Pittsburgh is Still the Place to Be

Pittsburgh is Still the Place to Be

I have mentioned in previous blog posts how Pittsburgh is one of the most up and coming places in the technology field. The city is filled with innovators and entrepreneurs and their new developments are attracting out of state investors and helping our city grow. Audrey Russo, CEO and President of the Pittsburgh Technology Council has helped Pittsburgh’s name recognition increase in the national tech marketplace.

At Logix Guru, we strongly believe in Pittsburgh’s technology growth, that’s why we’ve been in the area since the beginning of the new millennium. We work with some of the area’s most innovative firms. We can develop and fine tune products to help our clients succeed-that’s our mission. We can test the software being developed at every step of the design process to make sure that what is being given to clients is bug free and runs like a dream.

Let Logix Guru help your company grow. Call 724-733-4500 to speak with someone about how we can help you or email ajmani@logixguru.com. Let us help your company succeed. We come from a city of innovation and we would love to bring our innovative solutions to you. 

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A Mistake Turned Icon

A Mistake Turned Icon

The link above takes the reader to an article in which Bill Gates said that the now classic Control-Alt-Delete combination was a mistake. There could have been a single button for us to press for all these years when our computers have stopped functioning, but the keyboard designers did not stick to Gates’s vision. Even though not part of the master plan, this combination of keys is used by millions of users daily to log on, log off, or fix their computers.

This mistake-turned-legend further proves that just because something seems wrong at first does not mean it will forever be seen that way. Although Ctrl-Alt-Del was not in Gates’s grand vision, it wormed its way into every computer user’s vocabulary and has in no way damaged the reputation of Windows. 

In short, something that strays from your grand plan early on does not mean your professional life is doomed. As long as you’re willing to go and adapt with the changing times, few things can hurt you. Being willing to take small mistakes or hiccups in stride can alleviate much stress later on.

The New Place for Technology

The New Place for Technology

Though this article is not the most recent, I stumbled across it while looking at different technology articles online. Facebook recently purchased Mobile Technologies, a Pittsburgh based company run by a CMU professor, and specifically mentioned in the article is the Jibbigo speech translation app. Facebook is always trying to stay ahead of the trends by predicting what its users will need and Jibbigo may be it. In the near future we may be seeing a new Facebook app using Jibbigo’s technology. 

This further proves that Pittsburgh is becoming a city known for more than steel. Though we’re proud of our roots, there is more to this great city besides manufacturing. Because of all of the universities in town, many of the graduates stay in the city and develop their own companies with the connections and resources that they acquired during their undergraduate years. Or like with the company mentioned in the article, professors are even carving out time in their busy schedules to start their own firms.

Entrepreneurship is a valued trait here in Pittsburgh, where the people are known for working hard and staying loyal (this is for all the Buccos fans- we finally did it!). Once we believe in a project, there’s no hope of getting us to quit.

Logix Guru, a Pittsburgh based company, is the exact same. We work hard to deliver the best possible results to our clients and we will not stop until we succeed. Need help with finding an IT professional for your business or need help with developing software solutions or software testing? Give us a call at 724-733-4500 to learn more about how we can help you.

Enterprise Mobility Solutions

Enterprise Mobility Solutions

Logix Guru’s CEO has been in the technology field for years and has seen many trends come and go. He wrote an article about a new trend that will only become more pervasive in the modern workplace, Enterprise Mobility.  This is the set of solutions that a company takes to ensure that their employees can be connected at all times. Click on the link above to read the full article!

In the past, enterprise mobility has often involved giving employees a phone that was monitored by the company to ensure that it was being used for professional reasons. 

More recently, many companies have begun the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program. These types of programs offer the employee more control over how they choose to access company information. As stated in the article, these BYOD programs can increase employee engagement, productivity, collaboration, and cost savings. These are all excellent ways to expand your company and increase the positivity of your corporate culture. 

Logix Guru offers enterprise mobile application development and solutions consulting to determine how these new business practices can help your company. Email ajmani@logixguru.com if you would like to learn more.

 

“Fail often so …

“Fail often so you can succeed sooner.”
-Tom Kelley

After seeing this quote on Pinterest, it made me think about the success to failure ratio. Is there a universal ratio or is it something that is so unique it cannot be predicted? Does one large failure count as two regular small failures? Does a success cancel out a failure? How does this work?

I believe that there are an infinite amount of successes and failures possible in a person’s life. Failing often in the beginning does not mean that you only have successes left in you. You may be more likely to succeed because of your past experiences, but thinking you can only succeed after a few failures will limit your potential.

In short, always work hard and take failures in stride. They can only provide valuable life experience. Assuming you have a finite number of failures means that you will not be as willing to work hard later on.

Work hard and you will succeed. It may take a while, but it will happen. Just believe!

The Eternal Debate

The Eternal Debate

Though the title may mislead you, this is not a post about the beginning of the universe or if it’s really okay to wear white shoes after Labor Day. This is about whether or not it is okay to take notes in an interview. Though not as controversial as other ongoing debates, this is a major area of concern for many first time interviewers. They think that if they do not take notes, they aren’t taking the conversation seriously. However, if they do take notes, they may not be as attentive to the conversation, meaning they appear as if they’re not taking the conversation seriously. What is there to do? What is the answer?

Like with most difficult questions, there is no correct universal answer. Some people are expert multitaskers and can focus on note taking and another person at the same time. Bless those people. However, for those that do better when their attention is only centered on one thing, note taking during an interview is probably not for you.

The moral of the story is to know yourself and the conditions in which you perform at your best. An interviewer is going to be more concerned on how you answer the questions and interact with them, not if you can read back an entire transcription of the conversation. But if you feel more comfortable writing down the major points, bring a notepad with you, just remember not to doodle!

How Software Testing Helps

How Software Testing Helps

Logix Guru is a Renaissance company. Like the more commonly used phrase Renaissance man, we have experience and can do a lot of different things well. Though a Renaissance man may be skilled at both painting landscapes and playing the mandolin, we at Logix Guru are skilled in different technical aspects. We can find the right candidate for an open IT position (and love to do it). We can also provide valuable software testing services to your company that will prove highly beneficial in the long run. 

The article that can be accessed by the link above discusses the value of software testing from an IT professional’s point of view. Hiring professional testers to test out your software saves you time and money later down the road when you have to fix the software immediately because it was not compatible with another system. Instead of fixing it at the beginning of the process, it must be fixed after the process has ended to save your reputation. 

Basically, when developing software, it’s crucial to test it before it can be launched to the client or to the public. It’s even better to bring in outside testers because they’re not biased. They can’t be. They want to get the job done and make sure the new software good to go. 

TL;DR: Software testing is a great and necessary part of the SDLC. 

Why Pittsburgh? These Yinzers Will Tell You

Why Pittsburgh? These Yinzers Will Tell You

Pittsburgh is a city that is set to explode anytime now. There’s nightlife, professional sports teams, our own dialect, amusement parks, an evolving art scene, and Pittsburgh Dad. You have to watch Pittsburgh Dad on YouTube. It’s hilarious. And true. Which are things that do not happen often on YouTube. Anyways…

If you’re looking to advance your career, Pittsburgh is one of the best places to go. We are a small enough city that our rent is still affordable and large enough that we have 3 professional sports teams that wear our black and gold with pride. We may be known for the manufacturing industry (where the name for the Steelers came from) but there’s universities, a huge hospital system, and science research out the wazoo (Bayer has a huge office here along with Westinghouse). There are many opportunities for launching or maintaining a career here and because it is a smaller city, it’s an affordable move that can offer new opportunities and great new experiences.

If you want to get a new career in IT in the Pittsburgh area, send your resume over to resume@logixguru.com. We call some of the largest companies in the city our clients and have a variety of types of positions available from them. We want to get you hired and all we need is your resume.

#MillennialProblems

#MillennialProblems

As the next generation begins to enroll in and then graduate from college, more and more educated youngfolk will be wanting to enter the workforce, but have no idea how. 

This is the generation where everyone got a ribbon for playing in the tournament, even if your team didn’t win. Though the article in the link above says that millennials are entitled and cannot figure out why jobs aren’t being handed to them. I disagree. It’s not that millennials feel entitled. Millennials are just confused. They don’t know how to find a job, because their older family and friends with careers most likely got them early on out of college and did not have to hunt for a job. The economic downturn can only be brought up so many times, but the truth is  that it’s harder for inexperienced workers to find jobs. Even larger companies who in the past had taken on freshly-graduated recruits may not, because they want a high ROI from their employees.

Millennials can work hard and be successful if given opportunities. They may need some prodding in the right direction to find those opportunities, but when they finally get there, it’s a glorious day for all. 

Think Positive

Think Positive

I read an article this morning (link above) about how your own “stinkin’ thinkin'” could be the main deterrent in someone not getting a job. After I chuckled for a few minutes about the beauty of the phrase “stinkin’ thinkin'” I realized that this is so right, it’s common sense and therefore not mentioned often. Experts suggest having a positive attitude during the job search process, but that can be difficult when the positions available in your industry are looking for a different skill set or, well, something else you don’t have. 

The article talks about John, an older man who worked his way up to the executive level, despite not having a degree. He decided to switch careers and was continuing to interview for executive level jobs in an industry in which he had no experience. Now, many of us would not have the guts to do that, but this man had enough self-confidence that he applied for these positions, got the interviews, and then aced the interviews. He aced them. This guy has no experience in that industry, no degree, and he still rocked it out. How is this possible? Because he thought he could do it, so he did. 

This is (well kind of) like the little engine that could. No one thought he could make it up that hill, but he did. Outsiders to John’s situation (definitely me, maybe others) would never have thought he would be able to get an interview for an executive position with no industry experience, but he did. 

So if a job looks interesting, go for it. It may not seem like the perfect fit on paper, but who knows what will happen in practice? It’s impossible to predict, so just keep on thinking that you can and just apply. 

TL;DR: apply for jobs that look interesting, even if you don’t think you’re good enough. You are. Just be confident