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  • SQL Saturday Coming to Albany!

    What is SQL Saturday? "SQLSaturday is a free training event for Microsoft Data Platform professionals and those wanting to learn about SQL Server, Business Intelligence and Analytics. This event will be held on Jul 20, 2019, at SUNY Albany, 1400 Washington Ave, Albany..."

    Jul 18th, 2019 via https://www.meetup.com/Capital-Area-SQL-Server-User-Group/events/257931962/

  • CEG Tech Awards 2019 Recap

    Last Thursday, at Rivers Casino Resort, several companies and leaders in the region attended the Center for Economic Growth (CEG)'s 23rd annual technology awards. The awards honor innovative and inspiring companies and individuals who help build the capital region.

    Jul 1st, 2019

  • So is QA important? YES!

    Imagine if updating your name on an app, sends your password to all your favorite contacts. Not only can you say goodbye to your privacy, you now have to update your passwords and hope that your friends aren’t too terrible. How do we avoid minor changes from having huge impacts? By QAing for “every possibility” you can think of and then some...and then some...

    Jun 24th, 2019

  • The state of SQL

    Microsoft SQL Serveris defined as “a relational database management system developed by Microsoft. As a database server, it is a software product with the primary function of storing and retrieving data as requested by other software applications—which may run either on the same computer or on another computer across a network.” There has been huge changes with Microsoft SQL and we’d like to get you up to speed.

    Jun 24th, 2019

  • 7 Interview Questions Every Aspiring JavaScript Developer Should Know

    Javascript is one of the most well-known programming languages in the world. It's used for anything from web applications to a server-side programming language. Looking for a job as a Javascript developer? We've compiled 7 questions you should already know the answers to. These questions are meant to get you prepared for your interview. Do more research to get even more prepared for the big day.

    Jun 3rd, 2019

  • What is the Elastic Stack?

    The Elastic Stack is a collection of freely downloadable products which enables engineers to implement search solutions. You may have heard of this called the "ELK" stack before. The Elastic Stack is an evolution of the ELK stack, but the underlying concepts haven't changed.

    May 21st, 2019

  • Spring Cleaning: Dust off that resume

    What if you’re asked to present or you want to pick up side work? If you’re happy at your job, you probably haven’t given any thought to your resume or LinkedIn profile. This is as important now as when you do decide to look for that next big opportunity. Just because you’re not looking right now, doesn’t mean that no one is paying attention to your current achievements.

    May 17th, 2019

  • Techstars Startup Weekend Returns

    "There's an app for that." You know that idea you had a while ago but didn't have the skills or resources to get it up and running? Ever wanted to join a driven team, ready to grind and with plans to create something great? The 7th Annual Techstars Startup Weekend will be held in Troy this time around at the IgniteU office on Mar 29, 2019. Presented by IgniteU NY, Sage School of Management, Troy Innovation Garage, In Focus Brands, CampusPro, Innovate 518, this years' event pulls in leaders from across the region who are both eager and willing to spend time with each team, building and improving upon their ideas.

    Mar 26th, 2019 via http://communities.techstars.com/events/14298

  • The state of gaming in the capital region

    The Capital Regions’ software community continues to grow in everything from AI to local user groups. Gaming is yet another software industry on the rise in the region. Startups and large companies are choosing the capital region to build and grow their applications. We’ve interviewed three leaders from local gaming companies who are growing the capital regions’ gaming community; Taro Omiya from Omiya Games, Clarke Foley from PUBG MadGlory, and Jamey Stevenson from Tech Valley Game Space.

    Mar 18th, 2019

  • Supporting women in computing within the capital region

    The future of being a woman in technology what it means for those within the NY Tech Loop. What lies ahead and how far have we really come? Events like NYCWiC 2019 is a great opportunity for students to come and learn in an informative and supportive environment. The ACM-W New York Celebration of Women in Computing, is an annual event with the ultimate goal of encouraging women to continue to pursue their careers in computing by exploring career opportunities and meeting highly influential women in business, industry, and academia.

    Mar 4th, 2019

  • A conversation with Ted Thien; VP and General Manager of Tyler Technologies

    Describe what it was like when Versatrans was acquired by Tyler? What was your role in the acquisition?   When you look at other technology acquisitions in the Capital District in the last decade, you won't find a better success story.  It has been more than 10 years since Versatrans became part of Tyler.  Since then, our client base has more than doubled, revenues have tripled, and the staff size has grown from 60 to 130 with employee attrition rates remaining in the single digits. And, nearly all of the staffing growth has occurred in our Latham office. We recently acquired, and are almost done renovating, a 43,000-square-foot building in Latham to accommodate our current and future growth. The success of Tyler’s Versatrans acquisition can be attributed to two things: Tyler's acquisition model and the cultural fit between the two companies. Tyler strategically acquires companies who are leaders in their space. Versatrans was the leader in K-12 transportation software in 2008 and we are still the leaders today. We still have the best technology, the largest client base with a 95 percent client retention rate, and the highest client satisfaction ratings. The cultural fit between Tyler and Versatrans was excellent from the start and continues to this day...

    Feb 12th, 2019

  • Local User Groups on the Rise

    A user group is defined as a group of people who have similar goals, interests, or concerns in both personal and business aspects of computing. Typically, members of these groups meet on a regular basis to share ideas, meet new people, and discuss the future of the technology the group is interested in.

    Jan 28th, 2019

  • A letter from the President

    New York Tech Loop wishes you much success for 2019 and beyond. For us we’re only half way through our first year and very excited to jump into 2019!

    Jan 23rd, 2019

  • College Visits by Local Software Professionals Yield Positive Results

    Software technology professionals recently completed a series of local college visits, giving computer science students an inside look at the industry, and the results are promising.

    Nov 20th, 2018

  • Capital Region Hiring Forecast Bright for Software Technology Employers

    Local technology companies anticipate filling a steady influx of job openings from now and well into 2019. According to the Fall 2018 Alaant Hiring Index, 58% of Capital Region employers have plans to increase their headcount into next year, a three percent increase compared to last year.

    Nov 8th, 2018

  • Pitch Your Business Idea at Startup Tech Valley

    The Tech Loop is filled with established software development companies that all started with an entrepreneur who had a vision of creating a better product or service. If you are in the early stages of developing your business, then pitching your concept to Startup Tech Valley can be a game changer.

    Nov 1st, 2018

  • DevFest Unites Capital Region Tech Community

    The Google Developer Group of the Capital Region (GDGCR) will host DevFestCR18 at the University at Albany on October 27. This event, now in its third year, combines local and remote speakers with attendees who want to get into the details about technologies including mobile, web, machine learning and cloud computing.

    Oct 16th, 2018

  • Tech Loop: Software Professionals Wanted for Local College Visits

    The NY Tech Loop is hitting the road for a series of Meet and Greet sessions with students at the computer science departments of several local colleges. Students in all class years will hear firsthand accounts from software professionals about their experiences working for technology companies.

    Oct 3rd, 2018

  • Grace Hopper Tribute Event Helps Local Students Hone Tech Careers

    The University at Albany will host its first Grace Hopper tribute event, State of Grace, in late September, to celebrate women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM).

    Sep 19th, 2018

  • Tech Loop Hitting Road Again in September for College Job Fairs

    Take a look at a local job board and you’ll likely find openings for software-related positions in the Capital Region throughout the year. While it’s always nice to hire only experienced staff, you also need to invest in young, budding talent. Build them up and they will stay.

    Sep 6th, 2018

Latest news

  • Data Says Demand for Tech Talent Continues

    An analysis of available data sets by CompTIA found that the U.S. technology sector employment continues to increase. In the first six months of 2019, more than 56,000 jobs were created for technology professionals, with another 13,500 jobs created in the month of June alone. This information comes from an examination of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ “Employment Situation” report. Compared to last years’ report, so far this year an additional 6,700 jobs have been created as opposed to the first six months of 2018. “The mid-year tech employment report card shows many positives, reflecting the broad-based employer demand for tech talent,” says Tim Herbert, Executive Vice President for Research and Market Intelligence at CompTIA. “Businesses continue to make progress in adopting a range of emerging technologies, with hiring following suit.” Read More: https://mytechdecisions.com/compliance/data-says-demand-for-tech-talent-continues/

    Jul 12th, 2019 via https://mytechdecisions.com/compliance/data-says-demand-for-tech-talent-continues/

  • Alaant Hiring Index - Spring 2019

    After Strong Start to 2019, Hiring to Slow Amid Recruiting Challenges, According to Capital Region Employers Optimism remains high for future job growth, even as companies temper hiring expectations through the end of this year. Albany, NY – Hiring was robust in the first half of the year, and optimism over the long term remains high, but Capital Region employers are scaling back expectations for the second half of 2019 amid continued challenges in recruiting employees, according to the Spring 2019 Alaant Hiring Index released today. The index is compiled by Alaant Workforce Solutions, the Capital Region’s leading professional workforce services firm.

    Jun 19th, 2019 via https://www.alaant.com/blog-news/press-release-alaant-hiring-index-spring-2019

  • Coding stories to get you through hump day

    Come one come all and gather around the campfire. You’ve made it through that dreaded Monday, cruised through Tuesday on steam and now you’ve hit the Wednesday hump. Today, we’d like to help you get through it all with some coding horror stories. Share these with your colleagues to make their day and help them realize that a missing punctuation isn’t all that bad

    Jun 13th, 2019

  • CEO Survey Shows More Jobs For Upstate College Graduates

    Higher pay and rapid advancement retain talent in Upstate NY communities Upstate, New York, May 15, 2019 — The 3rd annual Upstate CEO Report, commissioned by Upstate Venture Connect, shows that fast-growing companies across our region have average salaries that are up to 60% higher than the average salary in a typical upstate metro area. “Scalable companies targeting national and global customers are distributed across our region,” stated UVC CEO Nasir Asli. “They don’t often show up on traditional economic development metrics, but clearly have an outsized impact on our communities.” Scalable companies are often in the newer industries and building products for national/global customers. Survey respondents in this category plan to hire 6-7 entry level people on average in 2019 and two thirds of those positions require a college degree.

    Jun 3rd, 2019 via https://uvc.org/ceo-survey-shows-more-jobs-for-upstate-college-graduates/

  • CEG TechAwards 2019

    Join hundreds of business professionals, entrepreneurs and innovators on June 27 for networking, awards ceremony and celebration with heavy hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, music & more!

    May 17th, 2019