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September 19, 2013

GCS President Alex Philp Talks About Montana's $6 Billion Opportunity

From ExploreBigSky - According to 2012 OIA research, nearly $6 billion is generated by outdoor recreation spending in Montana, generating $403 million in state and local tax revenue and nearly 65,000 jobs.

Another panelist, Alex Philp, president of Missoula software company GCS Research, said the outdoors contribute directly to his bottom line.

“We write software, ... but what defines us and what defines my staff – what allows us to recruit them – is love of public lands. The guys and gals that work with me… can live anywhere.”

In the past, Philp said, he flew to cities to solicit business from the world’s largest companies. Now he flies executives to Missoula. “Instead of just another meeting on their turf, I was transforming their lives.”

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September 19, 2013
Press Release: NBC Interviews Alex Philp About Impact of MT Jobs Summit

As the Montana Economic Summit came to a close on Tuesday, folks like Alex Philp said the real point of the summit is just beginning.

"I have a meeting in ten minutes and we're still working the conference- so while everybody else is leaving, we're still having meetings," he said. And from those meetings, he said he imagines it will turn into revenue for his business.

Philp is the founder and president of Missoula technology company GCS, and said his company's attended every single summit. Within his business alone, the folks he's connected with at the summits have led to contracts for his company around the world.

Watch Alex's interview on NBC affiliate KVTM


September 16, 2013

 

By RENATA BIRKENBUEL Montana Standard

BUTTE – Montana’s outdoor lifestyle has received a ringing endorsement from small business owners.

Just in time for the upcoming Montana Economic Development Summit Sept. 16-17 at Montana Tech, a telling survey of 200 small private business owners shows that 70 percent of them agree that the state’s enticing outdoors are a factor in locating or expanding here.

The presence of public lands, such as national forests, national parks, wildlife refuges, plus river and trail access, continue to attract young business owners and businesses on the rise, according to the random survey commissioned this summer by Business for Montana’s Outdoors…

Rock stars in their own right, members of a panel discussion, “Boosting Montana’s Economy Through the Great Outdoors,” are scheduled for Monday at the sixth Montana Economic Development Summit at Montana Tech.

They include world-renowned mountain climber Conrad Anker, who reached Mount Everest three times; moderator Spencer Williams of West Paw Design in Bozeman; K.C. Walsh of Simms Fishing in Bozeman; Alex Philp of GCS Research in Missoula; and I Ling Thompson of the Outdoor Industry Association.

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September 16, 2013

University of Montana Preparing Grads for High-Tech Careers in Big Data, Cybersecurity 

Story by Keila Szpaller for the Missoulian 

A new facility at the University of Montana will allow students to learn about cybersecurity and use “big data” to solve real-world problems.

On Monday, UM announced plans to open a Cyber Innovation Laboratory in collaboration with state technology companies. The lab is an outgrowth of UM’s programs, research and technology, and it will be funded initially through donations from private tech companies.

“The Cyber Innovation Laboratory at UM will be a place where students are given real-world experience and learn the technical skills that employees require in this dynamic and growing industry,” UM president Royce Engstrom said in a news release.

The initial private investment in the lab is estimated to be $20,000, and UM aims to open its doors in a couple of months, according to Provost Perry Brown. He said UM has not determined the exact location on campus, but is homing in on sites of roughly 1,000 square feet.

In the lab, students will learn how to prevent hacking and track down hackers. They will study “vulnerability assessment, in which they are taught how to identify weaknesses in information systems.”

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Read more about GCS' partnering with UM on big data curriculum


September 16, 2013
Press Release: GCS President Alex Philp featured alongside industry leaders, renowned mountaineer on Montana Jobs Summit panel

Small businesses say lifestyle a reason why they’re in Montana

BUTTE – Montana’s outdoor lifestyle has received a ringing endorsement from small business owners.

Just in time for the upcoming Montana Economic Development Summit Sept. 16-17 at Montana Tech, a telling survey of 200 small private business owners shows that 70 percent of them agree that the state’s enticing outdoors are a factor in locating or expanding here.

The presence of public lands, such as national forests, national parks, wildlife refuges, plus river and trail access, continue to attract young business owners and businesses on the rise, according to the random survey commissioned this summer by Business for Montana’s Outdoors…

Rock stars in their own right, members of a panel discussion, “Boosting Montana’s Economy Through the Great Outdoors,” are scheduled for Monday at the sixth Montana Economic Development Summit at Montana Tech.

They include world-renowned mountain climber Conrad Anker, who reached Mount Everest three times; moderator Spencer Williams of West Paw Design in Bozeman; K.C. Walsh of Simms Fishing in Bozeman; Alex Philp of GCS Research in Missoula; and I Ling Thompson of the Outdoor Industry Association.

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September 13, 2013

GCS President Alex Philp talks careers in Big Data with UM students

Surveillance State.  From the Montana Kaimin 

Alex Philp filled an entire whiteboard with words and diagrams last week as he dissected the term “big data” for a dozen students sitting in room 205 of the Gallagher Business Building. To help students grasp the concept, the guest lecturer asked UM’s real-time data analytics class if anyone could explain what happened on Wall Street one afternoon this August. The event made national headlines.

“They had a software problem,” one student responded.

“Yeah, a big software problem,” Philp said, laughing at the simplicity of the statement. “They got more data in one time from one source than they expected, and it blew up their algorithm in terms of how they were going to process it. They shut it down for three hours, guys. Do you know what it costs to shut down the NASDAQ for three hours?”

Philp paused, giving his audience a second to absorb what he said.

“Do you realize the algorithms they are using and the technology they are using are so antiquated that you guys can build a better way of processing trades in this classroom?” he asked.

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