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Beyond20 CEO Erika Flora Makes HITEC’s 2017 List of Top 100 US Technologists of Hispanic Descent

November 9, 2017 

Erika Flora, CEO of IT Service Management consulting firm Beyond20 was last week named one of the top 100 Technologists of Hispanic Descent in the United States by the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC). Flora, co-founder of Beyond20 and long-time ITSM and project management consultant was honored along with fellow HITEC 100 winners at a November 2nd gala in Silicon Valley.

Since 2008, HITEC has compiled a comprehensive list featuring the top 100 most influential and notable Hispanic Professionals in the Information Technology Industry called the “HITEC 100“. More than 500 were present for this year’s gala, all in an effort to further advance diversity in the Information Technology industry and to push and pull up other Hispanics within IT.

“I’m excited to be a part of this fantastic community of leaders helping other Hispanics get into and move up in IT,” said Flora. “The awards gala was a wonderful event, and I met some truly dynamic fellow honorees.”

About Beyond20:

Beyond20 is a technology-enabled services firm focused on transformative Project Management and IT Service Management solutions to support the practical implementation of Best Practice. Beyond20 is a Cherwell Preferred partner, with several of the world's largest and most complex Cherwell Service Management implementations to its credit. The company's experienced team has developed numerous customer solutions leveraging Cherwell's Codeless Business Application Platform, and was awarded "Most Innovative Use of Cherwell" at the 2014 Cherwell Global Conference. Additionally, the firm is a Microsoft PPM Gold Certified Partner, Bomgar Gold Partner, and Solarwinds Authorized Partner. All of the company's consultants and trainers are ITIL, Scrum, and ISO 20k certified and have extensive practical experience.

About HITEC 

The Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC) is a premier global executive leadership organization of senior business and IT executives who have built outstanding careers in information technology. HITEC's premier network spans the Americas and is focused on building stronger technology and executive leaders, leadership teams, corporations, and role models in a rapidly changing, flatter, and information technology centric world. These global leaders include executives leading Global 1000 corporations while others lead some of the largest Hispanic-owned IT firms across the Americas.

 


 

 

Beyond20 CEO Erika Flora Wins 2017 Brava Award

Oct. 18, 2017 

Erika Flora, CEO of Beyond20, an IT Service Management consulting firm and IT Best Practice Training provider, has been named a winner of SmartCEO Magazine’s 2017 Brava Award. The Brava Awards honor the distinguished achievements of high-impact female business leaders who combine their irrepressible entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for giving back to the community.

“I am honored to receive this award. Further, I count myself blessed to have an entrepreneurial mother as a role model. She taught me the meaning of hard work, the importance of doing work you love, and to always give help and show kindness to others along the way.”

Erika has worked in the IT Service Management and Project Management industry for more than 15 years and has been a strong voice and advocate for those both within and outside of IT. Throughout her career, she has mentored students and professionals of all ages and has been involved in organizations that help women and entrepreneurs alike, including: the Ellevate Network that helps women advance in the workplace - both for themselves and the greater good, Seed Spot that helps entrepreneurs start ventures that positively impact their community, Build MetroDC that engages students from under-resourced communities through entrepreneurship mentoring and coaching, as well as WIT (Women in Technology) and the Leadership Foundry that works to advance women to the corporate boardroom.

Connect with Erika on LinkedIn here.

 


 

Beyond20 CEO Erika Flora Selected to Speak on Women in Technology panel at the 2017 Cherwell Global Conference

Oct. 18, 2017 

Erika Flora, CEO of IT Service Management consulting firm Beyond20, lends her voice to a panel on women in technology at the 2017 Cherwell Global Conference in Colorado Springs, CO. The long-time ITSM consultant will join fellow panelists in exploring the unique challenges faced by women in the information technology field, from elevating women to leadership roles in the industry, to embracing authenticity and strength even in the most challenging of circumstances.

 

"It's an honor to be invited to contribute to this conversation, one that's long been close to my heart," said Flora. "At Beyond20, we believe in supporting women in tech and helping create a better workplace for women at all levels in their careers."

With over a decade of experience in the IT Service Management industry, Flora has long been an enthusiastic voice in the conversation around supporting women in the industry and propelling them to leadership positions. She is published many times over on the subject and spends much of her time volunteering as a mentor to women pursuing careers in technology. Flora is also involved with several professional organizations in support of women in leadership and tech - including WIT (Women in Technology) and the Leadership Foundry that works to advance women to the corporate boardroom, NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners), and WPO (Women President's Organization).

Learn more about the Cherwell Global Conference Women's Breakfast here. Connect with Erika on LinkedIn here.

 


 

Beyond20 Senior Advisor Selected to Speak on Building a Unified Service Catalog at the 2017 Cherwell Global Conference

Sept. 14, 2017

Andy Rivers, Director of Professional Services at Beyond20, has been selected to present "Creating a Unified Service Catalog" at the 2017 Cherwell Global Conference in Colorado Springs, CO.The interactive session will explore and resolve common challenges faced by distributed IT organizations when designing and building a unified service catalog.

Former Associate CIO of the University of Tennessee system, Andy has over fifteen years' experience with IT Service Management and CyberSecurity in the public and private sectors. His innovative approach to service catalog design has distinguished him as a leader in the industry as evidenced by his invitation to speak across the country at events such as Educause Connect, Fusion, and HDI.  At CGC, Andy will be presenting the unified catalog Beyond20 helped the University of North Carolina at Charlotte create.

"For many organizations, creating a service catalog is a deceptively simple task," said Rivers. "IT organizations offer so much to customers that it can become difficult to simplify, organize, and clearly communicate those offerings in a way that makes sense to and engages our customers. It is a true joy to guide our customers through the process of creating this foundational component of their ITSM journey."

Learn more about Andy's session here.

 

 

BEYOND20 Appears on the Inc. 5000 List of America's Fastest-Growing Companies for the Third Year in a Row

Aug. 24, 2017 

BEYOND20 has been ranked No. 1386 on Inc. magazine's 36th annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. BEYOND20's IT Service Management consultingCherwell Professional Services, and IT Best Practice training have launched the company from a start-up ten years ago to a thriving business. The Arizona-based company also has offices in San Diego and Washington, DC – where its GSA Contract has bolstered the company's presence in the federal space in recent years.

"We are absolutely thrilled to have made the Inc. 5000 list for the third consecutive year.  It's a true testament to our amazing team," says BEYOND20 CEO Erika Flora. "We keep our focus on delivering great products and services to our customers, and it's exciting to see the results of all of our hard work."

The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy's most dynamic segment— its independent small and midsized businesses. Companies such as Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees of the Inc. 5000.

"The Inc. 5000 is the most persuasive evidence I know that the American Dream is still alive," says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. "The founders and CEOs of the Inc. 5000 tell us they think determination, risk taking, and vision were the keys to their success, and I believe them."

 

 


 

Beyond20 Wins Two Stevie® Awards in the 15th Annual American Business Awards

May 12, 2017

Beyond20 has been named winner of two Stevie® Awards in the 15th Annual American Business Awards. The IT Service Management Consulting firm won in the Best Tradeshow or Convention category for Beyond20 SIXTEEN, the company's ITSM DevOps Conference in Washington, DC and in the Best Business-to-Business Services category for its Service Catalog Workshop.

 

More than 3,600 nominations were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, and over 190 professionals participated in the judging process to select this year's Stevie Award winners, making it the largest field in the award's history.

"We are excited to be recognized for two of our offerings, namely, our Service Catalog Workshop which helps IT organizations quickly (and in a fun, interactive way) solve a common challenge and provide a better level of service to their customers.  Second, our annual conference has been a labor of love for us over the years.  We are thrilled to be able to host an event that promotes thought leadership and knowledge sharing in DC with the ITSM, Agile, and DevOps community."

In considering Beyond20's Service Catalog Workshop for Best Business-to-Business Services category, a judge noted it was a, "Very useful tool for IT companies. Cataloging has truly never been easy for IT but now, looks like with this product might not be difficult at all." Another judge commented in evaluation of Beyond20 SIXTEEN for Best Tradeshow or Convention nomination, "This is a great example of a company understanding what's important for folks who attend their events. Love the holistic thinking behind the design top to bottom."

 


 

BEYOND20's Cherwell Software Video Tutorial Series Reaches 300-Video Milestone

May 11, 2017 

 IT Service Management Consulting firm BEYOND20 announced today that its Cherwell Software Video Tutorial series has reached the 300-video milestone. BEYOND20, a long-standing Cherwell Software Preferred Partner, has consistently added to the video library over the course of several years, making it by far the most expansive collection of Cherwell how-to videos in the world.

The videos feature BEYOND20 Solutions Consultants sharing little-known features and functionality within Cherwell, answering specific user questions, demonstrating Cherwell mApps of their own design from the BEYOND20 mApp Factory, and spotlighting new features (such as how to quickly and painlessly upgrade to newer versions of Cherwell). New videos are released weekly.

"If you've purchased (or are thinking about purchasing) Cherwell Software and need to train your team on all that this robust platform can do, then you will absolutely love our YouTube channel. Per one of our customers, 'It's like Christmas!'" said Erika Flora, Principal at BEYOND20. "We have an amazingly bright and creative team of Cherwell Solutions Consultants and believe we strengthen the greater Cherwell community by sharing our knowledge.'"

The tutorial series, which is completely free and available to the public on BEYOND20's official YouTube channel, has been a labor of love for the company's Professional Services team. They have worked tirelessly over the years to ensure the videos they produce are relevant, innovative, and easily digestible for Cherwell users of all experience levels. The BEYOND20 Professional Services team is available for further consultation and happily accepts requests for future content.

  


 

Beyond20 announces three new cherwell mapps at cherwell global conference

OCTOBER 4, 2016

ITSM and CyberSecurity Consulting firm Beyond20 today unveiled three new Cherwell mApps (Mergeable Applications), available immediately from the Beyond20 mApp Factory™. The mApps include Cherwell integration with Bomgar PAM (Privileged Access Management), Agile Project Management, and Automated Software Deployment.

Mergeable Applications, or mApps, are pre-built extensions, enhancements, or third-party integrations Cherwell users can add to their Cherwell Service Management™ implementations.

"We are excited to add these new Cherwell mApps to our Beyond20 mApp Factory", said Brian Flora, Principal at Beyond20. "These mApps will dramatically expand the functionality of the Cherwell Service Management platform."

The Bomgar PAM Integration mApp enables teams to manage access to systems, determine the duration of access sessions, and review session forensics – including video – directly from Cherwell. Integrating these two powerful tools allows security teams to keep a sharp eye on security without losing precious time or productivity.

The Agile Development mApp provides functionality that allows users to create, maintain, and follow Agile methodology for development of processes, applications, and systems using Cherwell to track development projects over iterative sprints. Teams can now collaborate on Agile projects without leaving Cherwell.

The Automated Software Deployment mApp provides functionality that allows users to create a list of applications users can request from the Cherwell Portal. Applications will follow an approval path if required, or be queued for install on the customer's computer.

To learn more at www.beyond20.com/cherwell/mApps, or reach out to info@beyond20.com.


 

Beyond20 awarded 8(a) small business certification by us small business administration

JUNE 16, 2016

Beyond20 was awarded last week with 8(a) certification by the United States Small Business Administration (SBA). With this certification and the resources it provides, BEYOND20 is poised to further develop its growing federal practice, which includes ITSM Consulting and Assessment offerings, training in the areas of ITIL, Scrum, Scaled Agile, Security, and Project Management, as well as Cherwell Software Implementation and Design Consultation. BEYOND20 is currently the only Cherwell Software partner with Certified 8(a) status.

"As a growing woman-owned, minority-owned small business, we are extremely excited to be awarded 8(a) certification by the Small Business Administration," said Erika Flora, CEO of Beyond20. "This certification demonstrates our commitment to quality within the public sector.  We look forward to continuing to support government in the implementation of 'leading practices' like IT Service Management, Agile, and Scrum."

In addition to BEYOND20's 8(a) status, the company holds the sole GSA Schedule for Cherwell Software products and services. The company's GSA Contract also allows access to implementation services, ITIL Training, Scrum Training, ITSM Consulting, and more. For further detail around BEYOND20's GSA and 8(a) Contract vehicles, including pricing information, visit http://www.beyond20.com/government-contract-vehicles.


 

Beyond20 HONORED WITH TWO STEVIE AWARDS IN 2016 AMERICAN BUSINESS AWARDS

MAY 20, 2016

Beyond20 was named the winner of two Bronze Stevie® Awards in the 14th Annual American Business Awards. The ITSM Consulting firm won in the Company of the Year – Business Services category, and in the Best Tradeshow or Convention category for Beyond20 SIXTEEN, the company’s ITSM DevOps Conference in Washington, DC.

More than 3,400 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, including Startup of the Year, Executive of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, Marketing Campaign of the Year, Live Event of the Year, and App of the Year, among others.

“We are thrilled to be recognized both as a company and for our Beyond20 SIXTEEN DevOps IT Service Management conference. Our team put together a one-of-a-kind event, bringing together some of the brightest minds in DevOps, ITIL, Agile, Scrum, and other IT ‘leading practices’. We were honored to have government leaders from DISA, USDA, and 18F along with industry leaders like Google and IBM.  We managed to make the event fun, intimate, and rich in learning (complete with local foods, interactive games, and walls you could write on). We are looking forward to next year’s event at the Newseum April 3-4, 2017.”

In considering BEYOND20’s nomination for Company of the Year, one judge reflected, “While clearly maintaining strong results for its growing customer base, Beyond20 has also kept its team enthusiasm, and been innovative in its inbound marketing strategies, while continuing to demonstrate commitment to social responsibility.” Another, while considering the firm’s Best Tradeshow or Convention nomination, added, “From concept to execution, this conference event is flawless. Great achievement, especially with the nice touch of providing Legos to create with.”

Learn more about the ITSM DevOps Conference at www.beyond20conference.com.


 

 

Beyond20 principal erika flora wins executive of the year award at 2016 executive management awards

MARCH 10, 2016

Beyond20 Principal Advisor, Erika Flora, was honored last week with Smart CEO's Executive of the Year Award at their annual Executive Management Awards gala in Washington, DC. Flora, honored for her leadership style, strategic vision, and commitment to mentorship, joins an elite group of DC area executive-level managers presented with this year's award.

Beyond20, an ITSM Consulting and Training firm, recently celebrated its tenth year with Flora on the executive team. Her nomination and subsequent win at this year's Executive Management Awards reflect the tremendous impact her leadership has had in growing the company from start-up to proud member of Inc. Magazine's 2015 list of fastest-growing private companies in America (the Inc. 5000).

"This is an award for our amazing Beyond20 team more than it is for me," said Flora. "Above all, I see my leadership role as one of a servant and mentor. I work hard to understand what my people need, remove roadblocks, and let them do their best work. I like to work in places where I'm learning and growing, where my my work is valued, where I can be creative and honest, and where I am doing something meaningful – that's what we work hard to provide for our employees."

The Executive Management Awards honor Washington area leaders who work behind the scenes to build the region's top companies. The award honors executives based on their display of ethics, leadership, collaboration, creativity, and dedication in support of their organization's missions.


 

Beyond20 Senior Advisor to speak on service catalog development at educause connect conferences in denver and miami

FEBRUARY 12, 2016

Beyond20 Senior Advisor, Andy Rivers, has been selected along with Karalee Woody to present "Service Catalog: An End-to-End Perspective" at Educause Connect conferences this year in Denver (March 2 – 4) and Miami (April 6 – 8). The former Associate CIO of the University of Tennessee system has over ten years experience in the industry, his higher education background serving as the cornerstone of Beyond20's Higher Education ITSM Consulting practice.

Rivers has lead numerous Service Catalog Workshops and consulting engagements with Beyond20, working in each case to ensure a sound process from design to retirement. These experiences, and his seasoned perspective on ITSM in higher education, are reflected in his Educause Connect session – incorporating depth in theory and practice, and maybe a game or two.

"For many universities, creating a service catalog is a deceptively complex task," said Rivers. "We offer so much to our campuses that it can become difficult to capture it all. It is a true joy to guide people through the process of creating this foundational component of their ITSM journey."

Read more about the session here.


 

BEYOND20 named to trainingindustry.com's 2015 it training companies to watch list

DECEMBER 31, 2015

ITSM Training and consulting form BEYOND20 is pleased to announce it has been named to trainingindustry.com's 2015 IT Training Companies Watch List. The list, released annually by the training industry watchdog, highlights the best providers of IT Training throughout the US based on the following criteria:

• Leadership and innovation in IT training
• Breadth of IT training and delivery methods offered
• Company size and growth potential
• Quality and number of clients/users
• Geographic reach
• Awards, recognition, and competitive differentiation

BEYOND20 provides myriad training courses pertaining to ITSM Best Practice, including ITIL, Scrum, and Security+ courses, all of which include the company's 100% exam pass guarantee. Additional courses and exercises include PMP Exam Prep, ITSM Simulations, and Service Catalog Workshops. The company also plans to roll out DevOps Foundations training in 2016.

"We are honored to be recognized for our hard work and considered among such prestigious companies," said BEYOND20 Senior Trainer and Advisor Andy Rivers. "We pride ourselves in working with the brightest minds in the industry to provide world-class training and consulting services. All of our instructors also serve as advisors and consultants when they aren't in the classroom, which ensures our training is grounded in best practice and real-world experience. We of course want our students to pass the exam on the first try, but we don't teach to the exam to achieve that goal – we tailor the information to fit students' individual needs and provide them with real-world examples aimed at helping them implement what they've learned when they return to work. It's an exciting thing to see the service we provide bring about positive and enduring change in our students' organizations. We love what we do and look forward to continually meeting the challenges of such a fast-paced, ever-growing industry."

Training from BEYOND20 is available to the public at the company's DC, Phoenix, and San Diego locations, or on-site at any organization worldwide.


 

Registration opens for beyond20 sixteen: itsm devops conference in washington, dc

DECEMBER 14, 2015

Registration for two-day IT Service Management DevOps Conference Beyond20'16 opened this week. Tickets for the event, scheduled for May 2 - 3, 2016 in Washington, DC may be purchased at a discounted Early Registration rate via www.beyond20conference.comthrough the end of January.

Beyond20'16 is designed as a lean conference, incorporating content curated by industry experts on a mission to trim the fat and provide exceptional, cutting edge knowledge sharing. Unique formatting, designed to create a casual, fun atmosphere throughout the event, will keep attendees engaged and interacting with speakers and attendees from start to finish.

"We've put together what we're affectionately calling an 'unconference'," said Erika Flora, Principal at Beyond20, "It's going to be an exciting, dynamic event, and our speakers and overall format will reflect that. We are steering clear of more formal, lecture-style presentations and will be incorporating lots of hands-on discussions, exercises, and panels throughout the day to obtain a more intimate, conversational feel."

The two-day event will feature speakers from the ITSM, Agile / Scrum, and DevOps disciplines, tackling the what, why and how of each, as well as the how to incorporate these "best practice" concepts seamlessly in any organization. Focused on practical outcomes as well as strategy and innovation, attendees will leave Beyond20'16 with a deeper understanding of ITSM and DevOps as well as valuable tools as they return to the office.

Sponsorship and Speaker/Panelist opportunities are currently available for Beyond20'16. The official sponsorship prospectus and speaker submission form may be located at www.beyond20conference.com. Questions may be directed to info@beyond20conference.com.


 

Beyond20 wins gold and silver in 2015 best in biz awards

DECEMBER 7, 2015

ITSM Consulting and Assessment Firm BEYOND20 has been named a Gold and Silver winner in the 2015 Best in Biz Awards, the only independent business awards program judged by members of the press and industry analysts. BEYOND20 won in the Most Customer Friendly Company of the Year and Most Creative Executive of the Year categories.

"We are honored to take home Gold for Most Customer Friendly Company," said BEYOND20 President, Erika Flora. "At our core, we are a service-focused organization, and we strive to bring value to our customers in all we do. This includes genuinely listening to and finding solutions to customer needs, staying at the forefront of and advising customers on IT 'best practice', and sharing our knowledge and expertise through free webinars and Youtube videos.  This also means adding a personal touch – being available when customers have questions, sending gifts and thank you cards, and making sure to celebrate our customers and their successes along the way."

The fifth annual North American Best in Biz program boasted over 600 submissions - the highest number to date. Winners were determined based on scoring from an independent panel of 46 judges from highly recognized newspapers, business, consumer and technology publications, radio outlets, and analyst firms. The panel included contributors to ABC, Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, Inc. Magazine, Silicon Valley Business Journal, and Wired.


 

Beyond20 Principal erika flora named member of women in technology's 2016 leadership foundry

NOVEMBER 6, 2015

WASHINGTON, Nov. 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- BEYOND20 announced today that its Principal, Erika Flora, has been selected as a member of the 2016 Women in Technology Leadership Foundry program. Flora, a founder and managing partner of the ITSM consulting firm, is one of eighteen women selected for the class of 2016.

"The majority of purchasing worldwide is done by women, and yet less than 20% of Forutune500 companies have women serving on their corporate boards," said Erika Flora. "It's something that needs to change, and it's exciting to be part of a program that equips women with the skills to contribute to the conversation and make a positive impact."

The Leadership Foundry program, developed by Women in Technology (WIT) was designed to prepare women for corporate board service in furtherance of their commitment to advance women "from the classroom to the boardroom". Each year, a group of 15-20 experienced women executives are selected to be a part of the program.


 

BEYOND20 ADVISORS to speak on Agile ITIL at fusion15

OCTOBER 16, 2015

BEYOND20 has been selected to present "Putting it all Together: Agile and ITIL" at service management conference FUSION 15, it announced today. FUSION 15, happening November 1 – 4 at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans, will feature Erika Flora, Principal, and Andy Rivers, Senior Advisor, from BEYOND20 on Tuesday, November 3rd.

"Andy and I are excited to share our knowledge and discuss how ITSM can be combined with Agile methods to produce high-value IT services - and how you can have fun along the way," said Erika Flora, Principal at BEYOND20.  "As part of the presentation, we will use Agile, project management, and ITSM/ITIL best practice in an interactive format by working through IT service-based projects. Plus, attendees will receive a complimentary copy of our book, 'Demystifying Agile, Scrum, and IT Service Management.'"

Visit BEYOND20's website for a full list of upcoming speaking engagements. To see video on this and other Scrum and ITSM topics, visit BEYOND20's YouTube channel.


 

BEYOND20 named one of america's fastest-growing private companies in inc. magazine's annual inc. 5000 list

OCTOBER 6, 2015

BEYOND20 has been ranked No. 1679 on Inc. magazine's 34th annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America's independent entrepreneurs. Companies such as Pandora, Dell, LinkedIn, and many other names gained early exposure as members of the list. "We are extremely proud to be part of the Inc. 5000," said BEYOND20 Principal Erika Flora.

"We have a fantastic team that focuses on delivering great products and services to our customers, and it's exciting to see the results of all of our hard work."

BEYOND20's ITSM consulting, ITIL & Scrum training, and ITSM Platform implementation services have launched the company from a start-up eight years ago to a robust small business boasting some of the brightest minds in the ITSM industry. The Arizona-based company runs additional offices in San Diego and Washington, DC – where its GSA Contract has bolstered the company's presence in the federal space in recent years.

"The story of this year's Inc. 5000 is the story of great leadership. In an incredibly competitive business landscape, it takes something extraordinary to take your company to the top," says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. "You have to remember that the average company on the Inc. 5000 grew nearly six-fold since 2012. Business owners don't achieve that kind of success by accident."


 

BEYOND20 adds cherwell 6.01 videos to youtube tutorial series

SEPTEMBER 25, 2015

Beyond20 is pleased to announce exciting updates to its ongoing Cherwell Software Video Tutorial Series. The series, which has grown to over 125 videos, now includes tutorials for Cherwell version 6.01, the latest iteration of the ITSM Software.

The same expert Cherwell developers from Beyond20 who created tutorials for previous versions of Cherwell have created these new tutorial videos. They have incorporated the same insight and attention to detail that has long made the video series a success among Cherwell users. Appropriately, there are currently six videos in the series specific to Cherwell 6.01, each of which walks Cherwell users through a feature new to version 6.01.

Erika Flora, Principal at BEYOND20 states, "As users of the Cherwell platform ourselves, we are excited about the new functionality that Cherwell continues to build and release with each new version.  We believe in giving back and sharing our knowledge with the ITSM and Cherwell community; and in doing so, our expert staff has developed a number of helpful Cherwell 6 videos.  We hope you enjoy these videos along with our more than 125 other Cherwell 'how-to' videos, which many Cherwell customers and administrators alike find to be essential tools in their IT Service Management implementation efforts."

Beyond20's Cherwell Tutorial Video Series is available to the public via the company's YouTube Channel. The Beyond20 development team is available for further consultation around the videos and is happily accepting ideas for future content.


 

Registration opens for beyond20 fifteen: agile service management conference in Washington, dc

JUNE 25, 2015

Registration for one-day Agile Service Management Conference Beyond20’15 opened this week. Tickets for the event, scheduled for October 21, 2015 at Washington, DC’s iconic Newseum, may be purchased at a discounted Early Registration rate via www.beyond20conference.com through the end of July.

Beyond20’15 is designed as a lean conference, incorporating content curated by industry experts on a mission to trim the fat and provide one exceptional day of knowledge sharing. Unique formatting, designed to create a casual, fun atmosphere throughout the day, will keep attendees engaged and interacting from start to finish.

Four session blocks will include a mix of PowerPoint-free talks, hands-on Team Workshops available only to those who attend with 4 or more colleagues, CIO Panels designed to provide actionable insight on enterprise-level issues, and a targeted matchmaking lunch for those seeking to network with experts in a particular field or position.

“We’ve put together what we’re affectionately calling an ‘unconference’,” said Erika Flora, Principal at Beyond20, “It’s going to be an exciting, dynamic event, and we want our speakers to reflect that. We want Beyond20’15 to steer clear of more formal, lecture-style presentations for the most part, so we’ll be incorporating panels, industry experts, writers, and bloggers throughout the day to obtain a more intimate, conversational feel.”

Pre- and post-conference training is also available, flanking the conference, which falls on a Wednesday. A Certified ScrumMaster training class will be held October 19 – 20, and ITIL Foundations October 22 – 23. Each class includes a full certification exam, and will be held in downtown DC, at a facility within walking distance of The Newseum.

Sponsorship and Speaker/Panelist opportunities are currently available for Beyond20’15. The official sponsorship prospectus and speaker submission form may be located at www.beyond20conference.com. Questions may be directed to info@beyond20conference.com.


 

Beyond20 principal erika flora publishes guidebook for pmi volunteer leaders

MAY 29, 2015

Beyond20 announced today the publication of its e-book, “(More than) 101 Ways to Add Value to Your PMI Chapter: A Guidebook for Volunteer Leaders”. Written by BEYOND20 Principal Erika Flora (PMP, PgMP), the free e-book offers guidance to local PMI chapters on volunteer leadership, innovative programming, and best practice as taken from PMI Chapters around the globe.

The tips and program ideas included in the e-book come from Erika’s own experiences as a PMP volunteer leader and board member. Her thorough research, vetting, and testing of these ideas became a robust “How-to” guide – one helped that her increase PMI Phoenix’s volunteer count from 2 to 200 individuals in a single year – an accomplishment that led to Erika’s selection as PMI International’s Volunteer of the Year.

“This e-book was a labor of love, created when I was a new volunteer leader,” said Erika. “We had two volunteers to support a chapter of more than 2,000 members. I was desperately trying to find a way to build the chapter’s volunteer team, so I kicked off a research project looking at the websites of every PMI chapter in the world. I kept a running list of any new or interesting programs other chapters were providing, and with the help of my BEYOND20 team, transformed that list into an e-book.”

The e-book, available for free download, is the ultimate guide for PMI Volunteer Leaders looking to increase volunteer numbers, enhance a chapter’s brand awareness, or cultivate deeper engagement among current volunteers.


 

BEYOND20 wins award of distinction for cherwell video tutorial series at 21st annual communicator awards

MAY 22, 2015

Beyond20 has been named a winner of the 2015 Communicator Awards for its Cherwell Video Tutorial Series. With over 6000 entries received from across the US and around the world, the Communicator Awards is the largest and most competitive awards program honoring creative excellence for communications professionals.

Beyond20's Cherwell Video Tutorial Series has been an important long-term campaign for the IT consulting firm. The first of its kind in the industry, the series is a completely free, publicly accessible resource for Cherwell developers of all experience levels. The series currently consists of over 100 videos, and has amassed over 6500 views.

The Communicator Awards are judged by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA), a 600+ member organization of leading professionals from various disciplines of the visual arts dedicated to embracing progress and the evolving nature of traditional and interactive media.

"We work with the Cherwell ITSM platform every day," said Brian Flora, Beyond20 Principal. "As a result, we have developed a unique level of expertise. This video series represents our belief in the value of sharing our knowledge with the larger Cherwell community in an easily accessible format."

"The work entered in the 21st Annual Communicator Awards serves as a true testament to the innovative ideas and capabilities of communications and marketing professionals around the world. Each year our entrants continue to amaze by reinventing the ways we communicate and market in an ever-changing industry," noted Linda Day, executive director of AIVA.


 

Beyond20 named #1 computer consulting firm by ranking arizona 2015

MAY 22, 2015

Beyond20 has been named No. 1 Computer Consulting Firm by Arizona's largest business opinion poll, Ranking Arizona: The Best of Arizona Business.

Over one million votes contributed to whittling this year's original field of 20,000 candidates down to 2,000 winners. "The companies that are voted into the top ten are those companies whose customers and clients say are the best companies to do business with in Arizona," said Mike Atkinson, President and CEO of AZ Big Media. "There is no better endorsement in business than one from your customers."

"We are excited to be recognized for our holistic solution we provide to our customers, be it training, consulting, ITSM assessments, or tool implementation, such as Cherwell or Microsoft Enterprise Software solutions," said Erika Flora, Principal at Beyond20. "We value our customers very highly, and take great pride in providing them with tailored solutions. We are thrilled to see our customers responding to our work in such a way that we would be ranked number one."

The firm continues to expand its myriad service offerings into 2015, including expanded training course schedules, service as master government aggregator for Cherwell Software - a move that will make Cherwell's ITSM Software available to the federal government via GSA Contract - and achievement of Gold-Level Partner Certification in Microsoft PPM, a designation that enhances access to a host of Microsoft support resources.


 

Beyond20 title sponsor of 8th annual run! geek! run! 5k charity race

MAY 8, 2015

Beyond20 is pleased to announce the company will serve as title sponsor of the eighth annual Run! Geek! Run! 5K race September 27, 2015 in Fairfax, VA. The DC-based IT consulting firm is honored to take part in the event, which benefits the Equal Footing Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to creating a level playing field in youth development and education.

"We are excited to be part of, and run in, this event," said Erika Flora, Principal at Beyond20, "Not only does it benefit a fantastic local organization, but it encourages broader non-profit engagement by the tech community - a community of which we're proud to be a part."

The race, known for its whimsical take on the 5K, brings together members of the DC metro area tech community with unique touches such as souvenir "geek" glasses for all participants and bobblehead trophies for top individual and corporate team finishers.

"Partnering with a technology firm like Beyond20 is a natural fit and will help contribute to our ongoing mission of providing local youth with access to technology as part of their education," said Christine Blake, senior account executive at W2 Communications and race director for Run! Geek! Run!, "With the help of Beyond20, we are looking forward to making this one of the race's most successful years to date."

Registration is $30 through August 27th, $35 through September 26th, and $40 on race day. Learn more at www.rungeekrun.net. 


 

Cherwell software partners with beyond20 to offer service management solutions to government market

MARCH 2, 2015

Cherwell Software, a recognized leader in IT Service Management (ITSM) announced the extension of their partnership with trusted IT consulting and solution provider Beyond20, whereby Beyond20 will serve as a master government aggregator for Cherwell. Cherwell's products are available to the public sector via Beyond20's GSA schedule.

"We are pleased to partner with Beyond20 to offer government agencies the very best IT Service Management solution in the market," said Jarod Greene, Cherwell's Vice President of Product Marketing. "IT service providers at the federal level face the unparalleled challenge of delivering high quality service as a matter of national security. Through our partnership with Beyond20 we enable these organizations to safely upgrade and modernize their ITSM capabilities, while providing the means to manage critical IT services that support integration and are cognizant of security requirements."

Cherwell Software is the developer of Cherwell Service Management® (CSM), an award-winning business technology and IT service management (ITSM) platform recognized by leading industry analysts worldwide. Cherwell customers are part of a fast-growing community using Cherwell Service Management to implement both ITSM solutions and business technology that goes beyond ITSM.

Many agencies establish Government-wide contracts, which simplify the procurement process for federal agencies by allowing them to acquire a vast array of products and services directly from commercial suppliers. The largest Government-wide contracts are established by the U.S. General Services Administration under its GSA Schedules Program (also referred to as Federal Supply Schedules and Multiple Award Schedules). State and local governments also use the GSA schedules for purchasing goods and services.

In addition to Cherwell Software, the contract allows access to implementation services, ITIL Training, Scrum Training, ITSM Consulting and more. "The GSA contract provides the Government with unprecedented access to and preferential pricing for our industry leading consulting, training and software offerings," said Beyond20 Principal Erika Flora.


 

BEYOND20 achieves microsoft gold level competency

FEBRUARY 19, 2015

Beyond20 announced today it has achieved Microsoft Gold Partner Competency, the highest tier in Microsoft's esteemed Partner Network, in the area of Project and Portfolio Management (PPM). This coveted distinction solidifies the IT consulting firm's commitment to Microsoft Project, Project Server, and SharePoint, and places it among the best of the best in the increasingly competitive field of Enterprise-level Project and Portfolio Management solutions consulting.

Microsoft Gold Competency designation is achieved through the completion of a series of exams designed to test Partners' expertise and adeptness in navigating these technologies. Additionally, Partners must submit customer references, proving a successful track record of implementations and projects utilizing these solutions. "Customers are looking for partner companies that can bridge the gap between their business demands and technology capabilities," said Allison Watson, Vice President of the Worldwide Partner Sales and Marketing Group at Microsoft Corp. "They need to trust in a company that can act as an expert adviser for their long-term strategy plans. Microsoft Gold Partners, which have certified expertise and direct training and support from Microsoft, can build a positive customer experience with our technologies."

"We are excited to have achieved Gold Partner Competency," said Erika Flora, Beyond20 Principal. "It showcases our technical expertise and reinforces the hard work we have put into implementing project and portfolio solutions over the past decade. We're looking forward to leveraging Microsoft's enhanced access to resources and new technologies, allowing us to provide even better products and services to our clients."


 

BEYOND20 releases cherwell how-to video series

January 8, 2015

Beyond20 announced the release of its Cherwell How To Video Tutorial Series today. The series, currently comprised of over 60 how-to videos, serves as a digital handbook crafted by Beyond20's expert Cherwell implementation consultants. The detailed, vidually stunning video series provides tips for beginners and experts alike, the content carefully selected by Beyond20's implementation team based on their vast collective experience with Cherwell's exceptionally customizable Service Management platform.

"With the release of our tutorial videos for Cherwell Service Management, a leading ITSM platform, Beyond20 is proud to participate in the growing community of practice of Cherwell users and administrators by sharing our ITSM knowledge and expertise," Said Brian Houle, Beyond20 Solutions Consultant. And the series is only growing, with new videos steading coming down the pipeline for weekly release. "Each client for whom we develop a Cherwell ITSM platform has a unique vision for the software and how it can be best customized to fit their needs. Over time, through these tailored implementations, the breadth and depth of our developers' experience became so extensive that it only made sense to formally share it with the larger Cherwell community," said Brian Flora, Beyond20 Principal.

Beyond20's Cherwell Tutorial Video Series is available to the public via the company's YouTube Channel. The Beyond20 development team is available for further consultation around the videos and is happily accepting ideas for future content.


 

Beyond20 announces kick-start cherwell implementation service packages

JANUARY 5, 2015

Beyond20 announced today that it has that it has expanded its Cherwell Implementation Services to include a range of KickStart Cherwell Implementation Service Packages.

Beyond20's KickStart implementation packages will allow customers to get up and running quickly on the Cherwell Service Management platform. "We're really excited about the new KickStart packages," said Beyond20 Principal Brian Flora, "We are able to implement a feature-rich solution in just a few weeks and deliver Return on Investment quickly. We're really leveraging our expertise in Agile methods and our Cherwell implementation experience to create incredible value."

Three KickStart packages will be available: KickStart Core, KickStart Genius, and KickStart Genius with Mobile. KickStart Core features the most commonly requested Cherwell system functionality, including Incident Management, Request Fulfillment, Problem Management, Change Management, CMDB, and a Service Catalog. With the KickStart Genius package, Beyond20 will also configure and deeply the Cherwell Knowledge Management capabilities, in addition to Beyond20 True Self Service, a richly featured end user self service portal with integrated knowledge management capabilities. KickStart Genius with Mobile enables customers to take greater advantage of Cherwell Service Management's mobile device capabilities, including native apps for Android and iPhone/iPad and a Self Service Portal for mobile devices.

Additional options include Advanced Dashboards and Data Analytics, and HR Process Automation/On-Boarding capabilities. All packages are delivered using Beyond20's Agile ITSM methodology and include personalized design sessions with a Beyond20 Solutions Consultant to ensure the configured system matches the needs of each customer.


 

Beyond20 awarded itil assessment contract by washington, dc superior courts

OCTOBER 23, 2014

Beyond20 announced today that it has been awarded Contract #DCSC-14-RP-0063 to provide ITIL Assessment services for the Washington DC Superior Courts.

The ITIL Assessment contract was awarded as a firm-fixed-price contract resulting from public solicitation. Beyond20 will aid the Courts in more effectively and efficiently managing IT processes, reducing costs, improving customer satisfaction, improving productivity, skills, and delivery of third party services. In addition to the Assessment Report & Gap Analysis, Beyond20 will deliver an actionable Roadmap and Training Plan specific to the Courts' needs - a process not unfamiliar to the Washington DC-based company. "Our ITSM Assessment process is unique in that we take a 360 degree view of IT Service provision and deliver an actionable roadmap for short- medium- and long-term improvements. We look forward to working on this project and supporting the important mission of the DC Superior Court," said Beyond20 Principal Erika Flora."


 

BEYOND20 configuration management solution wins silver stevie award in 2014 american business awards

OCTOBER 17, 2014

Beyond20 was presented with a Silver Stevie® Award in the 'Best New Product or Service of the Year – Software' category in The 12th Annual American Business Awards.

The American Business Awards are the nation's premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small.More than 3,300 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, including Most Innovative Company of the Year, Management Team of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, and Executive of the Year, among others. Beyond20 was also a Bronze winner this year in the 'New Product or Service of the Year – Software – Governance, Risk & Compliance Solutions' category."It is an honor to be recognized by the American Business Awards," said Beyond20 Principal, Erika Flora. "We are incredibly proud of our Configuration Management Solution. The Cherwell Service Management platform is incredibly powerful and allows us to rapidly develop applications to automate business processes for our customers"More than 240 executives took part in the judging and selection process of this year's Stevie Award winners. "The judges were especially discerning this year," said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards. "All of this year's Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie winners should be proud that the judges recognized their achievements and their ability to express those achievements in a way that captured the judges' hearts and imaginations."


 

BEYOND20 wins small company of the year in 2013 best in biz awards

FEBRUARY 10, 2014

Beyond20 has been named a Gold winner in Small Business in Best in Biz Awards, the only independent business awards program judged by members of the press and industry analysts.  For a full list of gold, silver, and bronze winners in Best in Biz Awards 2013, visit: http://bestinbizawards.com/2013-winners


 

BEYOND20 ITSM ASSESSMENT service wins people's choice stevie award in 2013 american business awards

AUGUST 20, 2013

Beyond20's ITSM Assessment was named the winner of the People's Choice Stevie® Award for "Favorite Business to Business Service" in The 11th Annual American Business Awards today.

The American Business Awards are the nation's premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small.

The People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite New Products are a feature of The American Business Awards in which the general public can vote for their favorite new products and services of the year.  More than 20,000 votes were cast in 34 product categories this year.  All new products and services to be honored in the ABA's new product categories were included in people's choice voting.

The Beyond20 ITSM Assessment service is designed to help organizations get an objective baseline of their ITIL / ITSM process maturity, along with a roadmap for short, medium, and long term improvement activities.  Beyond20 was also nominated for a People's Choice Award in the same category for its Service Catalog Workshop.  In addition to the People's Choice Award, both services were named as finalists for the American Business Awards and will win Gold, Silver, or Bronze Stevie Awards in September.

"We're deeply grateful to everyone who voted for us to win this prestigious award - it's a tremendous honor.  Our customers love the ITSM Assessment service because it provides a structured, actionable roadmap that feeds directly into the organization's strategy and provides a measurable service improvement plan that is sustainable over the long term," said Brian Flora, Principal at BEYOND20.

"The People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite New Products are one of the most popular features of The American Business Awards, because they complement the peer-review process of our awards competition with another means of validation for product concepts and performance," said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards.


 

BEYOND20 ITSM ASSESSMENT NAMED as finalist in 2013 american business awards

MAY 9, 2013

Beyond20 was named a Finalist today for its Launchpad ITSM Assessment in the "New Product or Service of the Year – Business to Business Services" category in The 2013 American Business Awards, and will ultimately be a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Stevie® Award winner in the program.

The American Business Awards are the nation's premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small.

More than 3,200 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, including Most Innovative Company of the Year, Management Team of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, and Executive of the Year, among others.  Beyond20 is also finalist in the "New Product or Service of the Year – Business to Business Services" category for its Service Catalog Workshop.

"It is an honor to be recognized as a finalist in the American Business Awards," said Beyond20 Principal Brian Flora.  "We knew this service had to be different and better than existing ITSM Assessments.  Our customers didn't want to be told what they already know – they wanted a roadmap with actionable recommendations that would drive tangible improvements.  Now we're able to deliver an assessment in half the time and cost of our competitors and provide ROI that customers can see and measure."

Finalists were chosen by more than 100 business professionals nationwide during preliminary judging in April and May.  More than 150 members of 10 specialized judging committees will determine Stevie Award placements from among the Finalists during final judging, to take place May 13 - 24.  


 

BEYOND20 SERVICE catalog workshop named finalist in 2013 american business awards

MAY 9, 2013

Beyond20 was named a Finalist today for its Service Catalog Workshop in the "New Product or Service of the Year – Business to Business Services" category in The 2013 American Business Awards, and will ultimately be a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Stevie® Award winner in the program.

The American Business Awards are the nation's premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small.

More than 3,200 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, including Most Innovative Company of the Year, Management Team of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, and Executive of the Year, among others.  Beyond20 is also finalist in the "New Product or Service of the Year – Business to Business Services" category for its Launchpad ITSM Assessment Service.

"It is an honor to be recognized as a finalist in the American Business Awards," said Beyond20 Principal Brian Flora.  "We are incredibly proud of our Service Catalog Workshop.  We're able to empower our customers to help themselves, and the result is the achievement of a goal that has often eluded them for years."

Finalists were chosen by more than 100 business professionals nationwide during preliminary judging in April and May.  More than 150 members of 10 specialized judging committees will determine Stevie Award placements from among the Finalists during final judging, to take place May 13 - 24.