Christopher Donovan

With over 20 years of technology staffing and recruiting experience, Chris has deep technical knowledge, from legacy systems to Cloud services. Finding the talent to match his clients’ needs is an obsessive passion he embraces every day.

The Role of Business Intelligence in Small to Mid-Sized Companies

When a new technology or strategy is trending, there’s often an assumption that it will help large, Fortune 500 companies the most. After all, they’re the ones with the resources to be early adopters, and most innovations are created with their large environments in mind, right?

Not quite. Today, companies with 10, 100, and 1,000 employees are finding out they have much to gain from business intelligence and the data analytics that come with it. In fact, by 2020 it’s projected that BI and advanced analytics will be in use in 75% of organizations. Those small to mid-sized companies that wait any longer to adopt business intelligence strategies will have trouble catching up to the competition. [···]

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How Immigration Reform Is Impacting IT Staffing

Hiring in IT is already a challenge due to a small talent pool, and each day is an indication that this struggle will worsen. Turn on the TV or open an internet browser and you’ll quickly discover yet another news item regarding U.S. immigration policies. Flooded by so many proposed changes, opinions, analyzations, and court decisions, the topic has become a murky river that we are all floating down but cannot see through. In an effort to grasp a clearer picture of what’s happening and what it means for you, let’s take a step back and look at how immigration reform is impacting IT staffing. [···]

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How to Find the Best Talent for Your Cloud Migration Project

Making the business decision to migrate data and applications to the cloud, either from your physical site for the first time or from one cloud environment to another, is a crucial task to execute correctly. In order to avoid compromising sensitive enterprise information, you need the best talent on your side to guarantee that the process is conducted successfully.

The IT talent shortage is especially prevalent when seeking cloud expertise. Knowing you can’t just hire the first person you interview to get it over with, due diligence must be taken. Look for and consider the following traits and areas in order to find the best talent for your cloud migration project. [···]

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Cybersecurity Threats and Safeguards in 2017

There is no doubt the superhighway of the internet has improved life for organizations the world over, but with each new innovation comes another avenue for a cyberattack to travel down. Vulnerabilities in cybersecurity are no longer just a concern, but a widespread epidemic. Last year data breaches rose a whopping 40%, with 37 million records exposed affecting every sector including the government, financial services, education, health, and businesses the world over.

The evolving role of tech leadership must focus on being proactive to avoid becoming another victim. Understanding the rapidly shifting landscape of cybersecurity threats can be difficult, but discovering vulnerabilities and closing them to attacks is essential for every organization now more than ever. [···]

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The Biggest Mistake Companies Make in Big Data

How many times have you heard someone comment, “the data says this…” in support of their argument? It’s a common enough phrase, pre-dating the rise of big data, but what many companies don’t realize is that it can be detrimental to their business to rely on such a phrase.

IBM reports that 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created every day. That’s a mind-blowing amount of data, but even more astonishing is the fact that 90% of all existing data has been created in the last two years. But at the end of the day, data is just data. It tells us what is and nothing more. Big Data may be a buzzword in the business world, but the smartest leaders know it’s not the ultimate resolution to all their problems. Yes, big data can be extremely powerful, but true business intelligence goes beyond the hype. The biggest mistake companies make in big data is in giving it too much power. [···]

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Best Practices for Using LinkedIn to Find an IT Job

If you’re not getting much response from the job boards, we have some good news for you. Recent studies show that the massive majority of people find a new job through networking, with less than 10% finding success through job ads. The potential downside to this data, however, is the fact that networking your way to a new job takes a little bit more strategy than simply sending your resume off in response to job ads. We’re not going to pretend there’s some quick and easy way to succeed in using LinkedIn to find an IT job. But we do have some best practices that will give you the upper hand. [···]

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How Consumer Tech Trends Are Impacting IT Employment Demand

We’re no stranger to the fact that the demand for IT talent is severely outpacing supply. Tech unemployment continues to hover at an all-time low, making for an extremely competitive environment. In order to stay ahead, organizations need to understand the complexities behind these trends. In particular, we believe it’s important to comprehend how consumer tech trends are impacting IT employment demand.

The World Economic Forum recently made a powerful observation that should really open business leader’s eyes, no matter what industry they’re in: “We are today on the cusp of a Fourth Industrial Revolution. Developments in previously disjointed fields such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, robotics, nanotechnology, 3D printing and genetics and biotechnology are all building on and amplifying one another… The talent to manage, shape and lead the changes underway will be in short supply unless we take action today to develop it.” [···]

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The Biggest Challenge in Hiring for Cloud and DevOps

The fact that cloud computing has so rapidly grown into an essential business tool is pretty much old news. But the challenge of strategizing, scaling and hiring for cloud based infrastructure, services, and platforms is an ongoing problem.

While cloud technologies have enabled businesses to achieve greater agility and focus on their core value propositions, these technologies affect and challenge businesses on a comprehensive level, across operations, functionality and deliverability. This is in part why DevOps has become integral to the conversation. In short, DevOps seeks to overcome the inefficiencies and disparity that occur when development and operations are separated; namely, by improving speed of delivery and quality of user experience. [···]

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How to Stand Out When Answering Common IT Interview Questions

Let’s face the truth: these days in the tech world, talent is in high demand, but just having the technical skills is not enough to land the job. In today’s collaborative work environment, many teams are geographically and culturally diverse. Your future co-workers also have diverse technical skills that will overlap yours. Technology is ever evolving and while you may know Jira today, in a few months you may need to learn Bamboo, Hudson or Jenkins for Continuous Integration.

You’re probably well aware of your level of expertise, and you can expect common IT interview questions to drill into that knowledge. Sure, you may need to brush up on some of the more obscure tech skills, but if you can confidently walk your talk, then chances are you won’t be shocked by any outlier technical questions.

However, simply proving your knowledge may not be enough, especially when the next ten candidates in line have the same skills. So what differentiates you as the front runner for your next great career opportunity?
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