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Skills training panel on Capitol Hill

It’s time to enact policies that advance the future of work.

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From flipping burgers to writing code

Fast food prepared Tony Richards to be a better software developer.

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Catalyte discusses tech training on Upskill with Edtech podcast

How our apprenticeships differ from coding bootcamps.

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CEO Jacob Hsu on Bloomberg

Jacob discussed the tech talent pipeline problem and what Catalyte is doing to solve it.

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Steve Case mentions Catalyte on Recode Decode podcast

Using AI to actually give people more opportunity

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To build a more inclusive tech industry, focus on systems

By changing systems, you can create a pipeline of inclusivity, rather than attempt to diversify your workforce person by person.

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Business Insider profiles Catalyte

Catalyte’s approach to recruitment is a breath of fresh air in an industry dominated by white men.

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Five steps to take before starting a digital transformation

Set your initiative up for success before you even begin.

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Catalyte leads frontline talent innovation

We’ve teamed with JFFLabs to upskill and retrain retail workers across the country.

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Preventing digital transformation failure

Ensure your organization falls on the right side of the 50/50 digital transformation divide.

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Catalyte included in new book "Coders"

Catalyte exemplifies how nontraditional programmers are making their mark on the industry.

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Catalyte at ASU GSV Summit

Nancy Chan to present Catalyte’s economic impact on its employees.

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Importance of mentoring in IT organizations

How should technology companies set up mentoring programs?

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Catalyte at TechfestNW 2019

CEO Jacob Hsu spoke on “Entrepreneurship, AI and the Future of Work.”

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Improve agility with organization assessments

Get full organizational perspective on performance.

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College admissions scandal and the tech industry

Make sure your developers are the best, not the best connected.

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Catalyte on 60 Minutes

AI platform highlighted as way to bring jobs to forgotten communities.

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Catalyte featured in Axios article on tech apprenticeships

How to get people whose jobs are likely to be automated into new, future-proof work that requires vastly different skills.

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SXSW recap - AI and the Democratization of Work

How to use AI and data science not to displace workers, but create a more inclusive and productive workforce.

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#BalanceforBetter: Fix Broken Hiring Practices

5 ways to advance diversity and inclusion beyond public relations, advertising and corporate reputation

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Meet our SXSW panelists - Suzy Ryoo

Meet the experts on our SXSW “AI and the Democratization of Work” panel.

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Meet our SXSW panelists - Jason Oxman

Meet the experts on our SXSW “AI and the Democratization of Work” panel.

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Meet our SXSW panelists - Myra Norton

Meet the experts on our SXSW “AI and the Democratization of Work” panel.

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Meet our SXSW panelists - Jacob Hsu

Meet the experts on our SXSW “AI and the Democratization of Work” panel.

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Jacob Hsu delivers keynote at House of Beautiful Business

How Catalyte uses AI to unlock hidden software development superpowers.

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Catalyte wins RSA "Future Work Award"

Helping people create better ways to work in a flexible, frequently changing digital economy.

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Artificial intelligence at a crossroads

In 2019, will AI benefit society or head down a darker path?

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Be data-informed, not data-driven

Being data-informed helps organization take responsibility for their data and curate decisions that stay focused on results.

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How to tell If your applications need modernization

Here are four areas to consider before modernizing your applications.

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Catalyte acquires Statêra’s digital transformation business

New Denver location expands workforce development center coverage to all four time zones.

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Catalyte mentioned in Fast Company

Vivian Giang highlights Catalyte’s ability to provide “skills and opportunity to unlikely engineers” as part of the solution to transforming America’s Rust Belt cities.

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CEO Jacob Hsu in Authority Magazine

Why a cup of coffee made him realize that Catalyte was different from any other company he’d worked with before.

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Center for Data Innovation interviews Tom Iler

Tom Iler discusses Catalyte’s use of AI to identify top tech talent, how AI can kill the resume and how emotional quotient (EQ) can be used in screening models.

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Catalyte meets with congressional leaders to address skills gap

Businesses need more support to close the widening skills gap.

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Fast Company profiles Catalyte

Vivian Giang tells the story of Catalyte’s 18-year history using artificial intelligence to find better-performing software engineers from unexpected places.

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Steve Case highlights Catalyte on PBS

Steve Case highlights Catalyte as a company capable of closing the tech talent gap.

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Organizational agile assessments save time and money

Enterprises can save time and money while improving agility through organizational assessments.

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MarketWatch: Using AI to fill jobs, not eliminate them

CEO Jacob Hsu shares his thoughts on how AI can create, rather than eliminate, jobs

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Catalyte on Yahoo Finance discussing tech diversity

CEO Jacob Hsu visited Yahoo Finance to discuss how Catalyte finds a better and more diverse tech workforce, even in a hot job market.

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Business value and prioritization: What work should you do first?

Together, prioritization and business value help ensure the right work is done at the right time for the benefit of the company.

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Using AI to move beyond the resume

How AI, machine learning and skills-based hiring can replace the resume and create a more productive/diverse workforce.

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Catalyte Spotlight - Katlyn Beck

Catalyte can open a personalized door, just for you, to find your way into the tech industry and a better, more rewarding career.

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McKinsey talks to Catalyte about AI and future of work

We create a more diverse & productive workforce.

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Bolstering growth trajectory with two executive hires

Meet Todd Horst, our new chief revenue officer, and Tom Iler, our new chief product officer.

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Catalyte Spotlight – Andrew Rajigah

The characteristics of a great team leader are the same, whether you’re talking about software development or football.

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Vote for our SXSW PickerPanel

Help us get back to Austin for a panel on AI and the Democratization of Work.

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Six usability testing methods that will improve your software

Go beyond standard QA testing to ensure that your software product accomplishes your business goals

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Catalyte opens office in downtown Portland

This move strengthens our connections to local clients, government and non-profit partners and puts the company at the center of a thriving tech economy.

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The ultimate baseball road trip and algorithm

Developer Mike Mountain created an app for the ultimate baseball road trip: visit all 30 MLB parks in just 35 days.

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CEO Jacob Hsu profiled in CityBizList

What could cause a successful entrepreneur to forgo early retirement in Sweden and move to Baltimore to advance human potential?

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Hands-On Agile Coaching to Accelerate Digital Innovation

Discover how it can benefit your organization.

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Empowering immigrants powers our economy

Catalyte closes the skills gap while empowering all Americans to better the economic fortunes for themselves, their families and communities.

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Who needs software testing?

How to strike a balance in software testing between time, money, outcomes, manual and automated testing.

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Catalyte cited in Gartner '18 “Cool Vendors in Application Services"

In this year’s Cool Vendor report, Gartner listed Catalyte as one of two companies in the “Where Are They Now?” section of the report.

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Control healthcare costs with IT

With better use of IT, healthcare payers and providers can reduce administrative and clinical costs, improve innovation and create better patient outcomes.

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History of the web

George Mauer, director of development at Surge, discusses the creation of the modern web, how it was structured, designed and made usable and what the future holds.

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Recap from #GartnerTGI

In order to grow, companies must be prepared for all aspects of their business model (customer, value proposition, profit model, capabilities) to change.

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Inc. Magazine profiles our efforts to kill the resume

We reduce bias in hiring through the use of artificial intelligence.

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New Chicago office continues our challenge of the tech industry

We’ll expand the local talent pool and better serve regional companies.

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The story of Catalyte

A short documentary about Catalyte and our inspiration to revolutionize how companies hire.

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How can we create a more inclusive tech industry?

We asked people for their ideas at TechFestNW. Here’s what they proposed.

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Sourcing for Innovation – Ep. 13: Portland IQ

Erin Flynn from Portland State University discusses Portland IQ and higher education’s changing role in relation to the private tech industry.

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Catalyte gets shout out from World Economic Forum

Donald Tang hails Catalyte’s AI efforts at the World Economic Forum.

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The future of transportation technology

Speakers at TechFestNW shared ideas on how technology can be used to create a safer, smarter, more ecologically friendly, more equitable and overall better transportation infrastructure and systems.

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CEO Jacob Hsu's "Why Baltimore" segment on WYPR

Listen to our CEO Jacob Hsu make the case for skills-based hiring as a way to create more economic opportunities in the city.

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Sourcing for Innovation - Ep. 12: Healthcare Costs and IT

As rising healthcare costs push our economy to a breaking point, organizations are turning to technology as a way to ensure better, more cost-effective outcomes.

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Can Cucumber give your QA a facelift?

Cucumber is a tool that utilizes a syntax called Gherkin, which makes acceptance criteria and test cases accessible to all interested stakeholders, technical and not so technical alike.

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Programming language popularity in 2018

How do you decide what language you should use to write your software?

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Jake’s Take: SXSW recap - Blockchain, AI and inclusion

Here are some reflections on this years hottest SXSW topics.

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How to use AI to bring back the middle class #killtheresume

Recap of CEO Jacob Hsu’s SXSW talk “Kill the Resume to Bring Back the Middle Class.”

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The sights and sounds of Catalyte at SXSW 2018

Outside of the sessions, here’s what we saw at the spectacle that is #SXSW.

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New collar jobs present distinct challenges and opportunities

Finding talent for new collar jobs comes down to awareness and creating the belief among workers that they can be a part of this.

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How tech's top companies deal with technical debt

Technical debt is inescapable, but there are things you can do to lessen its effects.

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Hire a two-dimensional diverse workforce for more profitable company

Primary and secondary diversity are tied directly to an increased bottom line.

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Reliable plumbing and transportation are important to tech careers

Since 2002, America has lost 28 million low tech jobs. These are workers who can benefit from retraining and many of whom will have the ability to launch successful careers in technology, if given the opportunity.

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Vets have the technical talent, all they need is the opportunity

The technology side of a job can be taught. It’s the passion and drive that are most important. These are what vets bring to tech positions.

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Catalyte meets with President Obama on expanding tech opportunities

Read the recap in this Wired article.

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Catalyte is a Christensen Institute's "Innovators Worth Watching"

Every story at Catalyte is a transformation story.

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What is QA? Why do you need good QA?

Here are some thoughts that should help you get the most out of your QA practice or what to look for in a QA partner.

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Jacob Hsu to deliver keynote at MO Summit

CEO Jacob Hsu will deliver the “CEO Confidential” keynote address at the MO Summit, Mar. 23 in Asheville, N.C.

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CEO Jacob Hsu to talk at SXSW 2018 about using AI to hire better

Jacob Hsu delivers “Kill the Resume to Bring Back the Middle Class” talk at SXSW, March 10 from 3:30-4:30pm on the Job Market Stage at the Palmer Events Center.

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Automation Testing vs. Manual Testing

Manual testing and user experience consulting should still play a huge part in any QA team.

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Catalyte + Surge acquisition video series

Catalyte CEO Jacob Hsu and Surge CEO and Founder Matt MacKay answer questions about the acquisition in these four videos.

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Sourcing for Innovation- Ep. 11: Surge Acquisition & $27M Fundraising

CEO Jacob Hsu discusses what Catalyte’s recent acquisition of Surge and $27M fundraising mean for the market, clients and the company’s future.

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Catalyte acquires software development company Surge and raises $27M

CEO Jacob Hsu discusses how Catalyte’s acquisition and fundraising allows the company to take full advantage of the benefits on onshoring, address the US tech talent shortage and help clients scale digital innovation.

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Catalyte selected for Steve Case's Rise of Rest Fund

Investment shows the impact Catalyte has on advancing human potential for the digital economy and creating better software engineering outcomes for our clients.

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Catalytes pick their favorite games

Board and video games our Catalytes recommend to play or gift this holiday season.

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Catalyte joins BLocal initiative to build a better Baltimore

We’ve joined the BLocal initiative to help strengthen the city and create opportunities for Baltimoreans.

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Motorized Mobility - AAA’s Digital Journey

How does an American institution digitally transform without interrupting its ability to keep drivers safe?

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Changing “Business vs IT” to “Business and IT”

Who will control the flow of information, technology and innovation in the enterprise — business or IT?

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Say “Yes” to the IT mess

Technology teams need to say “Yes” to business partners more often than they do today.

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Gartner Application Strategies & Solutions Summit 2017

Next week, Dec. 4-6, we’ll be in Vegas at the Gartner Application Strategies & Solutions Summit 2017.

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Jacob Hsu discusses path to Silicon Valley success

CEO Jacob Hsu spoke with Malaysia’s Astro AWANI about the path to success in Silicon Valley.

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Catalyte Spotlight - Dan Reuther

Catalyte gave Dan an opportunity to prove himself, even without a resume. Hear Dan explain his journey, mid-life career change and why Catalyte doesn’t care where you came from as long as you can do the work.

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Catalyte in Gartner’s “Market Guide for Agile and DevOps Services”

Catalyte was recently included in Gartner’s first Market Guide for Agile and DevOps Services. The guide was compiled to provide insight for sourcing and vendor management leaders.

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Catalyte Spotlight - Nicole Ampersand

Nicole was looking for a challenge, better career opportunities and the ability to do something that makes a difference.

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Sourcing for Innovation - AI and Machine Learning for Team Assembly

Founder and executive chairman Michael Rosenbaum discusses the founding of Catalyte, the impact of the Talent Platform and how AI and machine learning can be put to use in skills-based hiring to create better software engineering outcomes.

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Jake's Take: The importance of skills-based hiring

Using big data and/or artificial intelligence to create a skills-based hiring model will give all Americans equal opportunity for employment in the types of digital jobs that will power our economy.

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Sourcing for Innovation - Ep. 9: Skills-based hiring

Resumes are a poor predictor of job success. Evolving to a skill-based hiring process would allow better and more equal access to employment, decrease hiring costs and make businesses more innovative and resilient.

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Six traits of a great QA engineer

Six traits that elevate great QA engineers above the masses.

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Catalyte Spotlight - Carolina Erickson

Catalyte developer Carolina Kanis is skilled at communication in many mediums. A classically trained flutist who is fluent in two languages (and conversant in three more), she brings a unique perspective to her role of developing software for Fortune 500 companies.

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Catalyte Spotlight - Rob Winkler

Armed with a degree in mass communications and public relations, Rob wanted a career in the tech industry, but didn’t know how to start one. Then he found Catalyte.

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CEO Jacob Hsu joins Rework America Task Force

CEO Jacob Hsu becomes a founding member of the Markle Foundation’s Rework America Task Force, focused on transforming America’s labor market to a 21st century, skills-driven model.

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Catalyte Spotlight - It's our people who make us great

First two videos in our Catalyte Spotlight series, where we explore the unique and diverse backgrounds of our employees.

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Sourcing for Innovation - Ep. 8: STEP the Movie

We dig deeper into STEP’s themes of community, perseverance, mentoring, importance of education and technology and how unleash the potential inside every person with Chevonne Hall, principal of the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women (the school featured in the movie).

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Jake's Take: Advancing human potential

How the documentary “STEP” demonstrates what Catalyte has known and practiced for 17 years; that talent is evenly distributed across populations, but traditional methods of talent discovery render large groups invisible.

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Jake's Take: Improve the economy by ditching the resume

We need to embrace the idea that skills and a demonstrated ability to perform targeted tasks are more important than resumes in determining whom to hire.

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Sourcing for Innovation - Ep. 7: Farm-to-Table Software Development

This podcast lays out the analogy of farm-to-table software development, how it benefits clients and local communities, reduces overhead expenses and improves productivity/outputs.

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Jake’s Take: Farm-to-table software development

There are many similarities between farm-to-table restaurants and colocated software development teams: local teams working closely with clients to quickly adapt to new technologies and changing user demands.

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Catalyte featured in New York Times

Media is starting to notice the trend towards onshore and local outsourcing of software development. Catalyte is mentioned as an example of a successful outsourcing provider that can provide high-performing local talent in this New York Times article.

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Sourcing for Innovation - Ep. 6: Alec Ross

We talked with NYT best-selling author Alec Ross about preparing MD’s workforce for the new digital economy, the importance of early technology education, the gap between aptitude and opportunity and the Orioles’ playoff chances.

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Sourcing for Innovation - Ep. 5: Overcoming Faux Agile

How can you spot and overcome Faux Agile, regaining the benefits of fast, iterative software development?

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UX allows complex back-end system to shine

Catalyte recently helped an international hospitality technology company connect its powerful back-end pricing engine to a modern, redesigned and user-friendly interface. Hi Emily!

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Developing an Agile design mindset

By presenting agile to new users in ways they can relate, you open a world of possibilities to iterate, innovate and deliver products faster. It’s the first step to creating a fully agile organization.

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H-1B program doesn't fix the tech talent gap

The H-1B program doesn’t fix the problem it was intended to solve. Here’s what you should do if you want to shrink the tech talent shortage.

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User experience (UX) pressing issues

Four UX topics that are top-of-mind to any organization looking to connect with customers or clients.

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Sourcing for Innovation - Ep. 4: Importance of software co-creation

Listen to the full podcast episode on the importance of software development co-creation and how to select and experienced co-creation partner.

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Power of colocation for software development

Colocation is a prerequisite for digital transformation, as it facilitates technical teams participating in the decision-making process.

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Co-creation: The power of collaborative software development

Digital transformation places extra importance on finding the correct partner who can co-create the digital entities that fulfill customer expectations and meet critical business needs.

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Sourcing for Innovation - Ep. 3: Project Management Anti-Patterns

THIS NEEDS AN EXCERPT

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7 project management anti-patterns and how to avoid them

Anti-patterns are worst practices. They easily derail projects. Here are 7 common ones and how you can overcome/avoid them.

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IoT dashboard saves healthcare org time and money

Catalyte improved and streamlined the application’s UI/ UX for improved usability and work flow, reimagined its architecture to allow scalability and trained internal development staff on agile methodologies.

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Sourcing for Innovation - Ep. 2: Show Your Developers Some Love

Taking time to recognize the hard work and great outcomes your developers create daily can boost morale, strengthen camaraderie, improve retention and create better software.

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Sourcing for Innovation Podcast - Ep. 1: Intro to Catalyte

In the first episode of the Sourcing of Innovation podcast, Catalyte CEO Jacob Hsu discusses the recent name change, what it means for the company and clients and what sets Catalyte apart in the market.

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Jake's Take: Welcome to the new Catalyte

Catalyst DevWorks is now Catalyte. What does this mean for our clients, our company focus and our future?

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Custom social network expands opportunities

How do you expand digital technology and social networking to individuals with special needs?

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Show your developers some love

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, here are eight ways that you can show your developers some love.

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Jake's Take: Getting back to work in 2017

Catalyte’s method for providing clients with the best in application development, software engineering and managed IT services will create job opportunities for people in fields that were previously thought to be off limits to most.

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Budgeting for digital transformation

The ability to change the budgeting process for application development can mean the success or failure of your digital transformation.

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Digital portal increases user engagement

Customer wanted to achieve 10,000 user photo uploads in the first year of the new site. Find out how we helped them meet this goal after just two months.

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Mobile innovation drives sales results

Sales management app’s improved functionality, and ability to better record and track key metrics and customer data, generated sales from the day one.

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Digitizing hospitality sales management

How do you transition from a manual to a digital sales system without interrupting your business?

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Digital demand weakens cyber Monday

Cyber Monday was created in 2005 to help boost the visibility and popularity of online shopping, then a novel idea.Now, 11 years later, due to the rise of digital technologies and consumer expectations, online shopping isn’t novel. It’s standard.We see that in the fact that Black Friday online sales almost equaled those of Cyber Monday. Black Friday online shopping topped Cyber Monday in terms of year-over-year percentage increase.It’s not just total dollars, it’s also the number of shoppers.

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How CIOs can overcome negative perceptions and “seize the opportunity”

CIOs must use all available assets to lead business innovation, not just tech innovation, and to leverage Agile/DevOps to drive speed in their organizations.

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Agile – Learn by doing

To fully implement Agile or DevOps, organizations need more than just coaching or training. It’s all about immersive intervention.

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Gartner Symposium/ITxpo – What we learned

Having the weekend to reflect and mentally sort through it all, here’s what we learned at the Gartner Symposium and ITxpo.

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Gartner Symposium/ITxpo – CIOs and innovation

What Gartner says are the demonstrated habits, technology adoption and priorities of top performing companies across different industries.

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Gartner Symposium/ITxpo – Common problems

Several major themes emerged on the first day of Symposium. Here’s what we heard from companies on the show floor.

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Gartner Symposium/ITxpo – Why we’re here

Catalyst DevWorks is at the Gartner Symposium to help other companies better serve customers who expect a seamless digital experience.

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