Cloud Migration Cybersecurity Challenges May Be Alleviated by Upskilling

Mike Boyle, TCC Vice President, Sales

A recent article on the State Tech Magazine website discussed the cybersecurity challenged posted to states by migrating to the cloud and the potential to solve these challenges through upskilling and automation. https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2022/04/cloud-migration-may-provide-assurance-through-upskilling-opportunities

The article states “StateTech ran a poll on Twitter not long ago that asked, “Which is the top roadblock to moving to the cloud for state and local government IT decision-makers?” The poll offered often-cited options for response, including cybersecurity, limited expertise, inflexibilities in legacy IT, and budget challenges.”

“We realize, of course, that these options are intertwined. So, when 44 percent of respondents indicated cybersecurity was the biggest roadblock, its understood that strong cybersecurity also requires having the appropriate expertise and the right tools for the job.”

Upskilling, or the ability of an employee to learn new skills, may help government employees to gain critical cybersecurity skills, and allow government IT administrators greater confidence that their data is secure.

In addition, the article states “Cloud computing offers tremendous cybersecurity protections, but it has the potential to provide greater peace of mind through automation that may free employees from rote or repetitive tasks and thus allow time for upgrades.” “Machine learning and robotic process automation also offer great potential to free IT officials from other tasks and perhaps open opportunities for cybersecurity advancements. “

While many government agencies still use legacy mainframe computers and have not moved any applications to the cloud, emerging information about the benefits of cloud computing may see greater movement to the cloud in the near future.

To learn more about TCC’s work with State Government and our Security Services please visit our website https://www.e-tcc.com/security-services

TCC Seeks a Java Developer (Contract)

Type: Contract
Duration: Until 8/5/2023
Location: Indianapolis, IN

W2 Contract- No C2C

Java Developer
Work you’ll do
•    Responsible for supporting and independently completing project tasks
•    Identifies key drivers of a defined, straightforward problem and proposing solutions
•    Identifies and solves problems using analysis, experience, and decision making
•    Selects the most relevant tools/techniques to meet specific client requirements
•    Understands the benefits of using state of the art methods and tools and their application on a particular engagement; contributes to continuous development of methods and tools
•    Manages work to work plans for components on engagements
•    May independently own a work stream, reviewing, and potentially directing the work of more junior staff
•    Develops solutions to client problems through application of methods and tools; validates solutions to subject matter experts
•    Demonstrates accountability and contributions to the successful realization of client goals
•    Commitment to team success and positive team dynamics
•    Translate application storyboards and use cases into functional applications

Qualifications
Required

•    Bachelor’s degree or equivalent years of relevant experience
•    Experience with J2EE Framework components such as Servlets, JSP, EJB, JDBC, Logging mechanism (ex. Log4J), Transaction Management and Thread Management
•    Experience with an application server such as WebSphere or RedHat Jboss
•    6+ years of experience writing SQL/Functions/Procedures in transactional database systems such as Oracle, SQL Server, DB2
•    6+ years of knowledge on MVC framework like Spring/Struts/Grails and ORM tools such as Hibernate, MyBatis
•    Good understanding of developing Web-services and spring batch development
•    Understanding of build and deployment process and tools like Maven, ANT /Cruise Control
•    Good understanding of HTML UI, CSS and JavaScript
•    Experience in Agile methodology and tools such as Bamboo, BitBucket, Fisheye, eclipse
•    Strong technical skills including understanding of software development principles
•    Roughly 90-95% hands-on coding
Preferred
•    Certifications in system administration, system architecture, virtualization or cloud technologies preferred.
•    Ability to quickly learn new concepts and software.
•    Ability to multi-task & support multiple priorities.
•    Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
•    Excellent teamwork and interpersonal skills.

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://www.e-tcc.com/open-positions

TCC Seeks a UiPath RPA Developer(Contract)

Type: Contract
Duration: Long term contract
Location: Indianapolis, IN

Job Description:

·         UiPath RPA Developer Advanced Certification is a strong preferred requirement

·         Graduates in Computer Science with minimum 3 years’ experience in object-oriented programming (C#, C++, VB, Java, or Python preferred)

·         Previous experience in application or implementation support domain is a must

·         Previous experience working with UiPath, Automation Anywhere, Blue Prism, OpenSpan is a plus

·         Skills required: process minded, good presentation and communication skills

·         Fluent written and spoken English is mandatory, fluency in any other languages is a plus

 

Scope of Activities:

·         Develop a deep understanding of the UiPath Platform and its functionalities

·         Engage with clients in both technical pre- and post-sales activities to ensure UiPath adoption

·         Develop automation workflows with UiPath Studio

·         Become an evangelist of UiPath by identifying client needs and showcasing the best solutioning

·         Learn and utilize new exciting technologies and how they integrate with UiPath

·         Express your passion and enthusiasm by identifying out-of-the-box opportunities to expand the UiPath ecosystem

·         Help gather project requirements for integration with partner products

·         Provide support to internal teams, customers, and partners’ Implementation teams throughout their project implementation phase

·         Develop workflows and custom solutions to address specific customer needs

·         Implement internal automations to improve the business processes used throughout the company

·         Deliver online and onsite trainings to customers

·         Document solutions and maintain best practices

·         Up to date with product releases, roadmap, and act on them (from product to customers – education, from customers to product – feedback and feature requests)

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://www.e-tcc.com/open-positions

Key Takeaways from TCC Virtual Roundtable at the 2022 BUILD Conference – You Can’t Measure Equity Without a Data Plan.

Follow Up Blog

October 4, 2022

TCC hosted two Virtual Roundtables at the 2022 BUILD Conference titled You Can’t Measure Equity Without a Data Plan. TCC is releasing a series of blogs based upon the Key Takeaways from those

discussions. The series is intended to provide early childhood policymakers with practical considerations needed to move your equity work forward.

Woman reading to toddlersKey Takeaway #1:  The national conversation around equity and access most often focuses on families and children. While families and children are certainly a key priority, let’s not forget the early childhood providers and workforce who families and children depend on for services that meet their needs. These two groups are directly impacted by early childhood public investments, regulations, policies, and business practices. Failing to consider and plan with these partners in mind will result in barriers that may limit parent choice and access to high-quality care.

Implication:  Early childhood providers and the workforce should be considered when developing your States’ Data Plan. A Data Plan is an important component of your States’ Early Childhood Strategic Equity Plan because it ensures that that your State collects, synthesizes, and analyzes the data necessary to measure equity across the early childhood system.  

Actionable Recommendations:

Action 1:  Create (or leverage existing) a sub-group of the larger Data Governance structure to give focus specifically to equity and data collection.

  • The equity sub-group should be responsible for defining equity questions and identifying the data elements and reporting criteria needed to answer specific questions. The larger Data Governance group can authorize additional data fields or data sharing activities needed to fully answer important equity questions
  • The equity sub-group should be given time on the agenda during the larger Data Governance meetings
  • Having a researcher and a data analyst as part of this sub-group adds significant value

Action 2:  Create (or leverage existing) opportunities for providers and educators to provide feedback about perceived barriers and inequities in the licensing system.

  • Identify the most appropriate group to facilitate the feedback gathering process. At least one representative of the equity sub-group should be involved 
  • Identify the most appropriate methods of collecting feedback (e.g., online surveys, post inspection licensing surveys, in person focus groups, strategic planning with established Advisory groups)
  • Ensure feedback is well documented, stored and shared with the Data Governance group
  • Routinely share updates to provider and educator groups about how their feedback was used to address concerns 

Helpful Resources

Children’s Equity Project. (June 2021). Start With Equity: Early Childhood Equity Strategic Plan.  

National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance. (August 2021). Equity Considerations for the Child Care Licensing System.

State Longitudinal Data Systems Grant Program. (July 2021). Early Childhood Integrated Data System Tool-Kit: Data Governance.

Author:  Michelle Thomas, MSW

               Client Engagement Manager

               TCC Software Solutions

                Michelle.Thomas@e-tcc.com

                www.e-tcc.com