Who Are .NET Developers?

As .NET continues to evolve in popularity and consulting positions for these tech professionals become more readily available, we’re getting asked: Who are .NET developers? Hiring managers and tech team members not only want to know what these developers do from a technical standpoint—they’re interested in the people behind the screen. What drives these IT pros? What do they like most about their jobs? Do they prefer Star Wars or Star Trek? (OK, that last one was more of an interesting tidbit than an actual question.) We dove into all these facts and more in the following infographic.

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Are We a Good Fit? How to Establish Culture Fit During a Tech Interview

Culture fit became a huge buzzword around 2012, and has since ingrained itself as a requirement for job seekers, consultants, and employers alike. But what do we mean when we say we are looking for a person—or opportunity—that is the right “fit” culturally? And has this concept become so commonplace that we’re losing sight of why it’s really important?

Whether in the tech industry or not, full-time employees spend more waking hours at work than anywhere else. This should incentivize companies to promote great cultures and compel professionals to work with businesses that align with individual values, practices, attitudes, and norms, creating a more positive workplace, better social interactions, and higher productivity. Ultimately, having a compatible tech team helps to create a thriving career for technology professionals and a flourishing company.

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Overcoming Unconscious Biases: Support Women in Technology

Overcoming Unconscious Biases: Support Women in TechnologyAs we approach Mother’s Day, we’re once again reflecting on the reasons why women and technology are a perfect match. In 2013, we proclaimed that working moms love IT—and the statement remains true today. Studies detail the measurable impact women can have on tech teams and the desirable benefits tech careers offer women, but there remains a deficit of female techies in the workplace. How can such a disparity exist? Despite the innovative nature of the tech industry and technology careers in general, women in tech positions—as in other fields—still face gender biases.

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Why Your IT Department Should Be Using Agile

Should our team use the agile method?

When we say IT departments are using “Agile” we don’t mean they are hiring IT pros who are swift, nimble, and acrobatic—well, at least not entirely. Agile refers to a popular development methodology that has gained traction among technology teams as an iterative and flexible approach to complete large-scale projects while reducing failure risk. The alternate “Waterfall” method of development includes the steps: analyze, scale, build, and test. While Agile maintains these key steps, it is touted as allowing for more flexibility and collaboration.

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9 Interview Questions Every .NET Developer Should Be Prepared to Answer

questions asked in .NET developer interviewIn the world of IT job or contract gig seeking, we often focus a lot of energy on resumes, technical summaries, networking, and other key facets to landing an interview. While all of these are important, perhaps more important—especially when it comes to in-demand .NET developer positions—is how you handle the interview itself. For many IT pros, the interview process is multitiered. Hiring managers not only want to know that you are an expert in your field of technology—they want to ensure you are a good fit for their team overall, based on your work history and nontechnical skills.

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4 Ways You Absolutely KNOW You Found the Right IT Consultant

How to Get the Best IT ConsultantsChoosing an IT consultant can be a daunting task, especially for smaller businesses and hiring managers who don’t have experience working with consultants. Though consultants boast unique expertise, adaptability, and proficiency, their time often comes at a higher hourly cost than permanent, full-time IT pros. But for many tech teams—especially those looking to reduce turnover costs and/or increase efficiency—hiring an IT consultant can be game changing. In order to make sure your investment pays off, consider the statements below. Mentally checking off all four before extending a contract will help you find the best fit.

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Twin Cities IT Salary Guide for 2017

Our 2017 Salary Guide data comes from a variety of sources – actual salaries ranging from Fortune 500 and mid-sized companies, to smaller emerging companies, and local and national research. Check out our infographic below, or view our IT Salary Guide.

ESP IT 2017 Tech Salary Guide Inforgraphic

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ESP IT continues to monitor and analyze Minnesota tech hiring trends, compensation, and benefits information in order to better serve our clients. The market insight in this infographic comes from our team of IT staffing experts, along with local and national research sources, including the Minnesota High Tech Association. If you have any questions or comments about our 2017 Tech Salary Guide, please contact us.

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5 Steps to Succeed on a Scrum Team as a BA

Guest Blog by Trina Silverglate, IT Consultant

How to be a BA in Agile Scrum MethodologyWhether you are new to the world of business analysis or a seasoned veteran, you’ve probably discovered that the first step when starting a new project on a Scrum team is defining your role in relation to the product team, the developers, and the Scrum Master. In the agile scrum methodology, the BA is not a defined role, but often companies decide it will be most effective to include one on the team anyway. Because of the lack of definition around the role, as a Business Analyst Contractor, you can end up with a wide variance of responsibilities, which can set you up to fail or succeed. To set yourself up for success on your next Scrum project, we’ve identified these 5 simple steps:

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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?

Opportunities for remote work have become 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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