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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

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  • Ransomware Presentation July 19th, 2017
      AlphaKOR has created a peer group, called Executek IT Round Table which meets monthly to bring together the Region' IT experts to discuss timely topics.   The Ransomware event was an extension of our round table and WEtech' inaugural…
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  • The WPSetup Attack: New Campaign Targets Fresh WordPress Installs
      Here is the blog from Wordfence regarding a new campaign targeting fresh WordPress installs. At Wordfence, we track millions of attacks from a wide variety of sources every day. From this data we create a list of the worst-of-the-worst attackers…
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  • PSA: Petya Ransomware Affecting Critical Systems Globally
      What We Know A new ransomware variant is spreading quickly across the globe at the time of this writing. There is no consensus yet in the security research community, so the following information is provisional in nature: The ransomware…
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  • Home Router Botnet Resumes Attack
      Last week, WordFence reported a huge spike in brute force password-guessing attacks on their websites they protect.   They looked into the IP's that are behind the surge in attack volume and discovered a home router botnet appears to…
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  • Artificial Intelligence for Business Pt. 2
      Before we begin, I would like to thank everyone for their awesome feedback on my previous article in this series. Artificial Intelligence for Business is a series of articles on how AI is shifting the business landscape and we…
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  • How to Influence
      Researchers have been studying the factors that make's people influential for industries such as automotive, energy, and politics for over 60 years. Make no doubt about it; there is a science to how we are influenced and a lot of…
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  • Massive Global Ransomware Attack Underway
      A massive global ransomware attack on machines running the Windows operating system is underway and spreading quickly.  Wordfence has published a public service announcement that gives you a high level overview of the attack along whit advice on how…
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  • Router Botnet Shut Down – Who Did It?
      Sometimes good things happen.   In the past 72 hours we have seen a large global botnet based on hacked home routers being shut down.   The botnet was spending significant resources attacking WordPress websites. The Wordfence blog showed the…
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  • Artificial Intelligence for Business Pt. 1
      When we think of Artificial Intelligence our imaginations tend to conjure thoughts of sophisticated humanoid robots that have a level of sentient intelligence to them. Although we are not too far off from this, Artificial Intelligence is already a…
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  • 5 Security Questions for your Hosting Company
      The Wordfence forensic team encountered three separate hosting providers that had security issues with their hosting configuration. Wordfence reached out to two of the companies and worked with them to secure their infrastructure and fix the issue. You can…
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  • Cloudflare Data Leak: How to Secure Your Site
      Cloudflare has experienced a data leak over a 5 month period that mixed sensitive data between websites and visitors. A visitor to one website using Cloudflare may have seen data from another website using Cloudflare that was being sent to a…
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  • 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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  • We’ve Always Done It This Way
      This is always a hot topic when discussing business with other professionals.  Why do some Teams move forward together while other Teams seem stagnant?  I just cringe when someone answers a question about trying something different with "No, that…
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  • What is your Inspiration?
      What is your inspiration to do what you do? For me, it is working with people to make a positive difference.   Listening to stories about what others want to accomplish is inspiring.  Hearing about the challenges or why…
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  • Are You the Brave One?
      We revisit this topic which falls in line with one of my favourite things about being an Entrepreneur which means to be vulnerable.  Are you the Brave One to be an Entrepreneur? Here are the 5 traits to be…
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  • 5 Ways to get a Reply
      How many e-mails do you send out in a day?   How many of them do you get replies to? Personalize your e-mail Message If you use templates and mass mailing for the majority of your e-mails, you may…
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  • Building Your Circles
      Imagine having a group of people you can contact at anytime to assist you with anything.   Some refer to this as their "bat" list on their cell phone.   To have people you can count on is one…
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  • Working Together for the Bigger Picture
      It has been nine years since six of us launched an organization for Technology and Innovation which would evolve to become WEtech Alliance.  It was a collaborative effort, including competitors, working together to build the foundation for this organization.…
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  • Tell Your Story
      Last week, I had the privilege of telling my story at the YQG Talks event.   It was a night for passion, creativity and to hear nine of us share our story on what drives us and how we  are…
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  • Excellent Customer Care Tips
      Get Back to The Customer What is a realistic time frame to return a phone call or reply to an e-mail?   Why do some choose not to get back to the customer at all? Respond in a timely…
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  • Make Your Time Count
      Time management and giving back to the community are two topics that keep resurfacing when having discussions with other business professionals.   As I retire from the WEtech Board after nine incredible years, it was truly an honour to…
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  • Networking Events
      Many of us go to a lot of networking events while some are just starting to network.  There are networking events such as the WindsorEssex Circle which provide a welcoming atmosphere to connect.  Many first time networkers attending the…
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  • Top 7 Ways to Connect with Confidence
      Many of you have asked how to network successfully and this topic keeps arising in our business connections.   In fact, I have been asked to speak at the Leamington Chamber After Hours event on June 21st, 2017 on…
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  • Challenge Yourself
      Are you challenging yourself?   Are you stuck in the same routine and just going through the motions? The answer is to challenge yourself! Last weekend was my first time participating in the Heartbreaker Challenge and it was a…
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  • Top 3 Time-Saving Habits
      Are you finding some days go by too fast and you are just overwhelmed with the number of things you feel you need to do?   What good habits have you formed to help? One habit is to avoid…
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  • Is that Really You?
      With the recent massive ransomware global attacks (www.goo.gl/5wZSDF) it makes you stop and ask the question:  "Is that Really You?"  How do you know who is actually making the request, asking for money, sending you a link to update…
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  • Back at the Club
      It has been over a month since I was at the Club (that's what we call it at Ironcore Kettlebell) and I made my return this week!   Happy to share I made it two days in a row…
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  • Top 3 Things NOT to do at Business Gala’s
      1.  Put away your Sales Hat Take off your "sales hat" when attending a business gala.   Let me repeat that:   take off your "sales hat".   Yes, we are all selling all the time regardless what profession…
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  • Empowering your Team
      At what level are you empowering your team to take responsibility and to make decisions? Successful managers coach and nurture their team.   They provide different levels of autonomy for members on their team.  Teams require a leader to…
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  • What Words Have You Banned?
      This week, we revisit this topic and forward to hearing what words you have banned from your vocabulary. Here are the ones banned and strive to avoid: 1.  Busy 2.  Me (myself, I, mine) 3.  Can't 4.  Blame 5.…
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  • It’s in the Details
      Most of the time, when it is about communications, the answer lies within the details. We hear the news and share the headlines with our peers.  What amazes me is how the stories are different even when we listen…
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  • Game 7 – Are you Ready?
      The Windsor Spitfires just fell short in Game 7 vs. the London Knights.   Looking forward to seeing them hosting the Memorial Cup in May. What is your Game 7?   How do you prepare?  Do you change your game…
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  • Listen to Your Clients
      When a client communicates their experience with you, your team and your organization, are you hearing their message and really listening? Sharing good experiences with your company and complimenting your team is great to hear.   What are they actually…
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  • How Do You Embrace Change?
      Embracing change is one of my favourite topics.   Enjoy and as always look forward to your comments. 1.  Open-Minded It is not easy to always be open-minded, however, we must always have an open-mind.   Relying on just the past…
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  • Find Something Worth Changing
      What do you find in your everyday interactions you would like to change?  What are you passionate enough about to make a difference? Channel your emotions into positive energy and change it.   Yes, go ahead and change it.   You…
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  • What Qualities do Successful Teams Have?
      This week we revisit this topic on what qualities do successful teams have.  Thanks for those who have shared their qualities and welcome your comments and feedback. These are 5 qualities The AlphaKORians' demonstrate every day. 1.  Collaboration Working…
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  • Top 3 Tips to Customer Relationships
      This week's topic was inspired by Noah Fleming's Tuesday Tidbits.   Follow Noah and sign up for his tidbits at www.noahfleming.com Be Genuine and Be Real Does this sound familiar?  We hear many times how genuine and real we are.  …
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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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