreneurs should keep in mind when it’s time to approach their lender for financing.

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SBA's Raymond Graves and Compass Consulting Service's Tameka Taylor

May 3, 2016

To help mark the Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week, we recently invited the SBA’s Raymond Graves and our own COSE Expert Network member Tameka Taylor, president of Compass Consulting Services, in to discuss the state of small businesses today, the issues they’re facing, and the best way to overcome those challenges.

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Hyland is helping the medical industry grow with OnBase Software

January 4, 2016

In our newest podcast, Susan deCathelineau, VP of Global Healthcare, shared some background on how OnBase has impacted the medical industry - you might just want to work for Hyland after listening!

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e2b teknologies: Tech turns A/R to cash faster

December 15, 2015

We spent some time recently with the folks at e2b teknologies talking about improving A/R cycle times. They’ve got a great product, Anytime Collect, that we’ve recognized as a finalist in the Best of Tech Awards. But as important as the quality of this product, they’ve developed a deep understanding of best practices in receivables management.

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The BlueBridge Difference isn’t just about how they treat their customers

December 15, 2015

In our most recent installment of the Talent Services Podcast, we chatted with Nicole Ponstingle, Director of Client Services and Marketing, to find out a little bit more about what really is the BlueBridge Difference really is.

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Can The CLE Really Be A Tech Career Destination?

November 12, 2015

Our region really has a lot going for it: great cost of living, beautiful surroundings, amazing museums, (mostly) professional sports teams and more. And in the tech world here, we’ve got a really vibrant entrepreneurial community, from start-ups to mature coupled with a significant number of large, enterprise IT shops. So why do we struggle to get people here? And how can we compete with other markets (that we KNOW we’re better than!)?

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Tech Marketing Success - How Smart Companies Do It

October 29, 2015

Marketing in a small company is a challenge: limited budgets, small staffs, competing for resources and more. Add a technical angle to it, for software and other tech companies, and the challenge is magnified. The annual Small Business Convention brings together nearly 1000 small businesses to hear prominent national keynotes with inspiring messages for growth, success and perseverance. Coupled with the keynotes are dozens of practical workshops covering everything from legal issues to human resources, to marketing to finance and more. The conference inspires small business owners to greatness and also offers the tools for day-to-day success.

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E2b teknologies leads the way in cloud ERP

October 19, 2015

ERP systems have been around for a long time, but cloud technologies are still fairly young. But now the two are coming together, and our member e2b teknologies is leading the way in helping companies adapt and deploy this approach.

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Talent Podcast featuring Insivia

September 24, 2015

Today’s talent podcast features one of our members, Insivia. Founded in 2002, Insivia provides smart, aesthetic marketing solutions that get results for a wide variety of organizations. They are a team of extremely dedicated, skilled people who love their clients and producing the best work each and every time.

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2015 CIO Symposium Podcasts

September 24, 2015

On September 10, nearly 200 IT executives from around northeast Ohio joined us for the 16th annual OHTec CIO Symposium to learn about innovation, tech disruption, bi-modal IT and more. As always, we captured the presentations to share back out with our members and others; below are links to podcasts of the afternoon Tech Talks as well as the breakout sessions.

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Hyland is doing more than developing products, they are shaping young minds

September 23, 2015

Hyland, creator of OnBase, not only has developed a great brand and product out of their Westlake HQ, but they are starting to create some great programs for high school and middle school students in Northeast Ohio. We were given the chance to hang out with Caitlin Nowlin, the Technical Outreach Program Manager, and learn a little more about what her role is and how she helps drive some of these important initiatives. These programs will help develop the next generation of IT students and get them interested in a career in IT.

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CIO Symposium Podcasts

September 19, 2015

Approximately 200 technology executives from across Northeast Ohio attended the 17th Annual CIO Symposium presented by OHTec and the Greater Cleveland Partnership last week. The full-day event, the longest-running gathering of CIOs in Northeast Ohio, featured a number of deep-dive “Tech Talks” from leading technology experts.

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Federal labor, energy, entrepreneurial, tech, and fiscal policy matters require small business owners’ attention

September 2, 2015

Members of Congress have been busy spending time in their districts connecting with their constituencies on the issues that are important to them. Legislators will reconvene back in Washington in the second week of September and, when they do, they’ll certainly need to roll up their sleeves, work efficiently and across party lines (where possible) if they hope to address several urgent issues that are top of mind for small business.

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Hyland’s focus on culture has become a part of its identity

July 23, 2015

We had the opportunity to sit down with Kathleen Vegh to discuss some of the great things that are going on at Hyland, creator of OnBase, specifically their culture. You can tell even when you are in the building that there’s a buzz and that people are happy to be where they are.

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Begging for Biz is NOT how to Grow Share of Wallet

July 22, 2015

Cross-selling, up-selling, probing for needs and more were a few of the pointers Dave Harman from Sandler Sales Training shared with OHTec members last week. And some pretty insightful ideas from Amazon that small tech companies can “borrow” were shared, too.

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Event38 Flies Into the Most Promising Startup

July 1, 2015

The Most Promising Startup is annually one of the most interesting, yet also most challenging, categories in the Best of Tech Awards. The nominees are doing cool work, they’re getting traction and they often have great advisers and outside capital; which can make it hard to separate the companies to finalists and then from finalists to winners.

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Software Answers: Best Software Product 2015

June 22, 2015

When your company owns a huge market share, it might be tempted to minimize innovation and development expenses to maximize return on that market share. Of course, doing so leaves your company wide open to a disruptor. So the folks at Software Answers took the smart path, continuing to invest and innovate, and continuing to grow market share and share of wallet. This earned the company a Best Software Product (Small Company) Award at the 2015 OHTec Best of Tech Awards. Get the inside story from founder/CEO Paul Chaffee in our podcast interview.

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BCG Systems: Best IT Services Company

June 12, 2015

Unique services, growth and multi-state operations were key elements in the winning combination for BCG Systems at the 2015 OHTec Best of Tech Awards on April 16. We sat down with Mark Goodson, president, recently to learn more about the company, their services and aspirations.

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1EDISource – 2015 Tech Company of the Year

June 3, 2015

EDI software is isn’t always thought of as cutting edge, or vibrant, or innovative. But it’s just those three traits, and others, that led 1EDISource to the winner’s podium at the 2015 OHTec Best of Tech Awards on April 16. Learn more about the company, their successes and what they’re doing that truly sets them apart from other awesome tech companies in the CLE; check out our recent podcast with company president, Dave Lowman.

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Growth and Innovation Lead to Vertex Computer Systems Win

June 2, 2015

Return on Data is a phrase recently coined by the team at Vertex; it defines one of the key ways their clients benefit from the company’s services. Vertex focuses on Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies, bringing unique perspectives and solutions from the company’s solution scientists. Resulting from their innovative approach and high-value engagements: double digit growth year over year, expansion to numerous cities in the US and growth to almost 300 associates.

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Hyland Software Wins Best Software Product

June 2, 2015

Launched in 1991, Hyland has grown steadily for more than 20 years and now employs more than 1,400 associates with customers in dozens of countries. The core of their success: OnBase, their flagship product. We’re proud to recognize OnBase at the 2015 Best of Tech Awards with the Best Software Product – Large Company Award. Learn more about Hyland and OnBase in our podcast interview with Glenn Gibson, Product Marketing Manager.

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thunder::tech is not only a great place to work, but it’s continuing to grow

June 1, 2015

thunder::tech has grown at a steady pace over the past 15 years, becoming a great example of how IT can succeed in Cleveland. The company works with many great organizations and has helped create successful integrated branding and marketing campaigns. We had the chance to speak with Marc and Jason and learn how thunder::tech's culture has contributed to the success of the company.

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OEConnection Shares the Inside Story of Winning Tech Company of the Year

May 21, 2015

At last month’s Best of Tech Awards, we were proud to recognize OEConnection. CEO Chuck Rotuno spent some time with us recently to share a bit more on the company’s innovations, company culture, and community engagement.

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DecisionDesk: Stress, Innovation, Perseverance Lead to Tech Team of the Year Award

May 21, 2015

We all know that landing a huge client and making a big tech and operations pivot are game-changers for a company. The team at DecisionDesk pulled those items off and more, which lead them to winning the Tech Team of the Year Award at OHTec’s Best of Tech Awards in April.

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Podcast with FormFire

May 15, 2015

We chatted with Mike Epp from FormFire. FormFire's office has a huge statue of a Halo character (from the Xbox video game) in the front lobby, and Lebron James’ office used to be right next door! They definitely had a front row seat to "The Decision" (... but we don’t need to go there, right?)

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Podcast with Onix

May 5, 2015

We hung out with Tim Needles of Onix Networking and discussed topics like why IT in Cleveland is awesome, what’s going on right now at Onix and why it’s a pretty cool place to work.

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Podcast with Adatasol

May 1, 2015

We chatted with Dan Weiss, president at Adatasol, to discuss what’s going on in his world as well as what the company has done since graduating from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program.

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Podcast with the Software Craftsmanship Guild President

April 6, 2015

As a part of our ongoing support in the talent area, we are pleased to bring you our first Podcast with the Software Craftsmanship Guild’s President, Anthony Hughes. Anthony stopped into the COSE offices to discuss a number of topics such as: What the Guild is all about, how to get involved with the Guild and what they are doing to help get quality developers out into NE Ohio.

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