By Riley Kaminer

Member Spotlight | Techstrong Group

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Business: The go-to source for unbiased information, insights and connections for IT professionals looking to excel personally and professionally.

HQ: Boca Raton

Employees: 40

Website: TechStrongGroup.com

The tech world is changing fast, and there is no shortage of information online that purports to keep you abreast of it all. But what can you trust? How do you know that you’re getting the most up-to-date, unbiased info out there? 

Whether you’re a CxO, IT professional, cybersecurity expert, or any other role in the tech industry, you might benefit from some of the Techstrong Group’s resources.

The Boca Raton-based omnichannel content company is empowering people and companies to come together and learn about what’s happening in the worlds of digital transformation, cybersecurity, the cloud, and DevOps.

Techstrong has a handful of business units, including a media arm that runs online communities including DevOps.com, Security Boulevard, Container Journal, and TechstrongTV. They also have a focus on professional associations, bringing tech leaders, consultants, and vendors together to share their knowledge and learn from each other.

Through their Techstrong Live! division, the team will be hosting more in-person, virtual, and hybrid events over the coming months. The company anticipates hosting roadshows and conferences in some of the biggest cities in the US.

One of the most high-profile events they are planning is a Digital CxO conference, which will aim to bring together upwards of 100 C-level executives together for learning and networking in the second quarter of next year.

At the helm of Techstrong is Alan Shimel. This serial entrepreneur has seen his fair share of tech fads over his decades in the industry, and he has a keen ability to identify what trends are here to stay.

“I’m always excited about technology,” Shimel told South Florida Tech Hub. “That’s why I love doing what I do.”

Of course, one of the biggest trends on the minds of technologists today is the so-called ‘Web3’ movement. Shimel is not a fan of the moniker: “it’s just what’s next,” he said.

“I was there for Web 1.0 and Web 2.0. Is crypto real? Right? And blockchain? Yes.”

For Shimel, a lot of the Web3 trends can be traced back to the move towards the cloud. “Covid also accelerated digital transformation,” he acknowledged. 

Having lived in South Florida for the better part of two decades, Shimel is bullish on the local tech ecosystem. He underscored the lack of innovation and tech talent early on: “When I first came down here, it was a desert.” But Shimel asserted that “this began to change a couple of years ago, thanks to some local initiatives.” 

He highlighted South Florida Tech Hub as a particularly beneficial organization, since it aims to unite technologists from the entire region. “Traditionally, what’s held South Florida back is that every 10 miles is a new territory of someone who controls that local scene, whether it’s an organization or a university or company.” Shimel said that bringing the tech community together on a regional basis will help compete with other innovation hotspots he’s experienced, such as Austin and Boulder.

The Techstrong Group is hiring! Learn more about joining this rapidly-growing team by visiting TechstrongGroup.com.