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Pace of IT Employment Growth Accelerates in June

In 2013, data, employment, IT news, job seekers, jobs, TechServe Alliance on July 11, 2013 at 4:00 pm

The rate of growth of IT employment further accelerated in June, posting another all-time high.

The number of IT jobs grew 0.51 percent sequentially last month to 4,473,300, according to TechServe Alliance, a collaboration of IT & Engineering Staffing and Solutions firms, clients, consultants and suppliers. On year-over-year basis, IT employment has grown by 5.71% since June 2012 adding almost 241,700 IT workers.

www.techservealliance.org-pressroom-documents-IndexreleaseJuly2013-MBR.pdf

“While IT employment has been on the upswing for some time, June’s numbers are clearly evidence that pace is accelerating,” stated Mark Roberts, the CEO of TechServe Alliance. “While I have said it before, it bears repeating because of its importance: an inadequate supply of talent, not demand, represents our greatest challenge to achieving the full potential for IT employment growth in the U.S.,” added Roberts.

www.techservealliance.org-pressroom-documents-IndexreleaseJuly2013-MBR.pdf

Source: http://www.techservealliance.org

Source: http://prnewswire.com

TriCom is Top-Ranked in KC Area Staffing Services

In IT, IT news, IT/IS, Kansas City, Kansas City Business Journal, KCBJ, performance, staffing/consulting, TriCom, TriCom Technical Services on October 3, 2012 at 8:48 am

TriCom is excited to announce our rankings in the latest Top Area Staffing Services as listed by the Kansas City Business Journal.

In this week’s Kansas City Business Journal (September 28 – October 4), TriCom Technical Services was ranked the #1 IT-specialized firm placing local W2 employees in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

We also placed seventh in over-all staffing agencies in the number of W-2 forms issued to locally placed workers in 2011, tenth in area staffing services ranked by hours billed in 2011, and twenty-first in top area staffing services ranked by number of Kansas City area employees providing placement services.

Thanks to all for working with us – we certainly look forward to continuing the tradition and ranking well next year!

A Glitch in Google’s Fiber Plan

In 2000 Census, fiber, fiberhoods, Google, Google Fiber, internet, IT news, Kansas, Kansas City, Kansas City Star, Missouri, Troost, Troost Avenue on August 30, 2012 at 12:01 pm

As you already know, Kansas Citians have recently been presented with the opportunity to enroll in Google Fiber services. Beginning with availability in core area neighborhoods deemed “fiberhoods,” this 100x speed internet service comes at a premium price, which many of us are willing to pony up for to reap the benefits.

Or so we thought.

What many of us had not considered up to this point is the unfortunate historical foundation on which this city was built. And no, I’m not talking about cows.

Any local urban planner knows about the Troost line, a very distinct boundary between black and white communities in Kansas City. Some might even say the extreme segregation is more severe here than in many other major metropolitan areas. What Troost Avenue also indicates is a line drawn between low-income and middle class neighborhoods.

 

This base map represents the race and ethnicity present in the Kansas City area, based on information from the 2000 Census. Each dot represents 25 people – Red is White, Blue is Black, Green is Asian, Orange is Hispanic, and Gray is Other. The distinct separation you see in the center between red and blue shows the stark segregation down Troost Ave.

For comparison, here are similar data maps for New York City, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Chicago, and Dallas.

So what does this have to do with Google Fiber? It all comes down to money. Predictions of a backlash are coming to a head in community meetings, citing a fear that neighborhoods west of the Troost line will be unable to fulfill the required pre-registration goal for each “fiberhood,” leaving these communities in the dark.

Here are the present Kansas City, Missouri side pre-registration standings. Again, you can see the distinct line between income tiers down Troost Avenue.

According to the Kansas City Star, “Not enough pre-registrations could mean there won’t be wiring to those neighborhoods’ schools, community centers, police stations, libraries — a range of public buildings that Google promised free access if goals were met. Not one school east of Troost has hit the percentage of pre-registrations of surrounding homeowners that Google deemed necessary to trigger the free hookups.”

To add insult to injury, the Kansas City public school system has already lost accreditation, and missing out on this opportunity to improve educational standards could prove fatal.

So what can we do to help?

Volunteers are going door-to-door in these low-income neighborhoods to spread information about what Google Fiber has to offer and what it can do for communities. Community leaders are also asking for assurance that Google won’t back out of providing the free hookups for libraries and schools if the paying customers never materialize. (Kansas City Star)

As of this week, The Social Media Club of Kansas City reports 4,089 more pre-registrations are necessary in Missouri and 1,749 in Kansas City, Kan., to turn all neighborhoods green. At $10 per registration, we’ll need to raise approximately $58,380 to apply for service for all Kansas City, MO and Kansas City, KS fiberhoods.

And this is just for pre-registration fees – not to mention the money needed for construction and service fees per home! But I suppose we’ll cross that bridge if and when we get there.

Are you connected?

In appreciation, blog, brain, comment, connect, connected, coworkers, electronics, Facebook, IT, IT news, IT/IS, jobs, LinkedIn, photos, pictures, trends, TriCom, TriCom Technical Services, Twitter on October 27, 2011 at 11:32 am

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And if you’re actively or passively searching for a new job, be sure to check out YourTriCom.com. It’s a career portal for job seekers which provides countless tips, trends, and articles designed to support your efforts as we connect you to the next step in your career.

Stay connected with us; let’s share and pick each others’ brains. 🙂

One Step Closer to the Future

In AP, Associated Press, brain, CBS, chip, computer chip, electronics, IBM, IT, IT news, San Francisco, trends on August 18, 2011 at 4:34 pm

With today’s technology we can perform a plethora of tasks in a single bound. Watch your favorite programs on your computer, play video games on your phone, even video chat with friends using the televisions, post on Twitter, Facebook, and You Tube, with a single click. This, my friend, is only the beginning.

Today, CBS and the Associated Press announced a huge triumph, accomplished by none other than IBM. According to the article, IBM researchers have come a step closer to creating a computer chip that mimics the way the human brain functions.


“The company announced Thursday that it has built two prototype chips that it says process data more like how humans digest information than the chips that now power PCs and supercomputers. The prototypes offer further evidence of the growing importance of “parallel processing,” or computers doing multiple tasks simultaneously. That is important for rendering graphics and crunching large amounts of data.”

While this is a magnificent progression, scientists estimate it will be nearly a decade or longer before these prototypes are used in everyday technologies. At the moment, the chips are steering a simulated car through a maze, or playing Pong in a laboratory in San Francisco.

Nevertheless, we cannot help but ask ourselves, will this be all the chips are used for?  Has the SciFi channel taught us nothing?  Will the machines understand, with great power comes great responsibility? Who knows what such technology will emerge through the next decade as!  Mwahahaha!

Proud to Sponsor KCDC

In conference, fun, IT, IT news, IT/IS, JCCC, Johnson County Community College, Kansas City, Kansas City Developer Conference, KCDC, TriCom, TriCom Technical Services on June 23, 2011 at 11:11 am

This Saturday marks the third annual Kansas City Developer Conference at Johnson County Community College, and we are proud to be a silver sponsor.

Check out the day’s procession of events below. To register, visit http://kcdc.info/schedule/ and click on the button in the right column.

KCDC Schedule

  • Keynote – Matt Cavallari

9:15am-10:15am

  • Overview of Agile Approaches – Martin Olson
  • Learn MVVM Basics – Kevin Griffin
  • Architecting Applications the Microsoft Way – Clint Edmonson
  • TDD techniques – George Westwater
  • Reporting in SharePoint 2010 with TFS 2010 and SQL Reporting Services 2008 – Bringing it all together – Karthik Venkataraman
  • SQL Injection and XSS: How they work and how to stop them – Rob Kraft
  • Exploring Domain Driven Design Implementation Patterns in .NET – Steve Bohlen

10:30am-11:30am

  • Values to Value – A Values Based Introduction to Scrum/Agile – James Pekham
  • The Low-Hanging Fruit of HTML5 – James Eggers
  • Real World, Large Scale Applications Using S#arp Architecture and ASP.NET MVC – Geoffrey Smith
  • Getting It Right With BDD – Wes Garrison
  • MongoDB – Brian Wigfield
  • Windows Phone and Windows Azure – Mike Benkovich
  • Exploring Domain Driven Design Implementation Patterns in .NET (cont.)– Steve Bohlen

11:30am-12:30pm

  • Lunch

12:30pm-1:30pm

  • Scrumbut and Fragile – Mark Randolph
  • Javascript for the .Net Developer — Brian Moon
  • The Case for CQRS and Event Sourcing – Tyrone Groves
  • Mocks in Testing – Phil Ledgerwood
  • Building webapps for the Cloud with Python and Google App Engine – Juan Gomez
  • Programming for Windows Azure – Leslie Koorhan

1:45pm-2:45pm

  • Guerrilla Kanban – Troy Tuttle
  • What’s New In Silverlight 5 – Kevin Grossnicklaus
  • Building Distributed and Scaleable Architectures – George Westwater
  • Unit Testing Patterns and Anti-Patterns – Steve Bohlen
  • Moose:  A new ORM for Node.js – Douglas Martin
  • MonoTouch/MonoDroid with Data Services – Patrick Leikhus
  • Silverlight with RIA Services – Yair Segal

3:00pm-4:00pm

  • Story Points & Sizing Explained – Frank Rios
  • jQuery – Getting Started – Shawn Mehaffie
  • How Ruby is Making Me a Stronger C# Developer, and a Better Man – Darren Cauthon
  • Dependency Injection for Dummies – Phil Ledgerwood
  • FREE as in BEER!!! Manage Your Packages w/NuGet – Rob Reynolds
  • Scala Development in an Existing Java Development Team – Sean Griffin
  • Silverlight with RIA Services (cont.) – Yair Segal

4:15pm-5:15pm

  • Mercurial: Tales from the Trenches – Russell Ball
  • Script#: Javascripting with C# – Sky Morey
  • The Little Wonders of .NET – James Hare
  • Paradoxes and Ironies of Testing – Mark Randolph
  • Writing Faster SQL Faster – Bill Graziano
  • Startup Tips and Tricks: Getting s Small IT Shop Off The Ground – Kevin Grossnicklaus

5:30pm-6:00pm

  • Closing Ceremonies

http://kcdc.info/

France to Outlaw Hash Passwords

In Captchas, Dailymotion, eBay, Facebook, France, Hashed Password, IT, IT news on April 7, 2011 at 3:46 pm

You know the extremely frustrating mash-up of letters and numbers you have to enter when you’re trying to log in to your online accounts?

While they may be annoying when asked to complete time after time, they actually do serve a function. When you “hash” a password, you’re turning it into a string of hexadecimal characters in a one way conversion. Meaning when you create a password on a site they hash it and store the hash. Then next time you log in, they hash the password you entered and compare that to information stored in the database. If the hashes match, you typed in the right password.

Hashing is good for security because it’s practically impossible to reverse engineer the hash to get the password. It’s a one way only encryption. That’s why most password resets don’t send you your old password. They don’t know it and can’t get it.

The French government has placed a law requiring a large group of e-commerce sites, video and music services and webmail providers to log its users’ information for one year, and must be handed over to authorities if and when asked. According to the BBC, this information includes “users’ full names, postal addresses, telephone numbers and passwords. Police, the fraud office, customs, tax and social security bodies will all have the right of access.”

This might be all well and good for the French, but over 20 international firms including eBay, Google, Facebook, and Dailymotion are in disagreement and involved in a legal challenge with the French Association of Internet Community Services (ASIC).

Let’s just hope this policy doesn’t become the norm in the U.S.

Get Ready for Ultra High-Speed Broadband, Kansas City

In broadband, fiber optics, Google, IT, IT news, IT/IS, Kansas City, Kauffman, KCNext, KU Med, trends on March 30, 2011 at 11:50 am

Today on Google’s official blog, the multi-national public corporation declared it has selected Kansas City, KS to be the recipient of their ultra high-speed network.

Last year Google announced this new project – “to provide a community with Internet access more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have today” – in an attempt to make the web better for users. Reportedly, nearly 1,100 cities “felt the need for speed” and responded to the project.

“In selecting a city, our goal was to find a location where we could build efficiently, make an impact on the community and develop relationships with local government and community organizations. We’ve found this in Kansas City. We’ll be working closely with local organizations including the Kauffman Foundation, KCNext and the University of Kansas Medical Center to help develop the gigabit applications of the future.”

But what does this development mean for Kansas City as the transformation from traditional broadband to ultra high-speed fiber optic connections? Will the city explode as the epicenter for all things IT?

We’re excited to see what the future brings.

The Next Step in Technical Evolution

In electronics, Events, IT, IT news, IT/IS, money, trends on March 24, 2011 at 4:06 pm

This afternoon as I skimmed Reddit for blog topic ideas, I came across an entry entitled,
I can not be the only one who feels that we are going to experience some pretty crazy changes in our lifetime (As if we haven’t already…)?” The writer, feeling as if technology is about to explode beyond our wildest dreams, confronted his fellow Redditors with this day-dreamer question.

One responder mentioned he liked to play what he called “The Thirty Years Window,” a game in which the player picks a point in history, imagines someone at the age of 20 during that time, and thinks about all the technological advances that person would have seen for the next thirty years.

“For example, my father told me how when he was a kid, the sound of an airplane would cause adults to run outside and look skyward in hopes of seeing the amazing new flying machines they’d heard rumors of. He told me that story as we watched the live video of Apollo 11, the first manned landing on the moon.”

Well kids, welcome to the next technological advance of your lifetime. As The New York Times reports, our mobile phones will soon be standing in for all the plastic in our wallets.


But some are resisting this technological advance in what the New York Times refers to as a behind-the-scenes battle.

“Mobile phone carriers, banks, credit card issuers, payment networks and technology companies are all vying to control these wallets. But first, they need to sort out what role each will play and how each will get paid.

The stakes are enormous because small, hidden fees that are generated every time consumers swipe their cards add up to tens of billions of dollars annually in the United States alone.”

But such is the way of the revolution. The new technology is embraced while the old is abandoned, and the money previously invested in older technologies will go to building and supporting the new. Without it, we would never evolve, and where would that get us?

Introducing YourTriCom.com

In Advice, Contracting, electronics, help, IT, IT news, IT/IS, jobs, resumes, staffing/consulting, TriCom, TriCom Technical Services, Unemployed, writing resumes on March 18, 2011 at 10:43 am

We can’t always help every person who comes to us looking for an IT job. In the past, we’d collect their information and keep them informed should a position arise that would be a good fit.

Now, along with this process, we can direct those candidates to our new career portal solely dedicated to people actively seeking new employment – YourTriCom.com.

This portal will be a one-stop-shop for those who need help finding new employment. Now, every person TriCom can’t fit into one of our current needs will have a place to go and have access to over 1000 different job boards, weekly free job-seeker webinars, videos, a web-library full of articles on job hunting, as well as have a free, comprehensive, and personal resume review.