Hiring Report: LiquidHub Will Boost IT Staff By 25% This Year

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Company Name: LiquidHub, Inc. Company Focus: $60 million IT consulting and systems integration company. Headquarters: King of Prussia, PA Office Locations: King of Prussia, PA; Cambridge, MA, Hyderbad, India Web site: www.liquidhub.com Founded: 2001 Number of IT Employees: 400 Hiring Plans: Looking to increase staff by 25 percent, hiring on skillsets that include IT management consulting, PMPs, certified Scrummasters, J2EE architects, enterprise architects, business intelligence. The Company: LiquidHub is a business and technology consultancy combining strategic advisory services with superior applications design and development. Our consultants deliver technology solutions in the context of enterprise and service oriented architectures, focused on improving business capability and efficiency in life sciences, insurance, healthcare, financial services, and other key industries. LiquidHub's approach helps clients successfully integrate new technology frameworks with enterprise and legacy systems through the use of our Enterprise Services Transformation RoadmapSM (ESTR). ESTR is an incremental strategy and planning process that helps organizations overcome challenges they face in leveraging the value of existing IT assets while building a flexible technology architecture that will work long-term. More than 400 associates provide technology solutions globally from our offices in Philadelphia, Boston, and Hyderabad, India. Hiring Leaders: Raymond Bordogna is a managing director and the chief strategy officer at LiquidHub, where he leads the Management Consulting practice and is a thought leader for technology strategy and enterprise architecture, business process and project management services. Bordogna also serves as a lecturer at Pennsylvania State University, where he created and teaches two courses: Business Administration 5073: Enterprise Architecture and Marketing 6023: e-Commerce Project Management. Prior to joining LiquidHub, Bordogna was a corporate development manager within Sun Microsystems' Corporate Strategy Group where he analyzed strategic investments. Previously, at Broadreach Consulting, Bordogna managed deployments of B2C, enterprise portals and enterprise application Integration projects. As a Global Program Manager at Tyco International, Bordogna directed global technology implementations and was responsible for the strategic use of Internet technologies. Bordogna received his BSE from the University of Pennsylvania where he was the recipient of both the Francis G. Tatnall and Nassau Fund Awards. He holds a MSE from Stanford University and earned an MBA with Distinction from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he dual-majored in Strategic Management and Finance. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and ScrumMaster (CSM).
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Given all the news about the talent crunch, have you or are you finding it more difficult to find qualified IT professionals? Yes, there is a both a talent crunch and IT wage inflation, both for excellent and even marginal IT personnel. Senior level .NET and J2EE architects are difficult to find. What are your primary recruiting strategies? We use recruiters, online job postings and local networking and user groups. What is the hiring process? There is a minimum of five interviews: The first with HR, two technical, and two others with company leaders. What should candidates know before they interview at your company? Review our website in detail. Read our thought leadership material Understand our service and solution offerings What makes for an outstanding potential hire?
  • Strong foundation in technology
  • Vertical expertise
  • Flexibility
  • Work ethic
What are red flags you look for when reviewing resumes, doing interviews? Gaps in work experience, and lack of certifications implies unwillingness to pursue keeping skills relevant. What kind of non-IT skills do your IT team members need, if any?
  • Vertical expertise
  • Project management skills
  • Time management skills
How important is the cover letter in job queries? Customize the job letter to the job " i.e., specifically align each job task with a skill/accomplishment. Is the IT organization looking for certified skills? Certifications aren't required but view favorably; they certainly help to differentiate candidates. Does the organization hire 'newbies'? No, we only hire experienced personnel. Which characteristics or personality traits do you want in a hire, and don't want? We like to see candidates who demonstrate our core values:
  • Leadership: We seek distinction and the opportunity to improve our clients' capabilities as well as our own.
  • Adaptability: We thrive on innovation. Imaginative solutions and flexibility are fundamental to our success.
  • Customer Focus: The satisfaction and success of our customers is our primary concern. We hold their needs foremost in our minds.
  • Integrity: We pledge to earn the trust of everyone we work with. We are truthful and candid, keep our promises, and deliver on our commitments.
  • Passion: We are passionate about what we do, and we are driven to excel in every aspect of our business.
What does your company offer IT specialists as an employer? Customized training such as SOA, PMP, Scrum, etc, well-defined career paths, mentoring and exciting internal and external projects. Other recent articles from TechCareers Hiring Report: Learning Pad Seeks Self Mastery In New Hires Hiring Report: Mall Lobby.com Wants Tech Skills, But Also Honesty In New Hires
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