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TechServe Alliance Conference in Miami

In conference, Florida, IT, IT/IS, Miami on November 15, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Last week a couple of us were lucky enough to take a trip to Miami, Florida to attend the 25th Annual TechServe Alliance IT Services Industry Conference and Tradeshow at Loews Miami Beach Hotel.

We sat in on keynotes and breakout sessions, learned valuable industry information, and met lots of new people. And of course, since we were right on the beach, we had to go for a quick toe dip after the sessions 🙂

Check out the photos from our trip below – hope they don’t make you too jealous!


Upcoming Tech Conferences

In Compute Midwest, conference, IT, IT/IS, KCNext, networking, technology on October 18, 2012 at 5:19 pm

This week our internal team had an opportunity to attend an IT mixer to mingle with others like us in the field, and next month a select few of us get to travel to Miami for the TechServe Alliance Conference, so I thought I’d put together a list of upcoming tech conferences and mixers for you. Enjoy and learn! 🙂

KCGN Monday Geek Night October 22 (and every Monday!)

At Tannin, bottles of wine on Monday (all day) are buy one, get one free! Happy is from 4:00-6:00pm, and starts up again at 10:00pm. So even though Geek Night kicks off at 6:00, feel free to get there early and grab a bite.

Next-Gen Backup School October 25

Independent advice for solving today’s backup challenges – Addressing Deduplication, Protecting VMs, Cloud Backup, Snapshots, and CDP.

Data protection is still Job #1 for storage managers who struggle to cope with ever-increasing storage capacities. Traditional backup—at least the backup we knew five years ago—is no match for the new demands and stresses on corporate data stores. But the leading backup application vendors, backup hardware vendors and a handful of start ups have evolved their products over the years to meet these new challenges.

2012 STEM Conference October 28-31

Faculty members, administrators, government officials, community and business/industry representatives, and others involved in STEM education and information technology are invited to explore research, best practices, and other ideas with their colleagues from around the world.

Compute Midwest Conference and Hackathon November 8-11

Compute Midwest is a 2 day convergence of tech: new people, new ideas and innovation in Kansas City. With 1 conference, an all-star lineup of 8 tech leaders, a hackathon & 2 parties, Compute Midwest provides a fantastic opportunity to connect you with 400+ forward thinking tech minds.

KCNext’s Fall IT Networking Event November 15

Connect with Kansas City’s influential tech companies and professionals while enjoying Boulevard beer, interactive basketball games and raffles for the hottest tech gadgets available. We’ll see you on the court.

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!

Information Technology / Information Services Trends 2012

In employment, IT, IT/IS, Surveys, trends on June 29, 2012 at 9:08 am

In an effort to better understand the current IT/IS trends in the Midwest, we at TriCom Technical Services issued a second semi-annual survey to provide a snapshot of our technical community, and to compare that information to last year’s data.

In April 2012, a 21 question survey was developed and distributed to approximately 22,321 database recipients matching the decided upon criteria, and posted on social media platforms including LinkedIn, WordPress, Facebook, and Twitter. Employees currently or previously working in Information Technology and Information Services were asked to respond to survey questions, taking approximately 2-5 minutes to complete.

Of those recipients, a total of 850 participants started the survey, of which 780 were completed (91.8%). The survey was then closed on June 5, 2012 to allow for analyzing and processing.

Learning from last year’s survey, we were able to more completely piece together a survey that would provide valuable insight into Kansas City IT/IS trends that we feel is beneficial to both employees and employers, and to compare and contrast to similar data gathered in our 2011 survey.


After reviewing these results and comparing to the data we collected in 2011, we can conclude the Midwest IT/IS landscape is a well-educated, dominantly male culture between the ages of 36 and 55, making anywhere between $76,000 – $105,000 annually with over 20 years of experience. The majority of participants are U.S. citizens employed in a full-time position and have been in the same position for less than a year to five years. Many of these employees are working the same senior-, mid-level, or management positions they worked in the previous year, while earning more money in 2012 than they had in 2011.

As in 2011, most 2012 participants are satisfied with their positions and although they are not currently considering a move, they may leave their current positions if the right opportunity were to present itself in the upcoming year, especially in the case that an employee disliked their workplace due to compensation, culture, stress, or burn out.

To view the full survey results and white paper, click here.

To view the results from our 2011 survey, click here.

Information Technology / Information Services Trends 2012 Survey

In IT, IT/IS, Surveys, trends on April 18, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Please help us with this survey to provide a snapshot of IT / IS trends in the United States.

We ask that you please participate by clicking on the link below to begin the survey. You will be asked to respond to a handful of questions, taking approximately 2 minutes to complete.

If you complete the survey, you will be provided with the results once all the data is gathered and processed.

Disclaimer: All responses will be held in strict confidence and will not be used for solicitation in any way.

Why Not BeKnown?

In BeKnown, Impressions, IT, IT/IS, job seekers, jobs, LinkedIn, Monster on December 2, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Over 800 million people actively use Facebook, half of them daily, to connect with friends and family, share photos, and play games.

So why not use Facebook as a professional tool?

To provide another way to connect with you on a professional platform, we have joined Monster’s BeKnown.

This Facebook application allows you to build and expand your professional network and reputation. You can also follow companies and view job postings in your field of interest.

Be sure to check us out there or connect with our staff:

  • Shane Null
  • Mendy Mainard
  • Stacy Yelton
  • Tracy Hollstadt
  • Bill Joeckel
  • Jennifer Smith
  • Lindsey Blakeman

Update – We’ve moved away from using the BeKnown app on Facebook as we feel Facebook users predominately use the platform for personal time. However, you can still connect with us on Facebook both on our individual profiles and the TriCom page. We look forward to seeing you 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

You’re reading our blog, why not keep up with us elsewhere?

We’ll keep you informed about today’s IT world with news, articles, blog posts, and available job opportunities.

Become a fan of our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, or join our LinkedIn group. You can also sign up to receive our monthly e-newsletter, IT Connect.

And if you’re actively or passively searching for a new job, be sure to check out 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. 🙂

In Remembrance of 9/11

In 9/11, Airline Security, airplane, attack, coworkers, death, decade, family, help, I.T. crisis plan, IT, Pentagon, plane, Twin Towers on September 9, 2011 at 12:08 pm

This weekend marks the upcoming decennial of the terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. Thousands lost their lives when numerous airplanes were hijacked in an attempt to bombard the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Tower employees, firefighters, police officers, EMTs, and civilians including nationals of over 70 countries were killed during this horrific event.

Do you remember where you were?

How could anyone forget?

It is important now to remember that when a crisis situation such as this occurs, the most important thing is people. Bob Eisenhardt, part of the IT team for Aon Group (a global insurance company) located in the 99 to 105 floors of the South tower of the World Trade Center learned this the hard way.

“It’s important that your staff know that in evacuations they should not worry about computers, data, retrieving their personal effects from their desks, or going back to get their car,” says Eisenhardt. He learned this in the worst possible way: “Steve Poulos, the system administrator for Aon Risk Services, returned to the 103rd floor to retrieve the Risk Service data tapes.  By doing so, he ran out of time and did not survive.”

Absolutely no physical thing is worth going back for, be it personal or work related, that could put a person’s life in jeopardy in a crisis situation.

Like many others, Eisenhardt lost several friends and coworkers in the 9/11 attacks. It is important that we never forget those who were lost and those who gave their lives in an attempt to save others.

Take a word of advice from Eisenhardt – “Every morning, take a glance up at the sky and remember that you are alive to enjoy this day and that for all the good and bad it may bring, you are here to see it through.”


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!

Repost: How To Write an I.T. Resume

In Advice, help, Interview, Interviewing, IT, jobs, resumes, review on July 28, 2011 at 11:01 am

I’ve had to format a lot of resumes in the last few weeks, and I think it’s time we revisit this post. Please heed this advice when writing your next resume!

If looking for a job is a full-time job, then writing a resume is like working double-overtime. Remembering all your important information and organizing it in a legible fashion can be extremely time consuming. Here are some tips on how to write your I.T. resume.

Know your stuff. Be sure you have information about the places you’ve worked, the positions you worked, the dates in which you worked there (month included), and the details of each job. You’d also better have a list of your certifications (if you have them) and a list of any training sessions you’ve attended.

Bullet points. Using bullet points rather than paragraph style makes your resume easier to read. This method allows the reader to quickly scan your resume rather than getting lost in huge paragraphs, thus losing interest in your resume.

Start with a bang. Each bullet point should start with an active verb. The words “does/did” and “works/worked” are boring! Use exciting, descriptive words to illustrate each point you make, like “Installed and maintained software on 1000+ computers,” or ” Directed the overall program management to ensure compliance with contractual regulations.”

Include a summary. This is your 2 minute elevator pitch. If you’re looking for a job, you’d better have one. This is the first thing interviewers will see on your resume after your name and contact information. You’ll need to give a very brief synopsis of your experience, including the number of years of experience and skills you have related to the position you apply for, and other professional qualities you might have that relate to key terms in the job description.

Watch your grammar. Grammar is insanely important when writing your resume.

First – never write in 1st person (using “I” and “me”). Standard resumes are written in 3rd person, using he, she, it, etc. In most cases it’s actually beneficial to leave out these pronouns all together.
Second – always spell check the finished document.
Third – before you submit your resume anywhere, be sure to read it over to yourself. Spell check doesn’t always catch everything, especially with tech jargon.

Get organized. Your professional experience should be written in chronological order. That means your most current position should be listed at the top. Here’s how we categorize our resumes:

  • Name and contact info
  • Summary
  • Technical Qualifications
  • Certifications
  • Professional Experience
  • Education
  • Training

K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple, Silly! The more complicated your resume, the higher the chances are to confuse your reader. Things like text boxes, frilly borders, and self photos are a no-no!

Take a look at your resume – does it follow these guidelines? If not, it’s time to freshen it up!