Google Computational Thinking for Educators – Free Online Course

It's not just for educators. You can sign up at the link below. Computational thinking is a problem solving technique that breaks down complex problems into small manageable pieces. One of the strategies is that you can break into sections that can be solved by a computer.  Of course, you have to have or create information that you can turn into usable data. Here is a very simple computational thinking example for a marketing campaign. You want to do a marketing mailing to prospects in your most active territory. You will need information on current customers and prospects.  From your customer database, sort by zip code to find the highest collection of customers. Use those top zip codes to compile a list of prospects for your campaign. A computer program or spreadsheet can easily do the sorting and identify those to include in your mailing. This simple … [Read more...]

Voted Best of Gwinnett for the Sixth Year in a Row

For six years in a row, the readers and editors of Gwinnett Magazine have identified LAN Systems as Best of Gwinnett in the Best IT Service category. Each year the magazine opens the competition to selecting the Best in Gwinnett from over 30,000 Gwinnett County businesses.  It is no small feat to be selected among the many nominations. As a technology company and service provider, LAN Systems is committed to providing IT services and solutions that make sense for growing companies in the wider Atlanta and North Georgia area.  Today, IT is required to maintain a competitive advantage in any industry and the more a company utilizes IT for its daily and strategic operations, the more benefit is received.  Not long ago, companies struggled with implementing an IT infrastructure that would not consume more than it delivered, but now IT is an essential part of a thriving business.  IT makes … [Read more...]

LAN Systems CEO Among Finalists for WIT Women of the Year

October 8 – Women in Technology (WIT) yesterday announced the nine finalists for its 2014 WIT Women of the Year in Technology Awards. Mary Hester, CEO, was selected as one of the top three nominees in the Small/Emerging Organization category. Mary Hester is the CEO of LAN Systems which provides IT solutions in the Greater Metro Atlanta Area. LAN Systems is dedicated to providing business technology that makes businesses more competitive and solutions that work for people. Mary brings extensive experience managing a support and service group renowned for its “Best in the Industry” rating and standards. She is an expert in customer loyalty and retention. She has designed and delivered numerous training courses and workshops on a variety of topics. Mary is an Electrical Engineer that believes her greatest strength is her ability to connect with people and understand their unique … [Read more...]

Best Places to Work LAN Systems named #3

2014 Best Places to Work No. 3 Small employer in Atlanta is LAN Systems in the Atlanta Business Chronicle's  Sep 12, 2014   Allison Shirreffs, Contributing Writer, Atlanta Business Chronicle Every two weeks, LAN Systems CEO Mary Hester hands out payroll checks to her employees, even though almost everybody has direct deposit. The reason? It’s a chance to say, “Thank you,” she said. Prior to this year, Hester had considered entering Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Best Places To Work contest, but hadn’t pulled the trigger. This year she did, and doing so paid off: LAN Systems finished third in the small employer category. LAN Systems provides information technology services for small to midsized businesses, and helps them choose the best services to fuel growth — including setting up cloud-based systems for ... Read full article.   … [Read more...]

Gwinnett Tech hosts Women in Technology event

  By Keith Farner keith.farner@gwinnettdailypost.com       Thursday, September 12, 2013 © Copyright 2013 Gwinnett Daily Post LAWRENCEVILLE — When Gail Edwards was a youngster, her family’s neighbors often asked if she could babysit their kids. But Edwards would respond that she’d rather cut grass. “I’ve always thought differently than most women,” said Edwards, the dean of the Automotive, Construction and Trades College at Gwinnett Technical College. Edwards was among a panel of experts who spoke to Gwinnett Tech students, mostly women, at a networking and discussion event about women in technology on Thursday at the Busbee Center. Topics of the discussion included salary, education, ageism, experience and support in the male-dominated industries of science, technology, engineering and math. Moderator Yvonne Whitaker of the NCR Foundation said there is still a gap … [Read more...]