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.
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. Much like the trusted automotive brands of Detroit, Salesforce has been on the road for years and has ample experience with all three types of clients:
- Those who use it forever – individuals who are as attached to the Salesforce platform as to a classic car
- The experienced drivers – those who continue to make updates to keep their newer model vehicle running smoothly
- First-time buyers—companies who are just pulling the Salesforce platform off the dealership for the first time
Salesforce knows that there are a great many roads out there and navigating the expansive territory of its platform can be challenging for the new user. That’s why, via the use of its innovative Trailhead system, users can learn their way around Salesforce by taking guided learning paths (consisting of various modules and projects) while earning Superbadges along the way. A company should optimize Salesforce by hiring a great “mechanic” to keep things running the way they should.
Cybersecurity was predicted to be a hot topic in 2017 and that has proven to be true. With the many international cyberattacks from the WannaCry Virus to Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections, it’s clear that private information, computers, software, and IoT devices are not safe. Although we still embrace the Internet of Things, we do so with our eyes wide open.
Everything is turning smart. That’s a good thing, right? It’s creating better efficiency, a smarter approach to business, health, etc. But, like any technological advance, there’s a downside, and for IoT and that’s a decrease in security and privacy. Security isn’t keeping up as IoT advances.
As .NET continues to evolve in popularity and consulting positions for these tech professionals become more readily available, we’re getting asked: Who are .NET developers? Hiring managers and tech team members not only want to know what these developers do from a technical standpoint—they’re interested in the people behind the screen. What drives these IT pros? What do they like most about their jobs? Do they prefer Star Wars or Star Trek? (OK, that last one was more of an interesting tidbit than an actual question.) We dove into all these facts and more in the following infographic.
Culture fit became a huge buzzword around 2012, and has since ingrained itself as a requirement for job seekers, consultants, and employers alike. But what do we mean when we say we are looking for a person—or opportunity—that is the right “fit” culturally? And has this concept become so commonplace that we’re losing sight of why it’s really important?
Whether in the tech industry or not, full-time employees spend more waking hours at work than anywhere else. This should incentivize companies to promote great cultures and compel professionals to work with businesses that align with individual values, practices, attitudes, and norms, creating a more positive workplace, better social interactions, and higher productivity. Ultimately, having a compatible tech team helps to create a thriving career for technology professionals and a flourishing company.
As we approach Mother’s Day, we’re once again reflecting on the reasons why women and technology are a perfect match. In 2013, we proclaimed that working moms love IT—and the statement remains true today. Studies detail the measurable impact women can have on tech teams and the desirable benefits tech careers offer women, but there remains a deficit of female techies in the workplace. How can such a disparity exist? Despite the innovative nature of the tech industry and technology careers in general, women in tech positions—as in other fields—still face gender biases.
When we say IT departments are using “Agile” we don’t mean they are hiring IT pros who are swift, nimble, and acrobatic—well, at least not entirely. Agile refers to a popular development methodology that has gained traction among technology teams as an iterative and flexible approach to complete large-scale projects while reducing failure risk. The alternate “Waterfall” method of development includes the steps: analyze, scale, build, and test. While Agile maintains these key steps, it is touted as allowing for more flexibility and collaboration.
Opportunities for remote work have become 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.
To 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.
The Minnesota High Tech Association’s monthly workforce reports show between 7,000 and 10,000 tech job openings in Minnesota, 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.