The Expansion of Tesla

October 20th, 2017

The Model 3 is Tesla’s newest sought-after model in the company’s line. It’s currently undergoing a production crisis to meet the end goal of a million cars by 2020. Presently, Tesla has manufactured 3,000 of the Model 3 cars since its announcement of the new model. At its current production rate, the total number will fall well short of the projected target. Tesla’s struggle to catch up to its target number is the result of limited manufacturing space at its main facility in Fremont, CA. With production not up to speed, Tesla has escalated the process to acquire new office space, storage areas, and manufacturing facilities within the surrounding areas.

Tesla released a master plan in 2016 to add up to 4.6 million square feet to its Fremont location—doubling the size. The larger factory will allow Tesla to hire over 3 thousand additional and increase production capabilities. The proposed expansion could increase production by up to 500,000 cars annually. In addition to expanding the Fremont facility, Tesla leases 2 off-site Fremont buildings where an additional 1,000 employees can work. The leased buildings are located near Dumbarton Circle as an off-site location. Hopefully, the wait for the new Model 3 for eager buyers won’t be too long.

The Next Machine Age: Dawn of Automated Cars

September 24th, 2014

One of the biggest buzzes from the Silicon Valley comes straight from Google: The driverless car. Google demonstrates this car in this video. An automobile that takes you to your destination without you having to control the steering, gearbox, acceleration or brake. It analyzes traffic hazards and obstacles and navigates through them effortlessly without driver input. The convenience of this would improve our society’s efficiency and multitasking by multitudes.

Imagine this on a personal individual level you could be going to work while FaceTiming your children to make sure they’re okay for their first day of school or you could be finishing up that thrilling novel you’re reading. Consider the elimination of human error from driving, this could remove tailgating, reckless driving, and even prevent the hitting of pedestrians. Intoxicated driving would no longer be such a danger on the road. The possibilities are endless and the effects would be pervasive on all levels of society.

The technology is a major stepping stone outside of personal and individual usage. It’s a major stepping stone and could lead to other inventions. Traffic lights could be synced with each car and prevent traffic jams during peak hours. Emergency service vehicles like fire trucks or ambulances would be able to respond accurately and quickly to emergencies with automated and synced driving systems. Imagine construction on the streets and highways being automated, fewer construction workers being in danger of being hit.

Google is hardly the only one to have invested time and money to this research. It’s been since the 1990s that the government and private businesses have been creating and perfecting this technology for future consumer usage. Honda, General Motors, BMW, and more have all been testing out automated driving technology on their vehicles. With so many companies racing to push out the first fully functional self driving car, it won’t be long until most cars on the road will be automated. A future that we thought impossible a decade ago, is now right in our horizons.

Sources: Reuters, Engadget, CNN, Youtube

New Emerging Technology: Telehealth

August 13th, 2014
Technology today allows us to be familiar with many services such as web conferences and FaceTime, which allows us to speak and see friends and family within seconds but Telehealth is taking this emerging technology and putting it to good use. Telehealth is very convenient for patients that usually would have to travel for hours away from their home to visit a qualified doctor. Many hospitals are adapting to this technology and smaller “kiosks” are being made in smaller deserted cities so patients can go to those kiosks and teleconference with a more qualified doctor. For example, if a patient suffers from an unusual skin condition but there are no doctors in the area to help, the patient can visit the small kiosk and a nurse working there can use a small high quality camera to take special pictures and videos to send to a more qualified physician.
            Not only does telehealth range from advanced high-quality online video and voice interactions, telehealth can also save more time by having patients use mobile devices that automatically reports their vital signs as they monitor it at home. For example, diabetics can use mobile devices to record and upload their food logs, medication, dosing and blood sugar levels for a nurse to review electronically. The nurse and patient would just be a phone call or text away for any questions. There are also sensors that patients can wear and wirelessly collects, stores, analyses and transmits data such as heart and respiration rates.
            In 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the use of electronic chips in medication so there are digestible pills (made of copper, magnesium, and silicon) to help healthcare workers monitor patients’ medicinal intake. When the patient swallows the pill, the microchip transmits a signal to a match worn on the body and sends the data such as hearth rate, temperate, and activity/rest patterns to the mobile device.
Telehealth reduces the stress related to time and traveling but there are also many other broad aspects in telehealth. This emerging technology is expected to grow over 50% this year and Ryzen Solutions is working with many of the top hospitals that are adopting telehealth.


-Leslie Tran
Intern at Ryzen Solutions

Emerging Technology: Brain-Computer Interface

July 16th, 2014
There’s a new emerging computer technology called brain-computer interface. A great example that forshadows this new technology is Siri for the iPhone. Siri allows us to ask our phones questions and receive answers. The ability to control a computer by using our mind is closer than we can imagine because the number of successful new products and research related to brain-computer interfaces is on the rise.
Brain-computer interface technology allows software to read and interpret signals directly from the brain. This is possible because our brains are filled with neurons that move when we think, feel, or remember something. When the neurons move, they are carried by small electric signals that move from neuron to neuron and scientists can detect those paths and signals to interpret what they mean. This new technology is the next step in healthcare.
 Quadriplegics, or people who have suffered from a stroke and are paralyzed, have had success with this new technology already. Recent studies have shown many successful stories of quadriplegics using brain-computer interfaces to control a robotic arm with their brain waves and even drink coffee from a cup. Brain-computer interface also shows promising signs in both preventing and delaying the onset of dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease in the elderly.
Research has even proved the possibility of using brain-computer interfaces to connect different brains together. Researchers at Duke University last year reported the brains connection of two mice over the Internet, where mice in different countries were able to cooperate to perform simple tasks together to obtain a reward.
Other than healthcare, many other companies are taking advantage of this new technology. For example, NeuroSky, a company based in San Jose, California released a Bluetooth-enabled headset that can monitor slight changes in brain waves, which allows people to play concentration-based games on computers and smartphones. Car manufacturers are exploring technologies that can detect when people are falling asleep while driving and will rattle the steering wheel to awaken the drivers. With so many different companies advancing this new technology, it could represent the next next breakthrough career opportunity.

-Leslie Tran
Intern at Ryzen Solutions

Startups in the Bay Area

June 11th, 2014

Some of the most innovative healthcare providers and medical device companies are based in Silicon Valley, which leads the nation in venture capital funding for medical devices. The exact number of companies is difficult to quantify because there are many small private enterprises. However, the Lab Rat website, which has a pretty comprehensive list of bioscience related companies, states that there are about 240 bioscience related companies in the Bay Area. There have also been many University-business collaborations that are leading to new developments and growth within the bio-tech and medical device sectors.

The University of California, San Francisco–number two on the top 10 research institutions list with more than a half-billion dollars in funding last year from the National Institutes of Health–is a hotbed of research and development activity, most recently collaborating with MedImmune. They have an Entrepreneurship Center where students create business plans and test the plans at the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences. QB3 is a state-sponsored program that provides private incubator lab space for fledgling companies at UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz and UCSF.

At UC Berkley’s Graduate Program in Health Management (GPHM), students can enroll in the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship. The program was ranked #3 in the country by the Wall Street Journal in 2006 and the Lester Center won the 2006 Nasdaq Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence Award. There is also a BioFellowship program that combines academic fundamentals taught in the classroom with real-world experience in a VC-backed medical device startup. Three Arch Partners works closely with the Haas Healthcare and BioBusiness Club (H2B2) and the Lester Center to match passionate students in healthcare to companies at the forefront of medical technology. Three Arch Partners invests only in healthcare firms that specialize in medical device and healthcare services. It comes as no surprise why the Bay Area is a hotbed for medical device companies and start-ups.

-Leslie Tran
Intern at Ryzen Solutions

Top 10 Hottest Tech Jobs

May 7th, 2014

1. Software Developers
Software engineers work on the design, development, maintenance and evaluation of computer software and systems. Depending on the company, software engineers’ duties can range from developing new applications and project planning, to upgrading existing software and providing security support. Scot Melland, CEO of Dice Holdings, parent of IT jobs website, concurs that software developers are the most sought-after technology workers and notes that they have one of the lowest unemployment rates around – just 1.8%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Lucille Mayer, CIO at BNY Mellon, also expects that the need for developers will rise. It’s never too late learn computer programming!

2. Web Developer
Web developers are programmers who specialize in Internet and browser applications and can also focus on the design and workings of a website. Even right now, your whole experience as you look at a website’s color scheme, layout, and images is all thanks to a web developer.

3. Network Systems Analyst / Network Engineer
Depending on the company, these two roles can either be separate or one in the same. Network systems analysts monitor the efficiency of a company’s network systems – including local area networks (LANs) and wide area networks (WANs), Internet and Intranet – and set up networks as needed. Certain companies label this same position as network engineer, while others hire network engineers to configure infrastructures from scratch, designing and implementing the plans to set up a new network.

4. Mobile Developer
Mobile developers work on the design, back-end and creation of mobile apps, and depending on the company, it can include entertainment, information, communication and more. Especially with technology growing at such a fast pace, over 56% of adults have a smartphone and what would be a smart phone without apps?!

5. Database Administrator
In order to extract valuable information from a ton of data about customers and users, companies need tech experts to collect and analyze it. That’s the database administrator’s job; he or she stores, organizes and manages data in line with the company’s goals. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 31% employment growth for database administrators between 2010 and 2020, which is much faster than the average job.

6. IT Manager
IT Managers’ jobs will vary by company – they can either be in charge of internal IT operations or focus more on strategy for client-tailored, technology-based solutions. IT managers guide companies to match modern technology to their business structure, needs and goals.  These managers coordinate technology-related matters with top executives, planning upgrades of existing software or hardware and negotiating with vendors for the service of current products or the purchase of new ones so with all of their responsibilities, it is no wonder why it’s a hot tech job!

7. Information Security Analyst
These analysts focus on risk assessment, vulnerability assessment and defense planning to prevent company or government data from being breached because there are many hackers and data breaches. Without these guys, company data and systems wouldn’t be safe and secure!

8. Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical engineers use research, design, building and testing skills to produce and test safe and quality machine-driven products and those products can be in many fields. They can range from architecture, alternative energies, re-manufacturing and nanotechnology so mechanical engineers have a lot of opportunity in where they would like to work. Computers are also important for tweaking a design and gauging how it will function so technology is very important.

9. Quality assurance (QA) professionals and business analysts
With more money being put into IT projects, many companies are focusing on quality control and assembling more accurate project requirements. QA professionals relieve stress off of developers so they can focus on coding, while business analysts can help build trust among stakeholders and serve as go-betweens for technology and business.

10. Chief Digital officer
ZDNet recently reported that the position of chief digital officer will be Asia’s hottest senior tech job in 2014. The position is gathering steam stateside as well, and for the same reason: the move toward big data, cloud services and cyber-security. As companies are going digital, CDOs are responsible for the adoption of digital technologies across a business.

-Leslie Tran
Intern at Ryzen Solutions

Obama’s EMR Initiative

April 23rd, 2014

With information technology on the rise, President Obama is trying to ensure that all medical records in the United States get converted to an electronic format. Even without the help of President Obama, the use of EMR is progressing from the majority of physicians, health care organizations, and related business associates because of the ease and rise in information technology. As part of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), the United States government has pushed for the use of EMR. The electronic medical records mandate is formally known as the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) and the legislation outlines incentives, penalties, and eventual mandatory implementation of EMR systems in the health care industry.

The use of electronic medical records can make physicians’ offices more efficient and improve the quality of patient care by making their medical history available to any physician treating them. There are many government grant incentives & government penalties. For example, grants totaling $598 million will establish approximately 70 Health Information Technology Regional Extension Centers. Physicians that do not implement EMR systems by the 2015 deadline will get their Medicare reimbursements reduced by 1%, and each subsequent year the rate reportedly will increase by 1% or more.

The government is serious in terms of ensuring that the conversion rate to EMR technology rises. It is likely that more college-level programs aimed at creating more Health Information Management professionals will be introduced. With the increased number of EMR initiatives, there will be more job opportunities available for professionals to implements the new systems. Ryzen Solutions is aware of this mandate and how it affects organizations’ long-term strategies so we are actively working with hospitals across the United States to provide IT staffing services.

-Leslie Tran
Intern at Ryzen Solutions

The Direction of IT Jobs in Silicon Valley

April 16th, 2014

There has been an overwhelming amount of development of other high-tech economic centers throughout the United States and around the world, but Silicon Valley actually accounts for one-third of all of the venture capital investments in the United States. As technology rapidly advances, more job opportunities arise-especially in Silicon Valley.

Stanford University’s affiliates and graduates had a major role in the development of Silicon Valley. In the 1940s and 1950s, Stanford’s Dean, Frederick Terman – also known as “the father of Silicon Valley” encouraged members in the community to start their own companies, which pushed Hewlett-Packard and other high-tech firms to be where they are today. Other startup companies followed their footsteps and today, popular companies like Google, Yahoo!, and Apple developed and are headquartered in Silicon Valley.

In 2016, Apple is going to open its 2.8 billion “spaceship” campus, which will open more job opportunities. Currently, more than 75 percent of residents in the hometown of Apple Inc. are employed in tech, science, business or management and there is no doubt that those numbers will rise. Another city in Silicon Valley that has been growing is Fremont. Recently, Tesla and Seagate have helped Fremont grow and the BART is scheduled to expand and open in about three years, which will open 20,000 jobs in the area. Currently, the average Fremont house is only on the market for about 25 days, which foreshadows future growth and development.

The Silicon Valley region is also home to five of California’s top 10 job markets heading into 2014. Out of any metropolitan area, Silicon Valley has the highest concentration of high-tech workers, with 286 out of every 1,000 private-sector workers with an average salary of $144,800. Ever since our “father of Silicon Valley” pushed to help make what we see today, there is no doubt that the direction of software and IT job opportunities will continue to rise.

-Leslie Tran
Intern at Ryzen Solutions

That could be a Ryzen engineer

September 11th, 2013

All these new gadgets and gizmos are hitting the market, like Google’s new Android and the new smartwatch by Samsung.  Of course we want to know all about what features they have and what colors they come in, but has anyone ever stopped to think about the developers that are behind these big brand names?

Google’s newest Android has been dubbed KitKat, like the candy bar.  “We couldn’t imagine a better name for our Android K release than the tasty chocolate that’s been a favorite among the team since the early days of Android,” said Marc Vanlerberghe, Google’s marketing director for Android.

A team which could have Ryzen found developers on it.  Imagine, you partaking in something as simple as snacking on a treat with your coworkers and all of a sudden you’ve had a hand in inventing and naming the newest gadget-chip and dip, veggie platter, french fry!

Samsung is set to release their Galaxy Gear, a smartwatch late September.  Samsung’s beauty has made the biggest debut in the smartwatch market so far, but some consumers are waiting for companies like Apple, Google and Microsoft to release their model before they purchase one.   There are other smartwatches that have already been developed, like the Pebble, Motorola MotoActv, Sony SmartWatch 2 and Qualcomm Toq.

That’s 5 companies that are releasing smartwatches, with 3 possible companies who might be making their own right now. These are the kinds of engineers Ryzen works with and recruits!

What we’re trying to get at here is that Ryzen placed engineers are everywhere.  If working on the latest tech trends is your dream, we can help you with that.  Just imagine, you could be on the team that develops the next big thing, just think while you’re munching on your favorite snack, the snack that could give inspiration in naming the next big thing.

Check out our “Jobs” board to see the latest positions we’re hiring for!

-Maricela Ramirez
Social Media Intern
Ryzen Solutions

Why use Recruiters to get the Job?

April 10th, 2013

Of course you are smart and talented, your resumé proves that. Therefore, theoretically you should be able to get your own job at the company you dreamed of, right? Maybe, but it might be a wise idea to consider a recruiting company for that extra polish and shine you need to stand out.

The Examiner article, The Myths and Benefits of Using a Recruiter in the Job Search, states that one benefit of using a recruiter is that the “pool of candidates” reduces dramatically. If you’re the right fit, your resumé along with the help of the recruiter highlighting your strengths will give you a higher chance of standing out. If you send your resumé in to a company, there is a chance that it’ll never be seen or maybe sent to the wrong person. Recruiters have a better relationship with the hiring manager and give resumés directly to them.

Another value of a recruiter is that because they know what hiring managers look for, they are able to give you guidance through the interview process.

There is no guarantee that you will get the job that you were originally recruited for, BUT the good thing about recruiting agencies is that if they might not have another option for you today, tomorrow they may have twice as many opportunities for you!

Lastly, if you do decide to use a recruiter, make sure the recruiting firm focuses on your industry so that you can use the connections and knowledge they have to your advantage.

-Maricela Ramirez
Social Media Intern
Ryzen Solutions