7 Things That Define the Midwest Tech Industry Part 2

FINANCIAL IT
The Midwest has a strong foothold in financial technology, thanks to large firms like BATS Global Markets and DST Systems, both located in Kansas City. But newer firms are disrupting the financial industry, notably Dwolla, a mobile-payments company based in Des Moines.

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Keeping Tornadoes out of your Server Room

In the midst of spring, the severe weather threats of torrential rain, hail, and more importantly, high winds and tornadoes.  Many companies, especially small organizations should be reviewing their disaster contingency plans. However, many do not have adequate, if any, business continuity plans or have heavily outdated plans that are not reviewed regularly from an IT perspective in the event of a disaster.

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Recruiting: The War on Talent

As the technology demand grows and supply stays constant one thing is for sure that FNTS hires great employees for their organization. The job market is getting a bit more competitive with each organization looking for the demand of what’s next in technology. Most employers are going digital and they need the technology experts to take us there!

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Looking for the Right Answers

Deemed as the first major algorithmic change in 12 years the implementation of hummingbird by Google might have changed search engine optimization (SEO), or at least the way we get our results.  Catering to the popular voice commands of “ask and answer” this new implementation will bring you the answers you are looking for….or will it?

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Defining the Midwest Tech Industry Part 1

Enjoy this two part series written by our guest blogger from KCNext, Kaitlin Motley.

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Insurance: Fear or Foe

Health, car, house or property, event pet – insurance comes in every form and most of us have it.  The fear of the unknown (and the law) drives us to make sure in the event of an incident we will be able to function and restore our belongings or health back to their natural state.  In fact it is often AFTER we have to use our insurance we learn about everything that isn’t covered….it takes an unfortunate incident to realize we didn’t have the coverage we thought we had.  Now many people are fully covered and walk away praising their coverage and the painless efforts and go back to life as they know it, but what about those that don’t and what does this have to do with IT?

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Data Recovery 101 – Is your data ever “truly” gone? Part II

A couple days after writing Part I, I received a call from one of our Interns whose SDHC Camera Card was “unreadable” and her Spring Break vacation photos were gone.

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Microsoft OneNote

After using Microsoft Word for so many years, I was introduced to Microsoft OneNote. To be honest, I had never heard of this software before but sure glad I did! In the Project Manager world, OneNote has helped in the organization of multiple projects and tasks within each project.

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Big Data or Big Overload

And the winner for the new buzzword is… (drum roll please)……. Big Data!!  You can pick your prize up as you exit the building because I cannot possibly make the time to stop my normal “business as usual” routine to gather, analyze, store, restore and do anything with you even though everyone in the industry in every industry tells me I have to….or need to.

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Cakes in the Cloud

So it’s your sweethearts birthday and being the good partner you are, you are going to bake their favorite cake.  SO you have two options.

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Data Recovery 101

Recently, I had a relative whose laptop died and she was upset about losing all of her data.

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Customer Experience: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

If you want to experience customer service, sit in the middle of the service area in a company and on any given day you will hear the occasional “woo hoo” or “oh crap” identifying the highs and the lows of customer experience.  You hear all the times co-workers come through for one another, the relief of a fire being put out, favors being asked and questions being answered but you also hear the fire drills around issues that come up after routine maintenance, the mumbles and grumbles of slow responding co-workers and even worse – the escalated complaint.

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Five 9s

Five 9s, or 99.999%, refers to the desired availability of a given computer system. Having a 99.999% means the system will deliver its service to the user 99.999% of the time it is needed. In total, the only downtime in a given year calculates out to five minutes and fifteen seconds. Five9s is recommended for mission-critical data and e-commerce.

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1996 Flashback

A lot has changed in nearly two decades. In 1996, internet was on the rise, Windows NT 4.0 was released, DVDs were launched in Japan and my cell phone was a Motorola MicroTAC 650.

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Why First National Technology Solutions?

This is always a tough question for me.  I personally think First National Technology Solutions (FNTS) has great products, services and exceptional engineers.  I am also an employee of FNTS so it’s possible my judgment is skewed. I asked one of our current customers the question and here are his responses:

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