Pros: friendly environment, has very much a "family" feel
Cons: the it environment has been grossly neglected for a very long time
When I entered Mom365 I realized that there was a lot of work laid out before me. The company has been around for decades and has operated under different names including: FirstFoto, Growing Family, Hasco, Our365 and now Mom365.
IT within the company had not been a focus and had been greatly underfunded for 10-12 years, Much of their IT infrastructure was old and out of support and well past end of life.
Within a very short time frame I spearheaded and initiated the following:
- Built out a robust Virtual environment and virtualized our entire environment using VMWare.
- Evaluated and restructured our entire networking topology including replacing load balancers and building out an entirely new wireless network and replacing a very old Pix firewall with a new SSL firewall.
- Upgraded and replaced a very old, out of support phone system.
- Initiated a full site replication as part of our DR and BC plans.
While there is still a tremendous amount to still do at Mom365, I have significantly reduced unplanned downtime and outages and laid the ground work for the future.