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Top Strategic Tech Priorities for IT in 2018

Top Strategic Tech Priorities for IT in 2018

October 13, 2017 in Corporate IT Training / by Sara Lamb

Artificial intelligence, machine learning, and tools such as conversational platforms, digital twins and blockchain are among the most strategic 2018 technology investments, according to Gartner.

At Gartner’s Symposium/ITXpo in Orlando, Gartner outlined its top strategic investments. These investments will be pushed into a global IT spend of $3.7 trillion, up 4.3 percent from a year ago.

Respondents in a Tech Pro Research survey found IT budgets will be up modestly, but there are a number of uncertainties. 39 percent of respondents said their 2018 IT budget will be up from 1 percent to 10 percent.Read More

Who is the Next Person Your Business’ IT Department Needs to Hire?

Who is the Next Person Your Business’ IT Department Needs to Hire?

October 13, 2017 in Corporate IT Training / by Sara Lamb

The role technology plays in business is more strategic than ever. Organizations experiencing growth are under pressure to make intelligent decisions when hiring new tech employees. These decisions are necessary in order to maximize the efficiency of existing business processes while paving the way for further innovation.

This pressure is not unfounded – a report by McKinsey and Company finds that an alarmingly large percentage of enterprise IT projects fail. This can translate to higher failure rates for small and mid-sized businesses, underscoring the importance for IT department personnel choices.Read More

Essential Roles Your Business’ IT Department Fills

Essential Roles Your Business’ IT Department Fills

October 13, 2017 in Corporate IT Training / by Sara Lamb

It’s 2017, and technology’s constant onward march continues unabated. With it comes innovation that transforms the way organizations of all sizes do business – often in unexpected or surprising ways.

It is this constant stream of efficiency-generating innovation that puts the IT department in a unique position of power within the corporate structure. The work that IT professionals do is no longer confined to backroom servers and databases – it broadly encompasses nearly every aspect of your core business.Read More

Awesome Add-ins for PowerPoint

Awesome Add-ins for PowerPoint

October 9, 2017 in Microsoft Office, Corporate IT Training / by Craig Gerdes

An add-in is a term used for a software utility added to a primary program.  In other words, add-ins are mini applications that extend what you can do with Microsoft Office programs, such as PowerPoint.  When you enable an add-in, it adds custom commands and new features that help increase your productivity.

By default, add-ins are not immediately available, so you must first install (and in some cases activate or configure) these add-ins so that you can use them.  Many of the add-ins are free from the Microsoft Store (https://store.office.com).  You may also be able to search for add-ins from third party vendors.Read More

Featured IT Administrator Student for October 2017

Featured IT Administrator Student for October 2017

October 6, 2017 in IT Career Program, Featured Students / by Nicole Trendel

terry morris

Terry-Morris

Bio

“I was originally born in Olathe, moved to Louisiana, and then relocated back to Kansas City. I graduated from Park Hill North and after a few years, joined the Air Force. I served in the Air Force as a fully qualified jet engine and aircraft mechanic and a non-commissioned officer.  Last November, after six years of service, I separated from the Air Force.  I was able to travel the world and loved what I was doing, but wanted to come back home to Kansas City and make up for lost time with my daughter.Read More

Featured Full Stack Web Developer Student for October 2017

Featured Full Stack Web Developer Student for October 2017

October 6, 2017 in IT Career Program, Featured Students / by Nicole Trendel

Monte Wessley

Monte-Wessley

Bio

“For most of my life I have lived and worked with technology.  I spent the last decade in the cell phone industry where I learned many different skills that are invaluable to what my future holds. I learned to listen, to problem solve, and to be client-oriented. Not only did I work in sales, but I spent a lot of my career in management and training. During these times, I learned how to motivate and lead, and how to communicate and instruct people. These years strengthened my love for technology and because of that, I felt the need to move on and gain a deeper understanding of how things worked.Read More

New Jobs for Grads of Centriq IT Career Program – September 2017

New Jobs for Grads of Centriq IT Career Program – September 2017

September 27, 2017 in Alumni On the Move, IT Career Program Alumni / by Nicole Trendel

Career Program Alumni On the Move

Not only does the Centriq IT Career Program train you for IT jobs, but we also assist with IT job placements immediately after graduation and throughout your career.

The following alumni have recently changed jobs … find them on LinkedIn and congratulate them! Or, if you’re looking to make a change yourself, send them a message to see if there are any other open positions at their new company.

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PowerPoint Fantastic Features:  Custom Animations & Using Layers and Triggers

PowerPoint Fantastic Features: Custom Animations & Using Layers and Triggers

September 25, 2017 in Microsoft Office, Corporate IT Training / by Craig Gerdes

Without a doubt, one of the most powerful features in PowerPoint is the ability to animate objects; there are several basic options available, which are very good.  However, you can supercharge your animations and really dazzle your audience by creating custom animations and by using layers and triggers.

You can create custom animation effects using one of the following methods:

  • Applying multiple animation effects to one object
  • Applying motion path animation (including Custom path)

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Featured Full Stack Web Developer Student for September 2017

Featured Full Stack Web Developer Student for September 2017

September 8, 2017 in IT Career Program, Featured Students / by Nicole Trendel

Sabrina Irby

Sabrina-Irby

Bio

“I was born and raised in Kansas City.  After high school, I worked in various retail stores. As much as I loved interacting with people and the sales aspect of retail, I was always drawn back to technology.  I saw each piece of software implemented at these stores as a new challenge.  I wanted to pursue a career in technology to use my strengths, including, my passion for my work, problem-solving skills, and my addiction to learning new content.Read More

Featured IT Administrator Student for September 2017

Featured IT Administrator Student for September 2017

September 8, 2017 in IT Career Program, Featured Students / by Nicole Trendel

larissa corley

Larissa-Corley

Bio

“I am married to my high school sweetheart with an eight-year-old son, and a daughter on the way, due in December. Our family also includes two dogs and two cats.  I am originally from Nebraska, but my family moved to South Carolina when I was nine.  After marrying my husband, his career in the army took us to Fort Bragg until 2010, and then to Fort Leavenworth.  In our spare time we enjoy playing games, including everything from board and card games to video games. We also like to take time to do things outdoors – any adventure is a good adventure.Read More