We got your picture even without a microwave

his is a picture laden blog. There might even be a picture of you. We had our Open House on March 9th and I can’t be more proud. Kristian, Sara, Bernice and Teresa did a fantastic job promoting and organizing the event. The office looks great. We beat our attendance target. What surprised me the most was the energy at the event and how long people stayed to network, chat and learn about new stuff.

Here are some fun pictures. Some are a bit sentimental for me.

A sentimental photo, here we have Juan Lopez (a 20+ year veteran of Alvaka Networks), Yvonne Clemens (a 20+ year client of Alvaka Networks), and Rex Frank our first service manager and now an industry icon in what else… service management.

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Alvaka Networks Open House Invitation

Orange County, CA - Alvaka Networks moves to larger headquarters in service expansion driven by security, DFARS/NIST 800-171 and IT uptime and performance management demands

The 24x7 world of the internet is driving companies to operate in real time all the time with more security and compliance than ever before. Those challenges to public and private entities is driving continued growth at Alvaka Networks. In order to meet those demands we are excited to announce our Open House for our new headquarters in Irvine adjacent to John Wayne Airport.

Please accept our invitation to our Open House on March 9th, 3:30 PM to 7:30 PM. We have several speaker presentations, food and drink, prizes and our award winning staff on hand.
Click Here to let us know you are attending our Open House

The latest trends in government contracting

Los Angeles, CA - 2017 is going to be highlighted as a banner year for some DoD related contractors, and a sad downturn for others. Why? DFARS 252.204-7012 is going to define new winners and losers in defense contracting. Within this Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement is NIST SP 800-171r1, a security requirement that affects the protection of controlled unclassified information (CUI). Our government is tired of seeing our expensive and secret developments painstakingly developed by our best and brightest in the DoD community falling into the hands of foreign entities. This new security supplement is designed to stop that from happening.

So what are we seeing? We are seeing a steady stream of sub-contractors coming to Alvaka Networks desperately seeking assistance in meeting the demands of this new regulation for fear they will lose contracts and revenues. Prime contractors RaytheonNorthrop GrummanLockheed MartinTextronGeneral Dynamics and Boeing are sending out letters to subs and this in turn is causing a sudden panic and urgency that I have not seen in a long-time. Alvaka Networks has put together a team DFARS 252.204-7012. This team is led by our Chief Information and Security Officer/EVP Kevin McDonald who many of you at Technolink know. If you need assistance or advice on how to be best prepared for these new requirements please give him a call at 949 428-5000 or e-mail him at kevin@alvaka.net.   

 

Read Kevin’s SearchCompliance TechTarget story here - DFARS compliance targets 'controlled unclassified information'

 

How Top Tech Trends will affect your livelihood

Long Beach, CA - If you have not attended Adaptive Business Leaders annual presentation “Top Tech Trends” you should plan on it next January. This year was another stupendously insightful presentation on what we should expect from technology in the future and how it will impact our work and businesses. Here are a few choice highlights we need to prepare for:

·         50% of manufacturing jobs will be robotic by 2025, up from 10%

·         47% of US jobs will be computerized within two decades

·         Five million jobs will be lost in the next five years, but two million new ones will be created.

It is said that more than half the kids in school today are getting educated for jobs that don’t yet exist. That is why this is a really important afternoon for me each year. I suggest you plan to attend next January. You can ask to be invited by calling Laura of ABL at 714/245-1427.

To view a portion of the slide deck from last week’s click here - Top Tech Trends

Technology is changing so fast. Know what is coming before you get run over by an Uber car.

Top Tech Trends will cut 5 million jobs, but create 2 million new ones.

Bad Backup, bad bankruptcy

Orange County, CA - Always make sure your backups are in good working order. Here is a story of a company reports to be out of business because they lost 300 GB if their IP and company operations history - GitLab.com melts down after wrong directory deleted, backups fail. The story mentions Gitlabs.com outgrew the cloud and that is why this happened. No, they simply had bad backups and they did not check to make sure they had an ability to recover before doing work on the storage system. Data loss disasters can happen in the cloud, too. So make sure you have your backup operations in order. Disaster can strike in innumerable ways no matter your IT operation model.

Backups need to be constantly examined to make sure they are working. Here is a partial list of questions you should be asking when doing your due diligence:

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