Jul 13th, 2018
Serial entrepreneur Chris Thompson can add his startup company WorkOrder.es to the growing list of Capital Region software company acquisitions. WorkOrder.es, a mobile ticket-ordering platform was acquired in mid-June by Bixby, which provides comprehensive tenant portal solutions for real estate professionals.
A few years ago, Thompson purchased a few properties out of foreclosure. Soon after, his tenants would contact him with requests to make common household repairs. The problem was that these requests were being collected on scraps of paper, voicemails and text messages – there was no central location to record and store the details for these jobs. This sparked the vision for WorkOrder.es.
After researching the market, Thompson discovered these types of ticketing platforms only existed for large property developers with hundreds of tenants. He used WorkOrder.es by himself for a year before demoing it for a property management company to obtain feedback about how to improve the product. And then things began to take off. “With every meeting, we started adding more and more features,” he explains.
Now, owners with less than 100 tenants can use WorkOrder.es to centralize, submit and assign maintenance jobs. Bixby plans to offer the WorkOrder.es technology on its platform for free to capture new leads. Thompson now serves on the Bixby Advisory Board to help guide the business as it continues to grow.
The acquisition of WorkOrder will free him up to continue building his other startup, DashMetrics, which provides easily digestible infographic dashboards for advertising agencies to showcase the results of their campaigns.
Even with all of this activity, Thompson has still found time to bring great minds together through his Saratoga Tech Talks. Each talk includes a series of 10-minute presentations by 4-5 presenters who cover topics like software development, social media strategy, user experience design and iOS/Android mobile development.
And then there’s Thompson’s most recent project – the NY Tech Loop. The idea began in 2015 over pizza and wings in a shared workspace in Saratoga. The vision was to create a website that would capture all tech news and events in Upstate New York. “There are so many tech events in the area that no one person can know about each one,” says Thompson.
From there, a website was developed, a board was created and software businesses across the Capital Region are joining NY Tech Loop, which connects software companies to hard-to-find talent.
Beyond keeping local techies informed about upcoming events, Thompson is a strong believer in networking and bringing people together to develop a greater sense of community at these tech meetup events.
He recalls attending the NY Tech Loop launch event in Troy, NY where he met a software developer and was able to subsequently arrange an interview for that person at a local software company. “The best part for me is that I get to meet people I never would’ve met. If I can help someone find a job while I’m eating hors-d'oeuvres – that’s the power of The Loop.”
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
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/
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
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
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/
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
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
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
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/
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