Making the Most of the Gig Economy Through Strong Partnerships

Scaling Resource Solutions

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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A No Pressure Event: Connecting and Collaborating with IT Leaders. Invest in yourself!

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.

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Blockchain 101: Understanding the Future of Online Records and Collaboration

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.

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How the Repeal of Net Neutrality Rules Could Affect You

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.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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.

We hope your tail is wagging and that you have a wonderful time with friends and family.

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.

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Lessons from The Jetsons: Artificial Intelligence Can Go (At Least) Two Ways

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?

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Trick or Treat? 5 Spooky Technologies

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.

Amazons Key

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?

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Leadership Lessons Learned From My Ironman

Leadership Lessons Learned from My Ironman

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).

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Validating Your IT Skills on LinkedIn

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.

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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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