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IT Staff Augmentation vs. In-House Recruitment: Which is the Right Choice for Your Business?

January 31, 2023
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When it comes to the burdensome process of identifying, qualifying and ultimately recruiting highly-sought after IT professionals for your business, what is the best approach? As cliché as it sounds, the best approach depends on the specific needs of a given business/organization. Generally speaking, businesses face a number of challenges in recruiting qualified IT professionals, especially for roles and projects that require niche-expertise or have unique job requirements. Aspects such as required experience with specialized technologies, onboarding processes and timeframes,…

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Customer Experience and Operational Efficiencies Come First: IT and Business Alignment

January 3, 2023
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IT professionals are bred to adapt to the constant evolution of technology, such as new applications/programs, new coding languages, new devices, new software solutions, etc. With this accelerated cycle of innovation, IT experts can potentially have tunnel vision around technological improvements and overlook the business objectives, constraints and concerns of their specific organization. On the flip side, business professionals might, without regular interaction with their IT organization, treat IT as a “help desk” only organization, leveraging them to help in…

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Healthcare Industry Face Rising Cyber Attacks, Less Insurance Coverage, and Increased Costs

October 18, 2022
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No industry is exempt from the nefarious impact of cyber-attacks. This is especially true for healthcare providers, who are consistently targeted with cyber-attacks such as ransomware, designed to disrupt and overtake their critical systems, networks, data and medical devices. Cybersecurity insurance is a must for healthcare organizations, designed to be leveraged in the event that cyber-attacks are successful. However, while cybersecurity insurance remains necessary in the event of disaster, premiums have become increasingly less affordable as cyber-attacks continue to rise.…

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Beyond Coding: Why Leadership Skills are Key for IT Professionals

August 30, 2022
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It’s always beneficial to diversify and deepen your career skills, especially in a competitive job market. Many IT professionals solely focus on their technical knowledge and specific skillset, such as coding and programming, but often overlook the advantages of non-technical leadership skills. As reliance increases on IT resources who understand how to meet the complications of both evolving technical and operational demands, those with a healthy combination of both technical and leadership skills become even more valuable for organizations. “We’re…

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Modernizing our Public Transportation

July 19, 2022
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Over the past several years, there’s been an ongoing digital transformation surrounding the majority of services that we rely on in everyday life. Instead of going to movie theatres, people often opt to use a streaming service. Instead of going to a restaurant, many choose to have food delivered. Instead of commuting to a meeting or office environment, people elect to use video conferencing software. It’s safe to say that today’s digital trend has impacted the world with no signs…

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Business Community Making Positive Impact on Public Education

June 16, 2022
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As graduation season comes to a close, students across the country are heading into summer break, summer school, or the workforce. In taking a collective sigh of relief, let’s not forget the 2021-2022 school year was the first full year back in the classroom, after years of remote learning, for many students. It was a year of adjustment and transition for students and teachers alike, which has underscored the importance of the business community supporting public education entities. Reflecting on…

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Cybersecurity Ranks No. 1; Why You Should Consider it as a Career

May 19, 2022
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  Building a Career in Cybersecurity QED National’s robust Cybersecurity practice leverages recognized expertise, a growing technical team, and valuable industry insight. Ensuring trends in the industry are well communicated is crucial to our team members and, most importantly, our customers. Cybersecurity is proving to be among the most in-demand career fields of recent times. In fact, Information Security analyst is the number-one job of 2022, according to US News 100 Best Jobs rankings. Furthermore, as society’s reliance on technology…

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Together, we can revitalize NYC: New Agenda Plans to Impact MWBEs

March 31, 2022
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  The past two years has been challenging for cities around the world. Our beloved New York City is no exception. From school administrators to restaurant-owners to small-business leaders, all had to find new ways to live and work. The global pandemic disrupted the City’s economy, but thanks to City leadership and a new vision, New York City is looking at economic resurgence. New York City Mayor Eric Adams recently introduced “Rebuild, Renew, Reinvent: A Blueprint for New York City’s…

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Digital Transformation and Higher Ed IT Staffing

March 4, 2022
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The top three words on many employers’ minds these days are: The Great Resignation. The past two years of navigating a global pandemic has seen millions of people voluntarily quit the workforce. Even as restrictions lighten up, companies continue to face significant staffing shortages across all business sectors. No industry is immune, and this includes the ever-important education system. In fact, industry publication Inside Higher Ed recently explored the challenges many colleges face as their IT departments lose talent to…

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International Day of Women and Girls in Science

February 11, 2022
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Our Mission to Advance Equity in the Workplace Today is “International Day of Women and Girls in Science,” and the mission of this day is not only relevant, but important, to the team at QED National. Our business has benefitted from women in science and other STEM-related fields, including contributions from our customers, partners, IT consultants, and of course, founder and President Colleen Molter. QED is proud to spread the message, support the mission and underscore the importance of providing…

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Year in Review – QED National’s 2021

December 30, 2021
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  2021 has had many eventful moments, filled with overcoming unexpected challenges and achieving new accomplishments. After 2020 brought drastic change to our reality, the work landscape has continued to evolve in 2021. For all individuals and businesses alike, efforts to maintain, adjust, and grow has been more different than ever before. For QED National, the following insights offer a glimpse into some of the firm’s noteworthy activity and milestones over the past 12 months. Operational Mode. As many workers…

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Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act: Impact on IT Jobs

December 7, 2021
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  Congress recently passed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal, which was signed into law by President Biden on Nov. 15, to address a range of industry investments pertinent to the nation’s physical and virtual infrastructure. Spanning areas such as roadway improvement and clean energy, the trillion-dollar legislation package is set to make a strong impact especially in the information technology sector. Over the next 5 years, a large bulk of the funds will be directed to expanding broadband access for about…

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QED National Celebrates National Women’s Small Business Month

October 25, 2021
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As a certified Women-owned Business Enterprise, QED National celebrates National Women’s Small Business Month with a deep appreciation. The month of October was chosen to acknowledge the achievements of women-owned small businesses as it’s the same month that the Women’s Business Ownership Act was passed by Congress over 30 years ago. This legislation established a newfound line of support and resources by the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) specifically for women-owned businesses. Over the years due to national and local support,…

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NYC DOE Shows Support to MWBEs at MGC GovTek Webinar

September 29, 2021
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  Last week, QED National President Colleen Molter led a MGC GovTek webinar for minority and women-owned business enterprise (“MWBE”) firms in the information technology industry interested in learning about the IT needs at the NYC Department of Education (“DOE”). As the largest public school system in the country, with over 1.1 million students and 1,800 schools, this was an exceptional opportunity to hear from leaders at the DOE including Chief Information Officer Anuraag Sharma, Chief MWBE Officer Nicholas Mendoza,…

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Tech Giants Pledge Billions to Strengthen National Cybersecurity

September 17, 2021
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Between the steady rise of harmful cyber-attacks and the evident labor shortage in the field of cybersecurity, challenges facing the nation in the area of cybersecurity are well-documented. To address these issues the Biden Administration recently hosted a cybersecurity summit where shortly thereafter tech giants such as Google and Microsoft pledged billions of dollars in strategic cybersecurity investments. These investments seek to strengthen cybersecurity programming, technology, and workforce education. Brief details of the pledges made are listed below, while the…

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