Reach Your Peak
For over a decade, JDA has provided a full portfolio of Fortune 500-level information technology solutions for Chicagoland businesses of all sizes.
The Power of Virtual
Do business anywhere. JDA is one of the most experienced Virtual Desktop Infrastructure providers in the Midwest.
Implementing IT that truly enhances business takes years to learn, and more years to master. A free JDA consultation is the first step towards IT that differentiates.
For over a decade, JDA has been in the right place at the right time for our clients.
Take On the Big Boys
Increase productivity and lower overhead by moving your communications and applications to your own private cloud. JDA makes it easier than you think.

Experience “Right the First Time”

John Drake & Associates is a high-end managed services and IT consulting firm specializing in the customer-driven design, integration, operation and support of data and communication networks. For over 10 years we have provided Chicagoland’s small and midsized businesses a unique combination of Fortune 500-level experience, affordable custom solutions, and world-class customer service.

Cloud Services

Smaller businesses often find the path to cloud-based productivity blocked by providers unwilling to accommodate what makes them unique. JDA thrives on what other IT consulting firms shun. Extensive experience and industry partnerships ensure a smooth transition to anytime, anywhere cloud productivity. Our Tier III data center drastically reduces risk, replacing the infrastructure on your books with our advanced, highly resilient, highly redundant environment.

IT Staffing and Managed Services

Keeping pace with changes in IT can be less challenging when you compliment your team with our team. Our engineers and certified experts can bring your environment – and your team – up-to-date on the latest in network design, security, messaging, virtualization and backup. And should you decide its time to outsource your entire IT operation, our customized approach to managed services will be a refreshing change to the canned, constrained approach others offer.

Security Consulting and IT Health Assessment

Running automated security and health assessment tools is not difficult. Translating those results into actionable improvements that are within budget is much more challenging. JDA’s cross platform audits evaluate all facets of environment integrity – intrusion detection, anti-virus tools, hardware performance, storage, backup, etc. We compare your configurations and operations to industry best practices, and then help you prioritize improvements based on your business goals and budget.

Platform Upgrades

Platform upgrades make most IT managers cringe. We’ve performed hundreds of Windows, Windows Server, Exchange and SharePoint upgrades over the years. We know all the shortcuts and when not to take them. Fast, low impact and seamless – we’re proud to say our upgrade karma has been astonishingly good.

Virtual Computing

Deep experience with VMware and Citrix means JDA can quickly deliver on the promise of virtual desktops, servers and applications. We’re also adept at tuning virtual environments for the BYOD phenomenon, and ensuring consistent end-user experiences across desktops, tablets and mobile devices.

Mobile Device Management

Done properly, productivity, mobility and the strengthening of internal partnerships are cited as the most significant advantages of integrating employee’s mobile devices into a company’s information technology infrastructure. JDA has been helping clients set policy and securely managing personal devices long before “BYOD” was a catch phrase.

Slay the hobgoblins of I.T. consistency

Practicing consistent project management methods is paramount in the ever-changing IT space. This does not mean doing the same thing the same way for every client. Our IT consultants draw on deep Fortune 500-honed IT experience, but are also very skilled in out-of-the-rack thinking, delivering solutions that are uniquely tuned for each of our clients’ needs.


An RFP is not a project plan. JDA’s discovery phase identifies the causes behind symptoms and unleveraged opportunities that maximize the business value of your technology investment.


The value of information gathered in the design phase pays big dividends here. Vetted across multiple technology areas by experts within JDA ensure scalability, extensibility and reduced risk.


The “no surprise” stage. Dedicated project management and front-line technology experts keep you proactively informed while staying on-time and on-budget.


We’re not done until your team knows what’s done and can maintain it on their own. Or move to JDA’s managed IT services and we’ll take on the day-to-day for you.

Case Studies

  • Integration & Migration
    Integration & Migration
    Business Problem: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been a catalyst for a wave of hospital consolidations. Interoperability challenges differ with each type of merger but the need to smoothly, efficiently, quickly and securely provide access to corporate applications and communications is critical. Background Our client is a healthcare organization with over 5,000 users across […]
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  • Elasticity on Demand
    Elasticity on Demand
    Business Problem: One of the more challenging aspects of IT operations is forecasting. When small businesses finally achieve consensus and capital to move forward, the process of accurately choosing how much of what to invest in can be a momentum-killer. Background One of our clients faced that “how to move forward” challenge as they were planning for the […]
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  • BYOD In, Outsource The Rest
    BYOD In, Outsource The Rest
    Business Problem: Small business owners have been well aware of the option to outsource support for their IT operations. However most – thinking the cost to be prohibitive  – dismiss the idea without much thought. But when managed services kind of sneaks in the back door, and they get their head around it, the usual response is “holy […]
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