We first shared about the impact of March Madness in 2014. We decided our information could use a little updating, especially since Minneapolis is hosting the Final Four in 2019! Millions of people participate in the NCAA tournament every year and the impact on IT departments and technology professionals continues to be great. This year’s tournament will also have a pretty big impact on Minneapolis. Check out our infographic below for some stats on the NCAA tournament, it’s influences on the workplace, and the benefits (and costs) of hosting the Final Four in the Twin Cities.
Have you imagined a world where you can work from anywhere – from home in your PJs to a beach on the Amalfi Coast. Chances are if you’re a millennial you have (I know I have…Last week I drifted off to Costa Rica, today I’m dreaming of lying on the beach at Bde Maka Ska). We not only think about working in distant lands, but we’re also figuring out how to make it a reality. Millennials are, or at least desire to be, Digital Nomads. Why does this matter? Millennials are now the largest generation in the U.S. labor force, according to the Pew Research Center, and they have definite expectations on how work should look. Post-Millennials (Gen Z) are just reaching the age to work as well, bringing with them similar ideals – flexible, remote, sustainable, welcoming, collaborative, and fun work environments. As work continues to permeate into life, life needs to permeate into work.
The buzzword of 2018 could very well be the “gig economy.” Professionals are changing the way they work – contract work, consulting, freelance, the list goes on. The shift of employment preference can be used to a company’s advantage. Consulting services help companies scale their projects, bringing in the resources they need to complete successful business solutions. The most successful projects include resources that are both technically qualified and fit into the culture and workflow of a team.
Cray, the global supercomputing technology leader, has been partnering with ESP IT since 2011. ESP IT started working with Cray through Blaine Ebeling, Senior Software Manager. Blaine was searching for engineering consulting talent with very specific experience in Linux Systems. Throughout the years, we at ESP have learned about Cray’s particular technical needs and fantastic work culture, helping them find the strong, self-motivated engineers they’ve needed. In fact, many of the contractors we’ve placed at Cray have converted to full-time roles. Cray reaches out to consulting firms when they’re unable to find resources through their own HR recruiting staff – meaning the roles they send to ESP are especially challenging due to the competitive IT labor market Minnesota is experiencing. We’ve been able to deliver because we took the time to listen and truly understand the skills and traits needed to be a successful team player at Cray. Thanks for the years of partnership and the kind testimonial Blaine!
Managers and executives are busier than ever, and networking can sometimes feel like an added task on your calendar. However, finding the right networking opportunities serves an important role in your career and for the growth of your business. When you are a leader, it can be difficult to find a mentor or someone to brainstorm ideas with. A challenge many leaders face is finding others with shared experiences that can provide professional and career insight. Collaborating with peers connects you with individuals who share similar responsibilities and can offer advice or guidance. Additionally, making connections creates opportunities to give back to the industry, to mentor and to support fellow leaders.
Our history with Darin Lynch goes way back. He was once a group manager at ESP Software Services, a division of ESP IT sold to Cotelligent in 1996. Darin started Irish Titan, a company specializing in designing and developing e-commerce platforms, websites, and digital strategy in 2004. Darin and Bob Hildreth (CEO of ESP IT) reconnected several years ago and now talk often to discuss ideas and challenges they face as leaders of fast-growing entrepreneurial technology companies.
ESP believes that a great culture fit is as paramount to a successful team as a skill fit. We know the Titan team well. We have invested the time on the front end to understand their organizational needs with each hire, and we find the best technical talent to meet those needs. We understand Irish Titan’s unique culture, Darin’s leadership and brand philosophy, and what it means to be a part of the Titan family. That’s why Irish Titan has partnered with ESP IT to help grow their technical team in development and engineering.
The cryptographic online recordkeeping system known as blockchain, originally invented by the person (or group of people) known by the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, has quickly revolutionized the nature of online currency transference (especially regarding Bitcoin). As its uses continue to grow, however, it’s becoming increasingly important that everyone in the tech industry understands just what blockchain is. Therefore, we’ve developed a handy introduction. Read on to discover the nature of blockchain systems, and just how they’re revolutionizing the online landscape.
2018 is right around the corner. With that, we decided to share some of our New Year’s Resolutions. We hope you all have a wonderful New Year.
“See my family and friends more!” – Mindi
“My New Years resolution is to continue weight training and get ripped.” – Chad
“My Work Year’s resolution is to make more time for fun with colleagues. Our industry is known for its peaks and valleys, and ultimately it’s the team support that keeps us level.” – Zoe
The Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, voted on Thursday, December 14 to dismantle rules that were put in place to keep the internet accessible to all with a computer and a Wi-Fi connection. This is concerning news for many Americans, as broadband companies now have the power to control access to different sites, having “the power to potentially reshape Americans’ online experiences.” Many people take for granted the relatively recent increase in immediate search-gratification on the internet. Not long ago, we waited impatiently for our computers to connect to the internet using dial-up.
This holiday season, get the hottest gadgets for the tech person in your life! Kids or adults, there’s something here for everyone on your list. Here are our top picks for the annual “ESP Holiday Tech Gadget Guide.”
1. Google Cardboard $15
Not the latest gift, but certainly still one of the greatest! At only $15 a set, the Google Cardboard glasses work with VR apps, games, or videos. Transport to a different reality with this fun toy.