Future Golf Stars

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Mission Statement:  From Asia to Europe to South America to the US to anywhere the future stars of golf are learning the game and competing, Future Golf Stars will find them, rank them, and provide them with a venue to show off their skills.

With a worldwide network of coaches, tournament statisticians, and videographers, we will be able to aggregate all of the great young golfers into one site.

While much of the site will be free, we will have a subscription model for college coaches, recruiters, vendors, sponsors, agents, tournament organizers, and parents.

PremCloud Archiving

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Every company, institution, and government is relentlessly creating massive amounts of data that need to be archived, secured, managed, hosted, and utilized – and that means that with each passing moment our PremCloud is needed more than ever to provide our remarkable archiving solutions and services.

Capax Discovery’s future is being solidly built on our various data solutions and services powered by the PremCloud.  In our PremCloud, our customers can rely on our solutions and services for the archiving, security, management, access, performance, and hosting of their valuable and ever-increasing data.  

With PremCloud Services, we have identified a key differentiator with our market-leading strategy for adaptive hosting.  Additionally, we have positioned PremCloud Services to be our managed services provider.  ‘Powered by PremCloud’ has enormous potential to go well beyond data archiving.

PremCloud Services provide the resources required for our customers to effectively and securely manage their most valuable asset – their data.  When it comes to providing our world-class solutions and services, the deciding factor in their efficacy relies on the contribution of our PremCloud Services team.  The PremCloud Services team answers the call for all of our customer needs with a speed to performance that exceeds all industry standards.

PremCloud Services

    1. Solution Engineering
    2. Pre-Sales Technical Support
    3. Professional Services [Implementation]
    4. Support & Maintenance
    5. Managed Services
    6. Hosting Services
    7. Infrastructure Data Center Management  
    8. Software Development [Sceven]

Our PremCloud Services team will also perform migrations, project-based software development, and custom consulting engagements for customers around the globe; while our new hybrid PremCloud Hosting solutions will provide our customers with a fully secure, fully managed environment for all their data archive, data governance, and data analytic needs across multiple deployment options worldwide.  

All in all, PremCloud Services is able to effectively power all aspects of our customer’s archiving needs.  And throughout every variation – our customer always owns their data, it is just a question of how much they want us to manage their archiving solution.  We can provide as little or as much of our PremCloud Services as they need and desire. This is our business. This is our future.

PremCloud Hosting

Simply choosing an appropriate solution for their data archiving still leaves our multinational customers at perilous risk [and, more importantly, without full ownership and control of their data].  Our customer’s data archiving needs can no longer be satisfied by the limitation of simply choosing between a cloud-hosted or on-premise solution – there is a need for a more adaptable hosting alternative.  

Fortunately, our PremCloud has eliminated the disadvantage of having to choose between on-premise and cloud hosted data by presenting a more nimble paradigm for the location of data and the software solutions we offer.  Our advanced PremCloud Hosting perspective speaks directly to the strategic versatility of our hosting alternatives along with the appropriate managed services that we can now provide our customers [especially our multinational customers].  

Whether it is in our customer’s own data center, a data center we provide and manage for them, or a fully hosted presence in one of our PremCloud environments – we can now offer our customers the most advantageous residence and management of their data based on a number of criteria specific to the countries or compliance regions they are operating in.

The days of relying solely on legacy data centers are over.  Our new PremCloud adaptive hosting is spread across multiple, geographically distributed sites and public, private, and hybrid cloud environments.  Building, connecting, and securing this array of computing power is a complex job—and one that requires a new type of data center network, starting with an architecture optimized for the cloud era and an infrastructure that gives our customers agility, automation, and simplicity.

Capax Discovery’s groundbreaking PremCloud provides adaptable data archiving solutions with managed services for our accounts worldwide regardless of where their data resides in our PremCloud.  In our PremCloud, our customers can rely on our software and managed services for the archiving, security, management, hosting, and performance of their valuable and ever-increasing data.

The key is that our customers always truly own their data – while they can rely on us for the security, management, and administrative optic that our market-leading PremCloud based solutions provide.  And what PCAS 1.0 and our newest apps can do with data for our enterprise customers is truly magic – and that magic is powered by the PremCloud.

PremCloud Total Access

Powered by PremCloud is a service model in which data is maintained, managed, backed up remotely, and made available to users over a network through our PremCloud.  Our PremCloud Total Access administrative optic with CISO Sentinel allows our customers total consolidated administrative access to their data, as well as the governance of the entire processing of data coming in and going out of their unified archiving vault.  This dashboard allows for not only a better administrative optic, but it also allows for a more robust use of their valuable archived data for a limitless amount of utilization.

Joe Kreuz: The Man, The Myth, The Legend

The story of Joe Kreuz started in 1959, but the tale of our remarkable friendship began 25 years ago when we launched Advantage Professionals.  I could write pages about our friendship, but, simply put, when I look up best friend in the dictionary, I see a picture of Joe.

And as much as I enjoy [and count on] on our friendship, this post is about our remarkable partnership.  Over the past twenty-five years, Joe has epitomized and brought to life the Root Philosophy of the Advantage Co more than anyone I have ever built with.

The enduring legacy of our partnership is not the remarkable success of Advantage Professionals, but, more so, the unbelievable tree of success that Joe provided the foundation and enthusiasm for.  Joe was the man who stepped to the plate for everyone we have ever built with.  Mark Pautler, Charlie Chiampou, John Baiocco, Jerry Hawk, Jerry Tenenbaum, Kelly Cultrara, and Tom Thomson all know first hand what it is like to launch a business with Joe Kreuz by their side.  But that’s just a short list of the hundreds of friends Joe has helped.  WNY’s executive suites are filled with people that Joe has nurtured and placed over the years.

So, this is a big thank you from all of us.  Congratulations, Joe, on 25 years as the man who laid the foundation for all of our most successful partnerships.  You are a legend.

The End is Near

There is an interesting article in Fortune this month about the coming recession.  Usually, everyone is blind-sided by a recession, but there are enough talking heads foretelling its arrival that only the most stubborn of investors will be caught with their pants down.

Unfortunately, most businesses will be caught [and ruined].  Businesses are currently caught up in a tsunami of capital investment spurred on by cheap money and unsustainable demand – and they can’t jump off.  Grow or die has been the mantra for the past seven years, and it is hard to accept that it will soon be replaced by slow down and save, but if you are NOT cash strong, liquid, and ready to pounce when the recession does hit – you will be splintered on the rocks as you crash into shore.

Every moron has made money in real estate and the stock market for the past seven years.  This leads to a hubris that fuels every recession.  Con artists think they are brilliant [especially the real estate con artists], and they have seven years of spectacular growth as their witness to their [supposed] magic.  But when the storm hits, and the values drop, and the rents slow to a trickle – the mortgages and taxes still have to be paid.  It’s a slow death, as opposed to a stock market crash that is swift and merciless.

Be prepared.

My Favorite Things 008

My Favorite Color: Navy Blue 

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Ever since I was a little kid at Canisius Day Camp, I was captivated by the Blue and Gold.  The Canisius school colors stood for everything Canisius meant to me.  The blue and gold still fill me with pride for my school.  Even to this day, I prefer teams in the blue and gold [with Notre Dame being the obvious exception – especially since they took down my UConn Huskies in the Women’s NCAA Basketball Championships].  And when Michigan would roll on to the field in their Maize and Gold [led by Bo Schembechler], I felt like a Wolverine.

I never wore my Boston College maroon and gold because it never felt right.  Navy blue has always been my favorite color, and maroon just didn’t work.  Anyone who has worked with me in design over the past forty years knows that Pantone 289 is the starter color of choice in all that we do [but I have made an exception now and again for Carolina Blue – and Dean Smith gets the credit for that].

In high school, we use to wear a tie to school every day.  Frank taught me how to tie a half-Windsor knot, and I remember teaching Anthony the same way.  Just as I came to prefer the blue and gold, I still feel the same way about a half-Windsor knot.  I just don’t like the sight of a bloated full Windsor.  Over my high school years, I inevitably gravitated to navy blue and yellow ties.  I always had one I liked more than others, and when it would wear out, I would head to Campus Corner to replace it.  Seldom could I find the exact same one, but it was always a combination of yellow with blue and white stripes.

Recently, I found my favorite tie online at Amazon.
It’s a Mr. Zhang tie, and you won’t believe how much it cost until you hit the link.

I started wearing a suit and tie to work again a few months ago.  At Capax Discovery, we pride ourselves as being the adults in the technology room with our enterprise archiving solutions, and being in a sports shirt, especially since I am generally Skyping from Naples, just didn’t seem appropriate.  Hence the coat and tie [which I have come to enjoy wearing].  It makes me feel more engaged, and it lets whomever I am meeting with know that I am not down here waiting to get in a round of golf – I am here to build, and I am hard at work doing just that.

Some of the staff at Capax Discovery HQ at the Walker Center have followed suit.  The women at Capax Discovery [more often than not] are dressed more professionally than the men, but I think some of the guys are finally closing the gap.  From what I can see in business today, this is generally the case.  Certainly, at the Walker Center, the women running things are usually better dressed [professionally] than the men.

But what amazed me most when I started wearing a suit and tie again was how many ties were available on Amazon, how little they cost, and how easy it was to order a nice 100% cotton spread collar white dress shirt.  An Isaac Mizrahi Men’s Slim Fit Long Sleeve Solid 100% Cotton Dress Shirt is only $19.99, and it’s a great shirt.

What Amazon has done to retail is truly remarkable.  But, what is often lost, is the fact that Amazon has driven everyone to up their game.  Retailers, as a whole, must get better at what they deliver or they will simply become a distant memory.  At Tony Walker & Co, we have changed dramatically over the past several years.  The environment we have created [and continue to innovate with] is remarkable.  Simply having the newest fashionable product in the store for our customers is now just a small portion of the Tony Walker experience.  From the Giancarlo’s Cafe’ to our Needles & Threads tailoring, to iWorldFundraising.org events, we have expanded what ‘shopping’ at the Walker Center is all about.

I’ll be back up north in a couple of weeks, and I can’t wait to see what’s new at the Walker Center for the Summer of 2018.  I’ll see you at Giancarlo’s.

The [Amazon Under $10] Tie Collection