When asked, "How's business at OST
?" Mike Lomonaco, director of marketing, quickly cites some impressive figures. The tech company:
- hired 40+ people in 2013
- hired 80 new employees since 2011
- reported revenue of $55m in 2011 and anticipates $100m this year
- has 22 current job postings on their site here http://www.ostusa.com/company/careers
Lomonaco then provides the rest of the story. He points to his firm's diversity of skills, projects and clients as driving much of the growth, including a robust App Dev practice that he says is one of the fastest-growing in the state.
He adds their firm's work with long-time client Priority Health/Spectrum Health as another key factor for growth: "With the Affordable Care Act in full swing, healthcare organizations, both on the delivery (hospitals) and insurance side are looking for ways to innovate and improve their process."
Other work that Lomonaco mentions includes a new project with Mall of America, their firm's expertise with VDI space (Virtualization) within the healthcare industry, and significant growth in their Managed Services practice.
Keeping up with these projects requires talent. Tamara Iakiri, director of talent acquisition at OST, says they now have a dedicated team of three people focused on finding the right people and are involved on multiple fronts to identify candidates.
Iakiri says OST relies heavily on personal and employee referrals. She says internships are a great way to identify candidates and that they work closely with computer science programs at GVSU, Calvin, the coLearning program and other schools to identify potential employees.
She also says her team is heavily committed to networking through technology advisory boards at colleges, involvement on special projects such as Hello West Michigan, and spending time actively reaching out to the tech community through conferences, user groups and meet-ups.
To learn more about OST you can view their site
here and their job listings here
Writer: John Rumery, Innovation and Jobs News Editor