Thursday, November 12, 2015

Hot Technical Skills for 2016

 “The only way to get ahead and stay ahead in this challenging job market is to constantly distinguish yourself from the competition by demonstrating great performance and maintaining highly marketable skills.”

Here are some hot technical skills for your career development plan. More to come...

Android, iOS, Java, Angular.JS, Hadoop, Mongo DB, Cassandra, MySQL, Linux, SharePoint and Office 365.

Milt Haynes, Founder
Blacks Gone Geek

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Sunday, November 8, 2015

What’s new with Office 365

The Office 2016 launch in September was followed by a steady stream of improvements in October. The Skype for Business iOS app is here, and the preview of the new Skype for Business voice and meeting capabilities is now more widely available. FastTrack evolved from an onboarding service to a customer success service to help you realize business value faster with the Microsoft Cloud. Compliance updates include enhanced service organization controls (SOC) audit reports and the launch of local datacenters in India. OneNote inking is better than ever, Sway and Office Lens got enhancements and mobile updates, and the new Office was updated as well. For developers, there’s new on-demand video training, updates from the PnP team and more. 


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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Boosting the ranks of blacks in tech

Here's an article about some technology groups popping up in the Chicago area.

Support our black businesses!!

If you think there aren't many female tech entrepreneurs and coders, there are far fewer African-Americans.

In the heart of Silicon Valley, giants such as Google and Facebook report about 1 percent of their tech staffs are African-American. Apple tops the list at 7 percent of its tech staff. By contrast, the same companies report 15 percent to 22 percent women in technology jobs. (Hispanics are about 3 percent.) 

But Dominic Liddell, Thomas Stovall and Fabian Elliott are trying to improve the odds in Chicago.

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Writers Welcome!

 writers welcome

Where are all the African American writers? I'm looking for volunteers who like to write. I'm a Knowledge Manager, so I spend a lot of time and energy doing technical writing. And you can see the technical writing on our web sites too (, But I'm getting tired of the "ho hum" articles I see in social media today. You know what I'm talking about. The 10 best ways to do this. The 5 best ways to do that. Where are all the meaningful messages that used to light up the air waves? Are you ready for your 15 minutes of fame?

Everybody is going digital, even my CIO magazine. And what happened to Diversity/Careers in Engineering & Information Technology? Has anybody checked out Kate Colborn's new magazine, Diversity in Action? Rosie Perez is on the cover, but I hardly recognized her. Does anybody remember Tina in "Do the Right Thing". I digress!

Seriously, if you have the gift of gab and you want to help us write about technology, let me know. We're starting off with some "about us" pages and taking it from there.

Oh, and before I forget. If you are an entrepreneur or an intrapreneur interested in pursuing a career or a business in Office 365 or SharePoint consulting, please let me know. We started our incubator and we're partnering with to offer 0% interest loans to our Jr. Consultants.

Have a blessed day!

Milt Haynes, Founder and Chief Knowledge Officer
Blacks Gone Geek

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Be Happy - Happiness Course

To: BGG Community

Now that I'm an empty nester I get a chance to pursue some topics just for fun. It's not all about the geek stuff anymore! LOL.

I sent out a blog post a couple of months ago on a few books on happiness I recently read and liked. Now I tripped over a free course on happiness and positive psychology that take the happiness theme to a whole new level. This is exciting stuff!

Here's the link to my blog post.

Here's a blurb on the online course info. We're starting up a study group too.

Please check out this course. The first online class is on Tuesday. I’m looking for somebody to take it with. It’s free!
GG101x The Science of Happiness

If I get enough interest (we need 10-15 people to start), we can form an online study group. See description below.

Happy Geeks are students interested in promoting their careers in technology. Looking for a job in technology is like riding an emotional roller coaster, it's full of ups and downs. One day you feel hopeful and the next day you receive a rejection letter and you hopes are dashed to the ground. We want to learn and practice positive psychology tools and techniques to live a happy and meaningful life. We meet virtually every Thursday evening at 8pm central time. Anyone with an interest in technology careers is welcome to join.

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