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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Thanksgiving, we pause to thank you for your friendship and goodwill. May you have a bountiful Thanksgiving, a happy Holiday Season, and a New Year of good health, happiness, and prosperity.
Even when things get ruff, like putting on Roy’s turkey costume, we know how important it is to stick to our core values, especially “Wag Your Tail.” Our team comes to work every day with a passion and a desire to be the best. That is part of what makes work fun. As this holiday season draws near, we hope your tail is wagging and that you have a wonderful time with friends and family.
Artificial intelligence is a highly debated topic among experts. Disagreements exist about the definition of AI, when it will become smarter than humans, and whether AI will become uncontrollable. Several leading experts have offered warnings about artificial intelligence becoming too powerful and autonomous for humankind. Technology is advancing at an unprecedented pace, leaving little room for thoughtful contemplation about the consequences of our inventions. In the Jetson’s world, two types of AI forms existed: a fully autonomous yet fully submissive robot named Rosie and a kind, yet fully independent machine named R.U.D.I. Is this indicative of our futures or could we create something a little more sinister?
This year, technology seems to be pushing the limits like we’ve never seen before. We’re contemplating the reach of Artificial Intelligence, fighting off cyber-criminals, and diving deeper into big data privacy concerns. With Halloween just around the corner, what spooky, creepy, or trickstery technologies are popping up? We’ve compiled our top 5.
Just as we were adjusting to the thought of possible drones flying overhead, Amazon releases their newest initiative – a camera that gives Amazon Delivery Drivers access to your home. With safety measures in place – verifying the delivery driver, delivery time, and address before unlocking your door – it still leaves room for things to go wrong. Do you want strangers in your home? How extensive is their background check process? Packages might not risk ruin by the natural elements or the risk of theft but is it worth it?
Guest Blogger: Kelli Moretter-Bue
On September 10th, I completed the Ironman Madison, a triathlon consisting of a 2.4-mile swim through a crowded lake, 112 miles of rollercoaster cycling, and concluding with a silly little marathon, or 26.2 miles of running. Full transparency—It was one of the most challenging days of my life. I’ve done other endurance events but the Ironman was the most difficult competition I have ever participated in. Training for the actual race was almost more arduous than the race itself! For months, I trained day in and day out. I had double workouts on single days, weekends packed with HOURS of biking and running, and SOOO many early morning alarms in the dark that I started to feel like some sort of night vigilante (but a tired one at that).
LinkedIn is a great way to provide a virtual resume. However, users sometimes try to simplify things by ignoring details, processes, and steps which they feel are too complicated or unnecessary – but such a mindset could cost you your next great IT gig. The ESP IT team sheds some light on skills, recommendations, endorsements, and more. Here are some tips on how to update your profile and stand out!
Your Skills Section is as Important as Your Experience Section
Listing skills at the bottom of your LinkedIn page is not an arbitrary matter. Recruiters want you to highlight the skills that you’ve learned working in the various positions included on your profile. These skills also help them as they search through consultants’ profiles to determine whether or not you might be a good fit for an IT contract gig.