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MiTechNews PodCast- Dec 7, 2016 – Rick Beckers on Automation Alley, Partnering, and the Top 50 Companies to Watch in Michigan nomination.

MiTechNews PodCast- Dec 7, 2016 – Rick Beckers on Automation Alley, Partnering, and the Top 50 Companies to Watch in Michigan nomination.

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CloudTech1 Partners With Automation Alley To Provide Live Streaming Event Videos – MITechNews

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ROYAL OAK – CloudTech1 has partnered with Automation Alley to stream live events held at the Midwest’s largest technology networking association. What’s more, CloudTech1 will be taking this technology on the road giving member companies the ability to share their live events with the world.

CloudTech1 also offers its University to explain to businesses what the cloud means, how to use it effectively and how to make money using it. Each month, CloudTech1 hosts lunch and learn events to educate business decision makers as well as technology professionals. CloudTech1 just hosted a major lunch and learn on Nov. 17 at Automation Alley focused on how manufactures can effectively use the cloud. Another University event could  be offered in Ann Arbor.

Listen as CloudTech1 CEO Rick Beckers talks about CloudTech1 and the new services his company offers Automation Alley members, click on

Fill out the form below to connect with CloudTech1 and learn more about our Microsoft Promotion!


Transform your manufacturing business with cloud technology.

Transform your manufacturing business with cloud technology.

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Did you know that you can make your manufacturing business smarter, faster and more secure with cloud technology? You can, but these are not the only benefits you’ll experience. Some other benefits include:

  • One low-cost flat monthly fee, which will help you save more

  • Automatic software updates so you won’t have to waste the time and money upgrading

  • A Disaster Recovery Plan as well as solutions to help you be prepared for anything that goes wrong

  • The flexibility to work at the office or on-the-go since cloud-based solutions are housed online

These are just some of the many advantages of switching to the cloud. If you’re interested in these benefits or would simply like to know more, CloudTech1 University is hosting an event November 17 titled, Game-Changing Cloud Technology in the Manufacturing Industry.

At the event, we will dive into several topics, including cloud technology, network security, the Internet of Things and other cloud-based solutions. We’ll also show you how to utilize these cloud-based solutions to solve any of your manufacturing challenges.

Here are the details of the event:

Date and Time

Thursday, November 17, 2016

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST


Automation Alley

2675 Bellingham Drive

Troy, MI 48083

You can register for the event here. We hope to see you there! If you have any questions about the event, contact us at 248-606-8377.

The Top 10 reasons to call CloudTech1: The IT problem solvers

The Top 10 reasons to call CloudTech1: The IT problem solvers

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48877512_SThe buzz Rick Beckers and his team at CloudTech1 have generated is undeniable. We continue to grow with quality clients/partners as well as help solve frustrating problems and educate those thirsty for cloud knowledge! Maybe it’s bad to toot your own horn, but we know honesty is the best policy and an amazing partnership can happen with a simple conversation.

Who is CloudTech1?
CloudTech1 is a Managed Services Provider. For a flat fee, we can become your full IT department or manage a service like disaster recovery or data backup.

CloudTech1 is a Cloud Services Provider. The cloud offers so many opportunities and options that it is difficult to know where to start or how to implement. Cloudtech1 is partnered with all the cloud service vendors to make sure you have the ideal cloud service and security.

CloudTech1 is a Master Cloud Agency. Independent consultants join Cloudtech1 to learn how to sell and implement the cloud to their clients/partners.

Top 10 reasons to call CloudTech1

10. The Technician and Architecture Talent. Our techs may only speak in 1s and 0s, but they are brilliant and immensely talented. The cloud and infrastructure architects have a perfect complement of business and tech savviness that can make any IT network efficient.

9. Experience. Rick Beckers, President and CEO of CloudTech1 has configured IT networks since the typewriter went into the trash. He shares his 35-plus years of experience with the team regularly.

8. Education. CloudTech1 University strives to educate business decision makers and technology consultants on the cloud. Even if you don’t utilize CloudTech1 … the cloud is an extremely helpful tool when used properly.

7. CloudCare1. This is CloudTech1’s MSP security and monitoring blanket. Based on the devices managed, for a flat fee we can manage, monitor, and update all the nodes on your network.

6. Cloud Convenience. When becoming an MSP client/partner, the capabilities of implementing the cloud become a breeze. No pun intended. CloudTech1 can implement a cloud migration with the click of a few buttons while under the CloudCare1 umbrella.

5. Protect Against Internal Threats. Based on the SLA and privileges, a company can protect themselves against internal attacks from disgruntled employees. They can also protect themselves from regularly disgruntled employees that accidentally bring in a virus.

4. Protect Against External Threats. Ransomware is becoming infamous and on the rise. CloudTech1 has received calls from non-client/non-partners who are struggling with the breach. It is a frustrating violation that can be prevented by CloudCare1.

3. A Charming Marketing Department. We love engaging with clients/partners at our events. Check out our next event here (or below.)

3.1. October’s event is MSP: Smarter, Faster, More Secure. You can see what it is like to work with CloudTech1. We have a great core of professionals, too.

2. Southeast Michigan Pride. Sure, CloudTech1 has clients/partners throughout the country. Our bubble continues to expand. Southeast Michigan has the foundation for the Industrial Internet of Things to build right in our own backyard. CloudTech1 will be at the forefront of the Cloud Computing relationship with Industry 4.0.

1. Accolades. Recently voted top 100 Cloud Service Providers by Talkin’ Cloud and Penton Technology and a top 20 Disaster Recovery provider by CIO Review. The pride CloudTech1 has in their IT solutions is getting noticed.

CEO Rick Beckers is always happy to speak with talented technicians, professionals with an IT problem, and consultants that want to offer the cloud to their clients.
Call 855-6CLOUD1. Let’s start a conversation.

Or visit us October 19 at 905 E. South Blvd, Rochester Hills, MI. Our event will show you how we evaluate and onboard new clients/partners as well as network management once the wheels get turning.

Switch to the cloud: Make your IT smarter, faster and more secure

Switch to the cloud: Make your IT smarter, faster and more secure

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37298498 - cloud computing concept, global computer networkWant to make your IT services smarter, faster and more secure? Cloud technology is the solution your business needs. In fact, the cloud computing market grew by approximately 13.7 percent in 2015, according to Statista. There are undoubtedly countless benefits to cloud computing, but here are some of the most notable:

Flexibility: With cloud computing, you can work on projects in the office and then continue them later at home. No more need to worry about storing or saving individual documents. Everything is accessible online and you can continue where you left off.

Automatic software updates: Tired of spending hours updating your IT systems to the latest software? With cloud computing, your software updates are performed automatically, which will help give you more time to devote to your business.

Disaster recovery: Are you prepared for a potential security breach or natural disaster? The cloud saves all of your files and business programs online so you will be able to access them anywhere even if something goes wrong. Plus, the CloudTech1 team can help create a disaster recovery plan for your business so you’re always prepared.

Save with a flat fee: Spending too much to update to the latest version of Windows or some other application? You can save more when you switch to cloud technology because you will only have to pay an affordable flat fee every month instead of expensive yearly upgrades.

How do these benefits sound? If you’re interested in learning more about cloud technology and how it can help your business, we would like to invite you to attend our next event: Game-Changing Cloud Technology featuring MSP: Smarter, Faster and More Secure. Here are the details:

Date and Time
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Spalding DeDecker Office Building
905 South Blvd East –
Rochester Hills, MI 48307

You can register for the event here. We hope to see you there!

Five terms to know if you’re new to tech

Five terms to know if you’re new to tech

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Are you new to technology and sometimes have a hard time following what people are talking about? Or do you need to elevate your internet security or implement new IT services and there are so many tech words associated with these activities that you don’t understand?

These kinds of questions are common and illustrate the common struggles many companies we work with face on a daily basis. Tech terminology can be tough to understand, which is why we’ve identified five of the most common terms below. Whether you’re new to tech or just need to brush up on some of the latest words in the industry, we got you covered.

Here are five commonly used, but often misunderstood tech terms:

Cloud: Since we are a cloud technology solutions company, of course, this is going to be the first term we include. The “cloud” is defined as a data center stocked with servers that are connected to the Internet.

Cloud computing: This term is highly popular among technology companies today and for a good reason. “Cloud computing” is essentially a delivery of hosted services over the internet. Cloud computing allows businesses to store files, documents and other important information online rather than relying on a company infrastructure to store all of that data.

Backup: Have you ever lost an important file due to a computer issue? Not a fun experience, right? A backup describes the process of retrieving data from any internet-connected device should your organization experience a business interruption, catastrophic failure or even the inability to access your place of business.

IP address: This term is short for “Internet Protocol address.” In other words, an IP address is a number assigned to a device that uses the Internet Protocol for communication. It is highly important to keep your IP addresses protected to help prevent hacking from cyber criminals.

Disaster Recovery Plan: This is a plan that helps an organization prepare for computer-related disasters like a website going down, a security breach, a fire, hard drive failure and so on. Disaster recovery plans consist of an implementation plan for recovering your website and IT services in the event that something goes wrong. Statistics show that on average, more than 40 percent of businesses that do not have a Disaster Recovery Plan go out of business, so it’s crucially important for every organization have one.

Of course, there are so many confusing technology terms that it’s nearly impossible to list and define them all. That’s why CloudTech1 is here to help your business understand how to leverage technology to elevate your security, store your data on the cloud, work with your employees to create a Disaster Recovery Plan and so much more. Learn more about all our solutions here.

Do you have any questions about any technology terms? If so, leave a comment below.

CloudTech1 Cracks the Top 100 for Cloud Service Providers in the World

CloudTech1 Cracks the Top 100 for Cloud Service Providers in the World

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ROCHESTER HILLS – CloudTech1 CEO Rick Beckers and his team have been named by Penton Technology and Talkin’ Cloud as a top 100 Progressive Cloud Service Provider in the World.

Managed service provider CloudTech1 joins data center Liquid Web as the only two Michigan companies to be named to the list. The two companies have worked together previously. The notoriety of the Talkin’ Cloud article has brought a closer connection with Liquid Web and we are honored and excited to grow with them.


“I’m deeply honored by the recognition placed upon CloudTech1 by Talkin’ Cloud for the hard work that our talented team has put forth,” Beckers said. “It has always been our intent to shine a bright light on southeast Michigan as a hub of advanced technological solutions. We feel strongly that cloud solutions and the benefits that they provide to progressive businesses play an important role in our local and national economy. CloudTech1 will continue to be a leader and a source for knowledge to both business decision makers and technology professionals alike. If you are of a like mind…please reach out to us. It all starts with a conversation.”

Southeast Michigan has an opportunity to be the premier region for the emergence of Industry 4.0. With the solid base and continued growth of manufacturing companies, immensely talented engineers and companies like CloudTech1 and Liquid Web emerging, the Industrial Internet of Things appears to be burrowing its potential right in our backyard.

Check out the list and webinar here.

CloudTech1 will be hosting three events this fall. Those include:

September 21: Game Changing Cloud Technology: Network Security.

October 19: Game Changing Cloud Technology: MSP – Smarter, Faster, More Secure.

November 16: Game Changing Cloud Technology in the Manufacturing Industry.

CloudTech1 to host IT network security event

CloudTech1 to host IT network security event

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44310903_SIs your IT network secure? If not, a security breach could potentially put your most sensitive information at risk. Here are just some of the most shocking statistics that demonstrate the importance of having a strong cybersecurity infrastructure:

  • About 99 percent of computers are vulnerable to exploit kits.
  • 1 in 10 social media users say they’ve been hacked. More than 600,000 Facebook accounts are comprised everyday.
  • Hacking is often an inside job. About 59% of employees steal proprietary corporate data when they quit or are fired.

If you are concerned about your company’s IT security or simply want to learn more on how to improve it, CloudTech1 is hosting an event this month on this topic. The goal of the event will be to help businesses stay ahead of the threats on their IT network. Here are the full details for the event:

Event Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (EDT)

Event Location: Spalding DeDecker Office Building – 905 South Blvd., Rochester Hills, MI 48307

Interested in learning more about the event? You can get all of the information and even register here.

We hope you can join us for the event! Please feel free to leave a comment below or contact us at (855) 6-CLOUD-1 with any questions.

Are you prepared for a data breach?

Are you prepared for a data breach?

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19196909 - hacker typing on a laptop with binary code in backgroundIt seems just about everyday a new business gets hacked. And while thieves tend to go where it’s easiest to steal, even those that have robust security solutions in place end up experiencing a data breach.

Companies such as T-Mobile, Target, Home Depot, Sony, P.F. Chang’s and even the Democratic National Committee have all been hacked. News like this may make it seem that it’s nearly impossible to avoid every security breach, which is why you need to be prepared in case it happens to you.

The best way you can prepare your business is through a Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity plan. This plan will help you stop information from getting stolen, prevent further damage and restore operations as quickly as possible. If you don’t have a disaster recovery plan, you will end up losing a lot of money and may even lose your entire business in the process. In fact, research shows 40 percent of companies that do not have a disaster recovery plan end up going out of business within a year or less of a data breach.

Exactly how the plan will look like is different for every company. At CloudTech1, we will work with you to put a comprehensive plan in place for your entire organization. It will include key components crucial to your recovery and establish a step-by-step formal process to restore business continuity.

The Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Plan will clearly outline the process for you and your staff. You will do things like contacting your local authorities and insurance carriers, re-establishing phone service, restoring data, sourcing equipment, and anything else needed to restore your organization’s operational capability.

The process of creating such a plan may seem daunting and with so many steps to incorporate, you don’t want to risk missing anything that would be important for your business to include. We can help you get started and work with you to create a plan that will meet the needs of your organization when a disaster hits.

Interested in learning more? Visit our Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity page for more information.

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