Local Technologist uses Innovation to Leverage Enterprise Level Practices for the Local Business Market

2013-12-15T09:00:00Z Local Technologist uses Innovation to Leverage Enterprise Level Practices for the Local Business Market nwitimes.com
December 15, 2013 9:00 am

Hogan Consulting Group has spent over a decade getting to know how best to meet the needs of mid- size and large enterprise customers. During that time they have, by necessity, structured the offerings of Hogan Consulting Group to be in line with the best practices and efficiencies that are an ear mark of the technology companies, which have survived in such lean economic times.

The growth of their enterprise market has seen them make a successful presence in Indiana and the four surrounding states. Headquartered in Chesterton, they have offices in Kentucky and Ohio with a number of clients in Illinois and Michigan as well. One area that they wanted to further develop was their reach at home. Hogan’s focus on large enterprises meant that they were not tied to a community, which served them well.

The advent of cloud technology saw the creation of large companies who specialized in the maintenance of high performance computing hardware leveraging virtualized systems to provide enterprise level offerings to companies ranging from sole proprietor to thousands of people. Enterprise level stability and resiliency was available and affordable to the small business at last and this opportunity specifically leveraged the skills and habits which HCG had been building into the core of their culture for the last decade. Hogan Cloud Services is the result of all of these factors coupled with HCG’s years of experience in deploying and managing these environments for large organizations.

While Hogan Consulting Group will continue to focus on the enterprise clients, this new division, Hogan Cloud Services, will work to establish itself firmly in the region. Focusing on involvement with the community and keeping an eye on not just where technology should go, but also where the region is headed.

The new service will be brought into the local small to mid-sized business community by experienced technologists from within that community. These individuals will have first hand knowledge of the needs of the community and be able to leverage their own skills as well as articulate their needs to existing engineers within Hogan’s organization. This growth is starting out with Karl Tatgenhorst, a technologist who has had broad exposure to the local business market and their needs over the last decade.

“We had started the Cloud Services offering as a line within our practice and were looking for a catalyst to grow it.” Michael Hogan said. “Karl started a company locally with a near identical aim focusing on health care, it seemed he had the ties to the people I wanted to reach and we had the skills in-house to greatly increase his scope so it was an easy decision.”

“Having held critical IT positions in small to mid-sized businesses, the most important thing I can offer is to expand their presence through automation. Typically, organizations hire the best help they can find for IT and then they find them constantly engaged in minutia of maintaining service levels. The cloud can cost effectively manage these distractions, freeing up some extremely bright talent to focus on better aligning your’ use of technology with your’ companies goals,” Karl Tatgenhorst said.

HCG is definitely increasing its personal investment in the community, including Michael Hogan being asked to serve on the Duneland Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors. Additionally, due to Karl Tatgenhorst’s passionate belief in Northwest Indiana as a great place to develop technology companies, HCG is taking a committed interest in the regional startup environment going as far as providing sponsorship and consulting to the Valparaiso Startup Weekend at Valparaiso University this coming spring.

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