Martello BLOG : 2016

Around the world, our employees are involved in causes and organizations that are important to them. To share in our successes as a company, we decided there was no better way to honour the hard work of our employees than to contribute to the community organizations that matter to them – and the Employee-Directed Gift Program was born.

Martello Employee Directed Gift ProgramAs Martello continues to roll out its Employee-Directed Gift Program, our next contribution is directed to Holy Trinity Badminton Club (HTBC) as selected by Senior Software Developer and long-time Martello employee, Eugene Lee. HTBC is a Sunday Drop-In badminton club for friends and families in the Kanata and Ottawa area. The Ontario District Badminton Association (ODBA) was first to start the HTBC with the funding provided by the Trillium Fund in 2008. By 2012, the funding ran out. Fortunately, Eugene and his friend, Mike Tran took over HTBC to help build the reach of the badminton community and provide a facility for all players regardless of age, gender, cultural affiliation or skill level. HTBC quickly became not only a facility to play badminton, but also a social community to meet and make new friends.
htbc-club-photo-2016-800x443Eugene and Mike met 11 years ago when they were both studying Software Engineering at Carleton University. They were also board members of the ODBA committee, whose mandate was to foster the development of badminton within the Ottawa district. Serving on the ODBA committee gave Eugene and Mike insight into the financial struggles that HTBC was experiencing. Soon after, Eugene and Mike decided to take over the HTBC and run the club themselves. With 117 club members to this date, their mission was to “serve all badminton players with the best experience,” said Eugene. Mike also added: “HTBC promotes a family friend club, while still providing challenging, high level competitive play.” This concept was enthusiastically received, the members love the system and continuously return week after week for both the comradery and the badminton.

Aside from recreational play, HTBC has also integrated a coaching and training program for all age groups to refine their technique and skills. This program was also developed to “provide underprivileged youth with formal training” and encourage them to stay active. Formal training is generally quite expensive and HTBC offers underprivileged youth in the community a one-hour session every week, for a more affordable price.

blog_image2Moving forward, Eugene and Mike will continue to offer training sessions to underprivileged youth in the community, and also aim to improve the HTBC coaching program. Offering benefits for coaches and maximizing the training experience for their students will be part of this initiative. This includes arranging the funds for assistant coaches to complete the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) and investing in new techniques and equipment.

We’re thrilled to see the excitement and impact that our employee directed gift program is gaining in the community. Donations like those made to the Holy Trinity Badminton Club foster a deepening of community ties and develop connections through both sport and fun.

There is a wealth of information focused on the networking world and it can be overwhelming even just trying to keep up with it all. We have a couple of favorites that we like to frequent and keep tabs on that keep us ‘in the know’.

No Jitter
No Jitter: This site offers up fresh, easily digestible and relevant content for those managing large and complex business communications networks. This is a carefully curated site that features knowledgeable daily articles offering analysis on a range of topics from moving to the cloud, collaboration, contact center management, voice quality and UC monitoring. A must read for those in the UC or network management world.
Why we love it: its laser focus on networking, telephony and UC.

Network World
Network World:  A great mix of articles and videos that provide thought leadership on networking issues, cleverly organized by subject matter. Their reviews and ‘cool-tool’ write-ups are thoughtful and provide a hands-on look at what’s new and notable in network management. Their resource library also includes a wealth of relevant and carefully written white papers, eBooks and infographics that provide more detailed information so you can really dig in on a topic.
Why we love it: Perfectly organized and continually refreshed content delivered in a magazine style format.

ZK Research
ZK Research: Blog founder, analyst Zeus Kerravala, brings a rich knowledge base and pairs it with practical, real-world, tactical advice. Solid research coupled with big picture thinking makes this an invaluable blog for IT network managers and those in the technology trenches.
Why we love it: Great research and real-world applications make for a no-nonsense look at the UC and networking world.

Mitel Blog: Insightful articles focused on the communications and collaboration space including upcoming trends as well as hands-on tactical solutions for network administrators that are currently in the trenches of network management.
Why we love it: Mitel is shaping a vision for what communications will look like in the future and they know what needs to be done right now in order to prepare for it. Peppered with real world solutions, this blog is both insightful and smart.

SaaS North
Voice of the North: At Martello we are getting very excited to attend SaaS North this fall, Canada’s first conference focused on SaaS companies. As part of the program they have put together a thought-leadership blog, Voice of the North, featuring compelling articles written by speakers from the event and industry experts.
Why we love it: Interesting articles focused on the SaaS space – our technology sweet spot!