What I learned as a Consultant

Just under three years ago, I took my first consulting job. Before consulting, I worked primarily in research and development, and before that, I was in graduate school, which is a lot like research and development without the paycheck. I knew from a technical perspective I’d be ready – at that point, I’d had roughly …

10 Tips for Better Software Estimates

The importance of estimates in software development projects cannot be overstated. Numerous decisions occur based on someone’s assessment of a body of work, which might include hiring decisions, venture capital, and department priorities. Leadership must review estimates to make informed decisions. Therefore, information found in estimates needs to be as accurate as possible. Despite being approximations, estimates are often …

Top 5 reasons new grads should consider a career in Consulting

Just over 15 years ago I graduated with a degree in Management Information Systems and began my career in IT Consulting. In looking back on those 15 years, I’ve realized that a career in consulting afforded me the ability to learn and grow faster within the Information Technology field than I may have elsewhere. Graduating …

The Balancing Act

Written by: Christa Zufelt, Sr. Consultant The consulting industry sometimes has a bad reputation for pushing long, inflexible workdays on consultants in the pursuit of maximizing billable hours. While employees may be challenged with interesting work, how do you fit a personal life around a 60-80 hour a week schedule? When I started my consulting …

How to Learn A New Technology

Written by: Vijay Regunathan, Sr. Big Data Consultant and Cloudera Certified Developer Hadoop Learning is a continuous journey.We don’t stop learning at any point in our life.I chose the topic “How to learn a new technology” since thats sounds relevant in a field like IT which is ever changing, keeping up with things that are …

Data: The Disruptive Force

Written by: Jason Grimm, Vice President and General Manager, Southwest I have the pleasure of interacting with dozens of companies across a wide range of industries each month. As a life-long geek and early adopter of technology, I enjoy hearing about all of the new ways that a company intends to use technology to transform their business or …

Forget the 3 V’s of Big Data, the 5 I’s Have It

Written by Roger Wahman, VP Big Data and Analytics Many people try to characterize what constitutes Big Data. The commonly accepted definition from Gartner is based on the three V’s – Volume, Variety, and Velocity. While this may be an acceptable way to classify or quantify Big Data, it is not really useful in terms …

When clients want all architects, I have to ask why?

Written by: Jeff Schmalbach, President Throughout my career in consulting, I have experienced countless instances of clients trying to build a project delivery team and their initial thought is “I need to have the most senior team as this project is incredibly critical”.  While I completely understand the sentiment behind this, and there is always …

Top 5 Reasons Why Everyone in Technology should work in Consulting

Written by Roger Wahman, VP Big Data and Analytics As a practice manager, I talk to a lot of people about job opportunities. In the past few years, it seems like fewer people are looking to consulting to build their career. At the time when I was considering the same choice, consulting was the prestigious …