Employee Spotlight: Matthew Philpot, Android Developer

Currently listening to: When I started: Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots by The Flaming Lips (pt.1). When I finished: Across the Room (feat. Leon Bridges) by ODESZA

1. What do you do at Linux Academy?

I develop and maintain the Android app(s) for Linux Academy. I also work with students to debug issues they’re having their devices. Android Developer, resident Audiophile and SQL expert. Been here since March 1st, 2017

2. What did you do before this?

I worked for defense contractor called Apptricity. I was primarily responsible for developing/maintaining their current and next-gen android apps.

I graduated from UNT with a BS in Computer Science, and a minor in Technical Writing. My biggest reason for coming here was the culture and closeness to home. And so far I’m loving it

3. What do you like most about what you do?

Having (mostly) complete creative control over the development of the Android App. Nowhere else would it have so easily been accepted to switch over to Kotlin from Java for Android dev. (more…)

Workplace Highlight: Office Trick or Treating 🎃

Happy Halloween to all from the Linux Academy and Cloud Assessments team! 👻

We can’t express to you enough how much we enjoy the holidays here. We don’t take spending time with loved ones and cherishing holiday traditions lightly…  So for Halloween, we invited criminals, creatures, and animals alike to join us in our office for festivities!

Random fact: The earliest known use of the phrase “trick or treat” dates back to 1934 when a newspaper in Portland, Oregon ran an article about how the local kids in town pulled numerous Halloween pranks. The phrase eventually showed up on greeting cards and by 1940s, it was widely used surrounding the holiday.

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Manisha Sule - 2017 Women in Technology Honoree

Manisha Sule, 2017 Women in Technology Honoree

The 2017 Women in Technology Awards honors tech leaders across diverse industries in the vibrant North Texas business community.

This year marks the fourth annual North Texas Women in Technology Awards. Nominees have a proven track record and have assisted in making pivotal decisons for their organizations – especially when it comes to the implementation or development of technology. This honor is awarded to women that are mavericks when it comes to technology and innovation, forging the way for both women and future tech leaders in Dallas-Fort Worth.

This year, Manisha Sule, our Director of Big Data Analytics, was selected as an honoree for the Dallas Business Journals’ 2017 Women in Technology Awards!

Congratulations, Manisha, on this wonderful achievement! Manisha Sule is responsible for leading the development of an integrated data vision and platform as the director of Big Data Analytics at Linux Academy. We are so proud to have you on our team!

A New Method of AWS Training

Prologue

A few years ago, I knew nothing of the cloud – I wasn’t even working in a traditional IT job.  Throughout my 20s, I was always more of a business guy; however, in my early 30s, I started to see the handwriting on the wall: Tech, and tech jobs, were the future.  And although my work experience to this point was on the business side, I grew up with a solid foundation in tech. Back in the early 90s, I was the first in my neighborhood to get online – name any early 90’s online platform (pre-AOL), and I had an account.  I ran a side business in high school upgrading computers with more RAM, hard disk space, and modems.  I also completed a few programing classes in high school (Pascal) and college (C).  I knew computers, and I knew tech, but I left that all behind as I progressed through college.

Fast-forward to eight years later, and I found myself being pulled back.  In the late 2000s, I started to notice all these inefficiencies in the company I was working for at the time. We lacked proper data analytics, and there were numerous workflows that could be automated in various departments. I began spending evening and weekends writing up ideas for various software applications we could build to help solve these issues.  Before I knew it, the company had an in-house development team building many of my ideas. Some worked very well and were very profitable for the company; others were not.  In the end, it reignited my love for tech, programming, gadgets, hardware, and software. Around 2013, I left that company in search of a new career. (more…)