What You Need to Know: Trends, Updates and Breakthroughs in the Semiconductor Industry

Posted on June 8, 2017 by Jack Trompert

In a recent blog post, we covered some of the big acquisitions taking place in the semiconductor industry. But as those in the industry know, progress happens quickly. And although it’s only been a matter of weeks since our last update, there have already been some exciting recent developments that warrant attention.

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Can a Managed Services Provider Bring you Better Candidates?

Posted on May 23, 2017 by Jack Trompert

Today, contingent workers make up more than 40% of the U.S. workforce. With those numbers, it's no surprise the trend is on the rise for companies with blended workforces. Blended workforces utilize a mix of full-time and contingent workers making the workforce management an even more complex process. To help bring efficiency and solutions to the complicated workforce situation, many companies are turning to Managed Services Providers (MSPs).

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4 Tools Every Engineer Should Know

Posted on May 10, 2017 by Jack Trompert

Like a carpenter, an engineer is only as good as his or her tools. You can have all the intellect and creativity in the world, but if you don’t possess the know-how to communicate your ideas and test concepts with the technology available to you, you won’t be able to thrive in your engineering career.

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Why Tech Workers Should Make the Move to Austin

Posted on April 27, 2017 by Jack Trompert

While Silicon Valley has long been known as the home of the tech industry, a new player has emerged in the South. Austin, Texas is gaining attention as a destination of choice for tech startups as well and large enterprise companies alike.

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Semiconductor Industry Growth Trends & What it all Means for the Future

Posted on April 13, 2017 by Jack Trompert

In the beginning of the year, we reported on the trajectory of the semiconductor industry, particularly in the United States. As we noted, the US semiconductor market will face some challenges this year but reports show optimism for a growing global market. The reports from 2016 are in—and it was a good year. Will the successes from 2016 be enough to overcome the challenges ahead?

In this article, let’s take a look at the success the semiconductor industry saw in 2016 and dig into the big acquisition trend we’re seeing among semiconductor companies and how that will impact the industry.

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How to Maintain Strong Company Culture in a Blended Workforce

Posted on March 31, 2017 by Jack Trompert

Over the last decade, the amount of contingent labor making up the U.S. workforce grew more than ten percent. Today, more companies recognize the value of blended workforces—enough to make up 40.4% of the workforce, a figure that’s expected to only increase in the coming years. A blended workforce incorporates contract or freelance workers into the mix with full- and part-time employees. This type of arrangement can be mutually beneficial for both the employer and the worker offering advantages like flexibility and specialized skills for specific projects.

Employers look to contingent workers for a number of reasons. If they need to fill a vacancy left by an employee on leave or want to bring in someone with a highly specialized skill set for a new project, or even test out a temporary working situation that could eventually become permanent. Whatever the reason, more employers embrace the contingent worker than ever before.

But that doesn’t mean a blended workforces comes without challenges.

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The 10 Most In-demand Engineering Jobs This Year

Posted on March 24, 2017 by Jack Trompert

Great news for engineers: your skills are in demand and job availability is increasing. The Department of Labor projects employment of engineers in the US will grow by 4% from 2014 to 2024. While technology advances and the economy continues to rebound, more companies need engineers to achieve their mission objectives.

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This Year's Top IT Security Trends in the Workplace

Posted on March 9, 2017 by Jack Trompert

On the heels of one of the most vulnerable and insecure years in the cyber world, IT security will not be taken lightly in 2017. We’ve seen victims from the everyday consumer to corporate giants. As the cloud and Internet of Things (IoT)  transform the way we live and work, the security risks surrounding them change as well. This year, and in the coming years, cyber security will become an increasingly more significant priority for companies who want to be sure their data is safe. This will require new ways of thinking, more strategic design, and increased expertise in IT security for the workplace—an adaptive security architecture, a bridge between servers and cloud services to today’s IoT. In this article, let’s explore what trends you can expect to see in IT security this year.

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How to Encourage Employee Engagement for STEM Workers

Posted on February 9, 2017 by Jack Trompert

In the U.S. workforce, jobs in STEM are the fast-growing and show no signs of stopping anytime soon. Along with the opportunity to advance technology and help better our world, careers in STEM offer lower unemployment and higher pay than other industries. It’s no wonder it’s becoming a growing career choice for many graduating students.


But once you’ve got STEM workers in their jobs, how do you keep them engaged? STEM-related jobs can be competitive. Losing great talent when you’ve worked so hard to find it can cost you.

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What Will Immigration Reform Do to Semiconductor Talent?

Posted on January 26, 2017 by Jack Trompert

 

In the week since January 20, 2017, the world of semiconductors, silicon, and engineers still has a lot in question. One of the biggest issues for the semiconductor industry is immigration reform.

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