More NFF team members volunteering at SOME
Recently, another group of NFF staff volunteered at SOME. SOME is an interfaith, community-based organization helping the poor and homeless of our nation’s capital. They serve food, and offer clothing and health care, on a daily basis. They help break the cycle of homelessness by offering services, such as affordable housing, job training, addiction treatment, and counseling, to the poor, the elderly and individuals with mental illness. Each day, SOME is restoring hope and dignity one person at a time.
This time, our president Majid Saadat (on the far right) joined the team. "I was very impressed with the professional, organized approach to guide the volunteer teams, and enjoyed the interaction with everybody present, including staff and the many people who are depending on this service." NFF will continue this new tradition, and hopefully initiate new volunteering activities in the near future.
NFF Client DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority Receives 2016 Amazon Web Services “City on a Cloud” Award
The DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority (DCHBX) won the Best Practices award for the 2016 Amazon Web Services “City on a Cloud” Innovation Challenge. This challenge is a global competition of local/regional government and technology partners using AWS to deploy innovative solutions to move government forward on behalf of their citizens. NFF together with its partner IdeaCrew, Inc., is honored to be part of DCHBX's technology team and has supported DCHBX since 2013.
DCHBX is responsible for the online health insurance marketplace in the District of Columbia for small businesses and residents. District residents and businesses can shop and enroll in affordable, quality health, dental, and vision insurance through DC Health Link. DC Health Link also allows residents to get eligibility determinations for public insurance (Medicaid) and federal tax credits to reduce private health insurance premiums.
Together, NFF engineers and IdeaCrew’s DevOps teams architected, implemented and continue to operate a flexible, secure infrastructure that hosts DCHBX mission-critical Enrollment Application in the Amazon Web Services cloud. The infrastructure design enables software deployment with zero downtime, auto-scaling based on traffic load, real-time performance, and error monitoring/recovery and automated deployment.
“Our success is in large part due to the leadership of our Chief Information Officer, Suzanne Peck, and the talented IT team she assembled – part of the talent pool in the District’s hi-tech corridor,” said Mila Kofman, JD. Executive Director at DCHBX.
Read more about our dedicated Staffing Services and clients like DCHBX we’ve provided with higly skilled IT professionals.
For information about the Amazon “City on a Cloud” winners go here.
Volunteering for NFF Team Members
Several NFF team members recently volunteered at SOME (So Others Might Eat). Kristy Creagh, Enisha Shrestha, Elliott Jones, and Josh Brush helped to bag groceries for the different homes that SOME supports in the area and delivers to once a week. “It is a humbling experience,” said NFF’s Human Resources Manager Kristy Creagh. “Companies are essential to creating meaningful change because they have resources governments and nonprofits do not.”
SOME is an interfaith, community-based organization that exists to help the poor and homeless of our nation’s capital. They meet the immediate daily needs of the people they serve with food, clothing, and health care. They help break the cycle of homelessness by offering services, such as affordable housing, job training, addiction treatment, and counseling, to the poor, the elderly and individuals with mental illness. Each day, SOME is restoring hope and dignity one person at a time.
Over the next couple of months, NFF will coordinate multiple volunteer opportunities at SOME.
Stop Walking Your Tape to the Plate, Backup to the Big Leagues!
On April 28th, NFF is hosting a NetApp event at the Washington Nationals Baseball Club.
A select group has been invited to join us for a great Nationals vs the Phillies game and presentation on NetApp Altavault, the solution that delivers enterprise-class data protection and storage at up to 90% less cost than on-premises backup solutions.
We recognize that in today’s business climate, IT investments need to be strategic and practical to have immediate impact. One of these strategic investments is Cloud Backup and Archive. Financial Institutions are currently saving 90% on infrastructure costs by tapping into cloud economics. They do this by pointing existing backup data from ANY storage and leading backup software to Secure, FIPS Compliant, Cost Effective Cloud Storage with major providers (AWS, Google, Azure). During the presentation you'll learn how NetApp AltaVault can eliminate:
- Time-consuming tape backups and retrieval
- Expensive disk-to-disk storage consumption
- Need for a secondary managed site
- Reduce Backup Infrastructure cost by 90%
NFF receives Cisco’s Outstanding Solutions Partner Award at the Cisco Partner Summit
During the Spring Partner Summit this week in San Diego, California, Cisco awarded NFF with the Outstanding Solutions Partner of the Year for the East Americas. NFF was particularly applauded for achieving fantastic results in the past year, in particular for our innovative Unified Video Surveillance System, and our work at the Smart Connected City project in Washington, DC.
Cisco officially stated: “This partner delivers success – for their customers, employees and Cisco, as they continue to invest in Cisco solutions across all of our architectures: networking, data center, collaboration, security, mobility, cloud and managed services; including IoT, with Cisco Safety & Security solutions. In 2014 NFF achieved 88% YoY overall growth. They have shown great leadership by embracing emerging technologies and driving a business outcome selling approach with investments in sales talent and solutions architects to position them for continued success.
They are doing this with innovative solutions that are based on Cisco and are integrated with third party hardware and software. They continue to evolve their company, to meet our constantly changing environment. Cisco’s annual partner awards are granted to partners that have demonstrated leading performance within Cisco’s key business arenas. Cisco Partner Summit awards reflect the top-performing partners within specific technology markets across several geographical regions. All award recipients are selected by a group of Cisco Worldwide Partner Organization and regional executives.”
“NFF highly values this prestigious industry award, and we’re honored to be recognized by Cisco for our focus and commitment to drive comprehensive solutions to our customers,” said Steve Hancock, NFF’s Vice President of Sales. “This award demonstrates NFF’s ability to deliver the most innovative and effective solutions to achieve our customers’ mission critical initiatives, while ensuring the highest standards of customer care our clients deserve.”
Sharing the podium with large, multinational corporations is an amazing compliment for NFF’s efforts to drive innovative practices and a big part of our inspiration to become a leading business differentiator.