Do IT Managers Favor Remote Tech Teams?

The Pros and Cons of Remote Workers

Opportunities for remote work have Pros and Cons of Remote Workersbecome 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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Streamline Your Business Processes with the Cloud

How to Use the Cloud For Your BusinessTo many people, the cloud seems like a mystery. But it has come a long way from its more humble origins as a simple data storage mechanism. Now, the cloud can help you streamline your business processes by making more than storage available from any device, anywhere. If you haven’t considered moving your business processes to the cloud, now may be the time to explore the option more fully.

Less Maintenance with Cloud Computing

One of the biggest advantages of cloud computing is the lower cost associated with equipment maintenance. Instead of running onsite servers to store your data and applications, you can outsource the equipment part of the equation to another company. That means you don’t have to worry about keeping up with the pace of technology or addressing failures. It also eliminates the need to keep staff on hand to manage server operations, allowing you to direct your human capital to more profitable activities.

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How to Find, Attract, and Retain Top Tech Talent in the Minneapolis Market

THiring the Best IT Professionals Minneapolishe Minnesota High Tech Association just released their November report for the IT Workforce. In it they share that there are currently 7,381 job openings, with the top 5 skills in demand being Java, SQL, QA, SDLC, and Linux. Chances are, you’re looking for IT professionals in Minneapolis with those same skills, which means you have competition. Project Managers, Java Developers, Software Engineers, and .NET developers are “most wanted” by you and everyone else in the Twin Cities. They’re hard to find and they aren’t cheap to come by, so you have to be strategic when looking to fill these top tech roles. Luckily for you, we’ve compiled some tips that have helped many of the Minnesota companies we’re fortunate to call our clients fill their IT talent needs.

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How to Be an Awesome .NET Developer (not) Technically Speaking

Soft Skills for .NET DevelopersWhile the need for technical competency in a developer position is a given, there are a variety of other skills that can increase your career success. If you want to take your .NET development work from every day to awesome, consider developing in these key skills areas. Here are our tips for how to be an awesome .NET developer. 

Problem Solving
When it comes down to it, all development efforts are based on your ability to solve problems. Whether it is creating a new solution to fill a gap in the user experience, or troubleshooting an issue in an existing piece of software, problem solving is a core skill for this kind of work. The ability to employ critical-thinking techniques to break down a problem into logical steps, and the ability to turn those steps into an effective development plan, can help separate the great .NET developers from the so-so ones. Whether you are troubleshooting a framework issue or working to solve a compact mobile suite glitch, being able to figure out a viable solution is essential.

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The Top 5 Skills You NEED to Be an IT Manager

IT Manager JobsWorking as an IT manager requires a new skill set beyond that of a standard IT employee. Not only is it important that you function as an expert within your area, you also must effectively coordinate the actions of a team, facilitating positive collaboration between team members and other staff, as well as keeping the expectations of less technical upper-management members in line with what can actually be accomplished.

In order to help ensure your managerial success, consider the following key skills areas.

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Wield New Tech to Conquer Big Data

New Tech for Big DataBig data has changed the way businesses work with information.  While the creation and maintenance of relational databases used to be considered a comprehensive data management strategy, the increase in unstructured and semi-structured data has led businesses to require new storage mechanisms and analysis tools in order to ensure the information is being retained in the proper way and is accessible for internal research.

If you are looking for new and innovative ways to use big data to the benefit of your company, consider the following advances in big data management and analysis.

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Be an IT Chameleon! 3 Essential Reasons to Learn a New Skill Now!

As technology continues to integrate itself into more business areas and becomes the core of more critical functions, keeping your skills up to date is a requirement in order to stay competitive within the ever-evolving information technology field.  Innovations come at a pace that practically requires a continuous learning approach, as it is not acceptable to simply rest on the skills of yesterday to help you progress into tomorrow.

If you aren’t convinced that your IT skills need to evolve, consider the following.

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New Tech is Changing How People Solve IT Problems

The IT field evolves at a rate at which few businesses can ever hope to keep pace.  Mobility has become a key factor within what used to be a highly contained internal environment.  Additionally, the demand for solutions that allow access to advanced resources and capabilities, regardless of an employee’s location, has also shifted the priorities within the IT landscape.

To meet the demands of today’s work environment, IT teams need an open mind toward the advances in cloud solutions and mobile technology in order to provide the solutions of tomorrow, today.

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Give In To Summer Fun: How To Keep Your Tech Team Productive

Give In To Summer FunFrom weddings, to family vacations, to daycare needs, the summer months demand more time of your tech employees than any other season. Not only can these busy schedules pose a threat to your team’s engagement, but conflicting vacation schedules and availabilities can also lead to lost productivity and delayed project timelines. However, the opportunities presented by this season far outweigh its challenges. Tech employers who strategically leverage the summer months by offering additional workplace perks and tactically navigating schedules create an open environment conducive to employee happiness – a key factor to increasing retention and engagement throughout the year. Rather than panicking over the obstacles that lie ahead, consider the following strategies and perks that you can use to boost productivity and keep things running smoothly.

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What Do Millennial IT Pros Need to Know?

The Millennial members of ESP’s team weigh in on how their own professional experiences and their recruitment interactions with Millennial IT pros have shaped their view of the Millennial generation, and provide some advice to their peers in the tech field

What Do Millennial IT Pros Need to KnowIn many ways, the challenges of a Millennial workforce have already been addressed. The internet has produced extensive myth-busting content about the Millennial generation, as well as tips to help bridge the gap between Millennials and older generations. We’ve learned that there are gaps even within the Millennial generation that can cause workplace tension, and that ultimately, Millennials are comprised of individuals with unique needs in much the same way as their predecessors’ generations were. But the question remains – why do Millennial stereotypes persist, and how can we end them for good? Perhaps the answer involves Millennials looking inward to identify the ways they are perpetuating these stereotypes, and seeking solutions that will turn the talk in their favor.

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