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$1bn Ice-cream Scoop – Video!

$1bn Ice-cream Scoop – Video!

SpaceX launches experiments and ice cream to the space station.

A SpaceX capsule rocketed to the International Space Station on Monday, carrying tons of scientific research, plus ice cream.

As has become customary on these cargo flights, SpaceX landed its leftover booster back at Cape Canaveral shortly after liftoff, a key to its long-term effort to recycle rockets and reduce costs.

Just over 7 minutes from launch to successful landing.


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AI’s role in Amazon’s Prime Day – The Echo Show

AI’s role in Amazon’s Prime Day – The Echo Show

Because today is Amazon Prime Day, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at AI’s role in the eRetailers biggest sale.

With Amazon’s third Prime Day kicking off today, Prime consumers can look forward to another day of Black Friday-esque deals. Last year, Prime Day 2016 was Amazon’s biggest sales day ever, surpassing Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Prime Day 2015. In fact, Prime Day 2016 produced 60 percent more orders worldwide and 50 percent more orders in the U.S. compared to Prime Day 2015. Prime Day 2016 sold more than than two million toys, one million pairs of shoes, approximately 90,000 TVs, and hundreds of thousands of Kindles.

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Happy Birthday America! Happy Aphelion Earth!

Happy Birthday America! Happy Aphelion Earth!

A happy 4th of July to all our friends, colleagues, subscribers and followers.

A New $16 Billion Opportunity Opens Up for IT Professionals…

..in India. Big Data analytics sector in India is expected to witness eight-fold growth by 2025 – from the current $2 billion to reach $16 billion, according to IT trade body Nasscom.

The Big Data analytics sector in India is expected to witness an eight-fold growth by 2025 – from the current $2 billion to $16 billion, according to industry experts. India, according to experts, is currently among the top 10 Big Data analytics markets in the world. IT trade body Nasscom has set a target of making the country one among the top three markets in the next three years.

If you’re wondering what this has to do with our little corner of the world…  Join us tomorrow nights, Wed July 5, 2017 @ 6:00 pm at the Microsoft Building, Fort Lauderdale. Antonio Fellucca will demonstrate some advance data cleansing options for your Big Data toolbox.

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Top Job Pick: System Engineer – Miramar, Florida

Top Job Pick: System Engineer – Miramar, Florida

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Our client located in Miramar, FL is looking for a Sr. Systems Engineer who will be responsible for providing support to the IT Infrastructure team and the Business on all elements of the distributed computing environment including, WAN/LAN networks, servers and associated appliances including telephony, network security, data storage and backups, disaster recovery, and data monitoring. This includes participating in and time management of assigned projects and tasks.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Supports the daily activities of IT infrastructure team members including design, development, implementation, and support of IT technologies across all facilities.
  • Monitors workload assigned work including help desk tickets assigned to the team, makes sure project tasks are progressing according to schedule, and tickets are addressed in a timely manner.
  • Troubleshoot and resolve complex hardware and software problems, including end user desktop PCs and enterprise data servers.
  • Assists in troubleshooting the telephony system(s) installed at all company locations
  • Collaborates with other IT Infrastructure teams and staff to facilitate problem resolution, project definition and completion, and consistency and compliance to departmental standards and policies.
  • Identify and resolve problems affecting messaging systems performance, efficiency, and availability in a timely manner.
  • Define, test and where required perform system backups and recovery procedures to ensure full data retrieval.
    Monitor and test system performance; provide statistics and reports.
  • Manage servers, including database, e-mail, print, and backup servers and their associated operating systems and software.
  • Perform server and security audits, and system backups and recovery.
  • Support application development teams throughout project lifecycles.
  • Ensure that servers comply with established policies, standards, software licensing agreements, and configuration guidelines.
  • Recommend and execute modifications to systems in order to improve efficiency, reliability, and performance.
  • Establish and implement policies, procedures, and technologies to ensure system security.
  • Review and deploy new service packs, hot fixes, system updates, and vendor-supplied patches to servers according to best practices.
  • Set and administer server storage space allotments, resource reservations, and directory assistance.
  • Conduct research on hardware and software in support of procurement and system development efforts.
  • Works with infrastructure personnel to monitor volume, capacity, and bandwidth of existing network architecture to meet changing priorities and effectively manage growth in relation to telephony system(s)/infrastructure.
  • Participate in the design and review of new telephony systems
  • Review database performance and growth trends and provide recommendations for hardware sizing, server consolidation, clustering, storage, etc.
  • Coordinates with change management team to ensure production release procedures are properly completed prior to implementation of changes in production.
  • Joins the team in the development, maintenance, and testing of business continuity and disaster recovery capabilities and procedures associated with our IT infrastructure.
  • Assists in the design, development, and implementation of security technologies to prevent, detect, and respond to internal and external security threats..

Competencies Required:

  • Knowledge of current protocols and standards, including TCP/IP, SMTP, CLI, DOS, HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, SFTP, SNMP, DNS, LDAP, iOS, Subnet, IP, NTFS, FAT, FAT32,
  • Conversant with programming languages such as .xls, .xlsx, .mdb, sql, .NET, MySQL, Powershell,
  • Application support experience with ERP, CRM, BI tools, POS, SharePoint, Project Management Tools
  • Systems support experience on VMWare, Redgate backup tools, VEEAM Backup.
  • Azure environment management a plus.

Education and/or Experience Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or related field or experience equivalent to education.
  • Minimum of 5 yrs. IT experience with demonstrated experience working in collaborative IT teams.
  • Experience with server performance tuning and monitoring tools.
  • Experience installing, configuring, and maintaining all manners of server hardware and associated network equipment.
  • Experience installing, configuring, and maintaining all manners of telephony hardware and associated network equipment, and software
  • In-depth understanding of client-server systems, wide-area networks, data storage systems, and data center operations.
  • Working knowledge of server hardware. Experience with Cisco UCS and Dell blade systems desired.
  • Demonstrated expertise supporting Microsoft technologies including Windows 2008/2010 Server, Active Directory, and SQL.
  • Experience specifying, configuring, installing, and troubleshooting network routers and switches.
  • Experience supporting Disaster Recovery Sites and related technologies.
  • Documented technical training or certification in Microsoft, Cisco or other IT technologies highly desirable.
  • General knowledge of firewalls, VPNs, is required.

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Top Job Pick: Chief Information Officer – Miramar, Florida

Top Job Pick: Chief Information Officer – Miramar, Florida

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This is what you will be doing:

  • Lead all aspects of IT Infrastructure including design, engineering, security, implementation, and operations for the enterprise’s global network.
  • Lead all aspects of the SAP Business One services.
  • Have an in-depth understanding of POS systems and managing technology functions that span multiple locations, has a multi-national scope, with both mobile and desktop access to remote offices, data centers and cloud-based services.
  • Builds relationships by implementing regular service and account reviews, determining vendor selection, negotiating pricing and contact management.
  • Strong interpersonal skills including critical thinking, active listening, communicating a vision of what is possible with technology, excellent oral and written communication skills, problem resolution skills,
  • negotiation skills and ability to motivate and instill confidence in others regarding the vision and direction of technology and company.
  • Interfaces with internal as well as external clients communicating details of an incident as well as an action plan for corrective action.
  • Oversees analysis, recommends and implements continual process and infrastructure improvements to increase productivity, reliability and reduce procedural errors.
  • Oversees network vulnerabilities and ensures they are remediated within the required timescales.
  • Ensures all company internal, client and regulatory requirements are followed and adhered to across the environment.
  • Define architectural guidelines and infrastructure strategy.
  • Drive service transformation including the implementation of sustainable process improvements.
  • Drive standardization and centralization of technologies across the enterprise to capture long-term cost savings and operational improvements.
  • Monitor changes and advancements in technology to identify ways we can gain a competitive advantage

This is what you will need to have:

  • Experience in strategic planning and execution of IT for a geographically dispersed organization.
  • Strong knowledge of information system architecture and security controls (i.e., firewall and border router configurations, operating systems configurations, wireless architectures including Wi-Fi network, server systems, databases, specialized appliances and information security policies and procedures)
  • Strong knowledge of the financial services area (or other critical infrastructure areas) with an emphasis on network/system engineering and information security.
  • Must have a strong understanding of computer systems characteristics, features, integration capabilities, including Cloud.
  • Must have experience with virtualization, use of open source, and technical infrastructure, applications, and environments.
  • A track record of delivering on-time and on budget.
  • Proven ability to communicate complex technical and systems operational concepts to all levels of a business and IT organization.
  • Must be solution and action oriented, balancing technical and business needs.
  • Ability to perform network traffic forensic analysis, utilizing packet capturing software, to isolate malicious network behavior, inappropriate network use or identification of insecure network protocols.
  • A diverse skill base in both Information Systems and Information Security which address organizational structure and administration practices, system development and maintenance procedures, system software and hardware controls, security and access controls, computer operations, environmental protection and detection, and backup and recovery procedures
  • Considerable knowledge of business theory, business processes, management, budgeting, and business office operations

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