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Meet Meet Matt Ritter and Michael Vaillancourt, Nortec superheroes and super nice guys.

At Nortec Matt deals with primarily Unified Communications and Infrastructure. Matt's certifications include: Symantec SSE and SSE+, Veeam sales professional, LifeSize Certified Sales Expert, Dell Compellent and Equalogic Certified, ShoreTel Advanced Selling Certification, Shoretel Network Design Certification, Microsoft Competencies.

Q: What are your customers typically looking to accomplish?

A: When choosing an IT partner most customers are looking for a company with great engineers and product knowledge. Ultimately we find that most people want a valued partner and a consultant. Nortec strives to give them the best practices, options, and guidance.

Michael's specialty is ShoreTel and LifeSize solutions, networking and security. He is CCNA, CCNA Security, Network+, Security+, A+, ShoreTel certified and a recent LifeSize Technical Expert. He has a business background, so his Project Manager role at Nortec is second nature to him.

Q: Who are your typical customers?

A: Most customers I have contact with are looking for Unified Communications solutions. They are trying get away from land-based telecommunications and move to their own networks to provide their telephony needs. They want to do business smarter, save money and experience seamless migrations with little to no impact on their business.

Read the interviews.


And the Winner Is...Nortec!

Nortec is proud to announce that it had an award-winning 2011. In July ShoreTel, Inc. announced Nortec won ShoreTel's 2011 Circle of Excellence award. The Circle of Excellence award is the highest honor ShoreTel bestows upon a partner. "We are thrilled to congratulate Nortec," said Don Girskis, senior vice president of worldwide sales for ShoreTel. "They have earned this honor through outstanding achievements - demonstrating great revenue success while maintaining the best practices for high customer satisfaction. We are pleased to recognize their accomplishments and acknowledge how they have helped ShoreTel excel as the leading global provider of IP-based business communication solutions."

Microsoft awarded Nortec the 2011 Microsoft Mid-Atlantic Partner of the Year for the 8th time at its annual World Wide Partner Conference in July. "The awards serve to underscore our continued commitment to meeting and exceeding the needs of our customers" said Nortec President and CEO Andrew Grose. Microsoft's Mid-Atlantic Partner of the Year Award recognizes exceptional service and sales performance. Candidates must be nominated and then agreed upon by general manager in Microsoft Mid-Atlantic district which comprises VA, MD, WV, DC, DE, and PA.

Nortec would like to thank its customers without whom these awards would not be possible.


As Nortec continues to celebrate its 20th Anniversary as a company we want to thank you, our customers and partners for making it all possible. We look forward to working with you for many more years to come and continue to provide excellent service and solutions.

Join Nortec and Mircrosoft for breakfast and learning session on Virtualization & Management: Desktop to Data Center.
October 13 / Reston, VA
Details and FREE registration here>>>

Nortec Welcomes New Team Members
Penny Krosskove, Solutions Consultant, Philadelphia
Justin Mackey, Network Administrator, Falls Church
Christian Peck, Account Executive, Pittsburgh
Matt Ritter, Account Executive, Falls Church
Michael Vaillancourt, PM and Systems Consultant, Falls Church
Paul Wismar, Systems Consultant, Philadelphia

Coming soon to your inbox...and invitation for our Virtual Wine Tasting Event coming this Fall. A Sommelier in Vienna, Virginia will be educating us through the power of Lifesize. Whether you are in Philladelphia, Pittsburgh, or Falls Church, we will be tasting some great wine and learning something new along the way as we communicate over teleconferencing capability of Lifesize. Keep a look out; more details on this exciting event to follow.

Maybe you're considering a server upgrade, or an Exchange migration. Or maybe you're looking to virtualize in 2011. Chances are, an organization just like yours has done the same thing - and Nortec has helped them along the way. Learn how the process went for your peers in one our many case studies:

Messaging Solutions
Unified Communications
Virtualization Solutions
Infrastructure Management
Hosted & Managed Services (Nortec 24/7)
Network Infrastructure

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Andrew Grose is President and CEO of Nortec Communications, Inc. and blogs regularly about information IT trends, challenges, and solutions. Recent posts include
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Virtualization and Moving to the Cloud
Internet Future
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Here you'll find helpful links to whitepapers, datasheets, user guides and more.

1. Forefront Protection 2010 Data Sheet

2. Lync is my 2012 experience

3. Microsoft Pushes Private Cloud Computing Forward With System Center 2012

4. Great things ahead for MS System Center Configuration Manager 2012

5. Office 365 White Paper

6. Comparing Microsoft Office 365 with Google Apps

7. Microsoft helps keep your data safe with Information Protection

8. Microsoft's Lync communications client for Mac goes gold

9. Windows 8 coming in 2012? 6 reasons why this could derail Windows 7 now

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