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Dreams Come True! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 12:49

THANK YOU!                                                                          

We would like to thank everyone who made contributions and helped us raise funds for the Dreams Come True of LA foundation by purchasing LANtec cookbooks & football raffle tickets.

LANtec has chosen to sponsor Steven, a 16 year old from Opelousas, who had a cancerous brain tumor removed surgically and now has a VP shunt that he will have for the rest of his life. His dream is to meet   Kurt Warner - WISH GRANTED! Steven will join Kurt Warner and a handful of other children in June for a special event at Disney!     

DCT Steven       

We can't thank you enough for your help & support with this amazing foundation & for making Steven's Dream Come True!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 12:52
IT Training and Top 5 Soft Skills PDF Print E-mail
Written by D'sunte Wilson   
Monday, 11 May 2015 07:54

We are excited to see a number of people from the technical community sharing their knowledge and ideas! This week we are featuring a blog post by Dsunte Wilson, seasoned technical instructor with LANtec!

There are so many different technologies out there to conquer.  Whether you are doing Big Data, IBM, Oracle, HP, Python, Ruby, Cisco, or whatever, it is safe to say you need to know the technologies inside and out.  Here are 5 non IT skills needed in the marketplace: professional-development-with-gdi

  1. Project Management- Project management isn’t just for construction engineers and military logistics experts anymore. Today, in addition to the regular duties of your job, you are often expected to take on extra assignments, and to get that additional job done well, done under budget, and done on time.
  2. Managing Conflict - You must utilize effective communication techniques to manage conflict in a proactive manner.
  3. Strategic decision making- You must learn how to define decisions, apply appropriate decisions frames, avoid overconfidence, deal with uncertainty, generate options and select the best one, develop numerous high-quality options, evaluate the options and make a final choice, review and learn from experience, identify optimal decision outcomes, and identify and manage linked decisions...Continue Reading

All of these courses and more are available at LANtec!

Last Updated on Monday, 11 May 2015 08:02
Being a Well Rounded IT Professional PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 27 April 2015 13:23

We are excited to see a number of people from the technical community sharing their knowledge and ideas! This week we are featuring a blog post by David P., Core Infrastructure Consultant at Sparkhound!

I take a lot of pride in my work as an information technology professional.  Not in just my technical abilities but also the other skills that I believe make  myself a better-rounded person in my field. No longer can IT experts sit in a  dark room looking at console screens or writing code alone – oblivious to the  business and only focused on the technology. Every IT professional must possess  non-technical skills as well – bridging the gap between IT and business.connection

One of the most important things I’ve learned in my career is to become  very familiar with the industry you work in.  Since I’ve been out of the Army,  most of my IT experience has been in the financial services sector, working for  a loan servicing company and three different banks.  Banking IT has its  challenges and presents unique scenarios compared to other industries with many  federal and state laws and regulations to follow, plus the required training all  staff has to go through...keep reading 


Last Updated on Monday, 27 April 2015 13:35
New Features in SharePoint 2013 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 14:03

New Features in SharePoint 2013

By: Bernard Mott, LANtec Technical Instructor

SharePoint is all about collaboration: the ability to share ideas, engage with people, work together on projects, and organize information in your business. It maintains security, manages costs, and provides standards for connectivity and design.

Is it Facebook?

The new SharePoint Social feature is not Facebook, or Twitter. Some of the concepts of these social networking sites can be found in SharePoint, but geared towards an Enterprise-type environment. SharePoint Social includes the My Site feature from SP2010, but it has been revamped.


My Site is a personal SharePoint site for every user. Personal documents and drafts can be stored and the user has the ability to share their My Site with other users. My Sites also have access to OneDrive, a single, personal library, accessible from anywhere. Users can sync SP libraries with OneDrive, allowing access to documents even when not connected to the network. You can use the new Share command to quickly share documents or sites. You can invite people to share specific documents and control what they can do with them (read, write, and so on).


Microblogging and Newsfeed features allow you to create conversations and join running discussions with your co-workers. They allow you to use hashtags, follow people or items, and “Like” them, too.


Community sites

In SharePoint Server 2010, discussion boards enabled members of a site to share information and discuss topics with other members. SharePoint Server 2013 expands on the discussion concept by introducing Community Sites. Community Sites offer several benefits over email, instant messaging, or other communication methods, including:

  • The availability of all Community Site content to all members of the community.
  • Full retention of discussion history in compliance with corporate governance guidelines.
  • Built-in search, which enables members to search all content in the community.
  • Ratings, which enable members to vote on individual posts and replies. Ratings contribute to the reputation of community members.
  • An achievement system that rewards members for participation in the community.
  • Categorization of content to improve discoverability and simplify maintenance.
  • Site maintenance via SharePoint lists, which provide a familiar interface and enable you to take advantage of the rich governance, records management, and workflow integration features of SharePoint.



 Apps for SharePoint

SharePoint Server 2013 includes support for the development, installation, management, and use of apps. An app is a small-scale, stand-alone application that solves a specific end-user need or performs a specific task. Apps are similar to Web Parts from SP2010. End users can discover and download apps from the SharePoint Store, or from their organization's App Catalog. Similar to the ITunes store, apps can be purchased (some are free) and installed on the site without knowing any programming languages.

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Business intelligence

SharePoint Server 2013 offers enhanced business intelligence capabilities, including a new Business Intelligence Center site, enhancements in Excel Services and PerformancePoint Services, and support for viewing business intelligence content on mobile devices such as Apple iPad and Windows 8 tablets.

In Microsoft Excel 2013, you can connect to external data using a variety of connections, including OData providers. Excel Services, as well as the other Office Web App Services, will render the spreadsheet in a browser window, even though Microsoft Office is not installed on the local computer. This enables you to create reports, scorecards, and dashboards that can be refreshed to display the most up-to-date information on any platform that supports a web browser.

New data navigation features, such as Quick Explore, make it easier to drill into data displayed in Excel Services reports and dashboards. Select a value, and then use Quick Explore to see the next level of detail that you want to see in the report. Slicers and Timeline controls render in a browser window much like they do in the Excel client. The ability to open and use the Fields list for a PivotTable report or PivotChart report enables you to add, change, or remove items from a view. You can focus on the information that you want to see without having to open the Excel client.

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The eDiscovery Center site template creates a portal through which you can access cases involving eDiscovery (electronic discovery) requests. You can place content on hold (during litigation or investigations, for example), conduct queries, and export content. Your administrator can create an eDiscovery Center site collection and grant permission to users who can create or work on their own eDiscovery Case sites. Each case is a collaboration site that includes a document library you can use to store documents related to the management of the case. Content that is placed on hold is preserved, but users can still continue to work on it. The state of the content at the time of preservation is recorded. If a user modifies the content or even deletes it, the original, preserved version is still available. Exchange Mailboxes can be included in the content.


There are a host of other new features that are available in SharePoint 2013. More information can be found on Microsoft’s website. You can also contact your Lantec Account Executive for details, including the upcoming class schedule.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 April 2015 08:44

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