Happy New Year…

2017-07-27T00:01:00+00:00 December 29th, 2014|Uncategorized|

Happy Holidays, and best wishes for a prosperous New Year to you!

I thought I’d take an alternate approach to this year-end post, and post some quotes that some of our Coretekers hold dear.  You see, each Friday morning, we start our company-wide call with a few questions from a team member and his or her favorite quote, and we capture them on our internal Yammer site.  I thought it’d be neat to grab a handful of them from the course of 2014 to share with the world. 

Enjoy, and see you in 2015….

Avi:
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

Clint:
“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” – Vince Lombardi

Igor:
“Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.” Abraham Lincoln

Matt K.:
“No regrets.” – Source unknown

Robert:
“Better than yesterday…” – Some dude at a Gym in Columbus

Sean:
“Always be who you are because the people who matter don’t mind and the people who mind don’t matter.” – Sean’s Mom

Rick:
“Believe you can and you’re half way there.” – Source Unknown

Hanna:
“Not all who wander are lost…” – J. R. R. Tolkien

Jeremy:
“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Ben Franklin

Karyn:
“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.” – C.S. Lewis

Jennie:
“I live my life a quarter mile at a time.” From the movie, The Fast and the Furious

Jeff:
“A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.” – Source Unknown

Bill:
“If you don’t stick to your values when they’re being tested, they’re not values: they’re hobbies.” – Jon Stewart

 

 

 

The Forgotten Harvest organization continues to impress…

2017-07-27T00:01:01+00:00 October 29th, 2014|Uncategorized|

Last week, a crew of 25 Coretekers headed over to the Forgotten Harvest office/warehouse to find out how we could help out.  We’ve been there 3 times now (see the related blog post about the first visit), and the folks there continue to impress; both in their personal touch and the practices of the overall organization.

This visit, we learned about one of the fairly recent developments in their ability to be a little more self-sufficient on the product side of things: The Forgotten Harvest Farms.  While the Forgotten Harvest organization had always been intent on rescuing perfectly good food to feed those who need it, they now are providing themselves with the ability to augment thos supplies and bring some desperately-needed produce into the mix. 

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Along those lines, our volunteer work in the past had focused on the sorting and aggregation of donated foods from other organizations.  This time however, we were a part of the new farm experience by removing the undesirable outer leaves from some cabbage freshly picked from the farm that day.  And we really ripped into it!  We’re proud that we helped prepare 950 cabbages (over 2000 lbs) in our short time there, set for delivery later that week.

So make sure to check out the Forgotten Harvest website and maybe make a donation of some sort.  And maybe we’ll see you there next time…

 

 

Sarah, The Team, and the “Walk For Wishes” Part 2…

2017-07-27T00:01:02+00:00 February 7th, 2014|Uncategorized|

About this time last year, fellow Coreteker Sarah Roland put together a walking team to help raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Michigan foundation Walk for Wishes 2013 (at the Detroit Zoo) and invited some of us along (click for the related 2013 blog entry).  My wife Amy joined in to help, and the plan was hatched.  For some reason, at that time I didn’t manage to participate early on, but when I arrived to drop off my wife for the walk, there was just no way I could resist joining in the fun.  So I — and my kids — registered as last-minute registrants, and ended up having an absolutely great time. 

Well, this year I’m not letting the opportunity slip by to join in the team and help out a little more.  So I’ve signed up, and I’ll be trying to raise some funds.  And we’re all eagerly looking forward to the Zoo, re-uniting with the team, and just having a great day for a great cause.

Make sure to follow our progress at Sarah’s team page here:

http://semiwalkforwishes.kintera.org/SARAHROLANDSDREAMTEAM

…And I hope to see you there! 

 

A few minutes with the Red Cross…

2017-07-27T00:01:03+00:00 September 25th, 2013|Uncategorized|

It goes fast.  The time we spent pitching in to the Red Cross the other day went by like a blink.

As part of our series of what we call “Community Projects”, the folks at Coretek arrange various ways that we can contribute (time, effort, gifts, etc.) to the communities in which we live and work.  This time, we invited Monica, Debra, Bob, and Carl, from the Red Cross stop by our office and help us help them to assemble “Comfort Kits” that provide toothpaste/brush, soaps comb, socks, and a few other items for some folks who really need them. 

As we quickly learned, the Red Cross provides so much more than the stuff we all hear about in the news.  We learned that there are hundreds (perhaps thousands?) of homeless veterans (it pains me to type that) who have fallen on hard times throughout our metropolitan area that rely strongly on organizations like the Red Cross for the simplest of needs. 

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So this evening, roughly 30 of us spent just one quick hour in an assembly-line fashion, preparing 480 of these Comfort Kits.  We split our assembly line work into a few conference rooms, with runners running the Kits between rooms, and then out to the lobby for final re-boxing of the kits in preparation for distribution.  We dug in dutifully, and with purpose.  In the rush of the assembly, we accidentally missed a couple combs or toothbrush cases along the way; but we managed to find and back-fill the ones we missed before final packing.  We realize how important that missed comb might be to someone who has none.

Everyone involved had a good time, but we were always mindful of the seriousness of the need for these Kits. 

And while we got a lot done in a short time, it seems like there’s never enough to go around.  And it goes fast.

Click here to donate comfort kits to the Red Cross.

 

 

Coretek recognized in Inc. Magazine’s 2013 Top 5000 Company list!

2017-07-27T00:01:03+00:00 September 4th, 2013|Uncategorized|

Coretek Services is proud to announce recognition by Inc. Magazine in both Michigan and nationally for our 725% growth and expansion over the last 3 years in the IT Services space.  This is completely attributed to the ownership, operational management, sales, and delivery teams that make up Coretek. 

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Each person involved in the responsibility of this growth should take great pride in our joint accomplishments!  I know that we all recognize one another internally, so it’s wonderful to get public recognition of our efforts from such a well-renowned business research organization.  Click on the images above and below to get to the statistics about growth and placement on the Inc. Top 5000 list.

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Coretek Services Summer Picnic 2013

2017-07-27T00:01:03+00:00 August 14th, 2013|Uncategorized|

Ah, Summertime.

It won’t be long before we’re getting out our winter coats, and thinking about raking leaves and such.  But for one fleeting summer day, the Coretek gang got together at our annual Coretek Services Summer Picnic to celebrate the beauty of the season, family, and friends.

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I include this picture to try and get a sense of the moment, but most folks were elsewhere; in the building (with all the food!), bounce houses, off to the paddle boats, putt putt, etc.   There was tons to eat and drink, as well as games to play for all, and plenty of time to catch up on conversation with some folks you’ve not seen for a while.  But as the sun set and the softball game wound down, we knew we’d have to call it a day and be back next year for more.

Sure, summer is winding down, but everyone in attendance had a great time wringing some of the last few fun moments out of summer in the company of our amazing coworkers and families…  

Thanks to everyone who attended…  And to everyone that made it happen!!

Now…  Got your Holiday shopping done?  Got it started? 

😉

 

Coretek Community Project – 2013…

2017-07-27T00:01:03+00:00 June 26th, 2013|Uncategorized|

In June of this year, Coretek Services really showed up and reached out to the community for its 2013 Community Project.  This year’s project really demonstrated how we truly believe in not only the culture at Coretek, but also the culture of the community as well. 

In April, we contacted the city of Farmington Hills to see if they could help find a family in need.  After interviewing several candidates, the hard choice was made, and our chosen candidate graciously accepted our offer to help renovate her home.  For this project, our mission was to help our candidate (83 yrs of age) and her daughter (in her 50’s and suffering from health issues) return their home to the pristine state that it had seen many years prior.  Our candidate has been widowed for over 10 years, and the home had suffered from many years of neglect and lack of maintenance which made it difficult for the women to navigate through.    

After a few weeks of scoping the work needed, it was decided that the project would take place on Saturday, June 1, and the following Saturday, June 8.  Coretek employees showed up in full force with their families in tow to participate and volunteer their time, skills, and effort to ensure the success of the project with no exceptions.  From day one, the volunteers hit the ground running with a mutual desire to give this family a home in which they could safely move around in and enjoy.  This was no easy task; but with the determination, focus, and team spirit, that the employees of Coretek share, we were able to put our minds and muscles together in a joint effort to give this family back the home they deserve.

There was plenty of work for the grown-ups to do, but we also made sure that there were activities for the little ones to participate in as well.  There was flower planting and painting — among other things — to keep the young Coretekers busy.  Finally, after 2 long days of fun-filled activities and laborious effort, we were able to complete the project — and the changes were remarkable!  The mother and her daughter were astonished and very impressed with the results of team Coretek!  Below are some of the before and after shots of the home and some pictures of the team at work, and at play.  Coretek Services rocked in 2013, and will continue to rock on in 2014 and beyond.  Thanks to all who participated, and we’re looking forward to seeing you again next year!

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XP Elimination — The looming crush…

2017-07-27T00:01:03+00:00 June 5th, 2013|Uncategorized|

It’s an interesting time… 

There’s a familiar feeling in the air at many large enterprises.  I remember this feeling.  I think it’s was somewhere in ’98 or ’99, back in the pre-Y2K times.  And for those of you too young to remember those days in the I.T. world, that feeling is the “holy-cow-are-we-doing-enough-to-get-in-front-of-this” feeling. 

Back in those days, we had a looming deadline (real or imaginary, it doesn’t matter), full cooperation from the front offices (management, HR, and accounting), and incessant media reminders that planes were going to fall from the sky if you didn’t update all your COBOL, replace all your hardware, upgrade MS Office, and so on.  As a result, every single vendor was suddenly releasing new versions of everything, and the money flowed like the champagne on Wall Street.

Now…  Well, now, it’s a tad different in a handful of ways.  Because now, while we have a massive OS End-Of-Life date (XP EOL – April 8, 2014) and a floundering economy, we also have a replacement OS that — like it or not — is not being widely adopted in the Enterprise (yes, I mean Windows 8 RTM).  And, as some of you may not be aware, XP still has a massive…  MASSIVE… footprint in the Enterprise, 10 years on and going strong.  So stable has XP been, that the largest Enterprises really don’t want to move away from it, and therefore really haven’t.  As a result, the development world hasn’t always been so inclined to move their products forward to the Win7/8 development model, either.  The chicken and the egg, playing chicken.

But the calm is falling away as the concerns are finally rising up to the executive suites, and dollars in I.T. are starting to have their leashes loosened.  The front office folks are finally starting to hear that the desktops are going to fall out of support if something isn’t done.  And “no longer supported by Microsoft” is something that executive folks understand.

So here we are.  Let’s look at some facts.  Less than one year until the XP EOL — and after the Enterprise had pretty much completely skipped Vista — they are *trying* to embrace Win7.  They’ve been planning the implementation for years.  Heck, it’s practically a cottage industry.  Hopefully, there are whole teams devoted to the project; folks whose whole job is focused around design and deployment tasks, and were hired (or contracted) solely for that purpose.  They might even be underway migrating/upgrading/implementing.  However, it also might be the case that it’s too difficult to get it done in limited time with the limited resources at hand.  Which is why even in a time that the large Enterprise is still not hiring *employees*, they are sure bringing on a lot of consultants and contractors in an effort to provide design and implementation experience; and in some cases just to throw bodies at the problem.

But I have a feeling they’ve been counting on a sliding XP EOL deadline all this time.  And guess what?  Nobody thinks that’ll happen (not publicly anyway).  Microsoft needs to get some traction under Win8, so they need movement away from XP asap. 

The good news is that the rumors and reports about Win8.1 seem to be exactly what the Enterprise was after (or close enough to it).  So we’ll feel good about completing the current migrations to Win7 (with Classic of course, to look like XP).  And by the time the Enterprise completes the Win7 roll-out (after the XP EOL date, of course), they’ll already be moving on and doing testing/development for the Win8.1 pre-release.  Of course, if Microsoft allows the GPO-controlled removal of much of the Consumer-market stuff in Win8.x (can I get my Classic, anyone?), the Enterprise might just keep the Win7 implementation motor running, and just start pushing out Win8.1 right behind it!  Why not!?!

But either way, Win7 implementations are finally happening all around.  Win8.1 looks like it might be Enterprise-ready out-of-the-box.  The infrastructures are being upgraded to accommodate all this (Can you say, “cloud”?).  And Coretek’s customer demand has exploded as folks turns to us for additional help and partnership in these massive projects that — I’m proud to say — we’re pretty good at. 

Well guess what?  We *are* turning it around, and we will “get-in-front-of-this”…  And it looks like the appearance of Win8.1 might just help ease that XP Elimination Post-Y2k-esque drop-off, too.

It’s an interesting time… 

 

 

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