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Dec 17
2015

The American Dream Lives On

John Lim

By April Cole Worley

Legacy

John Lim’s mother is no stranger to hard work. She has been working in factories since the age of 12, sometimes up to 16 hours a day, 6 days a week. But, that was the life when you were one of 11 children and your rural family could only afford to send one child to school and that child is one of your brothers. Uncle #3 was the family’s ace in the hole, and that meant that all of the other children would work, including John’s mother who left her village in Taiwan to work (and live) at a factory.

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Dec 6
2015

Growth from the Inside Out

Fly High

By Russ Levanway, CEO

Before takeoff on a commercial flight, the flight attendants routinely ask that “in the unlikely event that the cabin experiences a loss of pressure, please put on your own oxygen mask first before assisting others.” This concept is a popular one among life coaches and inspirational speakers because it emphasizes the importance of self-care; you can’t help anyone else unless you’ve taken care of yourself first. A company or organization is no different.

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Nov 15
2015

Call to Arms: Fighting Cybercrime, Together

No FREE LunchBy Russ Levanway, CEO

Industry Allies

TekTegrity seeks out and continually works with fantastic partners and vendors who understand the unique challenges of the technology industry. We do this because we know that being in it together forges relationships, loyalty, and direct lines of communication, enabling us to better respond to the changing dynamics of IT and bring better solutions to our clients.

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Nov 14
2015

Halt and Catch Norman :: A Brief History of the Computer


NormBy April Cole Worley

“I have always been into technology,” says TekTegrity Senior MST Norman Bard. And he has. In fact, to talk to Norm about his life with technology is to take a crash course in the advent of technology as we have come to know it today.

It was 1981 when Norm first fell in love with technology and learned to speak it’s language, which at that time was BASIC, a top-level group of programming languages developed in 1964 to enable users to develop their own custom software.

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Oct 15
2015

The Great Equalizer

By Russ Levanway, CEO

Think about how integral the internet is to your life. If you have children in school, you know that more and more, teachers are assigning online coursework and homework. Furthermore, you most likely receive their report card via email or the internet. If you’re job hunting, where do you look? Most likely somewhere on the web. Or if you need an affordable vehicle? Or a map and schedule of bus routes? Or access to your bank account? You get the idea. Life is possible without the internet, of course, but having access to it goes a long way toward enhancing both our productivity and our connectivity.

Unfortunately, according to the White House, 25 percent of Americans still don’t have internet access at home, despite the fact that the United States is its birthplace.

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Oct 4
2015

IT as a Competive Sport

Chenise, MST

By April Cole Worley

Lucky for us, Chenise’s professional life didn’t work out exactly as she had planned (like most of us, right?). She didn’t start out in IT, she had plans to be an esthetician.

But, Chenise has a competitive side that she nurtured by playing sports – a passion she shared with her father, and she just knew something was missing. “I like to always push myself to be better,” she says with unfaltering confidence.

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Sep 10
2015

Is Your Business Buddhist or Catholic?

By Russ Levanway, CEO

I recently read a book that addresses the question of how to grow a business while retaining quality and efficiency called Scaling Up Excellence: Getting to More Without Settling for Less by Robert I. Sutton and Huggy Rao. One key question in the book is “do you run your business with a Buddhist or a Catholic philosophy?”

Before we get too far, I’ll assure you that this isn’t a question of religion – it’s one of organizational styles. According to Sutton and Rao, businesses that operate in a “Catholic” manner are highly structured and rigid, with little variation in how processes are conducted; while those on the Buddhist end of the continuum subscribe to an overall value system, but individuals live that system out in a variety of ways within the company.

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Sep 1
2015

Affordable Housing Spotlight: Fresno Housing Authority Viking Village Apartments

Fresno Housing Authority AB 1299 funding Fresno Housing Authority
Viking Village Apartments
Construction Type: Rehab

Fresno Housing Authority prides itself in creating vibrant communities, building quality affordable housing, and supporting the success of its nearly 50,000 residents throughout the county.

 

Objective

To provide free high-speed wireless internet to every resident through a responsible, sustainable, and holistic technology plan.

“It was great working with the Innovative IT team! They understood our technology goals and translated them into a workable plan we could manage.” – David Brenner, Community Development Coordinator Fresno Housing Authority

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Aug 12
2015

Tomorrow’s Techie

Young Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

By Russ Levanway, CEO

No degree? No problem.

You’ve most likely heard stories about famous people in technology who didn’t excel in a classroom setting: Bill Gates attended Harvard for two years before dropping out to found Microsoft and Steve Jobs left Reed College after just six months. Traditional school just wasn’t where they did their best work.

Right now, technology is the fastest wage growing across any industry – whether that’s in IT support services, engineering or software programming and design – but many of the most in-demand tech jobs don’t require higher education.

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Jul 14
2015

Resist the Click: Your first defense against cyber sabotage

Cyber Security

By Russ Levanway, CEO

A virus as menacing as it sounds

A couple years ago a new virus emerged called “CryptoLocker”. This nefarious virus is classified as ‘ransomware’; It infects computers by encrypting the files, offloading the encryption key, and holding the files ransom for a fee made payable to CryptoLocker’s authors.

Many people without backups have paid the ransom out of desperation, and those behind the CryptoLocker attack often (but not always) returned decrypted files. No one knows exactly how much they have extorted but reports have pegged it at over $30 million.

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