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Weather God, You Win!

Posted by:whitridge in Business & Technology
25 February 2015 0

In the 70's Dave Loggins wrote a song called "Please come to Boston", now I dare anyone to utter those words. We are here in the midst of a historic winter month of both snowfall and record breaking cold spells which have resulted in every day so far in February 2015 being under the freezing mark. This morning we were greeted with temperatures in the teens to minus numbers and wind chills that were in the vicinity of 30 below zero. "Please come to Boston"? Why come to Boston? All of us that ...

Whose responsibility is it anyway?

Posted by:whitridge in Business & Technology
31 December 2014 0

There seems to be a constant refrain about the lack of skilled people especially in IT to fill open positions. This is an ongoing problem that based on forecasts for 2015 and beyond is not going to get any better. With the Presidents small contribution in the area of immigration this will have a minor impact but his unwillingness along with Congress to expand the numbers of H1B Visa’s makes the problem a more urgent and daunting one. We are not going to be able to manufacture Computer Scien...

There's a slowdown in hiring, Really?

Posted by:whitridge in Business & Technology
23 September 2014 0

There has been a deluge of doom and gloom over the recent jobs report for August and it seems to be striking fear into the economists, media, and politicians around the country. Some are predicting the recovery we have been experiencing since the great recession is in jeopardy and the political parties as usual are spinning the news any way that is to their advantage. This extract from the Wall Street Journal gives you an idea of the gloom: “Slowdown in Hiring Brings Let down on Growth Outl...

What’s lacking in IT these days? Women!

Posted by:whitridge in Business & Technology
10 June 2014 0

I read a recent article on Fierce CIO that somewhat stunned me. It indicated that there is a frightening shortage of women in IT today and it does not seem to be getting better. That, along with the news that new jobs being created in the economy are in large part being created for men screams of a need to put some focus on this problem. What surprised me the most about the lack of women is the fact that the environment in IT is so suitable for both single and women with children due to the abi...

Mothers, please let your babies grow up to be developers!

Posted by:whitridge in Business & Technology
04 April 2014 0

If you’re one of many employers or in our case staffing firms trying to hire high quality developers of any kind, you’ve now been introduced to the “skills shortage”. These high demand skills like .Net and Java are getting wooed by highly recognizable companies, high flying start-ups, leaders in cutting edge technology. They are getting multiple offers to change employers sometimes on the same day. I’m sure many of us in the staffing industry have several stories of high level consulta...

Another choice of protection or freedom

Posted by:whitridge in Business & Technology
05 March 2014 0

I read an article yesterday forwarded to me from a friend that cried out for “Temp Worker Protection,” stating that the U.S. lags behind the rest of the developed nations in “temp worker” protection. I can’t help but cry foul here for a myriad of reasons over and above that the facts are wrong; example: “usually the maximum length of an assignment is two years.” What elongated study did that come from? But the fundamental  argument  I have is with the contention that t...

The Evolution of Tenure Within Consulting Services

Posted by:whitridge in Business & Technology
13 November 2013 0

Tenure - noun 1. A fixed period of time during which a person holds a job or position. 2. A status granted after a trial period. Within higher education, the word tenure elicits visions of a college professor being recognized for many years of service to their college or university.  It symbolizes reward for a distinguished career and stability for both the educator and the employer. Within consulting services the word tenure has created an entirely different context.  It imm...

Online Staffing - the Future or the End?

Posted by:whitridge in Business & Technology
24 September 2013 0

For those of you that keep up with the technology staffing blogs and specifically Staffing Industry Analysts, you’ve heard a lot lately about the growing sector of Online Staffing. This technology allows a company that has tasks, either small and defined or large but capable of being divided into smaller discrete pieces, to distribute them through an online service platform to a “crowd” of prequalified, capable professionals to complete the work virtually. The estimated growth of this segm...

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