Valuable Experiences

Teaching and speaking. At first glance one might struggle to find similarities between the two activities. For one First National Technology Solutions (FNTS) Employee though, the similarity is clear: they’ve both helped her improve as an employee. Besides working at FNTS as a project manager, Karen Allen has also served as a teaching assistant at the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) for the past two years, and actively participates in Toastmasters International.

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Thank You For The Experience

Omaha Public Schools are back in session, NFL pre-season football has started, and pumpkin flavored drinks will soon begin their hostile takeover of Starbucks. All of these are indicators of fall’s arrival, and summer’s end. It’s hard to believe it’s already over, and (for this summer at least) my internship with this great company comes to a close. Though my time here has been relatively short (roughly a month and a half) it has been a wonderful experience, and one I’m truly grateful for.

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Learning Experiences

During one of the first days of my internship here at First National Technology Solutions (FNTS) I was offered the opportunity to take a tour of the First National Data Center. A tour was being given to a potential client, and some coworkers who were giving the tour offered to bring me along so I could see everything as well. I had just gotten acclimated to my workspace, but I thought it’d be a great chance to learn more about the company I work for. So I eagerly came with.

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Time Flies

I hit my five year anniversary with First National Technology Solutions (FNTS) this month. As I reflect and look back at those five years, I realize that I experienced some amazing things.

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Technology Solutions Spotlight: Dan Kurtz

Meet Dan Kurtz. As a Business Development Manager at First National Technology Solutions (FNTS) his role requires him to work with partners. This includes resellers, channel partners, and strategic vendors such as EMC Cisco or IBM. Currently his biggest project has him working with CISCO to make FNTS a CISCO certified cloud provider. 

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Relationships

I recently had a conversation with a customer and business partner who I hadn’t seen in over a year. He greeted me with a handshake and a hug. He was the toughest negotiator I have ever worked with, and in past phone negotiations he actually hung up on me several times. We’ve had this relationship for 15 years, and yet he greeted me with a hug!

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Going Above and Beyond

First National Technology Solutions (FNTS) has always prided ourselves on going above and beyond from a customer service perspective. As a part of the First National family of companies, we continue to live by First National's mission of Superior Service.  Over the past few weeks I have witnessed first-hand how one of our employees, Judy, has embraced this mission in their support of our clients. 

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Celebrating Two Years With You

June 18th marked the two year anniversary of the First National Technology Solutions blog.  Blogging is a great opportunity to publish information to an online community looking for the right solution to overcome roadblocks, obstacles or simply gain insight from your peers.  

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Platform 3 - The New Technology Frontier

Platform 3 is the latest topic from an IT perspective – the new development platform for the development of new applications.  What I find the most interesting about this new platform is how it fundamentally changes the traditional approach for application development. No longer will there be purchasing hardware, server provisioning, traditional application development and middleware deployment.  This new platform involves having a platform that developers are able to access and push their new application code to.  You can continuously develop this application with continual enhancements and updates.  Behind the scenes, the infrastructure is deployed based on what the application requires.  The infrastructure than continues to scale as required based upon the application demands.

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Personal Service Comes with a Price Tag

Help!  Recently I embarked on a new endeavor, outside of my comfort zone, into uncharted territory.  In this new endeavor, I found myself learning on the fly and getting along pretty well until the project went awry and I needed help.  I tried to call the vendor but could not get through, so I was forced to send an email for assistance and wait.  And wait.  I felt helpless sitting there waiting for help to arrive.  As it turned out I was only allowed email support. I had to pay extra for actual phone assistance.  I was stunned!  Could this be true – are there companies that force customers to pay extra to get help from a product/service they offer and charge for?  The answer is yes.

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“I Love Cookies”

I love cookies. I love to make them, buy them and eat them…which is why I must exercise! But I digress. I am NOT here to talk about exercise. (Aren’t you glad?) I am here to talk about ‘cookie-cutter’ solutions to ‘non-cookie-cutter’ problems.

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Veterans’ Day 2014

I have always considered November 11 to be the one true National Holiday. It is always observed on November 11; it doesn’t skip to a Monday just to make it convenient for a three day holiday; it hasn’t become commercialized. It was nationalized for one specific reason, and that reason remains today

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The 3rd Platform

One of the many perks of working for a company such as FNTS is the ability to evaluate, test and prototype new and emerging technologies.

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Follow the Frog

If you haven’t seen the follow the frog video from the rain forest alliance campaign you must STOP reading AND WATCH it.  Are you that person that strives to be the best, do the best and settle for nothing but the best? It’s only the best if you have fully vested yourself.  Otherwise it isn’t good enough…..yep guilty over here!

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Work Hard, Play Hard

As your days fill up with more meetings, tasks to complete, phone calls, etc. it’s easy to zone out and forget to  take a break to re-energize. With today’s nonstop schedules including work, family, and everything in between we tend to run ourselves down until we simply can’t go anymore. This usually ends up with getting sick, missing work and family events. With everything you have to get done  in a day at your workplace, it’s extremely important to listen to what your body is trying to tell you. If you feel tired, hungry, or even having difficulty concentrating it’s usually a sign that you need to take a break. Even if it’s just for 10 minutes a couple times a day it will help diminish stress. A few ideas for how to take a break include:

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