21 Upcoming Events in Tech Through the End of October 2017

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October 18, 2017

  • Dallas SecureWorld Dallas, TX USA (Cybersecurity) 
  • Houston SecureWorld Houston, TX USA O (Cybersecurity) 

 

October 19, 2017

  • CIO Summit Chicago, IL USA (IT)
  • SMB TechFest Anaheim, CA USA (IT)
  • CISO Summit Chicago, IL USA (Security) 

 

October 22, 2017

    • SoCal Data Science Conference Pasadena, CA USA (Data and Analytics)

     

    October 23, 2017

    • Critical Facilities Summit Minneapolis, MN USA (IT)
    • IT/Dev Connections San Francisco, CA USA (IT)
    • The Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit Prague, Czech Republic (IT)
    • VentureBeat's Mobile Summit Berkeley, CA USA (AI and Machine Learning)
    • Fed Ignite Palo Alto Networks Washington, DC USA (Federal Cybersecurity)

     

    October 24, 2017

    • In-Memory Computing Summit San Francisco, CA USA (Big Data)
    • Spark Summit Dublin, Ireland October 24, 2017 (Big Data)
    • Cincinnati SecureWorld Cincinnati, OH USA (Security)

     

    October 29, 2017

    • Predictive Analytics for Business New York, NY USA (Big Data)
    • O'Reilly Software Architecture Conference New York, NY USA (Developer)
    • IEEE SENSORS Glasgow, Scotland (loT)

     

    October 30, 2017

    • Apps World North America Palo Alto, CA USA (Mobile)

     

    October 31, 2017

    • Cisco Partner Summit Dallas, TX USA (Vendor)

    Book Recommendation: Zen and the Art of Happiness

    Zen and the Art of Happiness is one of my all-time favorite books. It is written by Chris Prentiss and it's a pretty quick read. When I started reading it, I could not put it down. At the start of each chapter, there are meaningful quotes that allow one to self-reflect on happiness and how we can reach a state of tranquility, gratefulness, and inner joy. 

    This book provides a few examples which are very easy to connect to as well as scientific research on happiness. One of my favorite messages from this book is how we must stay positive and move forward even when circumstances do not seem to be working out. When ‘bad’ things happen to us, we must believe that they are for the very best.  

    "Everything that happens to me is the best possible thing that can happen to me."

    For example you might lose your job which in turn may make you feel depressed and anxious, but if you embrace the situation and stay positive, you may see that space has now been created for a new, greater opportunity. It states in the book that happiness and unhappiness are states of mind based on your interpretation of events (what you choose to see). You can change the state of your mind by supplying your mind with new information and looking for ways to interpret those events happening in your life differently and in more positive way.

    I recommend this book for everyone, at any life stage, even if you already feel very zen and full of happiness. I hope you enjoy this book as much I did! 
     

     

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    Top Tools for New Techies (Mostly Free!)

    STEM Jobs 101: Getting Started

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    With over 8 million jobs openings, there is high demand within the United States for positions involving Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

    Benefits to STEM careers include:

    1. Higher salary
    2. Long term opportunities and job growth
    3. Variety of work - opportunities across all industry sectors
    4. Creative and innovative work environments

    How can you make the transition?

    1. Demonstrate comfortability with technology and change
    2. Demonstrate skill with software and/or programming languages
    3. Highlight communication skills
    4. Keep business needs in mind that support the technology
    5. Leverage the experience you already have

    Before applying, it may be necessary to learn a few new skills to become a more qualified candidate, but the hard work will pay off in the long run.  Consider familiarizing your self with in demand programming languages.  Many tools and classes are available online for free of low cost. Small projects and building a portfolio can also help you make the transition more seamlessly.

    Good luck on your journey!

    The Value of CRM in Any Business

    Enterprise companies, non-profits, small businesses, and startups all face constant challenges that can hinder or block success. These challenges appear in many forms and oftentimes boil down to a lack of sales, communication, or time. Customer Relationship Management or CRM solutions can help businesses overcome organizational challenges and operate more efficiently and effectively, irrespective of company size or industry.

    Enterprise — Enterprise companies, defined as 1,000 or more employees, typically have several departments and several tiers of management. Due to their size and structure, communication, data sharing, and loss of flexibility and dynamism within the organization become key challenges to overcome. The likelihood of duplication of efforts happening within large organizations is also much greater. The company as a whole must continue to strive to be dynamic however this becomes more and more difficult as the organization grows. These inefficiencies can be costly and result in a waste of valuable resources, time and money. CRM solutions can help centralize important information about clients, support team communication, and serve as an area to track progress of corporate activities and goals.

    Small Business & Startups — Competing against the big dogs is no easy feat. Small businesses and startups must operate as a cohesive team to maximize opportunities and achieve great results. Whether those results are closing a deal with a new client or creating an excellent customer experience, CRM can help mitigate challenges associated with these areas.

    NonProfit — Much like the challenges faced by small businesses, non profit organizations must focus on having the greatest impact with less resources. Efficiency and effectiveness are important to long-term success. Organizations that receive funding through grants must also reliably track key metrics and the overall impact made within the community.

    There are unique and common challenges between different types of organizations however CRM solutions are highly adaptable and can be used to address challenges in any organizational structure across sales, customer service, internal team communication, marketing, and operations. Learn more about how CRM solutions can help your organization from top solutions providers including SalesforceMicrosoft DynamicsSAP, and Oracle.