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Are App Stores the Future for Software?

Are App Stores the Future for Software?

This will be our last newsletter for 2017 and I’d like to thank you for helping to make the last 12 months so remarkable. There have been many outstanding moments both in the SoFlo community we serve and within our own SherlockTalent community. We all have much to be grateful for and I encourage you to share your gratitude.

Genetically, we are all very similar but it is our words and actions that set us apart.

In a world where ‘there’s an app for that’, how long can stand-alone software products survive.

Apple, Google and now Microsoft all have their app stores and Microsoft’s Windows 10 S is aimed squarely at the app store experience. Along with the new Microsoft Surface Laptop, Windows 10 S provides a solid, controlled environment.

This is clearly a trend, but unlike the Google Chrome book, which basically runs everything inside a browser, Windows 10 S will support popular productivity apps like Office 365 and Adobe.

App stores feel like just another step on the road to the cloud, with all licensing managed and controlled through the app store interface.

As an example, Adobe just released the last ever standalone version of LightRoom. No other updates will follow. If users want the updated software they will have to look to the Adobe Creative Cloud for solutions.

Top Job Pick: Operations Engineer – Miami, Florida

Top Job Pick: Operations Engineer – Miami, Florida

To be considered immediately, Click here to chat with Sherley

Job Title: Operations Engineer
Location: Miami, FL
Job Type: Contract to Hire

Description:

SherlockTalent is looking for a skilled Operations Engineer to join a highly skilled team of experts in Miami. The ideal candidate will be responsible administering all operation systems ensuring maximum uptime and system availability. Candidate will support plant operations by identifying and solving operational problems and will be in charge of the deployment of code changes, escalations, troubleshooting, standardized communications and maintenance of virtual and physical environments.

Responsibilities:

  • Identifies operational problems by observing and studying system functioning and performance results; investigating complaints and suggestions; communicating with vendors and partners; interviewing process supervisors and operators; completing troubleshooting procedures.
  • Responsible for overseeing implementations, upgrades, and patches
  • Monitoring of virtual physical environments with 24-hour care as needed
  • Develops operational solutions by defining, studying, estimating, and screening alternative solutions; calculating economics; determining impact on total system
  • Deployment of development code across multiple environments for various business groups
  • Receive production and staging escalations and resolve via troubleshooting, communication, and subsequent updates
  • Monitor and approval of change management policies and procedures
  • Initiate emergency conference bridge calls and send quick and accurate outage notifications

Requirements:

  • 2+ years of relevant work experience in a dynamic environment
  • Associate’s Degree from an accredited college or equivalent work experience
  • Familiarity with a performance monitoring tool like DynaTrace, New Relic, Keynote, Splunk
  • Experience working with internal and external monitoring systems
  • Ability to communicate technical information to technical and non-technical team members
  • Available to work a varied/inconsistent schedule including weekend and overnight shifts
  • Knowledge of computer and network systems, applications, procedures and techniques
  • Experience troubleshooting and identifying system malfunctions and operational issues

Additional Requirements:

  • Familiarity with PagerDuty, Remedy, Jira, SDLC, Splunk, Keynote, DynaTrace, New Relic, SQL, Java, AWS, DevOps or AppMon is considered a strong plus.

To be considered immediately, Click here to chat with Sherley

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“U.S. Citizens and those authorized to work in the U.S. are encouraged to apply. We are unable to sponsor at this time.”

Holiday Shopping Online Safety

Holiday Shopping Online Safety

None of us are strangers to the madness and mayhem that is holiday shopping.  If like a growing number of shoppers, you prefer to do your holiday shopping online, here are a few tips to keep you safe (at least keep you informed).

Shop from trusted stores.

Stores like Amazon offer terrific return polices, fraud protection, free shipping and many other advantages.

Always use a credit card – Never use a debit card

Unlike credit cards, most debit cards don’t carry the ‘dispute charge’ feature that helps secure your cred card purchases.

Your credit card most likely has strong fraud features associated with it.

You’ll get points for purchases. These points are awesome and most credit cards let you convert them into cash or redeem them for swag.

Pay with PayPal

PayPal is convenient and offers a charge dispute feature. PayPal also offers a MasterCard with 2% pay-back on all purchases.

When it all goes wrong

There are a bunch of things that can go wrong with online purchases including wrong items delivered, items not up to expectations, etc…

  • Check return policies before you buy
  • Keep digital receipts and email notifications
  • Keep original packaging

What if you get the ‘Fraud Notification’ from your bank?

This can be a nightmare unless you are prepared. It’s definitely a question of ‘when’ not ‘if’.

Maintain a comprehensive list of all online services that you pay for by credit card.

Consider migrating as many online service payment to PayPal – this way you only have to change the credit card associated with PayPal instead of multiple accounts.

Want more? Here’s a Google search link with some useful articles: https://www.google.com/search?q=online+shopping+safety

 

 

 

Top Job Pick: Release Manager – Miami, Florida

Top Job Pick: Release Manager – Miami, Florida

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SherlockTalent is looking for a motivated Release Coordinator to join a fast-paced team in Miami. Ideal candidate will be responsible for the release of systems and functional updates to the production website.

Responsibilities:

  • Own the Release Management lifecycle which includes scheduling, coordinating and the management of releases across the enterprise for multiple applications across various portfolios
  • Responsible for creating, reviewing, publishing and managing release plans
  • Manage risks and resolves issues that affect release scope, schedule and quality
  • Measure and monitor progress to ensure application releases are delivered on time and within budget, and that they meet or exceed expectations
  • Determine the readiness of each release based on quality criteria, production readiness, rollout and back-out plans and risk management plan
  • Facilitate all requests for change (RFC) through the enterprise change management process
  • Serve as the official communication point for release communications
  • Communicate with the product teams on milestones for each planned release date
  • Manage larger stakeholder communication for the release activities
  • Participate in and coordinate release preparation ceremonies
  • Work with the product teams to understand what scope is being targeted for each planned release dates
  • Environment negotiation in Scrum of Scrums
  • Code freeze scope definition
  • Analyze issues in existing software
  • Monitor each release until completion
  • Follow up on any issues/concerns resulting from the release
  • Track metrics to ensure release health
  • Continually work towards making improvements in the release process

 

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related field
  • 2 years’ experience of Customer Software support, troubleshooting and system testing
  • Advanced knowledge of software development lifecycle
  • Large enterprise environment
  • A sound understanding of Release Process
  • Experience with tracking all work through Jira
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to manage multiple releases concurrently
  • Strong passion to follow agile practices and release train methodology
  • Ability to work in a fast paced and dynamic environment

To be considered immediately, Click here to chat with Sherley

SherlockTalent loves to share a $500 referral bonus!

“U.S. Citizens and those authorized to work in the U.S. are encouraged to apply. We are unable to sponsor at this time.”

Thank You For ITPalooza!

Thank You For ITPalooza!

Thank you for ITPalooza, your participation and support made the 6th Annual  ITPalooza the most powerful yet!

Together we illuminated the Convention Center with South Florida’s vibrant technology leadership energy and collected over $35K in toys for charity.

As many of you know, I’m rarely rendered speechless. But during Tom Conophy’s packed ITPalooza kick-off last Thursday, you could have heard a pin drop. The audience was spellbound by Tom’s recollections from his life in technology – from skateboarding through empty airport terminals to avoiding angry crowds – Mr. Conophy was both entertaining and inspiring.

I spoke to many participants including sponsors, attendees, speakers and partners and all agreed that this was the best ITPalooza yet. What did you think? We’ll have a survey out soon and we’d love to hear your feedback.

You can read a professional account of the event here: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/fl-bz-itpalooza-thursday-20171207-story.html