The Top 10 Reasons to Attend Evolution18

Looking to learn what’s next from Code42? Join us April 9-11, 2018, at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco for Evolution, our annual education conference. At Evolution18, you’ll hear the latest on all the most important topics in data security, connect with industry experts, learn from the pros in our 30+ breakout sessions, get certified on Code42 administration – and you’ll have a pretty good time while doing it all! Want to learn more? Here are the top 10 reasons to attend.

10. Evolution opening keynote. Code42 CEO Joe Payne and other special guests will take the stage to talk about all things landscape and product. If you’ve ever attended an Evolution opening keynote, you know that they always include surprises and keep the entertainment coming the entire time.

9. Education and certification. Check out the educational sessions that the conference offers. You can get in-person training and make use of that training budget to come to the rest of the conference! Each course offers a certificate of completion, and current Code42 EDU members can even take their admin certification exam. Talk about maximizing your time and money!

8. Evolution sponsors. It’s not easy to get budget to go to any conference, so it’s great to have sponsors like HGST and Jamf, so attendees can talk to other business partners and make the most of their time.

7. The Evolution Mobile App. The Evolution mobile app is one of the most engaging conference apps we’ve seen. Attendees talk, network, make plans and even engage in some friendly competition, all via the app. It also allows for live feedback and Q/A with presenters. This tool makes coming the conference a breeze!

6. Onsite meetings + networking. Every year, attendees tell us that networking and hanging with Code42 peers is the highlight of the week. Book meetings with anyone on the Code42 team, from customer champions to product owners. You may find yourself sitting and having breakfast next to the CEO, which always ends in great conversation!

5. Customer-led sessions. Have you seen our customer speaker lineup? Listen to talks from Juniper Networks, Lyft and BAYADA Home Health to learn just what’s going in IT and Security from around the US. Customer-led sessions are always a huge hit at Evolution!

4. Product launches. You won’t know until you show up. We can’t say much more than that, but there are exciting things in the works for Code42, and those in attendance will be the first to get the scoop.

3. The conference party at the Exploratorium. Anyone who attends Evolution is invited to the Exploratorium for a night of exploring their inner geek. We’ll eat local San Francisco bites and sip libations. It’s going to be a great night for networking with peers.

2. Theresa Payton Guest Keynote. Leading cybersecurity authority and former White House Chief Information Officer Theresa Payton will be giving us a ton of insights on the security landscape today. You might even spot her having lunch with some of our attendees. We can’t wait to meet her.

1. Security, security, security. For the first time ever, Evolution has added a security track. The track features industry experts such as Forrester Vice President and Security and Risk Research Director Stephanie Balaouras and speakers from the SANS Institute. Security pros will also listen to panel discussions with security professionals from IBM, Entrust Datacard and Palo Alto Networks. Attendees in this exclusive track will hear and discuss approaches to employee security training, vendor management, new tactics in security operations and more. You won’t want to miss this!

Customer Reviews Recognize Code42 as Industry Leader

At Code42, we have always viewed customer referrals as the gold standard. That’s why we’re so proud to announce that Code42 has been recognized as a 2018 Top 100 Software Company and Top 50 Mid-Market Software Company by G2 Crowd. G2 Crowd is an independent research company that provides an online platform for software buyers to learn about technology solutions based on the reviews of their users. It is these reviews of the Code42 platform that drove our placement on both lists, and we would like to extend our sincere thanks to our customers for their continued partnership.

Code42 is ranked number 63 out of 100 for software companies of all sizes, and number 29 out of 50 for mid-market software companies. We’re proud to appear on these lists along with the absolute biggest names in the software and technology sectors, such as Slack, Google, Mailchimp, SurveyMonkey and more.

While analyst rankings are important, we know that technology buyers rely heavily on hands-on experience from their peers. Positive reviews and inclusion on lists such as these help us to continue to make improvements to our product. Reviews of the Code42 platform on G2 Crowd consistently cite its ease of setup and use, reliability, customer support and scalability. To see more user reviews on G2 Crowd, visit the Code42 profile page here.

For G2 Crowd’s complete 2018 Software Company rankings, read the report here.

Join Code42 at Evolution18

Ready to take your Code42 administration skills to the next level? Join us April 9-11, 2018, at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco for Evolution, our annual education conference. At Evolution18, you’ll hear the latest on all the most important topics in data security, connect with industry experts, learn from the pros in our 30+ breakout sessions, get certified on Code42 administration – and you’ll have a pretty good time while doing it all!

For Code42 administrators, Evolution18 presents a valuable opportunity to learn the latest information and best practices in endpoint data protection, visibility and recovery, including the opportunity for instructor-led product trainings and certification. Some of the scheduled sessions include “How Industry Leaders are Approaching Threat Hunting,” “Running the Business vs. Building the Business: An IT Leader’s Guide to Demonstrating Business Value,” “How Code42 Uses Code42: Our Insider Tips and Tricks” and many more.

Evolution18 also presents the opportunity to hear from some of the thought leaders in the cybersecurity space. We are especially thrilled to hear from our just-announced guest keynote speaker, Theresa Payton. Whether you know her as the star of the CBS series “Hunted” or as the first woman to serve as White House chief information officer, her varied and unique experiences will certainly make for a can’t-miss keynote speech.

“We are thrilled to bring together customers for our annual conference, which has become a destination for the latest in data security education and Code42 product certifications,” said Joe Payne, president and CEO of Code42. “Our event draws IT and security thought leaders in charge of protecting some of the world’s most recognized brands. Attendees will hear from industry experts, like Theresa Payton, and discover ways to address some of the most important and complex data security challenges facing organizations today.”

We hope you can join us for Evolution18 this April in San Francisco. In addition to the opportunity to get certified in Code42 administration, the conference is always a great opportunity to connect with peers, industry insiders and Code42 employees. Plus, we always have a few special surprises in store for guests! Highlights from last year’s event included a welcome reception inspired by the foods of different San Francisco neighborhoods, a ping pong party with customized graffiti-tagged paddles, a claw machine loaded with Code42 swag and much more!

Watch the highlights from Evolution17, including the welcome reception and day 1 events.

Code42 Named Leader in the Twin Cities Tech Scene by G2 Crowd

At Code42, the first pillar of our company values is “put the customer first.” That’s why we’re so pleased to see that independent research company G2 Crowd has named us second on its list of the top B2B companies in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. This ranking was determined by customer reviews on the G2 Crowd website based on user satisfaction. The Code42 platform is ranked 4.6 out of 5, based on 269 customer reviews. With that strong score, we finished behind only our friends and partners at Jamf, who are headquartered in the same building as Code42.

“We are proud to be recognized by our customers–it’s a testament to our focus on putting the customer first,” said Ann Fellman, Code42’s senior vice president of marketing. “The tech community in the Twin Cities is vibrant and home to many cutting-edge companies that are driving innovation in their sectors. It’s exciting to see so many of them succeeding with their customers.”

The Twin Cities are ranked as the number two city in the Midwest tech overall behind only Chicago, which has nearly 10 times the population of the Minneapolis/St. Paul region. The Twin Cities is also ranked as the number two city behind Chicago for the number of startups founded since 2015, number of investment rounds in venture capital and metro areas by funding. In the past 10 years, closed sales of Twin Cities tech startups have reached the $7 billion mark.

To learn more about the state of the Twin Cities B2B tech community, and Code42’s role within it, read the report here.

Meet Your Customer Champions: Jake

Last week, we introduced you to Meara, one of our Customer Champions. Well, one post simply isn’t enough to talk about how important our customer service team is–after all, 88 percent of our professional services customers agreed that Code42 provides a great customer experience and reliable support.

Today, we’re going to introduce you to another member of our team who helps us achieve that level of customer service excellence. Meet Jake, who has been part of the Customer Champion team at Code42 for over five years.

Fun facts about Jake:

  • Has three cats, “and that’s still not enough.”
  • Collects LEGO sets
  • Was previously employed as a driver’s ed instructor

Watch the video below and hear why Jake is so passionate about his role as a Customer Champion.

Meet Jake

 

Meet Your Customer Champions: Meara

At Code42, we take customer service seriously. We’re not content to have “good enough” customer service – our customer service team fights to get customers what they need in order to address an issue. That’s why we call them “Customer Champions.” The value we put on customer service shows when we get feedback from customers like Fred Haydon, a systems administrator from Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.

“Every time, I’ve been in contact with anyone at Code42 over the past six years, I have been thoroughly impressed and satisfied with their courtesy, professionalism and helpfulness,” said Fred. “Whenever I need to point out a model of excellent customer service, I direct people to Code42.”

Today, we want to introduce you to some of the people who help us achieve that level of excellent customer service. Meet Meara, who has been part of the Customer Champion team at Code42 for almost five years.

Fun facts about Meara:

  • She went to high school in Costa Rica
  • Speaks fluent Spanish
  • Winner of the Code42 2016 “Sunshine Award” and the 2017 “Smiley Face Emoji” Award

Check out our video to meet Meara and hear first-hand about what being a Customer Champion means to her.

Code42 Announces Expansion Plans for the Education Market

In every sector, changes in the data security landscape have forced IT teams to rethink their approach to protecting valuable and sensitive data. But few sectors face as many unique challenges as higher education. With highly distributed users bases and IT infrastructure that can vary by department, the decentralized landscape of higher ed can often lead to blind spots and security gaps. The sheer value of a university’s intellectual property (IP)—proprietary research and ideas—significantly increases the cost and expands the impact of data loss. In the face of these challenges, Code42 offers these institutions a proven solution to endpoint data protection and recovery.

Today, Code42 announced plans to expand its presence in the education market. We are deepening our commitment to higher ed and other academic markets by building out a dedicated vertical business unit that will include marketing and sales functions. Currently, Code42 serves more than 700 higher education institutions and K-12 schools across North America, as well as seven out of the eight Ivy League universities.

Faced with a growing number of cyberattacks, education institutions today have an acute need when it comes to protecting volumes of sensitive faculty, staff and research data. We are committed to helping these organizations successfully recover proprietary information after data incidents, such as ransomware attacks, hardware failures, and laptop loss and theft.

Code42’s data security and recovery solution is designed to help schools take a proactive approach to data protection. The solution automatically and continuously backs up data on laptops and desktops so staff and IT administrators can respond to and recover from cyber threats more quickly. Education institutions can use Code42’s data security solution to:

  • Recover data residing on endpoints within minutes of a ransomware or malware attack, or when a file is deleted or a computer is stolen or crashes;
  • Gather documents and records housed on multitudes of institutional endpoints in order to expedite responses to Freedom of Information Act requests;
  • Ensure that research data, which is generated as part of an educational grant and stored on desktops or laptops, complies with stringent security requirements and government regulations; and
  • Keep staff and faculty productive during hardware migrations and system upgrades by easily transferring profile settings and giving them full use of their new devices as data restores.

“We selected Code42’s solution because we love how easy it is to use,” said Jason Conklin, IT service desk coordinator at the University of Georgia. “Because of its secure, continuous back up to the cloud, my staff can go about their jobs knowing all of their information is protected. This approach to data security provides us a necessary and important safety net, which is required in our environment.”

Code42 Hosts Women in Technology Event

On November 30, Code42 hosted an event in our office in conjunction with the Minnesota Women in Tech and Tech Ladies groups. We had asked the Minnesota Women in Tech members to nominate Pioneering Women in Technology here in the Twin Cities. The nominations were beyond inspiring to read and the selected winners are each a force to be reckoned with.

Among the selected was Sue Butzer from 3M. Sue is an original “3M wizard.” With multiple patents under her belt, including one for Scotch-Brite scrub sponges, she has been an innovative pioneer in STEM and inspires young women to feel good about their ideas, even when they don’t work out the way that they’ve planned.

Another award recipient was Mary Fox, who is currently the director of physics for Minneapolis Radiation Oncology. Mary has been an inspiration to women in the field of medical physics. In a very male-dominated field, she has taken the lead as director of a large group of physicists, and serves at many service organizations as a mentor to single mothers throughout the Twin Cities.

Also recognized was Brianna McCullough, who is currently an integration architect at 3M. Brianna is pioneer of technology that makes the world a better place. Whether doing cancer research or working in the medical device field at 3M, her spirit is contagious and she inspires all who meet her.

Finally, the event also highlighted Paige Dansigner, the founding director and chief curator of creative tech at the Better World Museum. Paige is a true pioneer at the intersection of art and technology. Through her work at the Better World Museum and numerous side projects, which all have the greater good at their core, she pours her heart and devotion into helping people use technology to feel more connected, more engaged and more human, every day.

Unfortunately, Mary and Sue were unable to join us for the event, but Brianna and Paige graced us with a panel discussion with Code42’s very own Michelle Trombetta.

Code42 Women in Tech Event Panel

The panel discussion covered many of the issues women face in the workplace, such as roadblocks and struggles, how women continue to break down barriers, and how they can trust in themselves and their skills. This event really recognized what women bring to the table and the continued need to be a support system for one another.

This was the first event of this size and nature at our space and certainly won’t be the last. As we look forward to 2018, Code42’s commitment to diversity and inclusion will focus on how we can incorporate the things we have learned from those pioneering women into our environment, and how we can partner with those in our community. The event truly highlighted the different ideas we have for progress and the enthusiasm for those ideas is just bursting at the seams.

Code42 women in tech event

Code42 Raises Over $10K for Children’s Miracle Networks

Late last week, gamers of all kinds at Code42 participated in Extra Life, a charitable event during which gamers pledge to play games for 24 hours straight, stream their efforts online, and solicit donations from friends and family. Money raised by the event goes directly to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, including Minneapolis-based Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. We were particularly excited to help our local hospital, as giving back to our community is an important part of our company culture.

We are thrilled to report that we didn’t just hit our financial goal of $9,042–we exceeded it. As of this writing, Team Code42 has raised $10,018 for Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare! We were also visited by two local television news crews. You can see one of the newscasts here.

 

Taking advantage of our Volunteer Time Off program, which grants every Code42 employee two days per year to use for volunteer opportunities, our fundraiser kicked off with a small crew at 10 p.m. Thursday night. This first shift started off the event stream with several hours of Destiny 2, some Rocket League and Playerunknown’s Battleground. Most of the Team Code42 crew came online at 8 a.m. Friday, and the new players brought with them some new activities. A group of gamers calling themselves “Gnome42” started a 24-hour World of WarCraft campaign, with every player using a level 1 gnome character. By the end of their 24-hour game, most players had reached level 60 or higher.

In one conference room at our Code42 headquarters, gamers played a 24-hour Dungeons and Dragons campaign. And in the main conference room location, Team Code42 members hauled in game consoles and custom-built PCs for many more hours of video games. The team’s Twitch stream rotated across the various player groups throughout the night. We’re pleased to say that we had an online audience for most of the whole 34-hour event–even in the dead of night!

Team Code42 made it through their 24-hour shifts thanks to lots of water, coffee, snacks and a few well-deserved short breaks. Highlights from the event include some particularly frenzied Rocket League matches, deliveries of pizza, sandwiches, and donuts from Code42 coworkers and the news crew visits.

We want to sincerely thank everyone who donated to our Extra Life event. If you meant to donate but didn’t get to it, there’s still time. 

Thank you so much for supporting our team’s efforts!

Team Code42 Joins Extra Life to Raise Money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

This Thursday, gamers of all kinds at Code42 will come together to participate in Extra Life, a charitable event organized to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. To participate, gamers pledge to play games for 24 hours straight, stream their efforts online, and solicit donations from friends and family.

For our first official Extra Life event, we’ve come together as Team Code42. Team Code42 is a collection of gamers, both at our headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota and in our satellite locations.

So our fans can join us for the event, we’ll be running a single stream that will rotate between the various players over the course of 34 hours. Yes, that’s right–34 hours. While everyone involved will play for 24 hours, we have a couple shifts of players starting at different times to extend the fun. Our stream starts on November 2 at 10 p.m. CDT and continue all the way through 8 a.m., November 4. As our stream rotates between players, you’ll see Destiny 2, World of WarCraft, Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, Overwatch, and much more. One group of players is even running a 24-hour Dungeons and Dragons campaign (Fifth Edition, if you want to get specific).

We’re playing to support Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota. Gillette treats thousands of children each year, regardless of their illness, injury or their family’s ability to pay. These kids are facing scary stuff like cancer, cystic fibrosis and injuries they may get from just being a kid. We are honored to be able to help them in some small way.

We’ve set a fundraising goal for our inaugural Extra Life event at $9,042. We hope that you’ll help support our efforts with a one-time gift that will go directly to Gillette Children’s Hospital. Your donation is tax-deductible and will make miracles happen for families who desperately need them.

We need your help to reach our goal for the kids. Thank you so much for supporting our team’s efforts! Of course, please watch us get loopy on sleep deprivation and gaming on our official event stream.