About

Rick MahnWith 25 years of industry experience, I’ve developed solutions to business technology challenges and opportunities as an IT Specialist, Analyst, Consultant and for the last 7 years as an IT Architect. During the past decade, I’ve also explored the world of social media as it was emerging, pairing it with my passion for technology to discover new solutions to modern business needs.

Starting in the late 1980’s, I have had opportunities to work in multiple fields within the technology industry. From a low-voltage and fiber-optic technician, to an IT Architect, my career has delivered one exciting experience after another across many facets of the diverse and constantly changing information technology industry.

Some of the skills and technologies I’ve mastered during various projects through the years that I’ve participated in or led include:

  • Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 (including earlier versions):
    • Configuration Manager
    • Operations Manager
    • Orchestrator
    • Service Manager
  • Active Directory and Group Policy
  • Windows Server
  • Windows PKI Architecture
  • Systems Deployment & Management Architecture (supporting over 100,000 end-points)
    • Specializing in SCCM Operating System Deployment (OSD)
    • Leveraging Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) for for UDI, ZTI, and LTI
    • Integrating Software Updates through WSUS & SCUP
    • Integrating System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP)
  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
  • Application Virtualization (APP-V, MED-V)
  • Remote Access with 2-factor authentication (RSA, PKI, Cisco, RADIUS)
  • Scripting, including highlycustomizedHTA solutions:
    • VBScript
    • Hypertext Application (.HTA)
    • PowerShell
    • Batch/CMD
  • Extensive Documentation
    • As-Built Docs
    • System Maintenance Docs
    • Technical Training Docs
    • End-User Training Docs
  • Microsoft SharePoint Site Design
  • WordPress infrastructure & implementation
  • Social tool integration
  • Web Technologies:
    • HTML (and XHTML)
    • CSS
    • PHP
    • LAMP Stack
  • Real-time database encryption (Protegrity)
  • Mentoring, Teaching, and Speaking on technology & social media
  • Founded Social Media Breakfast – Minneapolis / St. Paul, an organization of like-minded individuals, participating in global discussions of technology & social media.
  • Former Board of Directors & Consulting Partner with National Institute for Social Media.

I continue to look forward to the ever-changing future of the information technology industry, knowing that every change, every disruption to how we’ve approached things in the past, is simply an opportunity for growth.

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