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  • 12 October 2020
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Hello and welcome to the SaaSOps Community! Let’s start with some introductions:

  • What is your name?
  • Job title?
  • Company?
  • Location?
  • Google Workspace or Microsoft 365?
  • 🍍 on 🍕, genius or an abomination?
  • (optional) Any other info about yourself that you’d like to include...

 


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I’ll start!

  • What is your name? Mike Stone
  • Job title? Community Director
  • Company? BetterCloud
  • Location? New York, NY (originally from New Jersey, go ahead, you can make fun of me…. :confounded: )
  • Google Workspace or Microsoft 365? Google Workspace :thumbsup_tone1:
  • 🍍 on 🍕, genius or an abomination? An absolute abomination. Pineapple shouldn’t be anywhere near pizza.
  • (optional) Any other info / interests / skills that you’d like to include…
    Hello everyone! I’m Mike, I’ve been at BetterCloud for almost 8 years and I’m honored to be a part of the SaaSOps Community! At BetterCloud, I’ve worked on our Support team, our Expert Advisory Group, and now I couldn’t be happier to be in charge of our community :sunglasses: . Professionally and personally, I obsess over automation and I love building tools and bots using Google Apps Script. 

    Here’s a photo of me once trying to make a VR office tour/walk through (it didn’t end well):

     

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  • What is your name? Marques (pronounced “Marcus”)
  • Job title? Senior Director, Network & Cloud Infrastructure
  • Company? Achievement First
  • Location? St Louis, MO
  • Google Workspace or Microsoft 365?  Microsoft 365
  • 🍍 on 🍕, genius or an abomination?  That’s an abomination. Be true to thyself and just eat the junk food, don’t try to cover it up with a pineapple. :) 
  • (optional) Any other info about yourself that you’d like to include…  I’m passionate about fantasy football, staying up on the latest tech/gadget news, Okta certified, and very active with both work/church in terms of racial justice/equity work. 

 

Here’s a photo of me chilling at home and reading some texts...I was only able to get through about 50% of them. :) 

 

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  • What is your name? David Politis
  • Job title? CEO
  • Company? BetterCloud
  • Location? New York, NY
  • Google Workspace or Microsoft 365? Google Workspace (aka Google Apps, Google Enterprise, G Suite)
  • 🍍 on 🍕, genius or an abomination? I actually love pineapple on pizza but haven’t had it in years… I’ll be ordering some tonight. 
  • (optional) Any other info about yourself that you’d like to include.. I started BetterCloud 9 years ago. The company has grown to 300 employees, thousands of customers, alongside you we’ve created one of the fastest growing IT movements ever. Personally, in the last 9 years, I got engaged, got married and had two kids. Both professionally and personally these have been the best 9 years of my life and my family very much shares in it. Here are some photos over the years of me with my boys in my office. 

 

 

 

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  • What is your name? Randy Tanenhaus
  • Job title? IT Manager
  • Company? ClassPass
  • Location? Missoula, MT
  • Google Workspace or Microsoft 365? Google all the way!!!
  • 🍍 on 🍕, genius or an abomination? Standing on the sidelines of this holy war, but I will say, I do enjoy the flavor of pineapple on a pizza.
  • (optional) Any other info about yourself that you’d like to include… Ready to nerd out at any time. Not afraid to age myself going back to old school stuff. I grew up watching ReBoot and Mr Rogers, so eclectic is an understatement.

 

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  • What is your name?  My name is Paul.  ignore what it says up top. 
  • Job title? Chief of Vision | The person with the visions of the devil or something… 
  • Company?  22d consulting | come with us into the 22nd century…it’s gonna be nice if you follow us. 
  • Location?  Deepest valley I could find; staying away from this zombie apocalypse somewhere in Bavaria. 
  • Google Workspace or Microsoft 365? Huh?  That’s what you ask?…okay, it’s Google, obviously.  
  • 🍍 on 🍕, genius or an abomination?  Whatever makes you full, I guess. 
  • (optional) Any other info about yourself that you’d like to include… Not always as bad with the jokes.  But hey.  Here I am telling you how to use your freaking 🤬 for the 100th time …  oh, sorry @mike-bc … I’ll stay civil.. 
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  • What is your name? Devin Domingo
  • Job title? Senior Implementation Specialist and Chair of BetterCloud’s Rainbow Mafia (LGBTQ+ in case you couldn’t tell) Employee Resource Group
  • Company? BetterCloud
  • Location? New York, NY - uptown in Washington heights!
  • Google Workspace or Microsoft 365? Google Workspace 
  • 🍍 on 🍕, genius or an abomination? By @jabes ’s answer above I am a literal baby and will not put pineapple on pizza. Maybe with ham. Maybe.
  • (optional) Any other info / interests / skills that you’d like to include…
    I started my career as an Apple specialist selling iPads and 10 years later, somehow found myself consulting and implementing BetterCloud for hundreds of customers. When I’m not doing SaaSOps, I’m either playing smash bros, working out, or traveling! 

Here’s me on a pretty recent trip to the Catskills. I’m partially blonde now.

 

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  • What is your name? Brian Kim
  • Job title? Consultant
  • Company? StrataPrime
  • Location? Toronto, Canada (winter is coming.._)
  • Google Workspace or Microsoft 365? Google! Unless I have to do something with AzureAD here and there
  • 🍍 on 🍕, genius or an abomination? absolutely love it. it’s a Canadian invention after all. Sorry! 
  • (optional) Any other info about yourself that you’d like to include...I’m known to derail threads off topic. If I could, I would manage everything in GAM. I also look nothing like Ash Ketchum (my Slack profile photo - bit of a joke for when I have had set up a catchall routing rule)
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  • What is your name?
    • Blair Sammons
  • Job title?
    • Enterprise Solutions Engineer
  • Company?
    • BetterCloud
  • Location?
    • The Pacific Northwest
  • Google Workspace or Microsoft 365?
    • Workspace!!
  • 🍍 on 🍕, genius or an abomination?
    • My favorite pizza is a good Hawaiian. Don’t @ me.
  • (optional) Any other info about yourself that you’d like to include…
    • Huge nerd household over here! 
      • We have over 1,000 lego sets
      • I own no less than 3 light sabers
      • Been a DisneyLand Passholder for 20+ years.
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  • What is your name? lisa
  • Job title? Implementation Specialist 
  • Company? BetterCloud
  • Location? Oakland, CA, but my heart is always in London!
  • Google Workspace or Microsoft 365?  Google please.
  • 🍍 on 🍕, genius or an abomination?  ok.  so, despite the fact that this might bring ridicule, i like pineapple on pizza.  i like it a lot.  throw some sliced mushrooms on there too and we have a party!  
  • (optional) Any other info about yourself that you’d like to include…  i’m owned by two cats, willow and koi.  i don’t capitalize my name… it’s a thing.  i’m an implementation specialist at BetterCloud on the EAG team.  i love to travel… this is starting to sound like a dating profile so i’ll stop.

cat tax: (koi first and then willow)

 

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  • What is your name? Justine Bienkowski, I also go by Jabes!
  • Job title? Director of SaaSOps and Corporate IT
  • Company? BetterCloud
  • Location? Brooklyn, NY
  • Google Workspace or Microsoft 365? Google all the way!
  • 🍍 on 🍕, genius or an abomination? Pineapple on pizza is amazing. Anyone that disagrees is a literal baby.
  • (optional) Any other info about yourself that you’d like to include… Hello!! I’ve been using BetterCloud/Flashpanel for many, many moons. The SaaSOps community has been invaluable to me, on both a professional & personal level. I’m a huge fantasy & sci-fi fan, and a big gardener. Happy to be here :grinning:

Betty:

 

Suzy:

 

My roof garden!

 

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Hi everyone!

  • What is your name? Laura Zupan
  • Job title? Customer Success Executive
  • Company? BetterCloud 
  • Location? Oakland, CA
  • Google Workspace or Microsoft 365? Google Workspace
  • 🍍 on 🍕, genius or an abomination? Not my first choice, but I wouldn’t pick it off of a slice!
  • (optional) Any other info about yourself that you’d like to include…

When I’m not in my home office, helping our Strategic customers do amazing things with BetterCloud, you can find me trying new restaurants, playing with my five month old son, or curled up with a good book. I’ve got a passion for technology and digital literacy and if I wasn’t a CSM, I’d be a librarian. 

Me and my five month old son, Nolan

 

 

 

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  • Alex McDonald
  • Manager, IT Security
  • Rayonier, Inc
  • Jacksonville Florida
  • Google Workspace or Microsoft 365?
    Yes
  • 🍍 on 🍕, genius or an abomination?
    To each their own!
     

     

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  • What is your name? Chris Walker aka CDUBS
  • Job title? Enterprise Solutions Engineer
  • Company? This place called BetterCloud! :sunglasses:
  • Location? Anywhere with a gig speed connection...minimum
  • Google Workspace or Microsoft 365? Workspace 365 Suite Admin Console Exchange - all the things
  • 🍍 on 🍕, genius or an abomination? Five Guys BURGERS over everything. 
  • Fun Facts:
    • I am fluent in Spanish and English
    • I am a father of two furry mutts named Trixie and Ruby
    • I am raising two chickens in my coop for some fresh eggs next year
    • I have a massive Dodge Ram truck - big mechanic guy
    • I play serious PGA golf...online DUH 
    • Aside from building my own computers, coding in node, javascript, powershell, and gam, I try to go outside as much as possible because sunlight is good in moderation
    • I also belonged to a bowling league and won 3 consecutive championships (hoping to sign up again next year..fingers crossed)
    • Feel free to caption these photos. Also, you will NOT meet a bigger Washington Capital fan than me...
       

 

  • Like...I made it on the jumbo screen during the Stanley Cup final 4 game..so yeah
     

    Also. STAR WARS.

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I am a scrub lately and didn’t make it to post before now. Good morning! :upside_down:

I’m Rose Layton, currently a Strategic Technology Partner at an education, workforce, and economic development non-profit named Strada Education Network. Strada is based out of Indianapolis, but we have affiliates and employees all over the US, and even a few in a handful of countries.

We’re a Google shop #gsuiteforever.
NO to 🍍 on 🍕 .

Besides IT, I like cats and mobile games. Catch me in Slack.

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  • What is your name? Adam Shopshire
  • Job title? Director of Strategic Technology
  • Company? Strada Education Network
  • Location? Indianapolis for me, but my team is spread out across the country
  • Google Workspace or Microsoft 365? Google
  • 🍍 on 🍕, genius or an abomination? genius… (also in coconut rum)
  • (optional) Any other info about yourself that you’d like to include… photographer, musician, father, husband, friend… oh… and I know Rose & Tucker… :)
My daughter and I with her wedding party behind us from just a few weeks ago!

 

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  • What is your name? Bert Smith
  • Job title? Security Operations Lead
  • Company? Vertex
  • Location? The Silicon Prairie a.k.a Iowa.
  • Google Workspace or Microsoft 365? I swing both ways.
  •  on , genius or an abomination? As long as it doesn’t make it too wet/soggy, I’m okay with it.
  • (optional) Any other info about yourself that you’d like to include… I like any and all things SaaSOps, Information Technology, Gaming, or Security and Compliance related. I’ve been a BetterCloud user for 5 years, G Suite for 8, and IT for 12, although I’ve barely scratched the surface. I like to try and make @mike-bc laugh.
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  • What is your name? Jen Fish
  • Job title? Implementation Specialist 
  • Company? BetterCloud
  • Location? Brooklyn, NY
  • Google Workspace or Microsoft 365? Google 
  • 🍍 on 🍕, genius or an abomination? Not for me personally, but go for it if you like it!
  • (optional) Any other info about yourself that you’d like to include… My first career was being a newspaper reporter, which is why I now work with computers. I love reading, video games, sports, and hanging out with my wife and our three-legged cat, Abe.

 

 

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  • What is your name? Mike Connery
  • Job title? Director of Solutions Engineering
  • Company? BetterCloud
  • Location? Freeport, ME 
  • Google Workspace or Microsoft 365? Google 
  • 🍍 on 🍕, genius or an abomination? All for food experimentation, but this one has run its course.
  • (optional) Any other info / interests / skills that you’d like to include…
    Been at BetterCloud a long time now and when not doing all things SaaSOps, I spend my time woodworking (or making generally) and with drone photography!
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  • What is your name? Brian Farrell
  • Job title? IT Manager
  • Company? BetterCloud!
  • Location? Now in Los Angeles, formerly NYC, formerly Chicago (polite midwestern roots)
  • Google Workspace or Microsoft 365? C’mon really? Google Apps/G Suite/Google Workplace/Google Lifestyle 4 eva
  • 🍍 on 🍕, genius or an abomination? Very much for 🍍 on 🍕 (and I’m not even Canadian)
  • (optional) Any other info about yourself that you’d like to include… I’ve been at BetterCloud for about 2.5 years, but a BetterCloud user for about 7.5 years. I like automation, architecture, food, languages, rugby, coffee, and sleep. Former  Genius. When in doubt, I ask @mike-bc.
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  • What is your name? Sean Harmuth
  • Job title? Implementation Specialist
  • Company? Bettercloud 
  • Location? SF Bay Area, California
  • Google Workspace or Microsoft 365? Used both, Admin’d both, praised both, cursed both, no preference. 
  • 🍍 on 🍕, genius or an abomination? Haven’t tried it, so not entitled to an opinion. I’m trying to get to the end without ever finding out. 
  • (optional) Any other info about yourself that you’d like to include… I’m a big fan of motorsports, mostly F1, in the way people are baseball fans, so I can bore you for hours on the subject. Beware. 
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  • What is your name? Joe Ahmad
  • Job title? Engineer, Corporate IT
  • Company? Integral Ad Science
  • Location? New York, New York
  • Google Workspace or Microsoft 365? Google
  • 🍍 on 🍕, genius or an abomination? gross, gross, gross, it’s gross.
  • (optional) Any other info about yourself that you’d like to include… 
    My dog’s name is LEO BURRITO 

     

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  • What is your name? J. Scott Allen
  • Job title? Product Owner - Collaboration Services Engineering
  • Company? Global Payments Inc
  • Location? North Texas (Headquarters ATL, GA)
  • Google Workspace or Microsoft 365? G Workspace
  • 🍍 on 🍕, genius or an abomination? Genius
  • (optional) Any other info about yourself that you’d like to include…
    Love workflow automation…we have created so many workflows...plenty of them redundant but hundreds! :grin:
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  • What is your name? Eddie Langer
  • Job title? Directory of Network Technology
  • Company? Democracy Prep Public Schools
  • Location? NY
  • Google Workspace or Microsoft 365? Google Workspace
  • 🍍 on 🍕, genius or an abomination?  hmm I’ll try anything once
  • (optional) Any other info about yourself that you’d like to include… Been with BetterCloud from the very start.
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  • What is your name? Rick
  • Job title? Director, IT and Information Security
  • Company? MERGE
  • Location? Boston, the Hub of the Universe
  • Google Workspace or Microsoft 365? I’ve used and administered both, and each have their strong points!
  • 🍍 on 🍕, genius or an abomination? Absolute unfettered genius.
  • (optional) Any other info about yourself that you’d like to include… I’m a big fan of motorcycles (riding them and watching racing), play a few instruments, and am a big Mac fan.

 

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  • What is your name? Dominic Lau
  • Job title? IT System Engineer
  • Company? Braze
  • Location? SF
  • Google Workspace or Microsoft 365? Google Workspace
  • 🍍 on 🍕, genius or an abomination?  genius
  • (optional) Any other info about yourself that you’d like to include… 

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