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Handel has Opening for Junior Software Developer

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Happy Holidays from Handel IT

It is again that time of the year when I look back and reflect on the year that was. First and foremost, I want to thank those of you we have worked with in 2016 and the many of you who are entertaining the idea of implementing RiteTrack in your juvenile, TANF, child welfare, or other social services program in the year to come. We are so grateful for the opportunity to work with you and we want to thank you for working with us and even more importantly I want to thank you for the difference you are making in the lives of the people that you help. I sleep well at night knowing that RiteTrack is a playing part in making sure hundreds of thousands of people are getting the best services that they can get for their needs.


It has been a tumultuous year in our country and in the world. The Presidential Election here in the U.S. certainly was different than any other election we have seen in recent history. Globally, hardly a day passes where we don’t read about another terror attack. For most of us, these unimaginable acts of hate are beyond comprehension.  While we are not entirely free of terror here on US ground, I do believe we live in a very safe country. Of course, from my perspective in Laramie, Wyoming, the least populous state in the union, my viewpoint may be just a bit biased. As somebody who grew up in Norway, another country often ranked high for quality of life and other measures, I will argue that the United States is still one of the greatest countries in the world. This is still the land of opportunity. It is a land where we welcome ideas and support those who have ideas. With the perspective of almost 30 years in this country it is interesting to think that coming here as foreigner in 1988 and barely spoke English, only 9 years later, I had finished two degrees, worked for another entrepreneurial startup, and then started Handel IT in 1997. I can think of many other places in our world where such a series of events simply would not be able to unfold.  We still continue to deal with a large number of challenges on our home front such as growing income inequality, a broken health care system, rising drug problems, slipping rankings on education, and increasing terrorist threats. I still believe when taken as a whole, our nation offers perhaps one of the best frameworks for individuals to succeed. We continue to rank high nationally in quality of life rankings, such as the one published by Numbeo https://www.numbeo.com/quality-of-life/rankings_by_country.jsp.


Looking at all the social services programs that we work with nationally, I remain in awe of the services that our clients provide to the people that they serve. In 2016 we have added several new customers, especially in the area of Tribal TANF (temporary assistance for needy families). You have probably heard me joke before that Rocket Science has nothing on TANF when it comes to complexity. In order to run a successful TANF program a Tribe (or a State for that matter) has to keep track of thousands of data points on each family that they serve. Calculating eligibility and keeping track of funding, measuring outcomes, and making sure allocations are being made according to all rules, are but a few of the tasks that a modern TANF program has to contend with. Doing so without a system like RiteTrack would be near impossible. It is such an honor for us to work with all these programs across the nation. One thing is resting assured that we are helping our customers with these very complex tasks. Even more important though are the services that our clients are providing to the families and individuals that they serve. More so than anything else, this is what I am the most proud of when it comes to Handel’s accomplishments. We want to thank you all for working with us in 2016. We are looking forward to continuing working with you and to add new customers to the RiteTrack family in 2017. Next year we will also be celebrating our 20th anniversary. Time flies when you are having fun. Until then I want to wish you the Happiest of Holidays and a Happy New Year!

-Even

Handel Hosts 4th Annual Jamapalooza at TribalNet in San Diego

Handel Information Technologies has been a vendor and frequent speaker at the TribalNet conference for several years. TribalNet is the leading conference for technology decision makers in tribal country and was first recommended to us by Chuck Scharnagle, Chief Information Officer of the Mohegan Tribe and long-time TribalNet board member. We started attending about 10 years ago.
For many years now I have been aware of the link between technology and music. A lot of IT people also play instruments (although the reverse is not necessarily true, that all musicians have an inclination for technology). I remember attending Microsoft conferences where there would be an open mic night or a karoake event, so in 2013 I decided to give this a try at a TribalNet conference. At the St. Paul conference that year we hosted our first jam session. We decided on the name Jamapalooza, partially inspired by the Lollapalooza music festival. The first year we had about 5 musicians and perhaps 30 people attending. Next year we did it again in Las Vegas, with about 10 musicians and 50 attendees. Each year this event has become more and more popular. Last year we were in Austin (a music city if there ever was one), and this year in San Diego we set a new record with about 25 musicians and an estimated 100 attendees. For a conference drawing about 400 people, we appreciate how many people now come to this event which has become a TribalNet tradition. Please enjoy the video as a memory from this year’s Jamapalooza. This is all about building relationships and having a great time through music. As most of these musicians played together for the first time that evening, don’t expect the precision or musical chops of a seasoned touring band. What is important here is the appreciation these people have for making music together and performing for fellow conference attendees. We had a good time doing this. We hope this video will serve as a memento for those who participated; and for those who did not, an encouragement to come to TribalNet 18 in Glendale, AZ, November 6-9, 2017.

Handel VP Hosts Webcast via NICWA about Improving Service Delivery with Software

Innovative Examples from Indian Country– Improving Service Delivery using Software and Technology, Handel Information Technologies software. The second in our “Technology Tools Webinar Series!”

In this, the second of our “Technology Tools Webinar Series,” we are excited to have Casey Bader, Vice President of Handel Information Technologies, Inc., share his knowledge about innovative ways tribes are using software and technology to engage with clients, integrate programs, improve service delivery, and secure funding. Some of these initiatives have received national recognition for innovative approaches to addressing community needs.

Casey and Handel Information Technologies, long time NICWA supporters, have presented numerous times at NICWA’s annual conference and have a wealth of experience in Indian Country. We are happy to have the opportunity to have them present to our NICWA members.

Casey has spent over 15 years designing and implementing innovative software solutions with RiteTrack for social service programs and is passionate about finding ways technology can improve service delivery and outcomes in Indian Country. His program focuses include Indian Child Welfare, Family Services, Tribal TANF, Employment and Training, Tribal Court and Treatment programs. Casey has a degree in Social Science with a minor in Sociology from the University of Wyoming.

Handel Relay Team Completes the 2016 Wild West Relay

Under the leadership of Casey Bader, employees from Handel, augmented by friends and family, formed another 12 person running team. Team Wyoming Endorfiends ran the 200 miles from Fort Collins, via Wyoming, to Steamboat, Colorado. Starting at 5:20 AM the morning of Friday, August 5th, the team finished in Steamboat about 32 hours later on Saturday afternoon.

This is the 6th time since we first did this in 2006 that Handel has formed a relay team. I find it to be a truly rewarding experience in so many ways, physically, beautiful scenery, social, and team building. Here is a video commemorating this year’s event.

 

Handel Employees Takes to the Ski Trails

One of the many benefits of living in Laramie, WY, is the proximity we have to the great outdoors. Only a short 15 minute drive from Handel’s offices one finds pristinely groomed Nordic ski trails at Pole Mountain.  Maintained by Medicine Bow Nordic Association and head-groomer Randy Hulme, several Handelites are found on these trails throughout the winter months. On Friday, January 29, a group of employees took some time off in the afternoon to enjoy these trails. Following the “work hard, play hard” mentality found at Handel, it was a good opportunity to get outside and enjoy some of the fresh Wyoming mountain air.

Handelites enjoying Nordic Skiing on Pole Mountain.

Handelites enjoying Nordic Skiing on Pole Mountain.