TCC Seeks a Project Manager – Application Development

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 project manager II is accountable for the successful delivery of assigned projects utilizing approved project management methodology.  This includes properly scoping the project, attainment, and assignment of appropriate resources, daily management of the project to minimize and mitigate risks, and appropriate reporting.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Deliver project successfully and on time and on or under budget
  • Create and manage detailed project plans and reporting
  • Simultaneously manage several smaller sub-projects under the scope of the master project to which they are assigned
  • Ensure proper project execution of workflows, critical paths, and milestones
  • Manage project scope and change control process
  • Actively manage to the project budget by creating monthly forecasts and analyzing and explaining variances
  • Identify needed resources, requests appropriate resources, and ensures appropriate staffing for the duration of the project to ensure efficient and successful project delivery
  • Effectively manage a diverse group of team members
  • Record labor utilization on the project and create labor utilization forecasts
  • Track project risk and ensure appropriate resolution
  • Review project deliverables to ensure high quality
  • Manage customer expectations and maintain the client relationship as it pertains to project delivery
  • Hold formal project review
  • Prepare and deliver project status reports
  • Ensure all stakeholders are identified and understand the project schedule, assigned tasks, and key milestones

 

Skills & Educational Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field
  • 5+ years of work experience in project management or related field
  • Extensive experience in project management methodology
  • Demonstrated expertise with project management software, such as MS Project
  • Previous supervisory experience and the ability to coach and develop team members effectively are required
  • Previous experience in a Windows application development environment
  • Demonstrated strong written, verbal, organizational, and communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to interact with all levels of the organization
  • Demonstrated reasoning and problem solving abilities
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills (negotiation, team-building, positive thinking, can-do attitude, and job flexibility)

Benefits

  • Health, dental and vision packages
  • 401(k) plan
  • Company paid life insurance
  • Paid time off 

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

States Are Submitting Applications for the Preschool Development Birth Through Five (PDG B-5) in November

Posted by Michelle Thomas, TCC Senior Policy Advisor

On November 6, 2018, States and Territories submitted their applications for, Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5). The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), in consultation with the Department of Education (ED) is expected to a total of $250M to successful applicants.

The goal of the PDG B-5 grant is to empower states as they facilitate strategic collaboration and coordination among early childhood care and education programs in a mixed delivery system. States may pursue a range of activities as outlined in this announcement to align and strengthen existing funding streams, coordinate delivery models, improve the use of existing resources, encourage partnerships among providers and stakeholders, and maximize parental choice in a mixed delivery system.

Data is a Key Component to Sustainability

States are working hard to implement data solutions that give them the information needed to make effective policy decisions and sustainable investment decisions. However, the early childhood mixed service delivery landscape makes it a challenge to collect, aggregate and analyze data about:

  • Who is delivering services?
  • What services are being delivered?
  • Where are the services being delivered?
  • Who is receiving services? How long do they receive services?
  • Do public investments result in positive outcomes?

I look forward to finding out how States are taking this opportunity to revisit their vision for data system solutions that will effectively support and sustain the intended outcomes of these grants.

Reinventing the Way States Collect and Use Data

TCC developed Ascend to assist state agencies with managing multiple aspects of early childhood programs. Our early childhood subject matter experts drove the requirements and development process. The result is a flexible system that grows with your State.

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To learn more about TCC and our Early Childhood Solutions, please visit our website http://e-tcc.com/early-childhood.

 

 

 

Mainframe Teams Face a “Vortex of Complexity”

Posted by Rick Fowler, TCC Director of Mainframe Services

Every manager of an IT team knows that we face a lot of challenges. We are always under pressure to deliver more and better services to our customers, with fewer resources and tighter budgets. Mainframe IT leaders may feel this more acutely, because they seem to face challenges from all sides.

I thought this sentiment was summarized quite nicely as “A Vortex of Complexity” in an article in IBM Systems Magazine. McKenney, J. (2018, September/October). A Self-Managing Mainframe. Retrieved September 19, 2018, from http://www.ibmsystemsmagmainframedigital.com/nxtbooks/ibmsystemsmag/mainframe_20180910/index.php#/14

The article stated there are four V’s contributing to this complexity. Volatility of workloads; Velocity of change; Volume of data; and the Vintage skill set of the mainframe workforce. The author particularly noted that the availability of mainframe talent is becoming more limited as mainframe workers retire.

The article indicated that the way to navigate through the complexity is to create strategies that are more proactive than reactive, allowing mainframe teams to become more adaptive.

Creating a “self-managing mainframe” is also discussed as a solution. This is a very interesting concept, and one which I will explore more fully.

To read the entire article click here: http://www.ibmsystemsmagmainframedigital.com/nxtbooks/ibmsystemsmag/mainframe_20180910/index.php#/14

To learn more about TCC’s Mainframe Managed Services, please visit our website https://e-tcc.com/managed-services.

 

Ransomware Attacks on the Rise

Posted by Stephen Palamara, TCC Director of Business Development

There have been well publicized news stories regarding cybersecurity attacks, typically involving data breaches in very large companies. However there have been ransomware attacks on smaller organizations, including businesses and hospitals here in Indiana. If it can happen to the owner of Big Guy Signs, it can happen to any small business.

In this story by Fox 59 News, the owner of Big Guy Signs, Asher Collins says, “It’s been a total nightmare,” and “Never saw it coming. I just never saw it coming.” https://fox59.com/2017/01/19/indy-small-business-owner-urging-others-to-protect-against-ransomware/

It only took cybercriminals two minutes to take control of every computer in the small business, and they demanded ransom of $500 – $600 for every infected computer. Mr. Collins decided not to pay the ransom and worked with a backup service to restore all his data.

According to a story posted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, ransomware threats are on the rise. https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/ransomware-on-the-rise. Ransomware is a type of malware that infects computers and restricts access to or threatens destruction of the files on that computer unless a ransom is paid.

The article states “When ransomware first hit the scene, computers predominately became infected with it when users opened e-mail attachments that contained the malware. But more recently, we’re seeing an increasing number of incidents involving so-called “drive-by” ransomware, where users can infect their computers simply by clicking on a compromised website, often lured there by a deceptive e-mail or pop-up window.” “Also a growing problem is ransomware that locks down mobile phones and demands payments to unlock them.”

The FBI shared the following advice to protect your computers from Ransomware:

  • “Make sure you have updated antivirus software on your computer.”
  • “Enable automated patches for your operating system and web browser.”
  • “Have strong passwords, and don’t use the same passwords for everything.”
  • “Use a pop-up blocker.”
  • “Only download software—especially free software—from sites you know and trust (malware can also come in downloadable games, file-sharing programs, and customized toolbars).”
  • “Don’t open attachments in unsolicited e-mails, even if they come from people in your contact list, and never click on a URL contained in an unsolicited e-mail, even if you think it looks safe. Instead, close out the e-mail and go to the organization’s website directly.”
  • “Use the same precautions on your mobile phone as you would on your computer when using the Internet.”
  • “To prevent the loss of essential files due to a ransomware infection, it’s recommended that individuals and businesses always conduct regular system back-ups and store the backed-up data offline.”

To learn more about TCC’s IT Managed Services including Cybersecurity, please visit our website https://e-tcc.com/managed-services.