Super Bowl 52 is this weekend, and the eyes of the world are on our hometown, Minneapolis. We’re incredibly excited to host The Big Game!
With “The Twin Cities” being in the spotlight this week, we wanted to take this opportunity to talk about how our region might be the ideal location for great QA work as well.
Since our inception in 2010, tap|QA has helped companies improve their velocity of testing while decreasing their costs of Quality. We provide industry-leading expertise in test automation, continuous integration, DevOps, and QA Process. We bring work back to the United States at a cost that is comparable to offshore companies – without the hiccups and hidden costs associated with sending work overseas!
But what gives tap|QA such a remarkable advantage in these areas, while maintaining competitive consulting costs?
Why Minnesota Helps Make tap|QA Great
We feel the Twin Cities provide the perfect blend of a major metropolitan area, a highly-educated, technical workforce with a strong work ethic, and an incredible lifestyle while keeping a moderate cost of living – all factors in giving tap|QA a winning edge in hiring top-notch consulting talent, that allow our customers to drive down the cost of quality, while increasing their velocity!
Recently, Derek Thompson of The Atlantic penned an article entitled The Miracle of Minneapolis (and, despite the name, this is NOT an article about the Vikings’ Stefon Diggs’s amazing catch in the NFC Playoffs a couple of weeks ago!)
In the article, Thompson discusses why the Twin Cities “mixes affordability, opportunity, and wealth so well.” Why? There are so many factors to consider:
- We are blessed with one of the best education systems in the country
Our workforce consistently ranks among the best-educated in the country. tap|QA leverages this talent pool by hiring – and growing – an incredibly gifted team of Quality Assurance and Test Automation professionals.
- Both Minnesota as a whole, and “The Twin Cities” as a metropolitan area are consistently ranked among the very best places to live in the U.S.
Our nationally-recognized quality of life allows us to retain our highly-educated population, and helps attract so many talented individuals from the rest of the Upper Midwest (North and South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Iowa) to add to our talented workforce.
- Minnesotans are incredibly happy workers!
In a recent report, WorkplaceDynamics ranked Minnesota #1 among 45 regions when it comes to workplace satisfaction. At tap|QA, our team has voted us as one of StarTribune’s Top Workplaces in a state already well-known for great workplaces! This helps us retain our top QA talent.
- Our workforce is accustomed to “Big Company Projects”
The Twin Cities rank at the top of Fortune 500 Companies per capita. tap|QA works with many of these companies, and our consultants are seasoned in working on projects with companies both large and small.
- We are high-tech.
Minnesota has always been known for technology, from Medical Alley to the always innovative 3M. More recently, we’ve become a hub for startup IT and software companies. PC Magazine recently named Minneapolis the #2 “High-Tech City You’ll Want to Call Home” and were named one of the Top Technology States by the Milken Institute.
Even with the above accolades, Minneapolis remains an incredibly affordable major metropolitan area, particularly when compared to the “Coasts.” This gives tap|QA an opportunity to pull from a large talent pool, but at hiring costs significantly lower than other metropolitan areas, meaning our best-of-breed consulting services are available at significantly lower costs than companies located elsewhere!
At tap|QA, we are the largest and fastest-growing Quality Assurance consulting firm in Minnesota. More importantly, we are extraordinarily passionate about QA and Test Automation work. Our company was founded by career-long QA professionals, and we use that experience and knowledge to screen and hire the very best QA professionals from our amazing Twin Cities talent pool, as well as top talent throughout the country.
We work with some of the most recognizable and admired companies in the United States, and have helped bring nearly 1,000 QA jobs back to the United States as an effective, cost-competitive alternative to offshoring. Our teams have helped establish test automation and QA process with dozens of organizations nationwide.