CIO Solutions
May 2013- Issue 37         
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Check with the Tech: Shutdown Option in Windows 8
CIO 2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off Winners Announced!
CIO In the News: CIO Partners with Hollandia Produce
App of the Month: Brewster
Employee Spotlight: Greg Goulart
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Full Steam Ahead!

Dear ,  


We are moving full steam ahead here at CIO. Growing in staff, clients, technologies, you name it. And we don't plan on stopping any time soon. We truly believe that we have found our 'magic recipe'. By expanding our technological horizons, bringing on the best and brightest and continuing to establish relationships with new clients the sky is the limit.  


Our newest additions to the team have been two engineering resources (Dat Nguyen and Greg Goulart) and our first Service Coordinator (Michelle Baca). We are thrilled to have them on our team. Dat and Greg are going to be working with Central Support helping with First Call Resolution and Projects. Michelle is helping us define the new (to us) role of a dedicated scheduler and coordinator.  


We often find the that best candidates are referred to us by our employees, friends and/or clients. If you have anyone that you think would be a good fit for CIO Solutions please have them send their resume to  


Onwards and upwards! 


John Petote
CEO, CIO Solutions


Check with the Tech: Shutdown Option in Windows 8
Check with the Tech
Q: I can't easily find the shutdown tile, is there a simple way to add this to my home Start screen?

Yes! When you're in Windows 8's full-screen mode, you have to go through four annoying clicks or taps to shut down your computer. This shortcut fixes that annoyance by placing a one-click (or one-tap) tile in the Start screen.

1. Head to the Desktop mode by pressing Windows+D or clicking the Desktop tile.
2. Right-click on an open space on the desktop and go to New > Shortcut.
3. In the location field, type shutdown /p and the click Next, then Finish.
4. Right-click on the new shortcut and choose Pin to Start.

If you like, you can also create a reboot tile using shutdown /r /t 0 (zero, not the letter 'o')

Windows 8 comes with a number of annoyances, but many of them, like this, are easy enough to fix.

Article originally posted on LifeHacker, read the full article here.  


CIO 2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off Winners!  

Thank you to everyone who made this year's Chili Cook-Off a smashing success!

Here are the winners for this year's competition: 

1st Place - Ryan Popke (Chili #7)
2nd Place - Richard Clark (Chili #3)
3rd Place - Hass Sadighi (Chili #2)

Thank you to all participants and to our clients who were able to make it!


CIO In the News  
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CIO Solutions partners with Carpinteria based agricultural company, Hollandia Produce, LLC.


May 17, 2013 - CIO Solutions, Santa Barbara's premier IT firm, has begun providing IT support for Hollandia Produce, LLC (, a multi-faceted agricultural concern specializing in greenhouse-grown vegetables.


As a producer of Live GourmetŪ brand butter lettuce, upland cress, and 3-n-1 lettuce, Hollandia Produce, LLC provides many of the major supermarket chains in the western states with a year-round supply of premium quality produce.All of their vegetable products are produced hydroponically in state-of-the-art greenhouses where they control light, temperature, humidity, and nutrients. By controlling these factors Hollandia Produce, LLC can increase yields, shorten crop times and produce a uniquely uniform high-quality product on a year-round basis.


Hollandia has been in business for over 43 years and is very active in the community. They recently donated multiple salad bars to local high schools as part of the Let's Move Salad Bars to California Schools initiative.


CIO is providing comprehensive IT support for Hollandia's multiple sites and users as well as completing a number of infrastructure projects which are focused on Hollandia's growth.


Garry Pealer, Hollandia CFO, stated, "Hollandia is very pleased with our engagement of CIO Solutions because they are quick to respond to our varying needs and address important issues efficiently as well as effectively. We are pleased to have CIO Solutions assisting Hollandia Produce, LLC to create a robust IT platform as we head into the next several years of rapid growth for our enterprise."


Eric Egolf, President of CIO Solutions stated, "We are thrilled to be working with Hollandia. They are similar to us in that we are both rapidly growing, locally based companies and have similar cultures and core values. I respect their commitment to sustainable farming, community involvement and product quality. We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with the Hollandia team."


CIO Solutions has been providing IT management and design services to the Tri-County Area since 1986. CIO specializes in helping businesses focus on their core business by designing and managing their IT department. In addition to managing IT networks, CIO also provides consultation on Private Cloud Services, Enterprise Storage, Virtualization, VoIP Phone Systems and other solutions.


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App of the Month: Brewster 


Brewster merges all of your contacts from your favorite social network sites and communication services to create personalized and dynamic profiles -- helping you have quick access to all the information you need in one place (e.g. phone number, email, employment, Twitter handle, etc.), search based on anything from names to interests and view updates that help you keep track of what is going on in the lives of people you know (e.g. birthdays, new jobs, etc.)

Additionally, syncing Brewster to your iPhone address book keeps your contacts' information up-to-date and adds large photos to every contact.

Services included today: Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Gmail, iPhone contacts, Foursquare


Employee Spotlight: Greg Goulart, Project Engineer  


Full name:  Gregory Vasiliev Goulart  


Family Info: married 20 years to Mira (from Slovakia where we met), 3 kids: 18 yr son and twin 17 yr old girls


Where did you grow up: Los Gatos, CA (near San Jose)


When did you move to the Central Coast: Moved to Carpinteria (where my family currently lives) in 2006   


What you like best about Santa Barbara: I like the weather, and nice to be back in the US for a spell after being overseas for 18 years in Europe and Central Asia


When did you start working at CIO: March 13, 2013     


What you like best about working at CIO: I like the folks and the team atmosphere - nice to not have all the IT responsibility on one person's shoulders.  


Dreams/aspirations: There are a couple of bands my son and I would like to see (one is Skillet) if they ever make it to California again. Take my wife to couple countries in Europe we haven't been too -Ireland and France top her list.     


What would you do if you won the lottery: share some with the ministry, some to pay off up-coming kids college bills, maybe travel (see above) and have my wife's brother's family out for a visit from Slovakia for the first time. Take their kids to Disneyland.


Favorite color: Blue and Black   


Favorite food:  The list is long: Indian, Thai, Slovak at the very least  


Favorite book/movie: Tom Clancy books and probably any Star Trek movie



Motto/quote:  Psalm 37:4 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.


Interesting Facts: I lived in Slovakia for 5 years where I met my wife and son was born. Lived in Uzbekistan for 10 years where our three kids basically grew up. Got engaged in Disneyland.

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