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Briefings and Lab Access

Explore the Possible

The AHEAD Executive Briefing I attended was first class. The team was exceptional and demonstrated a deep and unique knowledge about the people process and tools needed to run IT in a digital world. 

Michael Fulton, Associate VP, IT Strategy & Innovation 
Nationwide Insurance

Our clients want to explore the art of the possible, but they lack the time required to stay current on the latest technologies and trends. That’s why AHEAD has invested so heavily in our briefings center and lab facilities.

Each year we host more than 200 client briefings. These are interactive, educational sessions on topics ranging from cloud strategy, to enterprise monitoring and analytics, to security operations, and the latest in data center modernization. We can also bring our briefings on the road – to your offices.

Three Ways to Engage

The entire experience was fantastic from the hotel to great dinner conversation to the briefing itself. AHEAD is a top-notch company!

Kris Lindstrom, Director, IT Infrastructure and Operations
Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Executive Briefing

Here we take an emerging trend — like the intersection of SecOps and ESM — and explore how its latest developments stand to affect your company, and more importantly, how you should respond. These sessions inform your path forward, and begin to build consensus around that path. Our facilitators are experienced practitioners; not academics. They guide the discussion, outline different solution options; and share best practices that they’ve learned in working alongside more than 500 enterprise clients.

Technical Briefing

Here we provide a deeper examination into one of the many enterprise cloud technologies that we design and implement with clients; including some of the most cutting edge technologies just hitting the market. In these briefings, our engineers review and refine your technology roadmaps, and evaluate different technology choices against your company’s objectives.

Lab Demonstration

We’ve also invested millions of dollars in building out our physical labs, and we continue to refresh their technologies every year. Our labs serve as home to many of the latest enterprise cloud technologies, so that you can explore their capabilities alongside our certified engineers and architects.


Our physical labs are ideal for the following use cases:

  • New Product Demonstrations, where you get to see a technology in action. 
  • Personal Sandbox, for deeper exploration and hands-on access for your team.
  • Configurations and Upgrades, where we work the processes with you in a safe environment.
  • Proof of Concepts, where we actually mimic your workloads.

AHEAD’S Latest Collaboration With Equinix

Our latest AHEAD Lab was established in partnership with Equinix, a global leader in data center solutions, and today, a leading provider of onramp services for the public cloud.
Partnering with the Equinix CH3 Data Center in Chicago, means the AHEAD Lab now reflects the true enterprise clouds that our clients must manage: Complex blends of on-premises, public cloud, and colocation resources.
This latest lab combines private cloud performance with the convenience and scalability of the public cloud, and allows our customers to speed up their testing and on-boarding of the cloud, while minimizing their risks. 

See the full announcement here.

Better Together

AHEAD partners with 60 technology providers, all geared toward optimizing the enterprise cloud.

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AHEAD is an AWS Premier Consulting partner, having attained the DevOps and Storage Competencies. The designation recognizes AHEAD as an AWS Partner Network (APN) member who delivers both technical proficiency and proven client success with AWS.

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AHEAD is a Gold Cloud Platform Competency partner with Microsoft Azure. To achieve this status, businesses must submit customer references that demonstrate successful projects, meet a performance commitment, and pass technology and sales assessments.

AHEAD maintains deep competencies in all Cisco product lines, including networking and security. We earned the Cisco Advanced Security Architecture Specialization in 2017, and have formed an entire practice supporting Cisco’s AppDynamics platform.

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Since its inception in 2007, AHEAD has been a key partner of DellEMC. We’re honored to have won the DellEMC Extraordinary Partner of the Year award in 2018.

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AHEAD is a Gold Status Partner for both Sales and Service, thanks to our demonstrated success in selling and implementing the ServiceNow platform, and maintaining high customer satisfaction scores.

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Since its inception, AHEAD has been a key partner of VMware. We’re honored to have won the Americas Partner Innovation Award in the category of Professional Services.

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