Data Analysis and Reporting

July 6, 2018 at 1:41 PMbobm@astirit.com

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.

Customer Relationship Management Case Study

June 25, 2018 at 2:24 PMbobm@astirit.com

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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F1 OPT IT Training and Job Placement - Astir IT

October 11, 2016 at 9:59 AMbobm@astirit.com

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 at 12:03 PMbobm@astirit.com

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

Astir still looking for H1 Quota candidates

February 9, 2016 at 9:31 AMbobm@astirit.com

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 at 7:31 AMbobm@astirit.com

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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Applications that Streamline your Workflows

April 29, 2014 at 9:27 AMbobm@astirit.com
Astir IT Solutions, Inc. specializes in providing clients with technology services and solutions that answer their unique business requirements.
 
One of our clients had the distinct need to trend, analyze, and report on their customer data.  In order to fulfill this clients' unique business requirements, we custom built the Customer Benchmark Survey.  This innovative application gathers, warehouses, and trends customer data.
 
Astir was able to take this application to the next level, and designed an automatic recommendations engine that provided the client with a road-map  linking customer needs to client products.  This point and click report leverages powerful analytics, and can be placed in sales personnel hands for rapid follow up.
 
Astir IT has a full range of technology services, and also places expert IT professionals at client locations, supporting client IT projects.
 
Give me a call at (908) 279-8670 ext. 716 so we can discuss how Astir can help your organization.
 
Best Regards,
 
Adam Moltisanti
Manager, Marketing and Vendor Relations