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People Operations Focuses on Bringing Even More Value to Team Members

Who you work alongside matters. This is a core belief shared by the people of Trility Consulting®. This shared value plays a role in ensuring they work as a team in delivering the highest priority outcomes to clients.  

Who you stand beside matters. I am grateful for each and every one of the people who have joined and committed to this journey together.

Matthew D Edwards / CEO

This journey has grown to include more contracts, more clients, and more team members, so Trility leadership realized this small startup was ready for a formal People Operations team and announced the following promotions and hires.

Jennifer Davis promoted to Vice President of People Operations.

As one of the first employees hired in March of 2017, Davis has reliably served Trility as needs arose and exponentially grew. “We worked with Jennifer before Trility as consultants and quickly realized she would always deliver and always with a smile,” said Edwards. “From the start, she has always embodied the spirit of People Operations – caring and serving others and putting people first always. She continues to make Trility a better place for each of us, so she was the natural person to step up and lead People Operations.”

Kori Danner promoted to Talent Delivery Manager.

“Finding new talent is a lifeline for Trility, and Kori has been at the heart of finding people who exemplify what Trility embraces – honor, professionalism, and keeping promises from Day 1,” shared Edwards. “Our ability to scale and not sacrifice how we deliver work is directly related to Kori’s consistency in creating connections and forming reliable processes that earn and increase trust with people considering joining our team.”

Megan Hanna joins the team as Talent Sourcer.

As the newest addition to People Operations, Megan is focused on helping future talent understand Trility’s culture. “Megan has a very natural way of connecting with others and will be integral in helping cultivate Trility’s newest teammates,” Davis shared.

We’re Growing & Hiring

While People Operations is now a formal team at Trility, its directive is not new. These three team members will elevate and scale how to create value for Trility’s existing and future team members.  As one of the Inc. 5000’s fastest-growing companies, Trility welcomes conversations with people interested in becoming more today than yesterday. View our current openings on LinkedIn or connect with a recruiter.

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Creating Value in Relationships is No. 1 Priority for New Role

As a longtime fundraiser in the nonprofit sector, Megan Hanna discovered she had a knack for building solid relationships and creating inclusive communities for donor and volunteer networks. This ability to connect with others and build a culture made her an ideal fit for the recruitment team at Trility Consulting®.

“Non-profit work is very relationship-focused and rewarding, but I realized I desired a position where I could work in a team environment – not just build one,” shared Megan, whose role as a Talent Sourcer is to identify individuals who are interested in delivering solutions with a team instead of being viewed as an “outsourced contractor” to clients.

Megan’s style of learning about others aligns with the values we seek in candidates. For us, it’s more than keyboard skills and expertise. We seek specific attributes that help ensure Trility builds solutions that consistently deliver values and achieve the priorities our clients expect in a predictable, repeatable, and auditable manner.

Kori Danner / Talent Delivery Manager

When it comes to success, Megan knows it’s “95 percent about building that relationship.” Her recipe for doing this is simple: Be transparent by being honest and forthcoming. “I want to know where I stand with others because this helps me grow and learn,” she shared. “So I look to provide the same experience for those who are interested in career opportunities at Trility.”

Along with the team environment Trility offers, Megan was excited about how the culture translates to team members who are geographically distributed around the United States. “I love the opportunity to work remotely but still feel part of a team on a daily basis with the communication tools and resources available.”

Megan’s two dogs, Mason and Kaylee, are also excited to have her working from home. 

Connect with Megan Hanna

Interested in joining the Trility team? Email or connect with Megan Hanna on LinkedIn.  

We’re Growing

Trility Consulting made Inc. 5000 list for fastest growing companies due to achieving 131% financial growth in three years and continues to have career opportunities for people interested in becoming more today than yesterday.

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New Position to Bolster Successful Delivery Method

If investing time in others brings joy, then Cora Pruitt lives with a constant smile. “I love being of service to others and, to me, Agile coaching is about teaching people how to create solutions and perform in ways that work for them and make them successful,” Pruitt shared. Earlier this year, she chose to move from a contracted Senior Delivery Manager to a full-time team member with Trility Consulting®.

When the new role of Delivery Director was created due to an increase in projects and teams, she was the natural choice to lead and evolve this effort. 

A key factor is having people like Cora leading our teams and ensuring we deliver what is promised and that our teams observe more than they  are asked to do and offer options and recommendations from start to finish.

Michael Schmidt / Vice President of Delivery

“Part of Trility achieving year-over-year growth is due to consistently delivering value and tangible outcomes to our clients,” shared Michael Schmidt, Vice President of Delivery. “A key factor is having people like Cora leading our teams and ensuring we deliver what is promised and that our teams observe more than they  are asked to do and offer options and recommendations from start to finish.”

This new role provides Pruitt the opportunity to be a positive influence for all team members. “Trility leaders don’t hesitate to let us know how we are appreciated and that we are a part of the bigger picture. I’m excited to be a part of where we go next.”

Valuing productive conflict allows Pruitt to work with clients and team members to ensure observations and feedback align and work towards achieving the best, highest-priority outcomes. “I encourage everyone to keep an open mind for feedback. To succeed as a team you need the ability to embrace other opinions and have confidence to provide yours,” she said. “You don’t get anywhere if you try to sugarcoat things – the bigger the decision, the bigger the conflict.”

One of Pruitt’s finest moments serves as a testament for how she works to serve others. She shared having a former colleague shake her hand and say, “Thank you. Because of you, I enjoy coming to work.” This same contracting engagement led to the client nominating her for TAI’s Women of Innovation Award in 2012 where she was named a finalist.

Read how Trility Consulting's made Inc. 5000 list for fastest growing companies due to achieving 131% financial growth in three years. 

About Trility 

Comprised of technologists and business consultants, Trility helps organizations of all sizes achieve business and technology outcomes. Clients appreciate that our teams solve problems contextually and bring their people along to ensure a reduced cost of ownership long after the engagement is done. Areas of focus include:

  • Cloud and DevOps
  • Product Design and Development
  • Information Security
  • Data Strategy and Management
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Operational Modernization

Trility is the only business and technology firm with a proven history of reliable delivery results for companies that want to defend or extend their market share in an era of rapid disruption. Headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, with teams in Omaha, Neb., Kansas City, Mo., Denver, Colo., our people live everywhere, and we serve clients from all corners of the United States and globally.

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Trility Consulting Joins Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Companies List

When the founders of Trility realized they needed to form a company instead of individually contracting on extremely tough projects, they knew they’d bring value to clients and provide challenging work to those who joined the team. Little did they realize how quickly the teams and expertise they pulled together would make the Inc. 5000 list in their first year of eligibility.  

“Trility is a team of people always and only working towards one goal: Add the most value to our client experiences possible, moment by moment, each and every engagement. The by-products of that singular goal are revealed as satisfied clients, happy, healthy  teams, and cultural, company, and financial health. It is because of our teammates that we collectively, clients and Trility alike, experience value-based success.”

Matthew D Edwards / CEO

The Inc. 5000 is an annual list that ranks the fastest-growing private companies in America. Trility is eligible as a privately-held U.S.-based company with four years of sales with a minimum of $100,000 revenue in the first year and a minimum of at least $2 million revenue in the most recent year.

Trility opened its doors in 2017 with two Fortune 500 clients and has achieved consistent revenue growth by working with companies of all sizes and across 19 industries. Each of them seeking different solutions but sharing one trait – they view technology as the way to thrive amidst market, economic, regulatory, or competitive headwinds. Despite the challenges of a pandemic, Trility and its clients remained resilient. 

Edwards shared, “We are blessed to have great clients. We are even more blessed to have great people in our company who choose to become more each day than they were the day before. And they repeat this every single day of their journey with our clients and our company. I am proud to stand beside the people at Trility.”

Iowa-Based Companies

Trility joins 31 other Iowa-based companies who also made the Inc. 5000 list: VizyPay, MCI, Higley Industries, The Art of Education University, Pet Parents, Moxie Solar, Trader PhD, English Estates, Eagle Point Solar, Eco Lips, PowerTech, Heritage Group, Itasca Retail Information Systems, Heartland Roofing, Siding and Windows, Spinutech, MedOne, MediRevv, Trility Consulting, Dwolla, Highway Signing, Express Logistics, Schaal Heating and Cooling, Kingland Systems Corporation, JT Logistics, Clickstop, McClure, Peoples Company, Aterra Real Estate, GrapeTree Medical Staffing, Involta, and Ivy Lane Corporation.

Among the 31 Iowa-based companies, the average median three-year growth rate was 140 percent and total revenue reached $823.9 million. Together, this list of companies added more than 7,338 jobs over the past three years and remained competitive within their markets given 2020’s unprecedented challenges. 

About Inc. Media

The world’s most trusted business-media brand, Inc. offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools, connections, and community to build great companies. Its Inc. 5000 list, produced every year since 1982, analyzes company data to recognize the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the United States. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000.

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Never Leave ‘Em Guessing

The world according to Melissa Creger means you’re never left guessing. As someone who values and practices transparency, she has a history of earning trust, being flexible, keeping an open mind (and ears) so her thinking is always challenged. 

“I don’t ever want to guess how I’m doing, and so I never want my clients to be left guessing either,” shared Creger, whose career has historically been one of connecting and helping people. She got her first taste of “digital transformation” during her work with the Alzheimer’s Association when the organization realized it needed to move from pen and paper to online signups and payments.

“This experience gave me insight into how technology is critical for sustainable growth,” she added. This past experience with technology as a user, coupled with her tenure working in the technology industry since 2012, made her a great fit for Trility Consulting when she joined the team as a Director of Business Development in July.

“Melissa values transparency and seeks to set clear expectations when managing relationships, and the by-product of that approach is trust,” said Brody Deren, Chief Strategy Officer. “We are excited to have her join the team and support our growing client partnerships in Omaha and beyond.”

Trility’s outcome-based delivery method means clients receive observations, recommendations, and options to iterate for the best, highest-priority outcome. Creger will help build upon this proven approach and ensure we continue to deliver over and over again on our promises – meeting time, budget, and scope that aligns with business and technical requirements. 

Connect with Melissa

Interested in learning more about Trility, email or connect with Melissa Creger on LinkedIn.  

About Trility 

Comprised of technologists and business consultants, Trility helps organizations of all sizes achieve business and technology outcomes. Clients appreciate that our teams solve problems contextually and bring their people along to ensure a reduced cost of ownership long after the engagement is done. Areas of focus include:

  • Cloud and DevOps
  • Product Design and Development
  • Information Security
  • Data Strategy and Management
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Operational Modernization

Trility is the only business and technology firm with a proven history of reliable delivery results for companies that want to defend or extend their market share in an era of rapid disruption. Headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, with teams in Omaha, Neb., Kansas City, Mo., Denver, Colo., our people live everywhere, and we serve clients from all corners of the United States and globally.

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A History of Making Life Easier

Ryan Skarin makes life easier. This was the common thread when asked about his past roles in the technology industry. This innate ability makes him the ideal Solutions Director for Trility Consulting as a large part of his role is identifying challenges and crafting technology solutions. With clients facing constant change, capturing, protecting, and growing market share requires innovative technology that allows for speed and agility.

His journey has always been to help those around him. One of Skarin’s first programming jobs was writing software to speed up the manufacturing process. He saw the need to teach the industrial engineers how to code so the whole team could support the outcome. When his father asked him to join his real estate appraisal company and help him, Skarin answered yes. Eventually, Skarin’s journey took him back to programming where he worked for Staples and he took pride in building, among many other solutions,  a simple, streamlined web-based tool that solved some frequent and frustrating ordering process problems – essentially building an easy button for the office supply store that sold itself as the well-known red “ easy” button. 

Skarin shared one aspect that must always be considered. “When we define a solution, we also have to understand how it’s viable for the business and enjoyable for the users and sustainable for the client’s IT group to own.”

Adding that a common dilemma that he always aims to avoid: An excellent solution is crafted for the users, but might be difficult to fit into the existing IT landscape. Or IT can maintain it, but it causes the users undue friction. “It’s easy to solve the direct problem a client asks you to solve, but it takes a great deal of context to provide solutions that work long-term for everyone,” he said.

According to Chief Strategy Officer Brody Deren, “Ryan’s experience spans multiple industries and from startups to large corporations. This exposed him to a diversity of problems, and allows him to more quickly connect the dots and do it contextually to better serve our client’s desired outcomes.” 

Skarin’s desire to grow and help others aligns with Trility’s core values and outcome-based delivery method. “He’s already bringing observations, recommendations, and options to ensure our teams achieve the best, highest-priority outcome,” Deren added. 

Need something made easy?

Connect with Ryan Skarin on LinkedIn or send him an email.

About Trility 

For those wanting to defend or extend their market share in an era of rapid disruption, Trility simplifies, automates, and secures each iteration and has a proven history of reliable delivery results. Our outcome-based delivery means you always know the status of your project’s compliance, quality, financial spend, and percent complete. Headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, with teams in Omaha, Neb., and Denver, Colo., our people live everywhere, and we serve clients from all corners of the United States and globally.

Comprised of technologists and business consultants, Trility helps organizations of all sizes achieve business and technology outcomes. Clients appreciate that our teams solve problems contextually and bring their people along to ensure a reduced cost of ownership long after the engagement is done. Areas of focus include:

  • Cloud and DevOps
  • Product Design and Development
  • Information Security
  • Data Strategy and Management
  • Connected Things / Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Operational Modernization
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Trility joins HashiCorp Systems Integrator Partner Program

While Trility Consulting® has leveraged HashiCorp’s products to deliver automated solutions since opening its doors, the relationship became official when our company became a Systems Integrator Partner in July.

“Most of our clients are amidst operational modernization efforts, leveraging the cloud to increase their speed to market, pace of innovation, and keeping up with changing regulatory requirements. The products HashiCorp brings to the table help us to deliver the desired outcomes our clients need,” said Brody Deren, Chief Strategy Officer. “This partnership validates our promises to simplify, automate, and secure the journey.”

“With its reputation for helping customers drive their digital business evolution with certainty, Trility is an example of the type of partnership that HashiCorp looks to foster. We look forward to working with Trility to help guide customers through digital transformation and adoption of the cloud operating model. Trility’s focus on predictable and repeatable outcomes, means we are confident in the results we will deliver to organizations leveraging HashiCorp’s suite of products,” said Michelle Graff, global partner chief at HashiCorp.

HashiCorp Application Deployment
Trility clients achieve automated infrastructure with an agnostic approach when it comes to cloud service providers.

Trility clients achieve automated infrastructure with an agnostic approach when it comes to cloud service providers. Using HashiCorp’s Terraform®, Vault™, Consul®, and Nomad™, is key for Trility teams to build reusable patterns that provide predictable, repeatable, and auditable solutions that drive innovation. Whether it’s building products or cloud infrastructure, reliable outcomes include accelerated innovation, reduced infrastructure costs, ability to scale on-demand, and flexible options for private, public, and multi-cloud services.

About Trility

For those wanting to defend or extend their market share in an era of rapid disruption, Trility simplifies, automates, and secures each iteration and has a proven history of reliable delivery results. Our outcome-based delivery means you always know the status of your project’s compliance, quality, financial spend, and percent complete. Headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, with teams in Omaha, Neb., and across the country, our people live everywhere and work where needed to help clients navigate their business evolution with certainty. 

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Trility’s Move Supports Continued Growth in Modern, Dynamic Space

A small group of business, delivery, and software systems engineers who enjoyed working together formalized their on-again, off-again contractual status three years ago when Trilty Consulting first opened its doors. Their expertise at helping companies build secure, scalable, and highly performant software systems with a security-by-design mindset and a strike team delivery model has led to continued growth – necessitating a new home to support their long-term plans.

“We have always had national clients with international footprints, so we’ve always had geographically distributed teams who live anywhere and work anywhere,” shared CEO Matthew D. Edwards. “We decided it was time to move into a space that enables more opportunities for meetings, training, events, and client-partner collaboration.”

While the timing may appear odd in light of current events, Trility’s leadership started the search last fall and found their new home inside NCMIC’s modern, dynamic headquarters located on 15 beautiful acres in Clive, Iowa.

New Address

14001 University Ave., Suite 300, Clive, IA 50325

Safely (and Securely) Maintaining Business 

While local team members regularly come to the office, Trility’s way of doing business is to work securely where needed. Now, they are also focused on doing it safely. This means teams are working remotely during this pandemic and will continue to do so until the new location is scheduled to reopen on June 1.

“The new space allows for more social distancing to ensure the safety of our team,” Edwards shared. “We look forward to the day when we can host an open house with our clients, friends, and family.” 

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Highly Available, Reliable Systems

Cloud security and reliability are a No. 1 priority to Trility. They are focused more than ever on helping companies securely enable a remote workforce long-term through cloud adoption or on-premise solutions.

With the majority of breaches in 2019 due to cloud storage misconfigurations, teams continue to be diligent and never compromise when it comes to security.

About Trility

Trility is a security-by-design business and technology consulting firm focused on helping clients defend and extend their market share in an era of rapid disruption. Trility simplifies, automates, and secures the journey and has a proven history of reliable delivery results in cloud and infrastructure, product design and development, information security, connected things, data strategy, and operational modernization.

Our outcome-based delivery method means you always know the status of your project’s compliance, quality, financial spend, and percent complete. Headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, with teams in Omaha, Neb., and Chicago, Ill., our people live everywhere and work where needed to help clients navigate their business evolution with certainty. 

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Remote Work Maturity Model: Where is Your Company During Coronavirus Pandemic?

The Internet is full of tips for “remote workers.” However, if you are a business leader who is responsible for enabling remote work, this Maturity Model can help you identify gaps you need to address and communicate timely decisions.

This Remote Work Maturity Model includes these four areas: Policies, Technology, Secured Technology, and ultimately maintaining Operational Productivity.

Having Policies & Technology in Place

Having the appropriate policies and technology is the first step in the Remote Work Maturity Model. You have policies that outline expectations and required behaviors, and all or some of your team may have laptops or devices that allow them to work from anywhere. Many companies have not yet needed to solve either of these problems and have been caught off-guard with the immediacy of COVID-19 pandemic. If you have both, now is a good time provide clarity on those expectations through communication.

Remote Work Maturity Model

Ensuring Security Measures are in Place

Having a portion or all of your workforce operating remotely adds new attack vectors that your information security team needs to address. Depending on applications, networks, and other solutions you have in place, adjustments might need to be made to existing security solutions. You might even realize you need to implement stronger, more stringent security measures. And again, re-educating your workforce about phishing, physically securing their devices, and avoiding malicious websites is critical. 

It’s also a good time to confirm if you have tested, secured technology solutions in place to prevent attacks. Encrypted devices? Redundant network connections? VPN solutions? Secure cloud configuration? Traffic monitoring? Logging? Alerting?

Remote Work Maturity Model

Keeping People Productive

Once you’ve confirmed policies and tested, secured technology solutions are in place, your focus is on maintaining the same level of operational productivity. Coordinating work and collaboration across teams, departments, and the entire organization presents an even greater challenge when dynamic changes occur this quickly. Teams must understand objectives, along with the necessary resources and collaboration tools to optimize engagement and productivity while working remotely. 

How you respond to the novel Coronavirus in keeping your team safe, productive, and secure, can serve as an experiment where your teams have the chance to discover new, more productive ways to work together.

Need Sound Advice Now?

The Trility team wants to equip you and your team to quickly adapt in order for your people to remain safe, productive, and secure.

Equipping you to keep people safe, productive, secure

We are a geographically distributed company with remote workers and clients located all over the United States and even internationally. As companies navigate these unprecedented times, we are offering “free-of-charge” conversations. If you need a sounding board for some of these gaps, we will do our best to connect you to the experts on our team.

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Maintaining Business Continuity Amid Epidemic Response

After a tumultuous week which concluded with President Trump declaring a national emergency in response to novel coronavirus concerns, companies have been enacting their business continuity plans and instructing their employees to work remotely, some for the first time.  As a company who has enabled remote-work since our founding, we wanted to share how we make certain our people work remotely in the most effective and secure manner. We offer these lessons learned to help those mitigating these disruptions and challenges.

How We Do Business Securely

Live Anywhere, Work Anywhere

Our employees work from home but also work where our clients need them. This means we understand how to work securely from home, our office, and our clients’ offices. In normal circumstances, these include hotels, sky clubs, coffee shops. If you have questions or concerns, we can help. 

Cloud-Based Availability

We help companies securely migrate to the cloud and it’s been our home since the beginning. Everything we utilize for internal operations and client-facing business is cloud-based – allowing Trility to seamlessly operate from anywhere with no disruption. Cloud security and reliability are a No. 1 priority to us. With the majority of breaches in 2019 due to cloud storage misconfigurations, we must continue to be diligent and never compromise when it comes to security.

Secure Device Management

As businesses transition to work from home, reinforce device management policies, and determine if they are secure enough. Our team is geographically distributed across the country. As a best-practice, consider some of these approaches we use:

  • Hard drives must have full disk encryption
  • Screens must be locked when you are away from the keyboard
  • Screens must be set to auto-lock after five minutes if you are away from the keyboard and forget to lock
  • Do not store customer data locally to the laptop
  • Don’t attach your laptop to insecure public wireless networks – every time it is available, use VPN
  • Use modern operating systems and tools and keep them current at all times

Lines of Communication

The days of operational 8-5 hours are gone. Maintain several lines of communication in order to meet the needs of clients, partners, and employees. We use Slack, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Confluence, JIRA, GSuite (Google Productivity Suite), and several more to align with our client’s preferred use of communication. Find one that works for your business.

  • Have dynamic communication tools to serve as a foundation for most written communications.   This is preferably not email. 
  • Use communication tools that allow for one-to-one, group, team, and enterprise-wide communications through various channels – video and voice-capable ones are ideal.  
  • Provide a stream of news and updates to employees throughout the organization.
  • Integrate the communication tool via APIs to your various productivity tools like your project management, ERP, CRM, or issue tracking systems.  
  • For dynamic document collaboration, use cloud-based tools with traceable version control.

Redundant Systems

No one person or location holds information, and backups are always in place. Whether it’s a person, a process, or line of code, we have systems and backups for completing work and documentation is always provided because we never want our clients handcuffed to us.

Start Simple. Then Automate. And Always Be Secure.

Under normal circumstances, we help companies defend or extend their market share in an era of rapid disruption by simplifying, automating, and securing each iteration. The era of disruption has been disrupted. We are here to help.

The Internet is full of noise right now. Big problems need to be solved, and they can’t all be Googled.

Need a Sounding Board?

If you are in need of sound advice, reach out to our team. If you aren’t sure who to contact, email marketing@trility.io and they will direct you to the right person.

About Trility

For those wanting to defend or extend their market share in an era of rapid disruption, Trility simplifies, automates, and secures the journey and has a proven history of reliable delivery results. Headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, with teams in Omaha, Neb., and Chicago, Ill., our people live everywhere and work where needed to help clients navigate their business evolution with certainty.