Better Problem Solvers Leads to Better IT

Several years ago I was on a software development project for a fortune 100 company. Through the course of investigating some data I needed to call in an API, I learned about an application they had running. As I started asking questions, several facts about this one application came out: They needed to reboot the server running this application 3-4 times a week They needed to reboot the server because 3-5 processes would each attempt to use 100% of the CPU. They spent $40K on software to monitor the CPU usage and to automatically reboot the server when it [...]

By | June 2nd, 2017|IT Staffing, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Remember When Amazon Only Sold Books? Some Lessons Learned

When Amazon fist started, Jeff Bezos listed 20 items he felt people would buy online. The list included CDs (funny to think of now), hardware, software, videos and of course, books. For years, Amazon was primarily regarded as a bookstore by the public. Bezos always had a grander vision. He just had to convince us. 1998 was the first year online sales became a thing to watch at Christmas. Online retailers were advertising in force. We had multiple specialty sites to choose from (e.g. The bulk of Americans heard of eBay for the first time in 1998. Sears [...]

By | May 22nd, 2017|IT Staffing|0 Comments

Cost of a Freelance IT Worker vs. Fulltime Employee

What is the real cost of an employee compared to a freelance contractor for IT work? We have heard this question for years. The answers have changed over time. Finding and hiring the right full-time employee is crucial to a company. Company culture is important. It adds value. If you are truly trying to build something that lasts, you must have a core team of full-time employees. Even so, hiring freelancers is an important and essential tool for the growth and long-term health of your business. High value companies find the right mix of full-time employees and freelancers.  This [...]

By | May 15th, 2017|IT Staffing|0 Comments