Category Archives: News

Year Up Opportunity for ITKAN Members

Good Afternoon, Everyone.


I have an excellent opportunity for everyone to read about the program called Year Up and submit an interested form on their website. In addition, I was accepted to the program for their Information Technology track coming this fall. I will be completing a 6-month career development and training and a 6-month professional internship with corporate partners in Chicago. Year Up is a one-year, intensive training program that provide, young adults ages 18-24 with a combination of hands-on skill development, corporate internships with leading companies, a stipend and access to college credits loan free. All students accepted into the Year Up Program will have the opportunity to choose what track they want to earn technical skills.

During the first six months of the program, participants focus on mastering the skills that will prepare them for careers in Finance, Business, Banking, Sales/Client Services, Information Technology or Project Management Support. During the second of half the program, trainees are placed in earned 6 month internships with our local corporate partners, where they can apply the skills they’ve learned to gain experience, and develop their professional network. So I am encouraging everyone please apply and submit an interested form and please attend an Info Session group meeting at the Year Up Downtown Campus. Just a reminder to everyone, the Year Up Program has extended their deadline to submit interested forms until next Monday July 16th. Please reach out to me, if you need any asssistance or concerns. Thank you in advance and have an wonderful day.


Gerise Taylor Kendrick



“Microsoft Buys GitHub for $7.5 Billion, Moving to Grow in Coding’s New Era”

Good Afternoon, Everyone. It’s Gerise Kendrick and I have some exciting news to share with you all today. On June 4, 2018 Microsoft just brought Github a software platform for using remote data centers and called cloud computing and to gain ground internet for software development. GitHub founded in 2008 and based in San Francisco, was created largely as a community for software developers to share programming tools and code. It has been a champion of the open-source software movement, with its ethos of freely sharing code in public.

Today, GitHub is used by a wide range in the tech community, from lone programmers to the nation’s largest companies. Developers can share code, make comments and buy software tools. They work in digital storage spaces, called repositories. Some are open to all users; others are closed to members of a team. GitHub now has more than 85 million code repositories.  Individuals can use GitHub for free. But there are monthly subscription charges for extra storage, development tools and private repositories. The company does not disclose its revenue, but analysts estimate it is running at $200 million a year.

Amazon is the leader in the cloud market so far, but Microsoft has transformed itself in recent years to become a strong No. 2 as a supplier of cloud computing services. Its vital Office productivity applications and database software are available in cloud versions. Microsoft also competes with Google, IBM, Salesforce and others in the cloud marketplace. All of them are trying to lure software engineers to use their cloud tools and services. The more programmers on a company’s platform, the more software applications are created, attracting customers and still more developers — a flywheel of growth and profit.

I have the link to The New York Times website ready for everyone to read and explore the opportunities to come. Please let me or the ITKAN community know if you have any questions or concerns that you may have. Thank You and have an wonderful week.

“Cambridge Analytica Is Shutting Down”

Good afternoon, everyone. I just found out about a minute ago, Cambridge Analytica is finally shutting down and closing it’s doors. On Wednesday, Cambridge Analytica employees learned that its parent company, the SCL Group, was shuttering the business, with American-based workers directed to return their key cards immediately, according to documentation reviewed by Gizmodo.

The news was announced during a conference call led by Julian Wheatland, the current chairman of the SCL Group who was reportedly tapped to take over as Cambridge Analytica’s next CEO. Both Cambridge Analytica and SCL Elections (the SCL Group subsidiary connected to Cambridge Analytica) will now close their doors. During the call, Wheatland said that the board determined that re-branding the company’s offerings in the current environment is “futile.”

Cambridge Analytica and the SCL Group have offices in London, New York City, Arlington, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. The conference call was originally scheduled for Tuesday morning, but was repeatedly pushed back until early Wednesday afternoon, ultimately getting rescheduled more than half a dozen times.

Screenshots from the company’s internal chat service obtained by Gizmodo show a darkly comic mood in anticipation of the call. One employee shared bleakly titled Spotify playlists in Slack featuring songs like “High and Dry” by Radiohead, “The End” by The Doors, and “Help!” by The Beatles. Another employee posted a still from Titanic showing the ship’s band playing their instruments as the vessel sinks. So please check this important website and let the ITKAN community know if you have any questions or concerns you may have. Thank you and have an wonderful and spectacular week.


“EU General Data Protection Regulation”

Good afternoon, everyone. The other article I had mentioned the General Data Protection Regulation from Europe, well I have checked their website and their website is very interesting to read and explore what they do and how they became an protection between USA and Europe. ​The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the most important change in data privacy regulation in 20 years – they’re here to make sure everyone is prepared​. This website is a resource to educate the public about the main elements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

After four years of preparation and debate the GDPR was finally approved by the EU Parliament on 14 April 2016. Enforcement date: 25 May 2018 – at which time those organizations in non-compliance may face heavy fines. The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) replaces the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC and was designed to harmonize data privacy laws across Europe, to protect and empower all EU citizens data privacy and to reshape the way organizations across the region approach data privacy. The key articles of the GDPR, as well as information on its business impact, can be found throughout this site.

So please check their website as well and if you have any questions or concerns, please let the ITKAN community know and we provide you with any guidelines or example they may have. Thank you and have a wonderful and spectacular week.

“Bring Screen Capture to Microsoft Edge with the Media Capture API”

Good Afternoon, everyone. Microsoft just release the screen capture to Microsoft Edge with the Media Capture API. Beginning with the EdgeHTML 17, Microsoft Edge is the first browser to support Screen Capture via the Screen Capture API. Web developers can start building on this feature today by upgrading to the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, or using one of our free virtual machines.

Screen Capture uses the new getDisplayMedia API specified by the W3C Web Real-Time Communications Working Group The feature lets web pages capture output of a user’s display device, commonly used to broadcast a desktop for plugin-free virtual meetings or presentations. Using Media Capture, Microsoft Edge can capture all Windows applications–including including Win32 and Universal Windows Platform applications (UWP apps). So, please check this website out and let the ITKAN community what are your thoughts or questions you may have. Thank you and have a wonderful week.

“How Europe’s ‘breakthrough’ privacy law takes on Facebook and Google”

Good Afternoon, everyone. Last night on Channel 7 on abc7 news, I was watching the news and that Facebook and Google are testifying in court due by the group from Europe called General Data Protection Regulation. General Data Protection Regulation will give people better privacy protections and force companies including Facebook to make sweeping changes to the way they collect data and consent from users – with huge fines for those who don’t comply.

It is a regulation that requires companies to protect the personal data and privacy of residents of EU countries. It replaces an outdated data protection directive from 1995 and restricts the way businesses collect, store and export people’s personal data. So I have 2 links for everyone to see check it out. One is about Facebook and Google and the other blog will be The General Data Protection Regulation. Let if you have any thoughts or concern you may have. Thank you and have a wonderful week.

“A new IP strategy for a new era of shared innovation”

Good Afternoon, everyone. Microsoft has found a new IP strategy for a new era of shared innovation. Please check this link out and share your thoughts with ITKAN and if you have any questions or concerns, I’m here to assist and provide any guidelines or suggestions. Thank you and have an beautiful and warm week.

“Every company today is becoming in part a software company – we see this every day at Microsoft. Whether it’s auto manufacturers, retailers, health care providers or financial services firms, our customers are not only transforming their own business operations with our software but collaborating with our consultants and engineers to create new digital products and services that run on our platform. As we look to the future, advancements and the adoption of cloud services, data analytics and artificial intelligence will only accelerate this phenomenon.

That’s why today we are announcing Microsoft’s Shared Innovation Initiative. It is based on a set of principles designed to address co-created technology and intellectual property (IP) issues that give customers clarity and confidence regarding their work with Microsoft. The initiative is designed to strike a healthy balance that will both help our customers grow their business through technology and enable Microsoft to continue to improve its platform products.”

Brian Smith – Microsoft President and Chief Executive Officer