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 …

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 …

How I Moved to Austin and Changed My Life

Written by Kristel Bowman, Sr. Technical Recruiter Seven months ago I made a major life decision. It wasn’t easy. I wavered back and forth, made pros and cons lists, wondered if all of my friendships and relationships would end, and ran many many numbers. Seven months ago, I made the decision to sell my furniture, …

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 …

Break out of the Project Manager Stereotype

Written by Jason Grimm, VP & General Manager – Southwest It seems like a daily occurrence now that I see a LinkedIn post about the difference between being a Manager and being a Leader. Leaders are multipliers, leaders share credit and take blame, and leaders prop up everyone around them. Managers apparently, do the opposite. …

The “Word” During SXSW

By Tim Renner SXSW 2015 may be over, but the insanity lives on thanks to the internet. March 12, 2015 was the pre-SXSW startup crawl. Intersys Consulting hosted a stop (along with fellow Oakland St. block-mates, Square Root, and twelve or so other companies). I think everybody had a great time. How great a time? …

Design Patterns for Storm and Kafka

To stream the impossible stream. Want to use Hadoop technologies to move past batch workloads that can take hours or even days to get results? Check out this webinar from Chris Gerken – Principal Consultant at Intersys – as he describes Storm and Kafka Design Patterns for Real-Time Data Streaming and Analytics.   Insights Worth …

Lobster Corn Dogs

 aka How I learned that Technology Selection and Data Archival go together I must confess that I am a bit of a foodie so I’m always anxious to try new things.  Recently, I was having dinner with a couple of colleagues in Minneapolis after visiting with a prospect and something on the menu caught my …