The Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, voted on Thursday, December 14 to dismantle rules that were put in place to keep the internet accessible to all with a computer and a Wi-Fi connection. This is concerning news for many Americans, as broadband companies now have the power to control access to different sites, having “the power to potentially reshape Americans’ online experiences.” Many people take for granted the relatively recent increase in immediate search-gratification on the internet. Not long ago, we waited impatiently for our computers to connect to the internet using dial-up.
This Thanksgiving, we pause to thank you for your friendship and goodwill. May you have a bountiful Thanksgiving, a happy Holiday Season, and a New Year of good health, happiness, and prosperity.
Even when things get ruff, like putting on Roy’s turkey costume, we know how important it is to stick to our core values, especially “Wag Your Tail.” Our team comes to work every day with a passion and a desire to be the best. That is part of what makes work fun. As this holiday season draws near, we hope your tail is wagging and that you have a wonderful time with friends and family.
Artificial intelligence is a highly debated topic among experts. Disagreements exist about the definition of AI, when it will become smarter than humans, and whether AI will become uncontrollable. Several leading experts have offered warnings about artificial intelligence becoming too powerful and autonomous for humankind. Technology is advancing at an unprecedented pace, leaving little room for thoughtful contemplation about the consequences of our inventions. In the Jetson’s world, two types of AI forms existed: a fully autonomous yet fully submissive robot named Rosie and a kind, yet fully independent machine named R.U.D.I. Is this indicative of our futures or could we create something a little more sinister?
This year, technology seems to be pushing the limits like we’ve never seen before. We’re contemplating the reach of Artificial Intelligence, fighting off cyber-criminals, and diving deeper into big data privacy concerns. With Halloween just around the corner, what spooky, creepy, or trickstery technologies are popping up? We’ve compiled our top 5.
Just as we were adjusting to the thought of possible drones flying overhead, Amazon releases their newest initiative – a camera that gives Amazon Delivery Drivers access to your home. With safety measures in place – verifying the delivery driver, delivery time, and address before unlocking your door – it still leaves room for things to go wrong. Do you want strangers in your home? How extensive is their background check process? Packages might not risk ruin by the natural elements or the risk of theft but is it worth it?
Guest Blogger: Kelli Moretter-Bue
On September 10th, I completed the Ironman Madison, a triathlon consisting of a 2.4-mile swim through a crowded lake, 112 miles of rollercoaster cycling, and concluding with a silly little marathon, or 26.2 miles of running. Full transparency—It was one of the most challenging days of my life. I’ve done other endurance events but the Ironman was the most difficult competition I have ever participated in. Training for the actual race was almost more arduous than the race itself! For months, I trained day in and day out. I had double workouts on single days, weekends packed with HOURS of biking and running, and SOOO many early morning alarms in the dark that I started to feel like some sort of night vigilante (but a tired one at that).
LinkedIn is a great way to provide a virtual resume. However, users sometimes try to simplify things by ignoring details, processes, and steps which they feel are too complicated or unnecessary – but such a mindset could cost you your next great IT gig. The ESP IT team sheds some light on skills, recommendations, endorsements, and more. Here are some tips on how to update your profile and stand out!
Your Skills Section is as Important as Your Experience Section
Listing skills at the bottom of your LinkedIn page is not an arbitrary matter. Recruiters want you to highlight the skills that you’ve learned working in the various positions included on your profile. These skills also help them as they search through consultants’ profiles to determine whether or not you might be a good fit for an IT contract gig.
Founded in 1999, Salesforce is the first capable cloud-based CRM platform. Through its full suite of apps (covering sales, service, marketing, commerce, and more), Salesforce provides its clients with state-of-the-art analytics to optimize client relationship management. The cloud-based applications of Salesforce also afford clients the possibility of running their businesses from mobile devices.
Salesforce benefits companies by helping to simultaneously manage existing clients and finding new potential customers. A Salesforce expert is a benefit not only to the Tech and Sales Ops departments of a company, but to everyone involved in customer relations. Having a system that places all customers in one easily accessible place makes it possible to treat each as though they are the top priority.
Founded in 1999, Salesforce is the first capable cloud-based CRM platform. Through its full suite of apps (covering sales, service, marketing, commerce, and more), Salesforce provides its clients with state-of-the-art analytics to optimize client relationship management. Much like the trusted automotive brands of Detroit, Salesforce has been on the road for years and has ample experience with all three types of clients:
- Those who use it forever – individuals who are as attached to the Salesforce platform as to a classic car
- The experienced drivers – those who continue to make updates to keep their newer model vehicle running smoothly
- First-time buyers—companies who are just pulling the Salesforce platform off the dealership for the first time
Salesforce knows that there are a great many roads out there and navigating the expansive territory of its platform can be challenging for the new user. That’s why, via the use of its innovative Trailhead system, users can learn their way around Salesforce by taking guided learning paths (consisting of various modules and projects) while earning Superbadges along the way. A company should optimize Salesforce by hiring a great “mechanic” to keep things running the way they should.
Cybersecurity was predicted to be a hot topic in 2017 and that has proven to be true. With the many international cyberattacks from the WannaCry Virus to Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections, it’s clear that private information, computers, software, and IoT devices are not safe. Although we still embrace the Internet of Things, we do so with our eyes wide open.
Everything is turning smart. That’s a good thing, right? It’s creating better efficiency, a smarter approach to business, health, etc. But, like any technological advance, there’s a downside, and for IoT and that’s a decrease in security and privacy. Security isn’t keeping up as IoT advances.
As .NET continues to evolve in popularity and consulting positions for these tech professionals become more readily available, we’re getting asked: Who are .NET developers? Hiring managers and tech team members not only want to know what these developers do from a technical standpoint—they’re interested in the people behind the screen. What drives these IT pros? What do they like most about their jobs? Do they prefer Star Wars or Star Trek? (OK, that last one was more of an interesting tidbit than an actual question.) We dove into all these facts and more in the following infographic.