Meet Technologyville: An outsourced IT department that expanded to Greater Phoenix
As a region, we’re on a relentless pursuit of innovation and technology, and companies here are committed to changing the game. It’s all about people, place and tech in Greater Phoenix. Learn why Technologyville chose Greater Phoenix from their President and CEO, Brian D. Yelm.
Tell us about your company:
Brian D. Yelm: Technologyville (now Cerberus Sentinel*) is an outsourced IT department for small and medium-sized companies that are looking for a competitive edge through the latest technology. We take care of strategic IT decisions and day-to-day IT, from your Firewall to your computers, for one monthly fee so you can focus on growing your business.
What city in Arizona is your company located in?
How did you come up with the idea for your company?
Yelm: When the company was founded in 2005, there were several enterprise applications like VPN and Remote Desktop that were finally available for small and midsized companies. However, Technologyville to help level the playing field for the “little guy”!
Explain why you chose Greater Phoenix to grow your company:
Yelm: Mostly personal reasons. I wanted a better life for my family and after 40 years in Chicago, we had enough of the cold winters.
Why is Greater Phoenix a great place to develop, implement and scale this technology?
Yelm: Companies everywhere can achieve great results from IT best practices but Technologyville is unique because we become part of your team instead of just another vendor.
What makes your product/technology unique and different?
Yelm: Technologyville is different in that we don’t just offer support as needed. We are so embedded with our clients that we act as their CTO/director of IT and manage the entire department, from ordering IT equipment to monitoring internet connections and calling on our clients’ behalf. We are much more than just a traditional IT company.
What’s the tech community like in Greater Phoenix? Is it easy to meet other people in the tech sector? Any tips for those who want to get plugged in?
Yelm: Our company has only been in the valley for a few years, so we are still trying to figure this out. My recommendation would be to get involved in networking groups and surround yourself with like-minded people. Phoenix is a melting pot of people from all over the country and my experience is that people from different regions have very different professional and work ethics. We tend to focus on working with people who have high integrity, are good people and understand the value of exceptional IT.
In your opinion, why should someone work in tech in Greater Phoenix?
Yelm: We are all looking to make good connections to help us pay it forward and make a name for ourselves in the community.
Are you currently hiring? What about in the future?
Yelm: We are not currently hiring but our core business development efforts are focused on the valley. We will be hiring help desk technicians and junior account managers in a few months.
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