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Posted by Danielle Toste on Thu, Apr 3, 2014 @ 09:04 AM

Position: Enterprise Principal Architect

A client is looking for an Enterprise Principal Architect for a 6-9 month contract in St. Paul, MN. Candidate will be responsible for technical and architectural leadership, establish and maintain a trusted advisor relationship with IT and business leaders, and conduct studies on theNet Developer Job openings in Nihaki USA
latest technology developments. This person must have at least 5 years of experience in a midsize or large corporation supporting multiple lines of business with global presence, 3 years of experience leading development enterprise systems integrations strategies, and at least 10 years of experience in at least three of the following: EAI, ETL, ESB, SOA, Web services, B2B
integration, EDI, and/or message brokers.

This position was posted on 3/31/2014. Click Here for more details!

Position: Data Architect

A client in Hopkins, MN is looking for a Data Architect with experience in data analysis, data profiling, data integration, and data quality. This person will be responsible for defining, analyzing, review architecture and technical requirements, as well as recommend DBMS and ETL tools and technologies for structured and unstructured content. Candidate must have at
least 12 years of experience in software development and database application with the majority of experience in data strategy, souring, modeling, integration, and architecture.

This position was posted on 3/31/2014. Click Here for more details!

Position: Systems/Data Analyst

A client in Hopkins, MN is seeking a Systems job opening1Analyst II for a 6-9 month contract. This person will possess a general understanding of the technologies and applications supporting business and will research complex data, process, and integration issues.  Candidate will need to have a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology (or degree in related field or equivalent work
experience) and have experience with client server and thin-client application support.

This position was posted on 4/1/2014. Click Here
for more details!

Position: Information Architect

One of our clients in Minneapolis, MN, is looking for an Information Architect who will provide data strategy and governance oversight for a focused portion of the client’s information architecture. This person must have working knowledge of core elements of “Open Web” framework, proven experience with designing and developing mobile apps for iOS and/or Android, and web application with Rich User Interface.   

This position was posted on 4/1/2014. Click Here for more details!

 

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

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We Won’t be Hacked: Top 10 IT Security Myths

Posted by Danielle Toste on Tue, Apr 1, 2014 @ 13:04 PM

Security breaches happen every day. Some are as small as a person disputing a $50 fraudulent charge on a card to huge security breaches, such as the Department of Veterans Affairs, that resulted in 26 million veterans, active-duty, military personnel, and spouses information beingdescribe the image compromised. With IT security being a hot topic and consistent news story in the media, we decided to take a look at some of the top IT myths and how to combat them.

Myth 1: We won’t be hacked

No matter what type of security system businesses have in place, there is always a possibility for a breach. Face the business responsibility to confront security-related requests and make use of a security classification framework. 

Myth 2: We have physical security (or SSL) so you know your data is safe

This myth is associated with not understanding the risk. Ensure that security purchases match data requirements.

Myth 3: Regular expiration strengthens password systems

Research shows that having regular password expiration may not be useful and that it should be done randomly. Although, stopping passwords from being hacked completely might not be possible, this is at least one way to try and prevent it.

Myth 4: Moving the CISO outside of IT will automatically ensure good security

Moving the services won’t stop a company from being hacked. They need to find the area of weakness in their security programs.

Myth 5: Adhering to security practices is the CISO’s problem

Passing off the problem to another business unit won’t solve the issue either. A company should build an information security program around their culture.

Malware imgMyth 6: Cyber security is a technical issue for which executive level business management has little or no ability to contribute

Even though this statement might not be said, this is implied thru behaviour. It is management’s responsibility to define a security policy for the overall organization and that requires management to accurately understand what is needed in a security plan.

Myth 7: IT is, and should be, responsible for cyber security

Yes, IT is responsible for enforcing, preventing, and/or detecting behaviours defined by the company’s security policy. Yet, IT should not be making decisions about who should or shouldn’t be able to access information. That comes down to the myth above-- management.

Myth 8: Being compliant makes us secure

Just because a company passes a compliance audit does not ensure that one is properly secure. It only means that the requirements for a particular regulation or compliance have been met. A company could be overspending to meet the requirements and still not be secure. Businesses should focus on improving their security while still meeting the standards.  

Myth 9: Any computer virus will produce a visible symptom on the screen

Many people think that a computer with a virus will start acting up. Not always the case. A computer can run fine and still have malware on it. The only way to know 100% is by having the device scanned regularly.

Myth 10:  We have a firewall on our network, of course we’re protected!

Just having a properly configured firewall will not protect anyone against malicious content encapsulated over an SSL connection.

 

While being protected from all security attacks might not be possible, understanding of risk and having a thorough security policy that is implemented and regularly changed to keep up with new threats will greatly reduce your chances of being attacked.

 

What IT security myths have you heard?

 

References:

http://www.botzandassociates.com/blog/5-cyber-security-myths/

http://www.infoworld.com/slideshow/33387/the-top-13-security-myths-187168

http://www.networkworld.com/news/2013/061113-gartner-reveals-top-10-it-270738.html

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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.

 

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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 job vacancysystem 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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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.

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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!

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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.

 

describe the imageLack 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 default fixing an electronic devicespecialty 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?

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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 describe the imageperson 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 happendescribe the image 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 describe the imageshould 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!

job vacancyPosition: 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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Meet York Solutions Employee: Bryan Binstock

Posted by Danielle Toste on Tue, Feb 18, 2014 @ 09:02 AM

Knowing the people of our company is important in understanding us and our culture. So this week, we would like for you to get to know Bryan Binstock, Principal Consultant at York
Solutions

Can you tell us a little bit about your role?

I initially started as a Principal Consultant with a client of York.  My responsibilities included Bryan Binstockworking with the current consultants by creating a ‘York’ culture within the client culture, as well as to expand the York presence within the client.  At the end of 2014, my
role changed to be more focused on expanding the York presence through adding
incremental value to new departments.  I am also the on-site Think IT contact for ALL resources, including employees and consultants from other firms.  With the help of Jim Spinner and Jim Hanselman, we have expanded both the York and Think IT presence within the company, and will continue to do so in the coming months and years!

Where did you go to school at?

DeVry Institute in Kansas City, MO – graduating with a BS is Computer Information Systems (CIS)

What drew you to York Solutions?

I was initially introduced to York Solutions through Think IT.  I had just relocated back to the Twin Cities, after spending the last 17 years working for American Express in Phoenix, AZ.  I started my career as a developer and then moved into more of a capability architect
capacity.  When I started looking for my next career move, I knew I really didn’t want to continue doing what I had been doing before.  I wanted to be in more of a customer facing role, more in line with sales or account management. 

When I came into the York/Think IT office, I met with a number of great people including Trevor Matthies and Andrew Knutson.  I told them what I had done in the past, but then I said ‘I want to do what you guys do…account management’.  From there, the conversations/interviews continued with senior management and resulted in us collectively defining my position of Principal Consultant. While going through this process, I was attracted to the energy and youthfulness at York, as well as the ‘non-corporate’, yet professional feel at the office!  I also liked the lack of bureaucracy and politics in making quick decisions, especially after coming from a very corporate environment.

What has been your biggest accomplishment since working here?

I would say expanding the York presence at our client through strengthening existing and establishing new relationships with key leaders across the organization.

Why do you like coming to work every day?

Every day is different!  Between the time I spend on site at the client and York, I thoroughly enjoy engaging with different people throughout the day!  The conversations with people regarding such a variety of topics changes every day!  The opportunity to truly help people
grow in their careers through York and Think IT is very empowering and rewarding.

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

Professionally, I would say it has been most of the leaders I have worked with and for over the years!  Specifically, I would say my first manager at American Express, Fred Wadlow, was one of my biggest mentors, leading by example and challenging me to become a better leader.  Personally, I am inspired and influenced by my wife Bridget and 3 kids; Nathan, Melissa and
Matthew!  They have always been supportive, especially during times of transitions into new career choices over the years!

How do you spend your time outside of the office?

With my family!  Between travel basketball, club soccer and other activities, nights and weekends are kept very busy!  When I do have time, I enjoy golfing in the summer and playing hockey in the winter.  I also spend time helping at church, volunteering with numerous
charities, sitting on the BOD with 4p- Support Group, along with a number of things. I also love to travel, especially to warmer places in the winter now that I don’t live in Arizona anymore!

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