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azad technology partners
November 2018 Newsletter
Welcome to the azad technology partners e-newsletter. As always, we look forward to your feedback as well as contributions to make this monthly newsletter an effective communication platform for our employees and business partners. Please continue to e-mail your suggestions and feedback to .
Holiday Schedule Reminders

As the holiday season is upon us, please kindly inform azad administration of any vacation plans or absences via email to For planned absences, as much advanced notice as possible (preferably 3 weeks), is greatly appreciated. For any unplanned absences, please notify azad administration by phone no later than 8:15 A.M. We are available to take your call anytime during the week starting at 7:30 A.M.

If you will be out of town during the upcoming holiday week, please submit your azad  E-timesheet the week before.  In addition, if you have not already done so, please be sure to notify azad administration of your schedule change as soon as possible.
401(k) Open Enrollment

If you are not participating in azad's 401k Plan, hosted by Fidelity Investments, and would like to join, or you need to make changes to your current account, you may do so during the upcoming enrollment period.

In order to participate or to make changes to your existing account, the necessary forms will need to be received by Friday, December 14th. You may request the required forms by contacting azad administration at or (503) 617-9490.
.NET Standard 2.1 Announced 
By David Ramel

Microsoft just announced .NET Standard 2.1, its first update in more than a year as it plays catch-up with the .NET Core implementation, which is about to hit v2.2.

The .NET Standard is a formal specification of .NET APIs that are intended to be available on all .NET implementations. One of those implementations is the open source, cross-platform .NET Core, which has already hit v2.1 and will soon advance to v 2.2.

".NET Standard solves the code sharing problem for .NET developers across all platforms by bringing all the APIs that you expect and love across the environments that you need: desktop applications, mobile apps & games, and cloud services," Microsoft said Immo Landwerth, program manager on Microsoft's .NET team, in announcing .NET Standard 2.0 in August of last year... Continue reading
The Fundamentals of Leadership
Still Haven't Changed

By: Ron Ashkenas & Brook Manville

The leadership development industry is thriving and there are a lot of new and interesting ideas, some of which may prove to be helpful, however despite many changes in our context - as organizations have become more democratic and networked, for example - in its fundamentals, leadership has not changed over the years. It is still about mobilizing people in an organization around common goals to achieve impact, at scale.

This tried and true perspective on leadership was reinforced for authors Ashkenas & Manville during the past year as they researched and wrote the HBR Leader's Handbook. They interviewed over forty successful leaders from a variety of organizations (corporate, non-profit, startup), across different industries. They then reviewed several decades worth of articles from the Harvard Business Review to understand the recurring messages from academics and practitioners about what leaders should do. Their conclusion from this research...was that the best leaders with the most outsize impact almost always deploy these six classic, fundamental practices... Continue reading
Opportunities  at azadOpportunities
azad technology partners  offers some of the most exciting and versatile career opportunities in the industry and is currently hiring a few bright Software Engineers to join its team of professionals:

Our experience at azad shows that the best new professionals who have joined our team over the years were referred by other azad employees and clients. azad offers a generous  referral program for referring a successful new consultant and invites you to contribute to the expansion and growth of our team.
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azad technology partners wants to ensure employees are getting the most out of their benefits and stay informed of all the tools and resources available through the company's healthcare plan options.

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