As we approach Mother’s Day, we’re once again reflecting on the reasons why women and technology are a perfect match. In 2013, we proclaimed that working moms love IT—and the statement remains true today. Studies detail the measurable impact women can have on tech teams and the desirable benefits tech careers offer women, but there remains a deficit of female techies in the workplace. How can such a disparity exist? Despite the innovative nature of the tech industry and technology careers in general, women in tech positions—as in other fields—still face gender biases.
When we say IT departments are using “Agile” we don’t mean they are hiring IT pros who are swift, nimble, and acrobatic—well, at least not entirely. Agile refers to a popular development methodology that has gained traction among technology teams as an iterative and flexible approach to complete large-scale projects while reducing failure risk. The alternate “Waterfall” method of development includes the steps: analyze, scale, build, and test. While Agile maintains these key steps, it is touted as allowing for more flexibility and collaboration.
Opportunities for remote work have become a natural part of almost all business models, and tech teams are no exception. Often, employers and supervisors use remote working as a perk to attract and retain top tech talent. The question is: do the pros of offering this perk outweigh the cons?
In 2013, Yahoo!’s then-CEO Marissa Mayer made headlines when she butted up-and-coming trends by instituting a telecommuting ban for the company’s employees. In the year that followed, some claimed Mayer’s decision was sound—citing studies that reported remote workers’ abuse of privileges and overall detriment to a team’s productivity.
To many people, the cloud seems like a mystery. But it has come a long way from its more humble origins as a simple data storage mechanism. Now, the cloud can help you streamline your business processes by making more than storage available from any device, anywhere. If you haven’t considered moving your business processes to the cloud, now may be the time to explore the option more fully.
Less Maintenance with Cloud Computing
One of the biggest advantages of cloud computing is the lower cost associated with equipment maintenance. Instead of running onsite servers to store your data and applications, you can outsource the equipment part of the equation to another company. That means you don’t have to worry about keeping up with the pace of technology or addressing failures. It also eliminates the need to keep staff on hand to manage server operations, allowing you to direct your human capital to more profitable activities.
The Minnesota High Tech Association’s monthly workforce reports show between 7,000 and 10,000 tech job openings in Minnesota, with the top 5 skills in demand being Java, SQL, QA, SDLC, and Linux. Chances are, you’re looking for IT professionals in Minneapolis with those same skills, which means you have competition. Project Managers, Java Developers, Software Engineers, and .NET developers are “most wanted” by you and everyone else in the Twin Cities. They’re hard to find and they aren’t cheap to come by, so you have to be strategic when looking to fill these top tech roles. Luckily for you, we’ve compiled some tips that have helped many of the Minnesota companies we’re fortunate to call our clients fill their IT talent needs.
While the need for technical competency in a developer position is a given, there are a variety of other skills that can increase your career success. If you want to take your .NET development work from every day to awesome, consider developing in these key skills areas. Here are our tips for how to be an awesome .NET developer.
When it comes down to it, all development efforts are based on your ability to solve problems. Whether it is creating a new solution to fill a gap in the user experience, or troubleshooting an issue in an existing piece of software, problem solving is a core skill for this kind of work. The ability to employ critical-thinking techniques to break down a problem into logical steps, and the ability to turn those steps into an effective development plan, can help separate the great .NET developers from the so-so ones. Whether you are troubleshooting a framework issue or working to solve a compact mobile suite glitch, being able to figure out a viable solution is essential.
Working as an IT manager requires a new skill set beyond that of a standard IT employee. Not only is it important that you function as an expert within your area, you also must effectively coordinate the actions of a team, facilitating positive collaboration between team members and other staff, as well as keeping the expectations of less technical upper-management members in line with what can actually be accomplished.
In order to help ensure your managerial success, consider the following key skills areas.
Big data has changed the way businesses work with information. While the creation and maintenance of relational databases used to be considered a comprehensive data management strategy, the increase in unstructured and semi-structured data has led businesses to require new storage mechanisms and analysis tools in order to ensure the information is being retained in the proper way and is accessible for internal research.
If you are looking for new and innovative ways to use big data to the benefit of your company, consider the following advances in big data management and analysis.
As technology continues to integrate itself into more business areas and becomes the core of more critical functions, keeping your skills up to date is a requirement in order to stay competitive within the ever-evolving information technology field. Innovations come at a pace that practically requires a continuous learning approach, as it is not acceptable to simply rest on the skills of yesterday to help you progress into tomorrow.
If you aren’t convinced that your IT skills need to evolve, consider the following.
The IT field evolves at a rate at which few businesses can ever hope to keep pace. Mobility has become a key factor within what used to be a highly contained internal environment. Additionally, the demand for solutions that allow access to advanced resources and capabilities, regardless of an employee’s location, has also shifted the priorities within the IT landscape.
To meet the demands of today’s work environment, IT teams need an open mind toward the advances in cloud solutions and mobile technology in order to provide the solutions of tomorrow, today.