Millennials Buck the Traditional Office…And For Good Reasons

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.

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Making the Most of the Gig Economy Through Strong Partnerships

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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.

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Cray Inc. Case Study

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! 

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Irish Titan Case Study

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.

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The ESP IT Team Shares Their New Year’s Resolutions in Memes

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

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Our team shares what they’re listening to this season.

Tis the season to travel and with travel comes a much-needed store of good listens. Our team thought it would be fun to share what we’re listening to throughout the office. From podcasts to rap, we hope there is something that appeals to you as you’re deciding what to tune into. Full disclosure: If you click on any of the links, I don’t guarantee the following suggestions to be PG. Some may contain language that is not suitable for sensitive ears.

Podcast: Up and Vanished

“Up and Vanished is a well done, investigative podcast diving into a real-life cold case from 2005. I’m a huge fan of suspense and unexpected twists and turns so this was right up my alley.” – Alex

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ESP IT and Salesforce: Connecting Salesforce Experts to Twin Cities Companies

Founded in 1999, Salesforce is the first capable cloud-based CRM platform. Through its full suite of apps (covering sales, service, marketing, commerce, and more), Salesforce provides its clients with state-of-the-art analytics to optimize client relationship management. The cloud-based applications of Salesforce also afford clients the possibility of running their businesses from mobile devices.

Salesforce benefits companies by helping to simultaneously manage existing clients and finding new potential customers. A Salesforce expert is a benefit not only to the Tech and Sales Ops departments of a company, but to everyone involved in customer relations. Having a system that places all customers in one easily accessible place makes it possible to treat each as though they are the top priority.

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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

View our 2017 IT Salary Guide

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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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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We Keep Getting Better With Age — Celebrating 48 Years!

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On October 1st, ESP will be 48 years old. In an industry where reputation based on relationships is everything to your success, we couldn’t be prouder to be celebrating 48 years of serving the IT community in Minnesota.

In 1968, ESP stood for Electronic Systems Personnel, which was what “IT” was called back when computers took up whole rooms. The name has evolved over time, to ESP Systems Professionals, and now, ESP IT to reflect current terminology. Along with the name changes we’ve adapted our services to fit current market needs, but in most ways, we’re still the same “ESP”.

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