Astir IT is Hiring

November 12, 2018

Hello,

Astir IT is currently undergoing a hiring drive and is looking for the best IT talent available. 

We are looking for qualified individuals who wish to begin or further a lucrative career as an IT consultant.  Astir IT Solutions, Inc. has forged a solid reputation as a preferred employer over our 17+ year history.  Today we have over 350 IT consultants placed at client locations all across the U.S.  We have many strong prime vendor and direct client relationships and must hire the best talent available in order to keep up with the high volume of requirements we receive.

Astir IT is hiring US citizens, GC, L2, F1, and H4 EAD IT consultants, as well as anyone who wishes to transfer their H1B.  We are both an eVerify company and an EEO employer. 

Astir IT offers industry leading benefits:

  • Competitive Salaries
  • Health Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • 401K
  • Training Opportunities
  • Potential H1B sponsorship
  • Potential GC Processing Assistance
  • F1 OPT STEM Processing Assistance

 

We are also offering potential H1B sponsorship in the upcoming H1 Quota.  Ideal candidates will meet the following criteria:

  • Must currently be in the U.S.
  • Must be on F1, H4 EAD, or L2 status
  • Must have at least a bachelor’s (master’s preferred) in computer science or a related field
  • Must have recent IT work experience (3+ years preferred)

 

*To qualify for H1B sponsorship in the upcoming H1 Quota, you must be employed by Astir IT and work on an Astir project at the time of filing.

If you, or anyone you know, is interested and would like to learn more, visit us at http://astirit.com/Email_and_Contact_Info.aspx or email us at contact@astirit.com. 

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Data Warehousing

September 05, 2018

Hello Everyone,

To continue our ongoing series of customer case studies, today we will be discussing data warehousing.  Having a data warehouse is only half of the equation.  Your databases and data warehouses are only as good as the data that is stored in them… and if your business has bad data, then any reporting and analysis done on that data will be completely unreliable.  This is a problem that plagues many businesses, and one of our customers was no different. 

This customer had a custom data warehouse that had been designed and implemented years early; and it was plagued by bad data.  There were too many redundancies, inconsistencies, missing, and incorrect data that had flowed into the data warehouse over time.  This led to different internal departments setting up their own data warehousing platforms, resulting in an extremely fragmented environment where executives were unable to easily pull and analyze data across multiple business areas.  Just as, if not more, important was the ill effects being suffered by their sales and marketing department.

Without a unified data warehousing system with easy access to clean, reliable data, the sales and marketing organizations were unable to successfully gather, analyze, and track data on prospects and customers.  Any reporting that was requested took inordinate amounts of time, and many opportunities fell on the floor.  The customer recognized this problem and made the decision to pour resources into fixing the issue, so the marketing and sales organizations could function properly and drive more revenue.

This client had engaged Astir IT on a different IT project and approaches us for a solution to their data warehouse woes.  After diving head first into their data environment and gathering requirements, Astir IT designed, developed, and implemented a singular data repository with advanced analytic capabilities.  In conjunction with the development of the data warehousing system, Astir assisted the client in a massive overhaul of their existing data.  We helped the client cleanse their data with a combination of database query and manual exercises that rid their data of the high volumes of duplicates, incomplete entries, and incorrect data. 

Once the new system was in place, the data cleansed, and the massive data migration effort were completed, the customer gained a secure methodology for storing, retrieving, and analyzing their data.  The biggest impact to the client was the ability for their sales and marketing organizations to better track customers and prospects for more efficient and effective targeting.  Decision making speed improved and costs were reduced as resources were better allocated because of the new data warehousing system.

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Electronic Data Interchange

August 15, 2018

Hello Everyone,

This is the latest entry in our series of customer case studies, where we provide examples of how Astir IT Solution, Inc. products, services, and solutions help businesses like yours.  One of our oldest customers came to us with the need for a new Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) system.  They had recently installed a new Microsoft Windows based Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software and needed to improve the compatibility of their current EDI system, or install a new one. 

Upon implementing the new ERP system, the existing EDI system was plagued with issues, causing unprocessed orders and stalling supply and delivery lines.  In order to address the problem, and ultimately stay in business, the customer was forced to spend inordinate amounts of time and resources in the manual completion of set processes that were normally automated.  The expenditure was unsustainable, and a solution was needed quickly.

The customer initially approached Astir IT in order to analyze the current EDI system, recommend modifications, and implement any necessary changes.  After a full analysis, there were a number of modifications needed including custom development.  The cost and time of the proposed changes were comparable, if not higher, than purchasing and implementing a brand-new EDI system.  Astir IT was then engaged to quickly gather all functional requirements and propose alternative EDI systems.  Upon presenting all available options, the customer selected an option and engaged Astir to implement and manage the alternate system. 

Astir IT implemented the EDI system and integrated it into the customers’ technology environment.  During the implementation, all the necessary data was migrated from the existing system into the new system.  The end result for the client was a brand-new EDI system that was totally compatible with their newly implemented ERP system, fully restoring all automation to their ordering and fulfillment processes.

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.

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Data Migration - Navigating a Most Difficult Process

July 31, 2018

Greetings,

Today Astir would like to share another successfully case study with our audience.  This case study involves a common situation: Company A acquires Company B and now must integrate their systems and data into their existing technology environment.  This can be a complex, cumbersome task that requires many resources and multiples more man hours to complete.  If done correctly, new sales opportunities can present themselves and revenue can be further increased.  If done incorrectly, not only do those sales opportunities get dropped on the floor, important relationships can suffer… leading to long-term revenue loss.

In this case study, a very large Astir customer acquired a similarly sized firm and needed to tackle the gargantuan task of merging their customer, sales, and marketing data into their existing systems.  The data was extremely sensitive and needed to be cleansed, validated, and migrated very quickly.  Given overlap in customers and products, there was an overwhelming need to quickly integrate this data in order to avoid incorrect and ineffective sales follow-ups in order to preserve relationships during the transition period.

Astir IT was engaged to help the customer navigate this process quickly and complete the migration with minimal impact to daily operations.  A team of on-site resources were placed with the customer and worked closely with internal teams to create a set of standard operating procedures and workflows in order to execute a smooth migration process.  Once the data migration was underway, all steps were meticulously documented and multiple back-ups were put in place to ensure that no data was lost or corrupted.  Finally, new data housing systems were built in order to create and maintain a clean, efficient access system for the resulting merged data. 

The initial set-up process and standard operating procedures put into place prior to the data migration resulted in a smooth transition for the customer, and there was zero down-time.  The Astir team remained in place for a short time after the initial migration in order to continually monitor progress and perform any maintenance and training needed.  Ultimately, the customer was able to leverage the merged database to expand their operations.

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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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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