AI Enhanced Automated Testing

AI Enhanced Automated Testing

We often here about AI and how it will transform and revolutionize technology and the IT industry. But we rarely hear of any concrete examples on how this will take shape. The World Quality Report, however, indicates that AI and machine learning technology could greatly impact mobile and software testing in the immediate future. Continue reading “AI Enhanced Automated Testing”

The State of the IT Staffing Market

The State of the IT Staffing Market

According to the 2018 Staffing Growth Assessment, the IT staffing industry generated roughly 59 Billion dollars back in 2016. The industry is projected to grow by 4% 2018, which would mean more money for everybody, right?

Not exactly. According to SIA the market is becoming increasingly complex and competitive. While it remains true that much of the market is driven by buyer demand for flexibility, scalibilty and reduced risks, the talent required just isn’t available. Skill shortages make it much more difficult for clients to find candidates they need. In addition, digital disruption and transformation has increased the need for more flexible, short term contracts.  Continue reading “The State of the IT Staffing Market”

Challenges Testing in Agile

Challenges Testing in Agile

Though a number of organizations and businesses have implemented some sort of QA practice into their development cycle, a large percentage of them still do not have a dedicated resource handling testing. This means they’re taking developers with a specialized skillset away from what they do best to focus on QA. While many organizations have incorporated agile into their development process, they have not done so in their QA process.  Continue reading “Challenges Testing in Agile”

Employers Prioritize Problem Solving Skills

Employers Prioritize Problem Solving Skills

Problem-solving skills are often cited an important qualification for position openings. This should come as no surprise, but what’s interesting is that was cited more often than technical skills. In this report from HackerRank, 94% of the IT employers surveyed consider problem solving skills a priority when hiring, while 55% mentioned programming proficiency. Debugging, system design and performance optimization ranked highly as well.

It should be noted that smaller companies do place more importance on program proficiency (or less importance on problem solving) than larger ones. One explanation is “the right knowledge of frameworks is more important for startups since they need to launch code quickly, and frameworks help developers push code faster.” See the report for the full analysis. 

Talent Shortage with JavaScript Frameworks

Talent Shortage with JavaScript Frameworks

According to a report from HackerRank the widest skill gap with IT talent plays out in JavaScript frameworks, particularly with React. More and more employers are seeking developers proficient in the framework, but the talent isn’t readily available just yet.

It should also be noted that AngularJS and Node.js are more heavily favored by developers. Spring and Django seem to gaining popularity with employers and developers alike but not quite as much as React. Visit HackerRank for the full breakdown.

Interview with Recruiter Andrew Gustafson

Interview with Recruiter Andrew Gustafson

Andrew (or Gus as he is know around the office) is a senior recruiter out of the Cincinnati office and has been with IBS for over 4 years.  Previously he worked with Apple, spending two years there technical operations analyst. It was there that he formed his passion for IT, and it shows in his performance day in and day out with IBS.

When asked what he likes about working at IBS, Andrew noted the flexibility. “You build your own book of business, and ultimately you’re responsible for your own well being.” When asked about his favorite IBS memory without missing a beat he said the New Orleans Top Performers Trip.

In addition to being a recruiter, Andrew also considers himself a bit of an outdoors-man. He enjoys hanging out with his two dogs, hiking, grilling and playing sports. In fact Gus plays hockey twice a week! Now that’s dedication.

An Interview with the Founder and CEO, Dan Williams

An Interview with the Founder and CEO, Dan Williams

IBS was founded in 1981 by Dan Williams in Oak Brook, Illinois armed with one desk, a credenza, a file cabinet and a desk phone. Today, the headquarters of IBS are still located in Oak Brook, Illinois with offices in Milwaukee, Detroit and Cincinnati. While Jeff Jorgensen became president of the company in 2014, Dan maintains an active role as CEO of the Veteran-Owned Small Business certified company.

Get to know IBS and Dan a little better by reading this interview in his own words. Continue reading “An Interview with the Founder and CEO, Dan Williams”