Keyhole Speaking & Sponsoring Blockchain KC Conference

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We are pleased to announce that Keyhole Software is a Gold Sponsor of the 2020 Blockchain KC Conference! Our very own principal consultant and managing partner, David Pitt, will be speaking on Blockchain software from his rich experience with the platform. 

The one-day conference will be held on April 23rd in Kansas City. Multiple tracks and sessions will be offered on a wide range of topics including Blockchain for Enterprise, Cryptocurrency Regulation, Developing Blockchain Applications, and New Developments on the Horizon. Industry leaders from technological, legal, financial, and business development standpoints will share pointers for successful development and administration and coach organizations on how to utilize Blockchain in their enterprise architecture. 

Keyhole Software Purchases and Moves To New Headquarters

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Keyhole Software is proud to announce its recent purchase of and move to its new headquarters located at 11205 W. 79th Street in Lenexa, Kansas. In the years since the company’s move to its old location in Leawood in 2010, it has grown considerably and will continue to grow and expand in the new decade.

“Since moving our business to Leawood in 2010, our team grew from just 12 employees to around 100 employees,” Keyhole Director of Operations Lauren Fournier said. “In our old office space, we luckily had the ability to double the size of our office two separate times to accommodate growth in the same location. Our new standalone building is the next step of growth for the Keyhole team.”

Keyhole Announces Platinum KCDC 2019 Sponsorship & Speakers

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We are pleased to announce that Keyhole Software is a Platinum Sponsor of the 2019 Kansas City Developer Conference! 2019 is Keyhole’s seventh year as a KCDC conference sponsor.

The Kansas City Developer Conference is a Kansas City-based, non-profit software developer conference. The 11th annual conference will be held from July 17-19th, 2019. Main conference days are Thursday & Friday, July 18th and 19th.

Day one of the conference, Wednesday, July 17th, will be a day of “Pre-Compilers” – optional, full-day, hands-on workshops on a specific topic. July 18th and 19th will feature one-hour breakout sessions.

KCDC breakout session topics span various languages (C#, Java, Ruby, JavaScript, Haskell, etc.), frameworks (Spring, Angular, React, Vue, etc.), cloud / DevOps, Blockchain, software methodology, software testing, data analysis / big data, user experience, and more. It’s an excellent learning opportunity right here in Kansas City.

Tickets are now on sale. Use the Keyhole promo code to get 10% off of your tickets: 10OFFKEYHOLE.

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Performing Technical Interviews For Consulting Clients

Clayton Neff Business, Consulting, Opinion, Soft Skills Leave a Comment

The situation will occasionally arise when we have gained enough respect and confidence from our clients that they will ask us to help them interview new technical people to join the team. As consultants, it’s important for us to be the person that our client needs us to be at the time, so we are definitely willing to help. But, needless to say, this situation must be handled with ‘kid gloves.’

Many managers are uncomfortable performing a technical interview in an area they do not feel competent in. Typically, that is when they will ask for your help in the interview process. As technical consultants, we should be able to provide useful feedback to them about the person’s apparent abilities. When it comes to the ‘soft skills,’ we want to ensure we’re on the same page with the client as to if we should limit the interactions to just the technical topics.

Whether you’re a consultant helping your client, or the client manager looking to fill your employee team, there are a number of topics that must be considered when searching for the right technical person. In this post, I will point out some useful topics to concentrate on while performing a technical interview– and why they are important questions to ask before hiring a new person to the team

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Life as a Software Consultant

John Boardman Business, Consulting, Keyhole, Opinion, Other Leave a Comment

I’ve been in the field of programming professionally since 1990. I started out as a corporate employee for 14 years, then as a consultant, back to an employee, and finally settled with consulting. In both positions, I’ve worked with small, medium, large, and huge Fortune 50 corporations. There are many similarities between being an employee and a consultant, but there are also some significant differences.

In this blog, I’ll explore what life has been like in each role and hopefully give some perspective to others who might just be starting out. Keep in mind when I write “employee,” I am specifically targeting programmers.