4 Ways You Absolutely KNOW You Found the Right IT Consultant

How to Get the Best IT ConsultantsChoosing an IT consultant can be a daunting task, especially for smaller businesses and hiring managers who don’t have experience working with consultants. Though consultants boast unique expertise, adaptability, and proficiency, their time often comes at a higher hourly cost than permanent, full-time IT pros. But for many tech teams—especially those looking to reduce turnover costs and/or increase efficiency—hiring an IT consultant can be game changing. In order to make sure your investment pays off, consider the statements below. Mentally checking off all four before extending a contract will help you find the best fit.

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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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An Empty Tech Seat: The High Cost to You

Are IT consultants your best solution to the talent shortage?

The High Cost of An Empty Tech SeatDemand for tech talent is fierce. The Twin Cities alone boast 164,500 opportunities for tech pros, and that number is projected to keep growing. Unfortunately, high competition also means that employers face high tech talent turnover. Though many have implemented retention-driven strategies and launched specific perks designed to hold onto these fleeting IT pros, reports still reveal a turnover rate of between 9.1% and 10.6% for employees in the tech industry.

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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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Coming Soon…4 Tips for “Telling About Yourself” in Your Next Interview

Film ReelMake a lasting impression at your interview by skillfully navigating the inevitable opener: “so… tell me about yourself.” No matter how many key interviewing stories you have in your back-pocket, many IT consultants still feel uncertain about how to approach this open-ended start to an interview. However, this opener is nothing to shy from: It is a terrific opportunity to take charge of the interview and talk about your strengths, qualifications, and why you’d be good at the job, while also expressing who you are personally and professionally to your interviewer. You want to interest and impress your prospective employer without running the risk of talking too long and becoming boring, or giving a negative impression. Make the most of the opportunity to “tell about yourself” by having a three-minute (or so) answer prepared. Turn to the examples of movie trailers – which similarly aim to deliver a strong message in a tight time frame— to help you navigate your story with personality, engage your interviewers, and leave them wanting more.

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3 Tips to Engage IT Pros in a Hot Market

3 Tips to Engage IT Pros in a Hot Market

You probably know better than anyone that there’s a shortage of IT talent.  The IT industry is constantly growing and evolving, and the unemployment rate in the tech sector is currently around 3%, so how do you get ahead of your competition to get the skilled IT professionals you need?  It might surprise you, but the IT market and housing market currently have a lot in common. If you’re looking to engage the best IT consultants, you may need to start thinking in terms of buying a house and follow these 3 tips:

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