Blink News – July 2014

Categories:Articles & White Papers, News & Media Releases

FEATURE

10 Best Places to Work in Technology

Find out which U.S. cities offer IT professionals the most “bang for the buck” considering pay rates, job opportunities and cost of living.


TECH FACT OF THE MONTH

Universal Product Code (UPC) Turns 40

In the summer of 1974, the first UPC code is scanned at a grocery store in Ohio to purchase a pack of Juicy Fruit gum. Who was behind this technology’s humble beginning? Read more

10 Best Places to Work in Technology

Categories:Articles & White Papers

Every IT professional wants to know that they’re paid a fair market value for their particular skill sets and experience. Annual salary surveys quickly attract the attention of weary, over-worked staff and satisfied technologist alike. However, average pay rates don’t offer a perspective on other important quality-of-life factors for local areas, like the price of housing or the number of available jobs.

Now, research provided by CIO ranks the “Top 10 Cities for Technology Careers” by combining three critical factors – average IT salaries, available tech jobs and the cost of living index – to offer an informative ranking of the best places for IT professionals work and live. Read more

Blink News – June 2014

Categories:Articles & White Papers, News & Media Releases
FEATURE 
Meeting the Demand for Java Developers
If you think you have to go outside the U.S. to find highly skilled Java Developers these days, then you haven’t heard of FastTrack’D.
TECH FACT OF THE MONTH 
The Computer Mouse Turns 50

Doug Engelbart is the “father of the computer mouse,” having built the first prototype in 1964 at his Stanford Research Institute research lab.   Read more

Mergers and Acquisitions: Elements of Successful Technology Integrations – 2014 Technology Executive Forum

Categories:Events & Sponsorships

increase chartMDI Group recently hosted our 2014 Technology Executive Forum Series with events that took place in early May. The discussion topic was “Mergers and Acquisitions: Elements of Successful Technology Integrations,” and technology executives representing numerous organizations shared their perspective and insight on this critical topic in today’s IT industry.

MDI Group’s executive forums are invitation-only networking events, and no vendor or sponsor representatives are allowed to attend. The focus is to provide an environment that is conducive to sharing ideas and best practices for what’s next in technology. The following summarizes the discussion among attendees from our forum events. Read more

Blink News – May 2014

Categories:News & Media Releases
FEATURE

2014 IT Salary Survey & Job Trends

A mix of technical skills and business savvy earn the best paying jobs in IT right now. That and many other findings are published in the 2014 salary survey from Computerworld.

TECH FACT OF THE MONTH

Voice over IP Turns 40

In 1974, Network Voice Protocol (NVP) was first tested over Arpanet, which was the first implementation of Voice over IP (VoIP). Still, it took 30 years for commercial VoIP service providers to proliferate. Read more

Ella (Mortland) Koscik Inducted into the Plum High School

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Distinguished Alumni Class of 2014

MDI Group Chairperson and Owner Recognized for Business Acumen and Community Service

ATLANTA, April 28, 2014 – MDI Group Inc., a leading national IT staffing and recruiting services provider, today announced its chairperson of the board and owner Ella (Mortland) Koscik has been inducted into the Plum High School Distinguished Alumni Class of 2014. Koscik was one of six inductees to be recognized during a banquet on April 27 at the Oakmont Country Club in Plum, PA, followed by a ceremony on April 28 at the Alumni Wall of Distinction on the Plum High School campus.

Accompanied by her parents, daughters, extended family and friends, Koscik addressed Plum students by sharing, “I am proud to represent this fine school district which has educated so many outstanding professionals including leaders in government, business and education. The many lessons I learned while in high school proved to be invaluable when starting and managing my own business.”

Koscik was recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus for not only succeeding as an entrepreneur, but for her work in the community, including creating The Ella Marie Foundation, which helps women and children in need. She has received more than 50 industry, community and philanthropic awards, including recognition among the “Top 25 Power Women to Watch” by Atlanta Woman magazine. Koscik was one of three women elected to represent over 35,000 certified women business owners by serving on the National Board of Directors for Women’s Business Enterprise National Council in Washington D.C.

The Plum High School Distinguished Alumni program was started by retired Plum teacher Bob Ford in 2006 as a way to honor graduates. In addition to Koscik, the 2014 list of inductees included:

  • Frank Jones: Lawyer specializing in estate planning, administration and litigation; Plum School District solicitor from 1973 to 2005.
  • Robert J. McCann: Chief executive officer of UBS Group Americas and Wealth Management Americas.
  • Harriet Lee Mulholland Miller: Recently retired owner and operator of Chaddsford Winery.
  • Robert P. O’Block: Director emeritus of McKinsey & Co.
  • George A. Pivik: Retired U.S. Army colonel and executive director at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Ella (Mortland) Koscik Inducted into the Plum High School Distinguished Alumni Class of 2014

2014 Inductees (from left to right): Robert J. McCann, Col. George A. Pivek, Ella (Mortland) Koscik, Harriet Lee Mulholland Miller, Frank Jones, and Robert P. O’Block.

About MDI Group
MDI Group is a pioneer among IT staffing and recruiting agencies, providing a full range of recruitment services to help in-house resources tackle “what’s next” in terms of emerging technology projects and challenging business objectives since 1988. Services range from contract and contract-to-hire placements to project teams and end-to-end processes that maximize the engagement and management of contract labor. MDI Group has placed more than 10,000 technology consultants with mid-sized to Fortune 500 organizations across the country and has offices in Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Charlotte, N.C.; Dallas; Fort Worth, Texas; Greenville, S.C.; and Phoenix. For more information, visit http://www.mdigroup.com and follow @MDIGroup.

2014 IT Salary Survey & Job Trends

Categories:Articles & White Papers

IT Professional A mix of technical skills and business savvy earn the best paying jobs in IT right now. That and many other findings are published in the 2014 salary survey from Computerworld that recently polled more than 3,500 IT professionals. Here’s a look at trends in workers’ job and pay satisfaction, along with job security and stress levels.

Compensation and job security inch up

IT salaries continue to rise at a modest pace with pay increases for 2014 averaging 2.1%, according to the survey of 3,673 IT workers. Bonuses are up by an average of only 0.7%, slightly lower than the 0.9% increase seen in 2013.

On the bright side, companies are spreading pay increases among more IT workers. Some 60% of the respondents reported a raise, while only 8% reported a pay cut. That’s slightly better than last year, when 57% reported raises and 9% reported pay cuts, but well above 2012, when less than half reported a raise. Read more

MDI Phoenix Supports Arizona IT Women’s Network

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1975214_10203650868260009_966113238962552081_nMDI Group Phoenix sponsors and supports monthly events for the Arizona IT Women’s Network. These events bring some of Arizona’s top female IT professionals together from a wide variety of organizations, while also providing an environment that is conducive for exchanging views and discussing challenges and information from today’s IT industry.

The most recent event in April, presented by Adam Green and Travis Becker of SEGI, covered Power Management/Monitoring & Air-Isolation (Passive Cooling & Containment). Read more

Microsoft Ends Support for Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003

Categories:Articles & White Papers

As of April 8, 2014, Microsoft will officially end support for Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 products. Has your organization migrated to newer platforms?

Microsoft’s Support Lifecycle Policy stipulated that products would be supported for 10 years after their initial release. Now that the 10 years are almost up, users must migrate. Remaining on unsupported versions of Windows and Office could expose organizations to risks associated with security and compliance as well as a lack of independent software vendor (ISV) and hardware manufacturers support. Read more

Blink News – April 2014

Categories:MDI Publications

 

FEATURE 

Dissatisfaction with IT Grows

MDespite the strategic importance of IT being recognized and increases in investments, overall satisfaction with internal IT organizations is down according to a new global survey by McKinsey & Company. What’s the toughest challenge for IT teams?

 

TECH FACT OF THE MONTH 

The World Wide Web Turns 25

In the spring of 1989, a British computer scientist named Tim Berners-Lee wrote a proposal for a more effective CERN communication system. That proposal became the blueprint for the World Wide Web and made him its official inventor.

 

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