Speaker Information TechX 2021

Breakout Session – Arctic Wolf

Gold Sponsor
St. Andrew Room
10:00am – 10;25am

Presenter:  Brad Hanly

Arctic Wolf – Systems Engineer Account Executive

Bio:  Brad Hanley is a Presales Systems Engineer at Arctic Wolf with over 10 years in InfoSec.  At Arctic Wolf, he helps organizations keep their information out of the hands of criminals and nation-states.  He does this by teaching others about the proper application of  Information Security and Cybersecurity fundamentals.  Currently, he is focused on educating our customers about the Defense-In-Depth approach and the value of knowing the unknown.  Brad is a loving dog parent and a jet setter.  

Presentation: 2021 Cybersecurity Trends:  Cyber Insurance, End User Training, & Compliance Drivers

Join Brad Hanly of Arctic Wolf Networks as we discuss today’s cybersecurity threat landscape & the key drivers of heightened security today, along with learning more about Arctic Wolf’s approach to end user training.  We will share how Arctic Wolf + Entre are working together to address cyber insurance & compliance needs.


Breakout Session – Microsoft Teams

Platinum Sponsor
Teams Room
10:00am – 10:25am

Presenter:  Abby Hanson

Ingram Micro Cloud – Microsoft Teams and Secure Collaboration Senior Solution Sales Executive

Bio: Abby Hanson is the Microsoft Teams and Collaboration Sr. Solution Sales Executive at Ingram Micro.  She has over 18 years of Microsoft experience, recently working for Microsoft where she ran the strategy for Modern Workplace for North and South America.  When she is not traveling the US visiting partners and customers she loves to hang out with her 3 children, travel for fun and has a side business as a photographer.  If you would like to connect on LinkedIn you can find her here

Presentation:  Microsoft Teams – Teams Overview and Exciting New Features 

When you have a place to create and make decisions as a team, there’s no limit to what you can achieve. Teams brings everything together in a shared workspace where you can chat, meet, share files, and work with business apps.

Breakout Session – Veeam

Gold Sponsor
Hybrid Room
10:00am – 10:25am

Presenter – Randy Lee

Veeam – System Engineer

Bio: Randy  is a Systems Engineer for Veeam Software.   Randy has led a variety of technology initiatives that have modernized legacy data centers and significantly reduced operating budgets while assuring non-disrupted operations. Randy spent over seven years as a Senior Solutions Architect at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Randy has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/MIS with a minor in Computer Science.  Randy resides with his family in the Milwaukee-Chicago region.   Randy likes the outdoors and is active with the Boy Scouts and the US Navy Sea Cadets.

Presentation: Veeam, Ransomware, and the NIST Cybersecurity Framework

Learn how To manage data risks, identify events, orchestrate actions, and restore services quickly

Breakout Session – N-able

Platinum Sponsor
St. Andrew Room
10:30am – 10:55am

Presenter:  Marc-Anre Tanguay

N-able – Head Automation Nerd

BIO:  Marc-Andre Tanguay possesses expansive experience related to the MSP space. Having worked as an internal IT support engineer for multiple MSPs, Marc has a real understanding of what N-able customers truly go through on a day-to-day basis. In addition to this, Marc has worked as an automation developer for four years and has written over 200 automation objects for N-able, making him the perfect fit to elevate the N-able automation community and take automation in our platforms to the highest level. His experience working one-on-one with hundreds of MSPs with N-able—helping them create, optimize, and employ strong automation processes—has made him a leader in the IT automation industry.

Free time: ride my motorcycle, cardio and strength training at CrossFit gym, bicycle riding, video games

Presentation: Keep Your Business Safe from the Latest Threat

You want to keep your business, employees, and all your devices safe from cyberattacks. And we all know that mobile devices are often the weakest link of IT security, as workers use less caution on-the-go than they do in the office. Learn why Managed Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) is the best choice now for your IT security and business continuity


Breakout Session – Hewlett Packard, Inc.

Platinum Sponsor
Hybrid Room
10:30am – 10:55am

Presenter:  Al Bezirgan

Hewlett Packard Inc. – Partner Business Manager-PPS

Bio: Al has worked in the IT industry for over 25 years, 10 plus years at HP. I have spent most of my career on the client side of HP products.  February 2020 I moved to the team covering Entré Computer Solutions and other partners in the Chicago area. In my spare time I serve on the AYSO board (American youth soccer organization) and have coached youth soccer for the past 10 years.

Presentation: Plan for the Future

Al will go over the HP Inc. 2021-2022 Product Road map for all HP Desktop, Notebook, and Workstations products.

Now more then ever having a good idea of our current road map can help you in making your buying decision.  We have never seen product demand like we have now in a number of years and this demand is still out pacing supply, so with that in mind having a good clear road map can be vital.

Breakout Session – HPE

Platinum Sponsor
Teams Room
10:30am – 10:55am

Presenter:  Marc Kravitz

Hewlett Packard Enterprise – Hyperconverged Category Manager

Bio:  Marc Kravitz has been with HPE since 2011 and is based in the Washington, DC metro area.  As the Hyperconverged Category Manager for the last six years he leads strategy and go to market execution for HPE’s HCI business in North America.  Since joining HPE he has held various positions, initially focused on managing sales for client virtualization in the east region.  In addition, he has worked in HPE’s global business unit developing sales strategies around its Converged Systems line.   His industry expertise is concentrated on solution selling, business development and channel strategy, specifically for software-defined and integrated solutions.

Presentation:  Meet HCI 2.0:  The simplicity of HCI with the flexibility of Converged Infrastructure

Traditional HCI has provided real value to organizations by simplifying all aspects of the virtual infrastructure.  But it has been challenged to address all needs for business-critical workloads, specifically around performance and flexibility.

HPE Nimble Storage dHCI brings together the best of both HCI and converged infrastructures allowing for truly independent scalability of compute and storage while providing optimal performance and TCO for unpredictable workloads.  In this session, we’ll learn how HPE’s HCI 2.0 strategy provides the ability to deploy HCI without compromises for the most demanding business-critical and mixed workloads.

Breakout Session – Avaya

Gold Sponsor
St. Andrews Room
11:00am – 11:25am

Presenter:  Kristina Hawthorne

Entré – Senior Avaya Telecommunications Engineer

Bio:  Kristina has worked as an Avaya Field Engineer for over 21 years.  She has reached over 2000 customers and has worked on as many Avaya systems from Partner, Legend, Magix and IP Office on premise PBX systems as well as implementing around 700 seats of Avaya Cloud Office to date.  She has exclusively worked with the SMB sector of Avaya and is ACIS, APSS and ACSS certified for Sales, Implementation and Maintenance of the Avaya SMB product line.   In her spare time she likes spending time with children, grandchildren and whenever possible baking.

Presentation:  Avaya the Right Collaboration Solution for Your Business

Discover the differences between Avaya on premise and hosted platforms and how to determine what best fits your environment.  How does an Entré/Avaya/Ring Central partnership  benefit your company?  Join Kristina as she gives you a top level overview of the Avaya Cloud Office applications and features.

Breakout Session – Cisco

Gold Sponsor
Teams Room
11:00am – 11:25am

Presenter:  Kevin Switzer

Ingram Micro – Cisco Technolgy Consultant

Bio:  Kevin as a Technology Consultant specializes in helping partners, like Entré, navigate Cisco technologies, road mapping new specializations and architectures, as well as designing and demonstrating Cisco technologiees.  For fun Kevin likes to play golf, Euchre, and run 5k

Presentation:  Cisco Firepower Next-Generation Overview (NGFW)

Breakout Session – VMware

Gold Sponsor
Hybrid Room
11:00am – 11:25am

Presenter:  Blake Maras

Ingram Micro – VMware Technical Consultant

Bio: Blake is a VMWARE Technical Consultant who specializes in transformational Data Center Technologies.  With 10 years’ experience in the industry Blake specializes in a variety of technologies throughout the Software Defined Datacenter. Technologies include Hybrid Cloud, Network Virtualization, Mobile Workspaces and Hyper Converged Infrastructure.  Blake is VMWARE VCP Certified in both Server Virtualization and Network Virtualization.  Hobbies include: Spending time with Family, Cruising, Fishing, and Auto Restoration.

Presentation:  What’s New with VMWARE?

In this presentation we will discuss VMWARE’s vision and solutions for a secure Multi Cloud World.  Additionally, concepts such as Application Modernization, Digital Workspaces, and Security as well as tools that are available from VMWARE to aid with assessing infrastructure to aid in deployments will be presented.

Breakout Session – Illumination IO

Gold Sponsor
St. Andrews Room
1:00pm to 1:25pm

Presenter:  Joseph Granneman, MBA, CISSP

Illumination IO – Principal ConsultantJoseph Granneman

Bio: Joseph Granneman developed a passion and expertise in information security during his 20+ years of experience as a CIO, CTO and CSO of hospitals and clinics in the Chicago region. He is an active independent author and speaker in the health care information technology and information security fields publishing hundreds of articles for many different magazines and online publications. In 2013, he founded the Cybersecurity company, illumination.io, with the sole mission of “shining the light on cybersecurity.”

Presentation:  10 Years of Pwnage

The last ten years have seen multiple big corporations fall to major attacks and the breach of almost every American’s personal information.  The hacking tools and techniques have improved significantly as government and criminal organizations have invested incredible amounts of money and resources into their development.  The defenses have improved as well over time as companies have learned their lesson from major cyberattacks.

This talk will look back at the tools, techniques and major breaches that have altered the way companies view cyber security in 2021.  Joe will also focus on things that haven’t changed in ten years that could have prevented some of these major breaches.  He will also discuss future attacks and defenses for the next ten years and how companies will need to adapt in order to take advantage of new technology.

Breakout Session – Buffalo

Gold Sponsor
Teams Room
1:00pm – 1:25pm

Presenter – Mark Green

Buffalo – Channel Account Manager

Bio:  Mark has been with Buffalo for over 3 years after spending the past 18 years in the software industry. He is transplanted Californian living in Texas for the past 25 years with his wife and 3 children.  Away from work Mark enjoys playing guitar, attending live music events, and recently became addicted to pickleball.

Presentation:  Why Buffalo?

Why Buffalo is the NAS of choice for Entré Computer Solutions.

  • Reliability – How our manufacturing philosophy contributes to that
  • Security – Closed Operating system, encryption, etc.
  • Support – Fast response to reduce down time

Breakout Session – Extreme Networks (Aerohive)

Gold Sponsor
Hybrid Room
1:00pm – 1:25pm

Presenter – Chad Klubertanz

Extreme Networks (Aerohive) – Sr. Account Executive

Bio:  Chad has been a Sr. Account Manager Team Lead for 15+ years focusing on primarily infrastructure with a passion for team orientated involvement.  his career has been spent solely on technology working for both VAR’s and manufacturer, all of which had a goal set out in mind to educate and provide creative technology solutions for businesses and organizations.

In my spare time I like to enjoy the outdoors fishing, hunting, and golfing along with making memorable experiences with my wife Megan, two daughters Leah and Nora, and not to forget our 13 year old golden retriever Marley.  We spend time at our family cabin in Rhinelander, WI and are highly involved in community, church, and sporting events”.

Presentation:  WiFi 6E Game Changing Technology and Supply Chain Bottlenecks

Important details you need to know around WiFi 6E game changing technology.

Issues around obtaining product in a timely occurrence, where the bottlenecks really reside, and how to work around these challenges in a supply chain pandemic world.