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teams in action | robert half technology ‘Inspiring’ Opportunities “We’re a unique partner for Microsoft in that we help others implement, manage and gain efficiencies with their technology,” Jim continued. “As the only full-service staffing firm in attendance, this was a huge opportunity for us.” Our representatives got to reach potential customers through Inspire’s networking opportunities and breakout sessions, noted LaCinda Clem, executive director of Technical Staffing Services and Robert Half Legal Permanent Placement Services. “This LaCinda Clem, executive director of Technical Staffing Services and Robert Half Legal Permanent Placement Services “Our participation helps us understand our customers better.” — LACINDA CLEM AT MICROSOFT’S ANNUAL INSPIRE event earlier this year in Washington, D.C., Robert Half Technology leaders hosted events for Women in Technology, helped staff the International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners (IAMCP) membership booth and presented career information to standing-room-only crowds. And, of course, they also networked with hiring managers and potential candidates. Among the nearly 20,000 attendees, “I met people from nearly every state and continent,” said Jim Johnson, vice president for Technology Staffing Services. “Companies in Sweden, Israel, Australia and other countries face the same challenges we see in the United States: finding and retaining talent to support their technology initiatives. 16 HALF TIMES

tss strategic accounts | teams in action event gives us great visibility within the IT community.” In addition to the chance to promote our brand, we also had the opportunity to support and represent Women in Technology through the IAMCP. LaCinda helped host a session that recognized women IT leaders who have gone above and beyond to help promote STEM to youth and women. More broadly, sponsoring and supporting Microsoft keep us current on recent innovations and new ideas, she said. “As we continue to partner with Microsoft users in every market, our participation helps us understand our customers better.” Jennifer Cotton While there are tremendous benefits that have come from attending Inspire, Jim also recommended keeping up visibility on the local level. “There are over 4,000 companies active within the IAMCP,” he said. “Take advantage of this potential on a local, branch level. Being involved with IAMCP and consistently attending — or presenting — at local events will uncover more opportunities with local companies and other Microsoft partners.” For more information, search “Microsoft Partner Network” on the intranet. OUR MICROSOFT PARTNERSHIP ROBERT HALF IS NOW IN THE TOP 1 PERCENT of all Microsoft’s partners worldwide! We recently completed Microsoft’s competency renewal, which showed that Protiviti and our staffing professionals possess high-level certifications in several topics related to their products. The achievement will help us further grow business with our technology customers. “This is a significant differentiator,” said Dustin Eden, vice president for Technology Staffing Services Strategic Accounts. “The ability to advise and assist with Microsoft products make us a far more valuable partner than your typical staffing firm.” For example, Microsoft clients now come to us for help with training their staff on Dynamics, Microsoft’s customer relationship management application, he noted. A few years ago, TSS Strategic Accounts took over the Microsoft relationship, which began in 2012 as a consulting opportunity for Protiviti. Robert Half Technology Managed Services, Enterprise Technology Services and Protiviti expanded our partnership from there. “We now work with every product and business group at Microsoft,” Dustin said. “We want to make sure that Managed Services is not only meeting expectations but that there are opportunities for growth and maturing of our services.” Audience at Microsoft’s annual Inspire event We’ve parlayed this relationship into business for The Creative Group. Under the guidance of Luis Carbo, TCG branch manager in Seattle, we also staff designers for Microsoft Office and Xbox marketing, as well as other Microsoft product groups. HALF TIMES 17