Cloud Computing Exec Nominated For Entrepreneur Of The Year: Yan Ness has spent the past two decades launching and managing successful high tech companies. The prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award program has recognized his recent work building Ann Arbor-based Online Tech into Michigan’s leading provider of compliant hosting and data center services. Ness was named a semifinalist for Entrepreneur of the Year in the Michigan and Northwest Ohio region. The program recognizes high-growth entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. In 2003, Ness led a group of investors to acquire the company. Serving as the company’s CEO since the purchase, he has overseen tremendous growth both physically (from 600 to more than 60,000 square feet of capacity) and financially (an average of 30-percent annual growth). That steady growth received a significant boost in September 2012 when News-Press & Gazette Co. invested $20 million to help Online Tech expand into new markets across the Midwest. Online Tech is a five-time winner of the FastTrack Award presented by Ann Arbor Spark, a Washtenaw County economic development agency, to companies demonstrating a 20 percent growth rate for three successive years. Prior to Online Tech, Ness co-founded Company Crafters and Work Well Health and Safety Systems, which was acquired by Liberty Mutual. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from the University of Michigan and is a guest lecturer at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. Ness will attend a semifinalist reception in Detroit on May 16. Regional winners, scheduled to be announced May 24, will be honored at an awards gala in Detroit on June 20 and become eligible for the annual Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year national awards, presented in November. Semifinalists were selected from more than 70 nominations by a panel of independent judges. More at or

VisionIT earns ISO 9001:2008, TL9000 certifications: VisionIT, a Detroit-based provider of IT managed services and talent management, announced it has earned its ISO 9001:2008 and TL 9000 certifications for its Detroit headquarters in the areas of consulting services and contract/temporary staffing. VisionIT is one of only nine companies across the United States to achieve both certifications. The ISO 9001:2008 certification specifies requirements for a quality management system, audited by third party registrars against national and international standards for quality, including methods, interrelated processes, documented procedures and measurements designed to produce consistent product quality and customer satisfaction. ISO 9001:2008 is globally regarded as the most comprehensive body of standards on quality management systems and practices.
The TL 9000 standard, developed by the Quality Excellence for Suppliers of Telecommunications (QuEST) Leadership Forum, is a certified management system with international recognition that defines the telecommunications quality system requirements for the design, development, production, delivery, installation and maintenance of products and services. The certification also includes performance and cost-based assessments that measure reliability and quality performance. ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is the source of the ISO 9000 family of quality management system standards. ISO is a network of national standards institutes from 163 countries working in partnership with international organizations, governments, industry, business and consumer representatives. Founded 16 years ago, VisionIT has 20 United States offices, personnel in 42 U.S. states, and global operations in Puerto Rico, Mexico and the Philippines. More at

Vision Computer Gets Rackspace, Cloud Nation Certifications: Northville-based
Vision Computer Solutions said Tuesday it had recently achieved two cloud certifications — Rackspace’s Cloud University Certificate and Cloud Nation’s Certified Professional certificate. The computer services company released a statement announcing their recognition as a certified vendor of cloud computing services. The certifications acknowledge Vision’s IT consultants as trained and experienced providers of cloud implementations.