Last week I traveled to the banks of the mighty Mississippi to attend the IDEA E-Biz Forum in St. Louis. The forum provided training and educational opportunities to B2B leaders in the electrical supply chain. For most in attendance, EDI is a critical part of their business. I met with individuals from several industries including many in the manufacturing, distribution and technology space. If there was one major take-away from this conference, it was companies are hiring despite the current economic environment. Even though August was a record month for EDI Specialists, Inc., I was still somewhat surprised and encouraged by the amount of folks in need of resources. The common theme revolved around the use of consultants to help supplement 4th quarter projects. Since we live and breathe EDI here, that was the main topic of conversation, but we had many discussions around IT specific needs as well. Some mentioned ERP upgrades, others the shortage of quality Programmers and DBA’s in their local areas, and a few were seeking Project Managers to lead their teams. Others expressed supply chain specific goals they hope to achieve in 2012 and the people they’ll need in place to accomplish them. Our IT Staffing Division, Key IT, is dedicated to providing our clients with these exact types of professionals so it looks like we’ll be busy this fall and beyond. The need to hire permanent employees is on the rise across the board as well. The bottom line is it was a beneficial event for us to attend and we enjoyed the opportunity to network with prospective clients and candidates alike. So if you are in need of full time or contract professionals, or looking for a career change yourself, let EDI Specialists & Key IT be your “Gateway” to success. You never know where my travels will take me next, but until next time, enjoy the autumn months and I wish you a prosperous 4th quarter.
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