Net Connections, Inc (DBA
Network Communication and
TURN KEY SERVICE PROVIDER.
Located in Edinburg, Texas. Supporting
the Rio Grande Valley Area, with a customer base from Eagle
Pass to Browsville and Austin to Hidalgo, Texas.
WiNC/NCC staff combines over 50 years
in the computer support fields, telecommunications, and software
design. Members bring diverse experience managing IT departments
and projects from fortune 100 companies to development of
utilities for small, local businesses. WiNC's services not
only include the support for customers' existing software
and systems, but also development and design of new solutions.
This helps WiNC's staff see from the eyes of the actual users
of the products. They understand what other groups get wrong.
WiNC has a good deal of experience developing specific solutions
for each unique customer and user to maximize the use of Information
Technology for large and small setups.
Qualifications and Expertise
WAN and LAN design and implementation.
Network/Internet security assessment and compliance.
Linux and UNIX Setup, implementation support and maintenance.
Tear 2 ISP, Provision T1 and up access. Hosting to valley
Windows NT/2000/2003/XP Setup, implementation support and
MS Office training and support.
MS Exchange Setup, implementation support and maintenance.
Web site design.
Wireless (microwave) design and Point To Point installation
Fiber Optic and Copper Networks and cabling
Members of WiNC staff have years of
experience managing sizable teams of engineers, technicians,
programmers for companies like Hewlett-Packard, Zenith, and
Delco Corp. for computer maintenance, network design and configuration,
project management that included development of new systems,
collect production line test data via web-based applications
WiNC has experience negotiating contracts
between customers and third-party vendors, and has also negotiated
contracts as a software developer, giving WiNC insight into
both sides of the table. This will help ensure that the projects
will get competitive rates for development and maintenance.
Members of WiNC staff have experience
writing grant applications to fund annual capital and renovation
campaigns, along with general operations support for various
educational systems, including elementary and secondary catholic
schools. WiNC also has set on the development committee of
the Arch Dioceses of Brownsville’s new high school in
San Juan, TX, and the former Director of the American Red
Cross’s Communications Committee for the Upper Valley
WiNC staff has certifications including
computer science degree from Rice University, Cisco Certified
CCNP, Microsoft MCP, Microsoft MCSE, and Linux LPIC level
Since WiNC lives and breaths in the
competitive business world, its contacts, experience, and
versatility will help bring about the most flexible and appropriate
solution to each problem. The programming staff has developed
with programming languages such as SQL, PHP, Perl, Python,
XHTML, XML, C, C++, Java, Scheme, Visual Basic & VBScript,
Prolog, and even assembly languages for various architectures.
Other WiNC staff complements the normal programmer skill-set
with security and network specialists. They have performed
forensic analysis of compromised systems, audited security
exploits in lab environments, and coordinated with the FBI
to track down the sources of attacks. The development of a
secure public system will require all these skill-sets working
A few illustrative software examples are:
Vida Project (Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement):
Successful design, Management and implementation of the Centralized
Clinical Scheduling System (CCSS project), working with all
parties involved in a large school/hospital integration database
system for program and student schedule, with intelligent
auto-schedule. This system was a grant provided by the Department
of Labor and details may be found at http://ccss.vidacareers.org
Grande River Communications: Network
Infrastructure Inventory System.
Members of WiNC staff worked with and for GRCI and its parent
company, Valley Telephone Cooperative, to develop an interactive
system that tracks the individual components and devices on
their statewide fiber and telephone network. The system can
receive orders from sales staff, reserve resources throughout
the network to facilitate the implementation of circuits,
schedule technicians and work orders, track implementation
progress, and warn of network junctions needing expanded capacities.
Reporting capabilities provide new levels of detail and control
to all levels of the organization. Writing the specifications
was a two-month process that required meeting with network
technicians, the board of directors, and every level of management
in between. The system was designed and built as a web application
to allow use from anywhere on their network.
Long Chilton: Billing System.
Members of WiNC staff worked with the valley-wide accounting
firm to develop a billing system capable of pulling data from
several 3rd party applications. Specifications focused on
producing the nuanced output the customer desired from of
the various data stores they used, including MAS 90, Microsoft
Access systems, and others. The system also provided a new
way for their internal staff to record their time to optimize
the entire billing process.
Chequesrebotados.com: Credit Reporting
WiNC developed a web application for tracking financial data
throughout parts of Latin America. Users of the service can
query the system for information regarding customers’
Abanto Corp: Import / Export Load tracking system.
MySQL and PHP based system to track loads for its various
offices in the US and Mexico from source to destination for
uptodate information to its customers.
In general, specifications are more than just a list of reports
and user-screens. Web-based development requires auditing
for software vulnerabilities like SQL injection, cross-site
scripting, buffer-overflows, escape-character insertion, and
many other commonly exploited attacks. Specifications must
be designed with these concerns in mind from day one to prevent
delays and cost overruns later. Applications that don't use
web interfaces still have their share of security concerns.
WiNC has successfully hardened many existing systems against
these types of attacks.
WiNC has worked with the spectrum of
database products. Systems like PostgreSQL, MySQL, Microsoft
SQL Server, Sybase, and various Oracle systems are used everyday
by WiNC customers. This gives WiNC insight into the strengths
and limitations of each product. Scheduling systems are ubiquitous,
and each organization has different needs. WiNC staff has
developed schedulers for different uses, and understands the
complexities involved. Optimization problems have a habit
of becoming hard problems in the real world, frequently requiring
approximations of the optimal to avoid more computationally
expensive approaches. Knowing when to apply what algorithm
is important in the design of scheduling/optimization systems.