BETHLEHEM, PA (November, 2019) - Altair Integrated Services is kicking off the fourth year of a successful product innovation challenge through a collaborative partnership with Saint Joseph’s University's Maguire Academy of Insurance and Risk Management. This partnership offers students in insurance and risk management classes the opportunity to learn from industry experts at Altair during a three-month innovation challenge. Students work in teams to pitch a new product idea that leverages technology to “leapfrog” industry standards in Commercial Auto Insurance, Workers Compensation, and Commercial Property.
The program, which aims to encourage students to expand their thinking and apply their knowledge in a real business scenario, will provide students with real-world experience developing a business plan, proposing a new insurance product or service, and presenting to executives. Students will receive constructive feedback from the business professionals at Altair to improve their projects as they progress.
“We are thrilled to be part of this challenge at Saint Joe’s involving their top-notch talent for the fourth year. The students are bright and develop some brilliant ideas,” says Doug Redden, Managing Director at Altair Integrated Services. “The program teaches students how to map current state processes, identify product opportunities, and develop executive-level recommendations. Students will solve unstructured problems and have the opportunity to share their ideas with business professionals. It's an exciting project for these students. They will walk away with valuable insight into what it's like to apply their classroom knowledge to real-world business challenges.”
“I value the relationship and expertise Altair has offered students through these challenges that have proven very successful over the last four years”, says Michael Angelina, Executive Director of the Maguire Academy of Risk Management and Insurance at Saint Joseph’s University. “Doug and his team have brought valuable insights along with technology companies to help students learn the next generation of fintech systems, benefiting the students’ understanding of financial technology.”
About Altair Integrated Services
Altair Integrated Services is a boutique professional services firm offering IT consulting solutions and top-tier talent delivery to its clients in the insurance, financial services, and private equity industries. Altair creates value by providing actionable programs, talent resources, and guidance in four primary areas: Analytics and Insight, Cloud Transformation, Risk Management, and Advisory Services. Located in the Northeastern U.S., Altair prides itself on its world-class talent, industry specialization, and exceptional customer service.
About Maguire Academy of Insurance and Risk Management
Created by James Maguire ’58, founder of Philadelphia Insurance Company, the mission of the Maguire Academy of Insurance and Risk Management is to promote and support the concept of risk management and insurance education; to provide services to risk management and insurance students, including scholarship aid, recruiting, internships/cooperative education, counseling, and placement; and, with and through the University, to support the Department of Finance, which houses the risk management and insurance program.
BETHLEHEM, PA. (October 2019) – Altair Integrated Services is excited to announce support for PSU-LV sports playoffs. The donation will support golf, volleyball, basketball, and soccer sports programs for both men and women as they advance throughout their seasons. The donation will support many aspects of the programs including transportation, meals and lodging for the athletes as they work to win championships.
Altair provides management consulting services and talent placement to the financial services industry and has roots back to PSU-LV. Founder and Managing Partner, Doug Redden, attended the school beginning in 1996, attaining a business degree from the Smeal College of Business.
“We are so grateful to Altair. This money is crucial for our playoff season. Our teams are excellent, and more and more they are qualifying for playoffs. But my standard budget only covers the main seasons. With this funding, we can provide a quality experience for our athletes in playoff season,” said Rich Fatzinger, athletic director, Penn State Lehigh Valley.
“At Altair, we value the importance of supporting the local community. Athletics are integral to student development, and I’m glad the firm can support such a great cause” Redden said. “Penn State produces a population of talented students that enter the work force and add value to the companies that hire them. By keeping the talent in the area we can strengthen the local economy. I received my undergraduate and MBA at PSU and we have both interns and executive-level employees at Altair that were also educated there. We are very close to the Lehigh Valley campus and are always looking for local interns and graduated students with business and technology degrees.”
The Penn State Lehigh Valley golf team has won three PSUAC Championships in recent years, including the 2019 championship on Oct. 7. The Penn State Lehigh Valley women’s basketball team had a historic season in 2019. They were the 2019 PSUAC Champions, which is a first in program history. The team finished with a 25 to 3 overall record and won 24 straight games.
All of the Penn State Lehigh Valley teams had student-athletes in the 2018-2019 season who were recognized with All-Conference Athletics Honors and/or Sportsmanship Awards. And more than half of the student-athletes received PSUAC All-Academic Honors earning a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Altair is dedicated to supporting educational and athletics programs in the local community to help open up opportunities for local institutions to achieve new levels of excellence.
About Altair Integrated Services
Altair Integrated Services is a boutique professional services firm offering IT consulting solutions and top-tier talent delivery to its clients in the insurance, financial services, and private equity industries. Altair creates value by providing actionable programs, talent resources, and guidance in four primary areas: Analytics and Insight, Cloud Transformation, Risk Management, and Advisory Services. Located in the Northeast, Altair prides itself on its world-class talent, industry specialization, and exceptional customer service
About Penn State Lehigh Valley
Penn State Lehigh Valley provides a Penn State University education in a small campus setting that integrates individualized teaching, research, and dynamic community outreach. With its convenient location in Center Valley, traditional students and adult learners can choose from many options including 9 bachelor’s programs, which can be completed at the campus, as well as access to 275 majors offered by other Penn State campuses. In addition, students and community members who have a scalable business idea are invited to participate in professional development offered by Lehigh Valley LaunchBox, a business accelerator for early stage entrepreneurs. The campus’ diverse Continuing Education and Outreach programs offer opportunities for professional development, business training, and youth programming. For more information, visit lehighvalley.psu.edu.
Bethlehem, PA (September 2019) - Altair Integrated Services, an IT provider of innovative consulting services and top-tier talent delivery for insurance and financial services industries completed an exciting new internship program to teach students how to develop apps.
The eight-week summer program allowed six high school graduates from Central Catholic in Allentown and a Lehigh intern to be involved in the modern application development life-cycle, giving them real-world experience as a member of a software development team. Students learned how to create a cloud-computing environment using Microsoft Azure and model data with a relational database in Azure SQL Database. In addition, they gained an understanding on how to build a Python-based web application and deployed it to Azure app services. They were able to display a SQL database in the web browser with Python, build a web app with form validation for CRUD (Create, Read, Update, Delete) operations, test and debug the app to make it responsive, and finally deploy it to the cloud. Business partners met with the team to discuss the business requirements and give feedback on the app. Interns were also introduced to Microsoft Power BI—a reliable business analytics service that provides the tools needed for analyzing and sharing data—where they generated and published a report from the app database.
“Students work alongside top-level consultants with high level expertise in each subject, all of which possess over 20 years of experience.” Says Doug Redden, Managing Partner of Altair Integrated Services in Bethlehem, PA. “Altair is dedicated to giving back to the community and prides itself in training and preparing students for stimulating careers in IT and computer science”.
According to Glassdoor, the highest paying jobs for new grads include several IT positions; Data Scientists, Software Developers and Engineers, UX Designers, Java Developers and Systems Engineers. Altair is always hiring for these positions and offers an incredibly exciting career that is both and stimulating and rewarding.
About Altair Integrated Services
Altair Integrated Services is a boutique professional services firm offering IT consulting solutions and top-tier talent delivery to its clients in the insurance, financial services and private equity industries. Altair creates value by providing actionable programs, talent resources and guidance in four primary areas: Analytics and Insight, Cloud Transformation, Risk Management and Advisory Services. Located in the Northeast, Altair prides itself on its world class talent, industry specialty and exceptional customer service.
If you are interested in this topic or an internship or potential career in IT please contact Altair.
Bethlehem, PA (September 2019) – Tech in Motion has recognized Altair Integrated Services as a finalist for 2019 Best Tech Startup as a part of the Annual Timmy Awards, which they host to celebrate the top workplaces for tech professionals. The Timmys finalists in this category are chosen for their innovation, forward-thinking leadership and work environment. Two Best Tech Startup awards will be announced at a live ceremony this October, one for Judge’s Choice and one Community Favorite, chosen by public voting here online.
“We are excited to recognize the top local startups on the Timmy Awards finalist list this year. These companies are not only attractive to talented professionals nationwide, but ones that strive for everyday innovation,” says Mandy Walker, Director of Marketing at Tech in Motion. “Every year, the event series grows alongside the tech community. It reflects the increasing quality of startups here that we are able to offer two awards this year to keep up with the growth in the industry.”
“Its an honor to be recognized for our team’s hard work,” Says Desirae Haluk, Vice President of Marketing at Altair Integrated Services. “We have grown exponentially in the last few years and this is attributable to our outstanding team. Its great to have opportunities to showcase this with programs like Tech in Motion’s Timmy Awards.”
The local community has a chance to get involved by voting online now through September 27th to determine which company will be crowned the best in tech as the Community Favorite, while the Judge’s Choice winners will be chosen by a panel of expert judges. Aside from Best Tech Startup, the other award categories include: Best Tech Manager, Best Tech Work Culture and Best Tech Workplace for Diversity. The complete list of 2019 Timmy Awards finalists can be found here.
Throughout October, this free event is open to the public and will consist of tech demos, entertainment and networking with top tech leaders. If you are interested in learning more or attending Tech in Motion’s biggest event of the year, visit the Timmy Awards or your regional Timmy Awards event page to RSVP.
About Tech in Motion Events
Tech in Motion is an international events series that brings local tech community professionals together to connect, learn, and innovate. What started as a collaborative project in 2011 between IT recruiting firms Jobspring Partners and Workbridge Associates, part of the Motion Recruitment network, grew into an organization of over 190,000 members across 12 chapters in North America including Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, New York, Philadelphia, DC, Chicago, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, LA, Orange County and Toronto. Please visit techinmotionevents.com for more information about notable speakers, sponsors and events.
About Altair Integrated Services
Altair Integrated Services is a boutique professional services firm offering IT consulting solutions and top-tier talent delivery to its clients in the insurance, financial services, and private equity industries. Altair creates value by providing actionable programs, talent resources, and guidance in four primary areas: Analytics and Insight, Cloud Transformation, Risk Management, and Advisory Services. Located in the Northeast, Altair prides itself on its world-class talent, industry specialty, and exceptional customer service.