Category: Industry Insights

New Realities…In a Galaxy Not So Far Away!

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POSTED 09/13/2016

Quantum computing, cognitive services, mixed reality, computational cryptography… a laundry list for the next sci-fi blockbuster? Actually, these are working topics that Paul Edlund, Chief Technologist for the Microsoft Technology Center, and his colleagues are unraveling daily. “It’s hard to explain quantum computing to a high school kid, but my job is to take complex topics and
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Year Up Grads Shine at the Chicago Cultural Center!

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POSTED 08/10/2016

Passion, drive, resilience, commitment, flexibility, diverse thought, ability, humor, intelligence, creativity. All qualities that companies covet in new hires. Year Up grads exhibit all of these sought-after qualities and many more. As I leafed through the ceremony program, I had both a comfort and deep pride that SPR was partnered with this exceptional organization.

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Learnings from the Windy City Rails

Read about my experiences from the recent Windy City Rails conference – an annual conference about Ruby and Rails that happens here in the windy city of Chicago. I’ll share my take-aways in the form of snippets about talks that I found really interesting in no particular order.

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UCP and Smart Chicago Team up at 2-day Innovation Lab!

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POSTED 06/29/2015

I headed into the Microsoft Technology Center Chicago on a chilly Tuesday after an early morning at an ADA 25th Anniversary program at Marianjoy Rehabilitation and Abilitylinks in the west suburbs. If I hadn’t been on a panel at the event, I’d have been at the kickoff of UCP’s Innovation Lab early, but this is a seminal year
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Year Up and SPR Consulting: Partnering to Overcome Career Adversity in Chicago

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POSTED 06/11/2015

Year Up is committed to taking their candidates from poverty to a professional career in one year. It was an easy decision to support Year Up’s mission. Read more about Year Up and our first intern who works alongside our seasoned testers as a part of our onshore testing team.

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Top 10 Reasons to Use Microsoft Test Manager (MTM) for Your Test Assets

When it comes to test cases, defects and reports, test managers have several options. Microsoft Test Manager, the extension of Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio, allows teams to collaboratively plan, execute and track test cases and defects. 1.     Testing assets are centralized Test cases, defects and other testing assets are saved in one location
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Timber Framing as Metaphor for Transparency, Community and Progress in Government

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POSTED 02/02/2015

I’m a big Ken Burns film fan.  While his film footage is always impressive, I look forward to the stitching of poignant, archival photographs with the familiar, often deeply-timbered narration into a seamless story that appears to be a moving film, even as you are aware that it’s often a series of discrete, historic pictures.

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