Archive for July, 2013

Less cross-pollinate our scalability knowledge!

In an effort to show love for developers and environments of all varieties – this month’s meetup for the Los Angeles High Scalability group moves away from our standard open-source, noSql, conversations and will broach the subject of scaling with Microsoft technologies.

More specifically, Bruno Denuit-Wojcik – a former architect on Microsoft Azure team & Current VP of Engineering for EnPlug – will be discussing with us the challenges that Microsoft went through in moving Sql Server to The Cloud with its product Sql Azure. And, since he’s currently involved in a blended Microsoft/MongoDB/RabbitMQ environment, he’ll be able to discuss the differences in the technologies as well.

 

When: July 23rd, 7pm

Where: Factual HQ, 1801 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 1450, Century City

What: Presentation by Bruno Denuit-Wojcik, former architect on Microsoft Azaure team & Current VP of Engineering for EnPlug

 

Schedule: 

7pm, Food+Drinks+Networking

7:45pm, The Presentation

8:30pm, Q&A

 

For more information and to RSVP visit our meetup page: http://www.meetup.com/scalela/events/128743372/?a=ra1_vl&_af_eid=128743372&_af=event

The shift from demand for IT contractors to demand for direct-hire employees generally signals an accelerating economy. When things are bad, companies hire more contract personnel as it requires less long term financial commitment. When the economy starts to improve, purse strings loosen and businesses start hiring more internal employees who can be with them through their immediate project needs, then support and maintain systems once they have been implemented.
Right now we’re in one of those swings to direct-hire.

Over the past couple of years, we at MACRO.CCS have noticed a large push for internal IT employees and away from contractors. The rationale makes sense – contractors cost a premium. If you bring someone in-house, you can typically save money in the long run, as well as have someone there who knows your system intimately, to support it.

So what’s a contractor to do?