In This Issue
CTIA Fall Show Coming Soon
Industry Insight
Need a Laugh?
Message from Dick McFarlane
Meet Our Staff
Quick Links
CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment Coming Soon
Join 15,000 wireless professionals from around the world October 6-9 in San Diego to learn about the technologies, applications, architectures and economics of mobile business. Register by August for early bird pricing.
Industry Insight: $7b broadband stimulus program kicks off
This month the federal government kicks off its $7.2 billion broadband stimulus program, releasing an initial $4 billion.  Some analysts think it's a "goldmine", while others think it will trigger only a spending "boomlet".  Keep up on the latest in broadband stimulus.

  New Humor Books

If you've finished Corporate Ladder 101 and Rapt, check out the top new releases in humor books: And Here's the Kicker, Obama's BlackBerry, Driving Like Crazy, and Idiot America.
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Dick McFarlane
Alliance Telecom Solutions
Message from Dick McFarlane, President: Two Good Reads
Although the lazy days of summer are probably more of a childhood memory than a current reality, this time of year can still give us a chance to pick up a book.  I'd like to recommend two books that make a good gift or a good read in the hammock.

The first book is Corporate Ladder 101: How to Excel as a New Business Professional, written by Alliance consultant Charlie Lambert.  Geared towards new grads, the book picks up on the practical side of the business world that isn't covered in a formal college education.  Filled with anecdotes and humor, Corporate Ladder 101 covers topics such as cleaning up your social network sites, creating a reputation that will set you apart, dealing with office grapevines and happy hours, maintaining a great attitude and practicing ethical behavior.  

The second recommendation provides food for thought on how we approach our work and our lives.  In Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life, behavior science writer Winifred Gallagher makes the radical and compelling argument that our quality of life depends not on fame or fortune or beauty or brains, but on what we choose to pay attention to.  We can actively direct our attention to create the kind of experience we want and become the person we want to be.

If you'd like a free copy of either book, please email me and we'll draw names for ten copies. 
Meet Our Staff
 Featured Consultant: Donna Medlin, Senior Applications Architect and Systems Analyst

Donna has 12 years of experience with Amdocs billing applications in the telecom industry.

TT: How did you get into telecom?
DM: I've worked in IT for more than 15 years and I got into the telecom industry in 1997 with Y2K work at Amdocs.  As the Y2K work wound down I moved into the finance side as a senior analyst for A/R, collections and G/L modules.
TT: What is your subject matter expertise?
DM: Systems analysis on financial systems.  I was in the Army in the 1980's and got into programming with automating government systems.  I have degrees in physical science and math, computer information systems and education and also went to graduate school while I was in the Army for finance, programming and management.  That plus my work experience with the Army, Amdocs, Nextel, Sprint and AT&T built up my expertise.

TT: What do you feel is the biggest contribution you've made to a client?
DM: Most recently, implementing an A/R module with zero defects in a huge project.  But my biggest contribution ever was in the 1980's when I was involved in bringing the personnel and finance records of more than 40,000 soldiers in Fort Campbell, Kentucky from paper to computers.  It was a huge project to identify what could be transferred to computers and how to get it done.
TT:  What is one of the most interesting projects you've worked on?
DM: Whatever I'm working on at the time is the most interesting thing I'm doing.  I get very involved and really concentrate on whatever is at hand.

TT: What is your favorite city/country to work in?
DM: I grew up with my dad in the Air Force and then I was in the Army so I've never really settled anywhere.  I have a house in Virginia, my daughter is in Kansas City, I lived for a long time in Colorado Springs, I grew up between California and Arkansas, I've worked in Texas... I guess you could say my favorite place is wherever I am at the moment!
TT: What do you like best about working with Alliance? 
DM: They let me do what I think needs to be done to get the job done.  They give assignments to qualified people and then let them go.  They also have great, quick responses to any questions or issues that ever come up.

TT: What hobbies do you enjoy in your free time?
DM: I read a lot, everything from mysteries to science text books to computer manuals.  I like to play war and strategy games like Risky and Battle Tech.  I got into that while I was in the Army.
To request Donna for your next project or to view her full profile, visit our web site.