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ITQ adds Frank Nijman to its salesforce

Wijk aan Zee, May 22th, 2017 – Professional Services provider ITQ has added Frank Nijman to its salesforce as account manager. Although already part of the commercial team as inside sales, he will take a bigger share in the commercial activities of ITQ per April 1st.

Frank Nijman ITQ“Frank Nijman helps providing solutions that we bring to our customers” says Jeanette den Hertog, Chief Commercial Officer of ITQ. “Frank understands the upcoming disruptive developments in the market and the impact for customers. We welcome Frank with confidence within the sales team.”

 

About ITQ
ITQ, the Dutch independent VMware knowledge partner, specializes in professional services around the VMware product portfolio and its ecosystem. Aiming to help customers accelerate and facilitate their business by optimizing the use of virtualization technology, ITQ’s areas of expertise include End User Computing, Software Defined Data Center, Hybrid Cloud, Cloud Native Applications and IT Transformation Services.

Virtual Report – Technology enables progress

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Technology enables progress

 

At ITQ, we use innovative technology to help our customers win their competitive battles and stay ahead of the competition. But WHY are we doing this? We believe moving towards a fast-changing future means focusing on disruptive innovation and being an enabler for change. Technology enables progress. We love to peek into the future and explore innovative, creative and near-future technology.

But HOW do we do this? We implement the known and explore the unknown. Our knowledge is without any doubt our most important asset. Therefore, ITQ invests heavily in knowledge, making sure we are on the forefront of technological development. WHAT we do is deliver professional services for the VMware ecosystem virtualization technology and in the end, the digital revolution.

Digital revolution means you should keep pace with disruptive technologies. In the previous newsletters, I mentioned “speed is the new currency”. Therefore, we decided over a year ago to support our customers making their strategic IT choices and we created our IT Transformation Services. By now, this approach has proven itself with a large number of customers, because a change towards disruptive technology triggers the need for a plan. A plan which defines the WHY behind your need to transform, but also WHAT and HOW. A broadly, company-based plan is the foundation of all your future projects and changes.

Our goal is to complete projects successful. Sure enough. But we don’t want to leave you with ‘just another new technology in your Data Center’. We want our projects to be based on a solid IT strategy, while making sure this strategy is effectively translated to sustain your business goals.

Would you like to know my approach? Please contact me to make an appointment.

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Francisco Perez van der Oord

 


ITQ and Pivotal announce their official partnership

At the end of 2015, we decided to launch our Cloud-Native Applications team to focus in what we think is the next thing after the Virtual Machine and automation of processes. Today we are excited to announce that we will take that focus further and become official partners with Pivotal.

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Interview with Sjors Robroek about NSX and NEN7510

Sjors RobroekAll hospitals in the Netherlands are obliged to comply to NEN7510 regulatories. There are many ways to do this, but the one way that simplifies management, can be automated and is future-proof is to use NSX. In an interview with Sjors Robroek, he explains the Why and How on NSX and NEN7510 compliancy.

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VMware Partner Awards

On the 18th of January 2017, VMware Netherlands hosted the annual New Years Partner Event, to thank partners for their effort in helping VMware to become the best in class. VMware awarded a small selection of
partners that made a real difference. Because of our efforts in the past year, we were nominated for 3 awards: “Most Committed Partner of the Year”, “Best success story of the year” and “Champion of the Year” for Johan van Amersfoort. We took 2 awards to Wijk aan Zee!

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Download our Whitepapers

You might have noticed it on our social media channels, we have launched our white paper section on the website. In the past months we have created several white papers on different topics that might interest you. Read about how you can achieve NEN7510 health care compliancy by the use of VMware NSX or how a Digital Workspace enhances a student’s work environment. All white papers can be downloaded for free.

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Our latest blogs

Our consultants share their knowledge by writing blog posts. Find some of their blog posts here.

 


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ITQ becomes Pivotal Partner

For a long time, Pivotal and ITQ have been partners in spirit. We were having very similar views on the future of development, platforms, and (multi) cloud. Today, we’re excited to announce Pivotal and ITQ have made this partnership official! ITQ joins Pivotal’s Ready Partner Program as one of the first European partners.

Over 2 years ago ITQ started on the cloud native journey, by recognizing real DevOps doesn’t work by just talking about it. What is needed is a platform to make Dev and Ops work together, and modern software development methodologies to iterate quickly and bring value to business every day. Immediately a match was found in Pivotal, a San Francisco based software and services company, which maintains the open source Cloud Foundry platform. A DevOps enablement platform which is natively multi cloud ready.

Today we have our cloud-native applications team building new and replatforming legacy applications to leverage the cloud’s full potential while we build and design Cloud Foundry installations on existing Software-Defined Data Centers so our customers are ready for the multi cloud future.

Now that Pivotal’s Ready Partner Program has been opened to European partners, the unwritten partnership is made official as ITQ joins the program.

We are looking forward to work together so we can convert our joint vision of the future into reality.

And the award goes to..

We are the Dutch Independent VMware Knowledge Partner. In 2014, we decided to change our company strategy towards a 100% focus on VMware products and solutions. Our main reason for that was (and still is) that we believe in their strategy for the Software-Defined Datacenter, End-User Computing, Hybrid Cloud and Cloud Native Applications.

Ever since, our journey has taken us all over the planet and it wasn’t always easy. But with a growing team of consultants, project managers, sales specialists and supporting staff, all driven by their passion to be the best in their field, we’ve travelled this journey and have come to where we are now.

The year 2016 was a great one. In the past 12 months our team has been working on some of the greatest and most challenging projects. All those projects are driven by innovation but have different goals: “To help our customers to get ahead of the competition”, “To have a highly secured infrastructure that is fully automated” or “To be able to simplify the desktop and application landscape”. Of course, all based on VMware technology.

On the 18th of January 2017, VMware Netherlands hosted the annual New Years Partner Event, to thank partners for their effort in helping VMware to become the best in class. VMware awarded a small selection of partners that made a real difference, in specific categories. ITQ was nominated in three of the five Award categories:

“Most Committed Partner of the Year”
“Best success story of the year”
“Champion of the Year” for Johan van Amersfoort

The nominations alone were a great recognition of what we have achieved in the past 12 months. We are over the moon after winning the Award for “Most Commited Partner of the Year” and winning the Award for “Champion of the Year” by Johan van Amersfoort. We see this not only as a great recognition of our work in the past 12 months, but also as a confirmation that we chose the right company strategy back in 2014.

We would like to thank VMware Netherlands for recognizing the significance of ITQ as a “knowledge only” partner, thank you for a great 2016, we are looking forward to continuing the transformation journey together.

 

            

Virtual Report – The journey continues

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The journey continues

 

Fifteen years ago Paul Geerlings and I decided to establish ITQ. We set out to gather a group of consultants with a shared passion for technology to proudly work on the best IT infrastructure projects, led by the philosophy: professional service for customers will be our biggest challenge while we try to keep up with the speed of new innovations.

The slogan “Dutch independent VMware knowledge partner” ensures ITQ has professional service knowledge throughout the entire VMware eco-system, concentrated on five business units:

  • End-User Computing
  • Software-Defined Data Center
  • HybridCloud
  • Cloud Native Apps
  • IT Transformation Services

ITQ is about knowledge and offers this expertise to clients. Enabling organizations to gain a competitive edge. The high level of expertise has resulted in 11 of ITQ’s employees becoming vExperts, 5 VCDX submissions, EUC and NSX champions. Two ITQ Consultants are in the top 5 Partner University Leaderboard; one of them even on the first position! Furthermore, ITQ is one of the three partners worldwide with all VMware Solution Competences, participating actively in the VMUG-NL (the largest VMUG worldwide organization) and is Pivotal partner and VMware PSO partner.

It has been a great journey the last 15 years! And there is more to come!

I strongly believe speed is the new currency; presenting major business challenges and gaining knowledge whilst staying on the right track with all kind of new impulses and opportunities.

Would you like to know my approach? Please contact me to make an appointment.

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Francisco Perez van der Oord

 


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Great reasons why you should attend VMworld Europe 2016

VMworld Europe 2016 will be held in Barcelona from 17th till 20th of October. ITQ will as usual attend the conference; this year with more than 25 consultants. If you want to meet us, please register and come to the VMware Benelux Party.

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Roundtable SDDC: ‘The journey called Automation’

roundtableOn Thursday 17th of November 2016 the Roundtable ‘The journey called Automation’ will be held at ITQ’s office in Wijk aan Zee. Join us for a lively networking and educational event. Gain new insights into ‘Software-Defined Data Center’ and ‘Automation’. Interested how this could immediately have an impact on your organization?

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ittsITQ IT Transformation Services helps develop your IT
strategy

Where the industry used to talk about “Business and IT alignment”, to a greater extent organizations now expect IT to actually drive the business. Instead of just supporting it through alignment. That is a huge objective! ITQ can help you develop an IT strategy and vision to accomplish that goal.

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vmworldus2016-1Review of VMworld US 2016

Johan van Amersfoort, one of the ITQ consultants and team lead End User Computing, attended VMworld US. Together with more than 20,000 other IT followers Johan attended several of the hundreds of sessions. In this article Johan summarizes his favorite sessions.

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Persbericht: ITQ treed toe tot een bijzondere groep van VMware partners

Wijk aan Zee, 15 augustus 2016 – Professional Service Provider ITQ is de eerste VMware partner in de Benelux die toetreedt tot een bijzondere groep VMware partners die alle mogelijke competenties (12) binnen het VMware Partner Program hebben behaald. Wereldwijd is ITQ de derde partner die deze speciale status behaald. De overige bedrijven bevinden zich binnen Engeland en de Verenigde Staten.

De verschillende competenties kunnen worden behaald in de volgende gebieden: Software-Defined Data Center, Network Virtualization, Desktop Virtualization, etc. Voor het behalen van een dergelijke competentie dient de partner meerdere gecertificeerde sales, technical sales en professionals te hebben in deze gebieden.

“De technologie wordt steeds ingewikkelder. Tegenwoordig is er een hoop kennis nodig om VMware effectief in te zetten. De competenties helpen klanten met zoeken naar partners die ze kunnen helpen bij het behalen van deze effectiviteit. Steeds meer merken we dat klanten de waarde van de competenties gaan inzien. Het zou verstandig zijn als iedere partner zijn huidige competenties bekijkt en plant welke hij nog wil behalen. Dit zal klanten meer en meer inzicht geven of hun partner kundig genoeg is.”, zegt Paul Geerlings, CTO van ITQ. “We zijn erg trots dat iedereen binnen ITQ heeft bijgedragen aan dit doel.”

ITQ streeft om de beste onafhankelijke knowledge partner te zijn door in kennis te investeren. Dit heeft niet alleen geresulteerd in het behalen van alle competenties. Recentelijk is de eerste ITQ consultant VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) geworden. Dit is de hoogste accreditatie binnen het VMware Partner Programma. Aan het einde van dit jaar hoopt ITQ op 5 VCDX’en in verschillende expertises, naast de 7 vExperts, een EUC Champion en een vExpert NSX die al in dienst zijn.

Over ITQ, Dutch independent VMware knowledge partner

Opgericht door Paul Geerlings en Francisco Perez van der Oord in 2001, is ITQ gericht op het zijn van een groep consultants met een gedeelde passie voor technologie die trots werken aan de beste IT infrastructuur projecten. Met expertise in de gehele VMware propositie en ecosysteem, focust ITQ op het zijn van een onafhankelijke kennispartner en haar klanten te helpen met de beste oplossingen op het gebiede van Software Defined Data Center, End User Computing, Cloud-Native Apps en Hybrid Cloud.

Paul Geerlings, CTO
E-mail: pgeerlings@itq.nl
Adres: Zeestraat 250, 1949 AG, Wijk aan Zee

Press release: ITQ enters elite group of VMware partners

Wijk aan Zee, August 15, 2016 – Professional Service Provider ITQ is the first Benelux partner of VMware to enter an elite group of VMware partners whom achieved all the competencies (12) possible within the VMware Partner Program. Worldwide ITQ is the third to enter the elite group of partners with all competencies. The other two companies are based in England and the United States.

The different competences can be achieved in different areas like: Software-defined data center, Network virtualization, Desktop Virtualization, etc. To achieve a competency in one field, a company needs multiple certified sales persons, technical sales persons and professionals in this field.

“Technology in general is getting more and more complex. Nowadays lots of knowledge is needed to use VMware to the full potential. The competences help the customer find the partner who can help them to achieve this potential. More and more we notice that customers see the value of partners with competences. Every partner would do wise to check his current competencies and see which he still would like to achieve. This allows customers to check if their partner is competent enough.”, says Paul Geerlings, CTO of ITQ. “We are very proud everybody within ITQ helped to achieve this milestone.”

ITQ strives to be the best independent knowledge partner by investing in knowledge. This resulted not only in achieving all the competencies. Recently, the first consultant became VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX). This is the highest accreditation within the VMware Partner Program. At the end of the year ITQ hopes to have 5 VCDX’s in multiple areas of expertise, next to the 7 vExperts, an EUC Champion and a vExpert NSX now.

About ITQ, Dutch independent VMware knowledge partner

Founded by Paul Geerlings and Francisco Perez van der Oord in 2001, ITQ set out to gather a group of consultants with a shared passion for technology to proudly work on the best IT infrastructure projects. With expertise on the entire VMware proposition and ecosystem, ITQ focuses on being an independent knowledge partner and bringing their customers the best Software Defined Data Center, End User Computing, Cloud-Native App and Hybrid Cloud solutions.

Paul Geerlings, CTO
E-mail: pgeerlings@itq.nl
Address: Zeestraat 250, 1949 AG, Wijk aan Zee

Another special vExpert status for ITQ Consultant

Recently ITQ consultants have reached the status of EUC Champion and VCDX-DV, but after his VCDX-DV Marco van Baggum has reached another special status. He is announced vExpert NSX.

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vExpert NSX

vExpert NSX is a status for a sub-group of vExperts worldwide. Of the 1300 vExperts, 115 are provided with this special status. This status is for just these 115 people because of all the in-person meetings, webinars and conferences about VMware NSX they attend. The vExpert NSX group provides a great platform for sharing feedback, receiving product information and access to early beta programs of VMware NSX.

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The vExpert NSX announcement is an extension of the vExpert accreditation. This accreditation is for the people who voluntarily add a certain level of effort to the VMware community, by speaking about VMware technology, writing blogs and/or educate other VMware users. ITQ has 7 consultants who have the vExpert status.

We are very proud of Marco van Baggum of reaching this elite group of experts.

If you would like to know more about Network Virtualization, don’t hesitate to contact us!

ITQ consultant rewarded with EUC Champion status by VMware

ITQ strives to be the best independent VMware knowledge partner. All ITQ consultants contribute to this goal by trying to be the best in their field of expertise. As a result, Johan van Amersfoort has been rewarded as an End-User Computing (EUC) Champion by VMware!

VMware End-User Computing Champion

EUChampThe VMware EUC Champion group is a worldwide, but fairly small group of EUC experts who don’t work for VMware. VMware describes them as “insiders-who-are-outsiders” because of all the in-person meetings, webinars and conferences about End-User Computing technologies they attend. The EUC Champion group provides a great platform for sharing feedback, receiving product information and access to early beta programs.

vExpert

The EUC Champion announcement is an extension of the vExpert accreditation. This accreditation is for the people who voluntarily add a certain level of effort to the VMware community, by speaking about VMware technology, writing blogs and/or educate other VMware users. ITQ has 7 consultants who have the vExpert status.

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Johan received the EUC Champion status for all his efforts he put in to product feedback, network meetings, speaking at conferences like the NLVMUG and for writing blogs about EUC technology on the ITQ website and his own website.

We are very proud that Johan van Amersfoort has reached this elite group of experts.

Would you like to know more about End User Computing, don’t hesitate to contact us!

First VCDX success for ITQ consultant

The first ITQ consultant has reached the status of VMware Certified Design ExperVCDXt. This accreditation is so exclusive, every person gets his own number. We are very proud to announce that consultant Marco van Baggum is VCDX #223.

VCDX

VMware Certified Design Expert is the highest level of certification somebody can reach. There are four area’s in which you can reach this certification: Cloud Management and Automation, Dekstop and Mobility, Network Virtualization and the area in which Marco achieved his VCDX Desktop Virtualization. At the moment only 11 people (including Marco) have reached this status in the Netherlands and only 8 are not employed by VMware. ITQ strives to have 5 VCDX certified consultants at the end of this year.

Journey to VCDX

To reach the status of VCDX, people need to pass a couple of Standard and Advanced exams. From there on they are allowed to apply for the VCDX Design Defense. A complete design based on VMware standards and all other documents (configuration guide, build guide, etc.) need to be send in for approval. When approved, the invitation for the official design defense is send. In the case of Marco, this was at the VMware Uk Headquarter in Staines-upon-Thames. A panel of design architects whom are highly skilled in VMware Enterprise Deployments ask technical questions about the design and questions about architectural choices which are made in the design. If the panel is convinced about the knowledge level of the author, he or she becomes an VCDX. This proves the design expert is peer-vetted to the highest standards.

Raising the bar

ITQ is very proud that Marco used his experience as Architect and Consultant to reach this accreditation as first consultant within ITQ. He raised the bar for his colleague’s and we are sure more will follow!