November 2023 Tech Upload

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Welcome to our newest investors!

Please help us welcome our newest Alliance investors, Core BTS and TotalTek.

Core BTS

Core BTS is a full-service digital transformation consulting firm. They help organizations simplify technical complexity, accelerate transformation, and drive business outcomes.

“Core BTS is excited to become an investor in NEWDA and take a more active partnership role in the regional IT community. There are many great people and organizations in this region and affiliated with NEWDA. We are grateful to be a part of it.”


A Technology Company focused on managed services specializing Engineering and IT solutions. TotalTek is a minority owned company with onshore and offshore capabilities that originated in northeast Wisconsin. Our workforce solutions and customized delivery in Project Outsourcing and Staff Augmentation have expanded our capabilities to better serve companies in these niche industries. Our core value is Improving Lives for Clients and Consultants alike and is why we believe TotalTek is a simple solution to your complex Engineering and IT problems.

A Lifeline For The Overwhelmed: AI-Powered Assistants

How AI-Powered Assistants Can Lighten The Load Of Managers And Owners

By Stellar Blue Technologies


Picture this: it’s Monday morning, and John, a manager at a bustling new startup, finds himself buried under a mountain of tasks. He’s been at it for hours, shuffling through endless emails, searching for crucial documents scattered across his digital ecosystem, and attempting to make sense of a growing pile of unread reports. The day quickly slips away as he delves into these time-consuming, manual tasks, with no end in sight. It’s a common scenario for many overwhelmed managers and business owners.

The good news is, a solution is at hand – the AI-Powered Assistant. In this blog, we’ll explore how AI-Powered Assistants can transform an exasperating day into a more manageable and productive one for stressed-out professionals like John.

The AI-Powered Assistant Advantage

An AI-Powered Assistant, armed with natural language processing and machine learning capabilities, can be a game-changer for overwhelmed managers and owners. Here’s how:

  1. Efficient Email Management: AI assistants can scan, prioritize, and even draft responses to emails. They identify which messages require immediate attention and which can wait, saving John precious time.

  2. Document Retrieval: With their ability to access and search across various digital repositories, AI assistants can instantly find the documents John needs. No more rummaging through emails or cloud storage systems; it’s all at his fingertips.

  3. Summarizing Information: AI assistants can skim through lengthy documents, extracting key insights and summarizing them. This allows John to quickly grasp the main points of a report or article without having to dedicate hours to reading it in its entirety.

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Leveraging tech to increase customer satisfaction & manufacturing efficiency

By Involta

During the Manufacturing First Expo in Green Bay, Wisconsin, John Kehoe, Executive Vice President of Manufacturing from Involta, shared insights on leveraging technology to increase customer satisfaction and manufacturing efficiency.

One of the highlights from his session was how companies are utilizing Artificial Intelligence (AI)—no, not ChatGPT—for leveraging information to drive increased results. John profiled a large container shipping company that has recently started to incorporate AI into its global operation. The firm worked with Port Authorities closely to plan quicker offloads, as-needed port arrival changes and prepare for crews and trucking more effectively. In the first year, the firm estimated it had a 20% reduction in operating expenses related to these tasks and that customers received planned deliveries faster after implementing these changes.

With a focus on factory modernization and leveraging new processes with AI, John discussed the need for additional training for employees and management teams. As the skills to enable factory automation continue to change, the workforce will need to adapt—the way machines, autonomous vehicles and product movement occur must be reviewed and designed in advance of modernization projects.

And, as the use of robotics and automation increases, so does the need to think about safety implications. John discussed the example of factory floor movements: if an employee walking the floor encounters a robotic forklift and finds that it has idled on the floor, disrupting shipments and picking processes, what is the employee supposed to do, or who should they call to address the situation?

Lastly, John highlighted the need to review and update machinery, software and technology equipment to protect key business information from unauthorized access. While manufacturing companies have not historically viewed the factory environment as a cybersecurity risk, ransomware attacks in manufacturing companies are on the rise. Companies must ensure workers are effectively trained, create and adhere to comprehensive data management plans and choose the right partners to protect critical assets from unintended access or intellectual property theft.



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Microsoft 365 Copilot First Look

Let AI help you create, summarize, and analyze your documents, messages, and data. Microsoft 365 business and enterprise subscribers can access Copilot, the AI assistant from Microsoft, in Microsoft 365 apps like Word, Excel, and Teams, as a premium add-on. This course introduces you to Copilot and shows you how to generate drafts and create presentations from your natural language requests. Learn how to use Copilot to create highly visual PowerPoint presentations from a text Word doc, extract key data trends in Excel, and write and edit text in Word. Find out how to draft email messages and summarize conversations in Outlook. You can also use it to generate real-time meeting summaries and follow-up tasks in Teams. A quick introduction is all it takes to get started with the Copilot AI assistant from Microsoft!

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What Certifications Should You Look for in Data Destruction?

By Sadoff E-Recycling & Data Destruction

When you are having data destroyed, you really need to think about finding a vendor you can trust. This is your data we are talking about after all and a potential data breach can be absolutely destructive to your business. Or, to put it another way, if your data isn’t destroyed properly it may end up destroying you. One of the things we always recommend looking for is the proper certifications. What certifications should you look for in data destruction? We can guide you through that.

What an i-SIGMA Member?

If you haven’t heard of i-SIGMA by now, you should know that it’s very important to any business that handles the destruction of data. This certification is granted, controlled, and monitored by i-SIGMA which stands for International Secure Information Governance & Management Association. It’s a mouthful to be sure, but an important one.

To give you an idea of the program’s scope, let’s take a look at the i-SIGMA certification NAID AAA. There are currently over 950 NAID AAA-certified locations around the world. The IRS has publicly acknowledged the value of a NAID AAA certification, it is required for the destruction of all external Australian government data, and the state of New Jersey also requires this certification for the corporate destruction of hard drives. Many of these things likely do not apply to you, but they are important in illustrating the accepted value of this certification program.

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Regional News

Manitowoc County public interest survey - Progress Lakeshore, Center on Rural Innovation, Land o’ Lakes, & WBD take steps toward an innovation hub

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STEM Forward organization looking for 2024 volunteers

STEM Forward inspires the next generation of STEM talent through a variety of competitions and events. We are looking for STEM professionals to volunteer their time to help us execute the competitions. Are you interested in volunteering to be a judge for one of our upcoming competitions? Check out the multiple opportunities and submit a form at

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Managing the forces of fragmentation

How IT can balance local needs and global efficiency in a multipolar world

June 2, 2023
McKinsey & Company

Not so long ago, tech leaders were looking forward to a future where a global IT architecture on scalable cloud infrastructures would provide their companies with a full array of technology services efficiently, at scale, and at low cost.

What a difference a few years make, with a set of fragmentation forces rendering the prospect of a single, hyperproductive IT system unworkable. Local regulations (China alone has passed 21 data and tech laws), disruptions to supply chains driven by geopolitical and trade issues as well as the COVID-19 pandemic, and marked regional differences in customer behaviors, such as the contrasting preferences for WeChat in Asia and texting in Africa, have combined to undermine the prospect of a globally harmonized IT architecture.

Most tech leaders are all too aware of issues like these, yet the solutions they turn to can sometimes end up making things worse. One large pharma company, for example, developed—and supported—three different full-scale financial systems to meet local needs. In another case, an electronics manufacturer operates two parallel production processes with dedicated factories equipped with different 5G technologies to comply with the security laws of the products’ final markets. Compromise solutions may not work either; some businesses have found that using a single centralized system while making local adjustments leads to undue complexity and maintenance costs.

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Recruiting and supporting Black learners in IT programs

October 26, 2023
Community College Daily

Information technology (IT) jobs are in demand and pay well. But Black Americans comprise only 8% of the tech workforce.

Why? Structural barriers make it difficult for Black learners and workers to access and thrive in IT training programs, according to a new Jobs for the Future (JFF) report, which highlights data on Black learners in two-year and credential IT programs, examines the barriers facing Black learners and includes insight from administrators and faculty at community colleges.

The data

JFF found that 1,000 postsecondary institutions offer IT training programs. Only 40% of those IT programs had at least 10 Black learners enrolled in 2017 to 2021.

Overall, for each year of JFF’s study, there were about 180,000 total students enrolled in IT programs across the country. Between 24,000 and 25,000 were Black learners.

Looking at gender, on average, only about 35% of the 1,000 colleges had at least 10 Black male learners enrolled in their IT program per year. That dropped to 15% for Black women.

JFF also examined six-year completion rates. Researchers looked at schools that had at least 10 first-time Black learners enrolling in their IT program in fall 2015, of which 108 met this threshold. Across the schools in that sample, the average IT completion rate for Black learners was 12.9%, equaling about three Black learners per college.

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