It seems not a day goes by, where someone asks for my thoughts and recommendations regarding various service providers. So, here's my list…

Internet Services

Stephouse Networks

www.stephouse.net

Rock solid services, small company, VERY responsive technical support, and tech-savvy employees. I once hosted all of my personal and business systems in their environment. I left only because I outgrew them.

Forked.net

www.forked.net

Housed in Infinity Internet's datacenter, the folks behind this company were GREAT to work with - but they simply could not offer the professional quality of services I needed. This was due in part to Infinity Internet's frequent failure to deliver upon promised core competences.

Infinity Internet

Awful…I'll fill in details later.

XO

Awful…worse than Infinity…I'll fill in details later.

Integra

Services were within reason; nothing spectacular, but then nothing chasing me away either….more details to follow.

Voice/VoIP Services

CallWithUs

Used for outbound calls, especially calls aborad; cheap, reliable, and good quality local, national, and international calling options.

Teliax

Teliax

Since October of 2007, my main VoIP line has been provided by Teliax. I've got zero complaints; reliable, stable, cheap & always EXCELLENT quality calls. Great support crew as well.

Vonage

I used them for around two years…though I switched to Teliax, simply because Vonage charges WAY too much for the services offered…further, Vonage blocks access to software-based phones (unless you fork over yet-another $10/month).

Professional Services

Allports Inc.

Allports Inc.

Recommended by Travis Gintz, for their effectiveness at handling sea-freight logistics, including customs brokering.

Recruiters

Ally Recruiting

Cherice Withers
Principal Recruiting Consultant
Ally Recruiting
503-201-2161
cherice@allyrecruiting.com
www.allyrecruiting.com

Adecco Technical

Roger Cummings
Direct Hire Recruiting Manager
Adecco Technical
121 SW Morrison Street, Suite 840
Portland, OR 97204

Office (503) 889-7720 x105

Cell    (503) 998-4371
Fax    (503) 224-8130
roger.cummings@adeccona.com
www.adeccotechnical.com

Systems Administration

Microsoft Consulting

TOCICI Provides Microsoft IT support and datacenter hosting services in the Portland Oregon area.

Disclaimer: this is my business.

Linux Consulting

TOCICI Provides Linux IT support and datacenter hosting services in the Portland Oregon area.

Disclaimer: this is my business.

Technical Staff training

ALC Press

www.alcpress.com

I've worked with Ed Sawicki (owner) since 1998, in capacities such as team-teaching, team-presenting, and small consulting gigs. Without a doubt, this company cranks out training resources that both technical and non-technical people clamor for; they communicate with the business/non-technical sides with as much ease as the highly-technical sides.

Website Development

OpenSourcery (Drupal)

www.OpenSourcery.com

I had the pleasure of working here for nearly a year; the sales & marketing, and software design & development staff truly cares about the customer and their work.

Since I firmly believe that the management of a project is what makes or breaks it, for Drupal work, please instead see my recommendation for ThinkShout.

While I have not heard anything terrible about them in the past year, I can't recommend OpenSourcery anymore. They appear to have gone all-in; fixating on a niche “Drupal” software customization market. They no longer appear to service any other industry or market, including previous IT consulting & support customers. From where I sit, their new focus is working well for them, and I wish them the best of luck in their endeavors.

As for recommendations, most of the employees that I once called co-workers, were laid-off in June of 2009. The owner I worked closest with left ~9 months after that (taking the web hosting business with him), and then nearly all remaining long-term “worker/developer” employees departed shortly thereafter. With exception to two sales guys, two remaining owners, and their Director of Operations, only one of their original (pre-layoff) full-time developers remains; Jonathan Hedstrom is a great guy whom I'd enjoy working with again.

ThinkShout

www.ThinkShout.com

ThinkShout was founded by Sean Larkin.

I had the pleasure of working with Sean for the duration of many projects. Given the chance, I'd do it again, in a heartbeat.

Sean single-handily changed my opinion of project managers. Before meeting Sean, I'd been working in the IT industry for over a decade; the experiences of missed deadlines, skyrocketing budgets, and failing projects, were all too common. Sean changed all that. As the project manager, Sean proved budgets can be projected accurately, and deadlines can be kept. Sean communicates so effectively, nothing is a surprise to anyone, including the customer. Sean is passionate, dedicated, and just damn good at what he does.

In less than a year, he started and built a business with nearly a half-dozen other team members, and has already completed dozens of projects. To this day, his business continues to grow. Sean has a rare mixture of business-savvy, humility, and “geek”. Knowing he'll only accept projects he's capable of completing, I can easily, and broadly, recommend Sean for any project: having full-confidence that if he takes the project, he'll finish it.

Graphics/Layout

Programming

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