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Take a Peek at York Solutions Jobs of the Week!

Posted by Danielle Toste on Thu, Mar 27, 2014 @ 10:03 AM

Position: Infrastructure Architect

A client is looking for an Infrastructure Architect for a 1 year contract in Minneapolis, MN. Candidate will need a strong conceptual understanding of operating system architectures such as Unix/Linux, Windows and iSeries. Candidate must also know storage technologies, SAP architecture and have strong capabilities in architecture strategy, planning, and design.

This position was posted on 3/24/2014. Click Here for more details!

Position: DB2 DBA Contract Position

A client in St. Paul, MN is looking for a DB2 DBA with experience in Shell/Perl scripting, database high availability technologies, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and at least 3 years providing Database administration support for the DB2 LUW and/or DB2 z/OS database environment. This person will be responsible for implementation of relational databases at an enterprise level, diagnosing of problems and resolution for application software, and maintenance of physical integrity of all production databases.

This position was posted on 3/25/2014. Click Here for more details!

Position: SAP QM

A client in St. Paul, MN is seeking a SAP Quality Management for a 9+ month contract. This person will be focusing on deployments and needs to have production execution experience. Candidate will need to have several years of experience dedicated to SAP QM and preferably be SAP QM certified.

This position was posted on 3/26/2014. Click Here for more details!

 

Interested? View all of our open IT contract positions by visiting our Job Seekers page!

Topics: ITJobs, Job Search, IT Job Search, IT Hiring, Information Technology, IT Skills, York Solutions jobsoftheweek

Meet York Solutions Employee- Brandi Will

Posted by Danielle Toste on Tue, Mar 25, 2014 @ 09:03 AM

At York, getting to know our employees is the best way to understand who we are. This week, we would like for you to get to know Brandi Will, Director of Marketing for York Solutions and Executive Director for Think IT.

 

Can you tell us a little bit about your role?

BrandiWillMy current role is a dual role as the Director of Marketing for York Solutions and the Executive Director for Think IT Association.  For York Solutions, I am always looking for ways to ensure
we are constantly providing value to our clients, consultants, and members of Think IT.  Additionally, I am charged with budgeting, staffing, and execution of all our Think IT programs and helping to expand what we’ve currently built in the Twin Cities to the Chicago and St. Louis markets.  I have worked for York Solutions since 2003, and I began working for Think IT
in early 2011.  It has been extremely rewarding to watch the groups blossom from starting with just 2 groups to our current 8.  

Where did you go to school at? 

I attended the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA.  I received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing.  Go Hawks!

What drew you to York Solutions? 

I was drawn to York Solutions right away by the friendly people, flexible work environment, and family-oriented culture.  No matter where you start here at York, if you work hard and continually show that you can add value to the organization, you will succeed.

What has been your biggest accomplishment since working here? 

I would say my biggest accomplishmentto date has been organizing and structuring Think IT to what it is today, including building a wonderful team of people that accomplishes great results
for both York and Think IT.

Why do you like coming to work every day?

Working at York is like being a mechanic and working on a car while you’re driving down the highway at 70 mph, and for some crazy reason that excites me!  I also truly enjoy the people I work with and I’m passionate about seeing what we’ve built turn into something special.  Another reason is our unique culture. We’re a work hard, play hard type of organization
where everyone understands the importance of driving results, but we make the entire process fun!

Who has influenced you the most, either professionally or personally?  

Many people have influenced me along the way, but most recently, Dr. Arnold Bacigalupo, our organizational development guru, has really helped me to navigate the path to leadership. 
Personally, I would have to say my family. Every day they motivate me to be a better mother, a better wife, and a better person in general.

How do you spend your time outside of the office? 

With my husband and two small children. We like to go for family walks, trips to the park, and will soon be getting into ballet and t-ball.

 

Topics: Blogs, Employer Insights, Fun, York Solutions, York Consultant Profiles, York Solutions Employees

Look at York Solutions Jobs of the Week!

Posted by Danielle Toste on Thu, Mar 20, 2014 @ 12:03 PM

Position: System Analyst II

A client is looking for a System Analyst II for a contract to hire position located in Minnetonka, MN. Candidate will need a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology or related work experience and at least 5 years of experience in Systems Analysis. Person must have experience with client server, strong SQL skills, experience in UNIX/LINUX, and ability to
perform application installation in UNIX/LINUX. 

This position was posted on 3/17/2014. Click Here for more details!

Position: Support or Production Support Analyst

A client in Maple Grove, MN is looking for a production support analyst with experience in system administration, network administration/troubleshooting, database administration, mobile technologies, thin client configurations, and application virtualization. This person will
provide technical support for online systems via phone and troubleshoot technical issues reported by customers. This is a contract to hire position.  

This position was posted on 3/17/2014. Click Here for more details!

Position: Mainframe Security

A healthcare client in Eagan, MN is seeking a Mainframe Security specialist for a contract to hire position. This person will be responsible for daily audit reports, mainframe programmers, securing for new utilities, building new roles for business lines, and setting up new system
IDs.  

This position was posted on 3/17/2014. Click Here for more details!

Position: Application Support Engineer

An Application Support Engineer is needed for 6-9 months for a client in Chicago, IL. This person will support websites, back-end processes, integrations to partner systems, and provide the business with on-demand ad-hoc data request and analysis. Candidate must have 3 years of experience in supporting internet applications and have a working understanding of current
development languages and standards like HTML5, Java, CSS, XML, and SOAP/REST.

This position was posted on 3/19/2014. Click Here for more details!

 

Need more information? View all of our open IT contract positions by visiting our Job Seekers page!

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Scrum Certification Equals Transformation

Posted by Danielle Toste on Tue, Mar 18, 2014 @ 13:03 PM

Scrum. Now that is an interesting word. It makes you think, what is scrum? Well, scrum is an Agile framework used for completing complex projects. It is often referred to as transforming the world of work. A product owner creates a prioritized wish list called a product backlog. The team pulls a small chunk from the top of that wish list and decides how to implement those pieces. The team then meets daily to assess their daily progress. Once the project is complete, they review and then select a new chunk of tasks to accomplish. Scrum ensures that the most valuable work has been completed once the project ends or funding for a project runs out.

So, now that we understand the fundamentals of Scrum, why should you become a Certified ScrumMaster?

First off, on average, a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) salary is between $70,000- $100,000 and can even go higher! Secondly, you are a leader. Your job is to make sure that Scrum is understood by all members of your team and to train your team. The ScrumMaster helps everyone improve to make the Scrum team more productive and valuable.          

 How do you become a CSM?

You must take a CSM course from a Certified Scrum Trainer and be able to demonstrate your progress though the online CSM test. Then, you must attend a two-day course taught by a Certified Scrum Trainer and pass an exam. Once you have completed these 2 steps, you will be able to complete your Scrum Alliance membership profile. You can find a list of courses here.

Once you have become certified, you will be eligible to join a user group, contribute an article to the Scrum Alliance community, attend Scrum Alliance gatherings, and participate in the CSM LinkedIn group. By having access to all of these resources, it will further enhance your knowledge and skills ensuring that practices and principles you are responsible for implementing are being continuously improved on.

A CSM should be able to handle 2 or 3 teams at a time. Even though there isn’t a set list of what ScrumMasters overlook, here are a few examples of questions he/she should be asking themselves to make sure they are accomplishing their goals:

  • How is my Product Owner doing?
    • Is the Product Backlog prioritized according to his/her latest thinking?
    • Is the backlog an information radiator, clearly visible to everyone?
    • Can you help radiate by showing everyone printouts?
 
  • How is my team doing?
    • Do team members hold each other accountable to high standards, and challenge each other to grow?
    • Are the team’s task estimates and/or task board up-to-date?
    • Has the team kept focus on acceptance criteria?
 
  • How are our engineering practices doing?
  • How is the organization doing?

By asking yourself the questions above as a CSM, you can see where you are making a difference, see the work transform into a smooth process, and advance your career.

For more information, visit http://www.scrumalliance.org/                                                             

 

Topics: IT consulting, IT Certifications

View York Solutions Jobs of the Week

Posted by Danielle Toste on Thu, Mar 13, 2014 @ 10:03 AM

Position: Project Manager SAP/ Cutover/ Release

A client is seeking a Project Manager SAP/ Cutover/ Release manger for a 6-9 month contract located in Brooklyn Park, MN. This person will need to be able to coordinate/manage the client’s agile marketing and other release cycles.

This position was posted on 3/10/2014. Click Here for more details!

Position: Sr. Business Analyst

A client in Minneapolis, MN is looking for a Business Analyst in the healthcare industry. This candidate will have at least 8 years of experience working in large, complex organizations and has worked with business stakeholders to gather and complete artifacts. This person preferably
has at least 2 years in healthcare experience, Project Management experience, and claims processing knowledge.   

This position was posted on 3/12/2014. Click Here for more details!

 

Want to know more? View all of our open IT contract positions by visiting our Job Seekers page!

Topics: Blogs, ITJobs, IT Job Search, IT Hiring, Information Technology, IT Skills, York Solutions jobsoftheweek

IT Hiring Whitepaper Infographic

Posted by Danielle Toste on Tue, Mar 11, 2014 @ 09:03 AM

Check out what IT leaders had to to say about hiring expectations for IT in 2014 in a recent poll!   

IT Hiring Expectations

 

What are your predictions for IT hiring in 2014? Leave your thoughts below!

Topics: Industry Trends, Industry News, IT Hiring

The 5 Great Myths of Information Technology Professionals

Posted by Danielle Toste on Tue, Mar 4, 2014 @ 11:03 AM

Nerd. Loner. Computer geek. When people think of someone working in the information technology field, at least one of those terms often comes to mind. While some people might fit this stereotype, the majority do not. Here is a list of some of the most common myths about IT professionals.

 

Lack of Social Skills - Movies and television shows have played a large part in shaping one’s impression of an IT professional’s demeanor. They always portray people who are by themselves and go home to play computer games all night. 

In reality, it is quite the contrary. IT professionals regularly interact with many different people. Since IT is needed in all types of businesses, most IT professionals have worked with diverse clients and need to know how to communicate with all backgrounds to complete jobs.

  • Writing Code is All They Do - While some people in this profession sit at a computer all day long and write code, not everyone does. Testers, business analysts, project managers, team leaders and technical writers are just a few professions that do not involve writing code!
  • There is a Mythical Career Path You Must Take - First, get a degree or certification. Then, get hired as a level 1 tech support. Move up to level 2 and 3. Next, become a network or system administrator. Actually, there is no clear, linear path for IT professionals to reach the top. Most careers do not have such a straight line path to success. The ability to adapt and pursue new opportunities is more important than what title you hold.
  • Degrees and Certifications Prepare You for a Role in IT - While school and certifications are needed for specific professions in the IT world, not all require a degree. Being able to implement solutions will get you hired. You might need to consider internships as a way to get experience and your foot in the door.
  • You Can Fix Any Electronic Device – Yes, an IT professional’s specialty is technology; however, that does not necessarily mean they know EVERY device and how to fix it. There is a wide range of specialties within the IT industry, so that does not guarantee that all IT professionals know the same things. Some people know a lot about a lot, but that may have nothing to do with them being an IT
    professional.

Do you agree with our list? What are some other misconceptions you've come across?

Topics: Blogs, IT industry, Fun, Information Technology, York Solutions

See York Solutions Jobs of the Week!

Posted by Danielle Toste on Thu, Feb 27, 2014 @ 09:02 AM

Take a look at York Solutions Jobs of the Week!

Position: Sr. Operations Analyst

Client is looking for Sr. Operations Analyst for a 6-9 month contract in Minnetonka, MN. This person will provide support in managed file transfer and Enterprise Scheduling Tools. This person should have experience with at least one of the following skills:  Enterprise Job Scheduling Tool, ETL tool (such as Informatica), and managed file transfer tool. Candidate needs a proven track record in monitoring and management of enterprise systems and will participate in planning and support for a complex operating environment that incorporates a diverse set of hardware and software platforms.

This position was posted on 2/25/2014. Click Here for more details!

Position: Sr. Desktop Engineer

A client in Minnetonka, MN is looking for a Sr. Desktop Engineer who has experience in app deployment, operating system deployment, scripting, app-v, and virtualization. This person will be responsible for performing application packaging and L3 support for COTS application software. Must have a firm understanding of Microsoft’s group policies with experience in
desktop virtualization technology and advance knowledge of Windows networking,
domains, system policies, trusts, name resolution, and advanced TCP/IP.

This position was posted on 2/25/2014. Click Here for more details!

Position: SAP Tester

A client in St. Paul, MN is looking for a SAP Tester. This person will be doing hands-on testing and helping coordinate testing for the Record to Report process team. Candidate will coordinate, run, and validate test scripts.

This position was posted on 2/25/2014. Click Here for more details!

Position: .Net Developer

A .Net Developer is needed for 6-9 months for a client in Minneapolis, MN. This person must have a Bachelor’s degree in computer science or related field, knowledge and experience in web-based development, and at least 1-2 years with .NET 4.5 and C#. This person must have strong organizational skills, be detail oriented, have the ability to work independently and as a team member, and be able to perform a leadership role on a team.

This position was posted on 2/27/2014. Click Here
for more details!

 

Interested? View all of our open IT contract positions by visiting our Job Seekers page!

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2014 Dice Salary Survey - The Perks of Being a Technology Professional

Posted by Danielle Toste on Tue, Feb 25, 2014 @ 11:02 AM

Great news for technology professionals! Salaries are going up and unemployment remains
low, according to Dice’s Tech Salary Survey. The average salary for technology professionals has grown over $20,000 in the past 10 years and is around $87,500, a three percent increase from 2012.

With about two-thirds of IT professionals feeling confident they can easily progress their career, the competitive market leads to a boost in pay increases and employers are recognizing that they need to find ways to retain their employees.

Last year, about 45% of tech professionals said they had a pay increase sparked by a merit raise. And, ever more interesting, trends show that pay increases are more likely to happen early in a technology professional’s career with bonuses being given to more tenured professionals. But, either way, tech professionals usually can look forward to some sort of
compensation increase!

So where can IT professionals look at earning the most money?

  • California still holds the top position thanks to Silicon Valley. On average, a tech’s salary is about $108,000. That is a 7.25% increase from last year!
  • Minneapolis ranks 16 in the United States for highest paid metropolitan area with professionals
    earning around $87,000 a year.
  • Chicago is right behind them with salary averages around $85,000.
  • St. Louis is ranked 29th with an average of $76,000. 

The Skills That Are Paying Big Money

There have been many recent articles published about the top skills that IT professionals should have in 2014. Big data is the most talked about skill and these professionals have the highest pay checks. Companies understand the importance of big data and that it plays a major role in their competitive plans, which leads to higher pay—a solid six-figure salary.

What other skills are paying a six-figure salary?

Cloud, mobile, DevOps, design, and project management are also great skills to have this year that can help ensure a healthy yearly salary.

 

For a look at the full survey, click here.

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Take a Look at York Solutions Jobs of the Week!

Posted by Danielle Toste on Wed, Feb 19, 2014 @ 16:02 PM

Position: VP of Infrastructure

Client is looking for VP of Infrastructure in Chicago, IL. This person will oversee network, security, Unix/Linux environment, storage, and data center provider management. Candidate will ensure operational stability, availability, and performance. Must understand the impact of infrastructure on business operations. Requirements include a bachelor’s degree, minimum of 15 years experience in IT operations and/or IT infrastructure, and experience with transaction focused business would be preferred.

This position was posted on 2/17/2014. Click Here for more details!

Position: Sr. Net Developer

A client in Minneapolis, MN is looking for a contract to hire role. This person must have at least 6 years of experience with Net Developer, 3.5 years of C# Framework, and SQL development experience.

This position was posted on 2/18/2014. Click Here for more details!

Position: SAP Data Services

A client in St. Paul, MN is looking for several SAP Data Services resources that have a wide range of experience levels but must have hands on experience with SAP Data Services.

This position was posted on 2/18/2014. Click Here for more details!

Position: Security Consultant

A security consultant is needed for 9+ months for a client in Brooklyn Park, MN. This person must have Splunk knowledge and ability to write rules in Splunk and Arcsight.

This position was posted on 2/19/2014. Click Here for more details!

 

Want to know more? View all of our open IT contract positions by visiting our Job Seekers page!

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