Helping clients manage their technology for over 30 years.

Staying secure in a dangerous age:
Overcoming cybersecurity complexity – with cloud and managed security services

Cybersecurity Complexity by Quest

The last time I posted, I described several cybersecurity solutions which are moving beyond the reactive, siloed offerings that continue to be necessary, but are no longer sufficient to protect our enterprises.

These solutions can seem daunting. The complexity of it all often overwhelms.

This is partly due to what’s happening to our information infrastructures, which are also becoming more complex as they go hybrid. They are, essentially, boundless as they accommodate internet communication. Meanwhile, today’s in–house data centers are increasingly virtualized and typically combine a variety of cloud and managed services.
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What to look for in a technology staffing services provider

Technology Staffing Services Provider by Quest

Finding the technology skillsets you need when you need them is getting tougher all the time, as my last post attests. If you’re like many enterprises, you’re engaging more than one staffing service in hopes of ending staff deficits.

So here’s my advice about what to look for in a technology staffing services provider:
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Screening now: The great technology talent show

Technology Talent Show by Quest

By some reports, hiring (and keeping) competent information technology talent has never been so difficult.

To an extent, technology talent struggles vary in degree according to industry subsector and location. Cybersecurity, for instance, faces particularly intense shortages of much-needed experts. Some expect one million cybersecurity job openings this year, and even demand for entry-level cybersecurity slots, like information security analysts, is projected to climb by 37% over the next six years.
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Where technology consulting services can help

Technology Consulting Services by Quest

In my last post, I advised that a technology consulting services provider should offer a range of capabilities that encompasses integrated managed services, cloud services, and assessments as well as an extensive professional services portfolio emphasizing technology customization and solid technical staffing.

Such technology consulting depth means your provider can help you in many ways, including:
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Planning a digital strategy for a volatile future

Digital Strategy for a Volatile Future by Quest

As I noted in my last post, new information technologies are likely to impact your business sooner than you’d like, so remaining reactive and focused on only the short-term has never been more dangerous.

You need to generate a forward-looking digital strategy to keep your enterprise competitive. If you find this easier said than done, you’re not alone — only about a quarter of businesses have a coherent digital strategy.

Yet without the IT planning that produces an effective digital strategy, you face a real possibility of surprise technological disruption in your industry and to your enterprise.
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Disruptive technologies:
Coming soon to an industry sector near you

Disruptive Technologies by Quest

Anyone familiar with Uber or Airbnb will agree that well-deployed disruptive technologies can be dramatic and industry-upending. Even so, if your business earns its living far from such events, you may think you have years yet before needing to deal with “anything like that.”

You might want to think again, however. This season’s analyst predictions about 2016* stand out for their warnings about the reach and speed of disruptive technologies.
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IT professional services:
Help figuring out what you need to heed

IT Professional Services by Quest

Across most enterprises — even the very small — information technology is changing how business is done. Ignoring or rejecting these technologies merely puts your organization behind the competitive eight-ball.

But knowing which technologies to pay attention to — and when — depends on such factors as the economic sector in which your business operates, financial constraints, your appetite for risk, your thirst for opportunity, and a whole lot more. Add up all these factors and the resulting mix is entirely unique. Now you have to figure out the impact those large waves of technological change will have.
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Help with IT staffing:
When walking the walk really matters

IT-Information Technology Staffing Solutions from Quest

In my last post, I noted some recent research about the shortage of skilled IT talent and the challenges this poses to any organization trying to keep its information technology capabilities competitive.

Topping the list of skills companies struggle to acquire these days are those related to ‘big data’ — such as data scientist, data specialist and data architect — as well as information security and Java-related skills.
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Closing your IT skills gap in a gig economy

IT-Information Technology Staffing Solutions from Quest

Is your business one of the 43% with understaffed IT operations?

Recruiting IT talent has become a significant issue for most businesses; in many organizations, more than 33% of HR spending is allocated to IT staffing solutions, i.e., hiring and retaining IT talent.

Keeping IT talent has become a struggle, too; an annual turnover of 25% of a company’s IT staff is common — and surprisingly so, given that, on average, IT staffers report being approached by recruiters six times a month.

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4 Capabilities to Look For in an IT Staffing Company

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When it comes to choosing a firm to help with your IT staffing efforts, it’s important to remember that some IT staffing firms do a better job than others. Here’s what you have a right to expect:

1. An IT staffing company should be able to help you strategically plan your IT hiring
This involves a thorough examination of budget priorities, workloads, the skillsets of current team members, and future projects — all with an eye on flexibly meeting both your short- and long-term goals. Look for an IT staffing company that helps you determine what types of special skills you need for your IT projects, the best mix of permanent IT staff and contractors, when you’ll see workload spikes, etc.

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