CIO Solutions
December 2011 - Issue 25 
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Check with the Tech - Holiday Out of Office
Bake Off Winners!
Season's Greeting from CIO
CIO In the News
CIO 2012 Holidays
App of the Month - Track Santa
Employee Spotlight: Hass Sidighi
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CIO Solutions will be closed on the following dates:


Friday, 12/23/2011

Monday, 12/26/2011

Monday, 1/2/2012


To receive emergency support please call 805-692-6709 and select option 3 (emergency rates will apply)

Happy Holidays

Dear ,

What an amazing year!


From growing our team to moving into a new (and improved) space, this year has been full of successes and significant gains.


We look forward to serving you in 2012 and are excited about new the new possibilities and upcoming opportunities.  


Thank you to all of our clients for your continued business. We owe our success and longevity to you.


I would also like to extend a heartfelt thanks to our amazing team. Our group is positive, funny, intelligent and above all dedicated to providing the best customer service possible.


We wish you a very happy holiday season and a prosperous New Year.  

John Petote
CEO, CIO Solutions

Check with the Tech -  Holiday Out of Office

Check with the Tech   

Question: Can you review how to set my Out of Office when I am on vacation this holiday?




Now that it's Winter time, many people will be heading out for vacation. 


When doing so, don't forget to set your out-of-office reply on your computer!


To enable the Out of Office Assistant:


In Outlook Web Access: Click on Options in the upper-right corner and then "Automatic Replies."  Be sure to adjust the message for both internal and external email recipients.


In Outlook 2003 or 2007:  Click tools - Out Of Office Assistant. 


In Outlook 2010:  File - Automatic Replies. Be sure to adjust the message for both internal and external email recipients.



Mike Shinn - New
Mike Shinn

CIO Bake Off Winners!



First Place: Burt and Celi - Almond and Raspberry Trifle

Second Place: Richard and Tanda - Mocha Cheescake

Third Place: Chase and Beth - Chocolate Chip and Butterscotch Cookies



Congratulations and thanks to all who particpated!!


Season's Greetings 




CIO In the News


Read All About It!It has been a busy year for CIO Solutions. We have been featured twice in the Pacific Coast Business Times, once for being part of the Fastest Growing Companies in the Tri-County Area and the other article focused on our big office move as well as being a leader in Cloud Computing (see the article here).


2011 was a year of growth for CIO, not just in staff but in clientele, service offerings and of course, a brand new, updated office.


We are grateful for our successes and thankful for the opportunities that have allowed us to build such a strong and progressive company.


In addition to celebrating our 25th year in business we also had the anniversary of the longest standing employee (other than the owner, John Petote). Eric Engmyr celebrated his 20th year working for CIO Solutions.


The longevity of our staff speaks to the commitment and dedication we have to our employees and therefore our clients as well. Our team is part of the CIO family and deeply rooted in the Santa Barbara community.  


Congratulations to the whole team of CIO for getting us recognized (twice) by a leading business publication. 


CIO 2012 Holidays



New Year's Day - 1/2/2012

Martin Luther King Jr. Day - 1/16/2012

President's Day - 2/20/2012

Memorial Day - 5/28/2012

Independence Day - 7/4/2012

Labor Day - 9/3/2012

Thanksgiving - 11/22/2012

Day after Thanksgiving - 11/23/2012

Christmas Eve - 12/24/2012

Christmas - 12/25/2012


To receive emergency support during these scheduled holidays please call 805-692-6709 and select option 3 (emergency rates will apply).


App of the Month - Track Santa

Track Santa  


The NORAD Tracks Santa App is the official (free) mobile app of the NORAD Tracks Santa program. Watch the days countdown to Santa's flight, follow Santa's progress on December 24 and play "Elf Toss" to help Santa's elves deliver presents.







Employee Spotlight: Hass Sidighi - Remote Engineer


HassFull name:  Hass Sadighi


Family Info: Part German, Iranian, Italian, Russian


Where did you grow up? Glastonbury, CT


What do you like best about SB? The weather


When did you start working at CIO? December 5, 2011


What is your position at CIO?  Remote Network Engineer (Central Support)


What do you like best about working at CIO? My great co-workers and the constant learning


Dreams/aspirations:  To do whatever makes me happy and not worry about what anyone thinks about it


Favorite color:  Gray


Favorite Food: Canned meats with frozen vegetables and spices


Favorite Book/Movie:  "The Party" with Peter Sellers


Motto/quote: Honestly, I am too bad at remembering quotes to be able to list any


Interesting facts: .I am red/green colorblind


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