What’s New at ECI

Now that 2023 is well underway and predictions made in 2021/2022 are either bearing fruit or perishing on the vine, the US economy is showing signs of rebound and resilience as the GDP has been steadily growing, with the latest estimates putting it at 5.5% for the first quarter of 2023 and unemployment has fallen to pre-pandemic levels, standing at 3.8%. In recent years, the IT public sector industry has also seen positive growth, recognizing the importance of technology by investing heavily in digital infrastructure and cybersecurity. With the Covid pandemic, adoption of digital solutions, including telework and remote learning has accelerated the demand for IT services.

ECI has been busy expanding and adapting our service offerings to meet the evolving client needs in a rapidly changing industry. We have invested in cloud computing, cybersecurity, and digital transformation services to help keep pace as our clients modernize their operations and meet public needs. One key initiative for ECI has been the development of comprehensive cloud strategies that includes migration, optimization, and management services. We have partnered with various cloud and data providers to offer a range of solutions that can be tailored to specific client projects, that includes private cloud deployments to hybrid and multi-cloud environments, and to maximize the benefits of cloud computing, such as improved scalability, cost savings, and agility.

Another area of focus for ECI has been cybersecurity. By expanding our capabilities in threat detection and response, risk management, and compliance, we can further help our clients mitigate the growing risk of cyber attacks. ECI is also helping clients leverage new technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, and the internet of things to transform their operations, improve customer experiences, and drive innovation. By expanding our service offerings in cloud computing, cybersecurity, and digital transformation, we are well-positioned to help clients navigate the challenges and opportunities of a dynamic and diverse industry.

Finally, ECI is expanding its international footprint, first by opening offices in Vancouver, Canada, and most recently in Guadalajara, Mexico. This allows us to leverage cost-effective and talented IT resources in countries with large pools of skilled IT professionals, with many universities offering strong computer science programs. In addition, Canada and Mexico’s proximity to the United States makes it a convenient location for companies looking to outsource IT work, as well as take advantage of the time zone difference to enhance 24/7 support and increase productivity.

Estrada Consulting, Inc. is Expanding

Estrada Consulting, Inc. (ECI) was initially incorporated in Sacramento, California, in June of 2000. Since then, ECI has enjoyed steady growth and success, expanded operations to include additional services, training, and opportunities, attracting industry leading consultants and serving clients at the city, county, and state level. Over the last 23 years, ECI has survived various economic downturns and several recessions, adapted to changing technology landscapes and evolving methodologies, and successfully completed hundreds of complex public sector implementation and development projects. Even with significantly notable challenges like Covid and escalating inflation rates in the last few years, ECI continued to outperform competitors without sacrificing quality of service.

As ECI has grown and matured its business practices over the last two decades and technology has continued to advance, the complexities and obstacles that arise during the implementation process of state and local government IT projects have also increased. Public sector projects often have strict procurement rules that can be lengthy and costly and include Covid requirements, interoperability of different IT systems between government agencies, some as old as the early 1990’s, created data discrepancies and inefficiencies that hindered success, and the need for specialized skills and knowledge required for government IT projects were not readily available in the market. As client initiatives often drive the need to become proficient in newer technologies and to meet the demand for the ever expanding technologies and skill sets, ECI augmented its consulting practice by broadening not only the geography that we serve but also the locations we recruit from.

Both North and South America have seen a dramatic rise in the production of a skilled technical workforce in the last decade. With major investments in quality technology education and training initiatives, the implementation and adoption of advancing telecommunications and business products, as well as funding from multiple government programs to improve and accelerate technology growth, has led to a growth of qualified and valuable technology labor pools. Recently, several advanced technology hubs have emerged, generating experienced and versatile consultants, trained on the most current iterations of cutting-edge technologies. ECI capitalized on these new markets by expanding its operations internationally, enabling us to not only participate in additional innovative technology projects, but to also recruit and employ some of the industry’s leading personnel.

In 2019, ECI opened its first international office in Vancouver British Columbia, Canada. Not only did we immediately begin responding and applying to Canadian government IT contracts, but we also employed several local personnel to engage in consulting, communications, and recruiting efforts. This provided us access to a new market and a new skilled labor force, but it also exposed us to new methodologies and practices only common to these areas, mainly due to differing country laws and their constituency wants and needs. The subtle differences in approach to technology, its development, implementation, and adoption contributed to a fresh perspective on common IT challenges and solutions. Building on this successful expansion of our business operations in North America, ECI then initiated its second international office in Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico, in late 2022, with its large and growing economy, a favorable business climate, and to tap into the emerging technology markets and talented resources available there. It also provided us with a strategic location that offers access to both North and South American markets.

ECI is currently registered to do business in 35 states (and growing) across the US and has completed hundreds of successful city, county, and state IT projects in most of the country. We have several teams of accomplished professionals who understand the unique requirements and regulations of each jurisdiction and we have a strong recruiting team to identify and secure needed skills and experience on projects. Now that we have expanded our operations to Canada and Mexico, we also expand our team’s knowledge and availability to those new jurisdictions, as well as the ability to bring those qualified resources to bear on US projects. As ECI began participating in the H1B Program (which allows US firms to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations) in 2009, sponsoring hundreds of accomplished and knowledgeable professionals from around the world, we effectively extended our reach internationally. Diversity is always sought, and our demographics are a clear indication of this. We source people across the country and in other countries if the skills are stronger in specific regions. However, now that ECI has expanded further by opening offices in two international locations, we have advanced our ability to identify, attract, and retain technical experts and specialists with hands-on experience in trending technologies far beyond our borders. This enables us to continue enlarging our pool of expert consultants available to US public sector projects while still providing quality services at competitive prices. We hope you will join us in celebrating this new location opening in Mexico as we work to establish relationships with reliable suppliers, partners, and resources.

ECI creates Estrada Consulting Technology Scholarship at CSUS

Estrada Consulting (ECI) is thrilled to unveil the “Estrada Consulting Technology Scholarship” at Sacramento State University, California. Our aim is to support and champion the dreams of ambitious students looking to forge a future in the realm of technology.

Are you a student passionate about Software Development, Business Analysis, IT Project Management, Business Intelligence, or Management Information Systems? This scholarship could be your stepping stone to greatness! Each year, ECI will proudly grant this scholarship to a meritorious student, poised to make a mark in the technology sector post their graduation.

Our vision extends beyond just financial aid. We are committed to cultivating the next generation of technology trailblazers and innovators. By offering this scholarship, we hope to alleviate some of the financial challenges students often face in their academic journeys and to stand behind them as they prepare to reshape the future of technology.

To all the aspiring tech-enthusiasts out there, let ECI be a part of your journey to success!