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Nashville Cisco Engineer: A Day in the Life

By jjrosen|December 20th,2014|Atiba Behind the Scenes,Cisco,Client Services,Connectivity,IT,Security|No comments

As part of Atiba’s Day in the Life series each of our engineers has been keeping a journal of what they do on a typical work day.

Welcome to the behind the scenes of working as a Cisco consultant for Atiba out of our home office in Nashville:

7:00 am  – Heading out to a client’s office in Bowling Green, KY.   Starbucks in hand, going to setup a VPN

8:45 am – Quick meeting with the IT director, we went over plans for setting up their Cisco VPN,  reviewed Visio diagram I did yesterday

9:01 am – Backing up existing config

10:15 am –  Done!   Was actually a pretty easy one.  Client was using Sonicwall VPN before, was working fine but was ready for an upgrade so they decided to go with Cisco with their new routers and switches.   So with relatively clean install this one was easier

1:00 pm  – Back in Nashville, at desk at Atiba office.   Starting to put project plan together for a Cisco to Amazon EC2 VPN for one our clients we have been migrating to the Amazon cloud.  Have only done one of these before,  going to do a practice run this afternoon to make sure all will work before going onsite to client office.

1:30 pm – Test lab version working fine.   Ready to go!

3:30 pm – Cisco to Amazon EC2 VPN live.    Pulling in one of Atiba’s Microsoft guys to configure SQL Server over the VPN.   Goal is to connect internal application to SQL Server hosted on Ec2.

6 pm – taking a break!

8 pm – Some lite studying for Cisco certification updates…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Avoid common startup flubs

By WillD|December 3rd,2013|Atiba Behind the Scenes|No comments

By JJ Rosen

One of the things I enjoy the most about being a computer consultant is getting to look behind the scenes of many different businesses.

In our roles as web developers, programmers, designers and IT consultants, we get a front-row seat to watch how businesses operate, what is working and what is not.

Of all the companies out there, startups are often the most exciting businesses to work with as they are full of high risks, but also very high rewards. Sitting behind the computer, programming away at a startup client’s office (or in some cases living room), it has been interesting to see some of the patterns of business success or failure that occur.

The explosion of mobile has created a huge new wave of startup activity. The number of startups being generated today is rivaling the frenetic pace of the now somewhat infamous dot-com era. As compared with the dot-com days, the relatively faster time to market and the lower development cost of mobile-based products and services are driving a new startup boom.

A key to success for this new wave of mobile tech startups is to learn from the past. The inherent risks of starting a business can be offset by studying the successes and failures of others.

Here are a few of the common themes we observed while working on software, websites and mobile apps for startups:

• Focusing on an exit strategy from day one increases your chance of failure.

The chances of selling for billions are slim, but the chances of running a profitable business are more in your favor. No path is easy, but startups are more likely to thrive if owners focus more on “how to make a living” as opposed to how to sell out.

• A startup whose founder is unwilling to invest a good amount of his or her own personal capital has a high chance of failure.

If you are unwilling to put in your own money, chances are you are not confident enough in your idea to instill confidence in others whom you ask to invest.

• Underfunding is a killer.

Every startup that we have worked with that has been underfunded has run into trouble. Once money gets tight, there is often conflict between founders, investors and even employees.

When running on fumes, most founders of startups spend more time pointing fingers and raising money than they do on the business model itself.

• Lean startups that focus on ROI for every penny spent will do better than the startups with high salaries and fancy offices.

There is, of course, a balance between running lean vs. being just plain cheap. But generally speaking, entrepreneurs tend to do well if they make sure every penny invested will either reduce risk or produce a clear return. Low (or no) salaries, low-cost office space (or even home offices!) allow for a longer ramp for product development and customer acquisition.

• Profit margin is one of the most important success factors. High margin businesses have a safety net to withstand bumps in the road.

A lost contract, a bad customer or a failed marketing campaign can quickly put a low-margin-based business in a deep hole while higher margin startups have room to recover.

As the great startup guru Jason Fried of 37Signals.com says, “start a business, not a startup.” From our perspective behind the computer, and behind the start­up entrepreneurs, this mantra is essential to any startup business, mobile or otherwise.

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A Day in the Life of a Nashville Computer Consultant

By jjrosen|February 24th,2013|Atiba Behind the Scenes|No comments

As we have added more network engineers and techies to our crew at Atiba over the years, we have often said that between all of us working on computer related projects all over town, it would be fun to start keep a journal.

The IT / geek world can actually be very interesting.   In a single day we will cover everything from emergency network issues, to setting up new servers, to designing a WAN, to fixing a users printer.

Looking over the past few months, we thought it would be fun to make our internal “Day in The Life” of a Nashville Computer Consultant public.

Some highlights from this past 2 weeks:

  • “Connected a Cisco firewall to a SonicWall firewall,  IPSec, VPN — it works!”  
  • “Got an alert that a users PC was running slow, was kind of weird, hard drive was getting hammered, after some digging, found it was running an old version of Btrieve, had not seen that in years!   Fixed now”
  • Random call came in, not an existing client…nice folks, in a panic (understandably) because their Microsoft Exchange Server died.    Ended up being a late night but victory at last.   Restored from users OST files and put a new server up for them on the Amazon cloud”
  • “Spent all weekend studying for my security CISSP test…”
  • “Me and Scott setup Google Apps for a new customer – pretty cool stuff, easy and quicker than I thought”
  • “Late night data restore”
  • “Past 2 days in Memphis setting up SharePoint and SQL Server  on 4 new Dell servers”
  • “Checking out Dell’s vCloud this eve”

A glimpse into IT consulting from our Nashville office…will post more soon!

 

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