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February 2019 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  e-news@azad.com .
EmployeesEmployees
Upcoming Open Enrollment for Health Benefits

We are currently evaluating health plan options for the April 1st Open Enrollment. Changes to the plans offered may be required as there have been changes to the availability of plans from insurance carriers, in addition to cost increases seen across the country.

Although we are seeing these changes, as always we remain committed to offering a variety of comprehensive plans for all employees. We will keep you up to date as decisions are finalized.
401k Reminders

Open Enrollment
Participating in a 401k plan helps individuals save for their retirement and at the same time reduce their current income taxes. If you are not participating in the azad technology partners 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 Open Enrollment period. Fidelity's Open Enrollment occurs quarterly; January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1. 

In order to participate or to make changes to your existing account, the necessary forms will need to be received by Friday, March 15th . You may request the required forms by contacting azad administration at admin@azad.com.


Percentage Contribution Changes
Percentage contribution changes  forms need to be sent to azad administration at least 3 weeks in advance prior the Open Enrollment/change dates. Participants may reduce contributions to $0.00 at any time by submitting a change form, but once reduced to $0.00, the participant must wait until the next open enrollment to restart contributions.

Investment Election Changes
Investment election changes can be done anytime online through Fidelity Investments .
TechnologyTechnology
The Future of Code Quality, Security, and Agility Lies in Machine Learning
By: Sylvain Kalache



Source code is the new printing press, the new coal, the new oil, the new assembly line; the generator of the next new economy - some call it the fourth industrial revolution. From the auto industry manufacturing self-driving cars with millions of lines of code to doctors performing surgery with robots halfway around the world, source code is everywhere...Continue reading
LeadershipLeadership
How to Debate Ideas Productively at Work
By: Shane Snow


When it comes to debating, we may at times get sucked into trying to "win", so we look good or don't make the group we represent look bad. This can lead us to ignore logic and evidence that go against our original beliefs, therefore we debate without making much progress.  We can change this dynamic, however by moving toward more effective discourse (exchanging diverse ideas) and debate (arguing honestly for and against the merits of those ideas), by adopting the right habits. Here's how...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 Project Managers & .NET 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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Benefits Quick Links
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.

Visit Regence BlueCross BlueShield to view all information regarding your medical & prescription plan and coverage.

Visit MetLife to view all information regarding your dental plan and coverage.

Visit VSP to view all information regarding your vision plan and coverage.

Start planning ahead by participating in azad's 401k plan, hosted by  Fidelity Investments . Contact azad  
administration to learn more at (503) 617-9490  or  admin@azad.com .

To learn how to become a First Tech Federal Credit Union member, visit their website.

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