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  • Moving to a big city? Stay in the 518...

    “It now costs $350,000 a year to live a middle-class lifestyle in a big city -- here’s a sad breakdown of why”. This recent post from CNBC breaks down the truth behind those large salaries that attract so many people to these large cities. Although “less than 5% of households earn $350,000 or more a year” that amount of money will go quickly when you’re living in an expensive city like NYC for example.

    Sep 16th, 2019

  • The Forth DevFest Conference in the Region

    The Capital Region Google Developer Group DevFest conference is back is back for its fourth year! This conference targets serving the local and regional software engineer, developer, architect, product manager, and student community. Topics include: mobile, web apps, AR/VR, IoT, machine learning and cloud computing.

    Sep 9th, 2019

  • Agile Software Development 101

    Google Agile Software Development or just Agile and you will be flooded with information from coaching Agile teams to Agile Project Management for Dummies. So what exactly is Agile development? Agile is the ability to respond to changes and succeed in an ever changing situation.

    Aug 26th, 2019

  • Flutter vs React Native

    As more and more companies and people embrace modern technology as a norm or even necessity to they daily success, the demand for mobile cross-platform mobile application continues to grow. In order to stay ahead of the curve of leading-edge technology, many look to development frameworks for quick turnaround times for their applications. Developers also look here to make their development process easy and efficient.

    Aug 19th, 2019 via https://www.thedroidsonroids.com/blog/flutter-vs-react-native-what-to-choose-in-2019

  • Is computer science the right major for you?

    A job filled with opportunities, a decent salary, a constant flow of new information, and a plethora of options. That is the life you’ll live after studying computer science and following the road down the computer scientist lifestyle. At least those are the good things. With that comes hours at a computer, eye strain, headaches, dealing with clients, and so much more. Yes, computer science is a popular major but is it the right major for you?

    Jul 29th, 2019

  • Meet the 2019 IgniteU teams

    Looking for an entrepreneurial hub right in the heart of Troy? Looking to ignite (pun intended) your startup and take it to the next level? IgniteU is exactly what you’re looking for. This summer, eight great startups led by brave entrepreneurs will be going through the IgniteU summer accelerator where they will be taking their companies to the next level. In this blog, we’ll introduce you to all eight startups AND tell you about an opportunity to see them at the final pitch of the year. We urge you to read through each startups’ description, follow them on social media, and join and network with several leaders, entrepreneurs, and companies in the region at the final event. P.S. There are eight companies so we added some puns to making reading a bit more bearable.

    Jul 22nd, 2019

  • 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

Latest news

  • Indeed: Even non-tech companies are hiring more tech talent

    Dive Brief: The demand for tech jobs in non-tech industries is rising, a report from Indeed found. Tech-focused companies are still hiring plenty of tech workers, the data showed, but an increasing share of jobs at high-tech companies are going to workers in marketing, sales and other areas. Indeed described tech occupations as jobs involving "development or direct application of software, computers, or other information technology tools." Non-tech industries like finance, retail and energy have seen rapid growth in these type of workers. Software developer, a combination of two sub-occupations, applications and systems software, is currently the top in-demand tech job. Software developers account for 27% of all tech jobs, followed by broad computer occupations (including web admin and software quality assurance engineer), computer support specialists, information systems managers, information research scientists and programmers.

    Jul 30th, 2019 via https://5help.squarespace.com/hc/en-us/articles/219544088-Creating-a-login-page-or-link

  • 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/