February 16, 2018

Focus on the ABCs to Hire for XaaS: Part 2

The “as a service” revolution has hit, and as a result, companies of all sizes are aggressively moving their operations to the public cloud. In the first part of this two-part article, we discussed what XaaS is, provided some examples of XaaS solutions and discussed what this trend means for your company. We also discussed why hiring is so hard right now, especially in tech positions. In this article, we’ll talk about hiring smart for XaaS so you can cash in on the competitive advantage these cutting-edge solutions offer. As we said in our last article, hiring effectively for XaaS gives you two options: Hire Using the ABCs of finding Great Tech People Savvy hiring managers are looking outside the box to find the right hires at the right cost in today’s tight job market, and they’re finding success by focusing on the ABCs: Adaptable Bright Candidates. That means you’re looking for bright people with adaptable skillsets. Yes, they may not have the exact knowledge you’re looking for and therefore won’t pass a resume parsing program, but they’re excited to learn more and they’ll be devoted to your company. Here are some adaptable skills you’ll want to look for in a few XaaS roles: Cloud Architect Job summary: These professionals organize your “as a service” architecture to ensure you don’t have competing or redundant applications, so you can streamline your operations and reduce your potential costs. Good candidates for this role will be organized, have great listening skills so they […]
February 9, 2018

Focus on the ABCs to Hire for XaaS: Part 1

In the modern world, everything seems to be offered “as a service.” But what does that mean and how can you hire to take advantage of this trend? Will you have to pay an arm and a leg to compete in the “as a service” economy? Today’s article, part one of two, explores your options and solutions to stay ahead of hiring in 2018 and beyond, for all your tech needs. But First, Let’s Talk About XaaS You’ve run across SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) and IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service) at this point, so XaaS will be easy to understand. The X is like a fill-in-the-blank; XaaS simply refers to “anything as a service.” XaaS is the increasing trend in which vendors deliver tools, technologies or products over the Internet rather than on-site, which offers your company cost savings because you pay for a subscription to a full-featured solution, instead of having to pay for the full solution upfront. Not sure what that means? We’ve got you covered. If you’ve heard of SaaS but you’re not quite sure what it is, consider a popular SaaS service: QuickBooks Online (a cloud-based invoicing software). In the past, your company would have to purchase a separate $300+ disc and license for each computer you wanted to use QuickBooks on, which added up fast. If you ended up not liking QuickBooks or switching to a different program… well, you were still out those hundreds of dollars. Today, QuickBooks Online is delivered via Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), which means you can get […]
January 20, 2018

How to Hire Smart for Industry 4.0

The business world’s future is arriving quickly – but you don’t need us to tell you that. Not only is everyone’s workplace getting “smarter” from the shop floor to the back office, modern robotics and workforce automation solutions are making entire industries smarter too. With all the new devices available, it’s only a matter of time until your business technology becomes 100% connected and you’re ready to access that seamless digital thread you need to gather critical, real-time data and work smarter yourself. Except… with the pace of business going so fast these days, you may not have had a single second to think about how you’ll hire the tech-savvy employees you’ll need to succeed in our fast-arriving, connected future. Feel like you’re running out of time? We hear you. This guide offers secrets that’ll help you hire right so you can stay ahead of the curve, even in the face of changing technology. The Future of Hiring – and a Current Problem Experts predict there will be a labor shortage of 2 million people in the manufacturing industry by 2025 (which seems to have already started), and all industries are currently experiencing a skills gap in the U.S. for qualified IT professionals. As more technological products hit the market, this skills gap will only get bigger. In short: Hiring is a serious problem right now. Today’s savvy business leaders understand that in order to secure their future, they need to secure top tech talent for their companies. And they […]
December 21, 2017

Technicians or Robots? How to Invest Your IT Spend in 2018 (Part 3: 4 Common Scenarios That Determine Your IT Strategy)

It’s time for taxes and budgeting at your company, which means it’s time to make some important decisions. You know you need to increase your business’s technological capabilities to keep pace or pull ahead of your competition, but if you’re like most business leaders, you’re probably unsure about how you can best allocate your IT funds. Of course, obvious improvement areas include tightening security, increasing compliance and streamlining processes… but to achieve these aims, would it be better to hire a larger IT staff or to replace some of your employees with automated tools like robots? Luckily, ISG has put together this short series to help you make the right decision about how you should plan to allocate your company’s IT spend in 2018. Here in Part 3, we’ll get down to the details: Assessing your obstacles in 2017 to determine how you should allocate your IT funds, whether on hiring or tech, in 2018. If you’ve wondered whether you should focus your investments on increasing workplace automation through robots or AI, or if it’s a better idea to hire skilled IT technicians, you’ll get the answers you need here. Let’s figure this out together. Note: In this series, we interchangeably use the terms “machine,” “computer,” “AI” and “robot.” For our purposes right now, please note that they all refer to the same thing: the advanced technology your business can use. Deciding Where to Invest Your IT Spend One of the best ways to assess your IT needs for the […]
December 14, 2017

Technicians or Robots? How to Invest Your IT Spend in 2018 (Part 2: Machine Learning – The Pros and Cons for Business Agility)

These days, it seems like everywhere you look there’s always a newer, better tech option coming out. From cobots that work alongside humans to intelligent machines that learn as they go and productivity enhancement software powered by the human voice, every product claims to be the solution your business needs to maintain your competitive stance in the future. And if you’re not a techie, but are, instead, a hiring manager trying to figure out how to allocate your tech funds the best way, all this conflicting data can get confusing. That’s why ISG has put together this short series to help you make the right decision about how you should plan to allocate your company’s IT spend in 2018. Here in Part 2, we’ll be discussing machine learning and how it can help your business. If you’ve wondered whether you should focus your investments on increasing workplace automation through robots or AI, or if it’s a better idea to hire skilled IT technicians, you’ll get the answers you need here. Let’s figure this out together. Note: In this series, we interchangeably use the terms “machine,” “computer,” “AI” and “robot.” For our purposes right now, please note that they all refer to the same thing: the advanced technology your business can use. What Is Machine Learning? In Part 1 of this series, we talked about artificial intelligence and how, basically, it doesn’t exist. Not now and possibly not ever. However, the machines are making great strides in their capabilities, and their […]