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Agile and DevOps have emerged as the standard for enabling a quicker transformation, even as traditional software cycles struggle to keep up with the pace of change.  Technalink has a long history of employing and evolving Agile as well as DevOps practices, even for our own use. We understand what it takes to create a culture of agile within our customer organizations.

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Data Services

Technalink Data Services offers a range of services that leverage the enormous amounts of data derived global infrastructure utility platforms. From innovative data provisioning and data management support to robust cyber security solutions, Technalink Data Services provides clients with enhanced control and flexibility to access various types of data and established services to mitigate risk, enhance efficiency and lower cost.

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Financial Management

Technalink is devoted to providing professional cost- effective solutions, Technalink offers a wide variety of financial, administrative, and IT services to the federal government. We support our partners through implementation, support, and maintenance of commercial off­ the ­shelf (COTS) and custom financial management. By providing the effective support, our client partners benefit from proven, hands-­on solutions.

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Technalink's commitment to cultivating relationships with industry leaders gives you access to opportunities that you cannot find on your own.

For over a decade, Technalink has been working to support and advance the careers of IT professionals. We have evolved through changes in technology and the job market to build key relationships and track a proven record of success. With a full range of specialty areas, including Agile, Development & Operations, Data Services, and Financial Management, Technalink has the experience to give you the advantage in many different industries.

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How Retailers Use Personalized Prices to Test What You’re Willing to Pay

Klaus Meinhardt/Getty Images Have you ever looked up flights or hotels on an app on your phone, only to open your laptop and see different prices? That’s exactly what happened to me recently. I was using Orbitz’s iPhone app to research a vacation package to New York City. Settling on a hotel, I accessed Orbitz’s website on my laptop to book the package. That’s odd, I thought, realizing that the package on my laptop — identical flights, hotel, room type — was $117 more (6.5% more) than the price on Orbitz’s app. A quick scan found that prices of identical vacation packages often differ between Orbitz’s app and website. I then did a side-by-side app test of the same package with a friend who was sitting next to me. Her Orbitz app price was $50 (2.8%) more than my a....
You Don’t Find Your Purpose — You Build It

Damien Gavios/EyeEm/Getty Images “How do I find my purpose?” Ever since Daniel Gulati, Oliver Segovia, and I published Passion & Purpose six years ago, I’ve received hundreds of questions — from younger and older people alike — about purpose. We’re all looking for purpose. Most of us feel that we’ve never found it, we’ve lost it, or in some way we’re falling short. But in the midst of all this angst, I think we’re also suffering from what I see as fundamental misconceptions about purpose — neatly encapsulated by the question I receive most frequently: “How do I find my purpose?” Challenging these misconceptions could help us all develop a more rounded vision of purpose. Misconception #1: Purpose is only a thing you find. On social med....
How to Spot a Machine Learning Opportunity, Even If You Aren’t a Data Scientist

Sylverarts/iStock Artificial intelligence is no longer just a niche subfield of computer science. Tech giants have been using AI for years: Machine learning algorithms power Amazon product recommendations, Google Maps, and the content that Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter display in social media feeds. But William Gibson’s adage applies well to AI adoption: The future is already here, it’s just not evenly distributed. The average company faces many challenges in getting started with machine learning, including a shortage of data scientists. But just as important is a shortage of executives and nontechnical employees able to spot AI opportunities. And spotting those opportunities doesn’t require a PhD in statistics or even the ability to write code. (It will, spoiler alert, require a brief trip back to high school alg....
In a Distracted World, Solitude Is a Competitive Advantage

Huber & Starke/Getty Images “Always remember: Your focus determines your reality.” Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn shares this advice with Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars, but in our hyper-distracted work world, it’s advice that we all need to hear. Technology has undoubtedly ushered in progress in a myriad of ways. But this same force has also led to work environments that inundate people with a relentless stream of emails, meetings, and distractions. In 2010, Eric Schmidt, then the CEO of Google, shared a concern with the world: “Every two days, we create as much information as we did from the dawn of civilization until 2003. I spend most of my time assuming the world is not ready for the technology revolution that will be happening soon.” Are we able to process the volume of information, stimuli, ....
Everyday People Who Led Momentous Change

Nancy Koehn, a Harvard Business School historian, tells the life stories of three influential leaders: the abolitionist Frederick Douglass, the pacifist Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and the ecologist Rachel Carson. They all overcame personal challenges to achieve and inspire social change. In Koehn’s new book, Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times, she argues that tomorrow’s leaders of social change will come from the business world. Download this podcast
Why Hospitals Need Better Data Science

katyau/Getty Images Airlines are arguably more operationally complex, asset-intensive, and regulated than hospitals, yet the best performers are doing a better job by far than most hospitals at keeping costs low and make a decent profit while delivering what their customers expect. Southwest Airlines, for example, has figured out how to do well the two operational things that matter most: Keep more planes in the sky more often, and fill each of them up more, and more often, than anyone else. Similarly, winners in other complex, asset-intensive, service-based industries — Amazon, well-run airports, UPS, and FedEx — have figured out how to over-deliver on their promise while staying streamlined and affordable. These examples are relevant to health care for two reasons. First, hospital operations are in many ways like ai....
How Office Politics Corrupt the Search for High-Potential Employees

Garry Gay/Getty Images Few topics have captivated talent management discussions more intensely than potential. The obsession with predicting who may be a future star or the next top leader has influenced academic research and human resources practices alike. But how good are we at evaluating human potential? The answer is, it’s mixed. On the one hand, science has given us robust tools and powerful theories to quantify the key indicators of future career success, job performance, and leadership effectiveness. On the other hand, in the real world of work, organizational practices lag behind, with 40% of designated “HiPos” — high-potential employees — not doing well in the future and at least one in two leaders disappointing, derailing, or failing to drive high levels of engagement and team ....
Netflix and Why the Future of Streaming Looks Like Old-School TV

CSA Images/Printstock Collection Vetta/Getty Images Netflix hit the industry with some bombshell moves this month. First, it announced that it plans to spend $8 billion on original content next year (including on 80 new movies). This is far more than any other online player. Obviously, this is great news for its 100 million-odd customers worldwide. What isn’t so great for customers is the other news. Netflix will raise the price of its standard plan by a dollar a month and its premium plan by two dollars a month. With these increases it is slowly edging toward the $15-a-month plan offered by its competitor HBO. This means Netflix isn’t just your Blockbuster replacement anymore. Makers of original content — including the likes of Disney — are moving away from Netflix. Instead, Netflix looks like....
How to Tell Your Boss That You’re Not Engaged at Work

Camelia Dobrin/Getty Images Many people think of employee engagement as a relatively new idea, but scientists have been studying it for years. William Kahn first introduced the term in 1990, defining it as “the degree of psychological identification employees experience with their job role or work persona.” He noticed that organizations tended to overlook the influence that everyday experiences have on people’s work motivation, focusing instead on their talents, skills, and expertise. Although such qualities are no doubt critical, they are not sufficient to account for the wide range of subjective experiences employees have at work. For instance, two people with similar skills and backgrounds may be working for the same company, in the same team, and have very similar roles — yet one of them may be total....
Using Technology to Improve Rural Health Care

shaunl/Getty Images Providing health care in rural regions presents unique challenges. For some patients, the closest doctor may be a three-hour drive. Clinicians seeking an expert consult may find there’s no appropriate specialist within 100 miles. And vast distance can hinder the dissemination of best practices and coordination of care. At Sanford Health, one of the largest rural health-care-delivery systems, we’ve tackled this challenge by leveraging an array of technologies to provide high-value care to a population of around 2 million, dispersed across 300,000 square miles in the Dakotas. We’ve adopted a single electronic medical record (EMR) platform, embraced telehealth technologies, developed enterprise-wide departments, and committed to data transparency. EMR platform. So far, we have rolled out our i....
The Case for Trash-Talking at Work, According to Research

Afanasia/iStock In 2000, British Airways sponsored the construction of the London Eye, a giant Ferris wheel in the heart of London. When the builders encountered some technical difficulties while trying to erect the wheel, Richard Branson, the mercurial founder of rival airline Virgin Atlantic Airways, seized the opportunity. He arranged for a blimp to fly over the London Eye with a giant banner that read ‘‘BA can’t get it up!” Though executives are acutely attuned to the role of competition in the workplace, far less attention has been paid to the role of competitive communication — trash-talking. Our research has studied what happens when individuals, managers, and CEOs mock their competitors and how it can influence motivation and performance. Trash-talking is pervasive in organizations. When we....
Why You Can Focus in a Coffee Shop but Not in Your Open Office

andrew neel/unsplash A few years ago, during a media interview for one of my books, my interviewer said something I still ponder often. Ranting about the level of distraction in his open office, he said, “That’s why I have a membership at the coworking space across the street — so I can focus.” While I fully support the backlash against open offices, the comment struck me as odd. After all, coworking spaces also typically use an open office layout. But I recently came across a series of studies examining the effect of sound on the brain that reveals why his strategy works. From previous research, we know that workers’ primary problem with open or cubicle-filled offices is the unwanted noise.   But new research shows that it may not be the sound itself that distracts us…it may be wh....
Don’t Let Your Inner Fears Limit Your Career

Chayapon Bootboonneam/EyeEm/Getty Images Fear is a natural and universal human phenomenon, affecting top executives as much as anyone else. The majority of management literature is focused on helping leaders conquer their fears. The problem is that stifling fear doesn’t make it go away. In fact, failing to address it can lead to highly unproductive and dysfunctional behaviors. Through our firm’s work with thousands of executives over 30 years, we have come to believe that unrecognized or unacknowledged core fears are almost always a root cause of professional distress and unattained potential. Yet those fears are not necessarily bad. We have met met many leaders who have chosen to understand and learn from their fears, turning them into fuel for performance. If you are willing to take a hard look at your fears and where ....
Fighting Chronic Disease Starts with Better Pediatric Care

Lauri Rotko/Folio Images/Getty Images The United States spends 40% more per patient than other developed countries but suffers the worse overall health outcomes. There is general consensus that a major solution lies in better managing and preventing adult chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart failure. But starting in adulthood is too late. Many adult health care outcomes are shaped in childhood. This means that the effort to improve those outcomes must begin in childhood. Radically new models of holistic pediatric primary care — which such organizations as Johns Hopkins Children’s Center Harriet Lane Clinic, the Harlem Children’s Zone, and Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Partners for Kids accountable care organization are pioneering — can play an important role. There are fou....
The 6 Ways Business Leaders Talk About Sustainability

Neasden Control Centre for HBR Capitalists focus on the financial returns from capital invested, and most business leaders prioritize issues that are financially material. For anyone with a pension linked to market performance, that is a good thing. But this single-minded focus can be a major problem when it comes to tackling slow-building, systemic challenges, like global warming, that could take down not just supply chains but, over time, entire economies. No accident, then, that we increasingly hear discussion about “framing” in boardrooms and C-suites. Political analyst George Lakoff, notably in his book Don’t Think of an Elephant!, has shown how the way we frame such challenges shapes our reasoning and priorities much more than most of us recognize. Crucially, he concludes that our unconscious mental frames R....
The Business Benefits of a Hybrid Cloud Platform - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM DXC TECHNOLOGY

Advances in platform technology are helping organizations make strides toward long-standing goals of agility, simplicity, and cost savings. The transformation of platforms from complex and expensive stacks of hardware into flexible computing resources represents a major step toward enabling business agility. Given the ability to provision their own computing resources through self-service and storefront-like interfaces, business units will be less tempted to turn to shadow IT. The complexity and scope of the IT estate will be greatly reduced. And with consistent control and governance policies applied, the security of the overall system — not just the individual instance — will be improved. The hybrid cloud platform can deliver value to the business by enabling digital transformation, giving it the best from the public cloud ....
What Happens to Mental Health at Work When Our Devices Know How We Feel?

Denys Argyriou/unsplash Stressed? Depressed? Distracted? Overwhelmed? The cognitive and emotional demands on managers have rarely been more complicated or intense. One recent global research survey of employee assistance programs found that, combined, employee anxiety, stress, and depression accounted for over 80% of all emotional health cases in 2014, compared with 55% in 2012. In the UK alone, a 2014 report from the chief medical officer for England estimates, the number of sick days lost to “stress, depression, and anxiety” increased by 24% from 2009 to 2013. Protecting their mental health has become a self-preservation priority for managers. Arianna Huffington counsels more sleep. Many executives embrace mindfulness and meditation to better cope, while others take prescribed medication or self-medicate....
A Short Guide to Strategy for Entrepreneurs

ilyakalinin/istock It sometimes appears that the traditional rules of business are being upended by today’s mega-trends of multisided platforms, big data, machine learning and AI, crowdsourcing, the internet of things (IoT), and more. These trends have transformed the world of business immeasurably. But they have certainly not repealed the timeless rules of strategy. Yet for too many entrepreneurs, especially those steeped in tech and devoted to product, strategy often seems to be an afterthought. Experiment and create a great product, the thinking goes, then scale, and then figure out the business model once you’ve succeeded. It’s true that nothing beats having a compelling product that customers badly want. However, while good products and good “shopkeeping” are surely good business, they are no ....
Why You Should Charge Clients More Than You Think You’re Worth

CSA Images/BW Archive Collection/Getty Images One of the most challenging decisions freelancers, solopreneurs, and independent consultants face is how much to charge for their time and expertise. What if people complain that you’re overpriced — or, even worse, walk away from a deal with you entirely? But the answer isn’t swinging to the other extreme and asking a fee so modest you’ll ultimately resent it. As I discuss in my book Entrepreneurial You, you can’t do good work for others if you can’t keep yourself in business. Charging a fair price is what allows you to create long-term value. Here are four things to keep in mind to become more comfortable charging what you’re worth. Underpricing sends a bad signal. We all know the danger of overpricing: You los....
In the Fight Against Poverty, Work Is Our Most Powerful Weapon

Laura Schneider for HBR Fourteen years ago, I left suburban Los Angeles to teach English in rural Ghana. I’d expected, like so many young people with bleeding hearts and big dreams, to make a difference by donating my time as a schoolteacher for six months. Upon arrival in the village, I was shocked to discover that my students, avid listeners of Voice of America and BBC radio, already spoke English quite well, and some could speak to me about President Clinton’s state visit to Africa. These were blind or partially sighted kids from families earning less than $3 a day. How was this possible? I’d learned from countless TV specials on war and poverty in the continent that Africans needed aid. They needed us to send food and clothes and to build wells and schools. But on the ground, almost every poor person I spoke to....
How the U.S. Army Redesigned Its Mental Health System

Istock Leaders in today’s complex health care systems need better processes and systems for aligning day-to-day, clinical-care activities with the strategic goals of their organizations. The U.S. Army has accrued valuable experience in this area over the last decade through the design and implementation of its behavioral health system of care, its term for all of the mental health and substance-use clinical care it provides. Accounting systems now uniformly capture administrative data across a huge, geographically dispersed system. Workload standards allow clinicians the time to engage with the key people who affect recovery, such as commanders and family members. And self-reported patient data is combined with other nonclinical measures to produce a more accurate assessment of quality. Understanding how the Army did it can he....
To Build Connection on Your Team, Skip Icebreakers and Talk About Photography

Reg Speller/Getty Images Imagine looking at a photo of a single shoe on the sidewalk, or two people embracing, or a person walking alone into a cemetery. All these images instantly ignite emotions and associations — without a written or spoken word. And because the reaction is physiological, it happens in seconds. As a facilitator, I’ve found that photos can create connections between people faster — and more profoundly — than any other icebreaker or team-building activity I’ve ever used. And because the response photos evoke is natural, leaders with no facilitation experience can use photos to turn many team interactions into an opportunity to create connection and accelerate collaboration. Why does a photo create a feeling of connection? Thank biology. And hormones. Human communication has existed for....
Take This Quiz to Figure Out How to Be Happier at Work

We all want to be happy on the job, but what does that actually mean? Is it just being satisfied in your job? Does it mean having fun at work? Are we happy when working conditions are good, our days are enjoyable, and our nights are worry-free? All of these things matter, of course, but there’s more to it. In studying positive psychology as well as consulting to thousands of people around the world, I have discovered that in order to be happy at work we need three things: (1) to feel that we are making a difference; (2) to see the link between our work and our vision for the future; and (3) great relationships. We are happy at work when we find meaning in what we do, when our jobs line up with our values, and when we can see the fruits of our labor. Work becomes deeply fulfilling when we know we are having a positive impact on....
Lots of Men Are Gender-Equality Allies in Private. Why Not in Public?

Emma Innocenti/Getty Images In the last week, film producer Harvey Weinstein’s decades of sexual harassment — which many have described as an open secret in Hollywood — have exploded onto the pages of the New York Times. The New Yorker documents even more disturbing accusations of rape and assault. It’s now clear that many men and women in Weinstein’s company and in the film industry knew about these alleged crimes but remained silent, allowing it to continue. How does something like this happen? It happens for some of the same reasons that equal pay, parental leave, and equitable hiring and promotion have stalled in many companies: Women lack genuine male allies in the workplace. Real male allies tend to have three things in common as agents of organizational change. Debra Meye....
Sex, Power, and the Systems That Enable Men Like Harvey Weinstein

Stockbyte/Getty Images When I first heard accounts of film producer Harvey Weinstein’s predatory behavior, my mind devised punishments fitting for Renaissance Europe or the film A Clockwork Orange: Cover his face with a shame mask widely used centuries ago in Germany; shock his frontal lobes so that he’d start empathizing with the women he’s preyed on. When we learn of injustice, it’s only human to focus on how to eliminate or punish the person responsible. But my research into the social psychology of power suggests that — without exculpating corrupt individuals — we also need to take a hard look at the social systems in which they commit their abuses. For 25 years, I and other social scientists have documented how feeling powerful can change how ordinary citize....