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Professional Services Firm and Top Microsoft Partner Strengthens Insight’s Software Solutions Capabilities

TEMPE, Ariz., Sep 19, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) —
Insight Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ: NSIT) (“Insight” or “the Company“), a leading global technology provider of hardware, software and service solutions, has announced that its U.S. operating subsidiary will acquire Tempe-based Ensynch, a leading professional services firm with multiple Microsoft Gold competencies and solutions across the complete IT stack. Ensynch’s 2010 services revenue was $16.2 million. The transaction is expected to close within thirty days.

“Ensynch brings a depth of knowledge and expertise that will be a tremendous asset to Insight and elevate our services offerings to the next level,” said Ken Lamneck, president and CEO of Insight. “Through a dedicated focus on client service, the Ensynch team consistently ranks in the top 2 percent of Microsoft partners. Combining Ensynch’s technical skills with Insight’s sales engine will elevate our ability to provide clients with complete software solutions to drive their success. We are excited about adding Ensynch’s industry-leading capabilities in Cloud, Identity Management and Virtualization to our existing offerings.”

“With this acquisition, Insight and Ensynch perfectly complement each other’s relative strengths to form a business that delivers more robust and comprehensive IT solutions to customers,” said Jenni Flinders, vice president, U.S. partner business, Microsoft Corporation. “These two companies, both valued Microsoft partners, represent a best practice within the partner ecosystem: collaboration. Recognizing their respective core competencies, they have joined forces to broaden and deepen service offerings that are most relevant in today’s market. It is rewarding to be part of Insight and Ensynch’s shared success.”

As part of the acquisition, Ensynch president and CEO Gene Holmquist will join Insight as VP, Software Sales, while Ensynch COO Stan Lequin will join Insight as VP, National Professional Services.

“We are very pleased to be adding Ensynch’s leadership team to Insight. Gene and Stan are well-respected IT veterans with proven leadership ability. They have helped build a company that has a complementary vision and culture to Insight’s. Their addition will help provide our clients with the highest level of service and contribute to Insight’s future success,” added Lamneck.

About Insight

Insight Enterprises, Inc. is a leading technology provider of hardware, software and service solutions to business and government clients in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific. Insight is focused on helping organizations move technology goals forward in the areas of Cloud, Virtualization, Data Center, Unified Communication/Collaboration, Network/Security, Data Protection, Mobility/POS and Office Productivity. The company has approximately 5,100 teammates worldwide and generated sales of $4.8 billion for its most recent fiscal year, which ended December 31, 2010. For more information, please call 1.800.INSIGHT (1.800.467.4448) in the United States or visit www.insight.com.

About Ensynch

Ensynch is a leading professional services consulting firm with more than 10 years in providing information technology, business intelligence, project management, and technical recruiting solutions. As a Managed Microsoft Systems Integrator Partner, its goal is to help organizations achieve business agility through strategic planning and operational efficiency. Ensynch employs 65 full-time employees and 70-plus contractors in its Tempe headquarters and regional offices in Southern California and the New York Metro area. In addition to its Microsoft certifications, Ensynch is a Quest Software Platinum CSP Partner, and a Citrix Silver Solution Advisor Partner. Ensynch has also earned many honors over the years, including Microsoft 2011 Partner of the Year, East Region, and 2011 Partner of the Year, NY Metro region.

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FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION

Certain statements in this release are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements, including statements regarding growth in service offerings and services sales, are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, some of which cannot be predicted or quantified. Future events and actual results could differ materially from those set forth in, contemplated by, or underlying the forward-looking statements. Some of the important factors that could cause the Company’s actual results to differ materially from those projected in any forward-looking statements, include, but are not limited to, the “Risk Factors” discussed in Part I, Item 1A of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010.
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New York, NY. (August 4, 2011)—Ensynch, Inc., an award winning, managed Microsoft partner and leading provider of information technology consulting services and solutions, has been recognized by Microsoft as the 2011 Partner of the Year for the East Region and New York Metro Corporate Accounts.  Microsoft recently announced the award winners during a ceremony at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Los Angeles, CA, on July 14th.

Ensynch was honored among the top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology, and the firm was the only Recipient of the foremost East Region honor of East Region Partner of the Year.

“The Field Partner Awards Program gives Microsoft the opportunity to recognize its top regional partners at a global event. This award acknowledges Ensynch for their extraordinary contributions serving small, mid-market and enterprise commercial customers throughout the past fiscal year,” said Jack Braman, Vice President-East Region, Small and Mid-market Solutions and Partners (SMS&P) for Microsoft.

“It is a great time to be a Microsoft partner and we are grateful to be part of the world’s best partner eco-system,” said Gene Holmquist, Ensynch’s President and CEO.  “We want to especially recognize our co-workers who demonstrate tremendous commitment, helping our customers attain compelling business results around next generation solutions areas such as Cloud Computing, Automation and Desktop Virtualization.”

Awards were presented in multiple categories, with winners and finalists chosen from a set of more than 200 organizations across the East.  Ensynch was the only East Region Microsoft Partner to be honored in multiple categories.

Ensynch was recognized for providing outstanding solutions and services, as well as demonstrating excellent engagement.  The East Region Partner of the Year Award recognizes a Microsoft partner who has worked innovatively to produce exceptional results across the business, and the New York Metro Partner of the Year Award Recognizes a ‘stand out’ Area partner who has exhibited outstanding accomplishments during the fiscal year.  Ensynch is a previous multiple-time Microsoft Worldwide Partner Award Winner, including receiving Microsoft’s 2008 Southwest Partner of the Year Award.

About Ensynch

Ensynch, Inc. is a leading professional services consulting firm with more than 10 years in providing information technology, business intelligence, project management, and technical recruiting solutions.  As a Managed Microsoft Systems Integrator Partner with multiple Gold Competencies and Certifications across the complete Information Technology Stack, Ensynch’s passion is in helping organizations achieve business agility through strategic planning and operational efficiency.

Ensynch has earned many honors over the years including multiple Microsoft Worldwide and Regional Partner Awards and consecutive spots on the Inc. 500 list.  The firm was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in Tempe, Arizona, with major regional offices in Southern California and New York Metro.  Ensynch serves growing midmarket and enterprise companies in the United States and select clients across the globe.  Ensynch is a Managed Microsoft Systems Integrator and Gold Certified Partner, a Quest Software Platinum CSP Partner, and a Citrix Silver Solution Advisor Partner. For more information about Ensynch, visit www.ensynch.com or call (866) 367-9624.

Contact:

Paul Erhart, Ensynch

480-894-3595

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It’s April of 2011 and congratulations, you’ve likely recognized that “The Recession” is nearing an end.  You’ve become profitable again…maybe even realized quarter over quarter growth a couple times in a row, and you’re ready to think about hiring.

You better think hard…hiring isn’t the same as it was 2 years ago.  “What’s different?”  I’m glad you asked:

1) The job boards that you used to rely on…useless.

2) Your HR Generalist trying to recruit talent…useless.

3) Your antiquated technologies that use to be cutting edge…useless.

4) The same old salary that you’re paying your current employees…I think you get the idea.

Go ahead, scratch your head…and while you’re scratching that noggin, stop thinking and just accept the fact that growing a business is just like it was back in the good old days when you first got started — A RISK!

As a professional in the IT staffing and IT projects business, I get to witness symptoms of this on a daily basis in numerous forms.  I am going to let you in on a very important secret that I don’t want you to forget until the DJIA drops to 8,000 again: the people that are good at what they do are currently working and need to be headhunted.  The candidates that you want on your team are getting contacted by 5 other people like you on a weekly basis.

So what are you going to do different from them?

Since this conversation is starting to click for you and you’ve already answered this on your own, and screamed out “offer them more money!”, we should probably address a second problem: are there rockstars on your current team that are going to be making less money than the new rockstars that you’re going to be onboarding?  It would obviously be common sense and redundant if I told you that you may want to give them a raise if you want to keep them around much longer, so I won’t go there.

I don’t care if you’re hiring software developers, executives, sales professionals, recruiters, marketing analysts, realtors, or dirt farmers (um…oxymoron…disregard) — here are the facts:

– I’ve had 17 candidates that myself and my recruiting team have been working with, in the last 2 months, receive between 2-4 simultaneous offers in the same week

– In a recent survey that I took within the inner circle of my professional network, I’ve found that most of us are getting called, e-mailed and/or “InMailed” an average of 4.5 times per week by executives, head hunters, or other professionals trying to solicit us for a new position.

I met with a customer recently that has suffered incredible turnover issues in the past year.  Despite the aggressive growth plans that they have for 2011, they’ve been struggling to add to the team fast enough to keep up with their attrition.  I asked them, “do you really think that you’re really going to find the talent that you’re looking for given what you are offering to pay?”  This customer in particular couldn’t fathom that my team and I weren’t able to find the level of talent that they were looking for.  They immediately got defensive and quoted statistics about how they’re paying above the “local average”.

We can all subscribe to Culpepper or Salary.com and preach statistics until there’s no tomorrow — but that won’t help us get what they’re looking for.

I don’t know about you, but “average” is unacceptable to me and I’d rather open my wallet, take a risk, and go after the rainmakers — and so would your competitors!

The New Year is just around the corner and people all over the world are making resolutions, measuring previous performance and benchmarks, and deciding on what changes they want to make and implement in their personal lives.  In the business world, professionals are hopefully doing the same thing.  Although we should be thinking about this on a constant basis, what better a time than the mark of a New Year to stop, take a breath, and ask ourselves, “How can I improve?”

In 2011 I, personally, am going to throw away my Social Media crutches.  The way that we interact with clients and prospects and our methods of lead generation have changed drastically in the last few years.  The way our brains work and process information that help us decide who we want to trust our business with, however, has not.  I have had the opportunity to work with and alongside many sales professionals and sales leaders over the last five years.  During this time, I’ve seen many different types of approaches work or fail, and many sales people come and go.  One of the biggest reasons that I see good sales people fail, however, is because they forget to realize that Social Media is merely an enabler for sales and recruitment, not the “end all, be all.”  They hide behind their computer, their “social network”, and their e-mail waiting for customers to come to them.  Social Media needs to be incorporated as merely a small component of your lead generation means — it should not encompass your entire strategy.

Call me old fashioned, but deep client relationships are established by a series of interactions and a realization of value over a period of time.  LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter provide us with a way to facilitate interactions and reach out to prospective customers and in some cases even establish credibility, but there are a lot of key pieces to the sales process such as trust, repoire, and the overall ability to make a strong impact on a prospect that simply cannot be transferred via anything “2.0”.  Any YoYo can can write a nice introductory paragraph and hit send and hope that the person on the receiving end replies.  The problem with doing this is twofold: 1) 20 other YoYos just sent the same message to the same person today, and 2) actions are stronger than words.  Your ability to make an impact or an impression decreases by 85% when your means of communication is typed or written.

Nobody likes traditional cold-calling, but if you are good at what you do, you believe in your product or service, and are able to effectively communicate the value-add that your product or service will have to the customer, than every time you pick up the phone or meet with a customer face-to-face, you have the ability to make a positive impact and leave an impression.  Mannerisms, tone, confidence, body language — every aspect of interpersonal communication that lead customers to want to do business with you — cannot be done by using social media or sending somebody an “InMail” or “Tweet” that says “Happy Holidays, Please Be My Client.”

As you think about how you want to tweak your sales and marketing strategy moving into 2011, I urge you to follow my suit and throw away your social media crutches also.  Use Social Media wisely to compliment your strategy — but for the love of St. Nicholas — get on the horn, hit the pavement, make an impact and leave an impression. 

May everyone have an incredible Holiday Season, a Happy New Year, and top sales performance in 2011!!!

by Lisa Barone on 04/17/2009

 Out of Work

Are we really going to spend our entire Friday talking about Oprah’s caps locked Twitter debut? Or invest more time discussing Ashton Kutcher and his one million followers publicity stunt? Seriously? Do you ever think that we’re wasting far too much time on stuff that isn’t making us any money or helping anyone? And maybe that’s why you lost your job/can’t get clients/haven’t produced anything exciting recently?

For the past few months you’ve had an excuse for when life didn’t go your way. Every time you borked something that you were maybe never qualified to do in the first place, you had THE perfect excuse just waiting to be pulled out.  It was like the economy dug its own hole just so it could bail you out in your time of need. W00t!

You couldn’t pay your mortgage and your house was foreclosed on? Don’t worry, it wasn’t you, it was the recession. You lost your job and now you’re stuck at home cruising Twitter ‘looking for a new one’ all day? Don’t fret. It wasn’t you, it’s the recession. Can’t find new clients so you’re left bitterly blogging that clients suck and the frauds in the industry are stealing your dollars? Calm down, pretty, have a cookie and take a nap. It’s the recession.

Actually, it’s probably not the recession. It’s probably you.

On January 19th I became an entrepreneur, despite the crap economy. I stopped relying on a company to support me and my cats and instead learned to hunt for myself.  And because I’m smart and I work hard and I surround myself with people who challenge (and threaten) me, I haven’t gone hungry (yet). But I’m not alone.

Entrepreneurs are ruling this recession.

Why? Because they’re hungry and they’re motivated. That means they can’t spend their whole day getting caught in the fame game or in office politics. It means when they go to a conference or a networking event, they’re not there for the booze. They’re grabbing handfuls of business cards, talking to people, and then following up. And they don’t just say they’ll email you after the show. They really do. Actually, they email you as soon as they get home. They’re nurturing leads and finding clients and creating opportunities. They’re marketing themselves. They’re not tuning in to Oprah this afternoon to get Twitter tips from Ashton Kutcher.

In fact, there’s not even time to whine about how unfair the world is and how this recession is taking away their business. Because they’re out there finding business from places you wouldn’t have even thought to look. Or maybe you would have, if you worked as hard as they do. That’s the thing, people don’t want to work. They want a job and a paycheck. And those cushy jobs with those cushy paychecks are the first to go. Because really all those people are doing is taking up space. So it’s not so much that the recession came around and took your job, it’s that you allowed yourself to become expendable.

no whining

You want to ‘survive’ this recession? Stop talking about Oprah and do the following:

  • Learn something new. Go beyond your bubble and learn how to do something that makes you stand out. Be it HTML, PHP, blogging, SEO, etc. Whatever that one thing, or that combination of things, is that makes you more competitive and stronger than the person next to you – learn it and do it. Hard.
  • Work harder than everyone else. I don’t mean longer hours or just saying you’re working, I mean really work harder. In general, the working population has done a stellar job at getting lazy and thinking that job security was no less fictional than the Easter Bunny. There’s no such thing as job security, there never was. Unless you own your own company. If ‘job security’ is your fallback plan, well, then I hope you didn’t buy a house with that.
  • Do the leg work. Follow up on everything. Every lead, every call, every email. And do it in a timely manner. Don’t make excuses for why you can’t or why it’s not worth it. Just shut up and do it. You’ll never be anything more than what you are right now if you don’t take it. The only thing more frustrating when someone drops the ball is listening to all their excuses for why they dropped it.
  • Surround yourself with fighters. Most people are lazy and a waste of your time (sorry, but it’s true). Cut them loose and seek out the other fighters. They’re easy to recognize because they’re online at 3am just “finishing up”. They’re the ones who “get it”. They’re self-starters. They’re trying things, even if those things fail, they’re still trying them.
  • Take risks. We’re in a recession, right? Technically you have nothing to lose if everything is supposed to be shit anyway, right? Create that Web site you’ve secretly been wanting to. Launch that business. Just do it. There are a million reasons why right now is a bad time, maybe even the worst time, to get involved with a new venture. Ignore them all.
  • Shut up. Yes, you. Stop whining. This has been my biggest lesson as an entrepreneur. Yes, the hours suck, and it’s scary, and sometimes all I want to do is put a blanket over my head. But that’s too bad and not going to happen, so I should just shut up.  And it’s almost working. Rae and Rhea report my whine level is down to 85 percent, with 15 percent actual intelligible conversation! W00t, growth!

And before I get flamed, I’m not saying there haven’t been people legitimately affected by the recession. I know that there have. Good people who have lost their jobs because the economy is in the tank.  However, I think A LOT of people are beside themselves to finally have an excuse for why the world is out to get them. The world is not out to get you. There are rainbows and butterflies and bunnies all around you. You can either keep complaining how about The Recession is some Blob-like creature taking away your clients or you can break open the box, see it as an opportunity and create your own success. The choice is yours.

Have a killer weekend.  And stay away from Oprah.

Posted by Rick Burnes
Fri, Jun 05, 2009 @ 06:40 AM
resumeSo you started a blog, you’ve been writing good posts for a few months, and you still don’t have the traction you want — subscriptions, comments and inbound links are all below your targets.What can you do to build your blog?Follow conventional wisdom, and focus harder on writing great posts?

Bad idea. Instead, think of the process like a job search. If you were looking for a job, would you focus exclusively on improving your skills? Or would you be pounding the pavement, looking for new opportunities while you’re improving your skills?

Blogs are no different. Just as you wouldn’t sit back and wait for employers to offer you a job, you shouldn’t sit back and wait for readers to find your blog.

To help you get started, here are five specific steps you can take to pound the pavement for your blog:

(1) Network — When you’re looking for a job, you talk to old friends, attend industry events, show up at community meetups, scan LinkedIn for potential connections and build relationships on Twitter. It’s not much different when you’re looking for readers for your blog. You go to Google Blog Search, Technorati, Twitter Grader and Twitter Search and type in the keywords for your industry. Figure out who in your industry you respect, who the influencers are, and make connections with them. Comment on their posts and, when it adds value, include links to your posts in the comments. Write posts on your blog that respond to their posts. Mention them in your posts. Above all, do you what you can to build relationships and get them to notice that you’re creating thoughtful, interesting content on your blog.

(2) Spread the Word — When you’re looking for a job, you need to be aggressive about getting in front of the right people — only you can’t be so aggressive that you annoy people. You need to find the same balance when you’re building your blog. You need to share posts on Twitter and Facebook and make sure all your friends and contacts know you’re blogging. But you can’t overwhelm or bore them. A good way to handle this balance is to use these channels for more than just broadcasting your blog.

(3) Guest Posts — Find high-quality, high-traffic blogs related to your industry that are willing to accept guest posts and write a post or two for them. Assuming they’re willing to include a prominent link back to your blog, this is a great way to introduce new people to your blog and build subscribers. Be careful not to commit to too many guest posts, because you’ll start to get fewer new subscribers after a few posts.

(4) Email Interviews With Prominent Bloggers — Bloggers understand the value of a link, so they’re usually willing to do an interview in order to get some exposure and a link back to their site. Find prominent bloggers in your industry and ask them for an email interview. People are far more apt to do an email interview than a guest post because it’s an easier format. Instead of coming up with their own original article, they’re just responding to your questions. When you publish the interview, send them the link and encourage them to spread it via their own channels.

(5) Grab Attention — If you’re looking for a job, a good way to get your foot in the door or get noticed is to do a high-profile project — maybe an event, a video or a software application — that gets attention. In the blog world high profile, potentially controversial posts are a good way to get attention. Try publishing something that’s a little spicy that people will react to. If it’s well-written and thoughtful, people will pass it around, more people will be exposed to your blog, and it will grow.

What do you think? What am I missing on this list?

Read more: http://blog.hubspot.com/blog/tabid/6307/bid/4816/the-secret-to-building-your-blog-think-of-it-like-a-job-search.aspx#ixzz13bUL7iZY

Have you ever heard the old adage, “the plumbers are always the ones with the leaky faucets?”  Have you ever hired an Executive Search Firm/Staffing Company to help you find your talent and realize that you’ve been introduced to 4 different Account Executives/Recruiters in the last 4 consecutive quarters?  If I were to put myself in the client’s shoes, I would be asking myself, “How is this company going to help me protect key domain knowledge when they can’t protect their own?”

The Staffing and Recruiting industry is one of the top victims of high employee turnover, for numerous reasons.  In a world filled with non-compete clauses, staffing organizations are often forced to hire young, new employees that lack the required experience — specific to their industry and their respective verticals — in order to be successful and efficiently grow and effectively serve their client-base.

Every company that I work with that is proud to boast of a low-turnover rate has two things in common:

1) They recognize top talent

2) They pay for top talent

As IT staffing professionals, we are constantly preaching compensation best-practices to our clients in order to help them understand what they need to pay technical employees in order to reduce turnover and protect key domain knowledge.

In a world that has been tyrannized by Social Media and Web 2.0, you can bet your bottom dollar that your clients are paying just as much attention to your internal turnover and your LinkedIn profile as you are to theirs.

Take the time to align your internal practices with the ones that you preach to your customers, and protect both of your best interests.