Gartner: IT skills shortage hobbles cloud, edge, automation growth

IT executives have plans to invest in emerging technologies despite the challenge of finding IT pros with the right training.

IT executives have plans to invest in emerging technologies despite the challenge of finding IT pros with the right training.

Gartner says the current paucity of skilled IT workers is foiling the adoption of cloud, edge computing, and automation technologies.

In its “2021-2023 Emerging Technology Roadmap” based on surveying 437 global firms, Gartner found that IT executives see the talent shortage as the most significant barrier to deploying emerging technologies, including compute infrastructure and platform services, network security, digital workplace, IT automation, and storage.

IT executives surveyed cited talent availability as the main challenge for adopting IT automation (75%) and a significant amount of digital workplace technologies (41%). Lack of talent was cited far more often than other barriers, such as implementation cost (29%) or security risk (7%), according to a statement from Yinuo Geng, research vice president at Gartner. 

“The ongoing push toward remote work and the acceleration of hiring plans in 2021 has exacerbated IT-talent scarcity, especially for sourcing skills that enable cloud and edge, automation and continuous delivery,” Geng stated.  “As one example, of all the IT automation technologies profiled in the survey, only 20% of them have moved ahead in the adoption cycle since 2020. The issue of talent is to blame here.”

Interest in emerging tech still strong

Even with the skills challenges, IT leaders have increased the adoption of emerging technologies to drive innovation as organizations begin to recover from the pandemic,Gartner says. Across all technology domains, 58% of respondents reported either an increase or a plan to increase emerging technology investment in 2021, compared with 29% in 2020, Gartner stated. 

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Direct-hire Senior Salesforce Developer Opportunity in Dallas, TX

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Direct-hire Senior Salesforce Developer Opportunity in Dallas, TX

Overview

This role will design, develop, unit test, and provide post-release support of Salesforce.com implementations for Sales, Service and Marketing clouds. This person will backup and assist the Salesforce.com Administrator as needed.

Responsibilities

  • Support the development of solutions based on, but not necessarily limited to, Salesforce.com, Force.com and APIs, Apex/Visualforce, mobile development technologies, and ETL technologies.
  • Recommend Salesforce solutions that encompass standard out the box functionality coupled with custom functionality.
  • Responsible for creating proof of concepts that require Salesforce configurations, Visualforce, APEX classes and methods, and Lightning Components.
  • Define coding standards, frameworks, and re-usable patterns for leverage by development teams.
  • Ensure the adherence to leading practices for configuration and custom development of Salesforce.
  • Participate in the design of technical architecture solutions that may span multiple platforms and include integration and authentication across systems.
  • Design, develop and maintain complex workflow rules, data validation, and APEX triggers.
  • Design, develop and maintain Salesforce.com applications using Visualforce, SOQL, and APEX
  • Research, design, and deliver Salesforce.com solutions for multiple lines of business collaborating with Salesforce.com program team and business SMEs
  • Develop and perform unit testing of custom code
  • Work with internal Salesforce.com program team, external consultants and internal business groups to rationalize and optimize our implementation, providing and acting upon best practices as needed
  • Share Salesforce.com administrative support responsibility by implementing bug fixes and minor enhancement as required
  • Work with BI staff to enhance existing integration processes using Salesforce.com’s APIs and third-party integration tools
  • Mentor junior to mid-level developers on best practices and improving quality.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required in Computer Science, IS, MIS or related technology or engineering field; Master’s degree a plus
  • 5+ plus years of hands-on experience with Salesforce.com’s Visualforce/Apex programming, Lightning experience, Automation processes, Triggers and APIs
  • Experience in Salesforce Development Life Cycle (Agile Methodology) including Deployment/Packaging effectively using Metadata API and Changesets.
  • Additional Salesforce.com Certifications (Admin, Sales, Service, etc.) a plus
  • Mobile experience using Salesforce 1 Platform and Communities are a plus
  • Experience in developing LWC is a plus
  • Demonstrate knowledge of various Salesforce products (Sales, Service, and Marketing clouds)
  • Understanding of key Salesforce.com architectural concepts (API and governor limits) and how they influence design
  • Proven ability to design, optimize and integrate business processes across disparate systems

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Direct-hire Solution Architect Opportunity in Plano, TX

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What’s the role?

The role of Solutions Architect is to provide technical guidance and direction for more than one business applications and technologies within Global Application Software. This position is responsible for designing software solutions that are modular, reliable and extensible, conforming to sound design principles and capable of adapting to change while achieving targets for performance and scalability. The Solutions Architect works closely with various team members to drive operational excellence and deliver products which set this company apart from the competition and actively engage our customers.

What does the role involve?

Assume responsibility to architect, implement and optimize more than one area of application design and development; drive one or more parts of a larger multi-system initiative
Produce solution designs to be fleshed out and implemented by development teams – this may include proofs of concept, development activities, cost/benefit analysis, training, configuration, service level requirements
Conduct research on new and emerging technologies for practical application to business problems and strategic initiatives; identify new components to be procured or developed; provide short term solutions, as well as clear evolution paths and long-term architecture strategy
Identify, analyze, and communicate architecture and integration options; document best practices and solution blueprints
Interact with business unit management, company IT, vendors and industry experts to collect requirements, understand options and determine solutions
Apply established architectural principles and application of technology solutions to multiple business processes and technologies
Assist development leads to implement architectural strategies and the proper use of enterprise and application design patterns
Additional duties, as assigned

What you need is:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or related field (or equivalent work experience)
  • Minimum five (5) years’ experience in software development more than one programming languages, including at least one object-oriented language
  • Minimum two (2) years’ experience in the Solutions Architect role with design pattern experience, designing systems that include more than one of the following areas: user interface, services, data, integration, deployment, Cloud
  • Real-world practical experience applying enterprise, domain and software design patterns; strong software development skills in C# and .NET; some knowledge of JavaScript/TypeScript required, Angular, Microservices
  • Experience in architecture and implementation of microservice-based web, desktop and/or mobile applications; ability to understand practical aspects and avoid common pitfalls
  • Applied analytical thinking and proven structured engineering approach to complex solution design/implementation and problem resolution; ability to anticipate technical trends in defined and relevant IT areas
  • Rich architecture knowledge based on experience and training/education
  • Competence in API design and development across more than one digital platform and client form factors, for example, web, desktop, mobile, IoT
  • Developed software for distributed enterprise systems touching multiple areas like user experience, authentication/authorization, integration, and data
  • Expertise in one or more of the following areas: data architecture, systems integration, application security, Cloud platforms, client UI frameworks, mobile, DevOps, process automation, AI/machine learning
  • Strong desire to continually study and learn the latest and new technologies and related architectures, especially microservice architectures and cloud technologies
  • Proficient in agile development methodologies and testing approaches, distributed version control, git workflow and branching strategies, application monitoring, CI/CD pipelines
  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal) with the ability to create documentation materials for appropriate audiences
  • Experience working with geographically distributed development teams a plus
  • Advanced troubleshooting and debugging skills
  • Normal office conditions. Up to 20% domestic and international travel, required

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Remote Direct-hire .Net Developer Opportunity With Dallas, TX Company

Remote Direct-hire .Net Developer Opportunity With Dallas, TX Company

This role will help to design, execute, assess, and troubleshoot software programs and application. This includes configuring, coding, developing, and documenting software specifications throughout the project life cycle and assist the Team Lead/Manager. This will include production support as well as new development, developing new features/functionality and integration.

Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with analysts and designers in the development and initiation of new software programs and applications.
  • Translate business requirements into an effective technical design in according with the company architecture and platform.
  • Research, document, and implement program requirements and specifications.
  • Consistently write, translate, and code software programs and applications according to specifications.
  • Responsible for the quality assurance of program logic processing and error resolution.
  • Run and monitor performance tests on new and existing software for the purposes of correcting mistakes, isolating areas for improvement and general debugging.
  • Liaise with network administrators, systems analysts, programmers, and other software engineers to resolve any defects in products or Company systems.
  • Occasional long, irregular hours and possible travel.
  • Ability to work overtime during 4th quarter busy time.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or a combination of equivalent degree and/or experience:
  • 4+ years of professional software development experience
  • 2+ years if working web application development experience
  • 3+ years of working MS technologies experience
  • 1+ years of working MS .Net C#
  • 1+ years of working ASP.net 2.0/3.5/4.0 experience
  • 1+ years working XML technologies experience
  • 1+ years SQL Server 2008/16 working experience
  • Experience working with WCF, AJAX, Telerik controls, jQuery
  • Experience working with TFS, VSTS, GIT Source control and Octopus deploy
  • Experience with Knockout JS, Angular, Web API.
  • Experience with Azure is a plus.
  • Knowledge in CMS Systems such as DotNetNuke (DNN) and SiteCore.
  • Knowledge of Agile, Test Drive Development and Continuous Integration principles
  • Knowledge of MS application blocks, ORM and Application Frameworks, SOA standards, Workflow Frameworks, and W3C protocols, etc.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of client server and internet systems architectures

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7 business skills every IT leader needs to succeed

Today’s CIO needs more than technology mastery. Long-term career success also demands a commitment to developing a set of core business skills.

The days when CIOs could glide into a long-term career based solely on their technical abilities are rapidly fading.

“It’s no longer enough for IT leaders to be tech experts,” warns Bob Hersch, a principal at Deloitte Consulting. The best-in-class CIOs of today are also business savvy, using their knowledge to embed IT as a service capability.

“This business-centric approach integrates IT into an overall business strategy,” he adds.

The best way any IT leader can augment his or her current technical knowledge — and strengthen their long-term career prospects — is by committing to acquiring the following seven essential business skills.

1. An entrepreneurial mindset

CIOs, regardless of their organization’s size, have to act like entrepreneurs, operating with speed, agility, and ever higher levels of passion, empathy, and creativity, advises Ram Nagappan, CIO at global investment firm BNY Mellon Pershing.

Disruption is the new constant. “Competition is coming from all corners of the market, with fintechs and startups moving at light speed,” Nagappan says. To meet competition head on, CIOs must think like entrepreneurs and act as agents of change. “They need to constantly think about how their business could be disrupted at any point in time and how they can creatively deploy technology to get ahead of potential disruptors and future-proof the business,” he suggests.

2. Strong leadership skills

Leadership is a core competency that paves the way to successful technology transformation. “To truly lead, you must have business acumen in addition to technical understanding,” explains Richard Cox, CIO at media conglomerate Cox Enterprises. “Our jobs are really to leverage technology to unleash the potential of the business, and you simply have to have an understanding of the business landscape in order to exploit these opportunities.”[ Looking to upgrade your career in tech? This comprehensive online course teaches you how. ]

Leadership is a combination of internal and external engagement. The problems CIOs face today are growing increasingly complex. The future is ambiguous, and answers are often not clear or simple. “The only way to navigate in … these uncharted waters, is to build an environment that allows people to bring ideas, perspectives, and input to solve problems,” Cox says. “Building teams that create aligned empowerment is more important today than ever.”

Poor IT leaders often make the mistake of setting project plans, gate reviews, and delivery dates without educating the IT team on the who, what, when, and why of how the effort will help the enterprise, says Harley Bledsoe, CIO at BBB National Programs, a nonprofit organization that oversees more than a dozen industry self-regulation programs that sets standards for business advertising and privacy practices.

“Bringing the team along on the journey as they execute on their deliverables is critical to developing an effective solution,” he explains.

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7 IT leadership lessons learned from COVID-19

IT leaders from HP, McAfee, Johnson Controls, and other enterprises reflect on what they learned after leading teams through a full year of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic on March 11, 2020, and soon after IT leaders rushed to mitigate the impact on their businesses, marshaling teams to work remotely.

CIOs boosted infrastructure capacity, shipped laptops to residences, and migrated applications small and large to software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications and cloud software. Eighty-two percent of CIOs surveyed say they have implemented new technologies and IT strategies during the pandemic, according to IDG’s 2021 State of the CIO survey.

Beyond implementing new technologies at scale, CIOs embraced the mental-health hurdles associated with managing remote teams whose work-life balance has been disrupted.

“Like most organizations, the pandemic took us by surprise,” says Paul Herring, global chief innovation officer of accounting firm RSM International. “We had to adjust quickly.”

Here IT leaders reflect on what they learned from a year of leading teams during the pandemic, as well as how work will likely change going forward.

1. The way we work changed overnight
2. Collaboration evolved — but left spontaneity a little lacking
3. Product expedition became a priority
4. Automation curbed uncertainty
5. IT leaders learned to lead with empathy
6. The customer meeting flight may now be canceled
7. It may no longer matter where employees reside

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