Monthly Archives: October 2014

Joni Nelson, Vice President of HR for VisionIT, Named 2014 Top HR Professional by Michigan Council of The Society for Human Resource Management

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JONI NELSON, VICE PRESIDENT OF HR FOR VISIONIT, NAMED 2014 TOP HR PROFESSIONAL BY MICHIGAN COUNCIL OF THE SOCIETY FOR HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT

Recognized for outstanding achievement in the field of human resource management and community leadership

Detroit, MI – October 21, 2014 – VisionIT’s Vice President of HR, Joni Nelson, is named top HR professional by Michigan Council of the Society for Human Resources Management (MISHRM) in recognition of her outstanding achievement in the field of human resources and community leadership. This is the inaugural year of the Top HR Professional Recognition contest by MISHRM, the leading voice for the human resource profession in Michigan.

The award is presented annually to individuals who exemplify the highest standards of the profession by promoting and contributing to the transformation of the HR profession in their business organization and in their community. Nelson received the award at the 2014 MISHRM State Conference this month.

“VisionIT is incredibly proud of Joni for her nomination and recognition as a top HR professional, something we see reflected every day in the value and expertise she brings to our organization,” said Christine Rice, President of VisionIT. “Joni’s extensive background and knowledge of the HR industry has resulted in extraordinary execution of the company’s global HR strategy, and her unwavering commitment to philanthropic efforts continues to positively impact the communities in which we live and work.”

Nelson oversees VisionIT’s global workforce across the U.S., Puerto Rico, Mexico and the Philippines. She brings more than 31 years of human resources leadership experience at organizations such as, Ilitch Holdings, Inc., CDI Corporation, Inca Computer Company, Frontier Communications and Hardees Food Systems.

As an active community member, Nelson has served as past board chair for Mentoring Solutions/Winning Futures, a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the impact of mentoring. She was recently awarded the Athena Award for Southeastern Michigan, given to women who have reached a high degree of professional excellence while also assisting women to reach their full potential.

“It is a true honor to receive this award that signifies not only professional accomplishments, but more importantly recognizes the importance of giving back to the community,” said Nelson. “Looking ahead, I am excited to continue leveraging my experience to further the business growth and expansion of VisionIT, and our shared commitment to community service.”

 

About VisionIT

VisionIT, Inc. is a global leader in the areas of Information Technology (IT) Managed Services and Talent Management solutions. For nearly 20 years, VisionIT has combined focus, agility, streamlined operations and the most talented IT professionals to deliver unmatched services to many Fortune 500, mid-size corporations and large government agencies. With more than 20 U.S. offices across the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico and the Philippines, and global delivery throughout Latin America, Europe and Asia, VisionIT operates FAST. To learn more about VisionIT, please visit www.visionit.com.

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Turning Women toward Tech

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What’s the answer to solving the nation’s IT skills shortage and accelerate its pace of innovation globally? Women! Finally, a simple answer to a complex problem. Or, is it? The ability to greatly increase our country’s IT talent base through recruiting more women into the field appears to be a no-brainer on paper. Consider this:

  • Roughly 1.2 million computing jobs will be available by 2022, and U.S. Universities are producing only 39 percent of the graduates needed to fill them. Meanwhile, the National Center for Education Statistics forecasts a total of 13.5 million+ female college students in 2020 compared to just under 9.5 million males.
  • The BLS calculates that women make up more than two-thirds of employees in 10 of the 15 job categories likely to grow fastest in the next few years.
  • Nearly one billion women are poised to enter the global economy in the coming decade, and they receive the majority of college and advanced degrees.

So, the answer to solving the IT skills shortage seems to be WOMEN.

It would seem that, since there is an abundance of women ready to enter the market, it would make sense that Women are answer to the IT worker question. Sure does sound simple. Yet those of us in the IT field know all too well that women are dramatically under-represented, and this poses a serious situation for the economic prosperity of our companies and our nation. A recent New York Times article reported that women hold only 25 percent of IT jobs, and roughly half will eventually quit to pursue a completely different line of work.

Jennifer Turner, VisionIT Test Manager Consultant noted that “The IT Industry is uniquely poised to attract female employees because many technology positions lend themselves to the “work from anywhere” alternative. So many women are pulled in opposing directions by family and work responsibilities. The ability to work remotely offers a more flexible schedule and more time to work. This is one important key to attracting more women to the IT industry.”

This lack of women becomes a concern in the industry for a number of reasons. Demographic challenges, including an impending retirement of Baby Boomer IT workers, will leave large gaps in the IT sector. Consider as well, the products the technical industry creates are shaped by those who buy them, and women are quickly outpacing men when it comes to buying decisions and consumer spending. Women currently control 83 percent of all consumer purchases, including electronics.

As a woman in the male-dominated IT industry, I have seen first-hand the value, skills, and diversity that female IT workers can bring to organizations. For example, as Kirsten Wolberg, vice president of technology for PayPal recently commented, application development teams that include women as members are 10 to 15 percent more productive than those that don’t.

In addition to reviewing key components that are important to the current female work force, some awareness and planning with the future female work force should be considered. Angela Lowe, VisionIT QA Analyst Consultant feels that “If we encourage our young women starting early on especially in areas of Mathematics and Science I believe this could lead to an IT route.” She also noted that she had a few strong mentors when she entered the work force as a young woman in an entry level support role.

Collectively, our sector needs to improve on a number of fronts to curb the exodus of women from our field, and to encourage more to join it. Stay tuned for more posts about how we can work together to help turn this challenge into a prosperous opportunity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

VisionIT Ranks Among Nation’s 100 Fastest Growing Hispanic-Owned Businesses for 12th Consecutive Year!

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VISIONIT RANKS AMONG NATION’S 100 FASTEST-GROWING HISPANIC-OWNED BUSINESSES FOR 12TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR

 

Detroit, MI – October 6, 2014 – VisionIT, , a global leader in mobility solutions, IT managed services and talent management, today announced its ranking among the nation’s top 100 fastest-growing Hispanic-owned businesses by Latino-business publication Hispanic Business. This achievement marks the 12th consecutive year VisionIT has been included in the list, ranking as the 41st fastest-growing Hispanic-owned company this year.

“Having received this distinction every year for well over a decade demonstrates the longevity and long-term success of our operations, growth strategy, and unwavering commitment to serving our valued clients,” said David Segura, founder and CEO of VisionIT. “The tireless efforts of our team to become a global leader in the IT industry are reflected in honors such as these. We have focused on even more aggressive growth into new global markets, and continue to deliver game-changing solutions to help clients mobilize their business. Needless to say, we are very excited about the future of VisionIT.”

Each year, the magazine examines the growth of thousands of Hispanic-owned businesses across the nation and compiles a list of the 100 fastest-growing. This year, VisionIT experienced a 137.04% growth rate between 2009 and 2013, giving the company a 59.74% annual compound rate.

Companies on the 2014 Hispanic Business Fastest-Growing 100 list saw revenues shoot up an average of 203.1 percent from 2009-2013, defying the odds and the economic climate to post some very impressive growth during that period.

About VisionIT

VisionIT, Inc. is a global leader in the areas of Information Technology (IT) Managed Services and Talent Management solutions. For nearly 20 years, VisionIT has combined focus, agility, streamlined operations and the most talented IT professionals to deliver unmatched services to many Fortune 500, mid-size corporations and large government agencies. With more than 20 U.S. offices across the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico and the Philippines, and global delivery throughout Latin America, Europe and Asia, VisionIT operates FAST. To learn more about VisionIT, please visit www.visionit.com.