Applied Tech was founded in 1999 to help small- to medium-sized organizations in central and south-central Wisconsin get the most out of their business technology. Over the years, Applied Tech evolved from providing technical services to small departments at the UW-Madison campus to being named one of InBusiness Top Three IT Services Providers and IT Training Companies in Dane County.
Today, we support all types of businesses, either as a full-service outsourced IT staff for our smaller clients or as a supplement to our larger ones by performing routine maintenance tasks or as strategic business partners helping to shape internal systems for staff, clients or vendors. Over the past 18 years, Applied Tech has met the IT needs of more than 250 businesses, government agencies, non-profits, and trade associations.
Our professional services, support and project teams are made up of highly skilled technology experts. Applied Tech specialists are subject matter experts that are CompTIA, Microsoft, Cisco, Citrix, and HP certified.
With offices in Madison, Waukesha and Stevens Point – Applied Tech provides IT services for the following areas:
CEO Kurt Sippel began his technology career at 18, when he began providing consultation services with his father to various small businesses in Fond du Lac County. This was followed by eight years at UW-Madison where he worked as an economics researcher and manager of IT for the La Follette School of Public Policy — all while pursing a master’s degree in urban and regional planning.
In 1999, during the burst of the first technology bubble, Kurt inexplicably left the university, as well as his pursuit of a master’s degree and his university work — including support for two Governor’s Blue Ribbon Task Forces — to pursue a dream to help transform technology into a useful tool for all. In doing so, he left behind a legacy of starting the first production Windows NT network and the first production Microsoft Exchange server on the UW-Madison campus.
He started Applied Tech Solutions with two employees working out of his cramped one-room apartment on Madison’s tony East Side — but with a laser-like focus on the emerging technology needs of non-profits, as well as small- and medium-sized businesses.
His gamble paid off.
His success required him to move from his apartment into an incubator space with other entrepreneurs for several years as he grew the company. After even greater success, he finally had to move in 2005 into more space in the company’s current location in the heart of Madison’s redeveloped Central Park region, bordered by lakes, bike trails, festivals, local-to-market restaurants, and several farmers’ markets — all of which Kurt supports with his advice, good will and philanthropy.
Over the years he has expanded his company to more than 65 employees, with offices in Stevens Point and Milwaukee and customers throughout the state and northern Illinois. But he has never lost his focus on the use of technology for the greater public good. Just ask him. And be prepared for a passionate and forward looking answer that might sound part pioneer/part missionary/part visionary in its zeal. But that’s Kurt.