TCC Seeks a Senior Software Developer

Posted by Kelly Grant, Senior Technical Recruiter

The Senior Software Developer is accountable for the design, development, and maintenance of multiple software projects and managing and directing other technical resources.

Responsibilities
• Deploy software in a well-planned manner with complete coordination with all end users
• Assist with coordination and directing documentation and testing personnel
• Consistently meet time lines and maintain awareness of schedules
• Interpret business technical and functional requirements and design solutions to meet those requirements
• Work effectively in a team environment and balance individually assigned work
• Perform modifications to complex, multi-user systems
• Oversee unit testing and develop fixes
• Mentor and assist junior developers
• Work independently and be customer service oriented
• Acquire and maintain additional technical skills for professional development

Qualifications
• Associate’s Degree in Computer Science or a comparable degree or equivalent work/school experience.
• 6+ years’ experience participating in collaborative development environment preferred.
• Extensive experience with Microsoft based technologies
o C# and .NET technologies
o LINQ, Entity Framework, REST Web API
o HTML, XML
o Microsoft SQL Server, Stored Procedures
o Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code
o Team Foundation Server, TFS User Stories
• Able to automate routine maintenance and tasks via scripting languages
• Experience with multi-tier application design and development and knowledge of design patterns
• Unit testing and integration
• Understanding of distributed systems and data structures, both in design and implantation.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Benefits
• Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance
• Employer-funded Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA)
• Company sponsored 401k
• Paid Time Off

About TCC
Founded in 1996 in Indianapolis, IN, The Consultants Consortium (TCC) is an innovative solutions provider committed to designing and delivering high-value, cost-effective IT consulting services and application technology solutions for both the private and public sectors. With a team of more than 250 IT and business professionals, TCC serves clients nationwide, from state and federal government agencies to commercial sector customers. TCC is committed to providing the most cutting edge solutions, and with that, ensures they stay up-to-date on crucial certifications and affiliations. Among these are the highly accredited Microsoft Certifications.

At TCC, we know that having a strong company culture is paramount in sustaining the success and stability of the company, especially within the information technology industry. That’s why we place our focus on the people who make our success possible: our employees, partners and clients. We strive to create an environment that preserves and fosters growth while still promoting the DNA of our company.

Our core values:
• Building strong, reliable relationships with our employees, our partners and our clients
• Upholding integrity, honesty and respect
• Supporting our local community
• Encouraging continued education and development

Equal Opportunity Employer, including disabled and veterans.

To apply for this position please visit our website https://jobs.ourcareerpages.com/job/513612?source=TCCSoftwareSolutions&jobFeedCode=TCCSoftwareSolutions&returnURL=https://www.e-tcc.com/

 

Coronavirus Impact on the Tech Industry – Part 2

The coronavirus outbreak is the main topic of conversation in the media and most companies right now.   As the virus continues to spread around the globe, the health impacts and risks are on everyone’s minds.

I have read several interesting articles that examine the impact of the virus on the tech industry. One article posted on the DEVPRO Journal website indicates that the impact on the tech industry is just beginning. https://etccblog.com/2020/03/24/early-childhood-data-system-projects-lessons-learned-from-20-years-on-the-front-lines-2/

Business operations already have been affected, with conferences, business travel and even smaller gatherings being severely curtailed. However, the article notes that there is also going to be a big impact on production of hardware. The following is a list of specific segments of the technology industry that will be affected by the coronavirus outbreak:

  • “Semiconductors: Because semiconductor production has a high degree of automation, this segment should be least impacted compared to many other industries. However, shipments could decline and, in turn, impact outsourced semiconductor assembly and test (OSAT) companies.
  • Memory: In anticipation of the Lunar New Year holiday, companies were well-stocked on materials, so shortages are unlikely, as long as additional materials can be imported.
  • Panels: Back-end module and downstream manufacturers and ODMs, production and prices are uncertain due to quarantines and labor shortages.
  • Optical Communications: Of all global fiber optics production capacity, 25 percent is found in Wuhan, China, which is under quarantine, disrupting the optical fiber supply chain.
  • IoT: Production continues now, but new products could be delayed due to stoppages in research and development.
  • Wearables: Smartwatches, Bluetooth earphones and other wearables may see a decline in Q1 production due to labor and material shortages, and some new product releases may be delayed.
  • Notebooks and LCD Monitors: Monitor set shipment is predicted to fall from previous predictions to 27.5 million. Notebook sets already see shortages or depleted stock of key components, which is projected to drastically decrease in predicted shipments from 35 million units to 30.7 million in Q1.
  • Smartphones: First quarter smartphone production, which is highly labor-dependent, is expected to decline by 12 percent year-over-year to have the lowest output for a quarter in the past five years.”

Right now, we cannot predict the overall health and economic impact that will result from the coronavirus outbreak. However, it is clear that companies in the tech industry have justified concerns.

To learn more about TCC please visit our website https://www.e-tcc.com/

Early Childhood Data System Projects: Lessons Learned from 20 Years on the Front Lines

Posted by Michelle Thomas, TCC Senior Policy Advisor

The Early Childhood field has made significant strides in securing bipartisan early Congressional support. Likewise, many governors are championing early childhood initiatives in their states. Additionally, Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Reauthorization recently added childcare licensing, consumer education and subsidy requirements that states must meet. All of these increased public investments mean an increased need for data and analysis.

Use of technology is woven into the fabric of our everyday lives. The rapid rise of technology in our lives has changed how we function as individuals. It has changed how we want to see and use data. And it has changed provider, workforce and family expectations about how they access services.

Given the high stakes of large early childhood data system initiatives, it is not enough for States to just procure a qualified vendor. In order for a data system project to be successful, States must also have a comprehensive internal plan that is consistently followed throughout the project. A comprehensive internal plan is a factor not only in the success of a data system project, but also in meeting reporting requirements for federal, state and local funding streams.

Based on our 20 years of experience working with state early childhood agencies, we have learned valuable lessons about key success factors that States should consider when planning and implementing a large data system project.

 Early Childhood Data System Initiatives: Key Success Factors for States

Key Success Factor Discussion
Clear Vision and Purpose From the outset, a project must have sponsors who have a clear vision and purpose. Defining and effectively communicating the goals and objectives of a data system development project is critical to ultimate success.     Having a set of guiding principles can be used to make decisions throughout the project.
Governance A comprehensive data system development project such as the one Maine is considering requires strong, effective governance. Governance requires groups of people at multiple levels to consistently implement the processes, tasks and communication required to support the integrity and progress of the project. Failing to establish and follow communication protocols is often the primary reason a project struggles.
Stakeholder Engagement The Lead Agency must commit to and provide a framework, processes and resources needed to involve the individuals and groups who will be affected by the decisions made about the design and implementation of a comprehensive data system. Setting clear expectations and defining stakeholder roles at the outset is important.
Project Oversight and Management Project oversight and management starts with a well-defined, and mutually understood scope of work.   Based on the scope of work, a project plan must be developed, consistently implemented and routinely communicated. Well defined project team roles and responsibilities further support strong project management that can lead to success.
Organizational Capacity Good intentions and a great plan are not enough.   The organization must have the necessary resources to support the project. A successful project must have well-qualified staff who have sufficient time to dedicate to the project.
Vendor Experience and Capacity On the surface, early childhood data projects may seem similar to other large scope data work, but our experience tells us that that is not the case at all. Having a vendor with strong qualifications in the early childhood industry means less time is needed to ramp up, develop and deliver a solution that meets your needs.

TCC developed Ascend based on our 20 years of experience with state early childhood ascendagencies. Ascend is a comprehensive early childhood integrated data system designed to manage state early childhood programs and to inform the decisions your make about the children, providers and workforce you serve.   To learn more, visit our website at www.e-tcc.com or contact Mike Boyle at Mike.Boyle@e-tcc.com.

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Coronavirus Impact on the Tech Industry – Part 1

The coronavirus outbreak seems to be the main topic of conversation in most companies right now.   As the virus continues to spread in China and around the globe, the health impacts and risks are on everyone’s minds.

I have read several interesting articles that examine the impact of the virus on the tech industry. One article posted on the CIODIVE website indicates that the impact on the tech industry is just beginning. https://www.ciodive.com/news/coronavirus-technology-market-impact/573219/

The article states “The outbreak promises a direct impact on business operations, with the potential to hinder work travel. Technology companies are withdrawing from events worldwide, taking precautions to limit staff exposure to public gatherings of people.​”

Conferences and business travel in general are affected because the technology workforce constantly circles the globe. Although the CDC has issued some guidance, it is up to the individual business on how it limits travel or participation in conferences and events.

The article also notes that the stock market and sales forecasts are taking a hit. It states “The key is uncertainty. Businesses are changing forecasts because they are not sure of how great the potential of the coronavirus to impact normal business operations. For some companies, business as usual is in sight.” In fact, some companies may be able to capitalize on the outbreak. The article states “Analysts at Investor’s Business Daily outlined three stocks — Zoom Video, Domino’s Pizza and Netflix —​ that have a rosier economic outlook.”

It is certain that the tech manufacturing industry has been hit by the coronavirus outbreak. My next blog post will take a look at the impact of the virus on the production of hardware and other goods.

To learn more about TCC please visit our website https://www.e-tcc.com/