We offer practical solutions to complex technical challenges
We are an experienced team of problem solvers with a CAN DO attitude. Our typical team member has 20+ years experience. We embrace new challenges as an opportunity to continue learning and building lasting relationships with our customers.Learn more about our mission
Our first step is to assess and document business requirements & project justification, existing applications & infrastructure, desired future state, and ultimate outcomes.
This is when our team outlines all business requirements, examines existing applications and infrastructure, and begins to imagine the desired future-state of the project. We dig deep into the problem, get to know our customers closely, and together, define the ultimate outcome.
Typical Deliverables"As-Built" documentation
Typical Duration2 to 4 weeks
Collaborating with client engineering teams we produce actionable, future-state architecture diagrams and project plans.
Having assessed our customer's existing infrastructure and understood their business goals, we produce future-state architecture diagrams, evaluate, and select technologies and vendors, and outline a transition methodology. We collaborate with our customers to create a project plan, making sure that all stakeholders are aligned on timeline, milestones, and the rest of our proposed process.
Typical DeliverablesFinal-state architecture
Vendors and technologies documentation
Typical Duration3 to 6 weeks
An agile process, Architecture work will continue through this phase as individual elements are addressed and built.
When the time comes to execute, we never fall short. Our experienced and involved team delivers the plans developed during the Architect phase. In a typically agile fashion, we enter this phase while Architecture work is still ongoing - we don't wait around if there are elements we can start to build.
Typical DeliverablesFully-functional and supportable solution that meets the business requirements identified in the Assessment phase.
Typical DurationVaries based on project scope.
Providing documentation, guidance and training where appropriate, we transition the ongoing support of the newly deployed architectures to support teams.
We don't simply build our solution and disappear. We provide clear and understandable documentation, guidance, and training to make support seamless. Our work is not complete until our customer is fully familiar and comfortable with the maintenance of their newly deployed architecture.
Typical DeliverablesSupport documentation
Guidance and training
Typical Duration1 to 2 weeks
It's all about results.
We are a team of deeply experienced professionals who are passionate about solving business challenges and enabling digital transformation, innovation and agility. We’ll listen and understand your business objectives, then apply our experience, expertise, proven methodologies and processes to ensure a successful outcome.
We are a team of highly experienced professionals who are passionate about solving business challenges and enabling digital transformation, innovation and agility.
We’ll listen and understand your business objectives, then apply our experience, expertise, proven methodologies and processes to ensure a successful outcome.
We engage with you as creative, enthusiastic, effective and CAN DO problem solvers.
We are a CAN DO company
It’s easy to say no. We don’t start with no. We embrace the tough challenges.
We embrace change
Technology equals change. We embrace the challenge of being continuously relevant to the success of our customers.
We know that trust is earned
We are a partner, not a vendor. We take ownership of challenges and accountability for the results.
We act with integrity
We always act in the best interests of our customers.
Is never good enough.
effectual is headquartered just across the river from NYC
effectual has the talent that is so hard to find.
effectual’s team of elite technology leaders has deep expertise in architecting, migrating, managing and securing public cloud, private cloud and hybrid cloud solutions. We are well versed in comprehensive cloud, compliance, security, governance, automation, and DevOps solutions.
Our experience enables us to deliver practical solutions to complex technical challenges. We are trusted advisors and partners to businesses seeking expert guidance in making informed choices about technology services with transparency into cost savings.
Our leadership brings unique "insider" expertise and guidance to our team.
Chief Executive Officer
Robb is a pioneer in cloud and managed services. He founded Datapipe in 2000. From its humble beginnings in a two-room office in Hoboken, New Jersey, Datapipe evolved into a leading global provider of solutions for managing and securing mission-critical IT services, including cloud computing, infrastructure as a service, platform as a service, colocation, and data centers.
In 2010, Datapipe disrupted the managed service provider (MSP) space, becoming the first MSP to recognize AWS’s future impact in the marketplace and embracing AWS as a partner. In 2013 Datapipe became Azure’s first MSP and in 2016 Datapipe was recognized as Alibaba’s first global MSP partner. In 2011, Datapipe became the first MSP to power its data centers with 100% renewable energy, earning it membership in the EPA’s Green Power Leadership Club.
During Robb’s tenure as CEO, Datapipe was recognized in 13 Gartner Magic Quadrants, including four times as a leader and three times as a visionary. Datapipe also won 21 Stevie Awards and was named to the NJBIZ 50 Fastest Growing Companies in NJ 10 straight years.
Michael J. Parks
Chief Technology Officer
A technology visionary in network and infrastructure design, Michael co-founded Datapipe in 2000. As the lead technology expert, he was instrumental in closing complex, customized multimillion-dollar managed services agreements serving Fortune 100 companies across multiple industry sectors. His strategic technology vision was instrumental in growing the company to a 10-figure valuation.
He created an agile, responsive network that continually and automatically adjusted traffic routes based on demand, providing industry-leading uptime for Datapipe clients. Under his direction Datapipe achieved a 100% success rate in moving highly complex solutions between geo-diverse locations, mitigating outages for global systems that supported billions of dollars in revenue for publicly traded multinational clients.
Expanding Datapipe’s global data center footprint, Mike led the build out of data centers in the US, retrofitted data centers in Europe, and connected multiple data centers throughout Hong Kong, Singapore, and mainland China.
Mike began his career in the United States Coast Guard, and later the Drug Enforcement Agency, where he was recognized with the Air Medal for Search and Rescue, Helicopter Rescue of the Year 1985, and a Presidential Citation.
Chief Operating Officer
Chuck is a business strategist with over 25 years of proven executive leadership experience in cloud services, cybersecurity, financial services, technology strategy, operational improvement, and software development for emerging, high growth organizations around the world. He was an early adopter of cloud, working with the technology since its birth, successfully delivering products and services in financial services, supply chain automation, cost management, eProcurement, manufacturing, and FED/SLED industries.
His ability to speak the languages of CxOs and technologists alike allows Chuck to deftly bridge communication gaps between executive leadership and internal IT groups, ensuring all teams share a common understanding of business challenges and how technology can be utilized to overcome those hurdles. This shared vision creates a solid foundation for growth, success, and the organic development of healthy culture.
Chuck enjoys working with other results-oriented business leaders, helping them develop digital transformation strategies and cloud adoption plans that lead to big wins on behalf of their customers, employees, and shareholders. A deep technologist who also enjoys working with people, Chuck takes a servant-leader approach to sharing his extensive hands-on experience in leading corporate strategies that leverage human and technology capital in the development of high growth opportunities.
Chuck has held executive leadership positions at Logicworks, SANS Institute, Ajubeo, Coresite, TD Ameritrade, and Fiserv. He attended UCSD’s Computer Science and Physics programs, and is a United States Navy veteran of the first Gulf War. Chuck held a top security clearance and worked in defense contracting for almost a decade after active duty.
Chief Security Officer, CISSP
Darren is an accomplished information security risk management professional with over 18 years of progressive experience as a subject matter expert, dynamic leader, and trusted advisor. Highly regarded as a business enabler by peers and clients alike, Darren effectively blends years of deep, hands-on technical expertise with business acumen and cybersecurity skills.
Working alongside Datapipe executive leadership for over 16 years, Darren was responsible for the orchestration of global security operations. He was instrumental in the creation of Datapipe’s enterprise-wide security and compliance program, and instituting a cross-functional global security team. Working directly with qualified security assessors (QSAs), he successfully certified Datapipe as a PCI level one service provider since 2004. Darren was also one of the first in the industry to become a PCI Internal Security Assessor (PCI ISA), where he leveraged his expertise to help customers achieve their own regulatory compliance objectives.
Darren has a proven record of managing business risk by aligning security with business objectives. His ability to understand business goals provided the framework for building a multi-cloud, multi-million-dollar managed security service provider (MSSP) business still trusted today by some of the world’s biggest brands.
Darren attended Rutgers College and currently lives in New Jersey with his wife and two daughters.
Ryan W. Pardue
Chief Enterprise Architect
Ryan is a career software engineer who develops highly scalable and adaptable billing platforms built on Microsoft technologies. He is also a data migration specialist with an emphasis on financial systems integration and consolidation. As a lifelong technologist, he takes a personable approach to identifying the needs of the business and its employees, drawing satisfaction in solving for those needs through software.
As the son of an accountant and grandson of an architect, Ryan developed an appreciation for design, structure, and data, helping establish core professional values that put the customer experience first. Working as a support technician for e-commerce software in the late 90’s, he quickly gained the trust of his customers, taught himself how to code, and proved to be a valuable asset to teams large and small, ultimately developing a billing platform that served a global organization with $350 million in revenue. While he may not spend as much time writing code as he once did, he feels that his self-taught programming background has offered him a greater understanding of the role enterprise architecture plays in the success of an organization.
Ryan is an innovator, developer, data junkie, and home automation enthusiast, and his love of technology touches all aspects of his life.
Chief Marketing Officer
Rich is an established marketing veteran with over 20 years experience in IT. Working in the technology industry and witnessing its rapid change and evolution through acquisitions and changing market conditions, he developed a proactive approach to understanding and marketing the unique values of service offerings.
Working alongside executive leadership, Rich led the Datapipe marketing team for 17 years, presiding over messaging, press, and analyst engagements. He played a key role in growing the company and its reputation, leading to their recognition as a global pioneer and industry leading managed service provider by Gartner and Forrester Research. Under his purview, Datapipe was named in 13 Gartner Magic Quadrants across North America, Europe, and Asia.
Driven by his fascination with the intersection of art and technology, he studied engineering and 3D animation, graduating Summa Cum Laude from the New York Institute of Technology with a BA in Computer Graphics. Thanks to his grandfather, he developed an early appreciation for vocabulary and crosswords, and he still completes one nearly every day. Rich currently lives in New York with his wife and daughter.
General Manager Public Sector Services
Dan has over 25 years of management and technical leadership experience in secured information technology services, software strategy, software development, and complex software system implementations. A pioneer in the secured SaaS delivery model, he co‑founded New World Apps in 1999, a secure private and community cloud provider specializing in cloud solutions for federal, state, and local government entities.
His work with New World Apps helped them develop a high degree of respect within the U.S. intelligence community, bolstered by their experience and expertise in working with the Department of Defense, law enforcement, and a number of civilian federal agencies.
New World Apps was acquired by Layered Technologies in 2012, expanding their HIPAA‑ and PCI‑compliant hosting capabilities to include FISMA-compliant cloud solutions for the public sector. Layered Technologies was later acquired by Datapipe in 2014where, under Dan’s tutelage, they developed the FedRAMP JAB certified Datapipe Government Cloud platform, providing government agencies with a secure cloud platform capable of handling sensitive data.
Dan has a strong history of building strategic partner relationships with SaaS providers and government information technology organizations, and he has also spent several years working with security officers in government organizations to certify and accredit their commercially hosted environments.
Prior to co-founding New World Apps, he held various executive positions within IBM and the technology consulting firm Pittiglio, Rabin, Todd & McGrath (PRTM). At PRTM, he helped lead the firm’s information technology practice and led major process improvement projects at AT&T, IBM, Lucent Technologies, Lotus, Seagate, Xerox, and CIENA corporations.
Dan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Director of Solution Architecture
Ovi has broad technical expertise and a strong background in transforming and improving mission-critical systems and processes. His enthusiasm for engineering, dedication to efficiency, and creative style allow him to develop effective solutions to overcome technical obstacles while addressing business requirements. He ensures that proposed business and technology strategies are properly aligned and operate harmoniously together.
With nearly a decade of experience supporting customers on their journeys to the cloud. Having closed multi-million-dollar deals, he has a proven grasp on what it takes to execute automated deployments and successful migrations. He believes solutions to complex challenges don’t only boil down to technology selection, but the human element as well. Ovi has presented at Amazon’s prestigious AWS re:Invent conference and has openly shared his expertise with the technology community on several panels. He also holds best-in-class professional certifications and continues to deepen his technical knowledge on a daily basis.
Ovi began his career in the United States Army as an Information Systems Analyst where he earned multiple unit citations including an Army Achievement Medal for outstanding performance. In addition, he attended Airborne School, one of the Army’s Specialized Schools, where he earned the coveted “Silver Wings.”
Director of Network Engineering
Ryan has over 20 years of experience in Information Technology, and a diverse background in complex networking design and service management solutions. He also has extensive experience with enterprise-level cloud environments, witnessing first-hand the true value and benefits of shifting to a cloud-first approach.
Prior to his current role, Ryan was part of the network architecture team for Datapipe, where he helped deploy new data centers, provided client escalation resolution, and worked with the sales team in securing new clients. He has also served as a senior member of the network architecture groups at Tiffany & Co. as well as Vonage.
Ryan is passionate about developing positive client relationships and delivering custom solutions to effectively address complex business requirements.
Senior VMware Technical Lead
Hetal is an engineer and architect with broad expertise ranging from the data center to the cloud, and everything in between. His experience in designing, implementing, and maintaining numerous LAN/WAN infrastructures utilizing a wide range of hardware, software, and networking products makes him a key asset to any networking team.
He also has an equally impressive depth of knowledge in cloud and virtualization technologies.
Hetal has been working with AWS and VMware for several years, expanding his knowledge and skills as the platforms and technologies evolved and matured, effortlessly earning several certifications along the way. Most recently, his diligent approach to mastering technology helped him attain VMware’s Data Center Virtualization, Network Virtualization, vSphere 6.5, and vSAN certifications.
Throughout his 18+ years in IT, Hetal has developed a deep understanding of hardware, software, hypervisors, storage, networking, and virtualization, matched only by his communication and interpersonal skills.
An experienced enterprise consultant with a strong background in AWS, DevOps, and technical project management, David is passionate about the convergence of technology, people, and business. He has helped to develop and grow multiple businesses through to successful acquisitions.
Keeping pace with the rapid evolution of IT, he is constantly learning and looking for innovative ways to solve complex infrastructure challenges. With a focus on customer success, David has an acute ability to understand business culture and develop solutions aligned to shifting technology needs.
David currently lives in San Diego.
Strategic Account Manager
Tom comes from a background of Enterprise sales within the cloud technology sector. Over his career he’s worked in Sydney, Amsterdam, London, and New York. He has consulted with multi-national corporations on IT projects spanning full-stack development, core IT systems, and infrastructure.
Combining his commercial and business experience with a deep understanding of cloud and infrastructure technologies, Tom ensures engagements are approached holistically from the very first conversation.
Senior Technical Writer
Alex is a content expert who understands the value of clear, concise, and accurate communication. He has an incomparable thirst for knowledge and has continually expanded his skill set throughout his 10+ years as a Technical Writer, Copywriter, and Editor.
He has a strong analytical writing foundation developed through years of drafting policies and documenting controlled procedures for quality management, security, and compliance efforts. This background enables Alex to provide guidance in the creation of key processes and procedures to improve business communications and functions.
With an innate ability to convey complex ideas to various audiences, he naturally ventured into copywriting. Working alongside marketing and sales teams, Alex has created client-facing content, including service descriptions and sales proposals, as well as sales enablement materials.
Alex is a native New Yorker who was born and raised in Harlem, but he’s a country mouse at heart. A word nerd and an avid crocheter, he currently lives in northern Manhattan.
An experienced senior engineer, Carlos works alongside IT leaders to provide the best IT solutions to meet their needs. He previously held the role of Director of Business Operations at Datapipe, where he built, developed, and oversaw the day-to-day management of internal IT systems from networking, telephony, and workstations, including traditional and virtual desktop environments.
Carlos understands the difficulties of scaling a business and seeks to implement consistent practices and minimize disruptions. He anticipates challenges and thinks through potential problems before they arise.
Carlos is a dedicated technologist and tinkerer who enjoys 3D printing, drones, and Iron Maiden.
We are hiring!
If you crave a new challenge every day and want to join a dynamic team of driven problem solvers, effectual is where you need to be!Careers at Effectual
We are located across the street from the Hoboken PATH, Light Rail, and NJ Transit. Just 14 minutes to 33rd street and 10 minutes to World Trade Center.
Classic, unique office
Our “Cloud Cathedral” features a backlit stained glass dome and wall mural by artist Tony “Rubin” Sjöman.
We have a ton of experience
Our pedigree spans decades. Our team has been recognized as pioneers in cloud innovation and leaders in transforming enterprise organizations.
We are a CAN DO company
It’s easy to say no.
We don’t start with no.
We embrace the tough challenges.
We are a partner, not a vendor
We take ownership of challenges and accountability for the results.
We act with integrity
We always act in the best interests of our customers.