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Team 1991 The Dragons

Supporting the Future of STEM as a Volunteer Mentor

Last April I wrote about the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC). Having sponsored Team 1991 (The Dragons) I dropped in on the District Competition at Hartford Public High School to watch them compete. I was so inspired by the students that I volunteered to join the team as a programming mentor for the 2019 season. The theme this season is Destination: Deep Space presented by Boeing. This two-minute video provides an overview of the game.
As for The Dragons and my fellow mentors, a few words come to mind. Passion. Dedication. Teamwork. Students have classwork, exams, part time jobs, and family obligations. Mentors have full time jobs and countless other adult responsibilities. Sharing responsibility, picking up where others left off, night after night, every night, some combination of students and mentors are working together, learning together, and doing their part to move the mission forward toward competition.

Our first competition was the…

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YouTube Attempts to Curb Controversial Content

If you’ve ever signed up for a YouTube account, you’re probably more than familiar with YouTube’s head-scratching video recommendations at times. After mounting dissatisfaction over the new recommendation algorithm, which produced too many similar recommendations and videos promoting misinformation, the YouTube team published a January 2019 post indicating that the algorithm is still a work in progress, and announced changes in response to recent feedback.
The new algorithm changes are advertised to be capable of pulling in recommendations from a wider range of topics than before: “on any given day, more than 200 million videos are recommended on the homepage alone.” Contrasting the broadening of topics, YouTube is putting in an effort to reduce videos from being included in the recommendation algorithm which violate the YouTube Community Guidelines, or videos with the potential to misinform users “…such as videos promoting a…

Selling an IT Vision: How to Make Sure Your Boss Sees the Same Value That You Do

Whatever your job is, I’m sure your overarching goal is to improve your organization.  For some people that means driving revenue by making sales; for others, it’s implementing technology that solves a problem, creates efficiencies, or saves time.
For those of you who fit into this second category, it’s likely that you’ve had a great idea or two in your time.  And, hopefully, you’ve brought these ideas to your boss or leadership.  If you executed everything properly, they saw the same value that you did, and together you charted a path to move forward.
But that’s not always how this scenario plays out.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of amazing ideas that never make it past a proposal.  At Tallan, we recognize the importance of seeing these ideas through to execution and implementation proving that they truly do provide the value you’re proposing. …

The Future of Human Resources

The stigma is over! What is often thought of as a distant, uninvolved, and discreet department is evolving and becoming so much more. But how did we get here?
It seems HR positions are habitually filled with individuals simply looking to push policies and procedures while not at all worried about their coworker’s success. Human resource professionals should be helping their colleagues with their professional goals and providing guidance. But that is not always the case. Even with so much potential we still have our blemishes.
Businesses now have become heavily dependent on their human resource departments. We are no longer shut off to the idea of change and pursuing new technologies. We are focused on the development of our employees and being the best coaches and mentors we can be. This starts with being open to understanding the root of the…

How I Found Myself Involved in #WomenInSTEM

#WomenInSTEM isn’t a movement I ever expected to get involved in, even as recently as six months ago.  That said, I couldn’t be any happier that I’m part of a team that is taking on this subject head-on.
So – backing things up a bit – I joined Tallan in May of 2018.  I quickly noticed that our own office is, by a vast majority, male consultants.  This made it all the more exciting to learn about the scholarship program we put in place at the beginning of 2018 to promote the #WomenInSTEM movement.
Plans to keep the scholarship going in 2019 were in place before my arrival, but the team that put the program together wanted to do more, and I wanted to be a part of that.  I worked with some of our own #WomenInSTEM, alongside a few fantastic educators…

Chosen as an advocate for Women in STEM

Most of my life I have been the only female in the room in a male-dominated profession.  No matter what obstacles I faced, I persevered and found myself at a great company called Tallan. I was honored when Ben Fischbein, a colleague of mine here at Tallan, approached me and acknowledged my achievements as a female programmer.  He shared his findings about the scarcity of women in STEM while offering me the opportunity to present to the students of Conard High School about the importance of women in these fields during their Computer Science Education Week.
To open my presentation, I wanted to connect with the students about why there is a gender gap in STEM.  I had asked the students what they had thought an artist looked like and I featured a picture of a painter, a musician, a male…

Live Webinar on 11/29! How Digital Strategy Helped American Financial Resources Compete

Do you have lunch plans next Wednesday, 11/29? If not, why don’t you plan to treat yourself to some takeout, and register for our Webinar.
Our Live at Lunch Webinar features Bill Packer, the Chief Operating Officer of American Financial Resources (AFR) and our New York Region Managing Director, discussing the strategy surrounding AFR’s decision to transition to cloud-based infrastructure.
In an hour we plan to ask our client’s advice on what to consider when prioritizing a digital strategy, whether he’ll give us some insight on what he could have done differently – if anything, and how this modernization has empowered his employees as well as his customers (both in the B2B channel, and direct-to-consumer) to take control.
I bet you wouldn’t believe that he was actually hired specifically for his attitude toward innovation to transition AFR.  Mortgage banks are in the financial…

Tallan Events in August and September 2018

Part of our marketing efforts at Tallan has always been centered on events.  Being able to provide a valuable service for developers and their managers is something that has generated brand recognition, trust from our peers and clients, and the opportunity to showcase the proficiencies of our (very) experienced Practice Leads.
Most of our events are technical in nature and have been produced as hands-on workshops for developers to advance and hone skills across different products and platforms.  But, we’re changing things up! We are in the process of developing content for managers as a precursor, or even post-event experience.
For instance, if you are a software developer or programmer and have signed up to attend one of our IoT Camps or Bot in a Day events, and you leave with a NEED for the technology at your business, we have your…

A Culture of Philanthropy

Here at Tallan, we take great pride in nurturing a culture that offers many opportunities for our employees to volunteer in philanthropic efforts. From golf tournaments to 5K marathons, our employees are always eager to participate in events that help give back to our local communities and charities.
As we approach the halfway point of the 2016 year, we would like to take the opportunity to highlight some of our philanthropic efforts so far, and the exciting opportunities we have planned in the near future.
The O’Hartford 5K
This year, we were lucky enough to have a great, and very green group of staffers participate in the O’Hartford 5K on March 20th. The event was the culmination to Hartford’s weekend of St. Patrick’s Day festivities.
The event benefitted the Foodshare of Greater Hartford foundation, whose mission is to end hunger in Greater Hartford, as…

Tallan’s Dynamic Culture Recognized for High Employee Satisfaction and Retention

Here at Tallan, we are excited to announce our recognition as one of Hartford Business Journal’s Best Places to Work in Connecticut!
While the award is a new one for us, we have been celebrating our uniqueness for many years. Our focus on talent has been a leading driver of innovation and year over year growth, but has also lead to increased employee retention and satisfaction in the process. We are committed to bringing out the best in our team, giving them the tools and guidance to deliver innovative software applications and expand their career.

 
With an eye on expansion to Dallas/Ft. Worth this year, Tallan will continue its accelerated growth, bringing on 45 new team members this year in various regions.
“We have been lucky enough to recruit and retain truly talented technologists and business leaders over the past 30 years,” says…

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