10 Reasons to Embrace IoT

10 reasons to embrace the internet of thingsAll techies hold at least a fundamental understanding of the Internet of Things. Since 2014 especially, the world of sensors, connected devices and increased Internet technologies has exploded—with researchers predicting 30 to 50 billion connected devices by the year 2020. But despite these climbing numbers, some IT pros continue to view the IoT as a cultural trend rather than a dynamic shift in the way their industry—and careers—will evolve in the coming years. Are you among those still hesitant to fully embrace the IoT? The following 10 tips for IT pros and businesses will help you better understand how the IoT can add value to your career.

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Do IT Managers Favor Remote Tech Teams?

The Pros and Cons of Remote Workers

Opportunities for remote work have Pros and Cons of Remote Workersbecome a natural part of almost all business models, and tech teams are no exception. Often, employers and supervisors use remote working as a perk to attract and retain top tech talent. The question is: do the pros of offering this perk outweigh the cons?

In 2013, Yahoo!’s then-CEO Marissa Mayer made headlines when she butted up-and-coming trends by instituting a telecommuting ban for the company’s employees. In the year that followed, some claimed Mayer’s decision was sound—citing studies that reported remote workers’ abuse of privileges and overall detriment to a team’s productivity.

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Top IT Certifications to Propel Your Career Into 2017

What IT Certifications Do I Need for 2017As an IT pro, you already know certifications will distinguish you from the pack. The
question is: do you know which certifications hiring managers and project managers are looking for? With so many certifications available to IT pros, it can be hard to determine which one(s) to pursue. And to make matters more complicated, the most in-demand certifications are not always the ones most likely to boost your pay and advance your career. That’s why we’ve created a list to help you weigh your best options in the new year. Whether you’re looking for a new opportunity or hoping to advance your career in 2017, the following certifications will bolster your resume and help you meet your goals.

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Do You Need A Personal Trainer For Your Tech Career?

Help From IT Recruiter in IT Job SearchDid you meet your goals in 2016? If your answer—at least in part—is “no” then you’re not alone. Millions of people began 2017 by reflecting on changes they want to make. In many cases, the achievement of these goals will depend on support from trained professionals who will motivate, encourage, and challenge people on their journeys. Likewise, when it comes to your professional goals, seeking the advice of a technical recruiter may be your ticket to finding new opportunities and advancing your career. Below are some questions to ask yourself that will help you decide if it’s time for a “personal trainer” in your tech career.

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Streamline Your Business Processes with the Cloud

How to Use the Cloud For Your BusinessTo many people, the cloud seems like a mystery. But it has come a long way from its more humble origins as a simple data storage mechanism. Now, the cloud can help you streamline your business processes by making more than storage available from any device, anywhere. If you haven’t considered moving your business processes to the cloud, now may be the time to explore the option more fully.

Less Maintenance with Cloud Computing

One of the biggest advantages of cloud computing is the lower cost associated with equipment maintenance. Instead of running onsite servers to store your data and applications, you can outsource the equipment part of the equation to another company. That means you don’t have to worry about keeping up with the pace of technology or addressing failures. It also eliminates the need to keep staff on hand to manage server operations, allowing you to direct your human capital to more profitable activities.

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ESP’s Tech Gadget Gift Guide 2016

Gift Ideas for TechiesThe holiday season is upon us, and what better gifts for IT pros (to give and receive) than the hottest tech gadgets for 2016? Here are our picks for ESP’s annual “Holiday Tech Gadget Gift Guide”:

Nomad Key ($20)

Gift Guide for IT ProfessionalsThis is the perfect gift for someone whose phone is always running out of battery or for someone who is always on the move. It works by plugging into any USP port to charge your mobile device. About the size of a house key, the Nomad key can be purchased for both iPhone and Android and attaches to your key ring.

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Happy Thanksgiving to You and Yours

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This Thanksgiving, we just want to take a moment to say thank you.

Thank you to our clients, partners, and friends, for your support and goodwill this year.

Thank you to our consultants: our great reputation in the Twin Cities IT Market is due to your skills, hard work, and advocacy.

And thank you to our internal staff for your dedication, commitment to integrity, and always striving to be the best you can be.

May you and yours have a very happy Thanksgiving.

-from all of us at ESP IT

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How to Find, Attract, and Retain Top Tech Talent in the Minneapolis Market

THiring the Best IT Professionals Minneapolishe Minnesota High Tech Association just released their November report for the IT Workforce. In it they share that there are currently 7,381 job openings, with the top 5 skills in demand being Java, SQL, QA, SDLC, and Linux. Chances are, you’re looking for IT professionals in Minneapolis with those same skills, which means you have competition. Project Managers, Java Developers, Software Engineers, and .NET developers are “most wanted” by you and everyone else in the Twin Cities. They’re hard to find and they aren’t cheap to come by, so you have to be strategic when looking to fill these top tech roles. Luckily for you, we’ve compiled some tips that have helped many of the Minnesota companies we’re fortunate to call our clients fill their IT talent needs.

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Use Your Best Interview Questions to Drive Better Business Practices

Questions You Should Ask as an InterviewerWhen interviewing candidates, you are looking for more than just a person to occupy a seat; you want to find the right applicant who will help your business flourish. Failing to ask probing interview questions can leave you ill-equipped to identify which candidate will help truly support your best business practices.

Before you meet with your next interviewee, consider asking questions that dig deeper into these topics to help you get the information you need to make the best decision for your business.

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How to Be an Awesome .NET Developer (not) Technically Speaking

Soft Skills for .NET DevelopersWhile the need for technical competency in a developer position is a given, there are a variety of other skills that can increase your career success. If you want to take your .NET development work from every day to awesome, consider developing in these key skills areas. Here are our tips for how to be an awesome .NET developer. 

Problem Solving
When it comes down to it, all development efforts are based on your ability to solve problems. Whether it is creating a new solution to fill a gap in the user experience, or troubleshooting an issue in an existing piece of software, problem solving is a core skill for this kind of work. The ability to employ critical-thinking techniques to break down a problem into logical steps, and the ability to turn those steps into an effective development plan, can help separate the great .NET developers from the so-so ones. Whether you are troubleshooting a framework issue or working to solve a compact mobile suite glitch, being able to figure out a viable solution is essential.

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