Go West IT is celebrating eight years in business this week.  We started with five employees and a handful of great customers.  Eight years later our team has grown to 27 team members and we are searching for the 28th.  Our customer base has grown into the hundreds and we still work with most of that original handful of customers.

Earlier this week I thanked our team members for their contributions to our continued growth and success.  We did not get here alone.  Our success to date results from countless relationships with vendors, consultants, mentors, and most of all a fantastic group of customers who value our services and routinely refer us to prospective customers.  Thank you all very, very much!

Our business, like those of our customers, has adapted quickly to the changing IT landscape.  Go West IT is a leading provider of Microsoft cloud offerings, cybersecurity solutions, and managed IT services to small and medium sized businesses.  We are one of the very few managed service providers of our size to obtain SOC 1-SSAE 18 Type II and SOC 2 audits that provide our regulated customers third party verification of the adequacy of and adherence to security and availability controls.  In 2017, Go West IT was recognized as the Microsoft US SMB West Region Azure Partner of the Year for our leadership in taking small businesses to the cloud.  Most importantly, our team members solve and prevent real problems for our business customers every single day.  We have been and will continue pushing forward to empower people, solve problems, and protect value.

Thank you all very much.  We are looking forward to the next eight years!

— David Lewien, President

I recall a time when IT professionals adopted the “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it” approach to patching. To be sure, there was a time when patching firmware and software might have introduced more problems. That time is long gone. Aggressive patching is the new normal. Gone too are the days when a diligent IT person might go around to all the computers, servers, firewalls, switches, and other network attached devices and get them patched. That manual approach is no longer feasible and adhering to a manual patching plan is foolish. The nature of the modern cybersecurity landscape requires a platform which identifies patches that are needed, facilitates automated patching, and provides reporting & alerting to uncover anomalies.

Look no further than the Intel chip security vulnerabilities (Meltdown & Spectre) publicized this first week of 2018 for evidence of this new norm. When Operating System patches are released to mitigate this newly divulged flaw it will be critical that the patches are applied as quickly as possible.

Go West IT offers managed service plans that utilize state of the art remote monitoring and management platforms designed to keep systems updated and rapidly apply patches when new vulnerabilities are divulged. Stand on our shoulders and use the systems we have already built to keep your business ahead of the curve. Please contact us today at 303.795.2200 or info@gowestit.com.

David Lewien – President