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So you've hired great talent... What’s next?

Posted by Ian Creamer on Dec 6, 2014 3:48:00 PM

The War for Talent is not only back, it’s becoming attritional. On one side of the barbed wire, we have one of the hottest global start-up environments right here on our doorstep in London; on the other, we have a shortage of supply and established employers digging-in to protect their best talent.

And it’s not going to get any better. Just look at the recent headline in City AM – “London’s tech firms raise record $1bn of venture capital investment”; much of that money will go into attracting talent, pushing salary demands ever higher. Allied to this is my biggest concern – that as demand increases, supply is, at best, stagnant – backed up by Boston Consulting Group’s latest research which suggests a potential hit to the global economy of $10 Trillion due solely to labour shortages1. In my previous role as Head of International HR with Informatica Corporation, we undertook research to determine future challenges around talent shortages – specifically around software engineering skills – and it quickly became clear that, on a global basis, demand is outstripping supply. As the IOT (Internet of Things)Market accelerates, companies across an ever-extending number of sectors are looking for software talent - from Walmart to Boeing and all points in between – and there are simply not enough resources to go around! Our children are just starting to learn how to code in some schools – and there are some great initiatives around engineering starting to get traction – but if ever there was a case of too little, too late, this is it!

All of which makes it even more important to make sure that you keep the great talent that you have in your business! At last, I have some good news; almost every piece of research published this year has shown that engagement levels are improving across the global workforce. The flipside is that levels in Europe have stayed largely static and, more importantly, the number of people saying that they intend to stay with their current company hasn’t increased.2 So with these data points, it’s abundantly clear that there is no room for complacency!

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Topics: Engagement and Retention, Talent, Human Resources, Leadership

DevOps and the Digital Darwin Principle

Posted by Andrew Turner on Jul 28, 2014 5:52:00 PM

I’VE ALWAYS BEEN FASCINATED with the trends and initiatives that have been embraced by business and IT over the last 20+ years. I personally got exposed to one of these phenomenons during the 1990’s whilst being a customer, employee then partner of SAP – the now extremely large ERP…Cloud, Mobile, Big Database company – namely Y2K or as everyone now realised one of the biggest anti-climaxes in IT history. However, what I do very much believe is that the opportunity with DevOps philosophy, approach, religion or movement is that a) this is real b) it makes sense and c) every enterprise seriously should embark on their own journey to seize the benefits it provides. So what does this “thing” called DevOps mean and why should I care?

To quote Charles Darwin – in something he did say, “in the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed” . So there exists many definitions of DevOps but the most eloquent comes from Gene Kim, founder and CTO of Tripwire who is one of the key driving forces behind helping large enterprises understand and leverage the practices and approaches to getting things done in the Digital world at pace and with high quality like Amazon, Google, Facebook. These ‘unicorns’ as Gene like’s to call them - have embraced DevOps on a huge scale and passionately embedded into the way they operate and succeed in their existing and new market entries. Gene’s definition is useful “the term ‘DevOps’ typically refers to the emerging professional movement that advocates a collaborative working relationship between Development and IT Operations, resulting in the fast flow of planned work (i.e., high deploy rates), while simultaneously increasing the reliability, stability, resilience and security of the production environment” . So you may still be saying – so what, and why should I care?

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Topics: DevOps, IT Operations

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