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iCST History

iCST's story is the classic American success story – with an international twist. A young man with a big dream and a hundred bucks in his pocket leaves his native India for a better life in the United States.

In 1996, from the attic in his home, Ashok Nalamalapu launched iCST, an IT solutions provider with a unique, customer-oriented approach. From these humble beginnings, iCST has shown steady, consistent growth, despite the dramatic ups and downs of the global and Maine economies.

Since 1996 iCST has been bringing passion and innovation to the IT environment in Maine and beyond. iCST is an award-winning, nationally recognized IT solutions provider based in South Portland, Maine. Our mission is to enhance our clients’ productivity and profitability by providing cost-effective Information Technology staffing solutions.  

What Makes iCST Unique?

iCST differentiates itself by being solely and completely dedicated to IT staffing and solutions. We have a talented team of recruiters and leaders, who have IT backgrounds and educations.  Our recruiters have a deep understanding of IT requirements from the latest technologies to legacy systems.  After our thorough screening process we are confident to offer a No-Risk Guarantee. If any of our customers are unhappy with any of our consultants after a one-week trial, they will owe nothing for that week’s work. Zero. Nada. A qualified replacement will be supplied within 48 hours. There's more...

• We are Maine’s only IT staffing and solutions provider run by a true technologist. iCST President Ashok Nalamalapu is a Project Management Professional, certified by the Project Management Institute (PMI). He makes sure the whole team thoroughly grasps the technical requirements and complexities of each IT project. 

• Potential contractors and direct hires are carefully pre-screened to ensure a perfect match between personnel and project. 

• Candidates who make the cut are pre-briefed on our client's project details so they’re productive from day one.

• ICST is a Minority Business Enterprise/DBE.


Ashok Nalamalapu, President

Before launching iCST in 1996, Ashok Nalamalapu successfully spearheaded software development projects at several Fortune 500 Companies, including IBM, Vanguard Group and Liberty Mutual. Ashok is a motivational speaker and has served as the Master of Ceremonies at large music festivals across the US.  He has written many articles for the Portland Press Herald, Maine Biz and Center for Creative Leadership.

The US Small Business Administration named Ashok "Maine's Minority Small Business Person of the Year" in 1999 and again in 2005. In 2001, iCST received the Maine Governor's Award for Business Excellence. Ashok was also finalist for TechMaine's CEO of the Year in 2008. He was trained in leadership at the Center for Creative Leadership, Outward Bound School, Institute of Civic Leadership and Bowdoin College.

Ashok has won the highest achievement awards at the Dale Carnegie courses. He passed Project Management Professional (PMP) certificate from Project Management Institute with distinction. He has served on the board of directors for TechMaine and the United Way of Greater Portland. Ashok earned his BTech in Chemical Engineering from Andhra University, India, and MS in Computer Science from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA. He also volunteers at the spiritual center that he founded. 

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