Managing your company app portfolio

May 29, 2019 at 12:23 PMbobm@astirit.com

Release/Change management.  For those of you who aren't in the technology industry, in the simplest of terms this refers to the implementation of new or updated applications into a live technology environment.  This isn't something that most companies will put much thought towards, but as your business starts to use more and more technology it becomes increasingly important.

For one of our newest customers, this became a critical issue... one that was hurting their core business and causing them to hemorrhage money.  

This customer approached us after years of taking the route that most companies take.  They had maintenance contracts with the individual technology vendors that had developed their applications.  This makes sense, doesn't it?  The vendor developed that application, therefore they are experts in it... so who is better suited to maintain and upgrade it?  Except imagine that your technology portfolio expands and expands, and now you have dozens of these maintenance contracts with dozens of vendors.  Costs are beginning to pile up.  

That is exactly what happened to this customer.  Different departments contracted with different technology vendors and their application portfolio grew to a staggering 150+ applications (used both internally and sold externally).  They had so many contracts across so many different applications, it not only became incredibly expensive to maintain, it became a nightmare to do any system wide infrastructure upgrades.  They realized that they could not continue operating in this fashion, so they itemized their needs and began researching their options

The basic needs were simple:

  • Maintain 150+ applications
  • Minimize downtime
  • Source business requirements for new software and upgrades
  • Develop modifications/upgrades
  • Manual and automated testing
  • Manage upgrade and new application releases
  • Coordinate global infrastructure changes
  • Analyze portfolio performance
  • Develop advanced reports and dashboards for executive team on application usage and performance
  • Troubleshoot 
  • Train system users

 

Ultimately there were 2 viable options for this customer, either build an internal technical team to eliminate existing maintenance and development contracts or consolidate existing contracts under a minimal number of vendors.

During their research, the customer began to understand the difficulties in building their own internal technical team.  The costs associated with bringing on multiple team members was quite high, which was compounded by the cost of benefits and employee taxes.  This was further complicated by the lack of knowledge and expertise necessary to source and screen the necessary candidates.  The customer made an attempt at building an internal team, but quickly found that these aforementioned difficulties were insurmountable... so they began researching technology vendors who could outsource the work for them.

That research led them to Astir IT.  Through some mutual contacts, the customer asked us to analyze their technology environment and offer a potential solution.  We offered them an on-site resource who would act as the sole point of contact for any inquiries, issues, or needs associated with any of their 150+ applications.  This individual would be an expert in their applications and the underlying technology, and would site at their headquarters during normal business hours so they were always accessible.  Behind this resource would be an entire technical team, and together all of the needs outlined by the client would be completely satiated.  This solution would dramatically decrease their costs and enable them to gain holistic control of their entire technology environment.  This solution was also extremely flexible, allowing for exponential scaling as the portfolio and technology environment continued to grow.  

After an initial discovery period where the Astir resource learned the customers applications, Astir has successfully implemented these managed services for the customer, who has been able to refocus energy towards building the business.  Currently, Astir is still managing the customer application portfolio, which has grown by another whopping 40% at the time this blog was written.

Release/change management is often overlooked by those who aren't in the technology arena.  As your technology environment grows, this can become an integral part of your success... proper oversight of your infrastructure and software can save your business massive headaches and allow you to remain at peak efficiency.   

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Calling all IT Consultants!

December 18, 2018 at 1:18 PMbobm@astirit.com

It's that time of year again... the annual H1 Quota!

Astir IT Solutions, Inc. is in the midst of the largest hiring push we'e ever done and are looking to bring on the best and brightest IT talent available.  One of the many benefits of working for the Astir Family of Companies is potential visa sponsorship.  If you, or anyone you know, is looking for a preferred employer and sponsorship in the upcoming H1 Quota, make sure to contact us ASAP.

Astir IT has forged a reputation as a preferred employer, and has had much success with the H1 program.  We are looking for IT professionals who are interested in furthering, or even starting, a lucrative career in IT consulting.  We have many successful relationships with top prime vendors and direct clients, and need to expand our workforce to fill available positions.  We offer a full suite of benefits that includes a 401K, health insurance, life insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, project support, and ongoing training opportunities.  We also offer H1 and GC processing assistance for qualified individuals.

If you meet the below criteria, we would love to hear from you:

  • Currently in the US
  • Have proper work authorization
  • Hold at least a Bachelors in a technical field (Masters preferred)
  • Have at least 3 years of experience in IT

 

To qualify for visa sponsorship, you must be on a project with Astir IT at the time of filing.

If you, your classmates, your coworkers, your friends, or your family are interested, visit us at www.astirit.com to learn more about joining the Astir Family of Companies.  You can also send us your contact details and most up-to-date resume at contact@astirit.com.  

Astir IT is also hiring anyone with the following statuses:  US Citizen, GC, H1, L2 EAD, H4 EAD, and F1.  Astir is an EEO employer and an eVerify company.

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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.

Astir IT's long history of GC filing succcess

July 25, 2016 at 7:50 AMbobm@astirit.com

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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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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Astir accepting candidates for the H1 Quota

December 7, 2015 at 11:03 AMbobm@astirit.com

Hello,

Astir IT Solutions, Inc. is now accepting candidates for the H1 Quota.  We are looking for qualified candidates who wish to file their H1 and join Astir IT.

Qualified candidates should have at least a Bachelor's degree in a technical field, and have one of the following visa statuses:

  • F1 OPT/CPT
  • L1
  • L2
  • F2
  • H4

 We are providing H1 processing and are looking for individuals who have skills including, but not limited to:

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. is hiring the best and brightest to fulfill the high volume of client requirements we receive.  We offer competitive salaries with industry leading benefits, including life insurance, health insurance, Green Card processing, and ongoing training opportunities.  If you or anyone you know is looking for H1 sponsorship, a new project, a better employer, or a higher rate, please visit us at www.astirit.com

Astir is an EEO Employer and a E-Verify Company.

To learn more, contact us at contact@astirit.com or (908) 279-8670 ext. 728.

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Astir looking for H1 Transfers

October 21, 2015 at 7:53 AMbobm@astirit.com

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 at 9:58 AMbobm@astirit.com

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 8, 2015 at 1:35 PMbobm@astirit.com

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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H4 EAD Eligibility Drawing Near

May 8, 2015 at 10:24 AMbobm@astirit.com

Hello,

H4 EAD eligibility is practically on our doorstep.  As of May 26, 2015, H4 visa holders, whose spouses are in the Green Card process with the 140 approved, are eligible for EAD status.  This means that H4s can be able to legally work in the U.S.

This provides unparalleled employment opportunities that will require extensive training and preparation.

As an IT consulting company, Astir is constantly looking for experienced individuals to support our clients.  We are offering an IT training and job placement program designed specifically for H4 EADs.  Now's the best time to start preparing for the bevy of job opportunities that will open up after May 26.

If you are interested, or would like to learn more, please visit us today at www.astirit.com.

Best Regards,

Adam Moltisanti

Astir IT Solutions, Inc.

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