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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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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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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Astir still looking for H1 Quota candidates

February 09, 2016

Astir IT Solutions, Inc. is still looking for qualified candidates for the H1 Quota.  

Astir has a rich history using the H1B program, and is looking for more candidates to file for this year.  We offer a wide range of comprehensive benefits, including competitive salaries, health insurance, and ongoing training opportunities.  We need to hire the best and brightest to support the numerous requirements received from top prime vendors and direct clients... and the H1 program is a wonderful way to attract top talent.

Astir IT Solutions, Inc. has the reputation as a preferred employer, and holds numerous relationships with top prime vendors and direct clients.

Qualified candidates MUST BE IN THE U.S. and have a technical background.  If you or anyone you know is looking for H1B sponsorship, contact us today with the following information:

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

In order to be considered, you must provide the above details and currently be in the U.S.  We will be contacting qualified candidates as soon as we receive their details.  

If you are looking for a H1B employer to file your visa, the deadline is rapidly approaching... so contact us today!

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Why turn to IT consultants?

January 15, 2016

Why should your organization look to IT consultants?

As technology has become more and more ingrained in our every day businesses, there is an increasing demand for highly skilled IT resources.  Even though many hiring managers have become technologically savvy, the need to bring on IT staff poses a number of problems.  Over the years, Astir has identified the three major issues that tend to plague hiring managers when bringing on new IT staff:

  • The lack of knowledge to properly assess the technological needs of an organization
  • The dearth of expertise needed to find and screen potential IT staff
  • The high cost of bringing on new full-time personnel

The aforementioned issues are far from exhaustive, as there are numerous other hurdles to finding the right IT resources.  Once the technological needs have been identified, often times the staffing need isn't permanent.  This is a potential roadblock when searching for candidates with the necessary skills.  Also, even if a hiring manager does have the ability to properly screen candidates, they may not have the bandwidth.  To complicate things even further, many IT projects require a number of different technology resources over a short duration, making screening difficult and full-time hires impractical.

This list of potential complications can go on and on.

Thankfully, turning to an IT consulting firm like Astir IT Solutions, Inc. is an easy answer to these problems.  In the simplest of terms, Astir IT can help you analyze and understand the technology needs of your organization, find and screen candidates so you are presented only with the top available talent, and provide you with the staffing solutions that exactly match your business requirements.  This represents the more obvious benefits Astir will provide your organization; and there are a number of others that may not be initially understood.

  • Astir IT Solutions, Inc. has a level of expertise your organization just does not have.  Whether or not you have personnel with technical backgrounds, your organization does not have the breadth or depth of knowledge Astir has.  We have addressed the same or similar business needs to countless organizations across a number of industries.  We have a unique understanding of what works and what doesn't.  We can better identify your existing and future IT needs, and will ensure that your business goals are not only met, but exceeded.
  • Astir IT Solutions, Inc. specializes in the proper deployment of IT staff.  Placing temporary and permanent IT resources is the bread and butter of our company, and our processes for screening and onboarding IT experts are streamline.  We will provide you with pre-screened, highly skilled potential candidates much faster than your internal hiring processes.  our experience and expertise will enable us to acclimate new IT resources to your existing technology environments quicker, reducing learning curves, and offering results faster.
  • Astir's IT consulting services are designed to save you time and money.  Since the screening, deployment, and management processes all align with Astir, your HR department saves big.  The time and money that your HR department would have spent on lengthy searches, screenings, and training periods are now freed up for more important things.  Placing our IT consultants to your IT projects will also save you the costs associated with bringing on full-time staff.

Astir IT Solutions, Inc. also offers a wide host of other IT services.  We can take full ownership of your IT projects with our project management services.  Astir will provide the skilled IT experts needed and manage the development and implementation processes to ensure that the project is developed and integrated into your technology environment smoothly.  This will further reduce your risk and resource consumption, and guarantee  that your IT project is delivered properly and on-time.  Astir also has IT outsourcing solutions that provide you with the expert development and management services you need at the lowest possible prices.

We has extensive experience offering IT consulting services to clients in a wide host of industries.  Astir works closely with clients in order to help them understand their technology needs, and custom design solutions that solve their complex business problems.  I would love to discuss how Astir's award winning IT services and solutions could improve your organization.

To learn more, visit us at www.astirit.com.

Best Regards,

Adam Moltisanti

Manager, Marketing and Vendor Relations

Astir IT Solutions, Inc. 

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Astir looking for H1 Transfers

October 21, 2015

Astir IT Solutions, Inc. is looking for individuals who wish to transfer their H1 visa.  

If you are looking for a new employer, a better project, or a higher billing rate, please contact us today!

Astir IT Solutions, Inc. has been expanding exponentially, and needs to hire the best and brightest IT experts the market has to offer.  We have a high volume of requirements coming in from top prime vendors and direct clients and need your help to fill them.  Astir offers a comprehensive suite of benefits and extremely competitive salaries.

Benefits to becoming an Astir IT employee:

  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Generous Referral Bonuses
  • Ongoing Training Opportunities
  • H1 and Green Card Processing Assistance
  • Generous Holidays
  • Etc.

We work hard to make sure that working for Astir IT Solutions, Inc. is not just a job, but an experience.  Astir IT rewards employees for their unique skills and talents, as well as the results they provide our clients. We also have an in-depth training program that can enhance current skills and teach new ones in order to improve employee marketability.  Our consistent, profitable growth rate provides our employees with stability and an environment conducive to achieving personal career goals.

If you are interested in joining the Astir team, or would like to learn more, please visit us at www.astirit.com

 

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IT Training and Project Placement

September 16, 2015

Astir IT Solutions, Inc. has a wide host of IT training and project placement programs designed for those who wish to refresh their skills, learn new technologies, or embark on a new career path as an IT consultant.

More and more companies are making use of advanced technologies, and require the right personnel to get the job done.  This has led to a boom in the IT consulting industry, and skilled IT professionals are in high demand.  Astir has a high volume of client and vendor requirements, and are looking for qualified candidates to fill these open positions.

Astir offers IT training in the following skill sets:

  • .NET
  • Java
  • Hadoop
  • Informatica
  • UI
  • Tableau
  • SQL/BI
  • QA Automation
  • And More...

Astir training programs include resume preparation, interview coaching, and project placement.  Qualified candidates must have excellent communication skills and at least a bachelors degree.  A degree in computer science, or a background in IT is preferred.  Astir offers flexible training courses with both in-classroom and online training.  Our instructors are experts in their fields and will provide you with the solid foundation you need to begin or jump start your career.

If you are interested in our IT training and project placement programs, or are interested in joining Astir, please visit us at www.astirit.com.

Best Regards,

Adam Moltisanti

Manager, Marketing and Vendor Relations

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Astir adds another industry accolade

June 08, 2015

Hello,

Astir IT Solutions, Inc. is proud to announce that we have been named to The Channel Company and CRN Magazine's CRN 2015 Solution Provider 500 list.  This annual list recognizes the top revenue-generating technology integrators, MSPs, and IT consultants in Norther America.  The firms recognized by the CRN 2015 Solution Provider 500 list spans eight categories, such as hardware sales, software sales, and managed IT services.  Ranking is based upon revenue (determined by product and services sales during 2014) and size.

"This is a wonderful accomplishment," said Astir Executive Vice President Bob Markowitz. "We are proud to be selected among the CRN solution Provider 500 list."  Astir has now been named to this illustrious list multiple times.

This is just the latest in a long list of industry awards and accolades Astir has received over the years.  Astir has also been recognized by NJBIZ as one of New Jersey's Fastest Growing Companies, by Inc. Magazine's Annual List of America's Fastest-Growing Private Companies, and has been a multi-year member of the Inc. 500|5000 list.  The breadth of this recognition has been due to the high caliber of products and services Astir has provided clients since we started in 2001.

Astir has developed a reputation for excellence both with clients as well as within the IT consulting industry.  We specialize in placing our expert IT resources to client projects, as well as developing business intelligence solutions that solve unique business problems.  You can read more about Astir's various achievements Here... or learn more about the award winning products and services we provide Here.

Best Regards,

Adam Moltisanti

Manager, Marketing and Vendor Relations

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