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Radix Technologies at the 20th Anniversary Summit for Hamburg@Work

We are very happy to be a part of the 20th anniversary summit from Hambug@Work, one of the best and biggest busssiness networks in the Hamburg area, Germany as well.

The event will take place at the Cap San Diego on the 7th of September, which is one of the most beautiful museum ships in Hamburg. A lot of companies will attend this event, and many solutions of some future-facing technologies will be presented  at the conference, followed by a party to celebrate the 20th anniversary.

Our Director for Global Partners and Alliances, mr. Mark Nerlich will be visiting this event. If you want to find you more on how Radix Technologies can help you with developing your solutions with our team, feel free to contact mr. Nerlich.

Contact information:

E-mail: Mark.Nerlich@radixcloud.com

Mobile: +49 (0)163 87 87 945

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5 reasons why Startups need extended teams

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Many times, startups assume that they can achieve all the deadlines, implement all the features of their application or solution at once, figure out all the technicalities, preserve their cash flow etc. But more often than not, this is not the case. You end up micromanaging a lot of processes that you didn’t intend to. This is why having an extended team can help you.

Extended teams are not a new or revolutionary solution. An extended team is a team of experts that is assembled for your company, to provide you with a cost effective and time saving alternative. Extended teams work for you, sharing their knowledge and expertise from a different location.

With our extensive knowledge in providing the extended team services we have pinpointed these 5 reasons why startups need extended teams:

 

  1. Easier control of resources

Being on top of your resource management is key when handling your startup. Having a great idea is no longer enough. Managing your resources can be very tricky when shaping your great idea into reality. Having an extended team can help you with having a better grasp of what you spend your time and resources on. Your core team can focus on essential work, while other tasks are taken care of by a team of experts in the field. Ideas are infinite, resources are limited.

  1. Having an access to a wider knowledge base

Not being tied down to a single location can be a great thing. By using the extended team model you can have a team in another location of the world, with a wider knowledge base of technologies, local markets, and оther skills that your startup can benefit from. Having different types of people working globally, using their knowledge, will lead to creating a startup environment that can take a solution or application on a global market easier than having a centrilized local team.

  1. Constant communication

Extended teams work closely on a daily basis. And when you focus on daily meetings via online platforms, you only talk about essential tasks that need to be performed. Friendly office banter and other distractions are removed when using an extended team. Focusing on essential work is very important when working on your application or solution, and an extended team can offer you just that.

  1. Cost-effectiveness

Having an extended team is much By having a team abroad, you will be able to save money and time, and still get the expertise that you need to make your application or solution work.

  1. Increase global market reach

By having a team that is from different countries means that you can easily have a presence on more than one market. Of course in today’s world, you can have global reach just by having a great solution and great marketing, but to have people in different parts of the world, that know the local market and the local mentality can always help you build market reach faster.

 

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RADIXVISUALGEST

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We are very happy to announce that the website for оur latest joint venture with our partner VisualGest called RadixVisualGest or RVG is finally up and running!

RVG combines the best of both worlds, Radix’s development, mobile and web services, as well as the next generation ERP system of VisualGest.

This partnership is based on our mutual experience of providing services to clients in a truly global model. Both companies have a history of providing premium services to companies of all sizes, services that are uniquely created to optimize their business processes. So with that in mind, we have ventured together to combine a unique ERP system along with the best in support and development, striving to create solutions that will bring companies closer to their customers, suppliers and markets.

For more details, visit RVG.

And stay tuned for more news!

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IT4Charity Skopje

We are very happy to announce that we are a proud supporter of the IT4Charity event in Skopje.

The guys and girls of our Skopje office will be attending this event on the 16th of November in XO Club in Skopje.

This event is organized to help people in need in developing Macedonia, and the funds gathered at the event will be donated to SOS Detsko Selo Macedonia, an organization that is dedicated to improving the lives of homeless children by providing housing, education, and courses of those in need.

At the event itself there will be donation boxes in which everyone can contribute with their own amounts. More info and details of the event here.

Entry is free, party starts at 20:00!

Hope to see you there, IT people of the Skopje area!

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Java Intern Program

Yet another intern program we started! This time we are looking for a Java programmer!

Click on the picture below for more details!

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Automation-Creating systems to simplify end user engagement

For the past couple of years, automation has been аll the rave in IT. Looking for ways to ease processes for the end user comes natural. It’s easier for the user, it easier for the system engineers, easier for the whole IT sector in general.

Тhis past year we have had a lot of clients looking for automation of their IT processes. One in particular, has a large number of end users, and a complex IT system running across a variety of OS’s, a lot of applications, thousands of devices and аn enormous amount of data.

But this is a challenge that we welcomed with open arms, and created a system that suits their needs best. By using a set of applications and a team of our engineers, we provided the client with a “few click” system, that can be used by all end users, regardless of their IT knowledge.

Here are the applications used for creating this system:

Connected BackUp- for full backup of end user data on their PCs.

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WebEx (Cisco)- teleconferencing application by Cisco, a leading platform in the field.

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Citrix XenApp- virtualization of applications and desktops.

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InTune- a mobile device management platform.

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SSCM- a complex application for remote control, patch management, software distribution, operating system deployment, network access protection and hardware and software inventory.

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By combing all these, we created a system that can be used by all the end users, with the simplicity for all, regardless of their IT knowledge.
Have no doubt, creating this system required time and hard work, but the end result was awesome. But the work those not end here. Maintaining, updating, and improving this system is a full time job, that needs a dedicated team of professionals. The amount of data that goes through these applications on a daily basis is incredible. Creating the system is a challenge, but maintaining it is challenge on a whole different level. But with the team that we have on working on this project, as well as our experience this is not a problem.

For any information regarding automation or other Radix Technologies services feel free to contact me at:

Aleksandar.Maksimovski@radixcloud.com

Aleksandar Maksimovski,
Lead Service Desk Specialist

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Ivan Jankuloski ranked 2nd at Cisco Networking Academy NetRiders Europe, Russian Federation and CIS 2016 CCNA Competition

Our very own Ivan Jankuloski has been ranked second in the Cisco Networking Academy NetRiders Europe, Russian Federation and CIS 2016 CCNA Competition, that was held on 30th of June. In this competition, competitors were engaged in a 100 question – 60 minutes theoretical exam, as well as a practical part which evolved troubleshooting and resolving real networking issues.

By ranking in the top two, Ivan has won a free study trip to Cisco’s headquarters in San Jose, CA, where he will learn about Cisco technology from the top experts in the field. We are very happy that he is a part of team Radix. Ivan has been with us for less than 4 months, and he’s already becoming a very valuable member in our team. Here at Radix we always strive to hire the brightest and most hard-working young minds, and Ivan fits this profile perfectly. A young man that has a degree in radiology as well as being a very educated sys-admin. We look forward to have him share the knowledge he will acquire at Cisco HQ.

Official rankings of the competition here.

A picture of a very stoked Ivan Jankuloski below.

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How to corrupt your database

In the highly unlikely world of DBA testing scenarios, sometimes you will need to corrupt your MS SQL database. One of these scenarios could be that you want to check how long it would take to recover the database during disaster recovery. What will be described here is only for testing purposes and MUST NOT be done on any production system. The entire process was conducted on a local test environment.

There are several procedures which you can use, mainly through updating the status of the database in the system tables, which does not always work. There are cases where the needed options are deprecated in the SQL version, for example, in MS SQL Server 2005, the extended option that would allow running modification queries against the system tables was removed. I ran into this particular case when I tried to make a SUSPECT database on a MS SQL Server 2008 R2. Even though the statement to allow updates went smoothly:

sp_configure “allow updates”, 1

When I tried to change the status of the database named Prime:

UPDATE sysdatabases SET STATUS = 320 WHERE name = ‘Prime’

I received the following error:

Msg 259, Level 16, State 1, Line 1

Ad hoc updates to system catalogs are not allowed.

In that particular moment, I did not have the time to troubleshoot this error, and I needed the Prime database marked as SUSPECT.

As it turns out, the easiest way to get a SUSPECT database is to mess up the files. This works regardless of the MS SQL version.

 

First, restore a database from a good backup. In my Management Studio, I have the Prime database which I intend to place in a SUSPECT status:

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You can check the status of the database using the statement:

select databasepropertyex(‘Prime’, ‘status’)

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Or see if you can list and query the tables. So my Prime database is now ONLINE, which means that it is alive and well.

Next, shut down the MS SQL services from the Services panel in Windows.

Locate the .ldf file of your database. In my case, this is the Prime_log.ldf file. Open the file for editing (I used Notepad):

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And make an adjustment. I added a new row in the file and typed 12345:

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Save the file and start the MS SQL services again. Open the Management Studio and execute the statement to check the database status again:

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As you can see, the Prime database is now a SUSPECT 😀

If you try to expand the database node, you will get the following error:

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Congratulations, you have successfully corrupted your database 😀

 

Jana Georgievska,

DBA

 

 

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Radix Technologies @Job Fair-Macedonia

We are very excited to announce that RadixCloud will be a part of this year’s Job Fair in Skopje Macedonia!

A part of our team will be at stand  #7 at the Faculty of Computer Sciences and Engineering, where young IT professionals or IT enthusiasts will be able to get to know our services better, as well as get to know what is it like to be part of the RadixCloud process. Within our stand, people will be able to experience working on test environments that our engineers will provide for young students to work and see how running a process in a Managed Service Provider company actually looks like! We are looking forward to meeting young minds and  IT enthusiasts that are looking for a position in a IT company that provides a complete set of IT services.

Follow our official FB event for the fair for more information, and of course if you attend come say hi!

We would also like to add that we are felling very very, very…

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My Experience at SCU 2015

This August I had the wonderful opportunity to be part of the SCU conference in a very rainy Basel. I settled at my hotel, got a good night’s rest and continued to Congress Center Basel, a large conference center near the Rhein River.
This year’s SCU had around 500 participants from all over the world, Мicrosoft MVPѕ, people that have worked with Windows for most their professional careers, and people who are just starting with enterprise level Windows implementations for clients. Needless to say, a bunch of professionals eager to learn, teach and share their experience with the attendees.

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The 3 days of the SCU program were packed with all different kinds of speakers and sessions focusing on all things Windows systems, with a broad emphasis on Azure as a platform. This was particularly interesting to me, because of my background in Cloud systems, as well as being a Windows engineer for the most part of my proffesional career. So this was a great opportunity to learn from leading engineers that have built and used this system on different sized projects, with a lot of different uses, and different industries.
Finally, the third part of the Conference consisted of client testimonials who presented their success stories on how using Windows technologies have helped their businesses. Тhis was also quite useful for me, seeing how I learned some tips and tricks on how to improve my own work with our clients, as well as learning new and innovative ways on how to implement solutions to fit our clients’ needs.
Once all the sessions where done, coffee breaks, lunches and other events outside of the Congress Center, presented as great opportunities to chat with people, make great contacts as well as exchange experince with other participants on how to manage workflow, tips and tricks on using Azure and much more.

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All in all, I found SCU to be a great experience, provided me with the opportunity to widen my knowledge base which I have since shared with my team here in Skopje, and also make great contacts with like minded people. Since attending SCU, I have found that our team has made quite a big number of improvements in our workflow, and the improved the quality of our service desk services that we provide globally. And I look forward to going to Berlin in 2016 at SCU again.

 

Aleksandar Maksimovski,

Leading Service Desk Specialist @ RadixCloud

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