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KC’s Tech Talent Shortage – How the Royals Would Solve It

KC’s Tech Talent Shortage – How the Royals Would Solve It

November 16, 2015 in Career, Corporate, News / by Ted Parker

If you’re in IT in Kansas City, you’ve probably heard that there is a tech talent shortage here. KCnext – The Technology Council of Greater Kansas City estimates that there are over 2,000 open technology positions in Kansas City today. That’s why they sponsored a series of IT Workforce Summits earlier this year to explore ideas for adding tech talent to keep KC at the forefront of the technology industry. Of course, the Royals weren’t the “can’t do anything wrong” World Champions then, so no one suggested the idea of WWRD – What Would the Royals Do? But now…

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November’s Featured TechSmart KC Student

November 6, 2015 in TechSmart KC / by Thane Clark

Mathew Deyo


“After completing high school in Warrensburg, MO I started college at UCM. While attending school, I worked as a manager at the local McDonalds. I had a fantastic opportunity to train employees, juggle many priorities, and provide leadership. Although I was a Biology major, Read More

Why should I upgrade to Windows 10?

October 23, 2015 in Corporate, Microsoft / by Centriq Training

(Written by Bob Reinch/Centriq Training)

Here’s a hypothetical: You have two cars. One is an older, reliable vehicle, but it needs a little service, probably could use new brakes and new tires. You also have a brand new, shiny set of wheels sitting in the driveway, just begging to be taken out for a spin. You could keep throwing money into the older car while the new one just sits. The old one can get you from point a to point b just fine, but it still needs some maintenance… and in the end you know you are going to be driving the new car anyway.

Why wait? Start driving the new car today. Is it wise to drop bucks into the old car when you have something new that achieves the same goal?

Welcome to the Windows 10 upgrade decision. From my perspective, it’s pretty straightforward. Microsoft has stated that Windows 10 will be Microsoft’s last client operating system. Everything from here on out is a modular upgrade. You can keep investing time and effort into Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 deployments, but why? Windows 10 runs on just about all of the same platforms, and for home users the cost is zero.Read More

Centriq Helps Northland CAPS find High School IT Mentors

October 12, 2015 in Press Releases / by Ted Parker

Leawood, KS – October 12, 2015 – Centriq Training announced that it is partnering with the Northland Center for Advance Professional Studies (CAPS) to help recruit local IT professionals to mentor high schools students in the Technology Solutions sector of their program. The program provides high school students in the Northland with a professional, innovative and entrepreneurial education through full immersion in high demand/high skill careers. Northland CAPS is looking for volunteers to mentor these students as they engage in real world technology projects for area companies.

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Planning Tool to Utilize Microsoft Software Assurance Training Vouchers (SATV’s)

August 30, 2015 in Corporate, Microsoft, News / by Centriq Training

Microsoft Software Assurance coverage often includes free technical training. This means your organization may have Software Assurance Training Vouchers (SATV’s) that can be used to train your IT team for free.

These training vouchers can be used to provide technical training to your IT team at no out-of-pocket cost to you. But, SATV’s do expire at the end of your customer agreement, so don’t let them go to waste.

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August’s Featured TechSmart KC Student

August 26, 2015 in TechSmart KC / by Thane Clark

Brant Ashmore


“After high school I enlisted in the Air Force. Initially I went in to be a bomb technician, but after a change of heart, I was placed in the Security Forces career field where I spent my entire enlistment at Minot AFB, North Dakota. Once my enlistment was over I re-joined the civilian world and Read More