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Thrive Spotlight: Felix Ilionskiy – vCIO

Thrive Spotlight: Felix Ilionskiy – vCIO

Welcome back to another installment of our “Thrive Spotlight” blog series.

Our featured employee is Felix Ilionskiy, vCIO.  In his role, he discusses and develops clients’ company goals, reviews and addresses any technical challenges, reviews roadmaps to address any new developments or requirements, as well as serves as an advisor on overall security posture regarding the latest cyber security recommendations.  Much of the position is working with clients to strategize long team goals and use of new advancements in technology so that any challenges can be addressed, and goals can be met to keep everything top notch.  Felix is based out of Brooklyn, NY and works out of our New York City office.

Outside of work, Felix enjoys spending time with family and friends and spending weekends enjoying outdoors, art, theater, and sports.  He trains in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and enjoys volleyball, ping-pong, scuba diving, billiards, and long walks with his dog.

Hi Felix!  Can you tell us about your background and how you came to Thrive? 

Since I got degrees in both computer/information science and math in college, I was planning on becoming an actuary, however I found programming to be more interesting.  For about 8 years, I worked as a software developer working on accounting and reference data applications and coded in C++ programming language.  I then joined InfoHedge MSP and built financial applications implementation practice to assist clients with any custom applications/integrations.  I then pioneered an Application Hosting vertical within the firm to offer various Application Hosting services for accounting, trading, and portfolio management application environments.  I joined Thrive by way of acquisition in the summer of 2018 and initially continued to run the Application Hosting vertical until I joined the vCIO team to provide technical advisory services to our clients.

Where did you go to school or get training? 

I attended Brooklyn College where I got degrees in Computer/Information Science and Math.

What do you most enjoy about working for Thrive? 

There are too many things to list but I will give you my top 3.  I get to work and have full access to all Thrive teams that are SMEs in their own IT areas.  I get to work on different challenges our clients are facing and come up with solutions for them.  I also get to see firsthand all the new emerging technologies that Thrive integrates with and offers to our clients and trains us on.  This allows me to stay up to date on all new developments which makes things interesting and gives me a challenge and ensures no two days are the same.

Are there any recent exciting projects at Thrive you can tell us about? 

I am currently working on several exciting projects.  We are onboarding a client that had on-prem domain and file servers and fully converting and migrating them to SharePoint Online.  For another client, we are upgrading their application, database, and web server stack from Windows Server 2012 to a mix of Windows Server 2019 and 2022 versions hosted out of the ThriveCloud.  I am also working on a project building out a new SS&C Geneva Application and Geneva Core environments with dedicated client Citrix environment for more streamlined remote application access.


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