KippsDeSanto partnered with Brittenford Systems to receive virtual CIO services. KippsDeSanto is a premier investment bank located in Northern Virginia. They provide services to clients in industries such as IT, Defense, Communications, and Government Contracting. They assist business owners and management teams seeking liquidity who are planning the next steps in their company’s growth, or executing a merger or acquisition of their company.
KippsDeSanto reached out to Brittenford soon after the establishment because they were facing several challenges. They were struggling with inadequate bandwidth, storage and collaboration capabilities, and they wanted to maximize their productivity. KippsDeSanto needed a new infrastructure to solve their existing problems and provide a solid foundation for the future to accommodate their ambitious growth plans. Also, they needed to protect their intellectual property and provide anywhere access.
Managing Director and co-founder Kevin DeSanto says, “When we started our business, we faced a fundamental choice: should we take charge of the IT function ourselves or outsource it? We had limited expertise as technology managers-and even less time-so our startup IT infrastructure did not meet our needs. We found an excellent professional services firm that listened to our needs and offered to act as our virtual CIO. The Brittenford team has been a crucial partner in our growth by providing deep, broad, and responsive service, ranging from trouble-shooting to provisioning to advice on best practices for security policies and procedures”.
Working as KippsDeSanto’s virtual CIO, Brittenford implemented a variety of solutions over the past couple of years including an integrated network and security infrastructure, upgraded hardware, a Unified Threat Management Plan and hardened firewall, full IT relocation support, and several business sytems. These solutions have allowed KippsDeSanto to more than double since engaging Brittenford. In fact, they are outgrowing their existing office space and are in the midst of upgrade to support the next 3-5 years of growth.
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