EWA Services: Outstanding in Its Field
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While some companies cope daily to battle employee complacency,
EWA Services doesn’t have to try hard to keep its employees
interested in work. EWA’s employees and training program
are field-tested in the literal sense.
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Services Worldwide training
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Killeen, Texas office; 25 trainers;
headquarters in Herndon, Virginia
EWA, short for Electronic Warfare Associates, is a training
and consulting firm with 25 trainers who hold a host of
certifications: MCSE, Cisco, Dell, and Lotus Notes and
Domino among them. EWA’s trainers do onsite training and
consulting for a variety of clients across the U.S., but
home for the company is Killeen, Texas, which is next
to Fort Hood, the largest military base in the continental
EWA offers its employees the typical laundry list of
benefits and incentives: paid time and costs for certifying,
bonuses and public recognition among peers for achieving
certifications, access to high-tech equipment, time off
for conferences, full health and dental insurance, three
weeks of vacation time per year, and a TechNet subscription.
EWA seems typical of most small businesses, so what sets
it apart from other companies? According to Jennifer Morgan,
one of EWA’s Microsoft Certified Trainers, it’s “the variety
of projects that we work on.” Because of the company’s
close proximity to Fort Hood, for example, one project
involves helping the U.S. Army set up, test, and run its
information systems during combat maneuvers.
“When the Army goes to the field,” says Morgan, “so does
its network.” She’s been called on a few projects to help
set up a bank of NT servers with 10 to 20 domains, running
Exchange email and several secure Web sites that are able
to provide accurate, real-time information during training
exercises in the field. “We work side by side with the
soldiers 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the
exercises.” The long hours might seem brutal and not a
great aspect of any job, but in this case, Morgan finds
it fulfilling to be in the field with soldiers who are
keeping the systems humming, and to ensure that delicate
pieces of machinery can face up to the demands of combat.
As for migrating to Win2K, Morgan says that the Army
is looking into it, but “implementing Active Directory
has yet to be approved.” Because EWA is a training provider,
its MCTs have already been trained on Win2K and have conducted
some training for paying students. In case the Army asks,
EWA can say that it’s prepared to help the Army make the
Morgan herself was field-tested with plenty of on-the-job
experience. She was hired as an automation specialist
three years ago, helping to train employees on software
usage, phones, and office administration. She proved to
be sharp and, with several months of training, earned
her MCP, then eventually her MCSE and MCT. “It’s been
an interesting three years,” she concludes.
Michael Domingo is executive editor of MCPmag.com and hosts the Redmond Radio podcasts.