Will robots replace the RPG developer?
No, not anytime soon.
Automation has been going on since the beginning of time. It’s human nature. We don’t want to be stagnant and are always looking for easier ways of doing things. Society has been build upon automation and innovation.
It’s true that technology and automation eliminate jobs, but it does not eliminate work.
The work simply, shifts.
although 75 million jobs could be displaced by the coming shift in labor, there will be 133 million new jobs created as well. While certain jobs are becoming redundant, human skills remain in demand in other areas.
Here is an infographic that breaks down the specific tasks that will be most impacted by the growing automation in the workplace.
Take notice that careers such as Software and Application Developers & Analysts, Data Analysts & Scientists, AI & Machine Learning Specialists, and Digital Transformation Specialists are growth areas.
These are all areas that savvy RPG Developers can ride the wave if they want to.
On to this weeks issue.
Welcome to another edition of Talsco Weekly
- News: The importance of the deals with Red Hat and GitHub.
- Career: How to control your emotions in a difficult conversation and 10 avoidable career mistakes.
- Leadership: Hire different in today’s tough IT market and Realign for better individual performance.
- Modernization: IBM i Apps and Microservices & Why so many IT transformations fail.
- Security: Cybersecurity is the top priority for C-Level, here is how to make the case for it.
- Trends: AI and Edge computing, their impact on the future.
The Red Hat deal was the biggest not only for IBM but it was the biggest software acquisition ever. IBM is playing catch up. They missed out on the early days of the cloud and mobile web which led to the IoT and mobile security. The move to pick up Red Hat was strategic. There is area that IBM has achieved some success and that is selling products and services for the cloud. This is where Red Hat, which provides open-source software to enterprises, enters the picture.
Microsoft’s acquisition of GitHub is a bid deal. It’s not a sign that software development is moving towards open source, it’s that it already has. What is GitHub? “Software developers use GitHub to host and share code as they write it, often using it to distribute open source software.”
If you are a developer in the IBM i community, here is a quick overview of how you can start to use GitHub.
“The best leaders actually encourage their people to challenge each other’s ideas more, not less. Conflict at work is healthy: Friction can lead to more thoughtful approaches and innovation. However, conflict isn’t easy, and difficult conversations can feel like threats.”
These mistakes cover how we approach career growth, balance our careers with other areas of our life, and the day to day choice we make.
- Taking a job mainly for the money and package
- Only focusing on the now
- Not challenging yourself
- Always hanging with the same crowd
- Burning bridges
- Staying in your comfort zone
- Giving in to imposter syndrome
- Neglecting your family, friends, and interests
- Neglecting your health and your fun side
- Developing an ego
Video: Watch how Jono Bacon, former community manager of GitHub, deconstructs each one of these mistakes and how you can bounce back from them.
“Hiring IT pros these days calls for new approaches to get closer to candidates and to make your company stand out as the best option.”
Do you feel you are out of alignment in your career? Bringing out the best in yourself, your teams and your company is not always easy. Here is some “practical and easily-implemented suggestions on making the job work again.”
“Application modernization means different things to different people. For some, it could be turning a 5250 screen into a Web or mobile interface, or replacing database access with SQL. But for others in the IBM i community, including the vendor OpenLegacy, modernization refers to exposing existing business logic as APIs through a microservices architecture.”
Solid planning and effective execution of that plan can help an IT transformation set the stage for a new era of enterprise success.
As enterprises look toward the 2019 budget cycle, CISOs and other IT executives are increasingly pushing cloud security to the top of the cybersecurity budgetary priority list.
What hurdles need to be jumped to make sure cybersecurity concerns are taken seriously by the board and the C-suite?
When reading this article think about if we changed the title to, AI Won’t Replace Programmers, It will Augment Them?
At least at this point in time, I tend to agree. The goal of AI for doctors or in our case, programmers is to optimize performance and release you from “menial tasks, and providing alternative assessments or guidance that may have otherwise slipped.”
“As connected devices proliferate and their capabilities expand, so does the need for real-time decision making untethered from cloud computing’s latency, and from connectivity in some cases. This movement of computational capacity out of the cloud—to the edge—is opening up a new sector: edge computing.”
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