In 2007, while managing a routine Disaster Recovery implementation for a major corporation in Central Mississippi, Todd Gooden, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Solutions Team explored outsourcing several key components in an effort to minimize the company’s infrastructure expenses. His inability to find a provider of the services he needed led to the founding of The Solutions Team.
In 2008, The Solutions Team began specializing in “Cloud” technology – designing Public, Private and Hybrid Cloud Solutions for emerging and mid-sized companies seeking to protect critical server data (financials, e-mail messages, databases, etc.), while reducing operational costs in server backup and recovery.
Today, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, with an office in Carrollton, Georgia, The Solutions Team is a leading cloud-services company – serving businesses nationwide (33 states). The Solutions Team has emerged as the go-to provider for companies looking to outsource their entire IT department or simply deploy key portions of their system to the ‘cloud’. The company offers proven expertise on a variety of cloud-based managed services and solutions, including Cloud-Hosted Email. Managed Email On-Site, Virtual IT Support, Managed Networks, Cloud Data Backup/Disaster Recovery and Data Breach Response.
Utilizing a unique ‘strategic partnership’ philosophy, The Solutions Team combines technical expertise with best-of-breed products to accurately identify clients’ needs and deliver the best possible solutions – from concept to completion.
Our clients realize that in-house information systems and the on-site IT professionals to operate and maintain them come at a significant premium, and are seeking to avoid spending precious capital on hardware, software and maintenance costs associated with purchasing multiple in-house systems.
Unlike other alternatives, such as core software providers and online backup solutions, The Solutions Team offers ultra-secure, multi-million dollar high-redundancy data centers that are readily accessible to our clients. Our clients receive all of the benefits of an in-house information system for a significantly lower cost of ownership – and more diverse platform availability.
Most importantly, The Solutions Team has the knowledge and experience necessary to help you build a business case that estimates your savings from reduced operational costs and illustrates a compelling return on investment (ROI) for moving to cloud-based managed services and solutions. We will help you demonstrate the technical benefits and soft benefits (non-financial benefits you should factor into any plan), as well as the business requirements, financials and soft costs.
Todd Gooden is driven. He always has been. In 1996, he received the Mississippi Business Journal’s “Top 40 under 40” distinction – awarded annually to rising business leaders throughout the state. At the time, he was the youngest person to ever receive the award: Todd was twenty-four.
Two decades and three companies later, he recently received the prestigious award of The Most Successful Entrepreneurs of 2018 by Beyond Exclamation Magazine.
In 1995, Todd founded Consultrix Technologies, a technology services firm in Jackson, Mississippi. Under his leadership as the President and CEO, the company was named in Mississippi Business Journal’s list of “40 Fastest Growing Businesses” five years in a row, and reached annual revenue heights of $9 million per year before its sale in December 2006.
Today, Todd is still driven, and for a good cause. Providing IT services in the healthcare, dental, and legal field his current company, The Solutions Team, assists 2.5 million patients and clients each year receive care from their physicians and Counsel. Todd has been recently recognized by Mississippi Business Journal as one of the state’s Top CEOs of the year for 2020. As Founder and CEO, Todd’s goal is to increase this to touch 25,000,000 lives each year by 2025.
“When you have a service that helps doctors, dentists, and veterinarians in providing care, it would be wrong not to share it,” Todd says.
The Solutions Team has won numerous state and national awards, including Best Places To Work In Mississippi in 2017 and 2018, and most recently was named to the Pioneer 250 of CRN’s 2019 Managed Service Provider 500 list.
Driven at work, driven at play: Todd is an avid white tail hunter. He enjoys all things outdoors, including: boating, camping, golf, and football. He lives in Brandon, Mississippi with his bride, Mrs. Brandi Gooden. They have four children.
Shane Fowler is the Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of The Solutions Team. He is responsible for all aspects of technological planning and design for the firm, including project timelines, knowledge transfer and duties to other members of the technology team.
An IT veteran with more than 18 years or professional experience, Mr. Fowler served as a Senior Data Engineer for Switching/Routing Technologies for Carousel Industries of North America prior to co-founding The Solutions Team. His responsibilities included disaster planning and design of customer networks for voice and data integration, as well as post-sale equipment installation and programming. He also served as the company’s VMWare pre-sales engineer for the southeast United States.
Prior to his stint with Carousel, Mr. Fowler served as the Technical Services Manager for Pearl River Resort in Philadelphia, Mississippi. He managed an IT staff of 13 during the construction and launch of the Golden Moon Hotel and Casino in 2002. During this period, on a compressed timeline for all planning and installations, he managed the design, build and installation of a data center consisting of four network locations, 600 computers, 45 servers and 2,000 slot machines.
Mr. Fowler holds numerous professional accreditations, including his distinction as an Extreme Networks Design Engineer, a Meru Networks Certified Design Engineer, and a Microsoft Certified System Engineer.
Mike Clark serves as Director of Technology Development for The Solutions Team. A Unix expert with more than a decade of IT leadership experience, Mike is responsible for engineering and integrating customized ‘cloud’ hosting and managed services solutions for The Solutions TEAM’s clientele.
Prior to joining The Solutions TEAM, Mike served as Director of Information Technology for Grand Station Hotel and Casino in Vicksburg, Miss. He also served for nearly a decade as Application Support Specialist (SDS, CMP, CMS Administration) for Pearl River Resort in Philadelphia, Miss.
Steven Brantley serves as Production Team Manager for The Solutions TEAM. He oversees customer service and support for The Solutions TEAM’s clients. A veteran IT executive with more than 10 years of experience, Mr. Brantley has previously served as Network Technician for The Solutions TEAM since joining the firm in 2014.
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