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 […]
October 19, 2017

Making The Leap Into Customized eCommerce

Ready to explore customized eCommerce for your business? We hear you. Companies of all sizes, in all industries, have recently been feeling the pinch from Amazon’s tight margins, irritating fees, lengthy payment terms and ever-changing data and shipping requirements – not to mention their cookie-cutter format. It’s time to cut out the middleman and create a customized eCommerce store that delivers the exact customer experience you want for your B2B or B2C customers, which means you need to… Wait, what exactly do you need to do? Get some help figuring out the plan to set up your own secure, effective and attractive web store for your large and complex B2B or B2C business. Choosing the Right Architecture Though it’s an interactive portal that brings customers and products together through the Internet, your eCommerce store is, at heart, a technological masterpiece. If you haven’t thought much about the sheer programming magic that underpins your online storefront, now’s the time to start thinking. First off, when planning your online store, you’ll need to find professionals who have experience designing a multi-tier architecture framework for web stores. If the terminology leaves you scratching your head, this may help: Multi-tier architecture is comprised of three layers: The data tier The business tier The presentation tier In short, the data tier houses your raw data, keeping safe the information about how many green widgets you have, what your company is called, your various tax rates, etc. Skipping forward, the presentation tier looks pretty – it’s what […]
December 2, 2014

How To Breathe Easier When Making The Switch To A BYOD Environment

Letting employees use their own personal devices – what could possibly go wrong? Plenty without the proper planning, actually. Many workplace environments in recent years have considered how to implement a structure of BYOD – Bring Your Own Device – so that employees are allowed to bring their own smartphones, tablets and other devices to work. Successfully done, the business may see a cost savings. Without the right security measures, however, you could be putting your company’s network at risk for attack. Can a BYOD program work well in your company environment? Think about these crucial steps first before you dive right in. Picture this: It’s the early afternoon and many of your employees have just come back from lunch. Just before they settle back into their tasks at hand, they go to their smartphone or tablet. Suddenly, you’ve got a variety of devices that could connect to places you’re not prepared for them to go, from USB drives to wireless printers and more. Bob downloads a few unsupported apps, creating a security concern. Jill visits a website and doesn’t suspect that she’s about to introduce a type of malware into the environment. Ethan has sensitive data on his device, which he leaves out in the open on his desk, just waiting to be compromised. Can you see the potential I.T. challenges surfacing here? Every employee could create serious security issues if there aren’t proactive steps taken. What’s Your Policy On Mobile Security? If your answer is, “We don’t have […]