After graduating high school, I went to Missouri State University with the intent of majoring in IT but somehow ended up on the pre-medicine track. When I could no longer afford that, I worked in retail, customer service and warehouses. Unchallenged and unpassionate, I decided to re-spark old interests and found my purpose in IT. That’s what led me to Centriq. Now I’m having the time of my life and couldn’t be happier!
My name is Jerry Crow. As a kid, I always loved building things with Legos. I was able to take that love and passion and transfer it into computers. I remember my first programming course and the feeling of being so lost. I got a “C” in the class, but I was hooked. The teacher was shocked to see me back for the next course, but I was determined and got an “A.” I graduated from Missouri State University with a degree in Computer Information Systems. I have been working in IT for 22 years. I spent most of those years building Windows-based programs in Visual Basic. The last seven of those years, I primarily used Java to build client specific projects and a reporting environment to interface with company products. The company was purchased by another firm, and I received the opportunity to train at Centriq.
I’ve spent most of my professional life in the retail industry before finding a comfortable job as an Admin Assistant. While in that position my passion for technology came into full view. In both my personal and professional life people were coming to me for help with different technology problems, I enjoyed solving and learning from each one. It wasn’t easy but I knew I needed to follow this passion. So I decided to go all in. I found Centriq, quit my comfortable job, and fully immersed myself into the program. It feels a lot like free falling, but I soak up every bit of information I can along the way.
Hello, my name is Johnny Vitale. I’ve been working at Jack Stack BBQ (one of the most successful restaurants in KC) for almost 5 years now. Before that, I did an array of labor-intensive jobs like farming and laying tile. After being President of FBLA and Student Council President of my high school I thought I had my whole life figured out with college and becoming a leader in the business world. Unfortunately, two years into college I found out that College just wasn’t right for me and I was kind of at a lost of where to go from there, or how to be successful without it. Growing up in small-town USA with parents that only knew the small-town way it was a trek to find a path to being successful on my own. Nonetheless, I continued to work hard and persevere through the young stage of my life until life started to click and make sense. I, like most, had troubles finding my passion and what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. Maybe even afraid of the success and the sacrifice it would take to get there. I realized there was nothing wrong with failing, nothing wrong with succeeding. One day it just clicked with what my core passions really were: to solve others problems, serving others with positivity and passion, and Technology. Bringing smiles to others faces and being that one difference in someone’s life that stood out from the rest.
I graduated from the University of Kansas in 2010 with a BS in Economics. I started working for a financial services company. I did that for 6 years before, I was given an opportunity by that company to train to become a software engineer and I took them up on that offer. I did that for two years before that company was bought out and I ended up at Centriq.
2019 Microsoft Product Roadmap Summary: Upcoming Products & Dates
(Quoted content provided by Gladys Rama/Redmond Channel Partner)
Each year, Redmond Channel Partner publishes their highly-anticipated Microsoft Product Roadmap, which takes an in-depth look at what Microsoft releases and updates are on the immediate horizon. Once again, 2019 will be a busy year, with major updates to Windows 10, Dynamics 365, and System Center on tap, to name just a few. Below is a condensed summary of the Roadmap, which provides a snapshot of new and upcoming releases, version updates, and anticipated release dates.
Stand Out in Your IT Interview: How to Showcase Your Soft Skills
You did it! You are at the end of your technology education, and have been actively applying and interviewing for a new job in IT. You have an impressive resume, all the right training and certifications, maybe even a portfolio that showcases your skills. You know you have the technical skills needed to complete the job, but is it enough? When the average job post receives 250 resumes, you’ll need to show off your best assets through not only your hard skills but also your soft skills.
ANTHONY STEVENS II
I grew up on the north side of St. Louis. After being a Team Leader for 3 years at General Motors, I witnessed how robots and technology assisted in making the most physically demanding jobs easier for my team, more efficient for the plant, and safer for consumers due to the accuracy of manufacturing. This experience was impressive and validated that there is no better time than now to pursue IT interests.
You’ve made the decision to move to Microsoft Office 365.
The decision could have been driven by security concerns, cost factors, productivity initiatives or any number of different reasons. It may have involved everyone from the executive team, to finance, to sales and marketing, to operations, to IT. Every company comes at it differently.
But once the decision is made to move to O365, all companies do the exact same thing. They say: “Hey IT, get that done, will you?”
Office 365 is more than just Outlook in the Cloud. Office 365 is the first step in leading your company’s Digital Transformation. But if you are like most companies, you move to Office 365 and stick your toe in the water (or Cloud as it were) by starting only with Outlook. Unfortunately, many companies start and stop with Outlook. Why do they stop? That’s a good question. Many companies just don’t know or understand all the capabilities of Office 365 while others haven’t found a clear path or guidance to implementing what Office 365 has to offer them.