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High-tech engineering consultant Altran plans to significantly expand its India operations in order to tap the domestic market as well as support its global clients.
The Altran group employs 17,000 employees worldwide, and envisions India as a key market in the aerospace, automotive, railway, and energy sectors.
The firm is hoping to employ 2,000 high-technology experts in India by 2014, either through hiring or acquisition.
Altran is the official engineering partner of Solar Impulse, the world's first solar-powered aircraft. It took seven years of studies, simulation, construction and tests to achieve the first solar day-and-night flight in history for 26 hours, 10 minutes and 19 seconds, using no fuel and propelled by solar energy alone.
US chief financial officers foresee increased hiring and spending this quarter, however they remain cautious and worry about a recession in mid-2012, according to the Duke University/CFO Magazine Global Business Outlook Survey. The situation in Europe is much worse than last quarter, with no growth expected in spending or hiring. The outlook in Asia has also softened.
The quarterly survey asked 1,050 CFOs from a broad range of global public and private companies about their expectations for the economy.
US finance chiefs plan to expand their workforces by 1.5 percent on average over thenext 12 months, a staffing increase that would yield an unemployment rate ofabout 8 percent, down from today’s 9 percent rate. The largest employment increases are expected in the transportation and energy sectors and in services/consulting. Finance and media firms expect modest workforce reductions.
With the European debt crisis unfolding, very little to no growth is expected in hiring, business spending, or earnings. Asian CFOs are the most optimistic about 2012, but the outlook has dimmed as CFOs’ optimism rating declined to 57 from last quarter’s 60.
The 54 percent of CFOs who have a contingency plan said they would cut employment by 8 percent and investment spending by 30 percent in the event of another recession. Thesurvey shows 69 percent would cut discretionary spending, such as research and development.
Siemens US said it has hired 520 veterans this year to fill high-skill, high wage jobs and by the end of the year expects 600 veterans to have joined its workforce.
Veterans at Siemens are being hired for positions in the Energy, Infrastructure and Cities, Industry and Healthcare sectors in job categories ranging from field engineers to service technicians to sales and marketing roles, with highly competitive salaries.
Siemens recently hired 30 veterans with skills in aviation and mechanics to serve as wind service technicians at wind farms in Texas. At a new distribution center opening in Oklahoma, more than 50 percent of hires are military veterans with skills in logistics and materials handling. Siemens Energy in Orlando has hired veterans for their Sales and Marketing Development Program, investing more than $200,000 per veteran for the 14-month training program.
"The comprehensive technical training and experience veterans gain in military service makes them uniquely qualified for positions in innovative industries where jobs are being created," said Eric Spiegel, president and CEO of Siemens Corp.
Earlier this year, Siemens participated in the launch of Joining Forces, a White House initiative to support America's service members and their families, and pledged to reserve 10 percent of its open position for veterans. Siemens exceeded this goal in three months and due to the successful integration of these employees into the Siemens workforce increased its commitment by an additional 50 percent.
To help make the transition from military life to civilian careers easier, Siemens provides extensive job training and has mobilized the Siemens Veterans Network, the first national employee resource group at Siemens. With more than 400 members, the group supports veterans through a program with American Corporate Partners, community outreach events and other organizations. Siemens also hosts online discussions managed by veterans within the company to provide information and support for new veteran hires.
Technology executives expect IT hiring to continue in the fourth quarter of 2011, according to the just-released Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Index and Skills Report. In the latest quarterly survey, 12 percent of CIOs said they plan to expand their IT departments, and 6 percent expect cutbacks, for a net 6 percent projected increase in hiring activity, up 2 points from the previous quarter's projections.
Ninety-two percent of CIOs are confident in their companies' growth prospects in the next three months, up five-points from last quarter. Eighty-eight percent of technology executives rated the confidence of their firms investing in IT projects in the fourth quarter a 3 or higher on a 5-point scale, with 5 being the most optimistic.
Two-thirds (66 percent) of CIOs said it's challenging to find skilled professionals today, up 18 points from the previous quarter. The functional areas in which executives say the greatest challenge in finding skilled IT professionals are security (18 percent) and networking (17 percent). Data/database management and help desk/technical support followed, each with 11 percent.
Network administration remains the skill set in greatest demand, cited by 63 percent of CIOs. Desktop management ranked second, with 50 percent of the response, followed by desktop support at 43 percent.
"CIOs are optimistic but are being careful not to overload their teams with too many projects, given the challenging recruiting environment," said John Reed, executive director of Robert Half Technology. "Right now, companies are focused on the 'need-to-have' projects that can enhance security, streamline processes or generate revenue."
CIOs in the Mid-Atlantic area of the country plan the most IT hiring in the fourth quarter with a net 13 percent of executives anticipating adding IT staff. Executives in the transportation industry expect the most IT hiring in the fourth quarter. This was followed by the business services industry with a net 12 percent of technology leaders anticipating hiring increases. Manufacturing and wholesale were next, with a net 10 percent and 9 percent, respectively, of executives in these industries planning to add staff.
The report is based on telephone interviews with more than 1,400 CIOs from companies across the United States with 100 or more employees.
Confidence about current and future prospects for the information technology industry was overwhelmed by anxiety over the US economy in the latest CompTIA IT Industry Business Confidence Index.
The Q3 index fell 2.0 points to 52.9 on a 100-point scale. Though still in net positive territory, this marks the same spot for the index as in Q3 and Q4 of 2010, a sign that the nation’s economy has yet to truly break out of its funk.
“The tech sector is doing well for the most part, as demand remains relatively strong for IT hardware, software and services,” said Tim Herbert, vice president, research, CompTIA.
But the gap between confidence levels in the IT industry and the US economy widened to 18 percentage points in Q3, a spread that’s five points higher than the previous quarter and the largest gap in over a year.
Looking ahead, IT executives expect the recent bout of uncertainty to abate and sales growth to resume. The CompTIA IT Industry Business Confidence Index is expected to increase 3.1 percentage points over the next two quarters, making up the ground lost during the Q3 reading. While encouraging, the ongoing economic challenges have taken their toll. In Q2, industry executives projected confidence gains of 5.2 percentage points.
“An element of fatigue has set in with regard to the overall economy and people are less confident about the future,” Herbert said. “Everyone wants to be optimistic, but the economy continues to tread water, which affects forward-looking expectations.”
Indeed, concern over a stalled economic recovery jumped significantly in the latest CompTIA survey. A full 58 percent of those surveyed for the Q3 report cited a stalled recovery as the greatest threat to business activity over the next six months. That’s up from 49 percent in Q2.
Executives also expressed concern over the potential of sagging consumer demand, which indirectly impacts business demand.
The latest index also includes some positive forecasts. For example, 87 percent of IT firms intend to increase or maintain their levels of investment in new products and business lines; and 88 percent plan to increase or maintain technology spending levels.
“IT companies must invest in new solutions, such as cloud computing, mobility technologies and workplace efficiency applications to meet the needs of tomorrow’s customers,” said Herbert.
On the employment front, 34 percent of IT companies said they intend to increase staffing over the next six months and 38 percent said they intend to maintain staffing at current levels. Medium-sized IT firms are the most likely to hire new staff.
The CompTIA IT Industry Business Confidence Index is based on the results of an online survey of IT industry executives and professionals conducted in late June and early July. A total of 449 IT companies participated in the survey.
The Silicon Valley's information and communications technologies sector is beginning to emerge from its economic fog. According to a new study by four local workforce boards, ICT companies in the area have added 13,000 jobs since December 2009, lowering the unemployment rate to single digits.
In addition, venture capital finding is on the rise and LinkedIn is at the head of a returning wave of initial public offerings, according to the 2011 Silicon Valley Information and Communications Technologies Study compiled by NOVA, work2future, and San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties.
Some 60 percent of the Valley's ICT employers expect to have more full-time and part-time employees 12 months from now, and by conservative estimates, employment is expected to increase by 15 percent over the next two years. Employment of software engineers and project managers is expected to increase by 10.8 percent over the next year. For quality assurance engineers, a 12.3 percent gain in jobs is forecast, while the number of field application engineers will jump by more than 20 percent.
According to the report, demand for these occupations is already high, with a majority of employers saying they are having difficulty in finding qualified candidates to fill jobs in most occupations. While the Silicon Valley's beautiful weather, excellent schools, and the ability to live and work in thesuburbs make it an attractive draw for employees, its high cost of living--including median housing prices three times higher than the US median--act as a deterrent.
Human resources and recruitment professionals are increasing their use of social networking sites to make hiring decisions. A survey of 800 US HR and recruiting professionals by the social Web recruiting platform Jobvite found that 89 percent plan to recruit through social media this year, up from 83 percent the previous year.
Nearly two-thirds have expanded their social recruiting programs to two or more networks. As competition for skilled labor grows, social recruiting tops respondents’ list two years running as the most popular area in which to increase investment.
Jobvite's fourth annual survey found that nearly two-thirds of employers have made successful hires through social networks, and a majority of companies plan to invest more in social recruiting in the coming year. Survey respondents continue to rank referrals as the most highly rated source for candidate quality.
“The data show that recruiting departments, like marketing departments, are reaching and engaging their targets in multiple social networks,” said Dan Finnigan, president and CEO of Jobvite. “The fastest moving companies increasingly use the richness of profiles in LinkedIn, the power of online connections in Facebook, and the instant reach of Twitter to develop valuable talent pools and make new hires.”
While almost all surveyed companies (87 percent) use LinkedIn for social recruiting (up from 78 percent last year), most target talent on at least two networks. More than half (55 percent) use Facebook and 47 percent use Twitter.
The Jobvite Index found that over the last six months, 73 percent of all social hires came from LinkedIn, 20 percent from Facebook and 7 percent from Twitter. However, 43 percent of social referral hires on Jobvite came from Facebook. LinkedIn users received 52 percent of all social job referrals, while Facebook and Twitter each received 24 percent.
“Jobvite's new data confirms our research that social recruiting has become an essential element of today's corporate recruiting strategy,” said Josh Bersin, president and CEO of Bersin & Associates, a leading industry research firm. “The data also points out that referral-based recruiting is a new 'secret weapon' for talent acquisition. Companies that focus heavily on referral strategies, enabled by social networks, are delivering the highest quality of hire at the lowest overall cost.”
Concentrix hs opened a new building in San José, Costa Rica and plans to hire 150 additional employees over the next six months.
The new facility, located in Pavas in the vicinity of the US Embassy, has capacity for up to 1,200 staff. Currently, Concentrix Costa Rica employs 250 people who provide pre-sales, technical support and customer service in seven different languages including English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Dutch, and Italian.
Concentrix operates facilities in 20 other locations in Asia, Latin America, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Concentrix is currently recruiting people with a good aptitude to provide technical support and fluency in Spanish, French, or English. Concentrix is the global business process outsourcing division of SYNNEX Corp.
Applied Manufacturing Technologies (AMT), a supplier of factory automation design, engineering and process consulting services, announced a “Robotic Renaissance” hiring initiative to support continuing robotics industry growth. The program’s focus will be on placing automation engineering talent into robotic careers. AMT believes that with the recently announced $500 million Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, which features $70 million for a National Robotics Initiative, that the use of robotics in industry will see significant growth in the next few years.
“It does appear that we’re at a robotic renaissance and the future looks brighter than ever,” said Mike Jacobs, president of Applied Manufacturing Technologies. “We are planning to invest aggressively in our core business of recruiting engineers and launching them into fulfilling careers in the robotics and automation industry. We expect that continued investment in robotics technology and engineering education will inspire our nation’s youth to pursue automation technology degrees with more vigor than ever.”
Initially the majority of robot applications were in automotive manufacturing. As robotic technology continues to advance, becoming more capable, less expensive and easier to use, opportunities exists for applications in many areas that were never considered before. Now automation professionals are deploying robots in a wide variety of industries, including wind and solar energies, medical devices, glass processing, food and beverage production, chemical processes and many more. AMT’s hiring initiative is underway with plans to add up to 40 engineers in the next 12 to 18 months.
June employment figures from SimplyHired show a decline in US job openings for the third straight month. Nationwide job openings declined dropped 3.8 percent from May; openings were up 21.9 percent from June 2010.
“The decline in job openings signifies that employers are less confident in the economy right now,” said Gautam Godhwani, CEO, SimplyHired.com. “Hiring is likely to be slower as we ride out the effects of the natural disaster in Japan and Europe's debt crisis, but we should see a natural increase again at the end of summer when fall hiring begins.”
Forty-six of 50 metros experienced declines in job openings in June, 14 more than the previous month. The four metro areas that did not lose job openings saw insubstantial growth: Louisville, Kentucky (1.7 percent); Birmingham, Alabama (1.4 percent); Detroit, Michigan; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (less than one percent).
SimplyHired.com’s Job Competition ranking, which compares the number of jobs available in a particular metro to the number of unemployed job seekers, saw nine metros become more competitive this month: Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Los Angeles; New York; Memphis, Tennessee; Greenville, South Carolina; Chicago; Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio; and Raleigh and Durham, North Carolina. Five metro areas improved for job seekers (West Palm Beach, Florida; Pittsburgh; Portland, Oregon; Phoenix; and Sacramento, California.
Almost three out of four US companies expect revenue growth and nearly two-thirds predict increased profits for their business in the year ahead, according to the 2011 Chase Economic Outlook Study. Half of the companies surveyed said they expect to hire full-time permanent employees in the next 12 months.
While optimistic about their own company’s prospects, most were more guarded about the national economy. Thirty-nine percent of the companies report an optimistic outlook on the national economy.
“Our survey shows business executives across the country are optimistic about their company’s outlook and many expect to add to their corporate payrolls over the next 12 months,” said Todd Maclin, CEO of Chase Commercial Banking. “The survey results are encouraging and informative, but also show we have obstacles to overcome.”
Chase Commercial Banking surveyed senior financial decision makers at nearly 700 US companies with revenues ranging between $10 million and $500 million annually.
Swedish telecom firm Ericsson will create 100 software engineering jobs at its facility in Athlone, Ireland to build on its research-and-development capabilities, according to published reports. The Irish government offers a research-and-development tax credit to entice multinationals to hire researchers inside the country. Ericsson already employs more than 1,400 people at that site. The new hires will help Ericsson maintain its strong position as a obile broadband provider. Thge Stockholm-based Ericsson employs about 9,000 people worldwide.
Dell will establish a Cloud Research and Development Centre in Dublin and operate a Dell Solution Centre at the company’s campus in Limerick.
Recruitment is currently underway at both sites for world-class software engineers, IT architects, engineers, and developers. It is expected that a total of 150 people will be recruited across both sites in the next two years.
The Cloud R&D Centre is the first of its kind for Dell and will help develop the next-generation cloud computing architecture on a global basis. The center will act as a proof of concept laboratory, helping Dell customers leverage their existing hardware platforms while driving innovation, new development work, and thought leadership in the cloud. The primary focus of the center will be developing OpenStack based capabilities, Storage-as-a-Service Solutions and Software-as-a-Service enabling technology.
The Dell Solution Centre in Limerick - the first to be launched internationally - is part of a global network of 22 centers with extensive customer-engagement capabilities, designed to give access to Dell technology and solutions experts. The center will provide a backdrop for customers to learn about Dell’s industry-focused solutions and domain expertise. At the Dell Solution Centre, Dell experts work with customers to help them make better use of their technology budgets so they can invest less on managing their infrastructure and more on technology innovation to grow their business.
Employees at the center will be involved in research and development work, IP development, IT architecture and engineering as they engage in proof-of-concept testing for customers. In addition, the center will play develop data management and virtual desktop solutions.
US nationwide job openings declined slightly in May from the previous month, but were still significantly higher than in 2010. According to job search engine Simply Hired, there were 2.6 percent fewer job openings in April than in May. Despite the decrease, job openings were still up 26.1 percent from 2010.
“Although job openings decreased a bit from last month, there’s no cause for alarm,” said Gautam Godhwani, CEO of SimplyHired.com. “Some months tend to be slow for hiring, and our site continues to see healthy numbers of job listings despite that.”
Hiring appeared to slow across nearly all areas in May. The majority of metros, 32 of 50, had a decline in job openings, and another nine metros had less than 1 percent growth. Austin, Texas (6.6 percent); West Palm Beach, Florida (6.3 percent); and Albuquerque and& Santa Fe, New Mexico (4.1 percent); recorded the highest growth levels.
The national job competition ratio dropped from 6:1 to 5:1 as a result of lower unemployment rates. Although May proved to be a slow hiring month for nearly all industries and occupations, job openings for retail salespersons increased 64.1 percent month-over-month and openings for financial specialists and accountants increased 34.8 percent.
Affinnova, a marketing innovation software and services firm, is more than a third of the way through its creation of 105 new jobs. So far this year, Affinnova has hired 40 staff, mainly in its Massachusetts headquarters, filling positions such as software developers, research directors, and business development executives. Affinnova has current openings for another 35 staff immediately. An additional 30 jobs will be added in 2012.
“We recruit only the most talented people across many critical disciplines, including business development, client services, engineering, and marketing. We work hard, have fun, and value each others' contributions toward our common purpose - maximizing the success of our clients.”
Most of the new roles will be in its Waltham headquarters, with additional new hires in Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, and Affinnova’s international offices. The company, which helps marketing professionals identify the product and ad concepts with the highest potential, is currently looking for research directors and software engineers.
The investment is being funded from profits as the organization’s revenue grew 50% from 2009 to 2010. With the 40 staff added so far this year, Affinnova employs 122 staff worldwide.
“Due to our phenomenal growth rate, we are continuously hiring and building a network of future candidates across critical areas of our business,” said Derek Garofalo, vice president of talent acquisition. “It’s an exciting time for the company.”
“Our philosophy is simple: you can't revolutionize the way companies innovate with anything less than an all-star team,” said Waleed Al-Atraqchi, president and chief executive officer of Affinnova. “We recruit only the most talented people across many critical disciplines, including business development, client services, engineering and marketing. We work hard, have fun, and value each others' contributions toward our common purpose - maximizing the success of our clients.”
While much of the US economy experiences a “jobless recovery,” the cloud computing sector shows a strong upward trend according to the Internet job hiring sites surveyed by eJob Description.
Amazon.com currently has job listings for more than 900 technical jobs, including at least 423 positions at Amazon Web Services, the company’s cloud computing operation. Rackspace Hosting is looking to fill 100 available positions in various IT areas at an upcoming job fair, Rackerpalooza 2011. Most of the growth at Rackspace over the past year has occurred in the company’s cloud computing business, according to eJobDescription. Dice.com has 1,776 jobs posted with cloud in the job title, and Monster.com has over 1,000 jobs posted with cloud as one the job requirements.
A recent survey from accounting firm BDO found that cloud adoption was a factor in technology companies’ plans to boost hiring in 2011. Forty six percent of CFOs at tech companies said they expect to boost employee headcount this year, while just 7 percent expected staff to decrease.
The demand for cloud technologists may also lead to more poaching of experienced workers from competitors, eJobDescription points out. A recent survey by Dice.com found that 62 percent of hiring managers and recruiters anticipate that tech talent poaching will get more aggressive this year, while just 1 percent of respondents saw it receding. “There are few consequences for technology professionals should they decide to jump to a competitor,” Dice reports. “Only 11 percent of hiring managers said they would not allow a former employee to return after being poached.”
Siemens Corp. has launched a public relations initiative entitled "Where the Jobs Are" to draw attention to the more than 3,000 open positions it is looking to fill across the US. Each month, Siemens will highlight open positions in one of its business units and its investments and partnerships with universities, community colleges, technical and trade schools to alert potential employees that job training is available for many of these high-skill, high-wage openings.
The first site to be featured is Charlotte, North Carolina, where the company has been working closely with local universities and community colleges to develop training programs and curriculum for potential employees who want to work in the energy business.
"It has become commonplace in America to read about companies moving their jobs and operations overseas, in search of less expensive pastures, but Siemens recently spent nearly $200 million to build a world-class facility, to produce gas turbines in Charlotte, North Carolina," said Eric Spiegel, president and CEO of Siemens. "This new site will create nearly 1,000 new jobs and more than 2,000 indirect ones. We are now looking for highly motivated and skilled individuals who want to work for an innovation and technology leader and we will train them for these jobs of the future by partnering with local educational institutions to create programs designed specifically for these open positions."
The company is currently seeking engineers as well as employees with strong skills in machinery, welding, mechanical assembly, procurement, quality inspection and project management. The Charlotte site will be one of the global manufacturing hubs for the company's gas turbines, steam turbines, generators and related service work.
Earlier this year, Siemens pledged $4.3 million to the engineering college at the University of North Carolina to support the new Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) program that will provide engineering scholarships and advance research capabilities in Smart Grid and precision manufacturing. Graduates from this program soon will fill many of the open positions at the Charlotte plant. Additionally, more than 200 of the new Charlotte hires will have been trained through the local community college system.
Siemens Corp. is a US subsidiary of Siemens AG, a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, operating in the industry, energy and healthcare sectors. Siemens in the USA reported revenue of US $19.9 billion and employs approximately 62,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
According to a survey by accounting consultancy BDO USA, nearly half of top US technology companies surveyed plan to increase employee headcount in 2011. Just 7 percent expect headcount to decrease, marking a significant sign of confidence in the sector. The survey examined the opinions of CFOs at 100 leading US technology companies.
In addition to growth, scalability is also a high priority for CFOs in 2011. Nearly three quarters (72%) of CFOs note that they are currently using cloud computing. The reasons ranged from improved business agility (33%), increased scalability (33%) and cost flexibility (28%). The number of tech companies using cloud computing represents a 29 percent increase from 2010. Among cloud adopters, 55 percent expect to increase use in 2011 – a 53 percent growth over 2010.
“Technology companies have switched gears from survival to growth mode,” said Hank Galligan, leader in the Technology and Life Sciences Practice at BDO USA. “The flexibility and scalability of cloud computing created cost-effective infrastructures that allowed adopters to weather the recession and emerge ahead of the curve. These forward-thinking companies are now giving the green light to new initiatives, and plan to devote resources to attracting and retaining top talent.”
Although cloud use is on the rise for the majority of companies, 28 percent of CFOs note that they have steered clear of the technology altogether. When asked the primary reasons for their decision to not use cloud computing, CFOs equally point to three major concerns: security issues (29%, down from 39% in 2010), the hassle and expense of shifting to the cloud (29%) and limited application features (29%). “Despite major strides taken to increase cloud computing security in the past few year, it’s clear that some companies are wary of the change,” said Galligan.
With growth a key strategy for 2011, nearly half (48%) of tech CFOs say they expect to hire the most new employees in their sales and marketing divisions. Other areas expected to see additional hires include research & development (22%), manufacturing (17%), and administration (7%).
With the cleantech sector emerging into the mainstream, 35 percent of CFOs say it will require the most innovative technologies in 2011. Healthcare and biotech follow closely (33%) amid industry changes and opportunities for greater efficiencies. Other sectors requiring more innovation include financial services (9%), oil & gas (8%), retail (7%) and construction/manufacturing (7%).
Open source research and development company Kitware recently hired an R&D engineer for its Scientific Computing group, and plans adding 15-20 new team members this year.
Kitware hired George Zagaris inm January to develop advanced algorithms and software infrastructure within ParaView and VTK to efficiently and robustly process and visualize large-scale distributed Adaptive Mesh Refinement (AMR) datasets. Prior to joining Kitware, George was working as a research programmer and developed an advanced toolkit for parallel overset grid assembly targeting unsteady, time-dependent, moving body aerodynamic simulations.
The company is seeking talented, motivated, and creative individuals for a variety of research and development positions in computer vision, biomedical imaging, high-performance computing, and informatics. Kitware provides flexible, low-cost visualization, computer vision, medical imaging, data publishing and software process solutions to a variety of academic and government institutions and private corporations worldwide.
Candian telecom carrier Videotron created 827 new jobs in 2010--230 above its target--driven by its entry into the mobile market. The latest wave of hiring has boosted Videotron’s workforce to more than 6,000. In all, the company has created approximately 4,200 jobs in 10 years.
“We have been making capital investments and creating jobs in order to achieve several goals: to have competent employees in Québec ready to respond to customers promptly, to continue developing and maintaining our network in order to keep it among the most reliable and robust in the industry, to innovate by developing new communication and entertainment applications, to understand consumers’ existing needs and anticipate new ones,” said CEO Robert Dépatie said.
Videotron, which has invested more than $1 billion in its mobile network, continues hiring to fill new positions in engineering, network operations and management, installation, sales, marketing, IT, and customer service.