If you missed Tech Street Houston last week, be thankful ET didn’t!

The inaugural event took place at the George R. Brown Convention Center in the heart of downtown Houston. This was a giant step in the right direction for Houston business owners and natives.

Straight From TechStreet Website: TechStreet Houston is an open and collaborative platform to cultivate smarter citizens, communities, businesses and cities. During the inaugural event entrepreneurs, companies, educators, citizens, and students learned, shared, showcased and promoted their creative ideas, expertise and innovations at the hands of development workshops, expert panels and sessions, expo and the innovation incubator for kids. Additionally, HATCH pitch competition for revolutionary tech startups, was part of the program too. This competition came to Houston after 2 years of great success at SXSW Interactive.

TechStreet Houston was developed by leading-edge tech thinkers from government, business, education and community organizations in America’s fourth largest city. Tech Street Houston is chaired by Mayor Pro-Tem, Councilmember Ed Gonzalez and Kim Evans, President of Blue Lance. Founding sponsors include The City of Houston, Total Energy USA and Pterotech.

“As Houston continues to receive national accolades for its culture, cuisine, and job growth, by hosting TechStreet Houston and Total Energy USA in November, our great city will showcase our engineering pedigree as a hub for innovation, creativity and growth for leading industries, including oil and gas, aerospace, healthcare, technology and entrepreneurism,” said City of Houston Mayor Annise Parker.  

Mayor Pro-Tem and Council Member District H Ed Gonzalez added: “I’m incredibly proud of the inaugural Tech Street Houston event and of the partnership with the Total Energy USA conference. The City of Houston understands that innovation and technology are at the core of its future growth, its continued success, and its development into a truly global city during the 21st century. Tech Street Houston is a milestone event in my vision to cultivate smart citizens and communities that foster, extend, and commercialize technology innovations to expand Houston’s dynamic economy.”

Events included the following:

STEAM Street an innovation incubator for kids

HATCH pitch a competition for revolutionary tech startups, coming to Houston after 2 years of great success at SXSW Interactive.

Code Street Mobile Hackathon, an event featuring some of Houston’s brightest minds addressing some of Houston’s leading issues

TECHStreet University showcasing Awe-inspiring workshops with actionable curriculums and expert speakers discussing technological trends, new concepts and cutting-edge discoveries

SMART Street expo bringing Houston’s innovators together in one place

Once we figured out where to go, the breakout sessions within TECHStreet University were well organized and catered to the different functions of business. It was great!

I was fortunate enough to meet Kim Vance, one of the major contributors of this event. She was easy to pick out of the crowd because I watched her promotional video before the event. Her passion for TechStreet and the industry was refreshing; she left me with a sense of promise.

The official attendance count was 1058! With clear support from the Houston Community, we hope to see TechStreet back with some major tech muscle next year. Volunteer by joining the TechStreet Army and mark your calendars for next year!


Elevated Technologies is excited to announce its partnership with Global IP Networks, a commitment-based datacenter strategically located in the heart of the technology corridor in Plano, TX.

Global IP Networks has a stable power supply, solid network infrastructure, and a strong business ethic. Elevated Technologies has partnered with Global IP Networks to expand their datacenter partnerships to Dallas as an addition to the Houston datacenter services currently being offered. As a result, Elevated Technologies clients will not only have expanded datacenter options and backup capabilities, they will also enjoy the security of a fiber rich facility that is a solid investment for any business.

“We look forward to expanding our relationship with you and your company.” said Scott Jeffcoat, Vice President of Sales, Global IP Networks.

“This strategic partnership allows Elevated Technologies to offer additional datacenter options to existing clients while also opening a new market for reselling data center space to other managed service providers.” said Jason Rorie, President, Elevated Technologies. “We are always excited to increase our IT offerings.”


N-Able Technologies and MSPmentor Invite Elevated Technologies to Participate In Expert Panel

October, 2013: Elevated Technologies is pleased to announce its participation in a 3 person expert panel to discuss cloud computing. President of Elevated Technologies, Jason Rorie, will contribute in examining how cloud services benefit business and how IT companies can best offer these services to their clients. The cloud panel will be conducted at the N-Able Global Summit in Scottsdale, Arizona on October 23-25. The 9th annual partner summit event is designed for networking among the world’s top Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and provides valuable insight into network automation and cloud computing information for 2014.  There are an estimated 600-700 IT Industry professionals attending this event.

N-Able is an accredited IT partner that supplies MSPs with simple and secure best practice solutions. MSPmentor is the ultimate guide to managed services and the leading global destination for managed service providers.

Jason has been invited to join the panel by N-Able and MSPmentor for his expertise and successful implementation of cloud services at Elevated Technologies. The panel of experts will collectively field questions from over 600 global IT professionals in attendance and help expand cloud development and understanding.  The panel aims to promote a more expanded service offering for MSPs and a more readily available and user-friendly cloud environment for consumers.


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CHAMP is the industry expert when it comes to Cloud Services and technical knowledge. He is our Cloud Hosting And Management Professional who works hard every minute to stay up to date on ever-changing IT trends, technological advancements, and industry news to help your business generate efficiency and produce more revenue.

He has come to Elevated Technologies to ensure that our customers are armed with valuable and necessary IT information to make profitable decisions within their businesses. If there is a particular topic or question on the tip of your tongue, feel free to ask CHAMP! Aligning with CHAMP for industry news and advancements will push you to the top of your field and set you apart from your competition.

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Elevated Technologies is pleased to announce their place on Nine Lives Media’s MSPmentor 100 Small Business Edition.  The list honors the world’s top 100 managed service providers (MSPs) that have 10 or fewer employees. Nine Lives Media, a division of Penton Media, defines emerging IT markets, disrupts established media markets and is the number one online media destination for managed service providers in the world.  Elevated Tech is now ranked as one of the top global MSPs with 10 or fewer employees! Elevated Technologies offers custom Cloud computing and Managed IT solutions that fit the needs of developing businesses.

“This MSPmentor ranking is a tremendous honor.  To show our gratitude in helping us achieve it, we’ve come up with the 50/60 Lone Star Appreciation Package.  This is available to all new customers interested in trying out our IT solutions.” Jason Rorie, President of Elevated Technologies.

To thank business owners, Elevated Technologies has developed the Lone Star Appreciation Package, consisting of 50% off on the first 2 months of any service solution as well as a 60 day satisfaction money back guarantee, available until December 31st, 2013.

Mr. Rorie went on to explain the benefits of the Lone Star promotion, “For any business owners dissatisfied with our service after 60 days, Elevated Technologies will refund 100% of your money, no questions asked.”

This promotion includes ET’s complete Proactive, Managed, or Business Class Cloud Solutions and allows business owner’s a chance to enjoy the advantages of ET’s award-winning services at no risk.

“Congratulations to Elevated Technologies on this honor,” said Amy Katz, President of Nine Lives Media.  “The MSPmentor 100 Small Business Edition identifies a new generation of MSPs that keep small business IT systems and cloud services running worldwide.”


So we’ve survived the Mayan Apocalypse, weathered the holidays and right about now that New Years hangover should be subsiding.   No?  Well, if your brain can stand the bright glare of the monitor for a few more minutes, check out some of these modern insights into 2013 that may help take your mind off…well…your mind.  Onto the newest innovations that are set to explode in 2013 (sorry for the loud imagery).

1. 3D Printing.  Bond.  James Bond.  3D Printing has already made its way onto the big screen and it has no intentions of stopping there.  In the new Bond movie Skyfall for instance, a 3D printer was used to replicate Bond’s infamous Aston Martin during explosive special effects scenes.  Makers agreed it was a lot more innovative and a tad less expensive than blowing up a few $275,000 Aston Martin DBS’s for cinematic purposes.  With 3D printers becoming more reasonably priced, expect this trend to start taking off in the professional environment in 2013.

2. OLED: A New Resolution.  The newest innovation in high def TV has not only arrived; it got excited, pounded on the door and then busted through like Cosmo Kramer in a Seinfeld episode.  Expect thinner, lighter and higher resolution TV’s to emerge in 2013.  OLED has already been experimented on a handful of tablets and smart phones but is making its TV debut (see what I did there) this year.  LG’s new 55” WRGB OLED TV weighs 16.5 pounds and is no thicker than a pencil.  They have already started taking pre-orders for the $10,000 product in South Korea and will begin shipping next month.

3. Reign of the Tablet.  Sounds like the name of a movie that would crash horribly at the box office.  However, the only thing we see crashing anytime soon are laptop sales.  Bold prediction alert: tablets will replace laptops over the next 10 years.  With increased education and implementation of cloud technology among consumers, look for slim and sleek tablets to start taking the place of traditional bulky laptops.  The size, computing capability, effectiveness and overall convenience of newer generation tablets has swept through the technology industry and looks to be the way of the future for business and leisure.

4. Mobile Payments:  Put in my tab-let.  Watch as mobile devices gradually begin to crop up in place of wallets and money clips in 2013.  As new mobile payment apps become more readily available, this trend is poised to take off in the New Year.  Imagine the convenience of online shopping coupled with no shipping periods and immediate enjoyment of purchases.  Now you can use mobile payment apps to complete monetary exchanges at physical store locations like coffee shops and movie theatres without even pulling out your wallet.  Square, the San Francisco creator of one of these apps, has come close to replicating the effortless online buying experience in the brick-and-mortar world.

I can only hope that this arsenal of knowledge is at least a little helpful to you moving forward in 2013.  Now, pop some Advil, grab some coffee (by the way, you can purchase both with your new mobile payment app now) and get rid of that 2012 headache- it’s a new year!


If you keep up with technology trends, spend time on the internet or simply watch TV that’s littered with ads about it, you’ve heard of the Cloud. And if you’re like the majority of the population, most likely you’ve found yourself thinking, “Okay…it seems cool, but what are the real benefits?”  A lot of professionals have found the following reasons to be the best answers to that question after implementing at least some variation of the Cloud (private infrastructure, email hosting, offsite backups, etc.) into their network infrastructure.

1. Security. Business owners and professionals alike enjoy the peace of mind that comes with having their critical data offsite in multiple secure data centers for two reasons; a) Business continuity is simple, efficient and solidified, and b) Data is physically backed up at another location in case of fire, theft or other natural disaster at the office; protecting them from crippling data loss.

2. Accessibility. Forget to make a copy of that spreadsheet before leaving the office on a business trip? No problem, in the Cloud just power up your tablet, laptop or smart phone, securely log into your hosted desktop from anywhere with a wireless connection and work from your office computer as if you’re sitting at your desk, you’re golden.

3. Scalability. Never again deal with the headache and time expense of purchasing new computers, installing software and creating new accounts. In the cloud, new users are setup in a fraction of the time as the hardware and software is already configured and waiting. All that needs to be done is creating the user account.

So there they are, the top 3 reasons why companies have found that the Cloud is the innovative new way to do business in 2013 and beyond.  Now you can go ahead and school people on how the Cloud is changing the landscape of the professional environment and why companies have made the move to a more “elevated” solution.


Elevated Technologies Earns Industry Credential for Managed IT Services Providers
CompTIA MSP Partners Trustmark signifies commitment to high industry code of conduct, high level of customer support

Elevated Technologies, a Technology Design and Management Firm,  announced today it has received the CompTIA MSP Partners Trustmark for its use of industry-accepted best practices for service delivery and customer interaction.

The CompTIA MSP Partners Trustmark developed by the leading non-profit association for the information technology industry, signifies that Elevated Technologies is committed to serving its customers in a manner that’s based on the industry’s best practices.

“This credential identifies Elevated Technologies as an IT service provider that’s demonstrated a high level of competency through their use of prescribed industry best practices and processes.” said Todd Thibodeaux, president and chief executive officer, CompTIA.

To attain the CompTIA MSP Partners Trustmark, Elevated Technologies was evaluated on their a number of aspects of their business operations, including organizational structure, technology tools and systems they utilize; standard operating procedures; and IT service specific activities they’re engaged in, for network, server or end-user devices.

Elevated Technologies also agreed to abide by an industry code of conduct that requires a commitment to conducting advertising, service delivery and overall business practices in an ethical manner.

The CompTIA MSP Partners Trustmark is one of several business credentials offered by CompTIA to IT industry companies as a way to demonstrate that their business adheres to the industry’s best practices and demonstrates to current and potential customers they have the dedication, knowledge and resources to perform quality service. Visit CompTIA Business Credentials to learn more.

About Elevated Technologies

Elevated Technologies delivers premier IT managed services and IT support for organizations in the Houston area that absolutely depend on their technology. We specialize in Disaster Recovery, Business Continuity, and Network Security. The hallmarks of our service – flexibility, reliability, protection – are the guiding principles behind our world-class IT management and professional services.  For more information, visit www.elevated-technology.com or follow ET on Twitter and Facebook at https://www.twitter.com/elevatedtech and https://www.facebook.com/elevatedtech

About CompTIA

CompTIA is the voice of the world’s information technology (IT) industry. As a non-profit trade association advancing the global interests of IT professionals and companies, CompTIA is the recognized authority for IT education and credentials and the primary advocate for IT businesses and workers. Through its foundation, CompTIA also enables disadvantaged populations to gain the skills they need for employment in the IT industry.  CompTIA’s vision of the IT landscape is shaped by more than 25 years of global perspective and more than 2,000 members and 1,000 business partners. For more information, visit www.comptia.org or follow CompTIA on Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/comptia.

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Contacts:

Jason Rorie
CTO
Elevated Technologies
281-653-7726
jason@elevated-technology.com

Steven Ostrowski
Director, Corporate Communications
CompTIA
630-678-8468
sostrowski@comptia.org