Helping Customers with Data Management

July 17, 2018

Hello,

Continuing our series of case studies and presenting examples of how Astir IT products, services, and solutions help businesses like yours, Astir IT would like to discuss data management.  Data has become a more and more critical aspect of virtually every business, shaping everything from out digital presence, our sales and marketing efforts, and our strategic business decisions.  Therefore, it has become overwhelmingly important to have a proper data management system in place.  Whether you need a simple, small-scale database, or a sophisticated data warehouse with a multi-faceted front-end UI for retrieval and analysis, it is necessary that data is collected and stored correctly.  Having an incomplete, fragmented, or otherwise problematic data management system results in bad data and worthless analysis, which derails strategic business decision-making. 

One particular client had this exact problem.  They had the distinct need to replace their current data management system, as their data was plagued by inaccuracies, incomplete entries, and redundancies.  Bad data was skewing their statistical analysis, and they lacked the resources and bandwidth to implement an efficient and effective cleansing process.  The client could not risk making business decisions that were predicated on incorrect data, and eventually, they could not justify the costs associated with the necessary manual intervention needed to cleanse, analyze, and report the intelligence to executives.  They were in dire need of a new data management system that automate their processes, and provide cleaner, more consistent customer data.

In order to rectify this situation, the customer engaged Astir IT to build a new data warehouse and reporting engine.  The requirements were very straight forward: build a new data management system with a front-end reporting UI that would provide sales and marketing with actionable intelligence for their daily operations, and provide executives with clean, reliable analysis for strategic decision making.  Astir used a multi-phased approach in order to cleanse their existing data, migrate it into a new data warehouse, and establish an automated data gathering/input system that would eliminate future occurrences of duplicate or incomplete data entries.  Astir also created a user-friendly, intuitive front-end reporting engine that offered users multilevel dashboards and statistical reports.  The overall solution enabled marketing and sales organizations to efficiently track campaigns, record customer and prospect interactions, fine-tune targeting approaches, and ultimately convert sales. 

The customer executive team was particularly happy with the solution, as they gained a secure, reliable methodology to quickly and accurately measure organizational efforts and output; which could be leveraged to shape the future of their business.

Astir IT was also engaged to provide the customer with an on-site resource for the ongoing, daily management of this new data management solution.  The resource was not only highly skilled in data architecture and database/data warehouse development, he was also an expert in business intelligence.  This resource was able to successfully improve organizational buy-in by continually evolving the system to accommodate changing business requirements and expanding the scope and capabilities of the system.

If you are interested in learning more about how we have addressed a specific topic that you do not see here or on our website (www.astirit.com), please contact us to discuss further.

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Data Analysis and Reporting

July 06, 2018

Hello Everyone,

Data is the life-blood of any business.  It can be used to understand employee behavior, customer interactions, market fluctuations, etc., and it can alter the way business decisions are made.  Your business not only needs reliable access to the right types of data, you need that data to be clean, free of duplicates and mistakes, and available for complex analysis.  Astir IT specializes in business intelligence and Big Data and would like to present you with a case study of how we helped a client optimize their data environment.

As always, if you are interested in learning more about how we have addressed a specific topic that you do not see here or on our website (www.astirit.com), please contact us to discuss further.

We had a customer who had a data problem.  Data on customers, employees, competitors, etc. was all collected using different methods and housed in different places.  The customer lacked the expertise and tools necessary to combine, clean, and analyze the data in any meaningful way, and their strategic business decisions were suffering from it.  The customer came to Astir IT needing the creation and maintenance of operational dashboards.

After working closely with the customer, there were four (4) main operational areas that were affected by this lack of actionable data: HR, Finance, Accounts Payable/Receivable, and Operations.  Astir tackled the initial business analysis task, and helped the customer fully flush out the requirements:

  • Human Resources Analytics: Identifying headcount trends, attrition rates, employee demographics, etc. in order to provide insight into trends concerning hiring, terminations, and retention.
  • Finance Analytics: Advanced analytics in the area of bookings-to-revenue lifecycle; giving the client an accurate representation of the ordering process, backlogs, reserves, and billings in order to make inferences and trending projections for upcoming quarters.
  • Invoice Analytics: Invoicing specific analytics designed to flush out information throughout the invoicing lifecycle; such as policy violations, expenditures, supplier lists, etc.
  • Forecasting: Inference based analytics measuring planning, financial forecasting, expense data, cost center levels, account expenses, etc.

 

Once the business intelligence metrics were fully defined, a dashboard solution was implemented that initially combined, standardized, cleansed, and deduped existing data in order to populate a series of multi-tier dashboards.  In order to maintain these dashboards and ensure the customers ongoing ability to make use of the dashboards, a set of proper procedures were designed and implemented to collect and transmit data into a single repository, which was mined by the dashboards.  The customer was presented with a reliable and secure methodology to consistently measure and understand the right data in order to improve their strategic business decisions.

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Customer Relationship Management Case Study

June 25, 2018

Hello Everyone,

This entry will be the latest in our series of customer case studies.  Astir IT would like to share some examples of how we have helped customer, like you, improve their business by leveraging advanced technology.  The services, solutions, and products we have provided customer have helped them improve efficiency, automate processes, and boost bottom line.  As always, if you want to see how we’ve addressed a specific scenario that you don’t see either here or at our website (www.astirit.com), contact us today to discuss.

Today’s case study involves a customer who needed an improved customer relationship management (CRM) system.  They had a fragmented process consisting of basic spreadsheets and rudimentary, small-scale applications; which ultimately led to inconsistent, unreliable data sharing.  Their basic requirement was to better consolidate their data for improved visibility and analytics.  It would be accessed by multiple organizations, including sales, marketing, and executives, each of which had a different set of unique needs.  Overall, a cohesive CRM system would improve their lead management, marketing analytics, and enable more accurate forecasting.  

Astir IT worked closely with the customer to help them fully realize their business requirements.  For the overarching system, the requirement was to both grab and fetch data from multiple sources (consisting of multiple forms), cleanse it, house it, segment it, and perform complex analytics.  Once the data was captured by the system, it would need to be accessible by multiple viewpoints, based on the requirements of each user population.  This included:

  • Marketing:  The marketing team needed to better understand the results of their marketing campaigns.  The data being captured on existing customers and potential leads included campaign interaction data, which was critical shaping future campaigns.  The data would be presented in detailed reports from several perspectives, including grouped by population, account, and campaign.
  • Sales: The sales team needed detailed profiles of both existing customers and potential leads for sales follow-up efforts.  A complex scoring algorithm was needed to weight interactions and understand prospect viability, and customer/lead profiles would need to be robust and detailed.
  • Executives: Executives wanted a clear, concise understanding of how marketing and sales efforts were going.  Multi-level dashboards with simple, easy to navigate interfaces were critical, as they would be used to measure the efficacy of multiple departments and develop accurate forecasts.

 

Given the complexity of the requirements, Astir IT began developing a custom CRM platform for this client.  Throughout the development process, we kept members of the customer marketing, sales, and executive organization close in order to capture any evolving business requirements.  Upon delivery, Astir implemented and integrated the application into the customers technology environment to ensure a smooth transition.  Organizational buy-in was high, and the customer was able to enjoy increased reliability and visibility into their data.

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Application Testing - A Client Success Story

April 23, 2018

We would like to share some of our client success stories with you so better understand how Astir can improve your business.  In the coming weeks, we will bring you a series of case studies that exemplify the benefits our expert technical resources provide clients.  These case studies will be touching upon a number of different industries, technical issues, business problems, and IT services/solutions.  If at any time you are curious about how Astir can help with your specific situation, and do not see a parallel in our case studies, feel free to visit us at www.astirit.com, or email us directly at contact@astirit.com.  We have serviced many different clients across a wide range of industries, each with their own unique business problems and technology needs.

One of our clients had released a new, in-house application for their employees to use... but began facing a myriad of problems.  Although they had the necessary development talent on staff to build the application and implement it within their technology environment, they lacked the proper quality assurance capabilities to ensure it worked according to specifications.  They needed to bring on an expert, senior level quality assurance rockstar who could fully test their new application in real world scenarios and multiple environments; including mobile devices, operating systems, and web browsers.  

This client came to Astir not knowing exactly what it was that they needed.  They knew they had a complex application that could answer their operational needs, and they knew it wasn't working properly; but they didn't know how to pinpoint the issues so their development personnel could properly develop, implement, and manage fixes.  Astir worked closely with this client to help identify their short and long-term needs, and proposed an expert consultant who had experience in both manual and automation testing.  This individual would be able to help identify and manage issue, bug, and breakage documentation; as well as the cataloguing and retesting of the fixes implemented by the development team.  The consultant would utilize a mixture of manual and automation testing to address short term issues in order to get the system up and running for their employees.

In order for the client to continue operating at peak efficiency, they would keep this resource on hand to perform more complex load testing on the application.  As new features and enhancements were planned, developed, and implemented, this testing resource would help mitigate issues and minimize any impact to daily operations.  By implementing this solution for the client, turn around times for the identification and resolution of system issues was drastically decreased and the operating costs associated with the application and the usage therein was reduced.  Ultimately, the client went from spending inordinate amounts of money on a broken, buggy application, to having an invaluable system that increased efficiency and effectiveness of employee efforts.

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Astir looking for H1 Quota candidates

February 07, 2017

It’s that time of year again!  The H1B Quota is on the horizon, and Astir IT Solutions, Inc. is looking for qualified candidates to provide sponsorship to!

If you meet the following criteria, you may qualify for the Astir IT H1B Visa Sponsorship Program:

 

  • Currently residing in the U.S.
  • Have a Bachelor’s Degree or higher, preferably in a technical field
  • Have a technical background and work history

 

As a preferred employer, Astir IT provides employees with a wide range of comprehensive benefits.  We offer competitive salaries, health insurance, project support, resume and interview coaching, a 401K, etc.  Over the past few years, we have used the H1B program as a way to find the industry’s top talent.  If you meet the above criteria, need to file your H1, and are interested in joining Astir, send us the following details:

 

  • Full Name
  • Email Address
  • Phone Number
  • Current Location
  • Current Visa Status
  • Current Resume

Please note:  Only qualified individuals who currently reside in the US and send us all of the above details will be considered for H1B sponsorship.  Ideal candidates will have experience in the following technologies:

Java J2ee, .Net, Oracle Developer/DBA, Project Manager, SQL Server, Business Analyst, Data Analyst, DW/ETL Developer, Automation QA, Windows Administrator, SAN Admin, SAP, etc.

Astir IT Solutions, Inc. has a long, successful history using H1B visa sponsorship as a way to find expert IT consultants for our prime vendors and direct clients.  We need expert technology professionals, like you, to join Astir.   Contact us today if you are looking for H1 sponsorship, a new project, or a better rate.

 

Email us at er@astirit.com, or visit us at www.astirit.com to learn more.

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F1 OPT IT Training and Job Placement - Astir IT

October 11, 2016

If you are on an F1 visa, there are a couple of things you will need in order to begin a lucrative career as an IT consultant. 

First, you will need to find a preferred employer.  There are many IT staffing firms out there; but it is difficult to sift through the vast sea of them in order to find one that has strong client relationships, offers decent salaries, places you in and keeps you on good projects, and provides you with proper project support.  It can be a daunting, and downright nerve-wracking task to find a company that matches your needs.

Next, you will need the proper skills needed to be successful on the job.  You have the best higher education degrees; now you need the more practical knowledge an IT project requires.  Procuring IT training in your technology of choice is an absolute must!  A good IT training program will have both technology and soft skills classes that will strengthen your learnings and give you a solid foundation for your first IT project.

Finally, you need to find the right balance for these tasks.  It can be quite difficult to juggle a job search with taking IT classes; that is, unless you can find an employer who can accommodate all of your individual needs.  Astir IT Solutions, Inc. has an F1 OPT IT training and job placement program designed specifically for F1 visa holders like yourself. 

Our F1 OPT IT Training and Job Placement Program is built around your exact needs.  We custom tailor a curriculum of IT and soft skills training classes based upon your chosen technology.    Our training programs offer flexible scheduling and both in-classroom and online courses. The IT Training and Project Placement Program includes resume preparation and interview coaching, and project placement through Astir.

The Astir IT Solutions, Inc. F1 OPT IT Training and Job Placement Program continues throughout your project; strengthening, supplementing, and adding skills as you progress throughout your career.  In conjunction with this ongoing IT training, we provide profile marketing, project placement, and project support… so each F1 OPT/CPT candidate gets the IT training they need, the project they want, and the support necessary to ensure success. We offer our employees stability and an environment that supports personal career growth.

 

If you are interested and want to learn more, visit us at: www.astirit.com or email us at careers@astirit.com

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Get the right IT tools and personnel necessary for success

September 12, 2016

Hello,

Business intelligence has become on of, if not the most, critical aspect for success.  Markets are more competitive than ever, and businesses have unparalleled access to data; both internally and externally.  Therefore, you have to constantly ask yourself the following question: "Does my business have both the right business intelligence tools and IT personnel necessary to be successful?"

I'd like to present you with a case study that demonstrates how The Astir Family of Companies helps clients address this question.

As a trusted technology staffing partner, we provided a client with an IT consultant who was an analytics expert in order to solve their complex data analysis and reporting problem.  The client collected and housed data across various internal departments over a period of years without any standardization.  This led to a fragmented data repository, and left the client with the inability to pull data together and create a holistic view of their environments.  As the market evolved, the need to capitalize on the data they had compiled (and would continue to collect) became more critical.

The IT consultant we placed with this client was selected due to his expertise and track record with data analytics and intelligence reporting tools.  After implementing a standardization process to cleanse and reformat both existing data and incoming data sources, a series of detailed dashboards were developed.  These dashboards provided the client with complex analysis across their Human Resources, Finance, and Accounts Payable/Receivable departments.  The complex metrics and reporting resulted in the client gaining real-time, holistic views of their internal organizations, which ultimately led to the ability to make quicker and more informed business decisions.

This is just one specific example of the types of services and solutions The Astir Family of Companies can provide your business.  We have comprehensive application development and staff augmentation services that can solve your unique business problems.  We have a long, successful history custom building business intelligence software applications and placing expert IT personnel at businesses just like yours.  We want to help you understand your technology needs, and custom design a solution that helps boost your bottom line.

Best Regards,

Adam Moltisanti

Head of Marketing and Business Analysis

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Astir IT's long history of GC filing succcess

July 25, 2016

Hello,

For workers in specialty occupations who are in the United States on H1B visa status, securing a Green Card can be a difficult, lengthy, and expensive process.  Finding a reputable employer to help you navigate this process can add further complication.  This is an important issue within the IT community, as it effects IT consultants at a higher rate than any other industry.  H1B IT consultants not only need to find an employer who is willing to offer them the financial and procedural support they need to get their Green Card, they need that employer to have a successful track record in securing Green Cards for their employees. 

Astir IT Solutions, Inc. understands how difficult it is for H1B visa holders to obtain their Green Card.  One of the many benefits that Astir IT provides to our IT consultants is Green Card filing assistance.  We have the experience and expertise needed to guide you through the many steps; as we have helped numerous employees secure their Green Cards in our 15+ years of operation.  Our Human Resources and Immigration Departments are experts with a perfect record with Green Card filings.  We also offer H1 assistance, so we can help you file your H1B, H1B Extension, H1B Transfer, Green Card, Etc.

If you are interested in learning more about our Green Card Filing Assistance Program, feel free to email us at contact@astirit.com.  We are always looking for talented IT professionals to fill our high volume of prime vendor and direct client requirements.  If you are looking for a better employer, better project, better rate, H1B filing assistance, or Green Card filing assistance, email us today!

Thanks!

Adam Moltisanti

Head of Marketing and Business Analysis

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Properly manage your technology environment

April 19, 2016

Hello,

This is the first article in a series focusing on the wonderful work our IT consultants do for our clients.  Here at Astir IT, we are proud of our expert IT resources, and understand that they are the reason for our success.  We invest heavily in our people so our clients can reap the benefits.  Each article in this series will focus on a specific case study where one of our IT consultants had a great, positive impact in their client project.  You can read more about these case studies HERE.

One of the many issues that faces large organizations is the ability to properly manage their technology environment.  With the sheer volume of technologies our business uses on a daily basis, it can be quite difficult to keep them all operating efficiently and synced.  There are a wide range of issues that can be throwing your IT environment out of line... it could be a matter of application versioning, broken APIs, inadequate support, etc.  Over time, organizations will accrue a number of different applications, databases, intranets, etc.; and rather than investing the time and effort to maintain them, they will invariably replace them when issues surface.

Usually this is a very expensive proposition, since proper release/change management efforts could have avoided any and all problems faced.

Then there is the added problem of training.  Often times a large organization will have multiple subject matter experts (SMEs) who specialize in a subset of their technologies.  As soon as a new person is brought on board and needs to learn multiple systems, they are forced to meet with multiple people over the course of days (if not weeks) to be brought up to speed.  This is just another example of the inefficiencies we create by not having the proper support in place.  The addition of a change/release expert to your IT team could easily answer these problems, and save your organization time, effort, (and most importantly) money.

As a real-world example, Astir IT Solutions, Inc. has a client who faced these exact issues.  They had a portfolio of over 150 applications... and lacked the expertise and manpower to properly manage, assess, and train personnel in such a vast pool of technology.  By bringing on one of our seasoned release/change management IT consultants, they were able to finally get a handle on such a huge tech portfolio.  This saved the client a tremendous amount of time, effort, and money, as this individual was able to provide impact analyses to identify what applications to utilize in what capacity, manage versions, and train users and stakeholders.  You can read more about our Release/Change Management Case Study HERE.

If you or your organization has a need for highly trained IT consultants, please feel free to email me today at contact@astirit.com.

Best Regards,

Adam Moltisanti

Manager, Marketing and Vendor Relations

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Last chance to be considered for an H1 visa

March 16, 2016

Hello,

Time is rapidly running out to be considered for the H1 Quota!
 
Astir IT Solutions, Inc. is still looking for qualified candidates to sponsor for the H1 Quota.  We have a high volume of prime vendor and direct client requirements, and need to hire the best and brightest IT professionals.  Astir has a reputation as a preferred employer, and offers competitive salaries, full benefits, GC processing, and ongoing IT training opportunities.  
 
Qualifying candidates MUST BE IN THE U.S. and have a technical background.  If you meet these qualifications, please send the following details to er@astirit.com or visit us HERE:
  • Full Name
  • Email Address
  • Phone Number
  • Current Location
  • Visa Status
  • Current Resume
Please note that we will be contacting qualified candidates shortly.  We look forward to hearing from you.
 
Best Regards,
Adam Moltisanti
Manager, Marketing and Vendor Relations

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