Welcome Alex to New Role!

Trility Consulting hires Alex T. Hart as Vice President of Risk and Compliance.

Trility Consulting, a Trility Group Holdings company, is proud to announce Alex T. Hart has joined the Trility Consulting team in a new role as Vice President of Risk and Compliance. In this role, Alex will be responsible for growing the risk, compliance and information security division of the company. Alex will build, sell and service clients in these facets of the business, as well as, work with the Trility leadership team to grow strategic customer accounts and leverage partner relationships that align with Trility Group Holdings’ core business objectives.

Alex T. Hart, M.A., M.P.A.
Vice President, Risk and Compliance

Alex takes on this new role at Trility Consulting after serving as an Information Security Advisor to the firm for the past two years. Alex brings a wide variety of regulatory compliance and privacy experience with him in the health care, insurance, financial services (fintech) and government industries. He also previously served as a staff member to the United States Senate Committee on Finance focused on health policy, finance and information technology.

“Alex brings a great deal of regulatory compliance, threat detection and privacy experience with him which greatly applies to the digital transformation needs of today’s companies,” said Matthew D Edwards, Chief Executive Officer for Trility Group Holdings. “I have worked with Alex in multiple past chapters. I know he thoroughly enjoys working with clients to determine what compliance standards apply to their organizations and to help put operational frameworks in place guiding their compliance behaviors thereafter. It is no small task and Alex enjoys the journey. We’re excited to have him on the team!”

Trility Consulting is a leading provider of measurable outcomes for C-Suite executives. Trility provides strategic management consulting, digital transformation expertise and advanced technical solutions for forward thinking global businesses.

For more information, contact Alex directly via alex@trility.io or 312-574-0939.

Welcome Rob to the Team!

Trility Consulting hires Rob Andersen as Director of Business Development for the Iowa, Nebraska and Minnesota regions.

Trility Consulting, a Trility Group Holdings company, is proud to announce that Rob Andersen has joined the Trility Consulting team as Director of Business Development. In this role, Rob will be responsible for direct sales and client engagements in Iowa, Nebraska and Minnesota. Rob will be developing strategic customer accounts and referral partner relationships that align with Trility Group Holdings’ core business objectives.

Rob Andersen
Director of Business Development

Rob Andersen
Director of Business Development

Rob joins our team with a proven track record as a problem solver for the past 10 years in the technology and business solutions fields.

“Rob brings a great network with strong relationships due to his ability to listen and understand the specific needs of his clients,” said Peder Malchow, Chief Revenue Officer for Trility Group Holdings. “I have worked with Rob in the past and have always been impressed with his ability to connect with others. We are very excited to have him and his enthusiasm onboard this team!”

Trility Consulting is a leading provider of measurable outcomes for C-Suite executives. Trility provides strategic management consulting, digital transformation expertise and advanced technical solutions for forward thinking global businesses.

For more information, contact Rob directly via rob@trility.io or 515-238-5816.

Welcome Greg to the Team!

Trility Consulting hires Greg Buckner as Director of Business Development for the Greater Chicago, Wisconsin and Illinois regions.

Trility Consulting, a Trility Group Holdings company, is proud to announce Greg Buckner has joined the Trility Consulting team as Director of Business Development. In this role, Greg will be responsible for direct sales and client engagements in the Greater Chicago area and the Wisconsin/Illinois regions. Greg will be developing strategic customer accounts and referral partner relationships that align with Trility Group Holdings’ core business objectives.

Greg Buckner
Director of Business Development

Greg Buckner
Director of Business Development

Greg joins our team after an already successful career providing business and technology services to his clients for the past 20 years across the Midwest.

“Greg brings a wealth of industry and technology sales experience to the Trility Consulting team. He will apply those experiences to his new position at Trility Consulting and focus on leveraging strategic and emerging technologies to drive defined business outcomes.”  said Peder Malchow, Chief Revenue Officer for Trility Group Holdings. “He has a proven track record of success and understands the importance of true relationship building with customers. We’re excited about Greg joining our team and leading the Greater Chicago area’s sales efforts.”

Trility Consulting is a leading provider of measurable outcomes for C-Suite executives. Trility provides strategic management consulting, digital transformation expertise and advanced technical solutions for forward thinking global businesses.

For more information, contact Greg directly via greg@trility.io or 309-310-7230.

Welcome Kipp to the Team!

Trility Consulting hires Kipp Adkins as Director of Business Development for the Kansas City Metro and Kansas/Western Missouri regions.

Trility Consulting, a Trility Group Holdings company, is proud to announce Kipp Adkins has joined the Trility Consulting team as Director of Business Development. In this role, Kipp will be responsible for direct sales and client engagements in the Kansas City Metro area and the Kansas/Western Missouri Region. Kipp will also be developing strategic customer accounts and referral partner relationships that align with Trility Group Holdings’ core business objectives.

Kipp Adkins
Director of Business Development

Kipp brings a broad range of experience to the Trility family from global enterprise service providers to startups. Kipp will apply those experiences to his new position at Trility Consulting focusing on assisting clients, leveraging strategic and emerging technologies and platforms to drive defined business outcomes.

“Trility Consulting is delighted to have Kipp join our team,” says Peder Malchow, Chief Revenue Officer at Trility Group Holdings. “Kipp has a great deal of experience and success in working with a variety of companies, demonstrating his ability to develop complex solutions delivering measurable outcomes that support strategic corporate objectives. As we continue to grow and expand our capabilities in the Midwest, I’m confident that Kipp will become a valued resource for our clients and team members.”

Trility Consulting is a leading provider of measurable outcomes for C-Suite executives. Trility provides strategic management consulting, digital transformation expertise and advanced technical solutions for forward thinking global businesses.

For more information, contact Kipp directly via kipp@trility.io or 913-544-3040.

Welcome Kori to the Team!

Trility Consulting hires Kori Long as Talent Delivery Lead for Iowa-based and national teams!

Trility Consulting, a Trility Group Holdings company, is proud to announce Kori Long has joined the Trility Consulting team as Talent Delivery Lead based in Des Moines. In this role, Kori will be responsible for developing talent acquisition strategies and hiring plans to ensure our team grows methodically to serve the needs of our family of companies and our clients. Kori will be an integral part of our team identifying new talent, locally and nationally, as Trility Consulting expands.

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Kori Long
Talent Delivery Lead

Kori brings a broad range of experience from Client Service Management, Project Management and Recruiting, as well as, being an active member in many community organizations in the technology and quality spaces. Kori will apply her former experiences to her new role at Trility Consulting focusing on engaging with great people in the Business Management and Technology Consulting spaces. Kori’s work will additionally help ensure our company growth, client and employment outcomes are consistently met because of great people, great teams.

“We are very excited to have Kori on the team,” said Brenton Rothchild, Chief Operations Officer at Trility Group Holdings. “Kori has a reputation of finding great people and working with great clients. She is also an active member of the greater Des Moines community working to make Iowa one of the best places to live and work. We’re happy she chose to work with us and look forward to our team and company growth as a result of her work!”

Trility Consulting is a leading provider of measurable outcomes for C-Suite executives. Trility provides strategic management consulting, digital transformation expertise, and advanced technical solutions for forward thinking global businesses.

For more information about the Trility Consulting team or open opportunities, please contact Kori Long at Kori@trility.io or 641-431-1779.

Welcome Cari to the Team!

Trility Consulting hires Cari Thompson as Director of Business Development for the Des Moines and Iowa market!

Trility Consulting, a Trility Group Holdings company, is proud to announce Cari Thompson has joined the Trility Consulting team as Director of Business Development for the greater Des Moines and Iowa market. In this role, Cari will be responsible for direct sales and client engagements in Des Moines and throughout the state of Iowa. Cari has also been entrusted to grow strategic customer accounts and referral partner relationships that tactically meld with Trility Group Holdings’ core business objectives.

Cari Thompson
Director of Business Development


Cari brings a broad range of experience to her new position at Trility Consulting, including selling enterprise software and leading client implementations, to leading new business efforts and managing the Des Moines market for a national technology resource and solutions company, to launching a new sales channel to support Fortune 1000 clients with the Top 10 national recruitment advertising agencies in the US.

“We are very excited about Cari’s plans for our direct sales efforts,” said Peder Malchow, Chief Revenue Officer at Trility Group Holdings. “Cari has a stellar track record of successful engagements and is a true trusted advisor for many clients in and around the Des Moines market. She is a driven professional capable of delivering creative solutions to achieve our client’s desired outcomes.”

Trility Consulting is a leading provider of measurable outcomes for C-Suite executives. Trility provides strategic management consulting, digital transformation expertise and advanced technical solutions for forward thinking global businesses.

For more information or to connect with Cari Thompson, she can be reached at cari@trility.io or 515-707-3967.

FIRST Robotics and Giving Back

None of us are getting any younger. And to see the type of people, teams, companies and world in which we want to live today and in the future, we have to give back to communities and people in a way that positively influences generations after us. No matter how big or small, taking the time to help others matters.

Trility Consulting is proud to sponsor Des Moines, Iowa area Team 4646 ASAP as they head to Grand Forks, North Dakota this week to compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition! FIRST Robotics teams this year are building robots to compete with this year’s challenge DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE presented by The Boeing Company.

Teams that choose to compete in the FIRST competitions are given a six-week time limit to design, build, and program industrial size robots to play a field game against other teams. In addition to the building the robot, teams raise funds, design a team brand, develop engineering, business, and marketing skills working with volunteer mentors. In essence, young folks are learning how to create a working product, make time-based decisions and build an operational model which will serve them well as they figure out how to make their mark on this world through the years.

And Trility Consulting is additionally working with other Robotics teams in the area as well. Eric Gerling, Trility’s CTO, actively volunteers with the West Central Valley High School Robotics Team each year. Known as The Breakfast Club, the WCV Robotics Team competes in the FIRST Tech Challenge and completed their most recent season last December 2018.

While we’re all busy pursuing our careers, working to make money and improve the lives of ourselves and our families, don’t forget to take the time to think about the people that come after us. It takes much less effort than you imagine to be an encouraging teammate, coach, teacher or friend. And while the time investment may seem big to you, the return on investment in the life of one young person could very easily be a lifetime of success and opportunity.

Growth Requires A Plan

Achieving growth, change and success without a plan is a blessing. And these blessings lead many to believe they don’t need a plan. Said folks may even believe they are smarter than most and didn’t a plan in the first place.

For the rest of us, achieving growth, change and success over and over again in a predictable, repeatable manner that consumers and shareholders can bank on requires a plan.

In our personal lives we refer to this structure as goals and plans. In companies we tend to state things in the form of strategic objectives and roadmaps.

When we ask kids what they want to be when they grow up, they often (understandably) have no idea, let alone what it will take to get there. Yet, they are exploring and dreaming — limited only by their imagination (Figure 1).

When we ask young adults how far they want to go in the sport of their choice. They often state, “We want to win it all.” And they go on the journey with an idea of a plan (the season schedule), objectives (win all of the time) and a goal (be the best). They may not understand everything necessary to get there, but they are on the road to understanding. Experience helps. These young adults are only limited by their will to win and dedication to the journey.

We ask professionals in organizations about their personal and professional goals and the answers are often crystallized into promotions, higher salary, more responsibility, bonuses, achieving professional certifications and recognition. These folks often understand goals are composed of one or more objectives which require tasks to achieve them and are limited only by time, opportunity and a plan. Experience breeds wisdom.

Now consider companies themselves. Do they have strategic objectives for the coming year or years? Are there roadmaps spanning the organization which help the company achieve those objectives?

If there are strategic objectives, does everyone in the company know what they are? Should they? And if there are roadmaps, do they map to fulfilling the corporate objectives? Do all of the team members know how their projects relate to the roadmap which leads to achieving the strategic objectives?

Not having strategic objectives and a roadmap is one class of problem. Have objectives and roadmaps without general population knowledge and understanding of what they are, what they mean and how we’re all getting there together? Different class of problem to solve.

Can you imagine a company that has no clear objectives, no roadmap, has experienced intermittent growth, change and success without a plan and believes working hard and being busy is actually the plan?

Figure 1. “The relationship between age, wisdom, plans and goals.”

Ask any adult their plans for a holiday. They will most likely tell you exactly when it starts, where they are going, how they will get there, what they plan to do with a timeline, when they start for home, when they will be back at work and generally how much the whole endeavor will cost.

We need to see the same attention to detail in corporate strategic objective setting, roadmaps and projects.

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”

“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.

“I don’t much care where–” said Alice.

“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.

“–so long as I get SOMEWHERE,” Alice added as an explanation.

“Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.”

Dodgson, Charles Lutwidge (pseudonym, Lewis Carroll). Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. London. Macmillan and Co.1865. Chapter 6.

A parting thought: whether we discuss children, young adults, professionals or corporations, the journey will require much of us — including money. Most people are happy to spend money on children, young adults and ourselves in pursuit of goals. And most folks are happy to spend their company’s money as well.

Question: If this were your company and your money, how would you feel about the company and people spending your money without clear strategic objectives and a roadmap to get there?

Pack Line Cloud Security

Basketball season is in full swing. I have been lucky for the last seven years to coach different levels of basketball ranging from Youth teams through the local High School team. Coaching continues to be a rewarding experience and many of the lessons I have learned working with athletes and other coaches apply directly to my work with product teams. It doesn’t matter how much you work to perfect your craft, be it system architecture or coaching a team of 5th grade athletes, there are always new challenges to tackle. A core tenant of sports is continuous improvement which should be applied to everything we do with technology. No one starts playing basketball ready to play in the pros, but everyone has it in them to be successful. It takes a tremendous amount of practice, a dedication to learning new things from others, and celebrating the little victories along the journey.

It is not surprising there are so many different Cloud Security analogies available on the Internet. Cloud Security is a difficult concept to describe given the wide range or tools, services, and seemingly infinite combinations organizations can utilize to solve business problems. If you are a fan of basketball, using different defensive schemes is a great way to describe different views on Cloud Security processes. In all cases, the goal is to prevent the offense, or in this case bad actors, from scoring while providing dynamic responses to a constantly changing product architecture and threat landscape. Typical Cloud Security frameworks today can be compared to two classic defenses: man-to-man and zone.

Man-to-Man

Man-to-Man Cloud Security involves security controls developed around individual services of products. Each control is focused on denying the service from sending or receiving information to other services in the system and aggressively focusing on protecting a single service. Firewalls, both web application and network, focus on denying traffic to block bad actors from easily accessing services. Logging and application specific analytics can be used to build a profile of a service and alert when the service profile is not followed. The disadvantage with man-to-man Cloud Security is in its aggressive focus on the individual service and a lack of real understanding of the big picture. There is a general lack of information on what other services are doing and because of this, any weakness in the focus on a single service can lead to breakdown of the security in general and, in basketball terms, an easy lay-up.

2-3 Zone

Zone Cloud Security primarily revolves around the frameworks in place for infrastructure deployed to support a wide variety of services. We still see organizations bringing the rigid security frameworks utilized for years in brick and mortar data centers and trying to apply them to Cloud Security. Deployed like a 2-3 zone in basketball, the defensive posture is to watch a specific area of the infrastructure and report back to a central service for monitoring and support. As information travels through the zone, communication is critical to ensure nothing gets lost in the shuffle. Each position in the zone is devoted to a specific task supporting a number of different services including both perimeter and core defense. The disadvantage with any zone defense is the gaps and in the public cloud space, gaps are appearing every day.

Server-less architectures are an exciting approach to utilizing the true power of elastic capacity while providing developers easier and easier ways to deploy features to production environments. However, in reducing the amount of infrastructure under direct monitoring the threat surface area is increasing at an equal rate. As any basketball coach will tell you, the easiest way to defeat a zone defense is by moving the ball and attacking the gaps in the zone. Another easy lay-up.

Trility takes a different approach to Cloud Security: the pack line.

Pack-Line

Pack Line Defense, created by Dick Bennett of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, is commonly used in some form by many coaches including Tom Izzo at Michigan State and Tony Bennett at Virginia. It is a variation of man-to-man defense with the biggest difference being off-ball defenders play in the gap instead of pressuring their player and denying the pass. Everyone except the player guarding the ball plays inside an imaginary line 16 feet from the rim also known as the pack line. As the ball moves around the perimeter, it is the responsibility of each defender to close out on the ball and aggressively pressure while the remaining defenders adjust their position accordingly to see both man and ball and prepare to help their teammates – 5 against the ball.

Cloud Security is everyone’s responsibility and while we are aggressively providing man-to-man defense on the active products, the rest of the team is continuously adjusting to find and fill gaps in the defensive strategy. We react to changing conditions and close out on threats while keeping business goals front of mind. 

The ephemeral and elastic nature of the public cloud along with software defined infrastructure and platforms provide an opportunity for service specific architectures. Trility utilizes two patent pending tools to help provide high quality customized security for cloud services: IronBench Compliance Navigator  and IronBench Cloud Config.

IronBench Compliance Navigator empowers organizations to develop highly customized compliance guidelines for products and services. Throughout the product lifecycle, IronBench Compliance Navigator uses standards and regulatory information updated as regulatory compliance laws and standards change to provide a solid foundation for product development teams.

IronBench Cloud Config is an enterprise framework and provides the source code for the entire implementation. Product teams can utilize a customizable secure framework based on industry standards and practices on which to build secure supporting infrastructure. Compliance Navigator helps you aggressively challenge the ball handler while Cloud Config supports the team by helping them adjust to changing product needs efficiently and securely working from a library of standards based templates.

No easy lay-ups.

Peder Malchow joins Trility Consulting!

Trility Consulting is happy to announce that Peder Malchow has joined our organization as Chief Revenue Officer responsible for structuring value-defined relationships with our clients! 

Peder Malchow, Chief Revenue Officer, Trility Consulting

With a successful career in business development, Peder brings with him experience in strategy, growth, portfolio development, team development and client success. Past leadership roles include Konica MinoltaAureon, as well as, work as a Founder and Partner in the Data Center Managed IT Services space taking an idea from a napkin to implementation, operation and sale.

Peder is responsible for the development of long-term client relationships, building product and services strategies that serve our clients valuably now and well into the future, as well as, leading a team of folks who genuinely seek to bring value to our clients by bringing the right solutions at the right moments.

Welcome Peder Malchow to Trility Consulting!