Category: Big Data

Real Skinny: How To Get Your Company to Move to the Cloud

Real Skinny: How To Get Your Company to Move to the Cloud

toon_103_0It is a truth universally acknowledged that tech workers who are road-blocked by senior management from succeeding at their jobs are frustrated workers, indeed. One major instance of said road-blocking is still fairly commonplace — the transition of companies into cloud computing. Even CIOs lock horns with their support staff over this issue due to the misunderstanding, fear, and reluctance to change.

How do you get your company into the 21st century and into the cloud? You have to realize that it’s more than just a pragmatic issue. In fact, it’s a company culture issue.

Companies go through major structural transitions all of the time, and the move to the cloud is no different. But like other major changes — office location, software, organizational hierarchies, and so forth — it must be handled with delicacy and care. The first and most important step is to get your team on board with you is by making it clear why moving to the cloud is necessary before you explain how you will accomplish it.

Author Rachel Roumeliotis at O’Reilly breaks down the benefits of the cloud into an easy-to-explain model: speed, safety, and scale.


Time really is money. When your company uses the cloud, you save the precious seconds, minutes, and hours that allow you to work better and create more innovative solutions.


Security is often the biggest concern when transitioning over to the cloud. Create a bulletproof data safety plan and be ready to make a convincing argument to doubtful colleagues and managers.


Moving to cloud computing frees your company to expand — or contract — as necessary to efficiently achieve the results you’re looking for. Hardware will never compare.

Remember, any big company transition is a culture issue before it becomes a practical issue, so work within the bounds of your company’s culture to bring your computing practices up to speed and into the cloud.

Stephen Van VreedeAbout Stephen—-

Stephen Van Vreede is not your average IT/technical résumé writer. He provides career strategy and concierge job search solutions for senior (15+ years) (ITtechExec) and up-and-coming (NoddlePlace) (5-15 years) tech and technical operations leaders. Stephen and his team focus on building simplified, targeted, and certain career move campaigns, be it an external search or an internal promotion. He is co-author of UNcommon with career development leader Brian Tracy (out June 11, 2015). Contact Stephen directly at or send him an invite at To see whether Stephen and his team are a good fit for you, take their free (and anonymous) 1-minute compatibility quiz, Is the ITtechExec Approach a Good Match for You? Also, feel free to take his complimentary resume self-assessment quiz, How Certain Can You Be About Your Technical Resume? You might be surprised by what you find out!

When You and Your Technical Recruiter Aren’t a Good Match

When You and Your Technical Recruiter Aren’t a Good Match

Choosing – or finding – the right technical recruiter for you can be vitally important in your IT job search

IT recruitingWhether you love technical recruiters or avoid them like the plague, the fact is they do play a part in the IT hiring process. In fact, in today’s tech job market, they play an even bigger role than they ever have.
That doesn’t mean you have to use them, of course, but why not give yourself as many options as you can?
Where most candidates go wrong with technical recruiters is 1) they don’t properly matched or aligned with them, 2) they expect too much from them, and 3) they fail to nurture an ongoing relationship with the ones who are a good fit to create a potential pipeline of opportunity down the road.
I’ve witnessed many candidates waste a lot of time talking to the wrong technical recruiter for them, and then they can’t figure out what went wrong. 

Sue Sacco, our Concierge Job Search Agent, says that it all starts with a little research. When she is working our client members, she:

  • Prepares a list of properly matched technical recruiters with their contact info to save our members the time and energy of trying to find them on their own. With geographical restrictions no longer at play and the number of technical recruiters skyrocketing, it’s harder than it used to be to find ones that place for the types of positions you want to go for. That is precious IT job search time you have to spend. So Sue takes care of that so our members can focus on other aspects of their search, like networking with colleagues and decision makers (because you should never rely on just one type of job search method in today’s IT/tech marketplace)!
  • Then once Sue creates her list, she either guides the member in how to introduce themselves to these technical recruiters or she takes it a step further and makes the introductions on our members’ behalf, again saving a lot of legwork and freeing up time to pursue other options as well!

Furthermore, once our members do engage with a tech recruiter, Sue can then walk them through their discussions to make sure they stay on track and not waste time here either.

 This is what a concierge job search agent service does. It’s not that you can’t. It’s that you don’t have to.
Either way, though, whether you attempt to find and engage technical recruiters and headhunters on your own or you work with someone like Sue, first and foremost is ask yourself, “Is this technical recruiter a good match?”
If the recruiter can’t say that he or she has placed candidates with your background and your salary range, then don’t waste anymore of your precious job search time.
(Want just a general directory of tech recruiters? Download our directory of 1350+ technical recruiters or our directory of 800+ project/program manager recruiters.)
IT Resume Makeover: Presentation Dictates Response

IT Resume Makeover: Presentation Dictates Response

What Is An IT Resume Makeover? For the IT Professional, having a properly constructed IT resume is vital. This story illustrates just how true that is in regards to the CIO resume…

Results of Corporate Entrepreneur Poll

Results of Corporate Entrepreneur Poll

Last week I put out a call for responses to a poll asking our audience what the phrase “corporate entrepreneur” meant to them. This topic of corporate entrepreneurship will encompass my contribution to my upcoming book Uncommon with Brian Tracy (Spring 2015), and I wanted to get a sense of what professionals out there thought when they heard the phrase.

The largest response at 23% was that a corporate entrepreneur was “a strategist”. A three-way tie for second at 15% each included:

  • Someone who’s business savvy but probably more suited for self-employment.
  • Someone who sees what’s coming in the corporate realm and prepares for it.
  • A professional who knows how to apply certain elements of self-employment within the corporate structure.

If you’d like to participate in the poll, please feel free to do so. I’ve included it below and will keep it open a couple more weeks.

At that time, I will post the results and give an excerpt from the book discussing this issue. As a technical career strategist following the world of work closely, I am convinced that corporate entrepreneurship is going to be a “must” (yes, a must) for anyone looking to maintain their careers, particularly as we move through the next decade.

The shifting of corporate culture, the convoluted hiring practices, the mixed-generational workforce, and most importantly, the global market outlook are all bringing together a perfect storm that will forever change what it means to be in corporate. What we’ve seen so far is just the beginning.

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Which IT Roles Are the Hardest to Fill?

Which IT Roles Are the Hardest to Fill?

Recently, Rich Hein of posted the results of a TEKsystems survey of 244 CIOs, CTOs, and other IT execs across several industries. The survey identified the following 9 IT roles as the most difficult to fill.

Internet Everywhere: What Does It Mean for the Marketplace?

Internet Everywhere: What Does It Mean for the Marketplace?

A few weeks ago, I published a guest post called “The Rise of the Machine and How It Is Going to Change the World” by Fasih Sandhu, which provided us with an overview of the Industrial Internet. As a top consultant in today’s technology field, Fasih writes extensively on the Industrial Internet as well as on the Internet of Everything (you can check out his blogs at Therefore, I asked Fasih if he would provide my tech readership with a second post, this time giving us an overview of the current state of the Internet of Everything.

The Rise of the Machine and How It Is Going to Change the World

The Rise of the Machine and How It Is Going to Change the World

I am pleased to present an article today from a top innovator in today’s technology field, Fasih Sandhu. Fasih writes extensively on the Industrial Internet as well as on the Internet of Everything through his blogs at I asked Fasih if he would provide my tech readership with an overview of the current state of the Industrial Internet.