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September 28, 2012

Unless you're living under a rock, I think it's safe to say that by now you must know Apple released the long anticipated iPhone 5 last Friday. Various news outlets are already reporting that the sales didn't meet expectations and were under whelming. Hard to believe considering that it still achieved the most initial weekend sales of any iPhone yet (see below). One of the knocks was that Apple didn't meet expectations because they sold more than they had available. So, they sold out - yet it's still not good enough? Weird viewpoint if you ask me.

iPhone5 Sales

Beyond the added speed, the reduced size, the incredible 5th row of icons (woo-hoo!), to me the more important thing to note surrounding this release really is the underlying meaning of it all. My takeaway is how the future of computing is changing right before our eyes. You may not realize it, but we're moving into what's being called "the post PC era". This is being defined by the powers that be as computing delivered through non-traditional means - ie: other than just computers and laptops - but also through mobile devices (smart phones and tablets).

We've been getting much of our information through our "devices" for a while now. But, now it's permeating into the enterprise (see my Blog below...). It seems that the norm now is everyone should get company email on their smartphones (whether it's the company's device or their own). But is this access being managed? Who has access and to what? What happens when that device is lost? The concepts of Mobile Device Management (MDM) and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) are hitting our clients left and right. And if you're not already aware of this change, your business is going to be impacted before you know it.

In this issue of our Newsletter, we've included a number of articles related to mobile devices that show some of the issues and speedbumps related to managing these devices as they become more and more integrated into the business environment. So, to me, it's not whether it's the latest iPhone5, Droid, or Windows Mobile, but rather how are all of these devices going to be managed? Because, the landscape is changing right before our eyes.

I hope you enjoy this month's Newsletter and here's to a great and productive October!

Craig Pollack & The FPA Team

Stolen iPad found using "Find My iPad" App

If you haven’t done so already, you might want to install Apple’s Find my iPhone app. You may not think you’ll ever need to use it, but desire for the iPad can cause people to do dangerous things.

Police say a Nevada man who lost his iPad on an airplane used an app called "Find My iPad" to locate it inside the Oregon home of a flight attendant. Officers in Oregon City, outside Portland, arrested 43-year-old Wendy Ronelle Dye Friday evening. The flight attendant for Horizon Air allegedly told officers that a passenger brought her the tablet saying it was found on a seat. She said she never used the iPad and planned to turn it over to airline officials, but police found some of her personal information on it including her husband's birthday.

Read the full article here.

Survey: How Mobile Will Change Business

In the near future, developers say car apps will be big and Facebook may be the social network of the past. How do you unseat a Goliath like Facebook? The strategy in a nutshell: Think mobile.

“Developers are highlighting a cautionary note that all businesses should pay attention to: Mobile has the power to reshape entire industries and these changes will be swift,” the survey reads. “It is not enough to port elements of your existing business model over to mobile. Staying competitive in the era of mobility requires fundamentally re-envisioning traditional business models through a mobile-first lens.”

Read more here.

How Instagram Became the Social Network for Tweens

Well-intentioned parents who've kept their tweens off Facebook are catching on to the workaround: kids are turning to Instagram, the photo-sharing app that may as well be a social network. I just learned that my 12-year-old daughter is an app scofflaw. So, in fact, are the hordes of her fellow tween-agers -- kept off Facebook by their well-intended parents -- who have turned to Instagram as a seemingly innocuous social-network workaround.

As it turns out, just like Facebook, you technically have to be 13 to have an Instagram account. And, just like Facebook, Instagram is more or less a social network, dark sides included. Kids post photos, their followers comment... and then those not invited to said birthday party or shopping excursion get hurt feelings.

Read the full article here.

Can You Trust Your Browser With Your Passwords?

Having your Web browser remember your passwords and/or credit card details can be convenient, but it poses some security risks. How much of a risk depends on which browser you’re using, whether you sync with other devices, and whether you’re using any of the browser's extra security features. Here are the main vulnerabilities in some of the most popular browsers—Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox—and ways you can protect against those weak spots.

Read the full article here.

Cybercrime Disclosures Rare Despite New SEC Rule

Hackers broke into computers at hotel giant Wyndham Worldwide Corp. three times in two years and stole credit card information belonging to hundreds of thousands of customers. Wyndham didn't report the break-in in corporate filings even though the Securities and Exchange Commission wants companies to inform investors of cybercrimes.

Amid whispers of sensational online break-ins resulting in millions of dollars in losses, it remains remarkably difficult to identify corporate victims of cybercrimes. Companies are afraid that going public would damage their reputations, sink stock prices or spark lawsuits.

Read more here.

The Most Classic Hiring Mistake

The most common hiring mistake is to hire someone who has the right experience. We know that this sounds counterintuitive, but hear us out. When you’re putting together a help-wanted ad, what’s the first thing you write? “Needed, a salesperson with at least one year of experience.” No. Wait a minute. This is a much more important job. Let’s say, “Needed, five years’ experience.” Experience is what we look for in job candidates. If two candidates seem equally qualified for a position, and one has slightly more experience, the decision seems easy. Experience wins. Some executives even will look in their competitors’ backyards for individuals who are ready to make a move. Conventional wisdom is that an experienced individual will hit the ground running. But how many times have you come across someone who has five years of experience that adds up to just one year’s bad experience repeated five times?

Find out more here.

5 Common Words That Create Failure

Your level of success is predetermined by the words you use every day. Avoid these five "failure" words. The words that people use every day determine whether they will achieve failure or success. There are five words that, in my observation, frequently show up in the conversation of losers, much more so than in that of winners. Here they are:

Read more here.


Securing WordPress Against Hacks

Another Critical Java Vulnerability Puts 1 Billion Users at Risk

Hack of Tech Journalist Reveals Flaws in Cloud Security

Samsung Speedily Plugs Remote Wipe Flaw, Urges Galaxy SIII Owners To Update

GoDaddy Outage Takes Down Millions Of Sites


The Latest Trend - BYOD & MDM

Now that Managed Services and the Cloud have had a little bit of time to percolate, without many business owners realizing it, another new wave of technology has snuck up on them. While Blackberries were once the defacto standard corporate answer to accessing email remotely, iPhones and Droids were taking over the personal device market. And while this was happening, a subtle but forceful wave has swept over the business environment changing just about everything related to remote access...


Are You Really a Trusted Advisor to Your Clients?

I was once again surprised by the laissez faire attitude I got when I was explaining to a prospect why they needed to improve the security of their network - a cheap personal firewall; everyone had administrator rights; no security policies preventing users from copying data to USB drives – these were just a few of the holes; Needless to say, a CPA firm has all sorts of information about their clients and thinking that "it’s not that big a deal" really surprised me.

I went on to describe California’s "Database Security Breach Notification Act" and all that it’s about. Apparently, he had no idea about SB 1386!



FPA Invited to Join Microsoft's VAR Champions Club

FPA Technology Services, Inc. (FPA), the leading full service IT Consulting Firm in the Los Angeles area, announces today that it has been invited to join the Microsoft® VAR Champions Club.

The VAR (Value Added Reseller) Champions Club is a high-value, multi-tiered program offered exclusively to Microsoft’s elite Small and Medium Business (SMB) VARs. Out of the thousands of VARs in the Southern California area, less than 20 have been invited to join the Microsoft VAR Champions Club. FPA is one of these 20.

Read the Press Release



October - National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM). NBCAM is a collaboration of national public service organizations such as the American Cancer Society, professional medical associations, and government agencies that work together to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease, and provide greater access to services.

NBCAM began 25 years ago to promote awareness of breast cancer issues and has evolved along with the national dialogue on breast cancer. NBCAM recognizes that, although many great strides have been made in breast cancer awareness and treatment, there remains much to be accomplished. NBCAM is dedicated to raising awareness and educating individuals about breast cancer throughout the year. For more information, visit www.nbcam.org.

IT Management Services

Strategic Planning & Guidance

Do you have an IT Strategy? Do you have a Technology Plan? How about an annual IT budget? What about a Computer Use Policy? Are any of these in place?

FPA provides a wide array of strategic IT and business consulting services tailored to the specific business needs of our clients. Our outsourced CIO and CTO services offer the highest level of IT experience and expertise at a fraction of the cost of having one in house. We provide many of our clients with strategic planning and budgeting services to address their technology needs while helping them plan for growth.

FPA works with our clients to develop and manage annual capital and operating budgets ensuring that these budgets are met on an ongoing basis. For some of our larger clients, we also assist with planning and managing their technology staff. While we can assist in the hiring process, we also offer training services to enhance the technical abilities of their existing IT staff.

For more information about our Strategic Planning & Guidance services, please contact us at info@fpainc.com or by phone at 818-501-3390.

Staff Spotlight -
Nadia Robertson

Nadia Robertson

Nadia Robertson joined FPA this year as an Administrative Assistant in the Consulting Services Group where she performs a variety of tasks including research, scheduling, preparing reports and correspondence, as well as managing vendor relations. Nadia's Vendor Relations role includes maintaining details on FPA's vendor contracts, tracking competencies, and providing timely reporting to management.

Nadia's ability to learn new things and process information showed up early in her life. At 13 years old she taught herself how to play piano, and she can recite all 50 states alphabetically. The youngest of 3 sisters, Nadia loves enjoying good food and spirits (she's addicted to pasta) with her closest friends and family. Her interests outside of FPA include going shooting at the range, playing with her dog Brudis, and going on vacation… anywhere! Her favorite thing to do is laugh, which is a good thing, with all the details she juggles at FPA!

Nadia's favorite quote - "Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today." (James Dean)

Charity Spotlight

Janet Halbert founded Hurdle Jumpers in 2006 to assist others just starting or those who are in the midst of cancer treatment. Hurdle Jumpers' chemotherapy and radiation comfort kits, which are primarily distributed through oncology practices, are designed to make a difference because they are conceived from a patient's perspective.

We've been personally involved with Hurdle Jumpers since inception and it's one of our favorite Charities.

Client Testimonial

"We just wanted to let you know that we really appreciate the frequent updates our FPA Project Manager provides us during the project. It is helpful to hear both the progress and the issues that arise. The updates enable us to know exactly where we stand."

Mitch M.
Temple Beth Am

Recommended Reading

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

By John C. Maxwell

According to author John C. Maxwell, "Leadership is leadership, no matter where you go or what you do. Times change. Technology marches forward. Cultures vary from place to place. But the true principles of leadership are constant. Leadership principles stand the test of time. They are irrefutable."

Maxwell believes that leadership laws can be learned, they stand alone, they carry consequences (if you apply the laws, people will follow you), and that the laws are just the foundation of leadership. Once you learn the principles, you still have to practice them and apply them to your life.

This book will confirm your existing leadership strengths, but it also may uncover some weaknesses you don't even know you have. The tools are very practical and actionable, so even if you implement just one or two, you will be on your way to becoming a better leader.

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