Hundreds gather at Connecticut robotics competition

This past weekend, hundreds of high school students from all across Connecticut gathered at Hartford Public High School, in the last district qualifying match for the New England Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology district championship competition.

The championship will be held sometime this April in Worcester, Massachusetts. Most of the nearly 40 teams who were competing this past weekend were residents of Connecticut, but there were several teams who traveled from other parts of New England, including Massachusetts and Vermont.

All the teams who competed found out in January what the game at the competition would be, as well as what tasks their robots would have to compete in order to win. Students, mentors and team coaches had six weeks to design and create a robot that could stack a recycling container on top of boxes and then launch pool noodles into those recycling containers.

To qualify to compete at the championship in April, a team had to win at least two or 10 district qualifying matches. For the teams who win in Worcester this April, they will move onto FIRST Robotics Competition championship in St. Louis, which will be held during the last week of April.

At the height of the season there is little rest for the robotics teams, according to a volunteer from FIRST Robotics, which sponsors these competitions. Students are always looking for ways to improve upon their designs, as well as fundraising for the next year and mentoring future teams that are still in elementary or middle school.

Connecticut is a wonderful place to build your IT business, no matter what aspect of technology you work with. If you are in need of new custom database software for your startup, be sure to work with KYO Logic today.

Can KYO Logic help find FileMaker licensing? [Video]


Hey everybody and welcome back! This time, we’ll be taking a look at how we can help you with FileMaker licensing.

KYO Logic can help you obtain two different types of licenses for your work. The first is an outright purchase, which keeps your software as up to date as possible. Annual maintenance is recommended after the first year. There is also the annual leasing option, in which no maintenance is required, but there is an annual fee.

There is also discounted pricing available to you if you work with our services. This is especially true if you work at a non-profit organization, because there is separate lower pricing you can use.

As always, thanks for watching, and be sure to check back here soon for more helpful FileMaker tips and tricks!

How to effectively set up your IT company

If you are looking to create your own tech startup, chances are you will need some help to get your ideas off of the ground. There are certain guidelines you should follow when you first go into this venture, as you want your business to stand out from the competition as much as possible.

Technology is one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States, with more and more state and local economies dependent on IT work. If you want to grab your part of the market and fill a need that is currently being ignored, launching your company well will be crucial.

Here are a few tips to help you out:

  • Be patient: This will be the most difficult aspect for you to master during this process. You will likely not see overnight success with your business, so don't be frustrated. Instead just work hard and have faith in what you are creating.
  • Hire dedicated employees: The people who work with you should not only be tech savvy, but they should also believe in what you are trying to accomplish. You will be much more successful with people who have a vested interest in the company.
  • Make sure there is interest: The most essential businesses, in any industry, seeks to fill a need in the market. Before you launch your company, you need to see if there is actually demand out there for the product or service you will be providing.

If you are interested in creating your own IT company and are in need of new business software solutions, be sure to work with KYO Logic today. Take a look at the rest of our website to learn more about the custom database software products that we offer.

3 public relations tips for your IT startup

If you are starting your own IT company, one of the things that will set you apart from the competition is your marketing and public relations. A business' success or failure can depend entirely on word of mouth and whether or not people actually use the products or services that you offer.

As you might not be an expert at public relations, chances are you will need a bit of outside help in order to get the word out. Once your company is up and running, the next thing you will need to do is market it well.

Here are a few tips to help you out:

  • Be prepared to collaborate: Because marketing and PR can be so tricky, you will likely have others helping you. This means being creative and trusting others to get the job done, as well as sharing ideas. Opening yourself up to being part of a team will be crucial.
  • Define your objectives: There should be a clear list of things you want to accomplish when it comes to your PR strategy. You need to outline these before you begin marketing your company to a broad audience, as that will help guide you.
  • Have realistic expectations: Just because you have a PR team doesn't mean you will see success overnight. It is important that you manage your expectations and allow yourself the time necessary to succeed. Most businesses are not effectively built overnight.

If you are interested in expanding your IT startup, be sure to work with KYO Logic today! Take a look at the rest of our website to learn more about all of the different services and products that we offer to our clients.

3 ways to become a more effective tech startup employee

The success of a tech startup, like any company, will depend entirely on the competency of the people who work there. Even if you are not a top-level manager where you work, it will be good for everybody when all employees work hard to achieve the same goal.

The best way you can ensure that happens is by becoming a mentor to other people who work in the company. As long as you have the skills and experience necessary to help others, that should become part of your job each and every day.

Here are a few tips to help you out:

  • Ask for questions before a meeting: If you tell your advisee to write down some questions they need answers to before a meeting. Not only will this help you set the agenda for what you want to cover, it will also provide them with valuable information.
  • Make introductions: One of the best things you can do for somebody is introduce them to other people in the company and allow them to network effectively. A company is strongest when everybody knows each other and can work with a wide group of people.
  • Use other resources: Just because you are advising somebody doesn't mean you should be the only person they turn to for help. Make sure that the person takes advantage of the connections they make within the company and industry to further their career.

If you are looking to create your own tech startup and are in need of new custom database software, be sure to work with KYO Logic today. Check out the rest of our website to learn more about the products and services that we offer.

How to keep your work information safe from hackers

When working in the IT world, chances are very high that you will come across sensitive information throughout the course of your career. This means that your computers need to be as up-to-date as possible in order to prevent potential cyber attacks or other issues from outside forces.

Spending most of your day on a computer certainly has many advantages, as long as you know how to keep all of that information protected. This is especially true in those instances when you are working on a project that could have a major impact on your company or even industry.

Here are a few tips to keep your work environment safe:

  • Always use work equipment: When you are dealing with important information, you never want to do so on a personal laptop or electronic device. You should only use equipment provided to you by your employer, as these are likely more secure.
  • Keep the WiFi locked: The internet that your company uses should only be available to those who are employed there. Don't give potential hackers the chance to get into your WiFi and into the machines you are working on.
  • Run updates frequently: The best way to keep your computer secure is to make sure that the software used is as current as possible. If you want to long to make these necessary updates, there could be holes in your security that will leave your work vulnerable to outsiders.

If you are in need of custom database software for your clean tech company, be sure to work with KYO Logic. Check out the rest of our website to learn more about the products that we offer.

3 ways clean tech companies can survive low oil prices

If you have been in a car over the last few months, chances are you have noticed the dramatically reduced prices for a gallon of gas. This is tied directly to dropping rates for oil around the world, so consumers are now experiencing the cheapest gas in years.

Crude oil prices have basically been in a free fall since July 2014, with it dropping to $45 a barrel toward the end of last week. While this is certainly welcome news for consumers at the pump, it isn't so welcome for clean tech companies around the country. When oil prices are low, they have to scale back.

Here are a few ways they can survive these low oil prices:

  • Diversify your investments: While you will want to have a lot of your money in clean technology, it never hurts to expand your company into other areas and find other revenues. This is especially true if you have a high number of investors.
  • Educate consumers: There is a notion out there that making upgrades to clean technology is too costly for the average person. As this is simply not the case any longer, it is important to get the appropriate information out to potential customers.
  • Shift focus away from cost: Instead of putting all of the emphasis on how much consumers are paying for their energy, be sure to focus on other benefits of clean technology as well. This means promoting health and wellness, particularly if you are a residential energy efficiency company.

If you are in need of custom database software for your clean tech company, be sure to work with KYO Logic. Check out the rest of our website to learn more about the products that we offer.

Does KYO Logic perform server maintenance for FileMaker? [Video]


Hey everybody and welcome back! This time, we’ll be addressing the different kinds of maintenance support KYO Logic provides for FileMaker.

KYO Logic takes full responsibility of the FileMaker server, which means they offer various services to keep the technology up and running. This includes applying patches and upgrades to the operating system, as well as any plug-ins used.

KYO Logic will also review server logs for any signs of trouble, verify that backups are running correctly and make sure that disk space on the server is readily available. Combined with KYO’s commitment to providing a verbal and written checklist to the client and reviews of user permissions, you have total FileMaker coverage.

As always thanks for watching, and be sure to check back here soon for more FileMaker tips and tricks!

Connecticut companies to attend an international tech trade show

The Northeastern part of the United States has emerged in recent years as a leader in technology, no matter what the field. This is especially true when it comes to new technology in the research, design and manufacturing of hydrogen and fuel cell technology. Connecticut in particular has major companies devoted to this area of expertise.

The regional supply chain of hydrogen and fuel cell technology includes nearly 1,200 companies that are directly involved in the manufacture, development and installation of hydrogen and fuel cell products. In 2012 alone, those businesses in this field contributed nearly $1.2 billion and almost 6,000 jobs to the economy of the Northeast.

Now, Connecticut will show how far it has come in the hydrogen and fuel cell world during an international trade show in Germany later this year. Hannover Messe 2015, which will be held from April 13-17 in Hannover, Germany, is the leading international event for industrial technology innovations.

Thee Northeast Electrochemical Energy Storage Cluster (NEESC) and the Connecticut Hydrogen Fuel Cell Coalition (CHFCC), both organizations based in Connecticut, will be attending the event in April. The purpose is to showcase the made in Connecticut hydrogen and fuel cell products, and bring attention to Connecticut as a leader in this area.

"This is a very exciting trade event for us. Connecticut will be represented well, which demonstrates the state's strong leadership in green technology, especially in the hydrogen and fuel cell industry," said Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development deputy commissioner Ron Angelo in a public statement.

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Massachusetts tech industry is flourishing

Massachusetts has been a leader in the technology world within the United States for years, but a new report says that things are growing in the Bay State nicely. This is especially true for those who work in certain sectors of IT, such as engineers, programmers and robotics engineers, which are experiencing a wonderful amount of public and private support.

The Mass Technology Leadership Council released its annual "State of Technology" report for the state at the beginning of last week. Mass Technology Leadership Council is the largest IT organization in Massachusetts and is looked to for guidance in this arena. The group says that the tech industry in Massachusetts, particularly in Boston, has seen rapid growth over the last five years.

Across the entire state, dozens of companies have either opened or expanded, with the Innovation District in Boston flourishing nicely in this time period. This has had wonderful results, as the tech sector become the most concentrated in the country in Massachusetts in 2013. This means that tech jobs make up a larger portion of overall jobs in Massachusetts than any other state.

This has resulted in Massachusetts dethroning California as the most technologically savvy and heavy state in the entire country. What experts have noted is the the IT world in Massachusetts is diverse, as the jobs and industry are not tied up in one area of study.

"The remarkable thing is how diverse our tech ecosystem is, from big data to robotics to life sciences," Mass Technology Leadership Council chief executive Tom Hopcroft told the Boston Globe. "Our real strength as a region is the interplay between all these areas."

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