5 Communication & Collaboration Tools Your Teams Should Be Using!

SESSION 1 |  9:30AM - 10:15AM | ROOM 6

Two common challenges that every organization faces are Communication & Collaboration.  No matter what industry you are in, the more people you have on your team, the more challenging communication and collaboration is to do well. 

For years the Cloud has boasted how it helps enable communication and collaboration in the workplace, and it does, but just ‘being in the cloud’ isn’t enough.  We must continue to evolve and mature with the Cloud, and that includes choosing tools that integrate, or talk back and forth with one another, and constantly improving the way we use them.

Don’t miss this session where we will discuss and demonstrate some of the Microsoft 0365 applications that you are probably already paying for, but not fully utilizing.  These tools will not only increase the communication and collaboration of your team, but they are mobile friendly, easy-to-use, convenient, and secure!

Presented By: Nathan Austin, Vp of BUsiness Development & Jerel Howland Director Of Technology Solutions at Mytech Partners, Inc.



ABOUT Nathan Austin

Nathan Austin brings 20 years of IT business management experience to his current position as VP of Business Development.  After co-founding Mytech Partners in 2000, he has focused on helping customers achieve 4x more value and productivity from their IT investments through implementing a proven IT strategy that is aligned with business goals.  As the ‘sales coach’ Austin works with both the Minnesota and Colorado based teams to “Provide the best IT experience in North America” for the respective communities they serve.   Additionally, he is the author of the upcoming book: “Capitalism & Community: a partnership for a better tomorrow”   

Austin is active in both the Business and IT Communities, speaking at events locally, nationally, and internationally at industry peer groups and technology trade shows.  As part of the national IT Community, Austin has participated in the Heartland Technology Group (HTG) peer organization since 2006, and for 7 of those years facilitated one of the owner peer groups. In addition, he serves on the board of a local Minneapolis non-profit called Cookie Cart where they provide life and job skills through youth employment at a North Minneapolis bakery.  Austin is recently married to his beautiful wife Shaina Austin and is enjoying learning how to be a good husband in the early years of marriage.  For balance and recreation Austin enjoys running, fishing, golfing, reading and snowboarding. 



No one really knows if it was his ability boot a TRS-80 based computer lab in 2nd-grade or educating his 8th-grade class on finer points of using Apple Writer, the one thing that was always clear is that Jerel has a knack for computers.


After several years of honing his skills in organizations that were either too big or too small, he found what was just right for him.  Managed Service Providers offered the challenge to use his knowledge of enterprise IT design to help provide technology infrastructures that allowed smaller organizations to focus on their business and not on the technology.


With 20+ years of architecting and supporting the IT environments of many companies, Jerel is now the position to use his skills in developing the framework for the next generation of client environments, by identifying the technology needs of clients and the emerging products that can fill them.