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May 7, 2015

We don’t mean to scare you, but there’s some pretty big security risk possibly headed your way. Support for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 will be ending July 14, 2015. But what does this mean for you? According to Microsoft, “After July 14, Microsoft will no longer issue security updates for any version of Windows Server 2003. If you are still running Windows Server 2003 in your datacenter, you need to take steps now to plan and execute a migration strategy to protect […]

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Birchmier honored with Vision Award

April 24, 2015

Birchmier proudly holds Vision Award David Birchmier, MPA’s founder and CEO, accepted the Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Indian Hills College on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at the annual Vision Awards Ceremony. This award honors an Indian Hills graduate that is either operating their own business or was involved in an entrepreneurial project through their company. At age fifteen, David Birchmier and his father built David’s first computer together in the basement. Fast-forward two years, MPA was born as a solution […]

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Tymeshift announces relaunch

March 23, 2015

The ground-breaking, time tracking tool for Zendesk is now simpler, faster and costs less BLOOMFIELD, Iowa — Software and application developers at MPA have always been driven to provide solutions for not only their clients, but themselves as well. What started as an answer to their own, internal time-tracking needs quickly grew to become one of the best tools for time tracking on a ticket level (within industry favorite helpdesk solution Zendesk). The app increased efficiency for MPA and also […]

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Meet Michael & Keith, MPA’s Newest Team Members (Who are ALMOST as Smart as Me)

March 19, 2015

If there is one truth about life that shall be more true than all other truths, it is that change is inevitable. Here at your beloved creative technology company we continue to evolve, and – with that – our family continues to evolve as well. It is with great privilege, pride, honor, humility, modesty, poignancy, empathy, sympathy, hope, faith, congratulations, and above all, glee, that I am allowed to introduce to you our newest team members – Keith Fisher (IT […]

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The Art of Developing a GREAT App

March 12, 2015

“How do I develop a killer app?” Being in this industry for the past few years has given me the opportunity to hear and respond to this question many times. It’s a fun question, because there are so many potential answers. Instead of talking about all the different art forms that exist in developing an app, I’m going to focus on the commonalities that I believe are intrinsic to all successful app projects. The idea You may have heard the […]

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MPA’s Justin Hill to lead business class for ISU Extension

March 11, 2015

Are you a business owner? Did you know that your business has a web presence, even if you don’t have a website or – even – Facebook page? Justin Hill, our CFO and Creative Director, will cover this and much more during the April 7th, 9 a.m. session of ISU Extension’s series focused on Community and Economic Development. TITLE: Your Business, Your Customers & The Internet: Bring it all together DESCRIPTION: Whether you know it or not (or even LIKE it or […]

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Happy 2015!

January 2, 2015

Can you believe another year is already on the books? 2014 has been another amazing year here at MPA. We’ve been an audience to two of our major software projects taking off. CCW Guardian received over 40,000 downloads in 2014 and TymeShift is now being used in multiple countries throughout the world. We’ve also had the opportunity to meet and work with many amazing businesses and provide IT Services to countless corporations and homes, alike. It’s no surprise that we […]

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Creating Multiple Invoice Templates in Odoo v8

December 27, 2014

When we first got started using Odoo even the easiest of tasks seemed pretty complex. A workflow we required for our business was to have multiple invoice layouts which could be selected via the “Print” menu when creating invoices. The screenshots below are designed to walk you through the process of creating a second invoice template within Odoo. I hope it saves you some time! :-) The Result:  

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A favourite Christmas poem

December 18, 2014

Rather than be windy this week (can you imagine that someone referred to me, your faithful, loving, and ever-so-all-knowing kitty as “windy”?), I have elected to share with you one of my favorite Christmas-time poems. “The Night Before Christmas” or “Twas the Night Before Christmas” was first published on Dec. 23, 1823 in the Troy Sentinel newspaper in upstate New York. My nana cat often read it to me on Christmas Eve. I hope you’ll do the same to the […]

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How to Make Sure Your Letter Gets to Santa on Time. PLUS: A Message from the Man in Red, Himself!

December 11, 2014

Every year people and pets alike flock to me to ask my guidance on many, many issues; however the question that is most often asked this time of year is “how late can I send my letter to Santa Claus and still expect him to get it before Christmas?” As the wise and omnipotent kitty cat I am, I do have a clear connection with such entities as the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, and yes, the North Pole. So […]

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