Online Tech is contributing to Michigan’s economic growth as we endeavor to grow our Michigan employee base by 25 percent in 2013. Tech jobs in Michigan are on the rise, but are we up to the challenge?
AnnArbor.com recently reported a disparity in the increasing high-tech manufacturing positions available and the lack of qualified local graduates to fulfill them, prompting a recent state initiative, the Michigan Advanced Technician Training Program, to provide a work-study program in partnership with local auto firms.
According to Online Tech’s Director of Human Resources & Administration, Deb Webster, “even in Michigan’s slowly-recovering economy, top candidates can be challenging to find, particularly in technology fields related to our work.”
Michigan’s high-tech job growth rate places the state at 6.9 percent, ahead of the national 2.6 percent average and firmly in third place over other states. When asked about the trends in local candidates, Webster said: “I’m encouraged by recent trends yielding increasing numbers of qualified candidates with the skills and experience we need, particularly candidates who are in our geographic areas (primarily in and around Ann Arbor and Flint), as well as out-of-state candidates from Michigan who are looking to return to their home state. I think that part of this latter trend may be candidates’ positive responses to Pure Michigan’s MichAGAIN initiative to bring talent back to the state.”
According to MITalent.org, the MichAGAIN campaign encourages talented candidates with Michigan ties to stay, return, and/or invest in their state. Through partnerships with universities, businesses, and economic development partners around Michigan, the initiative aims to reach out to both young and seasoned professionals to promote opportunities to come back home.
To assist in attracting and growing local talent, Online Tech’s plans to expand across the Midwest means we are hiring for several new positions in technical, sales, and administration.
As Webster said of finding technical candidates, “We’re always on the lookout for strong IT talent, particularly people who have worked in a data center environment, when we can find that specific type of experience. One of the key challenges for hiring data center team members includes the trick of finding the right mix of technical skills, customer service orientation, and good people skills.”
A few recently-posted positions include:
Job Overview: The Client Services Manager is responsible for the budget, people, processes, and systems for client deployments, support, and communications at our data centers.
What We’re Looking For: An “A” player highly energetic client services manager with excellent technical, people, analytical, and leadership skills who wants to help us build one of Michigan’s success stories. This is a full-time exempt (salaried) position working in one of our three data centers, reporting to our CEO and responsible for the budget, people, process and systems for client deployments, support, and communications for services delivered at three data centers growing to five+ data centers; managing a 24/7 staff of five staff and growing; and managing an annual budget of $500k+ and growing.
Job Overview: The Infrastructure Manager is responsible for the budget, people, processes, and systems for our data centers, network, cloud, and storage systems.
What We’re Looking For: An “A” player highly energetic infrastructure manager with excellent technical, people, analytical, and leadership skills who wants to help us build one of Michigan’s success stories. This is a full-time exempt (salaried) position working in one of our three data centers, reporting to our CEO and responsible for the budget, people, process and systems for:
- Building, power, and cooling at three data centers, growing to five+ data centers over the next five years;
- Network, cloud, and storage systems:
- Network, including circuits/ISP; core routers; cable plant; access switches
- Cloud, including servers/SANs, and network switches
- Storage, firewalls, Universal Threat Management (UTM), load balancers, etc.
- A 24/7 technical staff of six people and growing
- A budget of $1M+ and growing over the coming years
More about the data center market and Online Tech:
The managed data center business is expected to grow to $18.5 billion by 2015. Online Tech, Michigan’s largest managed data center operator, is poised to take advantage of significant growth in demand in across the Midwest. Online Tech owns and operates three premium data centers, and focuses on high-availability, compliance, and security. Online Tech helps clients manage their growing IT demand with a full range of solutions from colocation to multi-tenant cloud to private cloud computing in an independently SSAE 16, SOC 2, HIPAA, & PPCI compliant environment.