One of the many benefits of working at UDig is the opportunity to support a vast portfolio of clients across multiple industries. This means we get to help solve IT problems in a variety of market segments. Our clients work in retail, healthcare, financial services, software services, and government, to name a few. Over the past several months, the retail vertical has been a growth area for UDig, and for good reason. A few numbers to consider…
Matt BixlerMobile Technology on the Rise with Retailers
The very thought of taking a contract position can scare potential job seekers who value the perceived certainty of full-time employment. The underlying uncertainty can bring high levels of stress, even to strong candidates. But automatically discounting a contract job can be detrimental in so many ways. By ruling out all contract positions, the benefits are overlooked.
Recently, I met with a new CIO of information services. His company’s primary product and cash cow is slowly going away due to contractual obligations with their customer. The remaining portfolio of products are a mixed bag of winners and losers. His first executive order from the CEO was to cut IT budget to match the future operating budget. This is a daunting task especially when the company hasn’t devoted time to truly understanding their product portfolio. The ability to prioritize which products are worth continued investment and which products should be retired would make the budget conversation much easier. This is consistent behavior we see across large companies. They tend to not give product managers responsibility for true P&L management and, in turn, continue investing in products that aren’t profitable. It’s easier for organizations to lump a portfolio of products together, sharing profits and expenses and often masking true performance. I won’t begin to dissect why I think companies behave this way. My gut tells me it is part political and part complexity.
Andy FrankCEO Perspective: Reduce Product Costs Using DevOps
Wikipedia defines Information Security (sometimes shortened to InfoSec) as “the practice of defending information from unauthorized access, use, disclosure, disruption, modification, perusal, inspection, recording or destruction. It is a general term that can be used regardless of the form the data may take (e.g. electronic, physical).”
Last month, I had the opportunity to sit down with two local leaders in InfoSec. Both are challenged to lead their respective employers’ Information Security Organizations and resulting InfoSec strategies. We had a wide ranging conversation which shared a great many experiences, perspectives, opinions and stories. Below are a few highlights from our conversation, you can read the full interview by clicking here.
So you’ve found yourself in job search mode. It doesn’t matter if you have recently been displaced from your employer or you are curious as to what other opportunities may be available, there are a couple steps you should take to ensure you are getting the most out of your efforts.
I am finding fewer and fewer candidates using job boards for their search. Instead more and more candidates are being more strategic and creative about their search and having success. Recent success stories include candidates getting interviews and receiving job offers through networking, using niche job boards or niche user groups but the one that is a recurring theme is social media.
Social media has been changing the way we communicate with each other and has even had a big impact on how we search for jobs and get hired from employers. It really can be a great tool in helping you find your next job, but it has to be done correctly; otherwise it can be a deal killer in getting you an offer. There are a lot of advantages to having multiple social media accounts when looking for a job and it’s important to know how to best utilize them. It’s a good way to find companies and job openings that you might not have found by the standard Monster and Dice searches. It also gives you a platform to interact and communicate with future employers. People are often more likely to respond to tweets, Facebook messages, or comments on blog posts then your traditional email messages.
Greg ValentineThe Do’s and Don’ts of Using Social Media While Looking for a New Job
I recently came across an article in CIO Magazine talking about the evolution of the car buying process and how technology is changing the way both business and consumers think about acquiring a new car. It sparked my interest as UDig Consultants recently completed a mobile development project for the country’s largest automotive reseller. This Fortune 500 industry innovator has been focused on revolutionizing the car buying experience since 1993. The client was looking at creating a mobile application that could function on any device, allowing the mobile purchasing team to view more vehicles on a lot, in a shorter period of time. UDig delivered a custom mobile application that allowed buying associates to increase productivity by 13% in just 3 months, providing a $6M return on investment.
Developing your answer when you’ve been terminated.
Let’s be honest, losing a job can be one of the most difficult experiences anyone can deal with. When you lose your job involuntarily it is even worse. Not only do you feel bad, you now have to worry about finding a job with a termination on your record. Although it’s hard to put your brain around it at the time, sometimes being fired can be a good thing. If you’re smart and use it as a learning experience, it can help you reset career goals and tweak anything that stands in the way of you reaching your full potential. Once you’ve had a chance to reflect on what’s happened and plotted your next step, it’s important to figure out how to communicate with future employers. Here are some items to consider when crafting your message.
Jeff BonniwellWhy Did you Leave your Previous Position?
This article is the first in a series discussing trends, tools, and processes related to your Software Delivery processes. We will uncover how taking on a DevOps mindset and making incremental changes can have a tremendous impact and ROI to your organization.
Recently, we developed 5 Misconceptions about DevOps, a guide highlighting the top misconceptions around DevOps today and sharing our perspective on the true state of DevOps today. Download it and read on as we dig in further to DevOps.
Since a young age we have all been reminded of the importance of saying, “thank you.” After so many years of using the phrase, it can be easily forgotten that thank you is more than good manners. Thank you can be a powerful gesture, especially as a punctuation point on the interview process.
You may ask yourself, “Why should I write a thank you note?” Why not? The worst that can happen is that the note is ignored, and the best-case scenario is you set yourself apart from other interviewees and land a new position. Even if you made a great impression in the interview, a thank you note can serve to provide a positive reminder for the interviewers.