Happy New Years

2016 has come to a close, and we are venturing into another exciting year here at Passportal with new team members, new products, and most importantly over 1,000 Partners from 32 countries.
 
In 2016, we moved into larger office space to accommodate our rapidly expanding team. We added 13 new team members, including our charming CFO who rounded out our executive team. This year Colin Knox, the founder & CEO of Passportal, successfully sold his MSP, XCEL Professional Services. 
 
Our growing team has allowed us to better serve our Partners and develop many new exciting features.
 
Added Features in 2016 included: 

  • 2-Way Sync feature for Active Directory. It not only allows password changes to be made on service accounts but also catches any changes made directly in AD, in real time. 
  • Our Labtech integration was also added, which allows for the ability to get the passwords from Labtech without needing to browse back into our web portal.
  • Site Licensing was introduced to provide end-users with a secure place to store their passwords.  With this, client employees have the ability to also conveniently share passwords with their IT provider. 
  •  We have also added a Chrome 1-Click Login Extension that allows for an easy 1-click logins to websites, maximizing efficiency!

In 2017, Partners will receive Passportal 4.0 which includes a completely redesigned user interface, new features, and improved functionality.  There may even be a very large new surprise just weeks away!
 
In 2016, 29 Partners joined and formed the: 

Passportal Partner Advisory Council (PPAC)
This year we reached out to our partners and received overwhelming response to join our Partner Advisory Council. Our PPAC is comprised of 29 members that come from all over the globe. Our council has been responsible for all feedback related to new features and functions along with participation in all our upcoming beta testing. 
 
Partnership
Passportal was successfully able to launch a partnership with ConnectWise. Bringing together an opportunity for MSPs to maximize their productivity allowing for operational efficiency and profitability. 
 
In 2016, we attended 17 industry events including the ASCII Cup in Newport, Rhode Island. There, Passportal won a silver medal which was the result of votes by all ASCII members. 
 
In 2017 Passportal will attend more events in Q1 than we did in all of 2016! 
 
Watch out 2017, because Passportal will be everywhere and with a new website, branding, product enhancements, and new solutions all supported by a great team, this is the year, we will deliver even more value to all our Partners globally.
 
We thank our partners for supporting us to this point and we look forward to even more mutual success in 2017 and beyond.  

 

Executive team does IT Nation 2016!

Just last week all three members of our executive team attended a jam-packed three day event in Orlando, Florida. Colin Knox, CEO and founder, Dan Wensley, President, and Mike Urquhart, CFO.

IT Nation is one of the largest events in the technology sector, with over 2500 solution providers in attendance. Passportal is proud to be ConnectWise Invent Member. In addition to being a Silver Sponsor of IT Nation this year, we were also one of the Sponsors for the first annual IT Nation Hack-A-Thon! 

 
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Our executive team was able to engage with new partners while catching up with partners who have supported Passportal for many years. 

Passportal took IT Nation by storm, Dan Wensley spoke on Thursday about how password management is a WIN-WIN for ITSPs and their clients. Passportal truly understands ITSPs having come from one. Dan spoke about the business operations of an ITSP along with the tools they use daily, such as Passportal, which is integrated with ConnectWise and LabTech for faster access to the passwords technicians need to do their jobs effectively. 

On Friday, Dan sat alongside Chuck Lobert, an active member of Passportal’s PAC (Partner Advisory Council) as well as Keith Crawford of Mainstream Technologies on a security panel facilitated by Webroot. The panel, Your IT Security Strategy: Safeguarding your Business and Theirs, discussed security as a key component of any healthy, revenue generating, managed service offering. Panel members spoke on their experience of end-user training, and how it can prevent unwanted situations, emphasizing the importance of having a sound security strategy. 

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Not only was the event filled with informative panels and sessions, our executive team even got to attend the IT Nation Celebration at Universal Studios. The famous amusement had Super Hero Island reserved for the attendees of IT Nation. Our team was thrilled with the outcome of the event, having connected with countless individuals over the course of the three days.

We look forward to meeting some of you at IT Nation 2017!!

 
Our Exec Team & Keith Crawford at Universal Studios

Our Exec Team & Keith Crawford at Universal Studios

 

 

 

Passportal attends ASCII cup 2016

Exciting results as Passportal wins silver at the ASCII CUP awards in Newport, Rhode Island last week! The award was a result of all the votes from ASCII members throughout the year. Dan Wensely (President), and Christina Stewart (Marketing Communications Manager) were at the event collecting Passportal's silver medal.

 
 

ASCII is the largest membership of IT providers and integrators, with a network of 2,000+ IT Service Providers worldwide.  The voting results boost confidence in our sponsorship. Not only did we win silver at the year-end awards, but Passportal has collectively won the following awards throughout the year: 

Dan Wensely has attended countless events in the past, so we asked him to speak about his experiences and how they have helped benefit him in the role he is currently in at Passportal. Below is Dan's response:

The picture below was taken 5 years ago at the ASCII cup event in Las Vegas. Out of the hundreds of events I have attended, and thousands of photos taken in my 20 year career in the IT Channel, this picture is by far the most special to me both personally and professionally. Of the 15 people in this photo, 10 of them remain my closest friends in the channel, one of them we sadly lost (we miss you Jean), and one of them is now my wife. Yes, it was quite a night! Five years later, attending the final ASCII summit of 2016, as I looked out over the crowd I was presenting to, 5 of these people were in the audience. 

The story of why I was back on stage at the ASCII CUP in 2016 is a result of another picture taken that same night in Vegas. The photo below is of Colin Knox and I which was taken moments after we first met.  Despite the obvious wild ASCII Vegas party we were both enjoying that night, this was the moment when Colin introduced me to Passportal, which at the time, was a product that wouldn’t be released for another month (November 2011).  Five years later, Colin is my boss, and Passportal has over 1,000 Partners across 32 countries.  That was one hell of a night in Vegas!