TCC Seeks a Data Architect

Posted by Kelly Grant, TCC Senior Technical Recruiter

When you join the TCC team, you join a team of exceptional individuals who are experts in their fields.  At TCC, you will have the opportunity to use technology to make our clients’ lives easier and their businesses more profitable.

The Data Architect is accountable for the design, development, and maintenance of multiple software projects and managing, directing, and developing other technical resources. The Architect works with product management to translate requirements into working software by the creation of development plans, architectures, and workflows. He or she works and communicates directly with end clients.

Responsibilities
• Interpret business technical and functional requirements and design software solutions to meet those requirements
• Develop, unit test and conduct data migrations from client legacy system(s) to TCC customer software systems.
• Communicate with clients to define requirements for data migrations from legacy systems.
• Document data migration requirements, business rules, processes and field level mapping.
• Produce reporting to verify accuracy of data migrations and identify discrepancies.
• Assist TCC Business Analysts in defining and documenting interfaces between TCC systems and external systems.
• Process data changes, conduct ad hoc reporting and research data-related questions and issues as requested by client and development team.
• Work with the rest of the team and Quality Assurance to identify and solve performance and functionality defects in the software
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Able to work independently and be customer service oriented.
• Acquire and maintain additional technical skills for professional development.

Qualifications
• Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or a comparable degree, or equivalent work experience
• 6+ years of experience participating in collaborative development environment
• Demonstrated experience in successfully converting data from legacy systems.
• Strong data analysis skills.
• Extensive experience with Microsoft based technologies:
o C# and .NET technologies
o Microsoft SQL Server, Transact-SQL, SSRS
o Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code
o Team Foundation Server, TFS User Stories
• Experience with defining business processes and developing requirements
• Experience with working with external customers and vendors
• Experience working on multiple projects at the same time and the ability to properly manage efforts so that all projects are completed on time
• A proven track record of software delivery
• Prior experience as a leader within a software development team
• Experience with peer code review practices

Travel Requirements
• May require occasional (10-20%) travel out of state

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

To see open positions at TCC, please visit our website http://e-tcc.com/open-positions.

Accessibility: If you need an accommodation as part of the employment process
please contact Human Resources at Email: tcc.recruiting@e-tcc.com

Equal Opportunity Employer, including disabled and veterans.

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please choose your language: English – Spanish – Arabic – Chinese

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please choose your language: English – Spanish – Chinese

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Designing MOOCs for Maximum Performance Improvement

Posted by Ann K. Fuerst, Ph.D., Chief Learning Strategist

You may be wondering what a MOOC even is. In its purest sense, a massive open online course (MOOC) is a course of study made available over the Internet without charge, to an open-ended audience. In the corporate setting, the term has been adapted to apply to an innovative, blended learning approach offered within the confines of the organization.

MOOCs have generated a buzz since they burst onto the learning scene over two decades ago. Reviews have been mixed in their corporate applications. Fortunately, the concept and design premise has evolved since it’s early inception. Many of these learning experiences are no longer massive or open. MOOCs can be very powerful tools but only when well designed and supported.

There are also many myths out there about MOOCs these days. They are not just another form of self-paced online learning. In fact, they will never be able to replace traditional modalities of training. Also, they are not blended learning courses just packaged a different way. There is no standard way to approach designing a MOOC, yet when designed well, MOOCs can deliver true performance improvement. But how do we get there?

Qualities of a successful MOOCs include that they are:

  • Cohort-driven, creating a personalized moderated experience
  • Time-spaced learning to apply new concepts over time.
  • Micro in nature, meaning that there are short bursts of content and activities spaced throughout this continuum
  • Social, meaning that there are communities of practice interacting and learning together.

In order to create an excellent MOOC experience, designers should follow Sekhon and Albert’s Seven Cs framework of MOOC design which includes:

  1. Create content that is a value add to the audience.
  2. Give the learning context so that learners need to know is how they can apply new concepts to their particular job.
  3. Curate and co-create both as a part of the course creation and during the experience to gain learner input from the course in real time and present it back to the audience.
  4. Communicate so learners know exactly what is expected of them and when.
  5. Collaborate to increase the likelihood for on the job behavior change after the course with tools such as discussion exercises, and observation opportunities.
  6. Create opportunities for competition to feed off the driving motivation for any group of motivated professionals.
  7. Offer certification to add credibility to the completion of the program.

Whether you are creating a course that’s internal to your organization or an outward-facing customer experience, MOOCs can be a strategic way to repeatedly engage your audience over a period of time. This engagement pays dividends to both learners and customers. And when you’re ready to build one, TCC is here to help.

To learn more about TCC’s Performance Technologies solutions, please visit our website http://www.e-tcc.com/performance-technologies.

 

TCC Seeks a Data Architect

Posted by Kelly Grant, TCC Senior Technical Recruiter

When you join the TCC team, you join a team of exceptional individuals who are experts in their fields.  At TCC, you will have the opportunity to use technology to make our clients’ lives easier and their businesses more profitable.

The Data Architect is accountable for the design, development, and maintenance of multiple software projects and managing, directing, and developing other technical resources. The Architect works with product management to translate requirements into working software by the creation of development plans, architectures, and workflows. He or she works and communicates directly with end clients.

Responsibilities
• Interpret business technical and functional requirements and design software solutions to meet those requirements
• Develop, unit test and conduct data migrations from client legacy system(s) to TCC customer software systems.
• Communicate with clients to define requirements for data migrations from legacy systems.
• Document data migration requirements, business rules, processes and field level mapping.
• Produce reporting to verify accuracy of data migrations and identify discrepancies.
• Assist TCC Business Analysts in defining and documenting interfaces between TCC systems and external systems.
• Process data changes, conduct ad hoc reporting and research data-related questions and issues as requested by client and development team.
• Work with the rest of the team and Quality Assurance to identify and solve performance and functionality defects in the software
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Able to work independently and be customer service oriented.
• Acquire and maintain additional technical skills for professional development.

Qualifications
• Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or a comparable degree, or equivalent work experience
• 6+ years of experience participating in collaborative development environment
• Demonstrated experience in successfully converting data from legacy systems.
• Strong data analysis skills.
• Extensive experience with Microsoft based technologies:
o C# and .NET technologies
o Microsoft SQL Server, Transact-SQL, SSRS
o Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code
o Team Foundation Server, TFS User Stories
• Experience with defining business processes and developing requirements
• Experience with working with external customers and vendors
• Experience working on multiple projects at the same time and the ability to properly manage efforts so that all projects are completed on time
• A proven track record of software delivery
• Prior experience as a leader within a software development team
• Experience with peer code review practices

Travel Requirements
• May require occasional (10-20%) travel out of state

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

To see open positions at TCC, please visit our website http://e-tcc.com/open-positions.

Accessibility: If you need an accommodation as part of the employment process
please contact Human Resources at Email: tcc.recruiting@e-tcc.com

Equal Opportunity Employer, including disabled and veterans.

If you want to view the EEO is the Law poster,
please choose your language: English – Spanish – Arabic – Chinese

If you want to view the EEO is the Law Supplement poster,
please choose your language: English – Spanish – Chinese

If you want to view the Pay Transparency Policy Statement, please click the link: English

 

Data Classification

Posted by Tim Luzadder, TCC Director, Security Services

 Data Classification is an integral part of a corporate security strategy. What it means is a defined process for categorizing data based on specific criteria so that the data can be protected appropriately and yet available for use as necessary.  

 The three most crucial elements and objectives to information security are: Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability. The gradations of confidentiality are the measures taken to prevent unauthorized persons from accessing data. Access to data must be restricted to people who have reason and have been granted the right to view. Maintaining Integrity includes ensuring that data remains accurate, reliable and whole throughout its entire life-cycle. In other words, data must not change, while it is being stored or while it is being transmitted, by accidental or malicious means. Availability means ensuring that the hardware, software and telecommunications equipment used to store, process and display that data be kept in running order. For information to have a purpose, it must be accessible when needed.

 Using industry standards, data is normally ranked as Low, Medium and High risk for company exposure. Low risk are information assets that would cause no harm if seen in public; High risk would leave the company exposed to legal actions at the worst end and bad publicity at the lower end. Medium risk would fall into an area in between. You must assess the volumes of data your company has generated and protect them appropriately.

 To defend your data, there are really only three methods — controlling access, inspecting data usage patterns for abuse, and encrypting data to devalue it in the event that it is stolen. (There is a fourth and that is to dispose of data when the organization no longer needs it, but we are speaking of how to protect it while in use.) Only vetted personnel should have access to the devices that contain the most sensitive data. Organizations should employ automated tools that monitor data stores and access activity. Data should be encrypted in storage and while being transmitted.

 To learn more about TCC’s Security Services please visit our website http://www.e-tcc.com/security-services.