The Battle for Talent

Many of us in Ithaca are used to a tight labor market, especially for high quality technologically savvy employees. Our unemployment rate is typically the lowest in New York State and Tompkins County has over 15,000 people drving into our area daily. This has become a nationwide phenomenon.  Here's some tips on how best to hire and retain employees.

How you can win

With U.S. unemployment below 4 percent, it’s probably become more difficult for you to find good talent. Not only do you have to cast a wider net across a shrinking pond of potential employees, you’re also increasingly competing with the deeper pockets of much larger organizations.

In fact, according to a recent Goldman Sachs report, 70 percent of small businesses struggle to find and retain skilled talent, And 56 percent of small businesses say it is somewhat or very difficult to find the right employees for their businesses, according to an Indeed.com survey.

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Make "Green" = Success in your Business

Our community is a leader in sustainablity. Even though we beat ourselves up about doing even more, we are way ahead of many others and are thinking about more and better ways to utilize resources more effieciently every day. In our world of Information Technology, the industry has done a lot to make their products use less energy and last longer. Hewlett Packard (yes they are self-serving) does provide products that are more sustainable. Here are some ideas that you can incorporate into your business or organization.

By 2050, there will be 9.8 billion people on earth. Greenhouse gas emissions expected to rise 34%, energy use expected to rise by 48%, and the demand for water will be 40% higher than supply. And we have just 12 years to make massive changes to our global energy infrastructure to limit global warming to moderate levels, according to a comprehensive 2018 United Nations study.

Beyond a few recycling bins, making your business greener may not have been a priority until now. It’s time to change that. Not only will you be helping the planet, but it’ll also be good for your business: 88% of consumers will be more loyal to a company that supports environmental issues. Here are some things your business can do to make an impact.

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Uncovering the Hidden Costs of Legacy Systems

“I’m in favor of progress. It’s change I don’t like.” — Mark Twain

Any CIO or IT manager thinking about upgrading legacy equipment would agree. Many who were forced to shelve upgrade plans during the 2008 economic downturn now face a vastly different digital world where they must embrace change or lose ground to competitors.

It’s a tough decision to say the least. Business hardware and software carry a hefty price tag. Plus, companies must rebuild the legacy equipment infrastructure without undermining everyday operations. In a recent Forbes article, one Nationwide executive aptly compared the task with changing tires on a moving car.

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Reasons for Company Executives to Take Security Training

We read about this all to often - a top executive at small and not so small organizations get scammed or spoofed into providing critical company information or make payments that are not legitimate. Of course we also see other employees getting tricked as well. 

For most companies the individuals at the top actually pose the most risk, due to having the most access to sensitive information and critical systems. They need to be the most aware, but when we and others conduct security awareness training, some executives and organizations leaders are noticably absent!

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Maximizing Your IT Resources with IT Services

Why use The Computing Center or any other IT Services Company when many believe they can do it all themselves? Certainly some can or hire technology people for their staffs.This article discusses what we call a hybrid approach to IT Services - do some of the work internally while having an outsourced technology services company available for certain specialty work. 

Of all the professions in this world, you’d be hard-pressed to find one with a more pervasive DIY spirit than IT. From cobbling together your first network of 300+ machines to tapping into your first private cloud deployment, there’s a unique satisfaction brought about when you build it yourself.

That said, IT outsourcing services shouldn’t be a taboo topic, especially when your IT resources need to be smartly allocated. There are some things you simply won’t be able to tackle effectively and efficiently. Fortunately, others can, which can help you make the most of your resources.

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