Center for Applied Technology

Read about the beginning of a transformation through technology that helps shape the Westmont experience.


Recent Posts

  • Transcript: Reed Sheard Interview

    The following is a transcript of an interview of Westmont CIO and VP of Advancement Reed Sheard, conducted by the CATLab on June 4, 2019.

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  • 8 Tips for Beginning Programmers

    Many of the fundamental concepts of computer science are used regardless of skill level. For beginning programmers especially, however, building a solid foundation on which to grow is highly important. Here are eight tips to help develop as a beginning programmer.

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  • Ohana: The Salesforce Family

    Back in the 90s before Salesforce’s founding, not-yet-CEO Marc Benioff rented a beach house in Hawaii and immersed himself in the culture there. Ever since, the concept of ‘ohana has been integral to life as part of the Salesforce family.

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  • Feature Profile: Reed Sheard

    As higher education undergoes a shift from the traditional to the technological, institutions must adapt as they look forward at emerging technologies. Here at Westmont, the CATLab is an incubator for imaginative, valuable ideas that inspire technological evolution. Yet the CATLab’s formation was only possible due to Westmont CIO Reed Sheard.  

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  • Three Reasons to Take Your Team to Conferences

    A common (if somewhat short sighted) belief in the business world is that sending your team to a conference takes away precious hours from office work, costing the employer time and money. Yet on the contrary to this misconception, everyone benefits from conferences: attendees come home with an expanded business network; renewed energy; and tangible, viable ideas to help innovation flourish in the workplace.

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  • Four Ways to Encourage Collaboration in the Workplace

    When many people think of computer programming, the stereotypical movie hacker comes to mind—a hunched figure alone in a dark room, typing furiously at a bright screen filled with incomprehensible lines of jargon. Contrary to popular belief, however, STEM careers, including software development, are often highly team-oriented. A team of developers, not unlike a sports team, is comprised of individuals in different roles working towards a common goal, such as the completion of a project or the launch of an app.

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