Angels now have their Pujols, the Kings have their Kopitar, and the
Lakers have their Kobe, we too have our own superstar - Alex Kazmin!
Many of you may know Alex or have worked with him through the years.
If you have, you know how much of an asset he's been to FPA. We're
proud and excited to announce that Alex was recently promoted to Director
of Consulting Services & CTO (see the Press
Release below for more details).
is an evolutionary step for Alex, it's also a reflection on FPA as
a whole. Through the years we've become one of LA's leading IT Service
Providers by adhering to our Core Values, leveraging our systems,
processes, and methodologies, and continuously going above and beyond
for our clients. But, more importantly, we've done it through the
talent we put on the field. We pride ourselves on the quality of our
team members, their skills and capabilities, but most importantly
- their character. As they say, "you can train skills, but you
can't train character".
an inordinate amount of time evaluating, screening, and then training
our new hires. We're very selective about who joins our team. Once
on board, we provide ongoing technical as well as professional development
throughout our staff's tenure here. Our FPAU provides a formalized
way to ensure that the quality of the services we deliver as individuals
is the same across all teams. While providing the services we provide,
we also work hard at continuing to improve everything we do. We believe
in our "Culture of Constant Improvement" and over the years
it's been a key component that's continued to fuel our growth.
Alex on his new role as well as the rest of the team here at FPA for
all they do.
Year. Enjoy the extra day we get!
& The FPA Team
Apps for iPad
3: What Apple Should Demo at the Grand Unveiling
suggest Apple will unveil the iPad 3 during the first week of March.
That's less than a month away, and sources at The Next Web say Apple
is in "crunch mode," working hard to line up apps that show
off the unique features of the next-gen tablet.
The iPad 3 is
expected to feature a high-definition, 2048 x 1536 "retina display."
If the new screen does appear in Apple's big reveal, it should provoke
all the excitement of the company's first retina display, which appeared
in the iPhone 4 in 2010. According to a source who spoke with the
New York Times, the next iPad's screen will be...
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8 Things Your
Employees Need Most
Pay is important.
But pay only goes so far.
raise is like buying a bigger house; soon, more becomes the new normal.
about raises and better benefits. Those are important - but this is
what your staff really wants.
won’t cause employees to automatically perform at a higher level.
Commitment, work ethic, and motivation are not based on pay.
truly care about your business, your employees need these eight things
- and they need them from you:
Best practices can create excellence, but every task doesn't deserve
a best practice or a micro-managed approach. (Yes, even you, fast food
and latitude breed engagement and satisfaction. Latitude also breeds
innovation. Even manufacturing and heavily process-oriented positions
have room for different approaches.
possible, give your employees the freedom to work they way they work
Targets. Goals are fun. Everyone - yes, even you - is at
least a little competitive, if only with themselves. Targets create
a sense of purpose and add a little meaning to even the most repetitive
a goal to shoot for, work is...
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Security: PIN Exposure Vulnerability
crack of Google Wallet's near field communication-enabled payment
application reveals how easy it is for thieves to steal credit card
information from a smartphone. The question is: How will this security
flaw affect NFC adoption and how quickly can Google shore up the breech?
credit card payments are a burgeoning industry. There is a great deal
of backroom negotiation going on today among players like Google,
Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. They each want to establish themselves
as a middleman in what they are betting will be a trillion dollar
a year industry.
payment system works with existing “contact-less” readers like MasterCard’s
PayPass. It shouldn’t come as a surprise if most next generation smartphones
include this capability. People will likely use cell phones instead
of physical credit cards to make in-person purchases within the next
many benefits to using smartphone payment systems as opposed to a
physical credit card – not the least of which is the potential for
much better security. Credit cards traditionally have no security.
It is up to the owner to report theft and unauthorized transactions.
the Google Wallet PIN Vulnerability viaForensics recently came out
with a report about the security of Google Wallet. In it, they concluded
that due to the unencrypted personal...
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Server License Alert
Microsoft expects to release its new SQL Server
2012 in the coming months. Along with the new product release, Microsoft
elected to change its licensing metrics for SQL Server. Significantly,
Microsoft determined that it would stop allowing companies to license
SQL server on a processor-based model and that beginning with SQL
Server 2012, the new licensing model will be based on cores rather
than physical processors.
Going forward, Enterprise Edition will only
be licensed on a core basis, while the new Business Intelligence Edition
and the previous Standard Edition can be licensed on either a core
basis or server/CAL basis. A customer must purchase a minimum of 4
cores if it elects to license on a core basis. So if a machine has
one processor and a single core, the customer must still purchase
4 core licenses. The price for 2012 SQL Server CALs is increasing
by about 27%.
Microsoft is allowing its customers with Software
Assurance a grace period to convert their processor licenses. If the
client does not timely and correctly convert their licenses, Microsoft
will impose default conversion metrics that are not favorable to its
customers. It is important to follow...
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Want to Telecommute!
more and more businesses are looking for ways to improve the performance
of their employees, one thing that staff seem to be looking for
more and more from their employers is approval to work remotely.
While I'm sure this is a result of the improved capabilities that
the computing world now offers (ie: faster computers, better remote
control tools, increased bandwidth of our home internet connections,
etc.), I believe it has more to do with the ever changing climate
of business in general. Ten years ago, most of our clients wore
suits and ties. Now, I'd say the percentage of businesses who are
this "formal" are down to less than 10%. Ten years ago,
most of clients wouldn't think about allowing access to "their"
information outside the perimeter of their office walls. Now, most
everyone allows business email on their smartphones. As our dependence
on computers in our every day lives continues to grow, the line
between work and play gets ever more blurred. So, the next logical
outcome of this is...
Day, originally known as Washington's Birthday, falls on the
third Monday of February. This year Presidents Day fell on February
21, 2012. Here are some interesting facts about this
is the first federal holiday in the United States to honor an
American citizen. It was originally celebrated on February 21st
- , the birthday of George Washington. Washington was actually
born on February 11, 1731, as per the old style Julian calendar,
but he changed the date the following year to February 22, the
equivalent day as per Gregorian calendar. Also, the Uniform
Monday Act took effect on January 1, 1971 which decided to shift
Presidents Day to the third Monday of February each year. Effectively,
Presidents Day now falls on any day between February 15th and
Planning & Guidance
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works with clients to develop and manage annual capital and
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Spotlight - Chris Radoumis
Radoumis is one of our talented Network Engineers providing
onsite and remote support services for our clients. His enthusiasm
and zest for all things technology are contagious. The feedback
we've received from clients continuously says how impressed
they are with him and his work.
is a military veteran having served in Iraq and Afghanistan
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and working on cars.
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