AUGUSTA, GA (August 9, 2022) – MAU, Inc. has acquired Doozer Software’s project services and staffing division— strengthening MAU’s capabilities by adding the Birmingham-based company’s expertise in software development. Doozer will join MAU’s technology solutions division, 3Ci. As a family-centered organization, MAU is excited to add Doozer, whose values and culture closely align with MAU’s.

MAU CEO Randall W. Hatcher said: “The acquisition of Doozer opens up new avenues of growth for both companies to leverage our combined 65 years in business. Doozer and 3Ci’s growing Software Development Solutions Practices will bolster the combined services for software development, database/business intelligence consulting, and IT staffing. This creates amazing opportunities for us to broaden our current offerings to better serve our clients nationwide.”

Leaders at MAU, 3Ci, and Doozer see numerous alignment opportunities because the companies share similar cultures grounded in faith, volunteerism, community, and making the lives better of everyone they serve. The uniting of the companies affirms 3Ci as a premier technology partner in the Southeast and strengthens the strategic foundation for 3Ci’s continued expansion across the U.S. and in markets worldwide.

“The vision of MAU is to make lives better. Today, we continue to deliver on this vision by expanding our expertise in the technology services sector, working with a group of amazing clients, employees, and consultants at Doozer,” Hatcher said.

Doozer joining MAU gives the organization 23 locations across the nation with employees and consultants working around the world.

Ron Perkins, Vice President of Doozer, said his team is excited about the possibilities this partnership presents because it opens new geographic markets in the tech sector.

“We have focused on providing tech solutions in the Alabama region, and this new venture allows Doozer to grow quickly into booming tech markets where MAU and 3Ci are currently located and in targeted markets across the world,” he said. “In addition, MAU is a certified minority business enterprise, which will help us create new opportunities and better serve our clients.”

Rob MacLane, President of 3Ci, MAU’s technology solutions division, said acquiring Doozer is part of a larger strategy to create a company that will continue to get stronger in the technology services sector while maintaining its family-owned business values.

“There is a synergy between 3Ci and Doozer coming together,” MacLane said. “This is almost a perfect alignment of work, values, and culture.”

About MAU, Inc.:
MAU is a family-owned and privately held company dedicated to making lives better. The company is comprised of two unique divisions, one focused on providing solutions to the manufacturing/supply chain industries and the other providing technology solutions across many industry verticals. MAU is the eighth-largest privately held business in Georgia and is a certified minority business enterprise. For more information, visit www.mau.com.

About 3Ci:
Headquartered in Atlanta since 1978, 3Ci has been connecting world-class companies with the people, processes, and technologies they need to propel meaningful growth. Whether you need one professional or a special task team, support on an existing project, or a fully outsourced solution, 3Ci is ready to deliver across the country and globally through international partners. For more information, visit www.3ci-mau.com.

About Doozer
Doozer is one of the South’s most established and reputable software solutions firms. Founded in 1997, Doozer has 25 years of experience providing various solutions to get software done. Doozer services the entire spectrum of the Software Development Life Cycle. Whether a full outsourced project from inception to delivery or assistance in augmenting and expanding a team, Doozer delivers. For more information, visit www.doozer.com.

The Great Resignation, the Great Reshuffle, the Big Quit, whatever you want to call it, has dominated headlines for over a year now. When around 4 million people quit their jobs in April 2021 alone, a record high since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking voluntary job loss, it became clear that the recovery from the pandemic would be slow and unpredictable. This has continued to hold true as we approach summer 2022.

Initially, it was only thought to impact the retail, manufacturing, and hospitality sectors; after all, tech boomed during the pandemic with the rise of remote work. However, it’s become clear that even the tech industry isn’t safe, and could potentially be facing even worse post-pandemic consequences than other industries.

But to understand how to fight the Great Resignation, and hopefully avoid other impending obstacles, it’s essential to understand who is quitting, and what factors are influencing this mass exodus.

Hint, hint. It’s not who you think.

Who’s Quitting?

During the early stages of the Great Resignation, the charge was led by younger, less-tenured workers in low-paying industries like retail, food service, and health care. But now, the main growth in quit rates is coming from older, more tenured workers in higher-paid industries like finance, tech, and other knowledge worker fields, according to a Visier dataset from companies with over 1,000 employees. An EY survey discovered that the workers most likely to move jobs include managers and leaders in technology or finance roles.

Columbia Business School professor, Adam Galinsky, calls this iteration of the Great Resignation the “great midlife crisis.”

For the largest demographic groups, older millennials and baby boomers, flexibility has become a non-negotiable component of work. Many companies have tried to solve the Great Resignation through wage increases, but these workers are searching for less tangible benefits like meaning and balance because they’re often more financially sound. Quits are being driven by everything from a desire to continue working remotely to a greater search for meaning to simply having the means to do so.

Additionally, this becomes a growing concern with subject matter experts, who are often older, more tenured employees within the technology and finance sectors. This creates an invisible consequence of the Great Resignation: an enormous amount of information is lost when employees leave.

The Pandemic & Flexible Work

Now that the safety precautions from the pandemic have loosened, things are beginning to return to normal. This includes schools being fully opened, mask-mandates lifting, widespread vaccine distribution, and people returning to offices. However, after two years of working successfully from home, many knowledge workers are loath to return to the office due to the numerous benefits of remote work. Data from Slack’s ongoing survey of 10,000 knowledge workers found that with a third of them now back in the office five days a week, their work-related stress and anxiety have reached their highest level since the survey began in 2020.

Knowledge workers have gotten a taste for the potential flexibility available to them; can you blame them for not wanting to backtrack?

For large organizations, in particular, orchestrating a return-to-office has been particularly challenging compared to smaller companies, with 80 percent of smaller companies having fully reopened and only a third of the largest companies. Tech-giants like Apple, Microsoft, and Google have all had to push back their re-open goals due to employee pushback and logistical challenges. According to Worktech, some Apple employees have quit in protest of the 3-days a week hybrid schedule for being too inflexible.

This phenomenon has been one of the most significant contributors to the Great Resignation within the tech sectors. Workers crave flexibility, independence, and balance, all things that working in an office too often fail to provide.

Considerations for Tackling the Great Resignation

The Great Resignation poses a threat to businesses for countless reasons, but by being prepared and thinking outside of the box, leaders can remove the potential costs, both literal and intellectual, when employees leave. If you are currently experiencing an employee exodus, or soon will be, the time to act is now. Losing your top performers is not only costly on a short-term basis, but can set a tone for future generations of talent that staying with your company may not be worth it. The right incentives and investments can support you in retaining your most talented employees and help you attract new ones.

The retention statistics have been demoralizing, however, there are unique opportunities savvy organizations can take from this. Firstly, they can recognize that flexibility is the holy grail for employee retention. And when flexibility isn’t a viable option, they could offer employees career development opportunities to refine and enhance their skill set as an incentive to stay with the company.

This is the age of intellectual flexibility – when employees can leave a company and, rather than seek employment elsewhere, build their own businesses. This movement has grown in popularity over the years and will continue to do so as technology advances. Leaders must be prepared for this change by creating an environment where employees can grow; it is the best way to keep them on board and capitalize on your intellectual investment, rather than lose it to a competitor.

By fostering a flexible work environment that works for all parties, organizations can retain employees and benefit from the knowledge they spend years gaining.

But, is something worse brewing on the horizon?

Despite the Great Resignation, the tech industry has been flourishing and is largely one of the only industries to come out of the pandemic more successful than when they went into it (besides maybe hand sanitizer and mask manufacturers). However, there’s been mounting concerns that the good times are coming to an end. Ugly layoffs may be brewing across the board, some investors and industry watchers warn — from public tech giants to scrappy startups.

Even the seemingly untouchable Jeff Bezos has issued warnings about the shifting market. “Most people dramatically underestimate the remarkableness of this bull run.,” he tweeted on April 30. “Such things are unstoppable … until they aren’t. Markets teach. The lessons can be painful.”

Big tech companies including Meta, Salesforce and Netflix have also recently announced hiring freezes or layoffs in the midst of cost-cutting pressure and rising inflation. Tesla is cutting about 10% of its salaried workers. Online trading app and fintech darling Robinhood, which went public in July 2021 laid off 9% of its workforce in April. Netflix doubled its stock price during the height of the pandemic but has faced a massive 70% drop since November, forcing them to cut entire teams, including its newly created publication Tudum. Celebrity video app Cameo laid off roughly a quarter of its staff. Thrasio, a startup that aggregates hot brands on Amazon and has raised more than $3 billion, let go off roughly a fifth of its workforce recently. And startup-support firm On Deck has laid off 25% of its staff, around 72 people.

It seems that these waves of layoffs are only the beginning, especially considering the reported oversaturation of programmers. While it may be a bit early to start ringing the alarm bells, recognizing the potential issue and preparing appropriately can help businesses avoid catastrophe.

Imagine if your business had an adequate warning about the Great Resignation, what would you have done differently?

That’s the thought process that will keep your business successful, and competitive, regardless of what crisis is waiting around the corner.

The Technology industry is as unique as it is lucrative. It’s a high-demand, essential industry that is almost single-handedly shaping the future of consumer culture. We’re connected in ways humanity has never seen before, and the value of that connection is reflected in the value of the Big Five tech companies, all of whom contributed significantly to the current state of technology and communication. The world’s major tech companies— Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft— are collectively valued at over  $3.5 trillion, more than all but four countries’ economies in the world.

From the creation of the internet to the development of the smartphone, the domination of the tech industry has transformed the way the world operates. Cyberinfrastructure engineering and artificial intelligence research are expected to revolutionize the world and are poised to create millions of jobs and unprecedented growth. What’s often referred to as the “technology churn, aka the constant, never-ending evolvement of technology as we know it, is what makes the industry so uniquely valuable, and uniquely challenging.

Every industry is competitive, of course, but when it comes to tech, if you’re not on the cutting edge of development, you’re falling behind. This is an industry where collaboration and connection matter above all else. There’s no advancement without industriousness, there’s no industry without community, and there’s no community without people.

After all, everyone is working towards the same goal: a more connected and intelligent world.

What Makes Connection so Powerful for your Business?

Maintaining strong connections within any industry is significant, particularly when working with other vendors and industry leaders. Building strategic, positive relationships can super-charge innovation and deliver a competitive advantage. Investments in connection and collaboration are investments in the future.

Think of it this way; when one collaborator wins, everyone wins, and when someone loses, there’s a strong support system to buoy them and mitigate the risk. The Tech industry is so uniquely fast-paced that the more trustworthy partners in your corner, the more success you’ll have and the less devastating your losses will be.

When your business is connected to the community, it creates an environment that fosters innovation and collective growth. By investing in the community your business operates within, you’re investing in not only the development of your business and brand but the development of the economy and culture, which will lead to greater success for everyone involved.

When your business connects to other businesses, even outside of your industry, unprecedented growth becomes possible. By sharing assets and intellectual property, opportunities become limitless. By investing in each other’s progress, you’re expediting the rate at which progress is made.

When your business collects with individuals, both fellow industry leaders and consumers, suddenly the work takes on a greater meaning. Your business develops a voice and message. Technology has one job, to make people’s lives better, so staying connected to the people being influenced is the key to long-term success.

At 3Ci, Connection is King

Community

A business is only as good as its people and the community surrounding it. Here at 3Ci, we’re proud to be a part of the booming Atlanta tech industry for over 40 years. This has enabled us to develop strong relationships with the local governing bodies, local businesses, and organizations.

Our community has always shown up for us, it’s only fair that we continuously show up for them as well. For us, showing up looks like offering a Diversity Scholarship to high school seniors, supporting voter registration initiatives, and partnering with Women in Tech as well as several other outreach programs within the community (including STEM Atlanta Women, SuccessTeam, and GirlUp).

Connecting with our community and supporting its growth has directly influenced 3Ci’s own success and reputation. This is a lesson we will always carry with us as we move into new markets (hello, Charlotte!) and continue to evolve.

Business

3Ci’s ability to connect with a business, understand their pain points and offer a unique solution is what makes 3Ci special. Every client we work with has a different problem they are trying to solve, but one thing that is consistent throughout each project is our commitment to our client.

We value transparency in every business relationship we have, whether it’s a complete end-to-end project or during the hiring process of new tech talent. We believe in our ability to solve your business’s problems and create a long-lasting, mutually beneficial relationship.

At 3Ci, maintaining a strong, positive connection with our business partners influences every aspect of how we conduct our business.

Individuals

Above all else, 3Ci cares and connects to people, whether it’s our internal staff, the people we place, or the partners we support. Building a strong interpersonal connection is key to providing successful solutions to any obstacle we’re presented with.

Here’s some feedback we’ve received recently to illustrate this point:

“I think consistent communication with feedback helps to build that relationship whether it is good, bad, or ugly. Builds trust and transparency that you aren’t just there to make a buck, but to better their lives and career!“ -Danny Sheets, Talent Specialist


Connection is an essential tool for all businesses, particularly within the competitive Tech space. That’s why 3Ci makes a point of painting strong connections with our community, our partners, and our people. To learn more about how 3Ci helps clients build the best tech teams, check out this blog.

3Ci Named One of the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in the Nation for the Seventh Time in a Row

Recently, the National Association for Business Resources announced the winners for their 2021 Best and Brightest Companies To Work For in the Nation. 3Ci was awarded Best and Brightest Companies to Work for in the Nation and in Atlanta for the seventh time in a row.

The Best and Brightest Companies To Work For in the Nation is awarded to companies that deliver an exceptional commitment to empowering the lives of their employees

3Ci was among the 101 highest scoring national winning companies and the Elite awards were also awarded to the highest winning companies demonstrating exceptional innovative human resource practices and setting high standards for all businesses.

The Elite categories include: Compensation, Benefits and Employee Solutions; Employee Enrichment, Engagement, and Retention; Employee Education and Development; Recruitment, Selection and Orientation; Employee Achievement and Recognition; Communication and Shared Vision; Diversity and Inclusion; Work-Life Balance; Community Initiatives; Strategic Company Performance, and the Best of the Best: Small Business, Medium Business, and Large Business. With over 20 years of experience conducting the Best and Brightest competitions, the National Association for Business Resources (NABR) have identified numerous best Human Resource practices and provided benchmarking for companies that continue to be leaders in employment standards.

“Winning The Best and Brightest for the seventh time in a row is a big accomplishment for our organization. We continue to remain an employer of choice and strive to ensure that the wellbeing of our employees always comes first,” – Rob MacLane, 3Ci President

WHO IS 3Ci
3Ci, An MAU Company, has been a leader in Technology Staffing and Technology Consulting for over 40 years. 3Ci is dedicated to building the business one relationship at a time and putting people first. Our goal is to help our clients find the best talent, guide our applicants to the best employer, and ultimately help our clients, employees and applicants succeed. In 2018, 3Ci was acquired by MAU Workforce Solutions to continue our mission of serving our clients, employees and applicants. Click here to learn more about 3Ci.

ABOUT THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST PROGRAM
The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® competition identifies and honors organizations that display a commitment to excellence in operations and employee enrichment that lead to increased productivity and financial performance. This competition scores potential winners based on regional data of company performance and a set standard across the nation. This national program celebrates those companies that are making better business, creating richer lives, and building a stronger community as a whole. There are numerous regional celebrations throughout the country such as Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Houston, Milwaukee, San Diego, and San Francisco. Nominations are now being accepted for all programs.

September is here and Labor Day is just around the corner. It was established way back in 1894 to celebrate and appreciate employees. If you’re looking to carry on the tradition, here are three simple ways to say ‘thank you’ to your team. In the meantime, we’re serving up all the latest business and tech news stories you need to know. 

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3Ci Expands Services to Charlotte Market

3Ci, An MAU Company, is an Atlanta-based leader in Technology Staffing & Consulting delivering superior professional recruiting results and technology outsourcing services due to our specialized industry experience and market expertise. Since 1978, 3Ci has believed in placing the value of people and relationships above all else, and we plan to bring that same mentality to Charlotte, North Carolina.

3Ci will be represented by Corey West, our Director of Client Services, to support the booming technology market in Charlotte. Corey brings over two decades of experience providing technology recruiting and consulting with firms throughout the Charlotte region. He has supported firms ranging from large, international organizations to smaller boutique businesses. Corey takes great pride in his craft servicing his clients by listening and understanding their challenges and providing the very best solution possible.

3Ci is excited to expand its Charlotte services so we can share our extensive experience within the financial and utility industries. We are proud to work with several prominent banks in the area, and our expansion allows us to continue to support them.

“We are extremely excited to expand our services to the greater Charlotte area. While we have been serving Charlotte based clients for many years, we are committed to growing our footprint in the market by adding & relocating 3Ci staff to Charlotte, engaging in the community, and living out our mission of ‘Making Lives Better’” – Rob MacLane, 3Ci President

By expanding its geographic footprint, 3Ci is able to help companies reach their goals through our staffing and consulting services, like Custom Software Development and User Experience solutions.

WHO IS 3Ci
3Ci, An MAU Company, has been a leader in Technology Staffing and Technology Consulting for over 40 years. 3Ci is dedicated to building the business one relationship at a time and putting people first. Our goal is to help our clients find the best talent, guide our applicants to the best employer, and ultimately help our clients, employees and applicants succeed. In 2018, 3Ci was acquired by MAU Workforce Solutions to continue our mission of serving our clients, employees and applicants. Click here to learn more about 3Ci.

ABOUT MAU
Headquartered in Augusta, GA, since 1973, MAU Workforce Solutions is a family -and a minority-owned company offering better processes and better people to create efficiencies and greater profits for our clients. Our relationships with world-class companies, our training programs, and our family culture allow MAU to offer better results, better jobs, and better lives to those who work with us.

3Ci’s innovation in technology staffing and great company culture has been recognized by the National Association for Business Resources. Every year, companies compete throughout the Atlanta Metropolitan Area to be named “Atlanta’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For,” and this year 3Ci was named as one of the winners! Only companies that distinguish themselves as having the most thoughtful and inventive approach can win this award, and 3Ci is honored to be listed as one of the winners for 2021.

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Calling all techies and tech leaders in Atlanta—TechCONNECT is all you need to stay up-to-date on all things business and technology in the Southeast and beyond. Today we’re covering the entire month of June, with stories from top players like Google, Metro Atlanta Chamber, and more. Be sure to subscribe to TechCONNECT to get all the latest tech stories delivered to you.
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The pandemic served as a catalyst for digitization, forcing millions of business owners to rethink their processes and embrace the potential of technology to carry out tasks more quickly, efficiently, and at a lower cost. With a desire to emerge stronger than before, businesses are adopting flexible technologies that not only enable them to survive during challenging times, but give them a competitive edge regardless of situation or circumstance.

A well-thought-out implementation of personalized technologies could greatly reduce the long-term impact of this crisis. Different industries have different software needs, so developing a unique Custom Solution plan can help businesses, regardless of industry, rebuild sooner, faster, and better.

Is now the time to pursue custom software development?

Technology has become a constant in our day-to-day lives and is an essential aspect of the buyers journey. Post-pandemic, customer needs and expectations have shifted. Users are more informed than ever and are seeking transparent, low-contact access to your businesses resources.

Are you equipped to meet their rapidly evolving demands, or are you being hindered by technological pain points? Identifying your businesses specific pain points is essential for perfectly tailored Custom Solutions that provides the support you need to properly engage your target audience. Some common pain points include:

Out-Dated Legacy Systems
Legacy systems are notorious for driving businesses into ruts and halting modernization. They’re costly to maintain, trap your information in data silos, and don’t play nicely with other systems, making them impractical to upkeep but difficult to migrate away from.

Many businesses are finding themselves stuck with a Legacy System and are struggling to digitize because of it. The key to moving away from an outdated Legacy System is a successful Data Migration. A vital part of the Migration process is understanding where data will be hosted and how it will be optimized, which is why having a Custom Solution plan is essential for a business’s growth and modernization journey.

Inaccessibility of Big Data
Everyone knows that collecting data is essential for driving innovation, but many companies are missing out on valuable Big Data: data sets whose size and complexity are beyond the ability of traditional or outdated databases to capture, manage, and process. The volume of Big Data created will only continue to grow, making it essential for businesses to not only be able to capture and store this data but use it in a meaningful, intentional way.

Big Data enables advanced targeted marketing, predictive product development, proactive customer service, cost reduction, and increased efficiency. The best way to get the most out of Big Data is through developing Custom Software, which can streamline Data Integration and boost Data Governance. Both are vital to maintaining a healthy, useful database.

Underdeveloped Customer Experience (CX)
Now more than ever, clients and customers care about where their money goes. It is essential that businesses are transparent and give prospects access to relevant information, while making them feel valued. Implementing Custom Solutions can help a business establish a mutually beneficial rapport by boosting personalization, creating intuitive AI, and capturing useful user data. Creating a positive user experience is vital for staying competitive and Custom Solutions offer limitless potential for uniquely connecting with customers.

Developing Custom Solutions is more essential than ever to staying competitive, futureproofing your business, and satisfying customers. Regardless of your businesses starting point, a skilled dev team can select the most appropriate software methodology and guide your business through every stage of Custom Software implementation with ease, including research, design, testing, deployment, and even future maintenance.

Learn more about 3Ci’s custom software development services and see how we can help you build powerful and scalable solutions that fuel business growth.


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From a Series D funding round for a local unicorn to national recognition for Atlanta’s tech startup scene, May was a major month for business and technology in the Southeast. Get all the top news stories that you need to know in our roundup below. And be sure to subscribe to TechCONNECT for weekly updates on Atlanta’s top tech news. Continue reading “[TechCONNECT] Atlanta Tech News Roundup | May 2021”

This is the final installment of a 10-part series designed to help you transform the way you manage, analyze, and utilize your workforce. Here’s what we’ve covered so far:

 

To adapt quickly and stay competitive, many organizations are choosing to transfer a number of their functions to external service providers. Today, we’ll dive into how to choose trustworthy partners to help you reach your goals while preserving your company’s culture.

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We love keeping you connected to all things business and tech in the Southeast and beyond. This month, we covered some major new developments in M&A, funding, new hires, and more. Check out a few of the features stories below. 

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