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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Irish Titan Case Study

Our history with Darin Lynch goes way back. He was once a group manager at ESP Software Services, a division of ESP IT sold to Cotelligent in 1996. Darin started Irish Titan, a company specializing in designing and developing e-commerce platforms, websites, and digital strategy in 2004. Darin and Bob Hildreth (CEO of ESP IT) reconnected several years ago and now talk often to discuss ideas and challenges  they face as leaders of fast-growing entrepreneurial technology companies.

ESP believes that a great culture fit is as paramount to a successful team as a skill fit. We know the Titan team well. We have invested the time on the front end to understand their organizational needs with each hire, and we find the best technical talent to meet those needs. We understand Irish Titan’s unique culture, Darin’s leadership and brand philosophy, and what it means to be a part of the Titan family. That’s why Irish Titan has partnered with ESP IT to help grow their technical team in development and engineering.

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4 Reasons to Celebrate the Twin Cities’ IT Job Market

Reasons to Celebrate Balloons ImageBrilliant, lustrous fireworks along the Mississippi. Barbecues in the lazy warmth of summer. Water sports, hiking excursions, and (for better or worse) family road trips. As we continue basking in the fun of the three warmest months of the year, we’re once again reflecting on why we love the Twin Cities. And, as an IT consulting and staffing firm, we’d be remiss not to give special attention to our number one reason: The Twin Cities rank among the best in the U.S. for tech opportunities. From its growing number of available tech jobs, to its recent acclaim as a hot spot for tech startups and companies, the Twin Cities offer IT opportunities like those in the Silicon Valley, plus higher collaboration and a lower cost of living. Though Minnesota has graced the tops of multiple “best” lists for various reasons, we’ve pulled out the top 4 reasons Twin Cities IT pros should celebrate where they work:

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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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ESP IT’s 2016 Salary Survey

As the Minneapolis IT staffing experts, ESP continues to monitor and analyze Minnesota tech hiring trends, compensation, and benefits information in order to better serve you. Our 2016 Salary Survey data comes from a variety of sources – ranging from Fortune 500 and mid-sized companies, to smaller emerging companies. We compared our numbers, using actual salaries from our recent placements and market observations from our recruitment team, with those on Dice and other national resources. If you have any questions or comments about our 2016 Salary Survey, please feel free to contact us.

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Three IT Trends To Be Thankful For This Year

Give ThanksThanksgiving is a great reminder of all we have to be thankful for in 2014. In Minnesota, it’s clear to see that the good times are rolling. Several cities in Minnesota rank among the top 25 for Best Places to live and Minnesota is 17 on the list of the best places for Business and Careers in the United States.  Consider these encouraging facts, as well as the information below, as you as prepare for your thanksgiving meal.

More guests at the table: Low Unemployment Rates

There is room at the table for more guests this year. The IT industry is continuing to grow and mature at a rate of 3%, especially in sectors such as mobile. The national unemployment rate is 5.8%. Minnesota has the 5th lowest unemployment rate in the United States at 3.9% as of October of this year although, job growth has been slower.  In fact, the unemployment rate has hit its lowest figure since 2008.  The unemployment percentage for technology is even better at only 2.7% as of Q3 in 2014.  Although job growth in the Twin Cities is down slightly in 2014 by an average of .68%, there is a gap of around 2,700 IT jobs in the Twin Cities that still need to be filled. While some industries in Minnesota have had to cut jobs, IT is among the top industries experiencing job growth.

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It’s Cold Outside…but the Minnesota IT Forecast is Hot and Sunny!

phone in snowAs you’re shivering in your down jacket in this frigid December cold, you may be thinking something along the lines of, “Why do I live in Minnesota?” Yes, the winters are cold and long, but it’s at times like these when it’s important to remind yourself of the good things about working here — especially as an IT pro.

Hot Opportunities

Minneapolis was ranked as the 7th best city for young entrepreneurs by NerdWallet, based on loan data, cost of living, business activity, education, and income (New York and San Francisco didn’t even make the cut!). Furthermore, 2 of Forbes’ ‘Top 5 Industries for Entrepreneurs’ are in IT — specifically, ‘Internet and Data Services’ and ‘Computer Systems and Software Services.’

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From Hackers to High School: Computer science is more important than ever

Hackers, 1995Angelina Jolie and Jonny Lee Miller looked pretty cool in their 1995 movie, Hackers, but unfortunately they did not inspire a nation of students to learn computer science. In retrospect they did contribute to creating awareness that students are capable of excelling in the subject. Imagine what path Dade “Zero Cool” Murphy (Miller) might have taken with focused classes that taught him the many ways he could use his skills, beyond pulling pranks on the secret service.

As a state, Minnesota is ranked highly for open IT jobs, but the real issue is if there are enough qualified applicants available to fill roles in the future. With two-thirds of the roughly 150,000 computer science jobs in the country that go unfilled each year, there is a growing need for more high schools to prepare students for possible computer science careers.  While some, like Burnsville High School, are home to one of six winners of the Minnesota Aspirations for Women in Computing Award and have curriculum available for students, many more leave it up to students’ own devices if they want to learn. While many IT professionals find success with self-teaching until the college level, many are now participating in creating online programs to make the learning process simpler for future generations.

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Proud to be a Minnesotan

Eden Prairie, MN

There’s no place like home, and if you call a city in Minnesota home, your home is now proven to be better than most.  Five Minnesota cities made the top 25  of CNN Money’s list of Best Places to Live, (#3 Eden Prairie, #11 Woodbury, #14 Eagan, #19 Lakeville, and #22 Maple Grove), filling more spots on the top 25 than any other state. Eden Prairie also made it in to the top 25 cities with the highest median family income at number 24.

All of this good news, great location recognition and increasing income, could be coming from our steadily improving job market. We experienced a 23.9% volume increase in available jobs this year.  This is great news for everyone in the state, but it is especially great for IT Pros.

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Growing Demand for IT Pros in Minneapolis

It’s no surprise to us that IT professionals in MN are in high demand.  According toGrowing Demand for IT pros Wanted Analytics, Minneapolis saw an increase of 18% in job postings this April over a year ago. Technology is among the most demanded occupations, and one of the hardest to fill as it requires a high level of skill. Java Developers, Project Managers, and Business Analysts are within the top 10 most-posted jobs in April in the Minneapolis.

Recently, Web Applications Developer was named ‘Best Computer Job for the Future‘. It is a hard to fill position due to the variety of skills required in order to do the job but obviously in high demand due to the popularity of smart phones and tablets.

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