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We have so much great information to share, and so many perspectives from which to share that we've pulled two separate blog sources into this one page!  On this page you'll see posts from our Corporate Blog on the left, and Frank Abbruzzese's personal Building Circles Blog on the right.

From the Corporate Blog, you should expect to see us review new technology, discuss major events in Windsor/Essex that affect local business, announce major events happening inside AlphaKOR, and sharing business experience and expertise as we continue to grow and evolve.

From Frank's Building Circles Blog, you should expect to see great insight and tips from one of our Region's top entrepreneurs.  Frank posts weekly about business, entrepreneurship, leadership, giving back, and finding time to have fun along the way.

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Around the I.T. Table

Stay plugged in to the IT world


 

  • Internet of Things (IoT)
      This is a basic introduction to this topic and we will continue to share more with you in some of our upcoming blogs later this year. The Internet of Things (IoT) is something that has an I.P address and…
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  • How to Protect Yourself from Ransomware
      What is Ransomware?  Let’s say it can disrupt your entire operation and is very expensive to resolve.  Ransomware is a malware that installs itself on your computer without being detected, as it is very common for it to bypass…
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  • The AlphaKORians and The Giving Tree
      Our Team supports and volunteers for many organizations and causes throughout the year! Thanks to our Team for donating money, clothes, toys, many gifts and canned goods for two great causes.   This year for our Christmas Giving Tree, we…
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  • Building Partnerships
      AlphaKOR and Windsor Essex Economic Development Corporation (WEEDC) have built a strong partnership developed over the years.   On Tuesday, November 29th AlphaKOR participated in the Emerging Technologies event hosted by WEEDC at Caesars Windsor. There were many community partners,…
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  • Jen celebrates 10 years!
      Congratulations to Jen for her dedication and commitment to AlphaKOR.   Thanks Jen for all you do!
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  • Dean of Science Reception
      Enjoyed speaking to first year students and parents at the Dean of Science Reception event on Friday, September 16th, 2016. Thanks to Dr. Chris Houser, Dean of Science for the introduction and thanks to Gemma Grey-Hall for asking me…
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  • Congratulations to Caboto Lions U13 Girls
      Congratulations to Dina Jaber and the Caboto Lions U13 Girls on their championship win in Brantford!   AlphaKOR is proud to be a sponsor!  
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  • Upgrade to Windows 10 by July 29th, 2016
    Have you upgrade to Windows 10 yet?   Microsoft is offering current Windows 7 and Windows 8 users a free upgrade until July 19th, 2016. Four reasons to upgrade to Windows 10:   Familiar from the Start   Innovative experiences and…
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  • Gary celebrates 5 years!
      Shawn O'Rourke, Director of Technical Services congratulates Gary and thanks him for all his hard work. Congratulations to Gary Komsic for your 5 years of dedication and commitment to AlphaKOR!
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  • AlphaKOR U15 Boys Soccer Team Win Tournament
    Congratulations to Jayden Jaber and the AlphaKOR Boys U15 team who won the Windsor Soccer Club’ Tom Hillis Tournament this weekend and are the 1st place champions!! Coached by Ali and Sathish – way to go Team AlphaKOR!!!    …
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  • 4 Partners Planted in the Community
    On May 20th, 2016, the 4 Partners planted their tree at Dieppe Park at the Windsor riverfront.   Thank you to the AlphaKORians for such a wonderful gift!  
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  • Being an AlphaKOR Intern
    As an intern, you may think of many things when you start at a new location. Will you fit in? Will you get the respect you deserve? Can you do this? I’m here to tell you, yes you will. As…
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  • Partners React to Gift from Staff
    Guest Post by Frank Abbruzzese, President of AlphaKOR Group. "Partners Planted in the Community" This week's topic is a very special one for me. On Saturday night we had our company holiday dinner with our Team and our significant others.…
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  • Avaya Week at AlphaKOR
    What a fantastic week it was here at our Twin Oaks facility! We were pleased to entertain 75 business leaders from the community and engage them on the discussion of connectivity and collaboration. Business is moving fast. It is important…
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  • Looking Back at Labour Day 2014
    On Labour Day weekend 2014, the Four Partners met in the boardroom on Mercer Street to finalize plans for the acquisition of a competitor and moving to a new location. It was a very productive and focused meeting with the…
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  • Leveraging Social Media BEYOND Marketing
    Aspects of your business that benefit from social media. Blasting out messages to your social media audience has its place, but there is so much more that you can do!  It is critical that you take the opportunity to engage…
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  • Solution Spotlight: Remote Management and Monitoring
    You have a business to run.  With our Remote Management and Monitoring solution you virtually eliminate the cost of downtime to your business.  If you are unable to process payments, complete projects, or have admin staff sitting idly by while…
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  • AlphaKOR celebrates its 20th!
    From humble beginnings, AlphaKOR was formed by brothers Mazen and Ali Jaber, in a small storefront on Ottawa Street. Through the years, AlphaKOR added business partners Shawn O’Rourke and Frank Abbruzzese, and have moved twice over to accommodate their expanding…
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  • It’s time to say good-bye to Server 2003
    If your organization has any Server 2003 it is time to put together a strategic upgrade plan as time is running out – check out the AlphaKOR Server 2003 countdown clock at: http://www.alphakor.com/ Let one of our Corporate Team members review…
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  • Website Design
    Award winning website design and development at affordable prices. By now, as a company or an individual, you understand the value of your online presence, and you have likely invested in your website a few times over. So now, the…
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Building Circles

From the President's Desk

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  • Qualifying Opportunities
      How do you know if an opportunity qualifies or does not qualify? You receive an inquiry for some information and request if your company can help.   What are your processes to respond to this request?   Do you delegate it,…
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  • Being Proactive
      Being proactive takes a bit of effort and discipline to do this on a consistent basis.   Of course, being reactive is a lot easier and usually is the excuse why we are not as proactive as we know we…
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  • How do you Prioritize?
      This topic keeps coming up and thanks to those who asked to blog again about prioritizing.  Do you prioritize based on certain criteria?  The worth of the task?  FIFO or LIFO? (just ask if you do not know what…
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  • 5 Tips for Business Networking
      What are your top networking tips?  All of us network and a large number of us attend events to make new contacts and create opportunities. 1. Arrive Early and Linger Longer Make it your goal to at least arrive…
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  • Setting Your Purpose
      Do you ever stop and think about what is your purpose in life and in business?  It is a tough one to actually do this and to figure it out if you have not already.   Sure, I know what…
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  • Have you Set your Goals Yet?
      Have you sat down yet, thought about setting your goals for 2017 and beyond?  How many New Years' Resolutions have you made and how many have you already broken? If you have not written down your goals, make this…
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  • Be Polite to Achieve Greater Success
      This week, we revisit the topic of being polite.  Do you notice most successful people are also the polite ones? These are the people who step forward at a networking event to greet the newcomer, make them feel welcomed…
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  • Back to the Routine
      Happy New Year Everyone!   OK, when do we stop saying "Happy New Year"?  With Christmas and New Years landing on a Saturday, it was a nice having a 4-day and 3-day weekend back to back this Holiday Season. Did…
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  • Julia’s Co-op at AlphaKOR
      This week we welcome Guest Blogger Julia Youhanna, a grade 12 student at Holy Names High School. I'm currently doing my co-op at AlphaKOR.  I took co-op to see if the field I want to go into during my…
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  • Top 3 Customer Service Tips
      What are your top customer tips you find work in your everyday interaction in business?  Here are 3 to share with you. 1.  Positiveness Always, yes always, be positive when servicing customers, prospects and anyone else you are making…
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  • Are you Motivated?
      What motivates you? Successful people are full of energy, focused and accomplish great things on a consistent basis.  They are this way for a number of reasons:  self-rewarding in making a difference, they have the drive to succeed and…
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  • Do you Hear what isn’t being said?
      "The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said".   I came across this quote by Peter Drucker.  It made me stop and think about what we think we hear and what we miss that was…
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  • Excellent Customer Service: It’s an Adventure!
      Did I ever tell you about the time we went to Mexico on our first cousins' trip?  This will be a good story to share about our vacation last week.   As promised, this week will be about excellent customer…
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  • Appreciating Your Team
      There are many ways you can appreciate your Team.   I would like to again share three of them with you.         1.  Say Thank You More Often This may seem obvious and yet many employees have shared with…
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  • How Do You Let Go?
      Recently we had a client discussion and one of the changes involved key team members on both sides to let go.  Sounds simple?  It is tough to actually let go.  Let's take a look at this topic and look…
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  • Setting Expectations
      Do you ever have a conversation where someone asks you to do something, you appear to understand, you perform the task and feedback is not at all what the other person was expecting? For those of you who immediately…
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  • Leaders Take Risks
      Do you play it safe or do you take calculated risks? If you always play it safe then you have made the choice of not being a leader.  When you take all the time necessary to explore all the…
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  • Setting the Bar
      Are you setting the bar or simply allowing others to set the bar for you? Being the leader on your team, in your company or in your industry means you get to set the bar.  Yes this is your…
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  • 3 Mistakes to Avoid
      We all make mistakes from time to time.   Learning from them and not making the same mistake twice teaches us to avoid these mistakes. How do you look at your tasks at hand and do you make any of…
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  • Having Fun as a Team
      Most of us work daily as part of a Team and we contribute in our own way.  Some days we spend most of our time interacting with the Team working together on tasks.  Many days are fun and of…
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  • Are you Inspiring your Team?
      In what ways are you inspiring your Team to grow with your company long-term? Challenge your team to keep building on their skills, education and experiences.   This will reduce the stagnation many teams face where members get bored.  One…
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  • Top 3 Ways to Stand Out
      You can either stand out or fit in.  This is one of my favourite quotes is by Seth Godin.  What are you doing to stand out from the competition? Tell Your Story When you tell your story, bring who…
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  • Focus on the Important Stuff
      So how do you even determine what is the important stuff? Leaders set priorities that line up with their goals.   They focus on the important stuff and the difficult stuff instead of avoiding it or being too busy to…
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  • Managing Your Time Effectively
      I'm on vacation with the family this week and thought it would be fitting to share this blog from a while back. How do you manage your time to be more effective? We have our habits that fit our…
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  • Are You Performing at Your Best?
      Watching the Olympics makes me wonder if all of us are performing at our best on a consistent basis.   It is a good question to ask yourself daily:   Are you performing each and every day at your best? It…
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  • Top 3 Qualities of Successful Teams
      The top 3 qualities of successful teams and The AlphaKORians' demonstrate these every day: 1.  Collaboration Working together on projects, whether they are client-driven or company-driven, the Team seeks input and expertise from each other to successful achieve the…
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  • Leaders Set High Standards
      How do Leaders set and maintain high standards in their organizations? Successful leaders set high standards for performance and have accountability in place.   The key to setting the bar is a balance between high enough standards for team members…
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  • Be Polite to Achieve Greater Success
      This topic resurfaced the other day and I recall blogging about last year.  In reviewing the blog it fits well with my fellow entrepreneurs who asked to share it again.   I really appreciate your feedback and thanks for the…
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  • 5 Steps to Achieve Whatever You Want
       Work Hard & Quietly  Positive Mind  Clear Purpose  Focus on Goals  Take Action Work Hard & Quietly Ever notice people always talking about achieving something and they never seem to be successful?   An example is talking about a diet…
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  • Watering your Referral Tree
    This week we revisit "How are you building your referral tree?" Do you receive and welcome referrals?   Many have shared they struggle to ask for referrals or do not get many referrals.   Others have shared they built their business on…
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  • When Are You Networking?
    If you answered "all the time" then you are correct.   If you had a different answer, go back and read the previous sentence. As owners, as leaders and as business professionals, we are ALWAYS networking when interacting with others,…
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  • Facing it Head-On
    How do you handle challenges and tough situations? As a leader, we are faced with this multiple times a day or a week or a month depending on the speed and nature of your business. What is the most difficult…
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  • Determine What is Important
    How do you determine what is important? Leaders set priorities on the important and difficult stuff instead of procrastinating or avoiding it.  It is too easy to say you are busy and cannot deal with it.  Embrace it and face…
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  • Getting all the Facts
    Do you ever jump to conclusions and find out later you did not have all the facts?  This happens more often than we think.  Take a look at your daily routine and all the assumptions you make. It is very…
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  • Getting All The Facts
    Do you ever jump to conclusions and find out later you did not have all the facts?  This happens more often than we think.  Take a look at your daily routine and all the assumptions you make. It is very…
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  • What are your Daily Habits?
    Several of you have asked about daily habits and here is a revisit to this topic from over a year ago.   Keep sending your comments and feedback. Prioritizing Tasks Always a challenge due to the fact every task usually feels…
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  • Three Ways to Embrace Change
    Recently I responded to a client's e-mail by including the line:  "One thing for certain is change.  It changes hourly in our industry". How do you embrace change? Open-Minded It is not easy to always be open-minded, however, we must…
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  • Being Arrested for a Good Cause
    My "clean-streak" is over.  When someone asks "Have you ever been arrested?" now my answer is yes. It started as a typical monthly team discussion on Friday morning where we gather to share information as a group.....when we were interrupted…
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  • My Co-Op Experience
    This week we welcome Guest Blogger Nathan Bellaire, student at Tecumseh Vista Academy Secondary School. February I had my interview at AlphaKOR and it went really well.  I knew I would be going here for co-op but I wasn’t quite…
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  • Does Anything Hold You Back?
    Do you stop and think about what is holding you back?  Look at the other side of this question to determine what motivates you.  Focus on these and work on the other things that prevent you from moving forward. We…
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