GroundWork Expands Open Platform Strategy with New Solution Partner, MKAdvantage

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Chicago-based MKAdvantage brings deep IT service management background and unique customization capabilities to DevOps market.

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We’re very impressed with MKAdvantage’s experience in enterprise IT service management, as well as their ability to customize and extend GroundWork Monitor Enterprise into specialized vertical markets.

GroundWork Inc., (http://www.gwos.com) the leading open platform for network, application and cloud management announced today that it has partnered with MKAdvantage to resell, deploy and build solutions around GroundWork Monitor Enterprise.

“The market demand for an open platform for IT monitoring and management continues to grow, with an increasing need to coordinate, visualize, and project information collected from diverse IT operations and application development tools into a single integrated and actionable service management view,” said Dave Lilly, CEO and co-founder of GroundWork. “We’re very impressed with MKAdvantage’s experience in enterprise IT service management, as well as their ability to customize and extend GroundWork Monitor Enterprise into specialized vertical markets. Their combination of IT operations and development capabilities is a perfect fit for our open platform and the future of the enterprise IT management market as a whole.”

Founded in Chicago in 2006, MKAdvantage provides end-to-end OSS management and IT service management solutions to telecommunications service providers (RBOC’s and CLEC’s), managed service providers and enterprises including several global financial services organizations.

“We are pleased to be partnered with GroundWork and are impressed with the enterprise-class features, platform extensibility and competitive pricing that GroundWork Monitor provides,” said Chris Schaft, President, MKAdvantage. “We’re already delivering several significant value added extensions to the GroundWork platform that are specifically tailored to our target customers. This includes those aimed at customers in the telecommunications space with the need to monitor TL1 enabled devices, and for the enterprise we are expanding the SNMP event and KPI monitoring capabilities.”

About Groundwork
GroundWork Monitor (http://www.gwos.com) is the leading open platform for monitoring the availability and performance of enterprise applications, infrastructure, and cloud. It’s low cost, and easily integrated with IT service management processes and tools.

GroundWork’s approach gives customers the flexibility to use diverse open source and proprietary technologies together under a unified web services portal, allowing users to leverage the advantages of open source while simultaneously preserving existing investments in legacy management tools.

GroundWork Monitor Enterprise powers organizations in more than 50 countries, like Alexza Pharmaceuticals, Crocs, National Australia Bank, Siemens, Travel Click and World Bank. GroundWork Monitor Enterprise is available to monitor any environment starting at $49 USD per year.

About MKAdvantage
MKAdvantage (http://www.mkadvantage.com) was founded in Chicago, IL in 2006.  Our focus is to enable our customers to gain maximum advantage from their ITSM/ITIL related investments in support of serving their customers and delivering on their corporate missions. MKAdvantage is a privately held, 100 percent US Army Veteran owned business with a powerful ethos of investment optimization and customer satisfaction.  Our early customers included CBEYOND, US Cellular, and SAVVIS.  We have since expanded our reach and offerings into the enterprise, delivering mission critical services to companies such as Nationwide, Graybar Electric, and Wells Fargo.

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