2015 IT Predictions and 2014 Results

It’s prediction time again, where we dust off the proverbial crystal ball and share our technology thoughts ahead of the curve, as well as fess up on how our previous year’s guesses fared.

Looking back at 2014 we again had more WINS than LOSSES, but not enough to warrant a career change towards becoming a day trader or professional gambler.  By our count we scored six WINS and two LOSSES, but with two DRAWS, you can come to your own conclusions.

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Xcentric Offices Celebrate the Season with Tradition

Every December, each of our offices has a Christmas party, bringing everyone and their families and friends together to celebrate another good year.  The night usually starts out with some mingling before we sit down for a delicious meal.

Our CEO, Trey James, starting off dinner with a toast at the Alpharetta party.

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Xcentric Receives More Awards for 2014

Some exciting things have happened for us over the past few weeks.  Xcentric has received more awards, either for the first time or for another consecutive year.

We made it on CRN’s Fast Growth 150 list for 2014, ranking #143.  This award is given to the fastest growing solution providers across North America. The Fast Growth 150 ranks companies based on their two year growth-rate of their annual gross revenue (2011-2013).

For the first time, we have been listed on Talkin’ Cloud 100ranking #66.  Each year, Talkin’ Cloud selects 100 companies whom they think have “been successful in the business of cloud computing.”  We are honored to have made it on this year’s list and hope to remain on this list in the future.

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An updated Cloud Portal is coming to Xcentric Cloud on December 18

With the upcoming production release of Xcentric Cloud Portal on December 18, 2014, we are excited to provide insight into the latest improvements.  Version 1.8 brings a variety of new features that are the culmination of the most frequently requested enhancements.  The first thing you’ll notice is the redesigned layout to accommodate the addition of two new widgets that further streamline your work-day.

This version adds personalized customization and forms the foundation for future widgets as they are developed.

For a video tour of the newest release see the bottom of this post or by clicking here.


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Comeback of Dual Phones?

Over the past few months, I have increasingly noticed people carrying two mobile phones. Many of us remember a decade ago when some people would carry a firm issued Blackberry phone for “business” and a second cellular phone to make “personal” calls. With the adoption of smartphones, the two functions have merged, where the majority of users today conduct both business and personal activities on a single mobile device (smartphone). While this was convenient to employees as end users, it was also a “work/life balance” distraction, making it near impossible to separate family life from business life. Most of us have unfortunately experienced getting pulled into a work email discussion over a weekend when all we were going to do was check the weather on our browser or call a personal friend.

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2014 Gadgets Wish List

Here we go again, is it really that time already?  As temps drop well below the liking of this Georgia boy, I’ve prepped my wish list for Santa this year.  As always, my gift list is full of gadgets.  Hope there’s something you and yours will love.

Amazon Fire TV/Fire Stick


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2014 Holiday Reading List

Holidays represent a lot of different things to different people. One thing they represent to me is a little more leisure time that I like to spend reading. There is something special about it being cold(er) outside – a hot cup of coffee (or toddy) in one hand and a book (or kindle) in the other hand. I relish these times each year, and thought it a perfect opportunity to share what is/has/will be on my reading list to I recommend for other folks to check out.

*Disclaimer – I don’t read fiction, so I am sure there are some good fiction books out there, but I don’t know of them.

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Book Review: Zero To One

What would it be like to have coffee with Peter Thiel (the author + founder of Paypal), John Maynard Keynes, and ‘insert cliche philosopher name here’?

That’s what this book feels like, and it’s a beautiful recipe for a delightful and thought-provoking read. It deviates from your normal book on entrepreneurship (thankfully) and challenges assumptions that many (Roy) take for granted.

It starts off asking “what valuable company is nobody building?” It continues to dive into deeper macro thinking on commoditization, globalization, the .COM crash, the clean-tech crash, what makes a ‘happy company’, and how computers/robots will never replace humans.

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Unplugging This Holiday + Stop Getting More Dumb

I recently broke out some of my old musings. While thumbing through these old journals and blogs, I had an extremely humbling thought – I was more intelligent back then. This is extremely discouraging. As a ‘rising professional’, I pride myself on: getting better at what I do, learning from my mistakes, gaining mastery over my domain, etc. I have always assumed this would mean that my intelligence, along with my ability to reason, would grow with my career or life advancement. However, this is very far from the truth. A case could even be made that as one narrows down on a trade/skill, they grow increasingly unaware of everything outside of that domain, thus they are “more dumb” in other areas of life.

“No duh,” you say, “Roy, why has it taken you so long to figure this out?” Once you specialize (which increases your value), get real responsibilities (family, career, mortgage, etc.), and toss in diminishing zeal (your age), and this is the net/net. Deal with it!

Screw that. I hate that.

And thus, here I am with this growing paranoia that I am becoming less

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