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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Does My Tech Team Trust Me?

Increasing Trust for a Productive TeamBuilding Trust with Your Tech Team Can Lead to Company-Wide Advantages. ESP Uses Tips from Their Blueprint to Help You Get Started.

As a leader, “Does my team trust me?” is a question to ask on a regular basis. Trust isn’t inherent. It must be earned and shared. As a leader working with technology professionals in the midst of a talent shortage, earning the trust of your team becomes even more imperative. Tech execs play a pivotal role in the success of their team, overall workplace satisfaction, and ultimately, retention. Because of this, trust has always been a core value for our company. ESP has learned that implementing trust tactics not only is essential for doing business with our clients, but it also helps foster positive relationships within our in-office team, and with our consultants.

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On Tap: Foundational Pillars To Any Successful IT Consulting Career

Tech on Tap LogoTech on Tap is an ESP hosted happy hour and networking event that connects technology professionals and business leaders with other experts in the field. Last fall we launched our first ever “Tech Talks”, and had the opportunity to learn from three speakers about new languages, methodologies, and emerging tech trends.

In anticipation of our upcoming event on May 12th at Modist Brewing, we’ve asked one of the speakers from our last event – Bruce Krupnick – to publish his talk as a guest blog:

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Removing The Tech Gender Gap: We Need Women Techies

Removing The Tech Gender Gap We Need Women TechiesThat a gender gap exists in tech is an undeniable fact, though not a new revelation. Groups such as Girls Who Code and Women Who Code have made efforts to draw awareness to this issue, sharing research proving the number of women graduating from college with computer science degrees has dropped from 37 percent in 1984 to 18 percent today, along with other startling findings.

But an underlying question, the big “so what?” remains largely unanswered. As a result, many in tech are left wondering whether the hot-button issue has received more hype than it is worth.

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6 Simple Habits To Make You A Top Developer

Whether you’re a Web .Net, Java, or Mobile Developer, or even a Software Consultant, integrating these habits into your daily life will help you rise to the top of your field.

Let’s face it – you know that “Software Developer” is a general term. Even within the tech6 Simple Habits To Make You A Top Developer stratosphere there’s a fine line between Computer Scientists, Programmers, Developers, and Architects, not to mention the plethora of technologies under the “Development” umbrella. And just as there are myriad “types” of Software Developers, there’s no one right way among IT pros to be the best. However, what we do know is that the people who are “the best,” all possess important commonalities – they employ simple, everyday habits that develop (pun intended) them as professionals and give them an edge over their competition. We’ve pulled out six that stand above the rest, and while this isn’t an all-encompassing list, your development career is sure to benefit from incorporating these practices into your normal routine.

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Why Being A “Corporate Athlete” Can Enhance Your IT Career

While the nation may still be struggling with obesity, America is becoming an increasingly956fcba50654ac5c645ed82b79bc30f4 health-conscious society. From health apps to organic fast food, going on a “health kick” has swept the nation. Last January, with fresh New Year resolutions promising an increased devotion to healthy pursuits, the Twin Cities saw a sure spike in wellness trends. Despite our cold winters, Minnesota boasts the title of healthiest city in America thanks to ample park systems, exercise opportunities, and access to healthy food options. But being health-conscious in the New Year extends far beyond following the latest trend; taking care of your health will actually make you happier and more productive.

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College Degrees: The Incomplete Picture

Pros and Cons to Consider Before Screening for Your Contract Needs

When a company finds itself in need of an IT pro, hiring managers and IT recruiters begin Collegesifting through a variety of resumes – weeding out candidates based on predetermined requirements for the role they are hoping to fill. In the past, one such requirement has been a consultant’s acquisition of a 4-year degree. However, many new initiatives and developments in the world of IT have necessitated a change in that mode of thinking. While we certainly wouldn’t turn this prerequisite on its head (screening for IT pros without a college degree) in many cases it has become an outdated mode of elimination. So before beginning the search to fill your upcoming contract needs, consider these positives and negatives to an IT pro having or not having a diploma. Doing so can help you make an educated decision about what you’re REALLY looking for, and can help you find the best resource for your needs.

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“Should I Stay or Should I Go?” – LinkedIn First Impressions

LinkedIn pen resumeLinkedIn has revolutionized the way recruiters and hiring managers are able to interact with IT consultants. The Clash may have been talking about a relationship dilemma in their hit song, “Should I Stay or Should I Go,” but with so many profiles on LinkedIn and limited time to look through them, IT recruiters can’t help but ask themselves that question in the first few seconds of viewing a LinkedIn profile. While this has ultimately been a positive change for all parties, the expectations that come along with an online presence can lead recruiters to feeling that an otherwise qualified IT pro will be “double trouble”. The ESP IT recruiting team is here to “let you know” what you can do with your photo and summary to make them “stay” on your page and consider you a viable candidate for your dream IT gig.

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Bob Hildreth named Business Builder of the Year Finalist by Upsize Magazine

Bob Hildreth is the finalist for Best 2012 BBA logoPractices in People and Workplace due to ESP’s placing people first mentality and four principles for creating a successful team.  [Click to Read Full Article]. The Upsize Business Builder of the Year is an annual contest designed to recognize Minnesota entrepreneurs for driving smart, sustainable growth.

Excerpts from Upsize Magazine Dec.2012/Jan.2013 Issue

PEOPLE PERSON

“But what if I have a great idea?” asked Bob Hildreth’s young son years ago, told to be quiet when tagging along on a business meeting–and the CEO of ESP Systems Professionals started listening.

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ESP’s Best Practices published in Business Journal

In Friday’s Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, ESP was once again quoted in theFast.50.Logo-750 Fast50 Feature. Here’s how Bob Hildreth answered their questions:

1. Please tell us about at least one “best practice” that your company uses that helps set you apart from the competition. What is the one thing that you do over and over again that helps lead to your success?

In the fast-paced IT industry, too often the focus is only on technical skills and past work experience.  We know the importance of that when it comes to hiring, but we also see value in understanding a candidate’s interpersonal and soft skills. We’ve made it a best practice to spend a significant amount of time getting to know a candidate. We want to have an in-depth understanding of their career goals, personalities, and work styles to ensure the best fit for their careers and their future employer.

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