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HOT JOBS for the Week of Nov 12th.

Take a look at the best jobs we have on offer from across the Veracity this week, from UX Developer to Process Lead..

Working for us isn’t about slaving away from nine to five, it’s about having a passion and commitment!  Join our team and together we’ll change the way the world looks at technology. Find out more and apply now at Veracity careers.

UX/UI Developer

Veracity has a unique opportunity for an UX/UI Developer whose responsibilities will include collaborating with product management and engineering to define and implement innovative solutions for the product direction, visuals and experience.

Process Lead

This position will support the development of business processes related to creating, curating, sharing, utilizing and managing knowledge across a whole company and even across industries.  You will be the go-to contact for our business stakeholders across a number of high availability services and applications, in a role that will see you to manage expectations, prioritise requests, and develop your skills in a highly collaborative team environment. Sound good? Apply!

Security Analyst

This position serving as the key IT security analyst addressing current and future security requirements. Provides security monitoring, vulnerability assessment, and analysis into potential security related events and incidents.

About Amy Riedel

Amy Riedel, Director, Recruiting and Talent Acquisition

Amy Riedel, Director, Recruiting and Talent Acquisition

Amy Riedel has recruited a good number of amazing people to work on accounts with a cornucopia of clients. She is leading Veracity recruiting strategy and acquisition efforts across the United States.  Her team of recruiting ‘sleuths’  search the “ends of the earth,”  looking for the best in Engineering,  Program Management, and System Administration. With offices on the East coast, West coast and in the Midwest, Veracity looks for talent from all over the United States to join their team.

About Veracity Consulting

Veracity Consulting is a Kansas City-based technology firm with a reputation of implementing and managing IT solutions and business strategies. Our mission is to change the complex world of technology into a more efficient and profitable solution for businesses and
communities. We use a collaborative approach with our clients to create and implement viable and relevant solutions.

We offer a comprehensive range of commercial and government solutions in the areas of Program Management, Data Services,
Enterprise Architecture, Managed Infrastructure, Security, and Web Services.

IRS Scammers are Working Overtime During Tax Season!

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Amy Krohn, Veracity’s VP of Technology

Protect Yourself From Scammers During This Tax Season and Everyday!

There is a new phone scam working in Kansas City and around the country. The Internal Revenue Service reports impostors are calling people and demanding immediate payment.  In many cases threatened jail-time or deportation.  How do I know this?  I came home to a a crying family member being threatened by these villains demanding payment.

Tax season is stressful. IRS scammers only add to your anxiety, through phone calls and emails.  They will try to convince victims they owe money.  The more the public is educated about the security risks and what to look for, better prepared we will be to fend off these impostors.   As a professional in Infrastructure and Security, its my job to take care of educating my clients about security on a greater scale.  But when the issue hits home or when I hear of the elderly, who are perhaps not as tech-savvy, being taken advantage of, I feel its my duty to step forward to help.  Below are some helpful “rules” from the IRS to know about the IRS calling you at home.

Five things the scammers often do but the IRS will not do.

Any one of these five things is a tell-tale sign of a scam. The IRS will never:

  1. Call to demand immediate payment, nor will we call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill..
  2. Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
  3. Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
  4. Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  5. Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

When these scammers call, simply hang-up.   They will more than likely call again and you should hang up again.  Report the phone number to the IRS.   Your best defense is to not give out any piece of information to them.  And never give out your social security number,  license, passport information, address, or children’s information.  For more information on the IRS scams and what you can do go visit  www.justice.gov/tax or www.irs.gov .

About Veracity Consulting

Veracity Consulting is a Kansas City-based technology firm with a reputation of implementing and managing IT solutions and business strategies. Our mission is to change the complex world of technology into a more efficient and profitable solution for businesses and communities. We use a collaborative approach with our clients to create and implement viable and relevant solutions.

We offer a comprehensive range of commercial and government solutions in the areas of Program Management, Data Management and Analytics, Strategy and Architecture, Managed Infrastructure, and Security.

About Amy Krohn

Amy Krohn has served as a leader in the technology industry for over 20 years.  Her areas of expertise include leading organizations and companies in executive leadership, strategic planning, enterprise architecture, as a mentor, leadership development, organizational change management, delivery management, vendor management, service management, and process improvements.  Amy currently serves as Veracity Consulting’s Vice President of Technology.

Be Bold for Change: International Women’s Day 2017

Today is International Women’s Day. Every March 8th we take a day to celebrate women and diversity; we celebrate mothers, sisters, aunts, daughters, and especially, the future.   

There is much more work to be done. It’s disheartening to see that, even today, gender differences still exist. I feel strongly that anyone should be able to work in an environment that is inclusive. This belief is one of the reasons I created Veracity Consulting. Our culture celebrates differences and encourages people––our people––to be themselves.

At Veracity, we know diversity is the key to our success––in business and in our world. We make inclusivity a priority and, as a business owner, I know firsthand how diversity is a reflection of our community. I am proud to have many strong women working at Veracity! Our female engineers and businesswomen thrive and have an impact in STEM areas. 

Diversity in ideas and perspectives encourages better decision-making, produces more meaningful products, and creates a more interesting and proactive culture at Veracity. We believe that by creating the right environments, programs, and policies, women in technology are better positioned to drive transformational change in the industry and beyond.  

Be Bold For Change,

 

Ready To Transform Your IT Like The Big Guys. Here’s How..

How to Transform Your IT Like the Big Shops

As a business leaders, we understand that it is everyday users who drive the business services. To be successful, products or services must create value in the world.  Veracity CEO Angela Hurt suggests that true service insights come from extreme users called mavens––those experts or connoisseurs of the service or product that you provide. These users typically make use of our services early and manipulate our products in ways that it was not intended to be used.

An example of this is outlier PC users, who gave birth to the rugged notebook market for the military and police. These users identified the need for portability and extreme durability.  These kinds of mavens are almost always the best models for unlocking new and exciting uses for services or products.

What can we learn from large tech shops with this experience? What practices can be applied to mid-sized and small businesses that have a little or no IT department? Here are three areas for decision makers to consider when deciding whether to transform any IT infrastructure:

  1. Protect your data. Safeguard key applications and remote offices across physical and virtual environments. This is critical as most businesses handle personal information about their customer.
  2. Accelerate your backups. Go for speed, efficiency, and flexibility. Don’t skip Business Continuity practices. Ensure the IT department can address any kind of recovery challenges and guarantee data protection for the business. Not sure? Get an audit!
  3. Centralize backup and recovery management. Replace your old legacy tape backup with an integrated solution. Look for Solutions Architects who are current on the latest trends in backup and recovery management. Doing this will ensure more accurate business performance and keep cost low.

Veracity Consulting’s Managed Services team can help any business, small or large, do more. In addition to everyday support, our Infrastructure professionals help to maximize the benefit of your IT by using the latest products to design infrastructure that is appropriate for the business demand, financially efficient, and performs well for the end user.

Infrastructure is always evolving and transforming to meet the needs of our customers.! It is important for business decisions makers to understand how to get the most out of their IT investments so that their companies are prepared for growth. Veracity Managed Infrastructure can get you there.

What Is Veracity’s IT Managed Service?

At Veracity, we partner with you to gain an understanding of the complex infrastructure, new applications, legacy applications, project support, maintenance, system availability, end-user experience, and other support challenges presented by your environment. This allows us to leverage your strengths to plan for your future and support today.

By helping to modernize your infrastructure, we help you to do more, faster, for less.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Architecture Assessments
  • Infrastructure Revitalization
  • Virtualization
  • Disaster Recovery, and
  • Network Security and Compliance

About Veracity Consulting

Veracity Consulting is a Kansas City-based technology firm with a reputation of implementing and managing IT solutions and business strategies. Our mission is to change the complex world of technology into a more efficient and profitable solution for businesses and communities. We use a collaborative approach with our clients to create and implement viable and relevant solutions.

We offer a comprehensive range of commercial and government solutions in the areas of Program Management, Data Management and Analytics, Strategy and Architecture, Managed Infrastructure, and Security.

About Amy Krohn

Amy Krohn has served as a leader in the technology industry for over 20 years.  Her areas of expertise include leading organizations and companies in executive leadership, strategic planning, enterprise architecture, as a mentor, leadership development, organizational change management, delivery management, vendor management, service management, and process improvements.  Amy currently serves as Veracity Consulting’s Vice President of Technology.

 

It’s National “Be Heard Day” for Small Businesses

HEY!Each year on March 7 th, we observe National Be Heard Day by small businesses. This day was created specifically to celebrate small businesses. Today in America, there are over 145 million small businesses that are struggle to catch a break.  Today is your day to “Be heard”!

While Veracity supports all sizes of businesses, Veracity Consulting supports many small to medium businesses with IT solutions.  Our web and IT infrastructure assessment solutions offer relief in areas that smaller to medium businesses typically need the most help in to be competitive in today’s business market.  If you need help with your creative marketing, smart publicity tactics, a strong visual appearance or any of the other inventive ways of making you online presence known or if you know that you need expert assistance in IT support solutions, contact Veracity Consulting.  We offer scalable solutions that are affordable for smaller to medium businesses.  We want to help you succeed.

About Veracity Consulting

Veracity Consulting is a Kansas City-based technology firm with a reputation of implementing and managing IT solutions and business strategies. Our mission is to change the complex world of technology into a more efficient and profitable solution for businesses andvc communities. We use a collaborative approach with our clients to create and implement viable and relevant solutions.

We offer a comprehensive range of commercial and government solutions in the areas of Program Management, Data Services, Enterprise Architecture, Managed Infrastructure, Security, and Web Services.

When is the “Right Time” For A Technology Assessment?

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Veracity Consulting’s Vice President of Technology, Amy Krohn

Today’s technology changes quickly and the pace of business is just as fast. Often times, we let our technology practices become routine, which can ultimately leave our business vulnerable to a multitude of issues. Developing an understanding of the technology your company has and how it supports your business is critical to business continuity, sound technological decision making, and project successes. An assessment of the effectiveness of your IT program creates a foundation for future IT project planning. So, how do you know if a Technology Assessment might be what your organization needs? We can give you three reasons why you might want to consider one.

1. Change Driven

Your organization has undergone significant reorganization of its management, has a new CIO, or established a new strategic direction. The impact of organizational priorities on IT is a critical consideration for any organization undergoing change. Business objectives and IT objectives should align in order to deliver reliable and efficient technology solutions to employees, management, and clients. Technology should be leveraged to provide key measurable performance indicators, which are collected to identify the level of maturity of an organization. This data can be used to drive efficiency and measure the services the organization provides to bring value to the market place.

2. Event Driven

Your company has been hit with a budget cut, service disruption, security breach, or failure of an audit. Compliance-related issues are often unexpected and can be a show stopper for companies. When they surface, time matters. It is most critical to identify the issues, analyze them, and address them as quickly as possible. Conducting an evaluation of your technology using a third party is effective. Independent assessors can remain impartial and focused on the IT solutions that will improve the current state of technology for a company.

3. Your Eyes Only

Your company has not assessed its organizational maturity in the past three years. Bringing in an outside vendor to provide a technology assessment can give an organization access to expertise it might not otherwise have. But often companies become overwhelmed with conducting daily business that they fail to remain diligent about keeping service level agreements current and aligning IT objectives to business objectives. When IT becomes irrelevant or obsolete, a company often looks for immediate solutions from their current vendors, who tend to implement their own products. This can cause issues with other technologies used within the company or limit the capability of looking at a holistic solution for the service the technology provides.

A technology assessment provides you with a clear path for improvement and specific actions that can be taken to achieve results. Because an IT assessment provides a foundation for project and program planning, it is important to work with a partner that demonstrates a clear understanding of your organization’s issues and remains objective and constructive.

About Veracity Consulting

Veracity Consulting is a Kansas City-based technology firm with a reputation of implementing and managing IT solutions and business strategies. Our mission is to change the complex world of technology into a more efficient and profitable solution for businesses andvc communities. We use a collaborative approach with our clients to create and implement viable and relevant solutions.

We offer a comprehensive range of commercial and government solutions in the areas of Program Management, Data Services, Enterprise Architecture, Managed Infrastructure, Security, and Web Services.

About Amy Krohn

Amy Krohn has served as a leader in the technology industry for over 20 years.  Her areas of expertise include leading organizations and companies in executive leadership, strategic planning, enterprise architecture, as a mentor, leadership development, organizational change management, delivery management, vendor management, service management, and process improvements.  Amy currently serves as Veracity Consulting’s Vice President of Technology.