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Monday, Oct 15 2012

The Bigger Scheme of Things

An inside look at Project Management from Armada team member, Peter Salmon

peter.salmon.blog .pic -150x150Quality, risks, and cost are a few important factors that come to mind when one thinks about project management in the tech industry.  When Armada’s team member, Peter Salmon, reflects on the most important factors of project management, these are not the first aspects that come to mind.  As a Senior Technical Writer in Project Management at Cisco in San Jose, Salmon believes that human factors are the most significant because they can make or break a project.  From his experience, project management is about connecting the pieces and effectively managing the people doing the work to understand the bigger scheme of things. At Cisco, Salmon is currently working on documenting the process of a self-service Web portal.  To document the process of the project, Salmon must first obtain critical information about the procedures of the project.  One of the ways Salmon gets the procedural information is by building rapport with the developers, engineers, and architects.  He explains, “It’s tough.  You need to build rapport and explain what it is that you’re trying to accomplish, why, and how their job is, or is not, going to be impacted.”  With the fear of unemployment within the fast-paced industry, Salmon sometimes finds it difficult to get the answers he needs from personnel.  To obtain necessary information, he also resorts to the Internet.

Tuesday, Sep 25 2012

Experience Is Essential

Interview with Kurt Nguyen, Sr. Oracle DBA Engineer at PayPal

kurt-nguyen640x637In the tech obsessed Silicon Valley, IT job openings have become the eye candy of many engineers and young engineer graduates.  Despite the large pool of applicants, more and more companies are having a hard time finding skilled and talented candidates with essential experience.  As a Sr. Oracle DBA Engineer for PayPal, Kurt Nguyen knows all too well of the issues that arise with the lack of expertise in the tech industry.  Luckily for Armada, we were able to sit down with Kurt and find out what is essential to a successful career within Silicon Valley.

Monday, Sep 10 2012

The Power of Language

Over the past year I’ve been spending quite a bit a time in various courses and seminars on how to grow and run a business.  Of all the insightful and interesting things these hours of learning have covered, one of the most impactful “nuggets” I took away was the incredible power of language, the words we use in our day to day lives, both professionally and personally, and the direct correlation that language has on the quality of our lives. Here are 4 effective guidelines to consider:
Published in Hiring Managers
Job hunting is a hunt. It takes time to read through cryptically written descriptions, lists of technologies, and vague job titles. There are a few things you can do to make it easier on yourself and for those of us who are hunting for the perfect candidate, and looking through equally as verbose resumes. Choosing to integrate a few of these tips can answer questions before they are asked and alleviate annoyance.
Published in Staffing News

Minnie Yuan, Video Test Engineer at Cisco

minni.y.blog .pic For over a year now, Minnie Yuan has been a team member of The Armada Group working as a Video Endpoint Test Engineer for Cisco Systems, Inc.  Prior to working for Cisco, Minnie attended the University of Massachusetts and graduated with a M.S. in Computer Engineering where she began working for High Tech company in Massachusetts.  In 2000, Minnie relocated to California to explore her opportunities in the world-renowned Silicon Valley.  When she reflects on the advantages of the West Coast, she comments, “With so many companies in [the] Silicon Valley, we [engineers] definitely have an advantage with working for different companies with software testing experience and expertise.”  Through Minnie and Armada’s team effort, she was connected to such an experience, and has since enjoyed working with Cisco’s TelePresence System.

Published in IT Infrastructure
Armada would like to recognize one of its teams for their outstanding work on an ongoing internal project for Cisco Telepresence Group.

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Published in Staffing News
Monday, Jun 11 2012

70 Pounds of Trash!

Armada’s Second Adopt-A-Beach Clean-up

The Armada team, our families and friends set out this past weekend to clean our adopted beach, Twin Lakes Beach in Santa Cruz. We hit the sand with buckets, gloves and a check list to count how much trash and recycling we picked up. This is our second beach clean-up since we have partnered with the Save Our Shores organization last January.

Published in News at Armada
Wednesday, Apr 25 2012

An Open Letter to IT Consultants

Dear Consultants,

We all work for money. You do and I do. Just as they sing in Cabaret, “Money makes the world go around.” This is not to say that is all we work for, but when it comes down to basics, we all need a little cash to make life easier.

Often enough, a technical recruiter will call a talented, skilled professional and come to find the person on the other end of the phone is not so amenable. Yes, a recruiter does make money from filling a position, but so do you – you get a salary, and the recruiter makes theirs. But recruiters are not looking to make a quick buck by filling position fast and making the highest margin off of you, recruiters work to find the right fit between the consultant, the recruiting company, and the end client. Recruiters are the liaison between you and the client company; we are both your agent and your cheerleading squad, here to support you.

Published in Recruiting

Interview with Darrel Strom, a Release Architect in TelePresence at Cisco.

darrel-strom-541x640-253x300We reached out to our team to talk about the current trends in the tech industry and what it takes to be a successful consultant. We sat down with team member Darrel Strom, a Release Architect in TelePresence at Cisco. With more than 30 years of experience Darrel is a recognized guru in software build automation, Software Configuration Management (SCM), and release engineering. He specializes in implementing and configuring SCM tools like ClearCase, Subversion and Perforce to make it easier for developers to check code out, modify and test it to check it back in. He automates build and release processes and integrates these with SCM tools to create easy, reliable, push-button releases.