Is there an RPG programmer talent shortage or a skills gap?
Do we think that we are the only ones challenged with a gap in available talent?
No matter where you look there seems to be a shortage. It certainly makes for good headlines.
Here are some of them:
- The STEM crisis: What the growing skills gap means for the economy
- Thy Cybersecurity Talent Gap is An Industry Crisis
- The Supply Chain Talent Shortage: From Gap to Crisis
- The digital skills gap will get worse as cognitive automation intensifies
- Closing the Looming Healthcare Talent Gap
- Bridging the skills gap in the manufacturing industry
If you don’t think that is enough, here are the industries that will face the biggest talent shortages by 2030.
Even within IT it is not hard to find news about shortages. Here is one, How bad is the SAP Talent Shortage?
Its clear that the skills gap is not just a problem for the IBM i community.
The real truth about talent shortages
There are a combination of factors that are leading to the skills gap:
- Technology advancement is accelerating at a rapid pace.
- Baby boomers are retiring.
- Entry level professionals are entering the workforce don’t have the skills.
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On to this week’s issue.
Welcome to another edition of Talsco Weekly
Here is what is happening in and around the IBM i community this week.
- News: IBM i Legacy Image is challenged.
- AI: What AI can do to help with talent shortages.
- Career: 20 pointers for graduates and when laid off think of your strengths.
- Learning: IBMs culture of education and how to pick up a new language.
- Trends: What are the tech giants doing and what is serverless computing?
Here is a story of a local government who is struggling to modernize their IBM i environment. There is a perception that it’s old and outdated. What is often missed is, “that the platform is not the same as the applications that run on them. There is a huge difference between the applications that run on IBM i and the platform itself, but all too often, the two get thrown into the same bucket.” The IBM i if used right, “is just as capable of supporting new, modern, and secure applications as it is capable of supporting old and unsecure applications”. This is what is all too often missed when looking to modernize vs move to another platform.
“Baby-boomer retirements over the next few years could leave companies without the IT expertise required to operate their legacy systems, even as they race to update older apps and shift more workloads to the cloud, industry advisors warn.”
As this article suggests, some of talent issues in the security industry are eliminated because of AI. “Security professions (such as auditing & compliance, penetration testing, and threat hunting) AI-based systems are already capable of performing at tier-two (i.e. 2-8 years experience) levels for 80%+ of the daily tasks.”
This article offers some interesting insight. “Take control of your company’s talent crisis and get in front of these challenges, turning them into competitive strengths. Start by seeing what’s working in your organization and what can be successfully scaled across all departments.”
“Are schools suggesting to students that wild success will be their experience once they get a job? Or are schools failing to give their students a realistic idea about the roadblocks they’ll encounter?”
Awareness is the“ability to have knowledge of or are conscious of yourself and your surroundings in real time. Without it we tend to be reactive, disengaged, an unimaginative.”
“Being laid off is one of the most difficult experiences a person may face in their career. It can make you feel shock, grief, and anxiety — but it doesn’t mean your career is over.”
“Some companies say that they are a learning organization, but IBM actually is one. The numbers alone prove it.”
New programming languages are born every day. So the question is, where do I start? The trick is “there are some steps you want to take to accelerate the learning process and increase your fluency in the programming language or framework you are learning.”
This is “transforming the way we live, and the tech giants are racing to stay ahead of the curve.”
“Contrary to popular belief, you can deploy high-throughput workloads on higher-level abstractions like Serverless Functions-as-a-Service (Faas) instead of defaulting to virtual machines.”
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