The ability to create customized, interactive forms to collect data is a powerful, but often underutilized feature of Word. In this blog, we will discuss how to create electronic forms using form controls such as text content, drop-down list, and check box. In addition, you will learn how to protect the form and collect data.Read More
Cisco’s corporate strategy has long relied on acquisition for introducing new technologies to the tech giant’s palette. With over 200 to date, Cisco acquisitions remain one of the most important strategic elements that the company holds in the tech marketplace.
Cisco has a list of its corporate acquisitions available on its website. Here, you can see a brief rundown of the most important purchases the company has made since 1993. Of particular interest are the six new entrants for 2017, listed below.Read More
Cisco is undeniably a powerhouse in the tech and networking space. A huge array of products and an aggressive acquisition strategy have combined to make this one company dominate its market.
However, that does not mean that companies looking for Cisco alternatives should give up on the search. In fact, there are numerous Cisco competitors offering best-in-class performance in specific sectors.
End users who don’t need Cisco’s broad selection of software and hardware solutions may very well opt for greater value working with a smaller, more narrowly dedicated company. These alternatives operate in networking, SD-WAN, security, and wireless LAN.Read More
When you imagine the process of creating a computer program, you probably imagine a room full of caffeine-fueled developers hastily coding on expensive computers in an open-spaced office with exposed brick walls and designer lighting. That scene is set to change in the future, however, as the world of coding advances further towards a future where the elementary parts of coding are left to the computers themselves.Read More
Being a leader in the world of tech isn’t easy.
In fact, you may find there are greater and more frequent options to overcome in tech than in nearly every other field simply because of the tech industry’s penchant for innovation, disruption, and change.
This means that IT teams that were once the pinnacle of efficiency can, in a few short years, weigh organizations down through no fault of their own. It is not the team that failed – it is simply a constant movement towards greater workplace efficiencies that left them behind.Read More
Fifth Annual Alumni Appreciation Event
On October 18, 2017, Centriq Training hosted the Fifth Annual Alumni Appreciation event. It was a night of delicious food, fun, and great people! Alumni of Centriq’s IT Career Program had the chance to participate in admin or developer themed escape rooms – challenging their knowledge in application creation and debugging, servers, and trivia.
Additionally, students were given Bingo cards with networking items on them so they could easily engage with others in attendance. At the end of the evening they could submit their card for a drawing if they got a Bingo or a Blackout. Alumni also networked with representatives from the six event sponsors: Grantham University, Liquid Logics, Velocity Staff, TGS, Choice Solutions, and Power I.T.Read More
Career Program Alumni On the Move
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.
There is no shortage of tips for creating and delivering an effective presentation in PowerPoint. Just search the web and you will find lots of advice. Here is Microsoft’s official article on the subject.
My goal for this blog posting is not to repeat some of the generic information and suggestions out there but to provide less common tools, applications, and tricks such as:
- Using tools and shortcut keys for screen and cursor options
- Utilizing special applications such as Mix (Free Add-in) and Office Presentation Service (Free Option)
- Employing special tricks like hiding slides and creating custom shows
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
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