Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Technology Fast 500 | 2008

There are more fast growing technology companies in Massachusetts than in any other state, except California.

The Deloitte Technology Fast 500 List for 2008 has been announced and Massachusetts boasts 46 companies.

The Fast 500 ranks the fastest-growing technology, media, telecommunications and life sciences companies in North America. Companies are selected based on percentage revenue growth from 2003 to 2007.

Technology Fast 500: Highlights & Trends provides a detailed summary of the 2008 results. A 2008 Technology Fast 500 document (pdf) offers a listing of all 500 companies.

Technology Fast 500

Here are the 46 Massachusetts companies that made this year's Technology Fast 500 list [NOTE: Sign in to your LinkedIn account on a separate tab, then click the "in" icon to reveal your connections at that company.]:

  1. Starent Networks Corp. | Tewksbury
  2. NxStage Medical, Inc. | Lawrence
  3. Interleukin Genetics, Inc. | Waltham
  4. Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc. | Lexington
  5. Airvana, Inc. | Chelmsford
  6. Wave Systems Corp. | Lee
  7. DUSA Pharmaceuticals, Inc. | Wilmington
  8. LogMeIn, Inc. | Woburn
  9. mValent | Waltham
  10. Grandstream Networks, Inc. | Brookline
  11. SiGe Semiconductor, Inc. | Andover
  12. AgencyPort Insurance Services, Inc. | Boston
  13. IneoQuest Technologies, Inc. | Mansfield
  14. Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. | Cambridge
  15. Indevus Pharmaceuticals | Lexington
  16. SoundBite Communications, Inc. | Bedford
  17. Vertical Communications, Inc. | Cambridge
  18. Oscient Pharmaceuticals Corporation | Waltham
  19. Constant Contact, Inc. | Waltham
  20. Bullhorn, Inc. | Boston
  21. Evergreen Solar, Inc. | Marlboro
  22. Idera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. | Cambridge
  23. CharterAuction.com, Inc. (DBA Jets.com) | Quincy
  24. Altus Pharmaceuticals | Cambridge
  25. Salary.com, Inc. | Waltham
  26. BirdDog Solutions, Inc. | Andover
  27. IPG Photonics Corporation | Oxford
  28. Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. | Waltham
  29. Alkermes, Inc. | Cambridge
  30. ImmunoGen, Inc. | Cambridge
  31. Clinical Data, Inc. | Newton
  32. NeuroMetrix, Inc. | Waltham
  33. Biogen Idec, Inc. | Cambridge
  34. iRobot Corporation | Burlington
  35. Cynosure, Inc. | Westford
  36. Nuance Communications, Inc. | Burlington
  37. athenahealth, Inc. | Watertown
  38. Sycamore Networks, Inc. | Chelmsford
  39. Akamai Technologies, Inc. | Cambridge
  40. Averion International Corp. | Southborough
  41. Hittite Microwave Corporation | Chelmsford
  42. Sepracor, Inc. | Marlborough
  43. Hologic, Inc. | Bedford
  44. Palomar Medical Technologies, Inc. | Burlington
  45. Sonus Networks, Inc. | Westford
  46. Double-Take Software, Inc. | Southborough

The Next Step

According to one conclusion from the 7th Annual Sources of Hire Study:

"Good or bad, we advise job seekers to never apply to a company without first networking to an employee in that firm for a referral. The difference in probability of getting 'up to bat' is too large to ignore."

If you believe you can excel in a fast growing organization, then tap into your LinkedIn network to gain an introduction into that organization and explore ways in which you can add your unique value to their operation.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

RHT IT Hiring Index | Q1 2009

Interviews were conducted with 200 chief information officers (CIOs) from companies in the Boston area with 100 or more employees. These discussions shine a light on their company's hiring plans for the first quarter of 2009.

In the Boston metro area, information technology (IT) hiring projections for the first quarter are as follows:

  • add staff | 15 percent
  • reduce staff | 3 percent

Nationally, the ratio is as follows:

  • add staff | 12 percent
  • reduce staff | 4 percent

So, IT hiring looks promising in the New Year, especially in the Boston metro area.

IT Skills in Demand

According to the Executive Director of Robert Half Technology,

“Investments in Web 2.0 initiatives continue to generate demand in areas such as web development..."

Web development & website design was cited by 42% of CIOs nationally as being most in-demand in their organization. Here are the skills CIOs will be looking for in early 2009:

A national press release about the quarterly Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Index and Skills Report is available from the company's website. PR Newswire provides a press release that breaks out the metro Boston survey results.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Boston Market | December 2008

Pessimism about the U.S. economy abounds. Here are just two examples.

AIGA’s Design Leaders Confidence Index

A quarterly survey of nearly 300 leaders in the graphic & Web design community reveals that only one in eight is likely to increase staff during the next six months. The survey generated the lowest readings since its creation in 2005. Details can be found by accessing a press release from AIGA | the professional association for design.

The Business Roundtable CEO Economic Outlook Index

A quarterly survey of chief executive officers (CEOs) of leading corporations were asked the following question (responses included):

How do you expect your company’s U.S. employment to change in the next six months?
  • Increase | 9%
  • No Change | 32%
  • Decrease | 60%

Companies that belong to the Business Roundtable comprise nearly a third of the total value of the U.S. stock markets and represent a combined workforce of nearly 10 million employees. Access a press release (pdf version) for details.

Boston Market

A close look at the job market for Web technology professionals reveals a steep contraction in opportunities available online at Boston.com. The Top 20 Web Technologies in Boston have been updated and are posted in the right-hand column.

Job opportunities have evaporated by approximately 28% since early November. Interestingly, the four technologies that experienced the gentlest declines were Microsoft related:

  • Web Services | 9%
  • ASP.NET | 18%
  • C# | 20%
  • SQL Server | 21%

Training Opportunity

In a challenging job market productive workers with a collection of in-demand skills are valued above others. If you are in job transition, consider expanding your skillset with FREE training.

On Monday, December 15, Microsoft will offer a day-long series of seminars at their Waltham office to help inform development professionals about their latest Web-related technologies that include the following:

  • Ajax
  • jQuery
  • Visual Studio 2008
  • Silverlight
  • and more!

Simply access The Winter Northeast MSDN Roadshow for details and registration information about additional New England training sessions.

FREE training to upgrade your skills at a networking event including Boston-area Web professionals! Santa arrives early.