As summer folds into fall and the kids head back to class, we can’t help but get caught up in the back to school excitement. At Martello, welcoming new co-op students has become second nature to us by now and we eagerly anticipate the exchange of ideas, opportunities to push the boundaries of design that comes along with these bright and enthusiastic additions to the team. Martello’s Co-Op Program is part of our long-term strategy to recruit terrific talent and enhance the Martello community.

Inside Martello, we have built a mentoring program that guides our co-ops along the path to becoming top software designers. This apprenticeship model is one that works at Martello and allows co-ops to forge bonds within the company as they gain practical skills. Our co-op students thrive in our open and welcoming environment.  Fellow Martellians look out for them on the educational front and include them in weekly badminton games and at the infamous ‘co-op shawarma challenge’ that takes place at the end of every placement. Our co-ops are treated like one of the team from day one, running some of the development team’s daily stand up meetings and showing off what they are working on in weekly demo days. We aren’t interested in giving our co-ops ‘busywork’ – the features our co-ops have developed over the years are used every day in more than 5,000 networks around the world.

Welcome to the Martello Team Yahya Rafiyev

Martello Co-Op Culture

Last week, we welcomed Software Designer Yahya Rafiyev from the University of Waterloo, where he has completed his third year of studies doing a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. Yahya’s path to Martello is an interesting one, he grew up in Russia but in his teens returned to Azerbaijan, his family’s original home. When he was in high school, the University of Waterloo came on a recruiting campaign to his school, talking about the opportunities for study in Canada. Because of this, Yahya made the decision to study at Waterloo and to work at Martello.

During his studies at the University of Waterloo, Yahya has had other co-ops at Ericsson and through the University. Yahya chose Martello for this placement because he wanted to hone his software developer skills and felt that he could have more of an impact in a smaller company. He saw lots of opportunity to work on projects that would have real world applications, not just sit on a computer somewhere. He felt that the strong culture at Martello would provide him with the guidance and support that he needed but also give him the chance to build the foundations in order to take intelligent risks and try new things.

“I chose Martello for my co-op placement because I felt that the work I would be doing would have an impact and I was drawn to the strong and supportive learning environment that I knew would be in place here.” said Yahya.

As we help Yahya settle in over the coming weeks, we’re reminded of the impact our Co-Op Program has on our long-term strategy. The investment we make in mentoring our co-ops pays off in many ways – not least the idea that they will some day return to Martello – eventually becoming top software designers within our organization.

Part of The Team: Co-Op Success Story

Martello Co-Op Culture

Alok Swamy graduated from Carleton University in 2016 with a degree in Computer Software Engineering and during his studies he completed co-ops at a variety of different companies including Wesley Clover, Recognia, Fuse and Health Canada. In his fourth year, he did a four month co-op at Martello and he thrived in the challenging environment.  Alok says he felt that the team wanted him to succeed, not just for the company but for his own personal development. When he graduated, Alok chose to come back to Martello. Having played a significant part in developing our MarWatch product already, was exciting to him.  Alok had seen that the work he had done was part of a bigger picture – and he wanted to be part of driving our product’s evolution and to be a factor in the success of the company.

“Martello gave me opportunities to grow, develop my skills and take risks that a larger company might not have. I felt that I was doing work that was going to have a significant impact on the product that was being developed.” said Alok “It’s inspiring here, we are not just cranking out boring code. It’s real.”

Every day at Martello we see the impact that our Co-Op Program is having on the company. Everyone from our senior developers to our co-op students see this in action – where employees are encouraged to take intelligent risks, problem solve and think outside the box to solve problems in a supported environment. This is how we work and is the foundation for our corporate culture. As we continue to grow, our Co-Op Program will be a critical part of our success, with a direct impact on the experience our customers have with our product every day.

As the days start to turn cooler here at Martello, we are looking forward to this fall’s launch of Mitel Performance Analytics (MPA) R2.2. With this release, we have packed in a bunch of new features like network diagrams, voice quality visualization and site qualification testing. With fall creeping in and as the kids return to school we thought that you might want to brush up on MPA and see why it has quickly become a standard offering when it comes to delivering reliable network performance.

Tell Me Again…Why MPA?

Managing UC networks is complicated and administrators have to keep an eye on lots of moving parts at one time. It’s important to have a bird’s eye view of what’s happening at all times and grey areas or unknowns on the network are not an option. With MPA, you can clearly visualize the network, quickly identifying issues as they come up but before they impact the end user. MPA delivers the tools you need to get to the root of the problem quickly. Here is a quick primer on ‘why MPA’.

Mitel Performance Analytics Brush Up Back to School

Mitel Specialization with Infrastructure Support – MPA is the only tool that gives you insight into Mitel voice quality and trunk utilization. However, MPA also monitors the status and performance of third-party systems in the network like routers and switches.

Alarms & Analytics –  Real-time alerts give you timely, actionable data on network issues. Alarm analytics ensures that in a sea of data, you see the issues that matter most to you.

Detailed Reports – Reports clearly and concisely demonstrate network and device performance.

Secure Remote Access & Single Sign-On – MPA lets you easily and cost-effectively access network devices anywhere in the world, for more efficient troubleshooting & maintenance. There’s no need for a separate remote acess tool when you’re using MPA.

Role-Based Status Dashboards – Whether you’re a channel partner or end user, there’s a dashboard view for you. Well designed dashboards make it easy to identify the most critical issues at a glance and in one straightforward dashboard.

Testing and Site Qualification Tools –  MPA includes tools like Traceroute direct from the handset, making it easier to Identify the source of a problem quickly. UCScore is a web-based tool that tests network fitness for VoIP deployments, to prevent future problems.

Simple Deployment – Whether you’re licensing one device or one thousand, MPA makes it simple to get started and easily add devices with device discovery and bulk device addition

Single Pane of Glass – Since MPA manages performance of the entire network, it can become your single tool for network management. Got a tool you’re already in love with and want to get Mitel-specific monitoring? MPA integrates with other monitoring packages.

Isn’t This Just a ‘Big Network’ Thing?

Partners and service providers are telling us that they are now insisting on MPA when it comes to network monitoring. MPA is no longer reserved for monitoring large or complex networks, its speed-to-resolution is making it a standard offering among our partners.

“There’s a wow factor when you can show customers a problem that they wouldn’t otherwise have detected.” Said Jeff Balch of MXN Corporation. Quickly pinpointing and fixing issues while not eating into key technical resources is critical in today’s economy. When you increase the level of service quality you reduce churn. “Customers are stickier to us with MPA”, said Mike Tavares President, TCS Canada. “Customers are more tech-savvy than ever, and with MPA we have a way to demonstrate quickly where a problem originated, and ensure our first level support techs have it resolved quickly.”

“We’re leveraging MPA more and more…the more we do, the better off all of our customers are.  As they are renewing maintenance, I’m encouraging customers to move onto Premium software assurance at Mitel,  so that we can take full advantage of MPA”. – Mark Compton, Integrated Network Solutions

With MPA, we are continuing to add new features and tools that allow you to quickly identify and resolve problems on the network. In upcoming blog posts we will show you a new place where we are keeping all the MPA resources that you need at your fingertips.

At Martello, we are still coming off the high of attending last week’s opening night of Burn. When our colleague Steven Dwyer suddenly passed away last May, we all knew that we wanted to find a way to honour his memory. When the opportunity to be a part of the Burn production that Steven’s wife Sandra Laughren was continuing to produce, we knew that this was the perfect way for us to honour his legacy.

Burn was engaging from the get-go with twists and turns that unfolded as the night progressed. To say that we were all on the edge of our seats for the whole production would be an understatement. The actors were dynamic and pulled you into the story and The Gladstone offered up an intimate space with a cozy set that made sure you felt a part of the action.

Sitting in the packed theater on opening night as the house lights went down, we have never been prouder to be part of the Martello family and to see something that Steven believed in be met with such appreciation.

Bravo to the entire Burn cast, it was truly a triumph!


Martello Backs Burn Production
Martello Backs Burn Production
Martello Backs Burn Production
Martello Backs Burn Production
Martello Backs Burn Production

Hacking Health Ottawa

If you have ever attended a hackathon then you know there is a tangible excitement that surrounds this type of event and the feeling in the room that real-world solutions are being delivered is palpable.  To date, many of the donations made through Martello’s Employee-Directed Gift Program have focused on organizations that our employee’s children participated in or were passionate about. We are excited to feature a recent donation made by Martello’s social media marketing specialist Salina Tran that focuses on action, not talk and fostering an environment that is conducive to delivering exceptional healthcare innovations.

Martello Employee Directed Gift Program

Hacking Health was founded in 2012 and their mission is to ‘improve and accelerate innovation and digital technology development in the healthcare sector’. They believe that by connecting key healthcare stakeholders they can create solutions that address critical, front-line healthcare problems. The Ottawa chapter recently held a hackathon, inviting professionals, patients, designers, developers and entrepreneurs to collaborate in a two-day event promoting less talk about issues and more action.

Hacking Health is a volunteer driven organization that relies on the strength of its community to run these large events. When Salina Tran, Martello’s Marketing Specialist, heard about the hackathon planned for Ottawa she knew that she wanted to be a part of it and stepped up to offer her skills in social media marketing and content creation, knowing that she could make a difference at the event. Salina chose to direct her employee directed gift towards supporting the amazing innovations that would come out of this event. The Ottawa hackathon was held on May 10th and included over 156 participants focused on delivering real-world apps for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). For the hackathon, CHEO outlined issues that they were facing within the hospital which included everything from wait time management to a sleep apnea diagnostic tool. Hackers teamed up, selected a problem to develop a solution for and then worked with available mentors from the technology community and CHEO to help resolve any issues and get guidance.

The outcome of the Hacking Health Hackathon saw 25 solid projects emerge with 13 ‘Top Ideas’ identified over the intensive 42 hours. Salina had an active role in covering the hackathon through social media channels as well as helping with the event management that is needed for such a large-scale operation. “I found the hackathon very inspirational and love the fact that you can see ideas actually being thought through and then developed right in front of you. Creating a space for this to happen takes a lot of work but is very rewarding when you are able to see the final results.” For Salina, this was an incredibly worthwhile organization to work with and she finds that she feeds off the kind of energy and excitement that surrounds a hackathon event.

Our community is fortunate to have CHEO providing world-class care for the Ottawa area and beyond, and Martello was proud to be a small part of an event that will have such a lasting impact at the hospital. Hacking Heath strives to connect a community that can create realistic solutions to front-line healthcare problems. It is encouraging for us to realize the diversity of the organizations that are seeing the impact of Martello’s Employee Gift Giving Program and it reconfirms what we thought to be true, that these ripples are adding up and growing out into the community.

Getting set up can take time and be cumbersome, especially on a large network. The Device Discovery Tool automates the task of adding devices to Mitel Performance Analytics (MPA). By specifying an IP address range and SNMP settings, MPA scans the network to identify devices to be monitored, speeding up the set-up process.

Mitel Performance Analytics Device Discovery

With the Device Discovery Tool, you can easily add individual devices or groups of multiple devices of the same type to Mitel Performance Analytics from the scan results page. Where possible, device configuration data is pre-populated with data from the scan. This is ideal for large multi-node Mitel networks.

Mitel Performance Analytics Device Discovery Tool

The scan also identifies devices already monitored by Mitel Performance Analytics. You can modify the existing MPA device settings from the scan results page. This tool also allows you to perform bulk device configuration for more efficient provisioning.

For more on the features of MPA, take a look at our MPA 2.1 Primer or the MPA Demo Videos.